Foundation Wall Anchors: The Warrantied Solution For Bowing & Buckling Walls

Foundation wall anchors have been used successfully to stabilize and straighten foundation walls since the late 1970s. In fact, in 1992, wall anchor systems were identified by a Chief Appraiser for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the most effective means of stabilizing bowing foundation walls.

AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is proud to offer foundation wall anchor systems—including the Geo-Lock™ Channel Anchor system and Hide-A-Way® Wall Anchor Covers—to Atlanta and Northern Georgia homeowners to permanently stabilize basement and foundation walls. In addition to providing improved strength and stability, foundation wall anchors also offer the best opportunity to straighten walls without the cost and disruption of foundation replacement.

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How Foundation Wall Anchor Systems Work

Foundation wall anchors extend out to the stable, hard-packed soil beyond your home, anchoring themselves there and bracing the foundation wall. This stops the 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 the following:

  • Horizontal or stair-step cracking
  • Diagonal cracking at corners
  • Inward bowing or bulging
  • Walls sliding inwards
  • Walls tilting inward at the top

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 solution.

Features of Our Foundation Wall Anchor Systems

Our foundation wall anchor systems are installed by our full-time, in-house foundation contractors. Wall anchor installations are designed to install quickly—typically in a single day—and with minimal disruption to your home and landscaping. Upon the completion of our installation, your foundation walls’ inward movement should be immediately and permanently repaired.

Technical Features:

  • Designed with galvanized steel for long-term corrosion resistance
  • Year-round installation
  • Installation typically completed in one day
  • Potential to straighten bowed walls
  • Minimal disturbance to home, lawn, and landscaping
  • Will not damage interior flooring
  • Won’t infringe on usable basement space
  • Life-of-structure transferable warranty
  • 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects
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Secure your foundation. Wall anchors will prevent walls from bowing and cracking.

Installing Our Wall Anchor Systems

Our foundation wall anchor systems are installed by our full-time, in-house foundation contractors. Wall anchor installations are designed to install quickly—typically in a single day—and with minimal disruption to your home and landscaping. Upon the completion of our installation, your foundation walls’ inward movement should be immediately and permanently repaired.

A Closer Look at the Process: Channel Anchor Installation

GeoLock™ Channel Anchors are a versatile, effective system that can stabilize walls that are bowing, tipping, pushing in at the bottom, tilting in at the top, or showing similar signs of failure. To install your channel anchor system, our foundation repair experts will follow these seven steps:

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Boring Holes For Earth Anchors

Before your foundation channel anchors are scheduled to be installed, one of our in-house foundation experts will inspect your problem and map out where each anchor will be placed. When the contractors arrive, their written proposal will show each anchor location.

At each earth anchor location, a section of sod is carefully removed and placed aside to be returned later. Then a plastic sheet is laid down, and the hole is made with a power auger.

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Preparing The Foundation Wall

After earth anchor holes have been made, one of our in-house, certified foundation contractors will drill small holes through your foundation wall that correspond to earth anchor locations. Then steel anchor rods will be driven through the holes, extending all the way to the earth anchor holes.

The holes in the foundation are each just 1″ in diameter. This is much smaller than the large holes and/or sections of concrete block that must be removed for other wall repair techniques.

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Joining Rods To Earth Anchors

The threaded end of each steel rod extends through a hole in the center of its earth anchor. Then a nut is screwed to the rod to keep the two parts permanently attached. The anchor-and-rod assemblies are buried in their holes, and earth is carefully replaced and compacted to lock anchors in place.

Each of our Geo-Lock™ Channel Anchors includes a 25-year manufacturer’s warrant, as well as our own in-house quality and performance warranty.

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Mounting The Channel Anchor

After fastening the earth anchor outside, your contractor will mount the steel channel anchor to the inside surface of your foundation wall, fitting each channel anchor over a steel rod.
Unlike uncoated systems that can corrode and rust over time, each Geo-Lock™ Channel has a rust-resistant zinc coating. This keeps them looking neat and clean in your basement for decades to come.

