When Do You Need Basement Braces in your Iowa Home?
Bowing or leaning walls in your basement are a sign that you may have foundation problems. Basement walls start to bow or lean when there is excessive pressure on them from the water that has built up in the soil surrounding your foundation. This pressure may reach a level that is above what the original design strength of the wall was built to withstand. Poor drainage and inadequately waterproofing can cause water to build up around your home, producing too much pressure on the walls. The expansive soil in Iowa is another culprit that usually heaves when saturated with water.
In the past, the only way to solve the problem of bowing or leaning walls was to excavate around the wall or build a new basement wall. Dry Basement Waterproofing offers a solution that is far less costly and more efficient. Not only are bowing walls a sign of foundation failure, but you may want to look around your home for some of the other signs such as:
- Cracked walls
- Sloping floors
- Doors and windows that stick
- Leaning chimney
- Cracked slab
- Foundation settlement
All of these along with bowing walls are signs that it is time to have Dry Basement Waterproofing come and inspect your home.
Basement Braces for Bowing Walls
Dry Basement Waterproofing has a cost effective and efficient bowing wall repair method. We use wall anchors that act as basement braces for bowing and leaning walls. The first step for installing wall anchors is to drill a small hole through the wall. Then a circle of sod is removed from the yard. The final step is to install the wall plate and an outside anchor with a high strength rod tying them together. This will pull the wall back to its original level and make it stronger than its original strength.
The wall anchors that Dry Basement Waterproofing uses are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in the industry. Wall anchors are a simple and effective design that allows for the repair to be done quickly with very little disturbance to landscaping. It is important to have a trained foundation repair contractor install these wall anchors due to the original wall excavation.
Once these wall anchors are installed, your walls will have more strength than they originally had and will hold up when they are subjected to soil pressure in the future. So if you see bowing or leaning walls in your Iowa home, contact the professionals at Dry Basement Waterproofing. We will give you a free inspection of your entire home to make sure that your foundation is structurally sound.