A homeowner in Forest Park had foundation walls that had begun leaning inward.

Leaning or bowing foundation walls are often a sign of underlying issues such as unbalanced soil pressure, water infiltration, or inadequate foundation design. In such cases, it’s crucial to address the problem promptly to prevent further deterioration and potential structural failure.

This homeowner hired Mike Montgomery of Buyers Protection Group to figure out a plan to stop the movement. Mr. Montgomery (a licensed structural engineer) recommended steel angles to anchor the foundation walls. With designs in place, Hughes Construction was hired to install them.


What are Steel Angles?

Steel angles, also known as angle irons or L-shaped beams, are metal bars characterized by their perpendicular legs. They are formed by bending a single piece of steel into a right angle, creating the distinctive L shape.

The length of each leg and the thickness of the steel can vary based on the specific requirements of the application. It is best left up to an engineer what type of angle is right for the job at hand, as many calculations go into this decision.

Anchoring with Steel Angles

We attach the steel angles to the foundation walls at strategic intervals, typically spaced evenly along the length of the wall as shown above.

The steel angles act as reinforcements, providing additional support and distributing the structural loads more effectively. By anchoring the walls with steel angles we restrict the lateral movement. This prevents further leaning or bowing and ensuring the stability of the foundation.


Benefits of Steel Angles in Foundation Repair

  • Strength and Durability: Steel angles are known for their exceptional strength and durability. This makes them ideal for reinforcing foundation walls and withstanding the pressures exerted by the surrounding soil.
  • Versatility: Steel angles allow customization to suit the specific requirements of the foundation repair project. Including varying lengths, thicknesses, and configurations.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Compared to alternative foundation repair methods, such as wall bracing or excavation: Anchoring with steel angles is often more cost-effective and less invasive.
  • Long-Term Solution: When properly installed and designed, steel angles provide a long-term solution to foundation issues. Thus, ensuring the stability and integrity of the structure for years to come.

It’s essential to consult with a licensed structural engineer to assess the extent of your foundation issues and recommend the most suitable repair method. Please contact us if you need more guidance, we are always happy to point you in the right direction.