Typically when a foundation wall is not properly anchored at the top the following symptoms might manifest:

  • The wall may lean inwards.
  • The floor framing or brick veneer may overhang the exterior face of the wall.
  • There may be diagonal cracking on the interior of the wall. The diagonal cracking will generally begin at the low point near the end of the wall and end at a high point near the midspan.
  • There may be vertical cracks on the outside face of the wall located near the end of the wall.

A few years back Hughes Construction was called in to repair foundation walls that had not been properly anchored at the top. Some attempt had been made in the past to repair the home with 2×4’s, but these repairs were inadequate.


In this home, all of the above symptoms were represented.

This inspired the homeowner to reach out to Cole Engineering for an assessment and plan. The engineer evaluated all of the symptoms and concluded that improper drainage as well as the lack of anchorage was the cause. While there were a few repair options, they recommended steel pilasters as they are the most economical and reliable.

This is a great example of why starting with a licensed structural engineer is best, to have someone knowledgeable and unbiased on your side.

The homeowner asked Hughes Construction to install these as well as steel angles at the top of each wall to properly support and anchor it. We also injected 42 feet of foundation cracks with either structural epoxy or a urethane foam. Finally a brick angle would secure the brick overhang on the exterior.

All of the repairs for this project carry lifetime warranties that transfer with the home.

This homeowner can rest easy knowing their foundation walls are anchored and secured for the forseeable future. Do you have any cracks or signs of movement at your home? Contact us for more information on how to get the right repair, the first time.