Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
We installed a waterproofing system in addition to reinforcing the walls of this basement. Efflorescence occurs when water travels through a concrete block and then evaporates, leaving behind the minerals it dissolved within the block. While it's largely just a nuisance, over time it can weaken the blocks.
Outside of worrying about the stability of your home, bowing basement walls can be scary because there are often tons of pipes and other fixtures that could be damaged. Here, you can see how a bowing wall pressing on duct work.
Note the bowing point, where you can see a crack in the mortar between rows of blocks.
This wall had multiple fixtures, which can make it difficult to install a stabilization system.
Crew member Nick applies a special epoxy to the CarbonArmor straps to secure them in place.
CarbonArmor provides security without getting in the way. CarbonArmor is stronger than steel and, while it can't straighten walls, it will prevent against further movement.
PowerBraces are made of galvanized steel and anchored to the joists and footer of the basement, ensuring full protection. They can be adjusted over time, hopefully straightening the wall.
Wall anchors are connected to another plate placed outside in stable soil. They can be tightened to hopefully straighten walls over time.
Our customers called with concerns about a bowing wall in their basement. One wall had begun to bow so badly that the top of the wall seemed to be separating from the house.
Upon inspection, we discovered that their entire foundation was in various stages of bowing. We used multiple wall stabilization systems, including GeoLock wall anchors, PowerBraces, and CarbonArmor, to secure their foundation and make the home safe.