The hydrostatic pressure causing the block wall to bow in also creates stair step cracks in the corners of the basement walls in this Chesterfield, Illinois basement. Groundwater seepage is evidenced by the stains left behind by muddy water.
Each exterior anchor plate is connected by a steel, threaded rod to an interior wall plate that—when tightened—provides clamping pressure against the inside of the foundation wall. Often, basement walls can be straightened using this method. Wall anchors also stabilize and...
Wall anchors counteract soil pressure by anchoring basement walls to stable, undisturbed soil outside. Threaded rods extend from the exterior anchor plate, through the wall, to the interior anchor plate. When anchor nuts are tightened, wall anchors can be used to straighten the walls.
It may be necessary to excavate a foundation wall in order to straighten and pull the bowing wall back. In this case, an exterior excavation allowed the crew to anchor the basement wall and pull it back. Now, the wall is stable and secure.
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BrightWall Basement in Carterville, IL
This Carterville, IL homeowner didn’t want to completely finish his basement, but also wanted something to give it a clean and polished look, while adding waterproof protection. In the past, he had tried coating the walls with paints and sealants, but moisture still permeated through them. This only made the walls look worse due to the peeling and flaky coatings on them.
Woods solved this homeowner’s issue by installing BrightWall. The BrightWall Paneling System turns basements that may otherwise have been unusable into attractive, dry living spaces. The resident was very pleased with the end result and now enjoys a clean and dry basement.
SmartJack Installation in Vergennes, IL
A resident of Vergennes, IL had been living in her house since 1970. For the past 2 years, she noticed that the cracks in her walls and exterior brick had been getting worse. She was concerned about the issue and wanted to get it fixed before the cracks became wider and the problem worsened.
The homeowner had previously called another basement company, but she decided not to go through with the project because she didn’t trust them. However, that was not the case when Woods Basement Systems sent out a crew to inspect the house. The homeowner was very impressed with the professionalism and quality of work done by Woods.
Woods installed a SmartJack system in her crawl space, resulting in lifting the home back toward its original position. The SmartJack Reinforcement System was installed in less than one day, and the resident was highly satisfied with the ending result.