Bowing & Buckling Foundation Walls In Greater Columbus

Identifying & repairing issues related to foundation wall failure

Diagram of a repaired foundation wall

This diagram shows inward movement and on foundation walls due to hydrostatic pressure (click to enlarge).

The Problem:

Your foundation walls are bowing, buckling or are showing signs of inward movement.

Telltale Signs:

  • Horizontal or stair-step cracking along the foundation walls
  • Diagonal cracking at corners of poured concrete foundation walls
  • Inward bowing or bulging along the walls
  • Walls sliding inwards on the bottom
  • Walls leaning in at the top
  • Wet, clay soils around the home coupled with damaged walls
  • Expansive clay soils present around the structure

How to Fix It:

Diagram of a repaired foundation wall

This diagram shows wall anchors resolving the movement of foundation walls (click to enlarge).

Install Wall Anchors along the bowing walls, and use the system’s clamping pressure to stabilize and restore the wall. Wall anchors are installed by placing soil anchors n the ground outside the home. Steel rods attached to soil anchors extend through the foundation wall and wall plates. Wall plates distribute clamping pressure, and tightening nuts on the threaded ends of the rods stabilizes the wall for a permanent solution.

When space issues prohibit wall anchor installation, we recommend installing the IntelliBrace™ Wall System or Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System.

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  • Cracking, Bowing Foundation Walls in Columbus, OH, are Corrected by Wall Anchors and Carbon Fiber
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    Cracking, Bowing Foundation Walls in Columbus, OH, are Corrected by Wall Anchors and Carbon Fiber
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    Cracking, Bowing Foundation Walls in Columbus, OH, are Corrected by Wall Anchors and Carbon Fiber

    Homeowners in Columbus, OH, may decide to sell their house in the future, so they wanted to take proactive steps to ensure its structural integrity and resale value.

    The owners have lived in the house more than 30 years, and during that time they have noticed issues such as foundation wall cracking and bowing starting to get worse.

    These are common signs of foundation wall failure, most often caused by hydrostatic pressure. As the soil outside the foundation walls expands from saturation, it exerts pressure on the walls. This constant force then causes the walls to fail.

    Hoping to find a permanent solution, the owners contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company through home repair resources like Home Advisor. We then installed some of our reliable foundation repair products.

    Five Wall Anchors were installed on the problematic south foundation wall. This wall had significant gaps between the cracking blocks, but the sturdy wall anchors corrected this. Not only do these galvanized steel anchors permanently stabilize the wall, they offer the best opportunity to straighten it. Their unique design allows them to be tightened at intervals for wall improvement.

    Six Carbon Fiber supports were installed on the east foundation wall that was also cracking and bowing, but not as severely as the south wall. These heavy-duty supports also permanently reinforce the wall and prevent further cracking and inward bowing. They can easily be concealed by paint, drywall or paneling.

    The owners now have peace of mind knowing the home will be structurally sound not only for themselves, but for future homeowners for many years to come.

Signs of bowing foundation walls

Foundation walls move inward primarily due to expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure on the walls from outside. However, foundation walls may also crack due to many other outside causes, including foundation settlement. Our foundation experts will accurately identify the cause of your home’s foundation problems.

What Causes Cracked & Bowing Foundation Walls?

wet and dry clay soil samples, with the dry one shrunken and cracked

How Does Moisture Affect Clay Soils?

These two clay samples started out exactly the same in size, weight, and composition. The sample on the right was allowed to dry out, while the one on the left was kept moist.

If a small sample of clay can gain this much volume when it gets wet, just imagine how dramatic the changes are in the soil around your home!

The soils around your home can put enormous pressure on foundation walls. The amount of pressure they exert depends on four factors:

  1. The type of soil around the foundation
  2. The amount of moisture in the soil
  3. How far underground the foundation is
  4. The temperature conditions

There’s 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 significantly to foundation problems by allowing large volumes of water to collect in the soil around your structure.

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 would like a free foundation wall repair quote for your home, call or e-mail us today!

Installing Foundation Wall Anchors

At Ohio Basement Authority, we recommend the Wall Anchor System, to stabilize failing foundation walls. Our contractors follow these six steps when installing our warrantied wall anchor system:

When Foundation Wall Anchors Won’t Work Choose The IntelliBrace™ System

Installed i-beam system home.

The innovative IntelliBrace system stabilizes bowing walls and can even straighten walls over time.

The IntelliBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system designed to stabilize failing basement walls and also allow for potential straightening over time.

This product is a great option when access to the yard outside of the home is not possible and bowing, buckling wall problems need to be solved.

The IntelliBrace™ is an I-beam system that has several advantages over traditional “old school” systems.

This includes its rust-resistant zinc coating and a design that makes it possible not only to stabilize bowing walls but also to straighten these walls over a period of time.

Installation of an IntelliBrace™ system can be conducted quickly in your home, with no disruption to your lawn, gardens, foliage, or other landscaping.

More about The Intellibrace™ System.

Carbon Fiber® carbon fiber foundation wall reinforcement

Strips add strength. When epoxied to the foundation wall, strips of carbon fiber fabric provide reinforcement that’s 10 times stronger than steel. The Carbon Fiber Wall Repair system is an excellent way to solve cracking, bowing foundation wall problems.

Carbon Fiber stabilizes cracked & bowing foundation walls with high-tech carbon fiber

When soil pressure causes a foundation wall to bow inward and crack, one solution is to stabilize and strengthen the wall using Carbon Fiber® bracing technology.

The Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System relies on the exceptional strength of carbon fiber fabric – 10 times stronger than steel.

Concrete is strong in compression, enabling a foundation wall to withstand extreme downward pressure. But concrete is weak in tension. A foundation wall can’t stretch or bend in response to sideways soil pressure, so cracking and bowing problems sometimes develop.

When installed against a foundation wall with special structural epoxy, Carbon Fiber® fabric is exceptionally strong in tension. This reinforcement treatment enables a cracked or bowed foundation to withstand soil pressure without sustaining further damage.

Carbon Fiber® repairs can be made quickly and at an affordable price, and this low-profile repair is easily hidden with a coat of paint.

Learn more about the Carbon Fiber® Wall Reinforcing System.

Looking For Foundation Wall Repair Experts In Ohio?

At Ohio Basement Authority, we’re proud to provide warrantied solutions that will permanently solve issues with bowing, buckling foundation walls.

We provide free, no-obligation foundation wall repair estimates to homeowners throughout our Ohio service area. Each estimate is made in person, on site, and is presented in writing.

Our service area includes Mansfield, Springfield, Columbus, and nearby areas such as Newark, Westerville, Zanesville, Lancaster, Marion, Dublin, Chillicothe. Call or e-mail us today!

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We serve the following areas

  • Ava
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  • Belle Valley
  • Belpre
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  • Buffalo
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  • Lore City
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  • Lower Salem
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  • Marietta
  • Mcconnelsville
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  • New Matamoras
  • Newport
  • Old Washington
  • Pleasant City
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  • Quaker City
  • Reedsville
  • Reno
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  • Sarahsville
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  • Tuppers Plains
  • Vincent
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  • Whipple
  • Wingett Run
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