You may have noticed that the walls in your basement are bulging and bowing inward. This is a common problem with potentially serious consequences. Bowing basement walls are a sure sign that they are becoming weak. If ignored, bowing walls can lead to cracks, crumbling, collapse and even threaten the structural integrity of your entire home.
THE CAUSE OF BASEMENT WALLS BOWING
There are many outside forces that contribute to the bowing of basement walls. It is a symptom of excessive exterior stresses that include:
Sloping Lawns – Sloping lawn can pile tons of heavy soil on your foundation, making your interior basement walls bow inward.
Patios and Driveways – Brick and concrete are extremely heavy, and if placed near your basement walls, they can cause them to bow.
Rainy Weather – Something as simple as the weather can create bowing basement walls. When the soil around your basement walls becomes saturated with water, either from general rainfall or runoff from clogged gutters, it becomes very heavy. This is turn introduces more stress on the basement walls, causing them to bow.
Leaky Pipes – Like with rainwater, plumbing leaks can saturate the soil around your foundation with water and cause wall bowing.
Trees – Roots from trees planted too close to your home will press against your basement walls and cause bowing.
PREVENTING BASEMENT WALL BOWING
To keep some of the stress off your basement walls, keep gutters clear, plumbing maintained, and remove trees planted within ten feet of your house. If possible, also avoid pouring any concrete or building brick patios too close to your home’s foundation. These suggestions will help keep your basement walls from bowing and bulging. However, while maintaining your home and its surroundings are essential, there is nothing you can do about things like rain, heavy soil and sloping lawns. For that reason, you may consider getting your basement walls reinforced with carbon fiber strips. Carbon fiber is tough, durable and stronger than steel by a factor of five. It is a definite must to protect your home from dangerous structural conditions like basement wall bowing. For best results and peace of mind, contact your friends at Family Waterproofing Solutions (708) 330-4466 for a Free Estimate on Bowing Walls Services. Protect your home today!