Bowing & Buckling Foundation Wall Repair Near Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Edmond

Identifying & repairing issues related to foundation wall failure

If your foundation walls are bowing, buckling, or are showing signs of inward movement, repair work is a necessity. These symptoms are a sign of weakening walls and potentially serious damage.

If you've noticed these problems in your home, Vesta Foundation Solutions can provide you with a permanent solution. We handle all types of foundation repair problems in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond, and the nearby areas, and we can solve your problem. Call us today to get a free inspection!

Signs of bowing foundation walls

Foundation walls move inward primarily due to expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure on the walls from outside. However, foundation walls may also crack due to many other outside causes, including foundation settlement. Our foundation experts will accurately identify the cause of your home's foundation problems. Some common symptoms of settling foundations include:

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

What causes cracked & bowing foundation walls?

The soils around your home can put enormous pressure on foundation walls. The amount of pressure they exert depends on four factors:

  1. The type of soil around the foundation
  2. The amount of moisture in the soil
  3. How far underground the foundation is
  4. The temperature conditions

There's constant pressure on your foundation walls from the outside, but the only thing holding up your foundation wall is the wall itself. Hydrostatic pressure, expansive clay soil, and frost can all exert enough pressure to cause walls to lean or even collapse.

Gutters and downspouts can also contribute significantly to foundation wall problems by allowing large volumes of water to collect in the soil around your structure. If roof runoff is not directed away from your foundation, the soil around the foundation will become heavier and more expansive as it's saturated with water.

How we can fix it:

Install Vesta Foundation Solutions' Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors along the bowing walls, and use the system's clamping pressure to stabilize and restore the wall. When space issues prohibit wall anchor installation, we recommend installing the PowerBrace™ Wall System or CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System.

Soil anchors are placed in the ground outside the home. Steel rods attached to soil anchors extend through the foundation wall and wall plates. Wall plates distribute clamping pressure. Tightening nuts on the threaded ends of the rods stabilizes the wall for a permanent solution.

Installing foundation wall anchors

At Vesta Foundation Solutions, we recommend the Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System to stabilize failing foundation walls. Our contractors follow these six steps when installing our warrantied wall anchor system:

When foundation wall anchors won't work

In some cases, a wall anchor system can't be used to repair a bowing wall because the yard outside the house isn't accessible. When we at Vesta Foundation Solutions encounter this kind of problem, we suggest that you install our PowerBrace™ Foundation Wall System or CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System.

The PowerBrace™ System

The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system designed to stabilize failing basement walls and also allow for potential straightening over time. This product is a great option when access to the yard outside of the home is not possible and bowing, buckling wall problems need to be solved.

The PowerBrace™ is an I-beam system that has several advantages over traditional "old school" systems. This includes its rust-resistant zinc coating and a design that makes it possible not only to stabilize bowing walls, but also to straighten these walls over a period of time. Installation of a PowerBrace™ system can be conducted quickly in your home, with no disruption to your lawn, gardens, foliage, or other landscaping.

Bowing Walls Power Brace

CarbonArmor® stabilizes cracked & bowing foundation walls with high-tech carbon fiber

When soil pressure causes a foundation wall to bow inward and crack, one solution is to stabilize and strengthen the wall using CarbonArmor® bracing technology. The CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System relies on the exceptional strength of carbon fiber fabric — 10 times stronger than steel.

Concrete is strong in compression, enabling a foundation wall to withstand extreme downward pressure. But concrete is weak in tension. A foundation wall can't stretch or bend in response to sideways soil pressure, so cracking and bowing problems sometimes develop.

When installed against a foundation wall with special structural epoxy, CarbonArmor® fabric is exceptionally strong in tension. This reinforcement enables a cracked or bowed foundation to withstand soil pressure without sustaining further damage. CarbonArmor® repairs can be made quickly and affordably, and this low-profile repair is easily hidden with a coat of paint.

Bowing Walls Carbon Armor

Looking for foundation wall repair experts in Oklahoma City?

At Vesta Foundation Solutions, we're proud to provide warrantied solutions that will permanently solve issues with bowing, buckling foundation walls. We provide free, no-obligation foundation wall repair inspections to homeowners throughout our Oklahoma service area. Each inspection is made in person, on site, and is presented in writing.

Our service area includes Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond, and throughout the surrounding areas. Call or e-mail us today!