our 45 yr old home has horizonal cracking in the mortar between the blocks in the wall (only one 35-ft wall at front of house) and this wall is slightly bowed inward. We are concerned and would like to reinforce the wall before we turn the room into a finished family room.
We have had a few masonry contractors give us estimates, one said they would strengthen it by chipping out a top block, and pouring concrete down the holes (every 6 feet)and adding rebar in the concrete in the holes.
Another one had a different method, he would use 4 steel I-beams against the wall, securing them to the wood ceiling beams above the wall, and INTO the floor below (they would drill and re-concrete the floor around the I-beam, after also installing a drainage system)
I need some advice, as to which method is better, and if anyone ever had them done. I would like to hire one of the 2 contractors soon. Thanks!