Cracked & Settled Basement Walls

Things you Should Know

It’s not uncommon for basement walls to develop cracks over time. If your walls are built from unreinforced masonry, the cracks might form between blocks. If your walls are made from concrete, you might see cracks spreading across the surface in a spiderweb pattern. Either way, basement wall cracks could signal big problems for the structural health of your home.

Basement wall cracks typically form because of movement in the surrounding earth. If the soil around the basement becomes oversaturated with water, for example, it will begin to expand and press in on basement walls. Or if the soil underneath the basement wall footing becomes oversaturated, the earth can begin to settle causing the walls to sink and crack. Regardless of the cause however, basement wall cracks can become a serious issue if left untreated.

Traditional Solutions for Cracked and Settled Basement Walls

Repairing a cracked basement wall can be a very complicated process. Homeowners typically have only a few options:

  • Complete Foundation Repair: This involves digging soil away from the cracked wall, jacking up the home, demolishing the failing wall, and pouring a new concrete foundation.
  • Basement Wall Bracing: It’s possible to brace failing basement walls using materials like steel i beams, pressure-treated lumber, or carbon fiber sheeting.   
  • Wall Anchors: For certain types of failures, contractors can reinforce your basement walls by attaching them to anchors set in more solid earth away from your home.

The repair methods are all very expensive and time consuming. And while they will help reinforce your cracked walls against soil expansion and settling, they won’t protect your home against vertical stresses or the stress that comes from natural forces like earthquakes or strong winds. Fortunately, now there’s a better solution.

How Can NuWal Help Cracked and Settled Basement Walls

NuWal is a patented engineering system that connects your home’s floor joists to galvanized steel beams encased in concrete footings running down the compromised basement wall. Much like traditional repair methods, NuWal provides support from soil pressure. But because NuWal includes chevron and x-style lateral bracing between steel beams, the system also supports against vertical pressure and the pressure caused by wind and earthquakes. That’s something other repair methods just can’t do.

NuWal components are made with a proprietary process that forms i beams out of sheet metal. These beams have all the strength of traditional hot rolled steel i beams but weigh half as much. That means your NuWal support system will be incredibly strong, but it will also be much less expensive than more traditional repair systems because it uses less material and can be installed in as little as 2 to 3 days.  

The NuWal system is flexible. It works with a wide variety of foundation types including brick, concrete, concrete masonry block, clay masonry block, or stone, and can be configured around architectural features like window wells and staircases. Once the NuWal is installed, homeowners can hang sheetrock over the steel beams to create a brand new finished wall.

If you’re interested in learning how the NuWal system can save your failing basement walls and save you money along the way, contact us today. You can reach NuWal System by phone at (360)-566-7343 or by filling out the form on our contact page.

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