After experiencing a small earthquake in 2011, homeowners in High Point, NC, noticed horizontal cracks forming along their basement wall. Caulking over the cracks seemed to help for a short period, but it didn’t stop the cracks from growing larger. The wall also began to bow.
Noticing this was not just a cosmetic problem, but indeed a major foundation problem. The homeowners researched foundation companies to stabilize the wall.
Certified Field Inspector Ryan Arnett evaluated the house and addressed the homeowners’ concerns. After a thorough engineering report, Ryan was able to provide the homeowners with a permanent solution to their growing foundation problem. Due to a historic tree being planted just along the exterior of the home, this project would be unique in accomplishing the homeowners’ goals while tending to their home’s structural needs. Installing a wall anchor system was the best solution.
The process started by having an installation crew auger six (6) holes, 12 feet from the home’s foundation. The purpose of augering so far from the home is to ensure stable soil is reached. As each hole was dug, a 3/4″ anchor rod was driven through the basement wall until it reached the hole. An earth anchor was placed onto the rod while a wall plate was placed on the opposite end. Once tightened, the wall anchor system provides the wall with immediate stabilization without further adjustment. During dry periods, the anchors can be tightened to straighten the wall over time.
The homeowners are confident their wall is now secure and look forward to having the wall straightened during their annual service appointment!
Installing Contractor: Tar Heel Basement Systems
Certified Field Inspector: Ryan Arnett
Products Installed: Six (6) Basement Wall Anchors