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A retaining wall is a structure that holds, or retains, soil behind it. There are different types of retaining walls, made of differing types of materials. The most common materials used for creating retaining walls include concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks, and/or boulders. All of these materials can successfully retain soil, but some are easier to use than others and have differing life spans. Read More ⇒
Leaning or bowing basement walls are a sure sign of foundation failure. This foundation problem generally occurs when the foundation of a home has begun to shift due to excess pressure in the ground. Excess groundwater can put a huge amount of stress on the soil around a home, causing even such a heavy weight to feel the strain. The basement walls will begin to bow or lean as the pressure pushes against the walls. Not only will this cause problems with your walls, but other problems with your foundation will become apparent. Read More ⇒
Just as with your health, finding issues and problems through early detection is the best way to treat problems and to prevent further, more severe, complications from occurring. Your home is probably the largest investment that you will ever make, so taking action early when major problems become apparent is the best way to secure your home. However, you must recognize the signs of an unstable foundation so that you can take action to repair it. Foundation problems will get worse over time, but catching signs of damage early on can save you a great deal of time and money.
There are often very specific warning signs that people may notice yet be unaware of what they are revealing about their home’s stability. Exterior warning signs of a foundational issue include:
- Brick Cracks – a “stair stepping” pattern near windows and doors or near the ground and corners indicate a sunken footing.
- Exterior Mildew – mildew growing on base of the exterior walls indicates that there is improper drainage around the foundation.
- Foundation Cracks – cracks and separation of patios, sidewalks, and exterior slabs as well as steps pulling away from a porch indicate unstable soil beneath the foundation.
- Cracked Flooring – cracked or broken tile indicates that there are cracks in the foundation beneath the flooring.
- Displaced Molding – gaps between the ceiling and the crown molding indicate that the home is shifting on the foundation and is unstable.
- Cracks in Interior Walls – cracks in Sheetrock or plaster (typically found above or below windows) indicate that walls may be sinking due to soil bearing failure.
- Fractured Basement Walls – soil pressure and/or movement of earth below the foundation cause horizontal cracks in the basement walls.
- Sticking Door and Windows – doors and windows that “stick” or are hard to open, or doors and windows that look crooked in their casing are indicators that the framing of the house is under stress.
None of these signs should be ignored because they can cost a great deal of time and money to repair if damage is allowed to progress. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has a lifetime of experience repairing foundational issues of homes. 85 years of experience has given us the reputation of exceptional service and outstanding results.
Helical tie backs and sea wall anchors are designed to straighten or strengthen basement and retaining walls. When these foundation components fail to do their jobs, it allows for brick walls to lean, fall, and break apart. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, our masonry experts are highly experienced in diagnosing and repairing problems with these specialty masonry apparatuses.
Tie backs are installed in order to support new retaining walls or to strengthen retaining walls that have begun to bow. Tie back anchors’ size and load requirements are specific to each job and must be chosen with the correct engineering specifications needed. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we know the specifics of how tie backs function and what support they will add to a basement or retaining wall for years to come.
Bowed or leaning basement walls or retaining walls can cause major damage to a home. In fact, some damage can become so severe that walls may completely collapse if the proper method of repair is not done. If you have a wall anywhere on your home property that is leaning or bowing, it is time to call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs. We have built our name of excellence for over 85 years, and we have no intention of ever changing that reputation. We have seen fads in the industry come and go, and we stick to the experience and knowledge that has proven effective for all of these years. We will provide an extensive list of references that will prove that we are the name to trust.
For any and all of your foundation or masonry repair needs, Anglin is the name you need to know.
Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
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