Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


06:50AM | 07/11/01
Member Since: 07/10/01
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I recently purchased a home and evidently I did not, nor did the home inspector, notice the bowing on the north and south walls of my ciderblock basement. I've talked to a few contractors and they say the only way to fix this is to escavate around the outside of the basement and rebuild the walls. This is out of my price range for home repairs so early on. (They quoted @ $15,000). Is there a way to build up from the inside? A simple solution to this problem.
My first project is to build up the landscape around the house to divert the water away. The gutters and downspouts are all working properly and there are even pvc pipes that divert that water away from the downspouts.
Dryloc or products similar to that are a temporary solution, but what about sealing the basement and putting up reiforcement walls along the inside of the basement walls?
Using 2x6's as studs and drywall?
Keep in mind, I'm looking at simplicity and cost effectiveness.


12:14PM | 07/14/01
Member Since: 07/13/01
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Did you ever get any response to your "bowing basement wall" problem? I have a similar problem with an all wood basement. I too do not wish to excavate my yard but, it may be the only way.



02:39PM | 07/15/01
Member Since: 07/10/01
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Thanks for replying No reply yet....still waiting for some kind soul to help me out. I think for the time being I'll treat the walls with dry-loc,put up the new walls using 2x6's, handle the drainage/landscape problem and pray it lasts for a year when I can afford the more expensive project.


03:53AM | 07/27/01
Member Since: 06/13/01
10 lifetime posts
Did you get more then one contractor to look at your basement?? I am not sure how badly your walls are bowed, but getting another opinion is recommended. Of course the contractor is going to try to sell you $15000 worth of work. Depending on how bad the walls are you can get them reinforced without all the excavation on the outside of the house. They can put steel beams that are anchored to the basement floor, and the floor joists. It is quite reasonably priced too. Not even close to $15000. It depends how many braces you require. Look for another contractor that specializes in foundation repair, and advertises that they do more then build new walls. Like I said, I don't know how bad the walls are bowed, so maybe that is your only option, but it doesn't hurt to check out others. In the mean time you did the right thing by diverting water away from the foundation. Hopefully this will help keep the wall from not moving further.


03:56AM | 07/27/01
Member Since: 06/13/01
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Here is a example of a place that offers you several options


05:22PM | 10/27/01
Member Since: 10/26/01
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My basement wall was pushing in and I likewise was quoted several outrageous prices. I ended up with a system called anchor lock, where they put 1" threaded rod through my poured concrete walls and through anchor plates buried in my yard. It worked real good in my case as I was able to stabilize the wall and nearly pull it back to vertical.Good luck


03:34AM | 10/29/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Wait a minute....What will the drylock do for you? The problem is pressure on the outside pushing the walls in. How is a sealer going to prevent/correct this situation? If drylock does what it claims, you are making the situation worse as the pressure on the wall will increase.

Adding 2x6s will help prevent the house from suddenly collapsing, but is not a long term solution. There are no footers under these 2x6s.

Just how bad is this problem? If no one noticed it before, it can't be that bad. How bowed is the wall - 1/4", 1/2", several inches? A level and straight 2x4 can help you measure it.


09:52AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/16/02
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HAd a similar problem with a poured wall. 40' bowed in 3" at top. Found some old I beams (4). 4 20ton hydraulic jacks and 3 months of dry weather, keeping pressure on the jacks day nad night. Believe it or not... wall is back to within 1/2". Sunk the i beams in the floor and braced the top. Cracks do not leak. Unusual situation but it worked.. Pics to prove it! Damm Wisconsin clay is very destructive.


07:37AM | 04/29/08
Member Since: 04/26/08
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If the wall is bowing in a little, what they do is place a anchor into the floor. They then put steel I-beans so far apart and then mount a powerbrace fastener on floor joints and that puts pressure on the beams that will keep the walls from bowing in any more and also forces the wall back out after the earth starts dring out. It Does work and it costs around 1500 to 2000 dollars to have it installed. Check it out at


11:08PM | 11/28/15
@wgegan, or anyone else,

I have independently concocted the same plan as you - I beams and hydraulic jacks. I'm a licensed civil engineer so it's not a completely baked idea. Please assist me with how you placed the hydraulic jacks. In other words, what was the base that you jacked from?


10:26PM | 02/22/16
What is the best time of year to put in steel reinforcing posts to secure bowing walls?

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