WHAT IS CAUSING THE WALLS OF MY HOME TO BOW OR LEAN?
Middle Tennessee is rampant with red clay soils that are prone to expanding, contracting, and shifting. Because of this, many Tennessee homeowners experience structural problems when their foundation begins to move along with the soil beneath it.
While many signs of foundation failure are quite obvious, one more subtle indicator is bowing, leaning, or rotating walls. Compromised walls can be indicative of some serious and expensive damage, so having your foundation inspected regularly should be a priority.
As mentioned above, bowing or leaning walls can usually be attributed to the varying moisture content of the soil around and below the foundation. In periods of excessive rain or flooding, the soil beneath the foundation experiences complete saturation. This means that the soil is unable to absorb any additional moisture.
If rain continues to fall past the point of saturation, the soil will eventually release any hydro-static pressure that has been building up. This pressure places tension on the foundation walls, which must bow or lean to counteract the added stress. This is bad news for many Nashville and Murfreesboro homeowners, as Middle Tennessee has been recognized as the 6th rainiest state in America – making over-saturation a common occurrence.
If not repaired in a timely fashion, bowing or leaning walls can cause additional problems throughout the home, such as:
Floor and wall cracks
Basement water damage
Uneven or sloped flooring
All of these issues indicate serious damage and should never be ignored. If you notice that your walls are beginning to bow, lean, or even rotate, contact a professional foundation repair contractor as soon as possible. At Ground Up Foundation Repair, our team of experts has the knowledge and experience necessary to fix your affected walls and foundation in a timely manner and at an affordable rate.
SOLUTIONS FOR BOWING OR LEANING WALLS
The most common solution for bowing or leaning foundation walls is to install helical tiebacks, which are screwed deeply into the ground next to the compromised wall. Once secured, these anchors provide the necessary pressure required to straighten and stabilize the wall. This is an attractive option for homeowners as it is quick, simple, and minimally invasive with no disruption to your landscaping. In addition, our piers are manufactured by ECP (Earth Contact Products), the leading supplier of foundation repair products in the industry. So you can rest assured that your foundation walls will be secure for years to come.
If the foundation walls in your Middle Tennessee home have become compromised and are leaning, bowing, or rotating, it’s time to call in the experts at Ground Up Foundation Repair. We are proud to offer superior quality foundation repair services at a cost-efficient rate for homeowners in Nashville and the surrounding areas of Middle Tennessee. Contact us today for more information and for your free estimate!