Foundation Repair Case Studies: Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor Installation in Valley Park, MO
P.P. of Valley Park, Missouri, had a basement with bowing walls. Cracks formed along the middle of the wall, giving prominence to the bowing wall. She called Woods Basement Systems, where Systems Design Specialist Jeremy Kocinski came out to work with P.P. to design a solution based on her needs. She needed a solution that would prevent the wall from bowing any further, and also straighten the wall to its vertical position.
The best solution for P.P. was to install Geo-Lock™ wall anchors, which would do exactly what she needed. These anchors would prevent the wall from bowing, and provide the capability to straighten the wall.
Foreman Bradly Perry and his team came out to install the wall anchors. The team first removed the sod in the areas of the yard needing the anchors. They dug holes where the anchors would be placed. In the basement, the team drilled small holes in the wall, which then had metal rods inserted, reaching the holes that were dug out in the yard. The anchors were bolted to the rods in the ground. Back in the basement, the team bolted metal plates on the wall to secure the rods. Tholes outside were filled in with dirt, and topped with the removed sod, for a seamless look.
The bolts on the metal plates were then tightened to begin the straightening process. After a few visits, the wall would be returned to the vertical position.
Now, P.P. can rest easy, knowing the basement wall will not bow any further, and that her wall would soon be straight again.
Systems Design Specialist: Jeremy Kocinski
Primary Foreman: Bradly Perry
In this photo, a slight bow can be seen along the white line in the middle. This wall has not bowed too far yet, but if left alone, it could have caused greater problems in the future.
This wall was also bowing, and the evidence can be seen near the corner with the enlarging stair-step crack. This homeowner knew to repair the problem now before it became worse.
The wall anchors have been installed, and will prevent any more bowing from occurring. The anchors have also been able to straighten the wall, returning the wall to a vertical position.
Here are the wall anchors on the stair-step cracked wall. Another potential crisis avoided.