Kansas City, MO – Bowed Walls

The front wall of this home was bowed inwards nearly 4″ and was leaking significantly.

This Kansas City homeowner initially called Pier Masters for an estimate to repair cracks in the front foundation wall. When our field consultant visited the home, he discovered that the cracks were a symptom of a larger problem. The steel beams that had been installed previously were spaced too far apart to handle the load of the wall, thus causing the previous cracks to reappear and worsen, and allowing water to infiltrate the basement. To provide a permanent repair solution, Pier Masters recommended that the existing beams be removed and 6 AB Chance helical wall tiebacks (screw anchors) be installed to stabilize and straighten the wall.

In addition to installing the tiebacks, Pier Masters epoxy-sealed the cracks and installed a foundation underdrain waterproofing system. The system installation included sealing the exterior wall with hydrostatic mastic, installing wall drain mat and edge drain with a new lowered foundation drain tile system, and extending it to a daylight termination point.

During excavation, our foundation repair crew discovered an abandoned shallow porch foundation which was pushing on the wall, a significant factor in the inward bowing of the entire wall. Selective demolition of a section of the porch foundation allowed Pier Masters to run the tiebacks underneath the abandoned foundation without having to completely remove it. This resulted in a substantial cost savings for the homeowner.

By identifying and addressing the entire scope of the problem rather than proceeding with a quick fix that most likely would have failed, our Kansas City foundation repair solution returned this home’s foundation to its proper alignment and insured that the basement would stay dry.

Bowed walls Kansas City before

Foundation wall with existing failing steel beams before Pier Masters’ repair.

bowed walls kansas city after

Foundation wall after it was straightened using helical wall tiebacks – a cleaner and more permanent structural solution.