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Bowing Foundation Walls & Sinking Floors

Bowing Foundation Walls Repair

Pressure from the earth around the foundation can cause walls to bow inward

Bowing walls are sign of serious foundation problems

Basement walls will usually begin to bow before you can see any cracks. This bowing is sometimes difficult to see, but any bowing at all is an indication of a weakened structure. This can be from the external pressures on the foundation, and it's only a matter of time before this cracking shows on the inside of the basement. Brick walls are just as vulnerable to bowing and cracking as concrete and are also susceptible to crumbling mortar.

If you notice signs of bowing walls in your basement, call your local Basement Systems dealer today. Bowing walls can be indicator of serious foundation issues to come, and they should quickly be addressed with professional help.

How to identify bowing walls

Bowing of basement walls is a serious problem and must be addressed before the problem becomes irreparable. Although it is sometimes difficult to see bowing walls or sinking foundations when they begin, there are other signs that help you catch problems before they arise.

Block Walls Cracked

Bowing walls will eventually lead to cracks and other damage

Look for these signs:

  • Cracks in the walls that are wider at the top than at the bottom
  • Floors that are not level
  • Doors, cabinets and windows that do not shut properly
  • Cracking in the upstairs plaster and/or drywall
  • Cracking in exterior brickwork and/or caulking
  • Leaning of outside chimneys and/or porches

A word of warning: If your foundation walls are bulging in response to area flooding, they may be at the risk of collapse. Do not delay in seeking expert advice on foundation repair in this situation!

Ensure your foundation walls are sturdy

Your local Basement Systems dealer can help you with bowing and buckling foundation walls, providing expert solutions and high quality products. Don't wait to address your foundation problem -- call today for a no-obligation free estimate!

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