Home Foundation Bowing Wall Repair

By the time you’ve begun to notice you need Bowing Wall Repair, there’s a good chance that this situation has been present for a long time. Bowing walls most often happen due to the force of hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure occurs when water presses against the basement walls, causing the weight against the walls to exceed their capacity. Walls can also bow and fail when expansive clays or frost cause expansion of the soils to fatigue and damage the wall.


Bowing Wall Repair needs with severe structural damage will show cracks, shearing & bowing as time progresses, and in some cases, the only way to repair the problem is to completely remove and rebuild the foundation wall.

CLI Concrete Leveling has the experience needed to complete Foundation Repair Services throughout Michigan & Ohio. Before the foundation is excavated, the yard around your foundation must be removed. This includes all landscaping such as gardens, steps, walkways, foliage, and everything else located along the foundation.

Then the foundation will be excavated, with the removed soil being laid in mounds around the house. Temporary supports will be put in place as the foundation walls are removed and replaced. When the job is completed, the landscaping and dirt can be returned. A year later, this soil will settle and must be regraded.


CLI Concrete Leveling will begin to install steel beam foundation support that include the floor along the foundation walls to be jackhammered where the beams will be placed. The beams will then be installed and bolted to the wooden floor joist. The pressure bearing against the wall is transferred to the wood floor joist, which can lead to damage and buckling in the floor above.

This type of Bowing Wall Repair merely braces the walls, whereas other Foundation Repair methods can provide a way for homeowners to actually straighten and repair the wall as well.


Foundation wall anchors are more effective solutions for Bowing Wall Repair. Helical Piers consist of a long rod with a corkscrew end that attaches to a wall plate inside of the foundation wall. To install these, large holes are created in the wall (or in the case of block walls, blocks are removed) where the anchors will be installed. A helical anchor is drilled through this hole into the soil. The hole is refilled with concrete, and the wall plates are installed.

Exterior waterproofing is usually recommended to be done before the backfill process takes place.

signs of basement wall problems


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