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09:39AM | 02/19/16
I recently purchased my first house that was built in 1991 in Mid Michigan. the ground out here is 95% clay. During the home inspection we noticed the one 40' long 8" thick 8' tall basement wall was bowing in 1.25" (maximum allowable being 2"). I am assuming they backfilled with clay and with the wet and freezing weather we have the clay pushed in the wall. I have been monitoring it and it has not moved in 2 months. Me being the perfectionist I am, it still bothers me. In a few months when spring hits I am going to dig up all the way around the house and put up foam board for insulation and backfill with pea gravel.
My question is do I try to move the wall back so it is straight (via I beams and hydraulic jack)?
is a 2-3' width of pea gravel enough?
how far down do I go with foam board insulation?

The root cause of this is lack of gutters and poor grading away from the house. Both of which will be resolved issues.
Thanks in advance for your opinions!

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