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What Causes Walls to Bow?

Foundations can be stressed when expansive soils or lateral earth movement puts pressure on the outside of the foundation. This pressure can cause the walls inside your home to bow or crack from being pushed beyond their flexible capacity.

Common Issues with Retaining Walls

Retaining Wall Issues

The retaining walls in your basement serve as an important structure in the overall support of your home. If your retaining walls are not supportive to the weight of your house, it could lead to other serious issues. The structural integrity of your basement walls can be compromised by the lateral, or horizontal, movement in the ground’s soil. Certain outdoor factors like extreme weather conditions or too much moisture in the ground can cause the soils in the ground to expand and contract. Overtime, this constant expansion and contraction causes the soils to move underground and can put pressure on your basement retaining walls.

Watch Out for Signs

Like any other home issue, it’s important to spot the signs of retaining wall issues early and get it repaired quickly. Most of the weight of your home relies on your basement walls, so they play a key role in your home’s overall structural integrity. Common signs of basement retaining wall failure include:

  • Cracked or crumbling walls
  • Retaining walls separating from connecting walls
  • Slanting or tilting walls

If you notice any of these signs with your retaining walls, it’s important to address the issue quickly before it becomes worse and leads to other structural issues with your home.

Solutions for Wall Repair

Luckily, most of these issues can be fixed without a complete wall replacement. At United Structural Systems, Ltd., Inc., we offer a number of solutions since not every issue is a one-size-fits-all solution. The most common solutions to realign walls include:

  • Helical Tiebacks
  • I-Beams
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Composite Rock Anchor
  • Wall Slushing

Depending on your home’s situation, one or more of these solutions can permanently stabilize your walls and give your home structural stability. Our team at United Structural Systems, Ltd., Inc. has experience in all these areas and can give you a free, accurate assessment of your basement retaining walls.

Wall Realignment & Bowed Walls
  1. Helical Tieback
  2. I-Beams Carbon
  3. Fiber Composite
  4. Rock Anchor & Wall
  5. Slushing Wall Slushing