+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    2

    Default Bulging basement wall

    Entire length of basement wall has a horizontal crack with about a one inch deflection into the basement. The entire foundation was dug up from the outside with all new drain tile and a generous amount of stone back fill about 10 years ago. Contractors specializing in basement repair around here are iffy at best. No water coming in. Not sure what if anything to do.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    598

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    Quote Originally Posted by normg View Post
    Entire length of basement wall has a horizontal crack with about a one inch deflection into the basement. The entire foundation was dug up from the outside with all new drain tile and a generous amount of stone back fill about 10 years ago. Contractors specializing in basement repair around here are iffy at best. No water coming in. Not sure what if anything to do.
    How high is the basement wall and whats the height the cracks at. Can you post a picture
    Gizmo

    Cut it 3 times & it's still to short.
    Inventor of the Miter Master Plus.

    Hidden Content
    Hidden Content

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    Can't post a pic, but it's a normal basment...the horiontal crack almost exactly bisects the wall in half...about 4 feet up from the floor and 4 feet down from the ceiling.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    598

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    I would be calling a "Structual Engineer ASAP if I were you.
    Gizmo

    Cut it 3 times & it's still to short.
    Inventor of the Miter Master Plus.

    Hidden Content
    Hidden Content

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    5,084

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    The crack runs in the middle of the wall and there is a 1" deflaction?
    You may have a serious condition in your hand, and it will not get better without action. Also try to locate the contractor who did the work you described.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Houston Texas
    Posts
    2,360

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    I'd be looking for the insurance company of the guys who did the work for you.

    Get a structural engineer there as soon as you can. No reason to wait on this one.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    nova scotia, canada
    Posts
    1,522

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    definitely get a engineer in. ive seen this sorta thing before. if it starts to get worse your foundation will be in the early stages of collapseing
    fire up the saw and make some dust

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    The Great White North
    Posts
    4,045

    Default Re: Bulging basement wall

    Quote Originally Posted by normg View Post
    Entire length of basement wall has a horizontal crack with about a one inch deflection into the basement. The entire foundation was dug up from the outside with all new drain tile and a generous amount of stone back fill about 10 years ago. Contractors specializing in basement repair around here are iffy at best. No water coming in. Not sure what if anything to do.
    Sounds like the cause was resolved --- water drainage issues on the exterior side.
    Now you'll need an engineer to recommend an appropriate solution to bracing the wall.
    Depending on what the foundation wall is comprised of -- poured concrete , block , brick, etc. will determine what methods and materials can be used for stabilizing the wall.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •