Fixing Your Bowing & Buckling Foundation Walls Near Philadelphia, Allentown, Norristown

Diagram of a repaired foundation wall

Wall anchors are a great option for repairing failing foundation wall issues such as bowing wall problems. Steel rods extend through the foundation wall and attach to soil anchors that are placed in the ground outside the home.

The Problem:

Foundation walls that are bowing or buckling are usually a symptom of soil or hydrostatic pressure from the outside of the foundation. This type of foundation problem should be taken very seriously as this foundation problem can quickly turn into larger and more expensive repairs to your home.

Your foundation walls are bowing, buckling or are showing signs of inward movement.

Telltale signs:

  • Horizontal or stair-step cracking along the foundation walls
  • Diagonal cracking at corners of poured concrete foundation walls
  • Inward bowing or bulging along the walls
  • Walls sliding inwards on the bottom
  • Walls leaning in at the top
  • Wet, clay soils around the home coupled with damaged walls
  • Expansive clay soils present around the structure

The solution:

In order to stabilize and restore failing foundation walls, we utilize the clamping pressure of Foundation Supportworks' Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors along the bowing walls to sustain the outside pressure.

When there is limited space available for the installation of wall anchors, we recommend installing the patented PowerBrace™ Wall System to stabilize failing basement walls.

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Look no further for a professional foundation repair company, BQ Basement Systems has the solution for your home. Whether your foundation slab is cracked or your wall structures are beginning to bow and lean inward, we can permanently stabilize your foundation walls! Our wall repair solutions are warrantied, and can be installed within a day's work!

At BQ Basement Systems, we're proud to provide warrantied solutions that will permanently solve issues with bowing, buckling foundation walls.

Contact us today for a free foundation wall repair quote! We serve throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including: Allentown, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Levittown, Ephrata, Quakertown, Lititz, Kutztown, King of Prussia, Reading, Newtown, Birdsboro.

Signs of a bowing foundation wall

The soils surrounding your foundation walls apply an ever-enduring pressure on your home from the outside. Expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure on the foundation wall structure may cause your walls to move inward or may even cause a horizontal or stair-step crack(s) along the interior and exterior walls.

Foundation wall structures may also crack and lean from foundation settlement, which is also an issue caused by soil variations from under the home. That's why it's important to have one of our foundation specialists inspect your property so that we can accurately identify what kind of foundation issue is causing the problem in your home.

Below are images of several foundation structures that are experiencing damage from hydrostatic pressure and expansive soils from the outside.

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A cracked foundation wall near a window Foundation wall separating from the floor A buckling foundation wall Rusted, corroded i-beams found with a failing foundation.
A diagonal stair-step crack found along a foundation wall A diagonal stair step crack along the foundation wall A foundation showing severe inward buckling along the windows. Severe foundation damage from a long crack in a bucking wall of a home.

What causes cracked & bowing foundation walls?

wet and dry clay soil samples, with the dry one shrunken and cracked

How much does moisture affect clay soils?

The two clay samples shown above started out exactly the same in size, weight, and type of clay. The sample on the left remained moist, while the sample on the right was allowed to completely dry out.

If small samples of moist clay can transform this much volume, just imagine how dramatic the changes are in the soil underneath your home!

The soils surrounding your home can greatly affect the amount of pressure exerted on your foundation walls. Depending on where you live, the soil properties may vary based on your geographic location, affecting your foundation as seasons change or climate changes.

The amount of pressure the soil exerts on your home depends on several factors:

  1. The type of soil around the foundation
  2. The amount of moisture in the soil
  3. How far underground the foundation is
  4. The temperature conditions

When soil pressure from outside the home is more than the foundation walls can handle, the walls will begin to fail. Symptoms of failing foundation walls may be noticed all throughout the home from the exterior walls to interior drywall and flooring.

Your home also may experience hydrostatic pressure, where a pressure is exerted on your foundation from resting liquids. That's why it's important to have gutters and downspouts properly aligned, directing water flow away from your foundation - reducing the pressure of moist soils on your home.

Expansive clay soils and frost are also culprits of foundation wall stress that can create sufficient force on structures to push them inwards -- and potentially collapse.

Don't let a bad situation get worse! Our company specializes in foundation wall repair solutions and offers Pennsylvania and New Jersey homeowners free foundation wall repair quotes for your home - call or e-mail us today for your estimate!

Installing foundation wall anchors

The foundation of every home is the base and most structurally important portion of every building. That's why we at BQ Basement Systems have made it our job to get failing walls back on track. We address failing foundation walls with the patented and warrantied Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System, to stabilize failing foundation walls. Our professional foundation contractors install these patented wall anchors follow within 6 steps:

Auguring a hole in the earth for a foundation repair

Digging holes for the earth anchors

To start, earth anchor locations are determined to maximize the effectiveness of the system for the foundation at hand. When our trained foundation contractors arrive at your home, a written proposal will be given to you to illustrate where each location will be.

For the earth anchor installation - sod is carefully and temporarily removed from your lawn and placed aside. A sheet is laid down to help protect your lawn and landscaping, and an earth anchor hole is made using a power auger.

Coring a one inch hole in a foundation wall to allow for the earth anchor rod to pass through.

Preparing the foundation wall

Once all the holes have been excavated for the earth anchors, steel rods are aligned and drilled through a 1" hole throughout your foundation and then connected to the earth anchor that is seated deep within the augured hole.

