Foundation Repair – Soldier Beam
Lateral Movement against Foundation – Movement Inward opposed to Out and Away when piering is needed sometimes the two go hand in hand. Inspection of the footing will determine, without a shadow of doubt, if footings are broken and where.
Bowing walls occur most often due to the force of hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure occurs when water presses against the basement walls, causing the weight against the walls to exceed their capacity. Walls can also bow and fail when expansive clays or frost cause expansion of the soils to fatigue and damage the wall. The tensile strength is 10% of the compressive strength. Concrete doesn’t like to bend.
Soldier Beams are placed against the bulged wall, anchored by concrete piers below footing.