Indianapolis, Indiana Bowed Wall Repair
The Problem: Bowed or Buckling Foundation Walls
When a home is built the builder hires a foundation contractor - today, most foundations are poured using forms. In a lot of older homes the contractor used cinder blocks and built the walls with mortar joints. Long ago, homes had stone foundations. Regardless of the method and material used homes have and continue to experience movement in the walls. This buckling or bowing of a wall causes the structural integrity of the building or home to become unstable. These problems are often indicated by wall cracks that run the length of your basement walls. It is by far better to observe your foundation and have a structural expert look at any concern than to wait for greater problems to arise.
The Solution: Fixing or Replacing a Bowed Wall
There are a few general methods to fixing a wall that is failing, these include:
- Installing Replacement Walls - Though many contractors who sell the other methods mentioned below will say that wall replacement is unnecessary it is really the only true way to ensure ongoing and permanent structural integrity. It is more expensive than other repair methods but it truly is the best way to gain total peace of mind.
- Wall Anchors - With a wall anchor, a contractor drills holes into the foundation, then attaches plates to both the interior and exterior. The rod is usually about 10-12 feet long. The exterior plate is buried in the yard and then from the inside a torque wrench is used to shore up and secure the bowed wall in place. This often works fine but is always subject to a homeowner keeping up with tightening the plate and doing continual observation for evidence of any other potential wall area movement.
- Carbon Fiber - Strips of carbon fiber are attached to the existing bowed wall to prevent any further movement. The carbon fiber areas tend to become even stronger than the original wall, however, this doesn't fix the problem but rather prevents any more damage.
- Wall I-Beams, Spring Loaded Joist Attachments - This is an older method that doesn't really work very well but is a cheap alternative.
When we do an inspection we'll give you an honest assessment of the current status of your foundation and make recommendations based on what we learn your intentions are about length of remaining in the home, budget and use of the space or area.