Signs of Structural Damage to Your Foundation Wall & the Stabilizing SolutionThe worst kind of issue you can face as a homeowner is structural issues. These issues come in many forms and can seem to sneak up on you when you least expect it. An issue you might face as a homeowner could be a bowing or cracked foundation wall. Foundation walls are the most important component of a structure and are there for one purpose, to provide stability from the ground up and give support to the structure of your home. When foundation walls are compromised it can spell trouble for you and your family’s safety. Hydrostatic pressure is oftentimes the main culprit as to why your basement or retaining walls have been structurally compromised. Hydrostatic pressure is the outward and downward pressure caused by standing water pushing against any object or surface that blocks it, such as your basement walls. Gravity forces the water to push hard against objects or surfaces that restricts its flow. Evidence of hydrostatic pressure includes:
- Bowing Walls- When the soil surrounding your house takes in water it expands and puts hydrostatic pressure on the walls of the home’s foundation. When this happens, the wall will bow out and seem curved in the middle.
- Horizontal cracks- A horizontal crack in your foundation wall is a key sign that pressure is being exerted in a particular spot and as a result cracks form-meaning that if it is not bowing now, soon it will be if left untreated.
- Presence of expansive soil- When soil expands and puts pressure on your walls, it may work its way through the wall if there are any cracks or holes present. When this happens, you will see soil gathering on the wall and at the base inside your home.
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