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The TerraForceĀ® Foundation Wall Anchor System

What It Does:

The TerraForce® Wall Anchor System permanently stabilizes your basement walls, offering the best opportunity to straighten the walls without the cost and disruption of foundation replacement.

Heavy duty, galvanized earth anchors are embedded in stable, undisturbed soil outside your foundation wall. Each anchor is connected by a steel rod to a wall plate that provides clamping pressure against the inside of the foundation wall. This method also offers the potential to straighten the wall back to its original position.

TerraForce Wall Anchor System

Features & Benefits

  • Year-round, quick installation
  • Minimal disruption to home and landscape
  • Capable of straightening walls
  • Conceals with basement finishing
  • Doesn’t rely on floor framing for support
  • Installs easily around pipes, wires & plumbing
  • Triple-galvanized for corrosion resistance
  • Restores structural integrity and stops further wall movement

How Wall Anchor Systems Work

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While there are a number of potential causes of cracked and bowing foundation walls, the most common reason is pressure from foundation soils.

When clay soils get wet, they can expand and put tremendous pressure on a wall. When this force exceeds the wall's ability to resist it, the wall begins to fail in different ways. Cracking, bowing and tilting are the most common symptoms of foundation wall failure.

Other factors in foundation wall damage include heavy rains (causing hydrostatic pressure) and exterior slabs such as driveways or porches, that put pressure on the wall by expanding in hot weather (street creep). Large tree roots, soil expansion due to frost, and issues related to poor grading can also cause foundation damage.

One of the problems with foundation soils is that while the earth is continually pressing against the outside of the walls, nothing on the inside is equalizing that pressure. Foundation wall anchors address this problem by "gripping" the inside surface of the wall and countering that pressure.

Foundation wall anchors extend out to the stable, hard-packed soil beyond your home, anchoring themselves there and bracing the foundation wall. This stops inward movement entirely -- and over time, tightening these anchors can even move your foundation walls back to their original position.

When To Use Foundation Wall Anchors

Wall anchors are the most versatile wall repair method because they can be used to stabilize walls with a variety of problems, including bowing walls, tipping walls, and walls that are pushing in at the bottom. Wall anchors are installed independently of a home's floor systems, making them the ideal installation under appropriate conditions.

In order for a wall anchor system to work effectively, several feet of access is needed on the outside of your home. In areas where homes are only a few feet apart, wall anchors are not a valid option. If this is the case in your situation, we will recommend another wall repair option.

Wall Anchor Application Chart

  Removal & Replacement Carbon Fiber Strips I-Beams Helical Anchors TerraForce® Wall Anchors
Installation Usually Completed In One Day   green checkmark green checkmark   green checkmark
Does Not Have Problems With Leaking green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark   green checkmark
Does Not Rely On Floor System For Support green checkmark     green checkmark green checkmark
Stabilizes Walls That Are Bowing In At The Center Of The Wall   green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Will Keep The Wall From Tipping/Leaning In At The Top Of The Wall     green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Will Keep The Wall From Sliding In At The Bottom     green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Limited Disturbance To Lawn & Landscaping   green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Can Straighten Wall Over Time Without Excavating       green checkmark green checkmark
Can Be Installed When Interior Access Is Limited   green checkmark green checkmark   green checkmark
Can Easily Avoid Obstructions On Basement Walls Such As Pipes, Wires, And Plumbing Lines       green checkmark green checkmark

Your Local Foundation Contractors

At Foundation Systems of Michigan we can fix foundation issues related to bowing, buckling basement walls of all types. Our wall anchor systems include a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as a performance warranty from us.

If you would like a free, no-obligation, written foundation wall repair quote, we're the contractors for you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site appointment with one of our specialists!

We're proud to serve Livonia, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Traverse City, and many other parts of Michigan.

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