Leaning Wall Causes and Repair

Nov 6, 2016

Categories: Foundations

Unfortunately, many homeowners have to deal with leaning or bowing walls at one time or another.  Although there are a few different ways that a home’s walls can begin to bow or lean, the usual culprit is foundation settling.  Structural integrity begins with the home’s foundation, and when a foundation begins to shift, the walls are the next structure to move.  The danger with leaning walls is that enough movement in the walls of the home will cause further structures in your home to shift.  Your roof atop your walls will not remain in place when the walls begin to shift.  Additionally, when a wall begins to lean or bow, cracks will likely form, leading to outside water penetrating your home’s walls.  Those same cracks can also spread from your home’s walls to other parts of the house.  When you notice structural damage to your home’s walls, the next step is to prevent further damage by hiring a foundation repair professional.

Causes of Leaning or Bowing Walls

The main cause of bowing or leaning walls is simply pressure.  Excess pressure can come from foundation shifts or the top of your home having more weight that the walls cannot support.  Foundation damage can be caused by a number of factors, including excess moisture in the soil around your home, roots from nearby trees, poor water runoff, or simply the age of your home.  Whatever the cause, it is important to identify and treat the problem before further damage occurs.  A certified foundation repair company would be able to identify the cause of leaning walls and repair the damage, current and future.

Repairing Leaning Walls

There are a few ways that a leaning wall can be repaired.  No matter the technique, the key to repairing leaning or bowing walls is applying counterpressure. Wall anchors can be used for underground, leaning walls, as they anchor into the soil surrounding the walls to stabilize them.  A plate is attached to the inside of the wall and then slowly tightened so that the wall moves back into its original position.  Helical piers can be used to repair exterior walls by providing support and relieving pressure on your foundation.  Helical piers are screwed into the ground and then used to lift the foundation back in place.  Similarly, push piers can be used to support a foundation by relieving some of the pressure applied to it when a shift occurs.  In order to complete the repair process, we relocate the foundation to its intended position and apply counterpressure to the leaning or bowing walls.  Once an anchor or pier is in place to provide support, you can be relieved to know that your walls will never bow or lean again.  The structural integrity doesn’t just return, it is enhanced by the repairs, leaving the home stronger than it was before any shifting occurred.

CNT Foundations, South Carolina’s foundation experts, has helped many homeowners repair their leaning walls and shifted foundations using every industry leading method at our disposal. To see what we can do for you, Call us today
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