A bowed basement wall occurs when hydro-static pressure, usually caused by water, pushes against your wall. When this type of pressure occurs, the wall can’t hold the weight and bows. This type of bowing can also be caused by shifts in the soil due to changes in weather or seismic activity.
Bowed walls can be a sign of a serious problem, and require immediate attention. If fixing the problem is put off, it will only become worse. And cost more money to repair. There are several methods available to repair a bowed basement wall, but one of the most efficient and economical is the utilization of helical tieback anchors.
What is the best way to repair bowed basement walls?
The best way to repair your bowing basement walls, and prevent future problems, is by having a professional install helical tieback anchors. Helical tieback anchors, made from galvanized steel, are essentially large screws, which can be hydraulically drilled into the soil adjacent, or horizontally, to your bowed wall. Utilizing this method of repair helps to shore up your basement walls by cancelling out the hydrostatic pressure that is causing your walls to bow in the first place.
Once the anchors have been installed, they are tested for strength before being secured to the interior wall. The tension that the anchors put on the wall will help to straighten the wall back into place. Finally, the hole inside the wall is sealed and installation is complete.
At Foundation Technology, our professionals use helical tieback anchors to repair bowing basement walls because they provide a multitude of benefits. Helical tieback anchors have a long life span, are eco-friendly, easy to install, regardless of weather, require minimal labor costs, reach greater depths than other methods, and are removable, reusable and easy to store.