Foundation Stabilization and Repair/bowed power braces

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bowed power brace
bowed power brace  
I have a 25 year old house with a block wall basement on a poured foundation, on the side of a hill, near Columbia SC.  The wall on the hill side was not built properly (the pillars were not integrated with the wall), and it is now buckling from the pressure of the earth.

I just had a local company install 7 power braces, and they used torque wrenches to tighten them (and they say we can tighten them every 4 months, and gradually pull the wall a bit straighter again over the years.)   However, the braces immediately began bowing when they did that.   They tell me that's normal, but that doesn't seem right to me... seems to me they need to stay rigid if they're going to hold the house up!

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Tom,
    Your basement walls are extra high compared to standard basement walls. With the walls being loaded from top to bottom from the hillside consideration should have been used in the anchor design.
Bowing braces are not normal in the industry. I strongly suggest you bring in a structural engineer to evaluate the problem...and then use this information to make it right, one way or another. My guess is  these beams will continue to bend under load.
A phone call to the manufacturer with the possibility of unfavorable publicity may also be helpful.
...Don't delay!

Regards,
         Jim
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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!

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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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Waterproofing magazine issue #2

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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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Hundreds of residential, commercial and some industrial.

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