From time to time, the walls of an older or damaged home may begin to curve or bend. This effect—commonly referred to as bowed walls—can occur on upper or lower levels and may affect interior or exterior walls. If not adequately repaired, bowed walls will continue to bend and curve, eventually cracking and compromising the structural integrity of your home. But how does this wall bowing occur, and can anything be done to prevent this from happening?
What Causes Bowed Walls?
Even the most well-built structures are vulnerable to the ravages of time. Extreme weather, shifting soil, and the pressure of concrete, brick, and other materials can negatively impact the foundation of a home over several decades. Professional foundation repair can help to restore damage and prevent it from returning.
2. Excess Groundwater
Regions, which sustain heavy rain or snowfall each season, are more likely to see bowed walls in buildings and homes. The groundwater in these areas is more likely to fluctuate, creating excess pressure on the foundation of a structure. Although foundational repair can help to solve the immediate issue of bowing, a better water drainage system for your lawn or yard will help to prevent the problem from recurring in the future.
3. Additional Weight
Adding another level to your home may have unintended consequences. If the foundation of your house is not strong enough to handle another level, it can cause your walls to bend, curve, or crack. You can prevent costly damages by hiring a contractor who will fortify the foundation of your home before beginning construction on the other additional levels.
4. Termite Damage
Termites can eat away at the floors, baseboards, and walls of your home. Over time, these insects can cause extensive damage, compromising the strength of your walls and foundation. While concrete repairs and renovations will help to restore your home, the problem will not be fully addressed until an exterminator eliminates the threat at the source.
If you are concerned about bowed walls, weak floorboards, or other structural issues, contact Dwyer Company. With locations in Lexington and Louisville, KY, as well as West Chester, OH, this construction and repair company specializes in everything from slabjacking to basement waterproofing. To learn more about the services offered, visit the website, or call (877) 399-3726 for your free estimate and consultation.