How to Repair Foundation Walls vs Replacing – Best Result Less Cost



HydroDog HydroDog is sleeping He's learning how to operate a machine Dan OConnor of HydroArmor Systems I've been a contractor in the state of New
Jersey Since 1977 For over 35 years of hands on experience For many years I have been doing videos to
educate a customer About the hows and whys of basement waterproofing And Structural Repair But also to expose some of the nonsense in
this industry Anytime that you do any kind of foundation
repair On this job the wall is bowed You can just put wall pins in or put i-beams
up But thats going to look like there was always
a problem with the foundation If ever you want to sell the house Anybody goes in to a basement and sees a bowed
wall They're leaving the basement and they're going
to look at the next house Depends upon what you want Do you just want the wall to be structurally
sound Or do you want it to be a perfect wall And never have any problems in the future On this job we're not completely taking out
the wall You dig out a trench around the outside Because the wall is bowed That gives us an area where its easy to push
the wall back You have the house lifted and properly supported If you do a job like this and you dont lift
the weight of the house up When you try to pull the wall out the whole
wall could fall in The house could fall down And everybody dies Keep that in mind when shopping for the lowest
bidder Once we get the wall back in place we install
wall pins Keep it raised let it set up and then backfill And a wall that once had a bow in it When you go to sell the house that foundation wall looks as perfect as the
day it was built And the house is always going to be structurally
sound And you will not have any problems Ok its not just the basement waterproofing
where guys cut corners I dont want to say that they dont do things
right They just really dont know why things need
to be done So therefore they dont do them the way they
should be done Now once upon a time somebody tried to fix
this wall from the outside And they didnt put any rebar in there What they decided to do was just break some
holes out here And pout some concrete down in as though its
going to hold it Which it didnt.. The wall continued to move We can see all of this here this is all movement And so what we have to do now is crack it
because They actually put the concrete in so the wall
is crooked This wall was bowing in and it had to be brought
back out So now this wall is straight and level and
now this is leaning out There's a lot of people that think they can
fix something and they cant This pouring concrete down in to the hollow
cores without any kind of rebar This… does nothing.

17 Comments

  • Shawn P

    April 15, 2019

    I'm following you, whoever tried to fix it did nothing. No rebar

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  • JEn W

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for the. Video. In real estate we have seen many poor foundation issues. Many try to visually cover up as if the problem is going to go away, seriously we have seen this. I like your bluntness, I am not offended or bothered by it as some seem. We are currently repairing a foundation just like this one, bowed cinder block. Thanks for your video.

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  • eddyvideostar

    April 15, 2019

    At 1:11 minutes: Why it is that every contractor is so confident, authoritative and so full of themselves that they are always better than the next or everyone? There is nobody in the world who is more gullible than a homeowner; hence, a mom and pop sized outfit have no upper-level management — and have reduced standards, often taking the customer for a ride.
    Ask them what to do when the job falls apart.

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  • joe pearl

    April 15, 2019

    I have a unique situation. The corner of a house is built on a cistern and the top of the cistern is below grade. Water seeps through and above this 7×6 beast. It rotted the sill and floor above it and next to the side of the cistern that ties into the basement wall. It stinks like mold. Contractors don’t know what to do.

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  • tom middleton

    April 15, 2019

    hes spot on on this video glad I watched it!!!!

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  • Dane Abomasum

    April 15, 2019

    What a terribly done video. That was very painful to watch and taught virtually nothing.

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  • Gravity

    April 15, 2019

    I've seen several of his clips – This guy is a drama queen

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  • James Whitley

    April 15, 2019

    That was painful to watch. Camera movement, in and out, so critical of contractors. Not necessary.
    I presume you have a terrible home life and carry that negative BS with you everywhere you go.
    I would say good luck but let me take your method of communication and say " you did a terrible job and the proper way is this".GET IT

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  • 7 11

    April 15, 2019

    Remember this home is in NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY, these people don't work cheap, so it cost a fortune to fix 50k at least .

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  • Ryan Fausnaugh

    April 15, 2019

    Love how every guys says they know what they're doing and anyone else is retarded

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  • Fredy T

    April 15, 2019

    How much does a job like this cost?

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  • Rob Roy

    April 15, 2019

    Just a safety tip. Please slope your excavations. I've seen guys get buried from walls caving in. That dirt would pin and crush you. Salute.

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  • Deals N Steals

    April 15, 2019

    I have a HUGE crack in my now home basement foundation on the corner by the opening of the steps. It’s huge almost detaching. Can you fix this in Maine? Please let me know

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  • Brian Thompson

    April 15, 2019

    Any good foundation guys in Columbus Ohio?

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  • Theresa UzhcaP

    April 15, 2019

    How much does something like this cost?

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  • splash

    April 15, 2019

    i enjoy watching your videos…
    do you think that some of these jobs is because people had backfilled too high, for the size block used?
    we do masonry, new builds and repair work, and we seen many times where the backfill is too high, causing the excessive pressure against the foundation wall…
    most the time we do 10" block basements, full ceiling height, but depending on grade level sometimes do them in 12" block if they backfill higher.
    unless determined by an engineer, we dont always use rebar and solid fill those webs, and we have been in business since '71, and never have had any issues.
    we are located in the province of Ontario here in Canada…
    about 6-7 hours from NJ
    i liked your vid using the steel I-beam… we did a job few yrs back where we had the outside wall excavated, because of bowing, we jacked its back into place, and built 3 piers on the inside using 10" blocks and rebar, and concrete filled…
    i like your idea better, but this was about 3-5 yrs ago, and got a few compliments from the happy owner ever since.

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  • Paulina_Allure

    April 15, 2019

    Love this video ! Enjoyed watching it !

    Reply

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