Bowed & Failing Foundation Walls

If you have bowing foundation walls, your foundation walls are tilting, or showing other signs of inward movement, this can be caused by pressure pushing against your foundation and can be a serious concern. Davco Masonry offers warrantied solutions that can solve even the worst foundation wall problems.

If you have bowing basement walls, it's best to have your home inspected by a professional foundation contractor who can pinpoint the cause and provide the right solution.

No matter what's causing your bowing basement walls, there are several signs to look for to determine if you have a bowing foundation wall problem:

  • Wall cracks.
  • Horizontal or step cracks are common when a foundation wall tilts or bows. If your foundation wall is made from concrete blocks, you might notice diagonal cracking between individual blocks.
  • Tilting.
  • A foundation wall will lean in when the top of the wall is being pushed inward by soil pressure.
  • Bowing.
  • Bowing of a foundation wall occurs when part of the wall has weakened and is being pushed inward. You can often notice this by looking at a straight pipe or 2×4 when placed against the wall.

Bowing and cracked foundation walls are typically caused by expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure. When the soil around the foundation absorbs water, it expands and pushes against your foundation - this is referred to as hydrostatic pressure. When the force exceeds the strength of the wall, the wall cracks, bows or breaks. As the soil dries, it pulls away from your foundation walls, creating weak areas. When the soil around your foundation gets saturated again, this causes further weakening and inward movement. This pressure can be caused by heavy rain, poor drainage, inadequate grading, expansion due to frost, large tree roots, or even a combination of them. If these problems persist and are ignored, your walls will eventually fail.

Over 50 years, Davco has seen every state of a failing foundation wall. From small step cracks to walls that collapse into the home, we have seen it and fixed it all. We have a lot of photos on our site which reference this kind of work. Feel free to look over them and reach out to us with any questions you may have. We can also set up a FREE consultation with you to go over your concerns one-on-one.

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