Foundation Stabilization and Repair/bulging cinder block basement wall


I'm looking to buy a cape house, on Cape Cod, built in 1951.  The basement has cinder block walls and the wall in the front of the house has a horizontal bulge, about waist high that runs for 15 to 20 feet. The floors above seem true and the rest of the basement walls, with some slight cracking, are solid. We just went thru hurricane Sandy and the basement was dry.  What are the options for fixing this, and at what, obviously ballpark, cost?

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    I'm glad you got through hurricane Sandy with a dry basement! We had major flooding in many areas of Ohio, including Cleveland. The issue you are looking at is relatively minor in the scheme of things.
    Cracked and bowing basement walls almost never display symptoms of distress upstairs and throughout the main floors. Wall cracking upstairs, sticking windows and doors are usually a result of foundation settlement...not hydrostatic soil pressure.
    A cinder block basement wall with a horizontal bulge and slight cracking is a very easy problem to solve and stabilize with Fortress Carbon Fiber. Standard carbon spacing vertically along the length of the wall is 4' on center. You must stabilize the entire wall. Walls can be stabilized independently of each other at a later date if the cost is an issue. Proper tuckpointing is critical to long term stabilization.
    You can expect to pay between $375-$450.00 per Fortress carbon grid strap installed. Take the wall length and divide by 4 and that will give you your total grid strap count. You should receive a lifetime transferable warranty with a certified Fortress installation company. This type of stabilization will usually be less expensive and less intrusive than any other type of wall repair in the marketplace. Expect one day or less required for installation time.

         Jim Hise

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I am the owner of EXPERT BASEMENT REPAIR in Cleveland, Ohio. see WWW.EXPERTBASEMENTREPAIR.COM for more helpful links, pricing and information on repair work and products I can identify the reasons for movement or cracking in home foundations, basements and walls. I am familiar with most waterproofing and water control methods. I am familiar with and have installed Ramjack, Dixie MacLean, and A.B.Chance™ helical and push pier systems, including tiebacks, steel beams, and rod and grout repair and also several carbon fiber stabilization products. I am currently certified for Fortress carbon fiber installation and have performed carbon repair in the greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio region for 14 years. Please remember to tell me what city you live in to help me answer your question up front!


20 years of structural foundation fault identification and most repair and stabilization methods. I introduced Fortress carbon fiber to this region of Ohio 14 years ago. I am always on site and involved in order to monitor each project I am responsible for. I have seen high pressure sales tactics used on homeowners over the years to buy on the very first contact. The most dominant ads on this site are good examples. My experience is that you need to be very careful when having these companies in your home.

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Associates degree...and the school of hard knocks! Formerly certified by A.B.Chance company from 1993-2005. I have a construction and home improvement background for almost 35 years. I bought, restored and resold distressed property. I worked with 4 different foundation repair companies and am familiar with most methods. I also worked for a waterproofing company for several years. I teach ongoing education classes for home inspectors, adult education and Realtors in foundation fault identification and repair.

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