Case Studies: Vilas, NC- Bowing Basement Wall Permanently Stabilized

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 By Jaimie Hooker


The Vilas, NC homeowners recently inherited the home, preparing to complete a major remodel before move-in. Unfortunately, the cosmetic remodel could not being until the horizontal crack along the 27 foot basement was addressed. Wall failure was a major concern for the homeowners. Wood support beams were installed years ago to prevent the wall problem from worsening. Since then, the wood supports rotted from intruding moisture, becoming part of the problem rather than a solution. With total foundation replacement out of the question and budget, the homeowners contacted Tar Heel Basement Systems for a permanent solution.


System Design Specialist, Mike Jones, evaluated the homeowners concerns with the bowing wall, contacting a third party structural engineer to complete a further investigation. The wooden supports were no longer providing a solution, time was of the essence as there was an immediate need for a permanent stabilization system before total wall failure occurred. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems’ installed six Basement Wall Anchors along the 27 foot bowing basement wall providing immediate stabilization and restored property value.  The Basement Wall Anchor System is made of heavy-duty steel rods and plates, eliminating the worry of rotting or rusting in years to come. Installed in just a matter of hours, the team excavated a small area of the yard, twelve feet from the foundation wall (stable soil). Anchor rods were installed through the interior wall every five feet until stable soil was reached. Earth anchors attached to each rod on the exterior side while steel wall plates connected the system along the interior wall. Once connection was made at each end of the Basement Wall Anchor System the tightening process began.  Previously excavated soil was placed back, easily hiding the system.

The homeowners finally achieved peace of mind with a stabilized basement wall, allowing the remodel to start. One step closer to move-in day!  

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Tar Heel Basement Systems

Products Installed: Six Basement Wall Anchors

Structural Engineer: Hayman Engineering

System Design Specialist: Mike Jones

About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.