My mom's house has major cracking on the grout lines in her basement and the wall is bowing. What is going on?

The cracks are not hairline they are rather wide. The front wall is the worst. I am worried that her house is going to fall in. There are also stress cracks showing up in the walls and ceiling above this basement wall. I have seem this is another house that is concrete block. Bad concrete? We are in Minnesota and her house is about 75 years old.

Asked By: Tami - 5/9/2011
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The only difference between concrete block and concrete is the amount of concrete they use... More
Answered By: Doing the Math - 5/9/2011
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Consult a contractor immediatly. They will be able to determine the problem and engineer the correct solution. The house may need to be jacked up and have the foundation re-blocked in those areas. Water may be the cause of the problem. A contractor and an engineer is what you need.
Answered By: Steve - 5/9/2011
not knowing specifically I would say that the walls were not properly supported or poured without proper support (pier blocks every so many feet to support the wall after completion so that the weight of the dirt on the outside that is pushed back against the wall after completion wont push the wall in) and the dirt on... More
Answered By: bzzz500 - 5/9/2011
It's most likely due to wet soils that are putting pressure on the wall and causing it to bow and crack. A consultation from a professional engineer is definitely worth the cost on this. That way you'll know what to tell the contractors that give you bids for the work... More
Answered By: John M - 5/9/2011
My mother's house had the same problem (also in Minnesota). It's caused by frost heaving that's pushing in the foundation. Concrete block basement walls in clay soils are more susceptible to this... More
Answered By: Jeff D - 5/9/2011
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