Cracking, bowing, leaking basement walls not only look unappealing, but they are safety hazards to your home and family. The longer these issues continue, the more dangerous your home can become. Shore up your basement with a reliable, permanent solution available from the pros at Peak Structural, the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System.
How the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System Works
While every home is unique and may require different solutions and installation procedures, here is what you can expect with the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System from Peak’s expert installation crews.
- During your free inspection, our foundation experts will determine the necessary amount and location of the wall supports.
- Before any of these wall braces are installed, they will be cut to fit your basement’s wall height.
- A specially designed bracket is used to attach the top of each wall brace to a floor joist at the top of the wall. A large-diameter bolt for adjusting and tightening is part of the bracket system.
- The installers will then use a level to ensure each wall support is plumb and in the correct position.
- Each wall support is bolted to the floor with a special bracket.
- Once the system is completely installed, our crew can tighten the top bolt to advance the wall braces and help restore the wall back toward its original position. Our service technicians can return during annual maintenance appointments to check the walls and tighten the braces as needed.
What Sets Our Wall Repair System Apart
- Galvanized steel beams and components are zinc-coated to resist rust and corrosion
- Customizable to fit your basement wall height
- Non-invasive installation with no outside excavation required
- Ideal for a wall bowing more than 2”
- Will not damage your floor framing
- Can be tightened for wall improvement over time
- Long-term, transferable warranty
Why Your Home Might Need the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ System
Cracking Basement Wall
Cracks are typically the first signs of trouble you’ll notice with your basement wall. They come in all shapes and sizes, from vertical and horizontal to stair-step and diagonal. Horizontal wall cracks that grow and appear to span the width of the wall are the ones you need to worry about the most. They mean your wall is succumbing to the effects of hydrostatic pressure brought on by unstable, expansive soil common throughout Colorado.
Bowing Basement Wall
Once a wall starts showing visible horizontal cracking, it can then begin to bow inward as hydrostatic pressure continues to build. This can happen anywhere on the wall – at the top, near the bottom, or in the middle. If the wall is not repaired in time, it could completely collapse and put the rest of your home’s structure at risk.
Leaking Basement Wall
While a leaking wall is more of a basement waterproofing issue, it is also tied to foundation problems. Because cracking and bowing walls are usually the result of hydrostatic pressure, any water in the expanding soil can leak inside through cracks and gaps, and any following rainwater or snowmelt can leak inside as well. This leads to a vicious cycle of both foundation and water damage.
Your basement can be a tricky area to repair, which is why it is best to leave wall stabilization and straightening to professionals. Many DIY installations including static I-beams, wooden braces, and propping up these beams at an angle are just temporary solutions that will not address the root of the problem. For cracking and bowing basement walls, the best way to straighten them is with a durable, permanent solution. One of the ways Peak Structural can help with this issue is by installing our specially designed SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System.
The cost of your wall repair project can vary depending on different factors including the extent of damage and the type and quantity of the solution needed to best support your basement walls. For example, if a wall is only slightly bowing and cracking, it may only need a number of carbon fiber wall support straps. But if the wall is bowing more than two inches, several wall repair braces or anchors may be needed. And if the wall is in a severe state of disrepair, a complete rebuild may be necessary. Staying vigilant and fixing basement walls sooner rather than later will save time and money on repairs. Your wall repair system such as braces from Peak Structural will pay for itself over time as it permanently repairs and protects your home.
Peak Structural offers different wall repair options for various types of wall damage. Walls bowing less than two inches can be supported by durable, low-profile carbon fiber wall straps. While these straps do not repair the wall, they permanently hold it in its current position and prevent any further cracking or bowing. Walls that are bowing more than two inches can be addressed in a couple of ways. Wall anchors can be used to stabilize and help straighten the walls as long as there is enough room on the property to safely embed the earth anchors away from the home. If this space is not available, specialized wall braces like the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System can be installed inside the basement for similar results.
Contact Peak Structural for Reliable Wall Repair
Your home has a big responsibility in keeping you and your family safe. Show it some love in return by protecting it with trusted repairs. If you notice your basement walls are cracking and bowing or bulging inward, don’t hesitate to contact the local foundation repair professionals at Peak Structural to schedule a FREE inspection. Our experienced team lives and works in communities throughout Colorado including Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction, and we are familiar with the challenges homeowners face. Start protecting your home today and give us a call! We look forward to helping you create a safer living environment.