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My home was built in 1950 on clay based soil.  The basement walls are cinder block.  They are in poor condition, however, the wall along the stairwell is worrisome.  It is inaccessible from the outside since it runs alongside the attached garage.  

The attached photo shows the mortar, or material between the blocks, falling out like sand.  The blocks themselves are cracking apart as well.  

Since the wall is inaccessible from the outside (garage), what would be recommended for this situation?

Fortress carbon fiber installation
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      I've seen this scenario a hundred times. Yours is one of the better cases. It appears your wall hasn't actually moved very much, if at all. The best permanent repair for this wall would be to remove the stairway temporarily. Grind the wall clean. Dig out and remove the loose and crumbling mortar tuckpointing. Re-tuckpoint all the cracks. Install carbon fiber grid straps from floor to ceiling...spaced about 3' apart. Once the carbon is in place the stairs can be reinstalled ( same day ).
One advantage of a carbon fiber installation here is that it is thicker than a dime. It's also stronger than a steel beam , which couldn't fit here. The steps do have to be removed to have carbon from floor to ceiling continuously.
If you are in the Cleveland area give me a call and I'll be happy to take a closer look.

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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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