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Leaning Walls

Are my walls
really leaning?
Why do my walls
lean?

A leaning wall is aesthetically out of sync with the rest of your home and the surrounding landscape. They’re a major eyesore, especially if you’ve worked hard making your home beautiful. And if a wall is leaning over just enough, it could collapse without any warning. This makes a leaning wall extremely dangerous too.

But these ugly, leaning walls are the obvious ones.

There are leaning walls that are less obvious to the naked eye but no less dangerous. They can still collapse on people. Even worse, they can collapse into surrounding support structures and damage the integrity of your home’s structure.

If you want to look out for these leaning walls and find out why they lean, read on for more information.

Are my walls
really leaning?
Why do my walls
lean?

A leaning wall is aesthetically out of sync with the rest of your home and the surrounding landscape. They’re a major eyesore, especially if you’ve worked hard making your home beautiful. And if a wall is leaning over just enough, it could collapse without any warning. This makes a leaning wall extremely dangerous too.

But these ugly, leaning walls are the obvious ones.

There are leaning walls that are less obvious to the naked eye but no less dangerous. They can still collapse on people. Even worse, they can collapse into surrounding support structures and damage the integrity of your home’s structure.

If you want to look out for these leaning walls and find out why they lean, read on for more information.

How do I Identify a leaning wall in my house?

Gaps Between Your Wall and Window Frames

If you have gaps between your walls and window frames, it means your walls are on the move. As the walls move, the internal and external walls can detach. This detachment combined with lateral forces opens these walls to the possibility of collapsing.

Stepped Cracks Stepped Cracks

As your home’s walls lean one way or the other, the walls may develop stepped cracks along their brick mortar joins. You’ll be able to see these on either the inside or outside of a leaning wall.

Soffit Trims Pull Apart

Soffit trims (little wooden sticks at the top of your wall) that pull apart are a tell-tale sign of movement in your home. While some detach because of wear an tear, usually they are an indicator of a foundational failure directly beneath the leaning wall.

Gaps Between Walls and Cornice

Cornice gaps can indicate that your home is sinking into the ground due to unstable soil or poor foundations. The sinking causes pressure to rise upwards from the foundations of your home. In turn, the pressure forces your walls to lean and supporting ties to fail.

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What are the leading causes of leaning walls?

Reactive Clay Soil

Unstable, Moving Ground

One of the most common reasons for Leaning walls is unstable, moving ground. Both year-round, non-stop movement from reactive clays and too much flowing water that over-saturates your ground causes aeration in the soil. Voids eventually develop underground. Your home’s foundations shift in this aerated ground, causing your walls to slip downwards or laterally and ultimately bow and lean.

Broken Cavity Wall Ties

Cavity walls are made of two walls, an interior wall and exterior one. Wall ties are attached on the inside cavity of the interior and exterior wall to stabilise them. Cavity wall ties have traditionally been made of steel which rusts and snaps apart after many decades. If your cavity wall ties have actually snapped, your walls will be prone to bowing and leaning. Another reason you may have a leaning walls is the absence of wall ties due to builder negligence.

Salt damp in masonry brick

Masonry Decay

Masonry decay, known technically as masonry fretting, occurs due to rising damp and salt attack. If your damp proofing course has failed, your masonry’s capillaries will be soaking moisture and salts out of the ground. During dryer months, these salts crystallise and expand from inside the masonry as moisture escapes. The expansion is so forceful, it turns mortar and brick to dust. This devastates walls from the inside, causing them to lean, bow or even collapse.

Need to fix your leaning walls today?

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