Leaning & Bowing Basement Walls

If you see cracks within your basement walls or if your basement walls are bowing or leaning, please feel free to contact us for a free evaluation.  These issues are often indicators of structural issues and require the services of a foundation repair specialist. 

Basement walls are generally constructed using three different types of materials.  Historically, the most common type of materials used for constructing basement walls in the Carolinas are concrete masonry units (often referred as CMU or concrete block).  But other materials or means of constructing basement walls can include the use of brick materials, poured-in-place concrete, or precast concrete wall panels.

Due to the fact that basement walls generally serve as both the foundation walls and retaining walls, each basement wall SHOULD be built to in a manner that provides adequate support for the components of the structure which exist above, as well as withstand the forces of the backfilled soils outside.  However, changes within the conditions of the backfilled soils can often create problems for basement walls.

The changes within the backfilled soils are commonly a result of poor drainage conditions along the areas surrounding a house.  As moisture and water content builds up in the backfilled soils, they become heavier and therefore exert excessive pressure on to the walls (which is often referred as hydrostatic pressure).  Over time, this pressure of lateral force pushed on to the basement walls, will cause them to change shape, which usually causes the walls to bow inward.  Common signs and results of the walls bowing inward are the formation of cracks within the wall materials.  The cracks can be found present at various areas of a wall and can span in different directions, however a crack or cracks which run horizontally through the center of the walls is most frequently found present when walls are experiencing lateral movement.

The repairs for these issues can vary depending upon various factors, such as the type of materials used to construct the walls, the height of the walls, the height of the backfilled soils, and the extent of the movement or damages.  The most common and most effective methods of repairing bowing basement walls are installing carbon fiber reinforcement straps (CFR) and/or installing helical tieback anchors (wall anchors).     

Carolina Foundation Solutions can provide the best solutions available to resolve your basement wall problems.  We work with many reputable licensed engineers throughout the Carolinas to help determine the precise problems and the proper solution.

 

 

LEANING & BOWING RETAINING WALLS

Retaining walls are similar to basement walls in the sense that both types of walls are subject to lateral movement which causes the walls to lean or bow.  However, the variation in materials used to construct retaining walls is much greater than that of basement walls.  Retaining walls can consist of wood timbers, brick, concrete block units (often referred as CMU or concrete block), concrete, segmental block, steel components, stone, etc. 

Changes within the conditions of the backfilled soils (retained soils) can often create problems for retaining walls.  The changes within the backfilled soils (retained soils) are commonly a result of poor drainage conditions that can be cause by a lack of proper drainage system or failure of an existing drainage system.  As moisture and water content becomes trapped and builds up in the retained soils, they become heavier and therefore exert excessive pressure on to the walls (which is often referred as hydrostatic pressure).  Over time, this pressure of lateral force pushed on to the retaining walls, will cause them to change shape, which usually causes the walls to lean or bow outward.

The repairs for these issues can vary drastically depending upon the type of wall and other factors, the height of the walls, the height of the retained soils, the drainage improvements required, and the extent of the movement or damages.  Some of the optional methods of repairing leaning or bowing retaining walls are installing carbon fiber reinforcement straps (CFR) and/or installing helical tieback anchors (wall anchors).     

Carolina Foundation Solutions can provide input and solutions to resolve your retaining wall problems.  We work with many reputable licensed engineers throughout the Carolinas to help determine the precise problems and the proper solution.

 

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