Installing Foundation Wall Anchors
At Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi, we recommend the Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System, to stabilize failing foundation walls. Our contractors follow these six steps when installing our warrantied wall anchor system:
Digging Holes For the Earth Anchors
Before the installation, earth anchor locations will be determined to maximize system effectiveness. When the foundation contractors arrive, their proposal will show the location of each earth anchor in the yard outside your house.
At the beginning of each earth anchor installation, sod is carefully removed from your lawn and placed aside for later. A sheet is laid down to help protect your lawn and landscaping, and an earth anchor hole is made using a power auger.
Preparing The Foundation Wall
Once the hole has been excavated, we will core a small hole through your basement wall. Then, a steel anchor rod will be driven through the wall and soil, extending through a hole in the center of the earth anchor.
One way our wall anchor system is superior to other methods is that the hole created in the foundation wall is very small - 1" in diameter. Other methods may require a large hole or section of concrete block to be removed during installation.
Attaching The Earth Anchor
After securing the end of each anchor rod to its earth anchor, these assemblies are buried in the ground, using soil removed earlier. To resist corrosion damage, each of our earth anchor systems is designed with galvanized steel.
Each of the Geo-Lock™ Earth Anchors we install includes a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as our own in-house quality and performance warranty.
Mounting The Wall Plate
Once the earth anchors have been installed, our foundation repair experts will mount a wall plate over each anchor rod end that protrudes from the basement wall. Screwing a large nut to the threaded end of the anchor rod secures each wall plate and stabilizes the wall as the nut is tightened.
If your wall anchors are being installed in a finished basement, be sure to ask us about our Hide-A-Way™ Wall Anchor Covers, which will help you conveniently conceal your wall anchor access points.
Restoring The Landscaping
At Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi, we take pride in leaving each job clean, neat, and free of damage to existing landscaping. As part of our cleanup process, we fill holes completely with dirt saved earlier and tamp filled areas to ensure that depressed areas will not be created as the soils settle over time.
We will also replace all sod, carefully grooming it with a rake to help it to blend in with surrounding grass for a seamless landscaping restoration.
Tightening Wall Anchors
Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors do more than just stop the inward movement of your foundation walls -- they also provide the opportunity to straighten your walls over time.
Eventually, your walls can be significantly repaired, or even returned completely to their original position. This is a powerful way to restore value to your home and return your home to looking solid, stable, and attractive -- both for you and for prospective home buyers.
When Foundation Wall Anchors Won't Work
In some cases, a wall anchor system can't be used to repair a bowing wall because the yard outside the house isn't accessible.
When we at Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi encounter this kind of problem, we suggest that you install our PowerBrace™ Foundation Wall System.
The PowerBrace™ System
The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system designed to stabilize failing basement walls and also allow for potential straightening over time.
This product is a great option when access to the yard outside of the home is not possible and bowing, buckling wall problems need to be solved.
The PowerBrace™ is an I-beam system that has several advantages over traditional "old school" systems.
Saving a wall with the PowerBrace™ system. This innovative system stabilizes bowing walls and can even straighten walls over time
This includes its rust-resistant zinc coating and a design that makes it possible not only to stabilize bowing walls, but also to straighten these walls over a period of time.
More about The Powerbrace™ System.
What NOT To Do
A foundation repair is a big job -- something you definitely only want to do once! When you're repairing your foundation, beware of expensive options that will not actually fix your problem -- and watch out for quick solutions that just don't work.
Total Foundation Replacement:
To undertake a job like this, you have to excavate the entire perimeter of your foundation -- including gardens, shrubbery, sidewalks, and other landscaping.
Next, the house is jacked up, and the floor slab and foundation walls are removed. Finally, the foundation is rebuilt, the house is repositioned and the soil is replaced.
This solution is extremely disruptive, expensive, and time consuming. What's worse, it's not really addressing the issue.
Your foundation isn't the problem -- the soil is! When you're done building that brand new foundation, you can count on the soil to cause damage just like it did before.
Total foundation repair damages the yard and requires the house to be placed on temporary supports. It's also expensive and time-consuming.
If you're going to invest money in repairing your foundation, choose the solution that is not disruptive and will be warrantied for 25 years.
Looking For Foundation Wall Repair Experts In Mississippi?
At our company, we're proud to provide warrantied solutions that will solve issues with bowing, buckling foundation walls.
We provide free, no-obligation foundation wall repair estimates to homeowners throughout our Mississippi service area. Each estimate is made in person, on site, and is presented in writing.