Bowing walls in your house?

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by Taylor McGoldrick

Is your foundation walls bowing or buckling? 

There are signs that you should watch out for if you said yes to the question above. Some signs you need to notice are your stair-steps cracking along the foundation walls, diagnoal cracking at corners of poured concrete, inward bowing or bulging, walls sliding inwards on the bottom, walls leaning in at the top, and wet, clay soils around the home couple with damaged walls. 

Now you are aksing, what causes cracked and bowing foundation walls?

Well the soules around your home can put enormous pressure on foundation walls. The amount of pressure they exert depends on four factors. The four factors are the type of soil around the foundation, the amount of moisture in the soil, how far underground the foundation is, and the temperature conditions. 

There is constant pressure on your foundation walls from the outside, but the only thing holding up your foundation wall is the wall itself. Hydrostatic pressure, expansive clay soil, and frost can all exert enough pressure to cause walls to lean or even collapse. Gutters and downspouts can also contribute significally to foundatio problems.

If roof runoff is not directed away from your foundation , the soil around the foundation will become heavier and more expansive as it's saturated with water. 

If you are having foundation problems, call us today to schedule a an appointment that is at no cost to you. 

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