With basements, there’s always potential for water damage. At some point, you might notice a corner of the carpet is wet or a there’s a leaky window or even wet drywall. These are often minor issues that should be inspected and repaired, but if you ever notice bowed basement walls, then your water problem is serious!
Why? Because by the time your basement walls bow out, the problem has been going on for a long time. Bowed basement walls are caused by hydrostatic pressure, or water pushing against the outside of the walls. If you see this happening in your home, you’ll want to get it taken care of right away.
If you don’t catch the problem soon enough, or if you wait too long to get it corrected, then it could lead to serious structural and foundation problems for your entire house. One way to tell if the damage to your foundation is extensive is to look for horizontal cracks and shearing. If these are present, as well, then replacement of your foundation might be the only option.
However, the good news is, if caught soon enough, there are a few less expensive ways to correct bowed basement walls. An expert can work with you to determine the best option for your house, but some of the possibilities include a steel beam foundation support, carbon fiber straps, or wall anchors.
If you notice bowed walls in your home, don’t delay in getting professional help! Here at Dry Foundation Technologies, we have the experience and expertise to correctly fix your bowed basement walls, so give us a call today for more information!