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normg
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.

Gizmo
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normg wrote:

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

normg
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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.

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

dj1
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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.

HoustonRemodeler
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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.

jkirk
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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

canuk
Re: Bulging basement wall
normg wrote:

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.

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