Tar Heel Tip of the Week: Signs of Wall Failure

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Jaimie Hooker

Common Signs of Block Wall Failure

  • Horizontal Cracking: Horizontal cracking near the middle of the wall is one of the first symptoms. These cracks tend to start out small but increase over time as the soil continues to put pressure on the wall eventually causing it to bow.

Horizontal cracking in basement wall

  • Stair-Step Cracking: Stair-step cracking at the corners of a bowing wall is another common sign.

Stair-step cracking in basement wall

  • Pushing-In at the Bottom of the Wall: You may notice the wall sliding inward toward the bottom of the wall. This happens when the concrete floor in the basement holds the bottom row of blocks in place as the rest of the wall cracks and pushes in.

 Pushing-In at the Bottom of the Wall

  • Sliding in at the Top of the Wall: When the wall begins to lean at the top, when this happens there is a structural concern because the connection of your foundation wall to the framing of the house has been compromised.

sliding in at the Top of the Wall

If your home is showing signs of wall failure, Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to help! Protect one of your biggest investments by calling us today for your FREE evaluation.

About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.