What is Basement Wall Bracing
A bowed or cracking basement wall is not a sign that you need a new one. Thanks to modern bracing solutions, there are easier and quicker ways to repair damaged walls.
With steel anchor bracing and helical tiebacks, you can have your basement repaired and stabilized within 24 hours.
Why Basement Walls Bow, Buckle and Crack
The simple fact that a basement is underground places it in a compromising position. Anything from hydrostatic pressure to poor construction can cause its walls to give in. When this happens, cracks, bulges and water leakages start to emerge. As soon as these signs appear, it is in the homeowner’s interest to request basement wall bracing before more damage is done.
How Basement Wall Bracing Works
Bracing is designed to add support and stability to a buckling wall. It involves installing a contraption made of 3 main parts: the rod, anchor and brace plate.
- The first step of installation involves clearing the sod around the basement wall.
- A hole is then drilled vertically into the earth outside, as well as a hole in the affected basement wall.
- A rod is inserted through the hole in the wall and into the surrounding earth where holes were excavated.
- At one end of the rod, an anchor is attached. On the other end of the rod (on the basement wall), a brace plate is connected.
- When the wall is stable and secured, all holes are filled and the sod is returned.
How Helical Tie-Backs Work
Helical tie-backs perform the same function as wall braces. The difference is that tie-backs uses soldier and mini beams, joist brackets and angle steel. They don’t require much excavation and are not disruptive.
Whether you need wall bracing or helical tie-backs depends on the nature of your problem. It is best to request a basement assessment by a trained professional to determine the right solution for your home.