Bowing Walls

Bowing & Buckling Foundation Walls In Northern Florida

Diagram of a repaired foundation wall

Wall anchors can repair many bowing wall problems, including those that cause cracks, inward bulging and sliding.

If your foundation walls are bowing, buckling or are showing signs of inward movement, repair work is a necessity. These symptoms are a sign of weakening walls and potentially serious damage.

If you've noticed these problems in your home, Alpha Foundations can provide you with a permanent solution. We handle all types of foundation repair problems in Saint Augustine, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and the nearby areas, and we can solve your problem. Call us today to get a free estimate!

Signs of bowing foundation walls

Foundation walls move inward primarily due to expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure on the walls from outside. However, foundation walls may also crack due to many other outside causes, including foundation settlement. Our foundation experts will accurately identify the cause of your home's foundation problems.

  • Horizontal or stair-step cracking along the foundation walls
  • Diagonal cracking at corners of poured concrete foundation walls
  • Inward bowing or bulging along the walls
  • Walls sliding inwards on the bottom
  • Walls leaning in at the top
  • Wet, clay soils around the home coupled with damaged walls
  • Expansive clay soils present around the structure

Below are images of several foundations that are showing damage from hydrostatic pressure and expansive soils outside the structure.

(Click each photo to enlarge.)

A cracked foundation wall near a window in a Thomasville home Foundation wall separating from the floor in Tifton home A buckling foundation wall in a Yulee home. Rusted, corroded i-beams found with a failing foundation in a Fort Walton Beach home.
A diagonal stair-step crack found along a foundation wall in a Lynn Haven home A diagonal stair step crack along the foundation wall of a Crawfordville home A foundation showing severe inward buckling along the windows in a Cantonment home. Severe foundation damage from a long crack in a bucking wall of a Panama City home.

How we can fix it:

Install Alpha Foundations' Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors along the bowing walls, and use the system's clamping pressure to stabilize and restore the wall. When space issues prohibit wall anchor installation, we recommend installing the PowerBrace™ Wall System or CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System.

Soil anchors are placed in the ground outside the home. Steel rods attached to soil anchors extend through the foundation wall and wall plates. Wall plates distribute clamping pressure. Tightening nuts on the threaded ends of the rods stabilize the wall for a permanent solution.

What causes cracked & bowing foundation walls?

wet and dry clay soil samples, with the dry one shrunken and cracked

These two clay samples started out exactly the same in size, weight, and composition. The sample on the right was allowed to dry out, while the one on the left we kept moist.

If a small sample of clay can gain this much volume when it gets wet, just imagine how dramatic the changes are in the soil around your home!

The soils around your home can put enormous pressure on foundation walls. The amount of pressure they exert depends on four factors:

  1. The type of soil around the foundation
  2. The amount of moisture in the soil
  3. How far underground the foundation is
  4. The temperature conditions

There's constant pressure on your foundation walls from the outside, but the only thing holding up your foundation wall is the wall itself. Hydrostatic pressure, expansive clay soil, and frost can all exert enough pressure to cause walls to lean or even collapse.

Gutters and downspouts can also contribute significantly to foundation problems by allowing large volumes of water to collect in the soil around your structure.

If roof runoff is not directed away from your foundation, the soil around the foundation will become heavier and more expansive as it's saturated with water.

Installing foundation wall anchors

Geo-Lock Foundation Wall Anchor System

At Alpha Foundations, we recommend the Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System, to stabilize failing foundation walls. Our contractors follow these six steps when installing our warrantied wall anchor system:

When foundation wall anchors won't work

Graphic render of an installed i-beam system home.

Saving a wall with the PowerBrace™ system. This innovative system stabilizes bowing walls and can even straighten walls over time.

PowerBrace™ foundation wall reinforcement system

In some cases, a wall anchor system can't be used to repair a bowing wall because the yard outside the house isn't accessible. When we at Alpha Foundations encounter this kind of problem, we suggest that you install our PowerBrace™ Foundation Wall System.

The PowerBrace™ System

The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system designed to stabilize failing basement walls and also allow for potential straightening over time. This product is a great option when access to the yard outside of the home is not possible and bowing, buckling wall problems need to be solved.

The PowerBrace™ is an I-beam system that has several advantages over traditional "old school" systems. This includes its rust-resistant zinc coating and a design that makes it possible not only to stabilize bowing walls but also to straighten these walls over a period of time. Installation of a PowerBrace™ system can be conducted quickly in your home, with no disruption to your lawn, gardens, foliage, or other landscaping.

Looking for foundation wall repair experts in Florida and Georgia?

At Alpha Foundations, we're proud to provide warrantied solutions that will permanently solve issues with bowing, buckling foundation walls. We provide free, no-obligation foundation wall repair estimates to homeowners throughout our Florida and Georgia service area. Each estimate is made in person, on-site, and is presented in writing.

Our service area includes Saint Augustine, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Palm Coast, Gainesville, Albany, Valdosta, Pensacola, Saint Johns, Middleburg and throughout the surrounding areas. Call or e-mail us today!

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our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Abbeville
  • Alamo
  • Alma
  • Ambrose
  • Andersonville
  • Arabi
  • Axson
  • Blackshear
  • Bristol
  • Broxton
  • Buena Vista
  • Byromville
  • Byron
  • Chauncey
  • Chester
  • Cobb
  • Cordele
  • Denton
  • Douglas
  • Eastman
  • Ellaville
  • Fitzgerald
  • Fort Valley
  • Glenwood
  • Hazlehurst
  • Ideal
  • Jacksonville
  • Lumber City
  • Marshallville
  • Mc Rae Helena
  • Mershon
  • Milan
  • Millwood
  • Montezuma
  • Nicholls
  • Ocilla
  • Oglethorpe
  • Patterson
  • Pinehurst
  • Pineview
  • Pitts
  • Rebecca
  • Rhine
  • Rochelle
  • Rupert
  • Unadilla
  • Vienna
  • Waycross
  • West Green
  • Wray
Our Locations:

Alpha Foundations
4778-B Woodlane Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32303
1-850-629-2000


Alpha Foundations
495 Grand Blvd
Ste. 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
1-850-344-7004


Alpha Foundations
100 N Patterson St
Valdosta, GA 31601
1-229-474-3625


Alpha Foundations
10151 Deerwood Park Blvd #250
Jacksonville, FL 32256
1-904-559-3232