Basement Health Check

Basement Health Check

The basement may not be the heart of the home, but it may be one of the best signs of your home’s health and lifespan. Deterioration and shifting of basement walls, left unchecked, can lead to the failure of your home’s foundation, and its structural security. While in the basement storing decorations or planning your spring-cleaning, keep an eye open for signs of basement wall failure.

Identifying the type of wall movement can be crucial when you are first describing your basement’s problems to a specialist. There are three primary forms of basement wall failure:

  1. Bowing

  2. Shearing

  3. Tipping

When the middle of your wall is not strong enough to withstand the exterior pressure, it caves inward. This "caving" is known as bowing. Secondly, shearing is when the stress on your basement wall forces it inward; the bottom brick does not move, leaving most of your wall suspended over that bottom section. Finally, tipping occurs when your basement walls are not secured well at the top; they result in the majority of your wall being sound, while the top leans inward.

Each of these issues indicates future problems for your home, with the same result: losing the structural security of your property. Call your local Ram Jack today to schedule an inspection and discover a solution engineered to restore your basement’s security. Ram Jack has been effectively providing foundation support to homes and businesses across the country for over 40 years; having filed over 20 patents to supplement both our technology and our work, we continue to innovate each day. We pride ourselves on finding the solution best fit for your building, with quality and safety top of mind. To learn more about how you can locate a Ram Jack contractor near you, visit our website or call us directly at 888-330-2597.
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