Foundation problems are never fun. And structural issues are among the most stressful for our clients. Your home is a big investment and foundation issues can threaten that investment.
One of the most common foundation issues during this past year has been Push Walls. In fact, our office called 2019 “The Year of the Push Wall” because we were inundated with calls (many of them panicked and urgent) to come look at their wall that was showing signs of structural damage.
So what is a push wall and how can we diagnose it?
Push walls are a term used to describe a foundation wall that has been “pushed” by soil and/or water pressure from the outside. It can sometimes be caused by other factors – running into a foundation wall with a vehicle is a bad idea and results in a similar condition, but is much more rare thankfully.
Push walls have a lot of nicknames that all refer to this same condition: Bow Walls, Tilt Walls, Lean Walls, Deflected Walls. The wall has essentially moved inward due to pressure from the exterior. The mid-point of the wall is where the largest amount of deflection will occur most often.
The only silver lining about Push Walls is that they are relatively easy to diagnose because they tend to exhibit the same symptoms consistently.
So now that we know what a Push Wall is and how we diagnose it, the next step is to figure out the exact cause and, most importantly, the solution. We will cover that in future posts. Until then, if you see any of the above issues on your own foundation wall, please contact us for an evaluation.