Hydrostatic pressure is created by excessive amounts of water in the soil. With enough of that hydrostatic pressure, eventually you might find yourself with a case of bowing basement walls.
It can be quite visible when your basement wall is bowing inward (or deflecting and shearing in severe circumstances). Bowing block walls in basements are usually accompanied by a horizontal crack running about 4 feet above the floor and ending about 6 feet from the corners. From there, the crack dissipates into the corners in the form of stair step cracking, both diagonally toward the ceiling and toward the floor.
Bowing walls can be repaired in one of several ways. Carbon fiber strips can be used if the deflection doesn’t exceed 2 inches. Other repairs can include I-beams or C-channel beams with helical tiebacks, sometimes called wall anchors.
If you are noticing bowing walls in your basement, a ‘58 Foundations approved foundation repair solution can help. Reach out to your nearest ’58 Foundations location to find out more and schedule a free estimate.
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