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Bowing & Buckling Foundation Wall Repair in Greater Columbus

What It Does:

The Foundation Supportworks™ Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System permanently stabilizes your basement walls, offering the best opportunity to straighten the walls without the cost and disruption of foundation replacement.

Heavy-duty, galvanized earth anchors are embedded in stable, undisturbed soil outside your foundation wall. Each anchor is connected by a steel rod to a wall plate that provides clamping pressure against the inside of the foundation wall. This method also offers the potential straighten the wall back to its original position.

Technical Features

  • Year-Round Installation
  • Warranted for 25 Years
  • Most Jobs Completed in One Day
  • Potential to Straighten Bowed Walls
  • Minimal Disturbance to Home, Lawn, & Landscaping
  • Will Not Damage Interior Flooring
  • Won't Infringe on Usable Basement Space
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A severely tilting foundation wall propped up by steel beams in Bellefontaine.
A foundation wall in Bucyrus repaired with foundation wall anchors.

(Above) A foundation wall showing severe signs of tilting at the top.

Poles were used to temporarily brace the foundation wall to prevent a total collapse.

(Below) The same foundation wall repaired permanently with foundation wall anchors.

How Wall Anchor Systems Work

While there are a number of potential causes of cracked and bowing foundation walls, the most common reason is pressure from foundation soils.

When clay soils get wet, they can expand and put tremendous pressure on a wall. When this force exceeds the wall's ability to resist it, the wall begins to fail in different ways. Cracking, bowing and tilting are the most common symptoms of foundation wall failure.

Other factors in foundation wall damage include heavy rains (causing hydrostatic pressure) and exterior slabs such as driveways or porches, that put pressure on the wall by expanding in hot weather (street creep). Large tree roots, soil expansion due to frost, and issues related to poor grading can also cause foundation damage.

One of the problems with foundation soils is that while the earth is continually pressing against the outside of the walls, nothing on the inside is equalizing that pressure. Foundation wall anchors address this problem by "gripping" the inside surface of the wall and countering that pressure.

Foundation wall anchors extend out to the stable, hard-packed soil beyond your home, anchoring themselves there and bracing the foundation wall. This stops inward movement entirely -- and over time, tightening these anchors can even move your foundation walls back to their original position.

Foundation wall anchors have been used successfully to stabilize and straighten foundation walls since the late 1970s. This repair system has an excellent track record in residential and commercial structures. In fact, in 1992, wall anchor systems were identified by a Chief Appraiser for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the most effective means of stabilizing bowing foundation walls.

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When To Use Foundation Wall Anchors

Wall anchors are the most versatile wall repair method because they can be used to stabilize walls with a variety of problems, including bowing walls, tipping walls, and walls that are pushing in at the bottom. Wall anchors are installed independently of a home's floor systems, making them the ideal installation under appropriate conditions.

In order for a wall anchor system to work effectively, several feet of access is needed on the outside of your home. In areas where homes are only a few feet apart, wall anchors are not a valid option. If this is the case in your situation, we will recommend another wall repair option.

Wall Anchor Application Chart

 

Removal & Replacement

Carbon Fiber Strips

I-Beams

Helical Anchors

Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors

Installation Usually Completed In One Day

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Does Not Have Problems With Leaking

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Does Not Rely On Floor System For Support

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Stabilizes Walls That Are Bowing In At The Center Of The Wall

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Will Keep The Wall From Tipping/Leaning In At The Top Of The Wall

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Will Keep The Wall From Sliding In At The Bottom

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Limited Disturbance To Lawn & Landscaping

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Can Straighten Wall Over Time Without Excavating

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Can Be Installed In Areas With Close Property Lines

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Can Be Installed When Interior Access Is Limited

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Can Easily Avoid Obstructions On Basement Walls Such As Pipes, Wires, And Plumbing Lines

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Your Local Foundation Contractors

At Ohio Basement Authority we can fix foundation issues related to bowing, buckling basement walls of all types. Our wall anchor systems include a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as a performance warranty from us.

If you would like a free, no-obligation, written foundation wall repair quote, we're the contractors for you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site appointment with one of our specialists!

We're proud to serve Springfield, Columbus, Mansfield, and many other parts of Ohio.

Removal and Replacement Of The Foundation

Total Foundation Replacement involves excavating the dirt around the home to expose the damaged foundation. Anything around the foundation, including gardens, foliage, patios, etc. must also be removed. That foundation is them removed and replaced.

This is an invasive, expensive, time-consuming process that should only be done as a last resort. If the wall is standing, we can almost always repair it.

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Carbon Fiber Strips

Carbon fiber is a very high tensile strength material that's almost impossible to stretch. Because it doesn't stretch, it can be 'glued' to concrete walls to keep them from bending or bowing inwards.

Carbon fiber straps have become a fairly common method for reinforcing basement walls. If installed properly, they can effectively hold the center of the wall in place.

Since carbon fiber straps are not attached to anything but the wall itself, they should NOT be used if your basement walls have started to slide in at the bottom or lean in at the top.

I-Beam Wall Braces

Most I-Beam installations begin by standing a beam up against a basement wall. The beam is then connected to the wood floor joists at the top and the concrete floor at the bottom.

If you have rocky soil or there are property line issues, I-Beam systems are a good option for stabilizing bowing, tilting, or inwards-sliding walls. The PowerBrace's patented design takes this one step farther -- with an adjustable design that will also straighten the walls over time.

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Helical Wall Anchors

Helical anchors have been used to stabilize foundations and retaining walls for years -- and they've proven to be quite effective. They are designed like a screw and can be mechanically advanced through the soil with heavy equipment.

