Bowed Walls

The most common cause for a basement wall that appears to bow is the shifting soil and hydrostatic pressure that results. This can also cause cracks as the foundation settles. However, there are other sources that may cause this same phenomenon, which is why it is wise to seek out a professional for a consultation. If your foundation walls appear to be buckling or bowing, the following indicators are what to look for,

  • Diagonal cracking at corners of poured concrete foundation walls
  • Expansive clay soils present around the structure
  • Horizontal or stair-step cracking along the foundation walls
  • Inward bowing or bulging along the walls
  • Walls leaning in at the top
  • Walls sliding inwards on the bottom
  • Wet, clay soils around the home coupled with damaged walls