Large Stair Step Crack
Stair step cracks in the mortar between the wall blocks are a common sign of failing foundation walls. This one was remarkably evident from both the inside and outside.
Same Foundation Crack Stands Out Inside
This crack Is shockingly evident inside just as it was outside. Wall anchors will prevent this issue from getting any worse.
More Stair Step Foundation Cracks
The stair step cracks extended along much of this whole side of the house signaling a large scale solution.
Cracks Visible On The Interior
The cracks that were seen outside were just as visible inside the home.
Decking In The Way
Wall anchors require room to excavate in the yard. This deck would ordinarily be in the way meaning that another solution would be required. The homeowner planned to rip the deck out however, which made wall anchors a possible solution once again.
Trenched Dug To Bury The Earth Anchors
The trenches that are dug don't need to be huge holes. They are only about a foot in width, enough to get the anchor in and tightened and nothing more generally.
Installation Must Avoid Sewage Pipe
This installation came with a slight challenge. We knew of a septic tank away from the home and knew where the sewage pipe was that led to it. We expertly avoided the pipe and installed our wall anchors around it.
GeoLock Earth Anchors Embedded In The Soil
The GeoLock earth anchors have incredible holding power. The anchors are connected to wall plates on the interior wall using long steel rods. This stable soil away from the home will help to hold the wall in place.
Wall Anchors Extend Along Whole Wall
The wall anchors were put in place along the entire length of the basement wall.
Installation Is Complete
Once the installation is completed, the trenches in the yard are filled back in and compacted. In most cases, the disruption to the yard is minimal and hardly noticed. Much of the dirt here is from underneath the old deck that was torn out. Aside from that, our impact on the backyard was minuscule.
Wall Anchors Installed Among Obstacles
Wall anchors have an ability to be installed among pipes and shelving and all sorts of obstacles as in this case where they were installed among pipes and in around the wood shelving.
Wall Anchors Can Be Tightened
Even with wall anchors installed, the wall is not perfect. You can still see some deflection even in this photo. The nice thing is that they secure the wall using stable soil away from the home so that the wall won't get any worse. Also, during dry periods the system can be tightened to possibly improve the condition of the wall slowly over time.