Bowing and Buckling Foundation Wall Repair in Greater Indianapolis
The Geo-Lock™ Foundation Wall Anchor System
What It Does:
The Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System permanently stabilizes your basement walls, offering the best opportunity to straighten the walls without the cost and disruption of foundation replacement.
Heavy duty, galvanized earth anchors are embedded in stable, undisturbed soil outside your foundation wall. Each anchor is connected by a steel rod to a wall plate that provides clamping pressure against the inside of the foundation wall. This method also offers the potential to straighten the wall back to its original position.
- Year-Round Installation
- Warrantied for 25 Years
- Most Jobs Completed in One Day
- Potential to Straighten Bowed Walls
- Minimal Disturbance to Home, Lawn, and Landscaping
- Will Not Damage Interior Flooring
- Won’t Infringe on Usable Basement Space
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How Wall Anchor Systems Work
While there are a number of potential causes of cracked and bowing foundation walls, the most common reason is pressure from foundation soils.
When clay soils get wet, they can expand and put tremendous pressure on a wall. When this force exceeds the wall’s ability to resist it, the wall begins to fail in different ways. Cracking, bowing and tilting are the most common symptoms of foundation wall failure.
Other factors in foundation wall damage include heavy rains (causing hydrostatic pressure) and exterior slabs, such as driveways or porches that put pressure on the wall by expanding in hot weather (street creep). Large tree roots, soil expansion due to frost, and issues related to poor grading can also cause foundation damage.
One of the problems with foundation soils is that while the earth is continually pressing against the outside of the walls, nothing on the inside is equalizing that pressure. Foundation wall anchors address this problem by “gripping” the inside surface of the wall and countering that pressure.
Foundation wall anchors extend out to the stable, hard-packed soil beyond your home, anchoring themselves there and bracing the foundation wall. This stops inward movement entirely — and over time, tightening these anchors can even move your foundation walls back to their original position.
Foundation wall anchors have been used successfully to stabilize and straighten foundation walls since the late 1970’s. This repair system has an excellent track record in residential and commercial structures. In fact, in 1992, wall anchor systems were identified by a Chief Appraiser for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the most effective means of stabilizing bowing foundation walls.
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When To Use Foundation Wall Anchors
Wall anchors are the most versatile wall repair method because they can be used to stabilize walls with a variety of problems, including bowing walls, tipping walls, and walls that are pushing in at the bottom. Wall anchors are installed independently of a home’s floor systems, making them the ideal installation under appropriate conditions.
In order for a wall anchor system to work effectively, several feet of access is needed on the outside of your home. In areas where homes are only a few feet apart, wall anchors are not a valid option. If this is the case in your situation, we will recommend another wall repair option.
Removal and Replacement Of The Foundation
Total Foundation Replacement involves excavating the dirt around the home to expose the damaged foundation. Anything around the foundation, including gardens, foliage, and patios must also be removed. The foundation is then removed and replaced.
This is an invasive, expensive, and time-consuming process that should only be done as a last resort. If the wall is standing, we can almost always repair it.
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Carbon Fiber Strips
Carbon fiber is a very high tensile strength material that’s almost impossible to stretch. Due to this, it can be ‘glued’ to concrete walls to keep them from bending or bowing inwards.
Carbon fiber straps have become a fairly common method for reinforcing basement walls. If installed properly, they can effectively hold the center of the wall in place.
Since carbon fiber straps are not attached to anything but the wall itself, they should NOT be used if your basement walls have started to slide in at the bottom or lean in at the top.
I-Beam Wall Braces
Most I-Beam installations begin by standing a beam up against a basement wall. The beam is then connected to the wood floor joists at the top and the concrete floor at the bottom.
If you have rocky soil or there are property line issues, I-Beam systems are a good option for stabilizing bowing, tilting, or inwards-sliding walls. The PowerBrace’s patented design takes this one step farther — with an adjustable design that will also straighten the walls over time.
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Helical Wall Anchors
Helical anchors have been used to stabilize foundations and retaining walls for years — and they’ve proven to be quite effective. They are designed like a screw and can be mechanically advanced through the soil with heavy equipment.
To install a helical anchor in the wall, one of two things must be done: either the wall must have a large hole cut for each anchor, or the outside of the home will need to be excavated at each anchor point to attach the helical pier section to the rod.
Cutting a hole in the wall will often lead to water issues in the future, while excavating around the foundation is labor-intensive and damaging to landscaping.
Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors
Wall anchors have been used successfully since the late 1970’s to stabilize foundation and retaining walls. These systems consist of heavy-duty galvanized steel anchors that are embedded into the soil away from the foundation wall. They are connected to steel plates with galvanized anchoring rods.
Once installed, wall anchors will hold walls in their current position without any further adjustment. Wall anchors can be tightened during dry periods, allowing for improvement and straightening of the wall over time.
Wall Anchor Application Chart
|Removal & Replacement||Carbon Fiber Strips||I-Beams||Helical Anchors||Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors|
|Installation Usually Completed In One Day|
|Does Not Have Problems With Leaking|
|Does Not Rely On Floor System For Support|
|Stabilizes Walls That Are Bowing In At The Center Of The Wall|
|Will Keep The Wall From Tipping/Leaning In At The Top Of The Wall|
|Will Keep The Wall From Sliding In At The Bottom|
|Limited Disturbance To Lawn & Landscaping|
|Can Straighten Wall Over Time Without Excavating|
|Can Be Installed In Areas With Close Property Lines|
|Can Be Installed When Interior Access Is Limited|
|Can Easily Avoid Obstructions On Basement Walls Such As Pipes, Wires, And Plumbing Lines|
Your Local Foundation Contractors
At Indiana Foundation Service we can fix foundation issues related to bowing, buckling basement walls of all types. Our wall anchor systems include a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as a performance warranty from us.
If you would like a free, no-obligation, written foundation wall repair quote, we’re the contractors for you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site appointment with one of our specialists!
We’re proud to serve Indianapolis, Bloomington, and many other parts of Indiana.