Foundation Stabilization and Repair/cracks in basement


You needed more info on my very long basement with blocks for a foundation.IT is also bowing in.Clay is soil type...One company suggests wall anchors the other steel beams.Which is the better choice.House built in 1964

steel beam and wall anchor
steel beam and wall an  

wall anchors failed
wall anchors failed  
     The better choice of just these two products for a masonry block wall cracking and bowing problem would be the steel beams. The wall anchors tend to point poad the wall...meaning, the wall plate on the inside is only holding 4-5 blocks...not the length of the wall. Wall anchors also will not protect you against bottom wall shearing. Wall anchors also need to be torqued monthly to be sure they have come loose.
Steel beams will hold the wall from the top to the bottom, provided the top of the beam is properly anchored and the void behind the beam is filled against the wall.
FYI...Fortress Carbon fiber is also a good repair if you can find an installer. It's much stronger than a steel beam, is flat, can be painted...and will not scare future home buyers away because the repair almost disappears once painted.
See my website for additional information on wall anchors, steel beams and other repair methods.
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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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