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Bowing Walls: What Are They and How Can They Be Fixed?


 Your foundation walls are bowing, buckling or showing signs of inward movement.

This is s scary sight for a homeowner or a business owner because it can lead to so much more serious damages. In the worst-case scenario, the entire wall or foundation can collapse. Because of this, it is critical to know when your basement walls are bowing, buckling and cracking so the problem can be fixed before it’s too late!


Here are some signs that this may be related to a more serious issue with your foundation:

  • Horizontal or step-like cracking along the foundation walls
  • Diagonal cracking at corners of poured concrete foundation walls
  • Inward bowing or bulging of walls
  • Walls sliding inward along the bottom
  • Walls leaning in at the top
  • Wet, clay soils around the home along with damaged walls
  • Expansive clay soils present around the structure



Foundation walls move inward for two main reasons: expansive soils as well as hydrostatic pressure on the walls from outside. The soil around your house puts pressure on the foundation walls. The amount of pressure also varies and depends on:

  • The type of soil around the foundation
  • The amount of moisture in the soil
  • How far underground the foundation is
  • The temperature conditions


Hydrostatic pressure, expansive clay soil and frost can put pressure on the foundation causing the walls to lean or collapse. Gutters and downspouts can also contribute significantly by allowing large volumes of water to collect in the soil around your home. If this roof runoff is not directed away from your foundation, the soil around the foundation will become heavier and more expansive as its saturated with water.


Our Basement Solutions foundation specialists have established a system used for every wall repair job. First we punch small holes in the area of the crack every three to four feet, depending on the structural setup. This gives us an area to insert a half inch rebar with 40,000 Lb tensile strength, overlapped and wire tied across the cracks. Once they’re in place, we fill the internal cavities of the wall all the way up, locking the rebar into place. Once all of these steps are complete, we can assure you that the wall is structurally safe from any more bowing or buckling  The wrong way to fix this problem is to try and fill in the cracks or patch them hoping that they will never come back. This is not a permanent or safe solution.


Whatever your concern, it’s important to have a Basement Solutions specialist look at your home and determine exactly what is causing your problem. We offer free, personal consultations to help you decide which repair solution is right for you. Each consultation also includes an on-site inspection and free written estimate. Give us a call today at (610) 495-9111 or visit our site at Basements911.com.