Foundation walls buckle or bow due to decreasing wall stability. You can often see bowing or buckling walls through a visual examination, or you may notice cracks in the walls. The most common cause of decreased wall stability is outside pressure from soil and water. Other causes may include vibrations from heavy traffic or plant machinery, an increase in the floor load (if a floor has been added to the structure), and/or original walls that were not thick enough for the load. To stabilize your bowing or buckling walls, our trusted professionals use Gorilla Wall Braces.
Why We Use Gorilla Wall Braces
Gorilla Wall Braces stabilize bowing or buckling foundation walls from inside your basement and stop them from moving farther. Thanks to the unique design of the floor bracket, the concrete floor does not have to be removed. Most of the time, the exterior of the home does not have to be excavated. However, for severely bowed walls, some outside excavation may need to occur to alleviate soil pressure on the foundation wall.
Gorilla Wall Braces Offer The Following Advantages:
- Gorilla Wall Braces® are Professional Engineer-Stamped
- Patented design uses three floor joists instead of one to increase the pushing strength
- Allow wall loads to be distributed evenly
- Can be used on block and poured walls
- Can be used in newer houses without a wood floor joist ceiling in the basement
- Can be installed where there are no floor joists, such as basements that are constructed with spancrete at the ceiling
- Can be installed year-round
- Most can be installed in one day
To determine the type of Gorilla Wall Brace to use, our experts examine your basement walls. For walls that are parallel to the floor joists, we use the Parallel Gorilla Wall Brace. A Perpendicular Gorilla Wall Brace is used to straighten buckling basement walls that are perpendicular to the floor joists.
Steel beams are secured to the concrete basement floor and the wooden joists above with the Gorilla Wall Brace system. This stops a bowing or buckling wall from moving farther inward. Gorilla Wall Braces are continually tightened over time without excavation and push the bulging basement walls back to plumb. With slight excavation done on the outside, the Gorilla Wall Brace system can straighten basement walls in one day.
If you believe your basement walls need to be stabilized, call our trained professionals. Gorilla Wall Braces have been proven to straighten bowing walls and eliminate further movement, giving you peace of mind. Contact us today for all your foundation repair needs.