Innovative Basement Authority has been installing channel anchor systems for nearly 20 years. These systems are of high quality and they halt foundation damage in your basement. Our team of experts takes care of the entire process, from inspection to customized installation, leaving you with the peace of mind that comes with a restored foundation.
What Are Channel Anchors?
Channel anchors are a type of wall anchor used to stabilize and repair sheering basement walls. The system includes steel earth anchors that are driven into the ground outside the foundation and then connected to steel channel brackets mounted to your basement wall’s interior using threaded anchor rods.
The channels span up and down a large portion of the damaged wall and are bolted to the floor for maximum bracing strength. By locking the wall anchors into stable soil, the system counteracts soil pressure to halt inward wall movement. Channel anchors may also allow you to gradually straighten walls and bring them back to level over time.
5 Signs You Need Channel Anchors
Channel anchors are a great solution if you notice the following signs of failure in your foundation walls:
- Walls that are sheering in at the top or bottom.
- Cracks in basement walls, especially large horizontal or stair-step cracks.
- Bowing basement walls.
- Windows or doors that are sticking.
- Uneven floors.
By stopping soil pressure and stabilizing your foundation, channel anchors address the root cause of structural damage.
Is a Channel Anchor System Necessary?
Ignoring bowing walls can cause the problem to worsen over time. This is because soil pressure and moisture infiltration through cracks can accelerate wall deterioration, leading to potential water damage, mold growth, and expensive structural repairs. In extreme cases, severely compromised walls are at risk of collapse.
To permanently brace walls against soil pressure, we offer channel anchors as a solution. When combined with our comprehensive basement waterproofing systems, channel anchors ensure comprehensive protection. Acting early to stabilize your foundation can save you money compared to extensive repairs needed after the damage has spread to other areas of your home.
What Are the Benefits of Channel Anchors?
Innovative Basement Authority’s channel anchor system can benefit homeowners in these ways:
- Stops wall movement
- Potentially helps walls straighten back to level
- Restores structural strength without replacing the foundation
- Protects against soil pressure and moisture damage
- Anchors are coated with corrosion-resistant epoxy
- Can be installed easily around utilities without major demolition
By stopping foundation damage early, channel anchors can save homeowners money on expensive repairs and help maintain the value of their home. Our team of professionals will handle the entire process from inspection to installation customized to your needs.
How to Install Channel Anchors
Our certified technicians follow these precise steps to install your channel anchor system:
1. Initial inspection to map out anchor locations
A foundation repair specialist inspects your basement walls and finds the best locations to install channel anchors. They look for areas that show signs of bowing. This customized anchor mapping ensures the system stabilizes your foundation walls effectively.
2. Bore holes for earth anchors around the foundation perimeter
Our installation team digs holes down by your home’s foundation at the anchor locations using powerful earth auger drills. They extend down to stable soil beneath the problem layers near the surface.
3. Drill small holes through basement walls to insert anchor rods
Small holes, just 1-2 inches wide, are drilled directly through your foundation walls to line up with the earth anchor holes outside. Steel anchor rods are inserted through these holes and driven down into the anchor holes underground.
4. Join rods to earth anchors and embed anchors into stable soil
The steel anchor rods are permanently joined to the earth anchors underground using strong nuts and washers. This creates an integrated anchor system secured in hard, stable soil for maximum support. The earth around each anchor is carefully replaced and compacted.
5. Mount channel brackets to interior walls over anchor rods
Steel channel brackets are mounted to the interior surface of your basement walls. The channel anchors fit over the steel rods protruding through the small wall holes.
6. Secure floor brackets to concrete slab for stability
The channel anchors are secured to your basement’s concrete floor using steel brackets bolted into the concrete with lag bolts for maximum strength. This prevents the channel anchors from shifting and provides robust structural support.
7. Potentially straighten walls by tightening anchor rods over time
Once installed, the steel rods running through the channel anchors can be incrementally tightened to straighten your foundation walls, restoring them to their original position. This straightening process is done slowly over time through periodic adjustments.
With decades of experience serving thousands of homeowners every year, Innovative Basement Authority ensures your channel anchor system stabilizes your home safely and effectively.
Why Our Channel Anchors Are the Best Choice for Basement Wall Repair
When you choose Innovative Basement Authority, you get:
- A free inspection, accurate quote, and comprehensive repair plan.
- Top-quality channel anchors backed by certified expertise.
- Proprietary channel anchors designed and manufactured to provide superior performance.
- The best value for your money.
- Industry-leading transferable warranties.
- Dedicated, speedy service from a nationally recognized, local experts whose singular goal is customer satisfaction.
Contact IBA for Channel Anchors Today!
Don’t wait for foundation problems to get worse. Contact Innovative Basement Authority today to schedule your free inspection! Our channel anchor systems provide a proven solution to permanently stabilize your home’s foundation.
The installation of channel anchors typically takes one day or less to complete. Our team uses minimal excavation and creates small wall penetrations to allow for quick installation.
Our experts use anchor rods that are gradually tightened. In some cases, the process slowly brings walls back to level alignment. For optimal results, we recommend scheduling annual maintenance to ensure the straightening process is completed safely.
Depending on the situation, there may not be a need for major remodeling after we install channel anchors in your home’s basement. The anchors can be discretely integrated into your existing basement finishing, or post-installation remodeling can be minimized and done with ease. Our team will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.