I've got a 20' tall block wall on a commercial building that is buckling outward. What's the best way to straighten this thing? If I leave it as it is, fill cores every three feet or so will it be okay? thanks
Is the wall loadbearing or is it just infill between columns and under beams?
A deflection or bowing adds to the bending moment and causes more movement. Since it has bowed that much, it has technically "failed" and is not as strong as when it was built. It will take some forece to bring it back to closer than original construction. Grout by itself does not help much, especially compared to rebar and grout.
It could also be from some humanly applied loads, like mistakes, unanticipated hanging loads or even bumping. In commercial building many strange things happen.
As TS said, there is certainly a cause and you have to determine that to come up with a repair and then corrective action.
You don't seem to be taking the advice so I will say it again.
You need an engineer to look at this. Structural design is not your field of work. Get someone qualified who knows what they are doing with structural engineering to come look at it and design the proper fix.
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