What is a Bowing Basement Wall?
A bowing basement wall is when the foundation of the home begins to curve inward. This can be caused by a number of scenarios and can be detrimental to the home's structure and value.
What Causes a Bowing Wall?
The most common cause of a bowing basement wall is built-up pressure from the soil on the outside of the foundation. When the yard was backfilled, either during construction or a repair, it was done so in a way that does not prevent this soil pressure from building, which results in the wall giving in to the pressure and expanding into your basement.
Can a Bowing Wall Collapse?
Ultimately yes, but it is very rare. Just because the wall might not cave in doesn't mean it shouldn't be fixed. A bowing wall is still a big problem and can cause water to leak into your basement, which leads to mold and other issues.
How to Tell If your Wall is Bowing?
Sometimes a bowing wall will result in cracks, but often, you can actually see the curvature of the bowed wall. If you think your wall is bowing, take a look at the pipes by the wall and see if there are parts of the wall that are closer to the pipes than others.
If you see these cracks or the actual curvature of the wall, it is best to call your contractor as soon as possible. If you can catch the bowing when it first starts, you might not have to have the wall replaced, which is obviously better for your wallet. The pressure and curving will not go away, and they won't lessen either. So, the sooner you have it looked at, the better.
Learn More About Bowing Basement Wall Repair
If you are concerned about your basement wall and want to learn more about how to fix it, contact us at Reliable Drain today!