Today is the first official day of spring, and that means that we will see a gradual temperature rise and lots of rain. The rain itself can cause problems with your foundation, but the warming temperatures may also cause you foundation problems. If you go to your basement or crawlspace and see bowing or leaning walls, it is time to call the professionals. While there are a few ways to solve bowing and leaning walls, a newer, less invasive way to do so is with carbon fiber repair. But first, let’s get into what causes bowing or leaning walls.
Bowing or leaning walls are usually caused by pressure on the foundation wall from water in the soil causing pressure on the wall, or by frost heave. Frost heave is the thawing and freezing of soil throughout the winter that then pushes against the foundation walls unevenly.
Both of these can cause bowing or leaning walls. To prevent water build up in the soil, it’s important to have a good drainage system in your yard. Additionally, make sure to take notes of any cracks in the wall. While they may mean nothing (and be due to the normal settling that takes place in a foundation), some foundation walls cracks can mean serious trouble. The best way to find out if yours will spell trouble is to call us for a free estimate.
Carbon Fiber Repair is a newer, less intrusive repair method for bowing or leaning walls. It is used on the inside of the wall instead of the outside. Additionally, you don’t need to make room for it! This means it is great for crawl spaces where there is little space.
A strip of carbon fiber is attached to the wall in several different spots, acting as a support. A galvanized bracket and carbon fiber pin are attached to make sure the strip is secure. After the process is complete, the carbon fiber can easily be painted over and will be almost unnoticeable. This is a great option in terms of affordability and little disruption in your home.
So you’ve determined that you have bowing or leaning walls and that you believe you need repair–what next? The next step is to call Foundation Systems of West Virginia as soon as possible. Bowing and leaning walls are never something to wait on. They can cause major structural damage to your home, including collapse. This is obviously an unsafe environment for you and your family, and it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. A qualified professional will talk to you and advise you on your options for repair, and they will schedule a free estimate for your home. After this, the case becomes more individualized and will depend on what exactly is going on in your home. Give us a call today for more information and to get started on solving (or preventing) issues like this.