Hydrostatic pressure is frequently to blame for a bowing wall. Having a lot of water in the soil around your home causes the soil to expand and put pressure on your foundation. In our service area (Cecil County, New Castle County, and surrounding areas), snow melts and spring rains are prevalent, but inadequate drainage around your home can also exacerbate these circumstances.
We recommend that you inspect your gutters and downspouts every time you clean them. These are the first line of defense against rainwater, therefore they need to be in good shape. A minimum distance of 10 feet is required for downspouts to drain to. Without these measures, rainwater may be pooling around your foundation and contributing to the issue at hand. Your basement may need water drainage if your gutters and downspouts “pass inspection” (in addition to repairing the bowing wall).
We don’t want you to spend more money by recommending this. Only correcting the wall’s bowing is a short-term fix that ignores the root cause of the problem. Your house will remain exposed to the impacts of hydrostatic pressure if you don’t handle it.
A reliable and competent foundation contractor is essential, but they should also be worried about preventing further damage. Your problems will be addressed, your home will be evaluated, and a comprehensive solution will be provided by American Basement Company Inc.