Wall Bracing: What is it and does My Foundation Need it?

Wall Bracing: What is it and does My Foundation Need it?

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Many of the problems homes face are to do with their foundations. The foundation and what the foundation is built on. Problems with your foundation can cause a lot of damage and decrease the value of your home. Just some of the problems are leaks, cracks inside and out, and uneven floors. If you have drainage problems, this can make the foundation less secure. Wall bracing can really help your home to be much more secure.

Wall Bracing

Wall bracing are pretty much what they sound like. They are steel braces put in place to help the house cope with the weight. They are also one of the most effective ways to repair and restore basements and to protect homes against further foundation damage.

The braces are put up to hold up your walls against the weight coming down and the forces coming across. Wind, earthquakes, or other factors that can push against the foundation.

Benefits of Wall Braces

Any additional support for your home should be welcome.

Water Leaks

Water leaks and excessive moisture can cause a lot of damage to your home. It can also cause mold and mildew to grow. When it is very cold, water or moisture trapped in the cracks will freeze and cause even more damage.

The frozen water expands, which will cause the size of cracks to stretch and even break. Installing a steel brace to hold your foundation in place will help when repairing and waterproofing your basement.

Buckling Basement Walls

Buckling or bowing walls can happen from moisture, the weight of the house, or just old age. The steel wall reinforcement braces will provide added support for older foundations that may be buckling inward due to the weight of soil and water on the outside.

With these braces installed, it will stop further damage to the foundation. Then you will be able to repair existing problems necessary in your home’s basement.

Cracks, Breakage, and Collapse

Without the braces, foundations can get damaged and develop cracks, pieces can break off and walls can eventually collapse. The braces are in place to stop that from happening. If they are in place and you get cracks, the repairs are much easier to do.

There is no worry about the wall coming down and causing further damage. It’s a bit of added security we can all appreciate. Whether you get earthquakes, live in an older home, or experience severe weather, the braces are there to protect.


The braces are in for the long haul. That means any future damage will be minimal. They offer permanent support for the home. They have been used for a long time and have a very good track record when it comes to doing their job.

Whether you install them as you need them or just as a preventative measure, it is a wise investment. If you live somewhere where it is often damp, you have shifting soil or you just want peace of mind.

Get an Inspection

If you suspect there may be some structural damage or you just want to get out ahead of any, call us for an inspection. An older house may not be showing any signs of damage but it doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Contact us today for a quote, and inspection or just to ask a question. Olson Foundation Repair will always offer you a fair price. We know it can be very worrying when there may be damages to your foundation. We do the job right the first time.