Bowed basement or foundation walls occur as a result of soil load pushing against the wall. Compounded with depth and other factors and the lateral forces surpass the foundation’s original resistance to these loads. Over time, these factors can produce lateral bending and the foundation or basement wall becomes bowed this condition also produces significant cracking. If left unattended this condition will worsen with time jeopardizing both the structural integrity and the resale value of the property.
Bowed basement or foundation walls can be straightened but require excavation of foundation, lifting the weight of the structure off of the wall and pushing the wall back to as close to plumb as possible. Even after this is accomplished, the wall itself has lost the structural integrity and requires reinforcement. You can also reinforce a bowed concrete foundation or basement wall that is still within tolerance at it’s current condition without straightening. Historically, I-beams were used to correct a bowed basement or foundation wall by erecting the beams in a fashion that provides lateral concrete reinforcement. While remaining an effective method, installation can be expensive and the end result are obtrusive beams sticking out from the wall. In addition, the cracks which have undoubtedly occurred as a result of the bowed basement or foundation wall are not addressed.
Tri-State Basement Waterproofing uses Fortress Stabilization Systems to repair wall. Fortress Stabilization Systems has developed a Carbon Fiber/Kevlar grid that will halt any further movement of a block or concrete wall. It will do it easily, safely, and without any outside excavation. The grid lies flat against the wall and when painted over are hardly noticeable. Your wall will NEVER bow or crack again. Using advanced carbon fiber technology, these systems protect the life and value of your home investment.