Pressure of Expansive Clay of Foundation Walls in Colorado

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Jessie Schoepflin

Water is the catalyst that leads to almost all the associated structural failures or mold infestation problems in and around the home. Too much water around or under a home’s foundation causes soils to swell both vertically and horizontally. This swelling of soil causes floors to heave and walls to bow. Pressure from outside the foundation walls – from expansive clay soils and from soil saturated with water – can impose loads that the walls were not designed to withstand. Water can also cause damage to property in finished basements and in storage areas. So what can Complete Basement Systems do to help?

Install a Waterproofing System

The patented WaterGuard system, installed and warranted by Complete Basement Systems,  is designed to meet the challenges keeping the basement dry permanently. WaterGuard has a design that separates it from the soil under the floor, making it highly resistant to the clogs that are common on exterior systems. This design allows any moisture coming up from the ground to be routed away from the rest of the basement. This particular drainage system also has a special wall flange that creates a space between the floor and the wall to drain any wall seepage so the home is protected from water entering from both the floor and wall.Pressure of Expansive Clay of Foundation Walls in state - Image 1

The best way to keep the basement dry All the time is to install a drainage systems on the inside perimeter of the basement. An interior system can bypass the expense and damage to the yard that is caused by excavation to install an exterior drainage system. Complete Basement Systems will run a drainage system across all leaking, interior, perimeter walls of the basement. That means no excavation is needed on the outside and the landscaping will stay intact. The WaterGuard system intercepts water at the perimeter of the basement and drains it unseen safely away – guaranteed! Once the water is collected, it’s directed to a sump pump, which discharges the water out and away from the house.

Straighten Tilting Foundation Walls

Once external pressure on foundation walls has gotten as great as to cause the walls to bow Complete Basement Systems can use wall braces to stabilize those cracked and bowing supports. Our repair techniques will stabilize the wall right away. Straightening a bowed wall can be done gradually or immediately, depending on the strategy you select.

Foundation walls are designed to support loads from above, not from the side. When side pressure on the walls exceeds the wall’s ability to withstand the force, they will begin to crack, bow, slide in at the bottom, and/or tilt in at the top. Wall anchors can counteract soil pressure by anchoring walls to a stable, undisturbed soil outside the home.Pressure of Expansive Clay of Foundation Walls in state - Image 2

The innovative wall anchor system installed by Complete Basement Systems will permanently stabilize the foundation wall by anchoring the walls to the hard-packed soil beyond the foundation. Complete Basement Systems will excavate the soil along the foundation wall to further straighten the foundation walls and pull them back to their original position if needed, as mechanically and safely as possible.

In conclusion, once Complete Basement Systems has stabilized the foundation walls and installed WaterGuard drainage system on the inside perimeter of the basement the destructive effects of water can be eliminated from the home. 

Contact Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems today for a free estimate on foundation repair in Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Boulder, Greeley, Thornton, Loveland, Longmont, Centennial, Cheyenne, Castle Rock, Commerce City, Broomfield and the surrounding Colorado area.

About the author
Jessie is a Colorado native and resident all her life, and after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado she started work for a wholesale florist managing the social networking accounts and directing phone calls. She made the transition over to the Complete Basement Systems team in 2012 working in the call center and on online marketing.