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Bowed Wall Repair

You already know that most of your home’s foundation is below the surface. But you may not realize just how much pressure it’s under. The weight of the soil, especially after heavy rains, is tremendous, and that’s why concrete is reinforced with rebar during construction — to increase the lateral load capacity of your home’s foundation walls. Usually, this reinforcement is enough to maintain a solid foundation, but occasionally, the concrete succumbs to the pressure of soil loads pressing up against it. When this happens, and the pressure is too great, it can create a bowing effect in the walls of your foundation. Specifically, the concrete succumbs to lateral bending as illustrated by this image:

bowed wall repair

In addition to bowing the walls, the pressure can cause significant cracks in your foundation. If left untreated, these cracks will continue to worsen, leak, and negatively affect both the structural integrity and resale value of your home.

Straightening Bowed Basement Walls

A Bowed basement or foundation wall can be straightened but often requires excavating the foundation, lifting the weight of the structure off the wall, and pushing the wall back to as close to plumb as possible. But after the work is done, the wall itself loses its structural integrity and will require reinforcement … not the best bowed wall repair solution.

A concrete wall that is still within tolerance in its current condition can also be reinforced without straightening. Historically, I-beams were used to correct a bowed wall by erecting the beams in a fashion that provides lateral concrete reinforcement. While still an effective method, installation can be expensive and unsightly, obtrusive beams are left sticking out from the wall upon completion of the repair. In addition, the wall cracks left behind must be addressed separately.

Put simply, there is a better way …

Carbon-Fiber Technology for Bowed Wall Repair

High & Dry Foundation Repair utilizes the latest carbon-fiber technology developed by Fortress Stabilization Systems for bowed wall repair projects. Using carbon-fiber kevlar sheet straps in combination with specifically designed epoxies, foundations can now be cost effectively repaired with little to no obtrusiveness.

Note: Image courtesy of ASHI Reporter