The bowing of anything in your home is generally not regarded as a good thing—especially when it comes to your basement walls. As the foundation of your home, your basement walls are responsible for the stability of everything that sits above them, and any instability can lead to major home damage. That’s why it’s important to take care of the issue as soon as it is noticed in order to maintain the quality and safety of your home.
The bowing of basement walls is generally caused by water either through soil conditions or poor drainage. When the soil around your house fills with water, the hydrostatic pressure that is generated pushes against your walls, causing them to bow and crack. This may be the result of heavy rainfall, a soil type that absorbs high volumes of water, or poor home drainage from downspouts and gutters. Any of these factors can put more pressure on a foundation than it can withstand and force them to bow, crack and eventually cave. And because no homeowner wants a wall to collapse, it’s important to deal with basement wall problems immediately in order to avoid additional home damage.
So, what are the signs of bowed basement walls? Several noticeable factors can serve as indicators: horizontal cracks in the walls, stair step cracking at the corners, shearing at the bottom of the walls and leaning at the top. In some cases, wall hangings may even appear to be unlevel against the wall. If left untreated, the damage will keep getting worse until your walls are in danger of collapsing and your home becomes a safety hazard.
The good news is that if it is detected early, basement walls can be restored and repaired, but it needs to be done as soon as the damage is spotted. And because it involves a little heavy equipment, it has to be done by a professional.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to make the call early. Contact a foundation repair company to come out and assess the situation as soon as possible. There are several repair methods, and the professionals can usually give you a solid recommendation based on your home’s specific condition. And, at Gordon Energy & Drainage, we hope your call will be to us. As one of Kansas City’s most trusted foundation repair companies, we promise the kind of quality, efficient work that will ensure the safety and stability of your home.
This week, take a look at your basement walls and give us a call if you see any signs bowing. Remember, it’s not an issue to be taken lightly, and you don’t want to risk your entire property. Instead, call us for a free estimate. We’ll come out and take a look at the situation and offer our honest assessment. Then, we’ll back it up by giving you outstanding treatment and peace of mind knowing your home is safe, solid and sturdy.