Skip to Main Content

Wall Shearing

Basement wall shearing is a complex problem that many homeowners may not immediately recognize. If you notice a wall shifting inward, don’t wait to repair it; this hazard threatens your home’s structural integrity, invites water intrusion, and endangers your family’s safety. 

Wall shearing is a serious concern, but don’t panic; it can be fixed. 

Baker’s Waterproofing simplifies the process of addressing these concerns. Homeowners throughout Pennsylvania have trusted us to repair shearing walls and protect their homes for almost 50 years. Our basement repairs, foundation repairs, and basement waterproofing solutions are unmatched. 

Let this page be your guide to shearing walls, including their causes, symptoms, and the repair process. 

Basement Wall Shearing 101: What It Is 

Basement wall shearing occurs when walls shift or move horizontally, often due to external soil pressure. This phenomenon is primarily influenced by factors such as soil weight, moisture levels, and the soil’s expansive characteristics. 

While shearing doesn’t immediately indicate foundation failure, it deserves prompt attention to prevent further degradation and moisture infiltration. The scope and placement of the shearing determine its severity and the suitable repair methods. 

Our rigorous evaluation process examines all forms of shearing to recommend the appropriate solutions. 

What are the Causes of Basement Wall Shearing? 

Several elements contribute to the onset and progression of wall shearing. Our experts will explain these factors during inspections, empowering you to identify them. 

Fluctuating Soil Volume 

The soil around your basement walls undergoes volume changes with fluctuating moisture. Expansion during wet periods and contraction during dry spells exert pressure on basement walls, leading to shearing. 

Hydrostatic Pressure 

The accumulation of subterranean water presses against basement walls with considerable force following heavy rainfall and snowmelt. This is known as hydrostatic pressure. This pressure provides optimal conditions for wall shearing. 

Frost Heave 

In cold winter months, freezing moisture in the soil leads to an upward force called frost heave. This force can press against basement walls, increasing the potential for shearing. 

Can Basement Wall Shearing Be Resolved? 

Yes, even though this problem is damaging, it can be repaired. As modern basement and foundation repair techniques evolve, total basement overhauls become obsolete. With professional assistance, you can reinforce affected areas and prevent further issues. 

Baker’s Waterproofing deploys various reinforcement techniques to counteract the recurrence of wall shearing. Our guaranteed solutions ensure a stable, secure, and moisture-free basement for years to come. 

Our Approach to Tackling Wall Shearing 

Our well-established process has garnered the trust of countless homeowners, attributed to our unwavering dedication to detail and efficiency. Here’s how we approach basement wall shearing repair: 

Complete Inspection 

Our team identifies all instances of wall shearing, documenting their locations, severity, and patterns. A comprehensive evaluation pinpoints primary culprits like hydrostatic pressure, ground movement, frost heave, or expansive soils. 

Install Reinforcement Systems 

We offer various wall reinforcement measures to bolster areas susceptible to shearing, including: 

Install Waterproofing Solutions 

We use a comprehensive basement waterproofing system to combat moisture intrusion, hydrostatic pressure, and direct water away from your foundation. This system includes: 

Why Repair Shearing Walls Now 

Neglecting repairs worsens wall shearing and leads to increased repair costs over time. Prompt intervention ensures: 

  • Severe structural damage prevention 
  • Reduced risk of soil erosion, water intrusion, and potential mold growth 
  • Avoidance of floor settling or compromised structural support 
  • Cost savings by proactively addressing widespread damage and related water issues  

When partnering with Baker’s Waterproofing, you’re opting for comprehensive, tailored solutions that address the root of the issue, strengthening your basement walls against future challenges. 

Contact Baker’s Waterproofing for Expert Solutions 

If you notice signs of damage such as wall shearing in your basement, it’s important to take action immediately to prevent foundation instability, safety concerns, and costly repairs. Baker’s Waterproofing specializes in industry-leading techniques to rectify these issues and fortify your basement. 

Contact us today to schedule your free detailed basement inspection. Choose more than a quick fix; address foundation challenges with the experts at Baker’s Waterproofing. 


Wall shearing can compromise your basement’s structural integrity and increase the risk of water infiltration, potentially leading to damage and mold growth. All these issues negatively impact your family’s health and safety. That’s why prompt, professional inspection and repair are so important. 

The repair costs vary, depending on factors such as the severity of damage and methods used to repair it. Contact Baker’s Waterproofing for a free inspection, estimate, financing information, and transparent price breakdown. 

Yes, we stand behind our work, offering comprehensive, transferable warranties for our basement and foundation repair services. This provides homeowners peace of mind, knowing that their investment is protected. 

Publish Date:

Last Modified Date:

Baker's Waterproofing Service Areas

Our Locations

Central PA

3819 N Susquehanna Trail
Shamokin Dam, PA  17876


922 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102


701 North Hermitage Rd, Suite 25,
Hermitage, PA 16148


5 Industrial Road, Building B
Washington, PA 15301

Wilkins Township

201 Penn Center Blvd Suite 400

Wilkins Township, PA 15235

York, PA

800 E King St, Suite 518
York, PA 17402