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Expansive Soils Problems

Expansive Soils

expansive soil problemsThe saturated soil around your foundation can place a great deal of pressure on your basement walls. This pressure varies based on the types of soil that are present, how much moisture is in the soil, and how tall your foundation walls are.

Other factors can also contribute to basement wall stability issues:

  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Expansive clay soils
  • Frost
  • Improper gutter systems
  • Poorly graded soils

Expansive soils pose a significant hazard to foundations. The swelling clays can exert uplift pressure and damage to structures. As these soils get wet, the clay absorbs the water and expands, then as it dries it shrinks leaving large voids in the soil. The way to avoid damage from these expansive soils is to extend the foundation beneath the area of water content fluctuation. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Service has the solution to prevent these expansive soils from further damaging your foundation.

Basement walls that are showing signs of bowing, buckling, and tilting can get worse over time, and they should be addressed to assure the integrity of your home. From wall anchors to helical tiebacks, carbon fiber, and I-Beams, Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services specializes in wall repair work and will apply the best solution to your particular need.

Signs of Wall Problems

Cracks in block walls and masonry are usually the first sign of wall failure. Then sections of the wall can actually start to buckle, bow, and tilt inwards. Left unchecked, this damage will worsen and can even result in basement walls that completely collapse.

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We use the Earth Contact Products (ECP) Wall Anchor System to stabilize cracked, bowing or buckling walls. Once a series of these wall anchors has been installed, the system can be gradually tightened to return damaged walls to their original straight, plumb position. With almost 30 years of experience with wall anchors, we are unmatched in our ability to solve your basement and retaining wall problems. Wall anchors are in our name. Trust Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services to fix your basement wall problems today.