A bowed basement wall is one of the most common foundation issues in the Mid-Ohio Valley. They are typically a result of expansive soil pressure against the exterior. When these expansive soils, such as clay, begin to have excessive moisture, they expand. Once the force of the expansion pressure exceeds the amount of vertical and, or lateral strength of the wall, the wall begins to bow, shift, or lean.
Many contractors use the words “fix” and “repair” loosely. Understanding the differences in systems, what they are designed to do, and the pros and cons of each, will help you make an informed decision. We install interior stabilization methods, and exterior repair methods, giving you options.
Interior systems are not “fixes.” They are designed and installed as stabilization. Their sole function is to keep a bowed basement wall from moving further. They are good at what they are designed for, but they are not a be all fix all.
We know that the wall is moving due to expansive soils. How then can we expect to “fix” it without removing the cause of the movement? Eliminating the cause, the soil and the excessive moisture, is the only fix.
Not all customers, need or want an exterior system installed. That is why we fully educate all of our customers on the distinctions between all systems on the market. We do not enslave ourselves to a franchise, so we have the ability to install both exterior and interior systems, and the flexibility to be honest on what each one will accomplish.