Bowed Wall Repair

Bowed walls are a cause for serious homeowner concern. They can cause significant structural damage and lower the value of your west suburban property. With the right approach, bowed walls can be repaired, returning your home and foundation to its previous state. The experts at Premium Waterproofing are with you every step of the way through bowed wall repair to ensure that things return to normal.

How Bowed Walls Originate

Pressure from the exterior ground soil can cause block foundation walls to bow and deflect inward, resulting in catastrophic structural failure. We specialize in the repair of bowed foundation walls and can prevent your block foundation walls from structural failure.

Signs of Bowed Walls

If you think your home has bowed walls, acting fast to minimize any risk to your foundation is essential. Some signs may include:

  • Horizontal or stairstep cracks in the wall.
  • Walls that bulge in the middle and lean in at the top and bottom.
  • Doors or windows that stick or don’t work correctly.

Methods for Fixing Bowed Walls

Depending on the circumstances, we will use one of two accepted methods: One method requires installing a non-intrusive strengthening system using carbon fiber straps less than 1/16” thick and ten times stronger than steel beams. Installing the Carbon fiber straps on the interior walls keeps the foundation in place and prevents further bowing. These straps are faster to install and are more affordable than steel beams. They are also corrosion-resistant and can be painted.

The second method is more intrusive, requiring us to brace the interior foundation walls and excavate the exterior ground soil. We then push the walls back into place; install steel bars vertically into each block, and pump the wall full of concrete. After allowing the concrete to cure for 24 hours, we waterproof the block foundation wall with one of our waterproofing membranes, and backfill the ground soil. The braces are removed from the foundation walls after 3-5 days. This method not only
pushes the wall back into place but also prevents future bowing.

Go With an Experienced Waterproofing Company for Bowed Wall Repair

If your home is showing signs of bowed walls, it’s essential to act fast to relieve the stress on your home. Premium Waterproofing can help you restore the integrity of your foundation and walls and minimize the long-term risks to your home. Call us at (630) 879-6116 or complete the form today for a free consultation!

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