Wall anchors offer an effective solution for foundation walls that have started to display signs of excessive soil pressure. A tried and tested method of foundation repair, fitting wall anchors can help to stabilize foundation walls, promoting safety and preventing structural damage.
What are Wall Anchors?
If you’re not familiar with foundation problems, you may be wondering what exactly wall anchors are. Wall anchors are durable, heavy-duty metal plates, which can be installed in the soil outside of the foundation wall. Each individual anchor is attached to a wall plate using a steel rod. The wall plate is positioned on the inside of the foundation wall, and both the interior and exterior plates are adjusted to tighten the connection.
When wall anchors are installed, all the component parts are placed below the soil surface, and will therefore be invisible.
When are Wall Anchors Used?
Wall anchors are primarily used to support foundation walls when they are exposed to intense pressure. Excessive soil pressure can push the walls inwards, resulting in cracks and fractures that can cause the wall to bow and lean in. By using wall anchors, it is possible to strengthen and stabilize the wall and reduce the risk of further damage.
At Rhino Foundation Systems, we recommend using wall anchors to prevent cracks and structural wear and tear linked to increased soil pressure.
The Advantages of Wall Anchors
An increase in soil pressure can exert force on the foundation walls, elevating the risk of leaning and cracking. Passing wall anchors through the wall secures the structure, preventing bowing and addressing weak spots. Fitting wall anchors creates safe, sturdy walls that will be shielded from pressure.
As well as providing protection and additional stability for foundation walls, wall anchors also offer an invisible solution, as all the parts are secreted below the surface. The installation process is also relatively simple when carried out by experienced contractors.
Why Choose Wall Anchors?
Every home and business owner wants to do their utmost to protect their investment and keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Damage to the foundation walls can cause long-lasting problems if left untreated. Wall anchors offer a simple, long-term solution for walls that are exposed to intense soil pressure. Installing wall anchors provides stability and security, preventing the walls from bowing and leaning in, and reducing the risk of more severe damage in the future.
Do I Need Wall Anchors?
If you’re concerned that your walls look uneven, or they seem to be bowing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. At Rhino Foundation Systems, we have several years of experience in providing expert foundation repairs, and we can assess the problem and discuss the best solutions with you. We utilize state of the art equipment, and we have taken on a diverse range of projects across several industries. If you’d like to find out more about wall anchors, or you need advice, call us or get in touch online today to discuss your project in more detail.
Are wall anchors a type of wall reinforcement?
Wall anchors are a type of wall reinforcement, but they’re a bit unique compared to carbon fiber straps and steel reinforcement beams, so they get their own page. Wall anchors are exactly what they say they are. They keep the wall anchored into the soil, which makes them very effective in situations where the walls of a foundation are beginning to protrude from external pressure.
What makes wall anchors different from other types of wall reinforcement?
Carbon fiber straps and steel beams are installed to work from the inside of the foundation. Wall anchors work by essentially dragging the wall of the foundation back towards the soil from outside the building, rather than pushing it towards the solid from the interior. Wall anchors are also practically invisible, which makes them more appealing to the eye, which is just another plus side.
Will wall anchors always work best for keeping my foundation held together?
We recommend using wall anchors as a preventative measure. They are best suited when the foundation has received minimal amounts of damage and cracking, as they work to prevent rather than fix. If you are looking for more of a repair type of reinforcement because the walls are tearing significantly, then steel beams or the large carbon fiber straps may work better.
How long will wall anchors last?
One of the good things about wall anchors is that they can be tightened. This makes them the ideal long term choice for wall reinforcement, because they can always be tightened back down towards the anchor that rests in the soil, and keep the walls of your foundation nice and stable. With steel beams, full replacements would often be necessary, but with wall anchors, your foundation can be in good shape for years upon years to come.