Hi all! In the center of one of our cement block foundation walls of our 1940s-built house there is a 1 inch outward lean (causing no leaking that we’ve noticed in nearly 3 years) with most of the lean occurring near the top of the wall. Not sure if it’s of any note, but right above that spot on the ground level is our door to the backyard with a small concrete patio connected to the house there. We’ve had two foundation repair specialists come out to inspect it. The first recommended installing steel beams to stabilize and the second recommended installing carbon fiber straps. From that limited information (I can provide more if it would be helpful), do those seem like reasonable recommendations? If so, is one or the other generally a better option? Or is there a different solution I should look into?
As for the separate leaking issue, we have had some very heavy rainstorms over the past few years of ownership and during those storms we’ve had minor leaking issues through our window wells and at a bottom corner of the wall opposite of the wall with the leaning issue. The same foundation repair specialists recommended grading + long gutter spouts & an interior drainage system + sump pump respectively. From the bit of reading I’ve done on this forum there are some pretty strong recommendations against both of those as actual solutions. We’d like to like to finish the basement, but obviously need to remedy these leaking issues even though they’re pretty rare and not much water actually gets in.
Any advice on either of these issues would be greatly appreciated!