Do You Have Bowed and Leaning Basement Walls?
There is a difference between a bowed wall and a leaning wall. A leaning wall usually has a horizontal crack at the top 1/3 of the wall and is usually caused by an expansive soil. A bowed wall also has a horizontal crack, but is usually midway down the wall and is almost always caused by hydrostatic pressure.
Ground water and poor drainage lead to hydrostatic pressure. The causes of cracked, bowed and leaning walls are improperly compacted fill, inadequate drainage, a change in “run-off” water, blasting, and a number of other less common causes.
A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair
Is more invasive than most other methods of repair. The difference is that “We Treat The Problem Rather Than The Symptom”. While other methods of repair stabilize or strengthen the wall, A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair actually Straightens and Strengthens the wall.
How It Works:
- First the wall is braced on the inside to prevent any further damage.
- The entire wall is excavated down to the foundation. This relieves the pressure, allowing us to straighten the wall and correct the cause of the cracking.
- Then the wall is hydraulically jacked back into place.
- The wall is then straightened by either filling with concrete, adding rebar, reinforcement with steel platting, or all of the above.
- The excavated area is then backfilled, and the bracing is removed.
- The wall is now stronger than when it was originally erected!