Bowing Basement Walls
If you own a house, you will want to ensure that the structure of the home is sound. Repairs to foundations and other parts of the home can be very costly. It is therefore best to do all that you can to avoid problems in the first place.
Repairing bowing basement walls can be expensive, labor intensive and time consuming. While some factors contributing to the bowing are beyond your control, there are many mistakes homeowners make that contribute to bowing of basement walls. These include:
- Planting trees and shrubs too close to the foundation
Trees and shrubs are great for ornamental reasons. They are also good for providing shade and a barrier to wind and other harsh elements of the weather. However, trees and shrubs can also be destructive. The roots of trees and shrubs can place immense pressure on basement walls when they push against them in search of water. Basement walls may bow, crack and eventually buckle under the pressure. It is therefore not advisable to plant trees and shrubs with extensive root systems near the foundation of your home.
- Installing a heavy patio or driveway
Patios or driveways that are made of concrete or heavy stone and built near the driveway will exert a great deal of pressure on your foundation. This pressure is even more when the driveway or patio is connected to the building.
- Piling soil or snow near the foundation of the home
Are you piling soil or snow near the foundation of the home? This will result in the accumulation of water near the foundation. This in turn will cause an increase in hydrostatic pressure against the wall.
- Oversaturating your lawn with water
Who wouldn’t like a lush green lawn? It is no wonder many people saturate their thirsty lawns with water. However, oversaturating the lawn with water will increase hydrostatic pressure against your foundation. Be careful to ensure that you water your lawn to the required level.
- Not fixing plumbing leaks on time
Plumbing leaks may seem like a small problem. However, when left unattended for a long period of time, they can result in serious problems. One such problem is an increase in hydrostatic pressure against the walls of the basement.