Bowing & Buckling Foundation Walls In Greater Denver

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:

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.

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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?

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 wall 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.

When foundation wall anchors won’t work

Installed i-beam system home.

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

In some cases, a wall anchor system can’t be used to repair a bowing wall because the yard outside the house isn’t accessible. At Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems, when encountering this kind of problem we recommend that you install our IntelliBrace Foundation Wall System.

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

Bowing, buckling foundation wall repair experts in Colorado

If you’re dealing with a bowing or buckling foundation wall in your home, Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems has the proven, long-lasting solutions you need. Contact us online to get a free estimate on foundation wall repair services in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Pueblo, Boulder, Greeley and the nearby areas.