With the flaws of imperfect construction, the pressure of the earth, settling and uneven soils, and the weight of the home bearing down on it, your home’s foundation is set-up for failure. When foundations fatigue and fail, the problems that arise can be anywhere from cosmetic damage to devastating losses. If your home is experiencing any kind of foundation wall damage such as bowing or tilting, look no further for a foundation repair contractor. BQ Basements & Concrete takes pride in providing a clean, warrantied solution for homeowners in need of a foundation wall repair.
To help you decide if we’re the contractors for you, we offer free written basement wall repair quotes for homeowners throughout our Pennsylvania and New Jersey service area. We offer our services throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Delaware, including the Greater Philadelphia area, Camden, Trenton, Cape May, Atlantic City, Wilmington, Dover and the surrounding area.
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What causes basement walls to tilt?
The soil surrounding your foundation walls is the usual suspect for a failing foundation. The applied pressure from the surrounding soils on your foundation walls can place a great deal of force on your basement walls. When soil dries (shrinks) from a drought or is moistened (softened) from water the physical attributes of each soil changes and ultimately effects the neighboring structures – especially when a 20-30 ton house is above these troubled soils.
Other factors, such as hydrostatic pressure, expansive clay soils, frost, improper gutter systems, and poorly graded soils can also contribute to foundation issues.
While there’s always a constant pressure applied to your foundation and its walls, there’s no equalizing pressure pushing out! If the pressure outside your foundation is greater than the strength of your walls, they will begin to fail.
Cracking, bulging and leaning foundation walls are usually the most common and noticeable signs of wall failure. Cracks can occur inside or outside the home and may take on a vertical, horizontal or stair-step pattern. Other portions of your walls may begin to buckle, bow, and tilt inwards from the enduring soil pressure.
Neglecting this type of foundation damage will only worsen over time and can even result in collapsing walls if left in its current state. The good news is that BQ Basements & Concrete can repair the foundation damage mentioned above be using proven, long-lasting solutions that are much more affordable and efficient than replacing your entire foundation.
Straightening & stabilizing buckling, failing foundation walls
Here at BQ Basements & Concrete, we utilize the Wall Anchor System to correct the damage done to the failing foundation walls. These wall anchors permanently stabilize your basement and retaining walls – offering your home the best opportunity to straighten walls over time without the cost and disruption of foundation replacement.
The Wall Anchor System is a warrantied solution that permanently repairs and stabilizes failing foundation walls.
1. Excavating the foundation perimeter
The image on the right is an example of a foundation experiencing severe soil damage along the basement wall. Notice the severe inward bowing of the foundation wall due to soil pressures.
To begin the installation process of our Wall Anchor System we excavate the soils out from around your foundation to relieve pressure placed on your foundation walls from surrounding moisture and soils.
Only when foundation walls need to be straightened immediately is when exterior excavation is a consideration, such as when the walls are dangerously damaged, or you have scheduled for the basement to be finished. In most cases of foundation wall repair, this step is not a necessary part of all Wall Anchor System installations.
2. Position the earth anchor
Wall anchors are installed by carefully removing a section of sod at each earth anchor location. Then the anchors are installed by auguring or digging a hole into the soil away from your foundation (at each anchor position).
Our earth anchors are made of high-quality galvanized steel offering your home a durable, corrosion resistant solution. Our Wall Anchor Systems include a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as our own in-house quality and performance warranty.
3. Prepare the foundation wall
Next, we drill a small 1″ hole in your basement wall and connect the steel anchor rod to an earth anchor that is seated deep within the augured hole. A low-profile wall plate placed on the interior of your basement wall is secured to the rod.
Our wall anchor system is superior to other methods in the market because our system utilizes a small foundation hole for the earth anchor to feed through; whereas, some methods require large holes or even sections of concrete block to be removed during installation.
4. Mounting wall plates
These heavy-duty, galvanized steel earth anchors have embedded into the soil out away from the foundation wall connected to steel wall plates with galvanized anchoring rods. Wall anchors have proven over many years to be both an effective and economical repair solution.
Once installed, wall anchors will hold walls in their current position without any further adjustment, permanently halting the inward movement of your foundation walls.
5. Straightening basement walls
After the earth anchors are attached to the mounted wall plates, one of our foundation repair experts will attempt to straighten the foundation walls back to their original position. Once all components of the wall anchor system are connected and tightened, your basement wall is permanently stabilized, providing long-term support for the walls.
Once the wall is straightened, the excavation is filled using the soil removed in Step 1.
However, to avoid excessive soil pressure on your foundation in the future, gravel and drainage tile may be installed to help avoid excessive soil pressure due to moisture. After backfilling, landscape details will be carefully restored.
6. Cleaning up & preparing for basement finishing
Here at BQ Basements & Concrete, we take pride in our work ethic, so you can be sure that a job done by us will have your home left structurally sound and unblemished in both the interior and exterior environments.
Each and every hole created from the previous soil anchor installation process will now be carefully filled in with the excavated soil and mechanically compressed. It’s imperative that your soil is properly re-filled because a rushed or hurried fill can cause previous foundation problems to re-occur. That’s why we train our foundation specialists to carefully replace the excavated sod and rake for a seamless blend with surrounding landscaping.
BQ Basements & Concrete can permanently stabilize your failing foundation walls
If you’re looking for a contractor who can repair your tilting or bowing foundation walls, BQ Basements & Concrete is here to help! We offer warrantied solutions for making all kinds of foundation repairs, including straightening foundation walls.
Your foundation repair expert can talk with you about your available options to quickly and effectively restore your foundation wall to its original, straight alignment.
We serve in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey including the Greater Philadelphia area, Camden, Trenton, Cape May, Atlantic City, Wilmington, Dover and the surrounding area. To schedule an appointment, contact us today!