To install a helical anchor in the wall one of two things must be done: Either the wall must have a large hole cut in it for each anchor, or the outside of the home will need to be excavated at each anchor point to attach the helical pier section to the rod that will advance the anchor into the earth.

Cutting a hole in the wall will often lead to water issues in the future, while excavating around the foundation is labor-intensive and damaging to landscaping.

Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors

Wall anchors have been used successfully since the late 1970's to stabilize foundation and retaining walls. These systems consist of heavy-duty galvanized steel earth anchors that are embedded into the soil away from the foundation wall. They are connected to steel plates with galvanized anchoring rods.

Once installed, wall anchors will hold walls in their current position without any further adjustment. Wall anchors can be tightened during dry periods, allowing for improvement and straightening of the wall over time.

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Our Ohio Service Area
Cities in Adams County, OH
Stout

Cities in Athens County, OH
Albany
Amesville
Athens
Coolville
Glouster
Guysville
Millfield
Nelsonville
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Shade
Stewart
The Plains

Cities in Champaign County, OH
Cable
Christiansburg
Mechanicsburg
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Saint Paris
Urbana
Woodstock

Cities in Clark County, OH
Enon
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South Charleston
South Vienna
Springfield

Cities in Coshocton County, OH
Conesville
Coshocton
Walhonding
Warsaw

Cities in Crawford County, OH
Bucyrus
Crestline
Galion
New Washington
Tiro

Cities in Delaware County, OH
Ashley
Columbus
Delaware
Galena
Lewis Center
Ostrander
Powell
Radnor
Sunbury
Westerville

Cities in Fairfield County, OH
Amanda
Baltimore
Bremen
Carroll
Hideaway Hls
Lancaster
Lithopolis
Millersport
Pickerington
Pleasantville
Rushville
Stoutsville
Sugar Grove

Cities in Fayette County, OH
Bloomingburg
Jeffersonville
Washington Court House

Cities in Franklin County, OH
Amlin
Blacklick
Canal Winchester
Columbus
Dublin
Galloway
Grove City
Groveport
Hilliard
Lockbourne
New Albany
Reynoldsburg
Westerville

Cities in Gallia County, OH
Bidwell
Cheshire
Crown City
Gallipolis
Patriot
Thurman
Vinton

Cities in Guernsey County, OH
Cumberland

Cities in Hardin County, OH
Mount Victory
Ridgeway
Roundhead

Cities in Highland County, OH
Greenfield

Cities in Hocking County, OH
Laurelville
Logan
Rockbridge
South Bloomingville

Cities in Huron County, OH
Plymouth
Willard

Cities in Jackson County, OH
Jackson
Oak Hill
Wellston

Cities in Knox County, OH
Centerburg
Danville
Fredericktown
Gambier
Howard
Martinsburg
Mount Vernon

Cities in Lawrence County, OH
Chesapeake
Ironton
Kitts Hill
Pedro
Proctorville
Rock Camp
Scottown
South Point
Waterloo
Willow Wood

Cities in Licking County, OH
Alexandria
Buckeye Lake
Croton
Granville
Heath
Hebron
Johnstown
Newark
Pataskala
Saint Louisville
Utica

Cities in Logan County, OH
Belle Center
Bellefontaine
De Graff
East Liberty
Huntsville
Lakeview
Lewistown
Quincy
Rushsylvania
Russells Point
West Liberty
West Mansfield
Zanesfield

Cities in Madison County, OH
London
Mount Sterling
Plain City
South Solon
West Jefferson

Cities in Marion County, OH
Caledonia
La Rue
Marion
Martel
Morral
New Bloomington
Prospect
Waldo

Cities in Meigs County, OH
Langsville
Long Bottom
Middleport
Pomeroy
Portland
Racine
Reedsville
Rutland

Cities in Miami County, OH
Conover

Cities in Morgan County, OH
Chesterhill
Malta
Mcconnelsville
Stockport

Cities in Morrow County, OH
Cardington
Edison
Fulton
Marengo
Mount Gilead

Cities in Muskingum County, OH
Adamsville
Blue Rock
Chandlersville
Dresden
Duncan Falls
Frazeysburg
Hopewell
Nashport
New Concord
Norwich
Philo
Roseville
Zanesville

Cities in Noble County, OH
Caldwell
Dexter City
Sarahsville
Summerfield

Cities in Perry County, OH
Corning
Crooksville
Glenford
Junction City
Mount Perry
New Lexington
New Straitsville
Shawnee
Somerset
Thornville

Cities in Pickaway County, OH
Ashville
Circleville
Commercial Point
New Holland
Orient
Williamsport

Cities in Pike County, OH
Beaver
Latham
Piketon
Waverly

Cities in Richland County, OH
Bellville
Butler
Lucas
Mansfield
Shelby

Cities in Ross County, OH
Bainbridge
Chillicothe
Clarksburg
Frankfort
Kingston
Londonderry
Richmond Dale
South Salem

Cities in Scioto County, OH
Franklin Furnace
Lucasville
Mc Dermott
Minford
Otway
Portsmouth
Rarden
South Webster
West Portsmouth
Wheelersburg

Cities in Seneca County, OH
Bloomville

Cities in Union County, OH
Irwin
Marysville
Milford Center
Raymond
Richwood

Cities in Vinton County, OH
Creola
Hamden
Mc Arthur
New Plymouth
Ray
Wilkesville

Cities in Washington County, OH
Belpre
Beverly
Cutler
Fleming
Little Hocking
Lowell
Lower Salem
Macksburg
Marietta
New Matamoras
Newport
Reno
Vincent
Waterford
Whipple
Wingett Run

Cities in Wyandot County, OH
Carey
Harpster
Mc Cutchenville
Nevada
Sycamore
Upper Sandusky

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