Repair for Cracked, Leaning, & Bowing Retaining Walls, NC


Retaining walls are similar to basement walls in the sense that both types of walls are subject to lateral movement which causes the walls to lean or bow. However, the variation in materials used to construct retaining walls is much greater than that of basement walls. Retaining walls can consist of wood timbers, brick, concrete block units (often referred as CMU or concrete block), concrete, segmental block, steel components, stone, etc.

Changes within the conditions of the backfilled soils (retained soils) can often create problems for retaining walls. The changes within the backfilled soils (retained soils) are commonly a result of poor drainage conditions that can be cause by a lack of proper drainage system or failure of an existing drainage system. As moisture and water content becomes trapped and builds up in the retained soils, they become heavier and therefore exert excessive pressure on to the walls (which is often referred as hydrostatic pressure). Over time, this pressure of lateral force pushed on to the retaining walls, will cause them to change shape, which usually causes the walls to lean or bow outward.

The repairs for these issues can vary drastically depending upon the type of wall and other factors, the height of the walls, the height of the retained soils, the drainage improvements required, and the extent of the movement or damages. Some of the optional methods of repairing leaning or bowing retaining walls are installing carbon fiber reinforcement straps (CFR) and/or installing helical tieback anchors (wall anchors).

Carolina Foundation Solutions can provide input and solutions to resolve your retaining wall problems. We work with many reputable licensed engineers throughout the Carolinas to help determine the precise problems and the proper solution.


Depending on the type of retaining wall, the installation of carbon fiber reinforcement straps can be a very effective method of providing repairs for retaining walls which are bowing inward due to lateral forces. The carbon fiber reinforcement straps are applied directly to the face of the wall and provide reinforcement and stabilization. The benefits of installing carbon fiber reinforcement as compared to other option methods and products are that it is quick, cost effective, and provides immediate results.

Carolina Foundation Solutions specializes in the installation of Fortress Stabilization Systems carbon fiber reinforcement material. The Fortress Stabilization Systems product used consists of a woven grid of carbon fiber and Kevlar, that is corrosion proof and is more rigid than steel. Not only will CFS provide a “Lifetime Warranty” for the repairs consisting of the carbon fiber reinforcement systems, but an additional warranty is offered by the manufacturer, Fortress Stabilization Systems.

For more information about Fortress Stabilization Systems visit:
For examples of recent repairs performed by CFS visit our Facebook page.


There are many factors that can dictate the type of repair and type of product which is required for retaining walls which are leaning or bowing, such as the type of materials used to construct the walls, the height of the walls, the height of the backfilled soils, and the extent of the movement or damages. One type of repair which can be determined necessary and ideal due to these factors is the installation of tieback anchors.

The tieback anchors are used with the purpose of anchoring a retaining wall which is leaning or bowing. There are various methods of installing the tieback anchors and various types of steel materials which must be incorporated into each system. Carolina Foundation Solutions specializes in the installation of CHANCE helical tieback anchors, as well as other soil screw and wall anchor systems. CFS is a certified CHANCE Installer and takes pride in using the best materials in the foundation repair industry. We use helical anchor products manufactured by CHANCE which are ICC-ES certified, and that consist of hot dipped galvanized steel made in the USA.

CHANCE is the oldest and most trusted manufacturer of helical anchor products in the world. In 1912, CHANCE became the first manufacturer of helical pier/anchor/pile systems. In addition to the “Life of Structure Warranty” offered by CFS, the helical anchors are also covered by a “30 Year Peace of Mind Warranty” by CHANCE.

For more information about CHANCE helical anchor products visit:
For examples of recent repairs performed by CFS visit our Facebook page.

Carolina Foundation Solutions offers Residential foundation and support services you can count on! Give us a call at 1-877-770-7050.

Request a quote


Why Choose CFS?

  • We are family owned and operated, local to the Carolinas.
  • Over 175 years combined experience performing foundation repairs.
  • We are a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • We are the premier certified installer for CHANCE and Atlas. CHANCE the oldest, most trusted, most used helical pier products in the world.
  • A+ Rating with BBB for 12 straight years
  • Recipient of Angie’s List Super Service Award – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Foundation Technologies, Inc. Dealer of the Year - 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015

For more information about CHANCE helical pier products visit:

For more information on NC Rules and Regulations, see the FRANC website, which will be available soon.

For example of our recent repairs performed by CFS visit our Facebook page

Foundation Tech