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Basement Wall Shearing

Spotting a crack in your basement wall can feel like finding a gray hair—easy to dismiss as a one-time thing, but possibly a sign of more to come.  

However, when it comes to wall shearing, dismissing the signs isn’t just a bad idea, it’s a risk to the very ground beneath your feet. 

Fortunately, you’re not alone. Innovative Basement Authority is here to walk you through the nitty-gritty of wall shearing, explain why it happens, and offer reliable solutions to regain your peace of mind. 

Once you’ve perused this guide, you’ll have all the insights you need to take meaningful action should you encounter any signs of wall shearing in your basement.  

What Exactly Is Basement Wall Shearing? 

To put it plainly, basement wall shearing is the lateral displacement or movement of your perimeter basement walls, commonly a result of external soil pressures. Factors such as soil moisture content and expansion traits largely contribute to this issue. 

Although wall shearing isn’t a sign of immediate foundation collapse, quick action is crucial to prevent further damage and secondary water-related issues. 

Innovative Basement Authority provides comprehensive free inspections that cover all angles of the problem, recommending the best course of action. 

The Root Causes of Basement Wall Shearing 

A variety of factors can contribute to the onset and progression of wall shearing. Our inspection specialists will guide you through recognizing these underlying causes. 

Soil Volume Changes 

The soil surrounding your basement fluctuates in size due to variations in moisture. Expansion during wet conditions and contraction during dry spells contribute to soil movement, resulting in wall shearing. 

Hydrostatic Pressure 

An accumulation of underground water after heavy rains can exert significant pressure against your basement walls, known as hydrostatic pressure, contributing to the onset of wall shearing. 

Frost Heave Impact 

In freezing weather, water inside the soil around your home can freeze causing frost heave. This adds extra pressure on the walls and elevates the risk of wall shearing. 

Is Wall Shearing Fixable? 

Definitely! Advanced foundation repair technologies make it possible to address wall shearing without a complete basement rebuild. Experts can reinforce affected areas and mitigate future problems. 

Innovative Basement Authority employs a range of techniques to effectively counteract wall shearing. 

Our Approach to Tackling Wall Shearing 

We have earned the trust of numerous homeowners through our meticulous and effective methods. 

Here’s our process: 

1. Detailed Assessment 

We painstakingly note the specific locations, severity, and patterns of all wall shearing issues, allowing us to address the main culprits like hydrostatic pressure, soil shifts, and frost heave. 

2. Reinforcement Techniques 

We stabilize the wall, putting a stop to future movement by using appropriate strengthening methods such as: 

3. Water Control 

To handle water and hydrostatic pressure, we deploy interior drainage systems, dehumidifiers, and vapor barriers. Our sump pumps effectively divert water, safeguarding your foundation. 

Why Address Wall Shearing Issues Now 

Delaying repairs can exacerbate the issue, resulting in higher future costs. 

Acting now provides: 

  • Prevention of major structural concerns 
  • Lower risks of water seepage, erosion, and potential mold formation 
  • Reduced likelihood of floor settling or weakened support structures 
  • Financial savings by averting extensive damages and related water issues 

By choosing Innovative Basement Authority, you’re investing in thorough, tailored solutions that go beyond simple fixes to strengthen your foundation against future risks. 

Consult Innovative Basement Authority for Expert Shearing Solutions 

If you spot signs of wall shearing in your basement, it’s crucial to act quickly to avert foundational issues and expensive repairs. 

We at Innovative Basement Authority specialize in applying cutting-edge solutions to resolve wall shearing while delivering exceptional customer service.  

We’re not merely patching up issues; we’re ensuring your peace of mind. 

Book your free inspection today. 


Wall shearing can occur at any time of the year, but it may be more noticeable in certain seasons. For example, hydrostatic pressure often increases during rainy seasons, while frost heave is a concern during the colder months. However, soil volume changes can happen year-round, contributing to the risk of wall shearing. 

Different types of soil have varying impacts on wall shearing. Clay-heavy soils, for example, are more prone to expanding and contracting with moisture changes, making them a higher risk for causing wall shearing. However, it’s not just the soil type but also factors like soil moisture, external pressures, and construction quality that can contribute to the issue. 

Fixing foundation problems like wall shearing can make your property more appealing to prospective buyers. It adds to the structural integrity of the home and helps avert future complications, thereby potentially boosting your home’s market value. 

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1330 41st St. N
Fargo, ND 58102

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Rush City, MN 55069

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101 S. Reid Street, Suite 307
Sioux Falls, SD 57103