Our approach is superior to other wall anchor systems and wall repair methods because our systems install uniquely with a very small anchor hole - 1" in diameter. Other methods may require a disruptive approach such as removing a large hole or section of the concrete block during installation.

Steel earth anchor assembly installation in Philadelphia.

Attaching the earth anchor

 As the anchor rods are installed from the foundation interior they are then connected at each respective earth anchor surrounding the foundation, where they are assembled are then buried in the ground, using soil removed from earlier. 

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 a foundation wall plate for an earth anchor installation in Philadelphia.

Mounting the wall plate

After the earth anchors have been installed and buried in the ground, our foundation repair specialists will mount a low-profile wall plate on the interior of your basement wall. The wall plate secures the connection by threading a large nut to the anchor rod that will ultimately stabilize failing foundation wall as the nut is tightened.

Our Hide-A-Way® Wall Anchor Covers are a patented and perfect solution for installations in finished or unfinished basements for homeowners who want a neat and tidy look in their basement. Wall Anchor Covers allow you to conceal your anchors while still allowing for periodic tightening of the system.

Restoring the landscaping by replacing removed sod on the ground

Restoring the landscaping

Here at BQ Basement Systems, we take responsibility in our work, that's why when we leave your property you'll never know we were there. We leave each job site clean, neat, and free of damage to existing landscaping.

As part of our cleanup process, we fill holes completely with dirt saved earlier and compress filled areas to ensure that troubled areas will not be created as the soils settle over time. We also replace all sod, carefully grooming each divot to help it blend in with surrounding landscaping for a seamless restoration.

Attempting to straighten a bowed foundation wall by straightening a wall anchor system in a home.

Tightening wall anchors

The patented Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors are also unique in their ability to be tightened during dry periods, allowing for improvement and straightening of the wall over time.

Our wall anchors can restore value to your home by completely returning bowing and leaning walls back to their original straight position. Our wall repairs return your home to looking solid, stable, attractive and functional -- both for you and for prospective home buyers.

When foundation wall anchors aren't an option

In order for a wall anchor system to work effectively, several feet of access is needed on the outside of your home. Wall anchors are not always a valid option for every homeowner, especially when some homes are only a few feet apart others. If this is the case for your home, we have other readily available wall repair options to straighten your structure, such as our patented PowerBrace™ Foundation Wall System.

Graphic render of an installed i-beam system home.

When space outside your home is limited, we can repair your bowing walls with our patented PowerBrace™ system. This innovative system stabilizes bowing walls and can even straighten walls over time.

The PowerBrace™ System

The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system designed to stabilize failing basement walls when little or no access is available on the outside of the home. When bowing and buckling wall problems arise, the patented  PowerBrace™ systems also allows for potential wall straightening over time.

Benefits of the PowerBrace™ System:

  • Can be tightened - allows for wall improvement over time
  • Beam and components are zinc-coated - resistant to rust
  • Neat and clean appearance in basement
  • Professionally installed
  • No outside excavation is required

The PowerBrace™ is a steel I-beam system that is created with a zinc-coating - making our product rust-resistant with the ability to straighten failing foundation walls over time.

Installation of a PowerBrace™ system is a great alternative with no outside excavation required, that means no disruption to your lawn, garden(s), foliage, or other landscaping.

More about The Powerbrace™ System.

Foundation repair methods that don't work

Repairing a foundation for a home is a large job that may vary from home to home, depending on the cause and the conditions of the home. Some foundation repair methods, such as total foundation replacement or 'old school' methods such as steel beams, don't actually fix the actual problem and can actually make it worse.

BQ Basement Systems offers homeowners within Pennsylvania and New Jersey our patented and warrantied foundation wall repair solutions. Our innovative solutions address the actual cause of the problem within the foundation and can permanently stabilize failing basement walls.


diagram and illustration of a total foundation replacement, showing the jacked up home and the excavated earth.

Total foundation replacement is an extreme repair option for any homeowner that's both expensive and time-consuming.

Total foundation replacement:

This solution is extremely disruptive, expensive and time-consuming, but the real problem is that it doesn't address the issue. The foundation isn't the problem with your cracked floors and leaning basement walls; the soil is the problem.

It's disruptive to replace an entire foundation because it requires the entire perimeter of the foundation to be completely excavated -- including gardens, shrubbery, sidewalks, and other landscaping.

After the perimeter is excavated, the home is jacked up and the floor slab and foundation walls are removed. Not only is foundation replacement disruptive and time-consuming, it's expensive. To rebuild and reposition the house costs a hefty sum, especially when you consider that concrete is an energy-intensive product that can range anywhere from $65 a yard to $150 a yard!

Once the foundation is rebuilt and repositioned, your home may experience similar problems from the past, because total foundation replacement doesn't address the troublesome soil surrounding your home. Your newly built foundation will break and experience the same problems your past foundation experienced.

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.

BQ Basement Systems is your professional foundation wall repair company in PA and NJ

If your foundation is experiencing bowing or leaning walls, contact us today for a free foundation wall repair estimate. One of our foundation repair specialists will visit your home and let you know what is causing your foundation issue and what solution is necessary. We provide our foundation repair service to homeowners throughout our Pennsylvania and New Jersey service area.

Our service area includes Lancaster, Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Allentown, Levittown, Ephrata, Quakertown, Lititz, Kutztown, King of Prussia, Reading, Newtown, Birdsboro, and cities nearby. Call or e-mail us today!

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BQ Basement Systems
525 Bethlehem Pike
Erdenheim, PA 19038