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Monday, November 18th, 2019 by Amanda Waldmann
Last week, we talked about the types of wall cracks you may find in your foundation and when to worry. Today, we’re going to spotlight one wall stabilization solution. GeoLock wall anchors are a long-lasting solution that will prevent any further inward wall movement.
A GeoLock wall anchor is made of three parts. First, there’s the interior anchor plate. This sits on the inside of the foundation wall - it’s what you’ll see in your basement. A steel cable is then drilled through the plate, the wall, and the soil to a predetermined distance from the house. At this point, another plate is anchored to the other end of the cable - in stable soil.
Sound confusing? Well, a picture is worth a thousand jumbled words, so let’s see it in action.
The anchors work to prevent further wall bowing from soil pressure. By anchoring them in stable soil, we can also tighten the cable over time, hopefully straightening the walls.
GeoLock wall anchors work on poured and block walls and are a great solution, but there are a few instances where they might not work for you. (For example: If you have really tight property lines, we might not have the clearance for the other end of the anchors). In this case, we have multiple other wall stabilization and straightening options that may be a better option. We’ll talk about those later.
Bowing walls are scary, and not something you can ignore. The earlier you call us, the easier the process is; we’d rather stabilize a wall than rebuild a collapsed one, and you probably would too. Call today to schedule your free inspection.