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Securing The Channel Anchors To The Floor

Each channel anchor extends down vertically to the concrete slab floor.

The contractor will now fix each channel anchor’s position on the floor by bolting a strong steel bracket to the floor with a pair of heavy-duty bolts.

Tightening the nut on the steel rod that extends through each channel anchor stabilizes the foundation, preventing further bowing or tilting.

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Restoring The Landscaping

At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we take great care in leaving each job clean, neat, and free of any damage to your existing landscaping.

During our cleanup process, all dirt excavated during Step 1 will be returned to the hole. Workers will thoroughly tamp down the fill in each hole to avoid future soil settlement issues.

Finally, the sod will be carefully replaced at each hole location, then raked and tamped to blend seamlessly with surrounding grass.

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Tightening Wall Anchors

One thing that makes the Geo-Lock™ system so powerful is the fact that it not only stops your walls from moving inwards—it also provides the opportunity to straighten your foundation walls over time. As your walls are returned to their original position, your home’s value and appearance will improve—making your home much more appealing for both you and for prospective home buyers.

Our Supportworks Wall Anchor Products:

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The Geo-Lock™ Foundation Wall Anchor System

This innovative wall anchor system will permanently stabilize your foundation wall by anchoring your walls to the hard-packed virgin soil beyond your foundation. After installation, wall anchors can often be tightened over time to further straighten your foundation walls and pull them back to their original position

Advantages Of The Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor:

  • Minimal Disturbance to Lawn & Landscaping
  • Year-Round Installation
  • Permanently Stops Inward Movement of Walls
  • Potential To Straighten Walls Over Time
  • Life-of-Structure Manufacturer’s Warranty

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The Geo-Lock™ Street Creep Repair System

A foundation that has been damaged by street creep usually requires a two-part repair technique.

First, new expansion joints are installed along the driveway to relieve the pressure on the wall. Then, a Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System is installed along any damaged foundation walls.

Advantages Of Our Street Creep Repair System:

  • Minimal Disturbance to Garage Floor
  • Year-Round Installation
  • Permanently Stops Inward Movement of Walls
  • Potentially Straightens Walls
  • Life-of-Structure Manufacturer’s Warranty
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The PowerBrace Wall Stabilization System

The Geo-Lock™ Channel Anchor System provides a permanent solution for bowing, buckling, tilting, or inward-moving foundation walls that are demonstrating signs of extreme wall failure.

This warrantied solution includes a complete wall anchor system and a channel anchor that mounts on your foundation floor and wall for optimal bracing and failure protection.

Advantages Of The Geo-Lock™ Channel Anchor System:

  • Zinc-Plated Components Prevent Rust
  • Immediately Stabilize Walls Pushing In At Bottom
  • Channel Connects To Earth Anchor Embedded Deep In Soil
  • Installations Usually Completed In Less Than A Day
  • Life-of-Structure Manufacturer’s Warranty

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Hide-A-Way™ Wall Anchor Covers

If you’re planning on finishing your basement after the foundation repair is complete, or you just want to keep your basement looking clean and attractive, Hide-A-Way™ Wall Anchor Covers are the perfect solution for you. Our wall anchor covers are designed specifically for our Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System. Thanks to the cover’s snap-on design, it can provide quick, easy access to wall anchor tightening bolts, so that further adjustments on the wall anchors can be made.

Advantages Over Stone, Ceramic, and Marble Tile:

  • Snap-On Design Allows Quick, Easy Access
  • Provides a Neat, Clean Appearance
  • Sleek, Low-Profile Design Does Not Protrude From Wall

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Call Today for Wall Anchor Systems in Atlanta and Northern Georgia!

At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions 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 wall anchor installation quote, we’re the contractors for you! Call or email us today to schedule an on-site appointment with one of our specialists!

We’re proud to serve Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, and many other parts of Georgia.

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