You’ve probably heard many stories related to the repair of foundation walls. You may even have picked up some tips on how to deal with bowing basement walls along the way. It is important, however, to realize that not all the information that you’ve gathered is true. In fact, there is a high chance that most of it is based on myths.
If you want to truly know how to deal with bowing basement walls, ensure you choose a reliable foundation repair contractor to guide you through the process. You may otherwise succumb to the following myths:
Myth: Waiting will help you spend less on repair
Truth: Waiting will only make the problem worse. The bowing will continue to worsen as you continue to wait. It could even get to a point where your foundation walls collapse. Repairing this will require even more money than if you had dealt with the problem as soon as you noticed it.
Myth: New homes don’t have basement wall problems
Truth: Bowing basement walls are a problem experienced in both new and old homes. While newer homes may have various high-tech features, their foundations can still succumb to the forces acting against them.
This lie is often fed to buyers looking to invest in a home. You should always have your foundation inspected to ensure that it is in good condition before investing in a home.
Myth: Installing carbon fiber straps is a DIY job
Truth: Installing carbon fiber straps on a bowing wall is a job that should be left to a professional contractor. This will not only ensure proper installation, but also ensure the safety of the project and your household.
Myth: You can only deal with bowing walls from the inside
Truth: While the most common methods of dealing with bowing foundation walls are applied internally e.g. carbon fiber and steel beams, there are various methods of repair that can be applied externally. These include wall anchors. It is important to talk to your contractor to determine which method is best for you.
Myth: It’s enough to reinforce the wall
Truth: Reinforcing the wall only stops it from bowing inward any further. However, this doesn’t take care of the underlying cause of the bowing. You will need to deal with what caused the wall to bow in the first place to prevent further problems. You may have to invest in having a French drain installed or reconstruction of your driveway.