After living in her house for four years, a homeowner in Marysville, OH, started to notice potential structural issues in her basement. Various areas of her foundation walls were cracking, and she was concerned with the safety and structural integrity of her forever home.
Foundation wall failure can be caused by various factors including hydrostatic pressure, or the constant force exerted on the walls by exterior soil as it becomes saturated and holds onto water. This failure can be seen in cracking and inward tilting of the walls. The longer these issues are neglected, the safety and stability of the walls and house are compromised.
The homeowner wanted to fix these issues once and for all, so she started to research how to best address them. She found information about Ohio Basement Authority online, and she was eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help her. She met with Inspector Jeff Floit, who completed a thorough evaluation of the home. Along with recommending one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions, Jeff also suggested addressing and updating the exterior drainage system.
The homeowner also was eager for Foreman Rich Pomales and his crew to install these trustworthy solutions.
Eighteen Carbon Fiber supports were placed on the problematic foundation walls to permanently stabilize them and protect them from any further cracking or inward bowing.
The crew first sanded down the walls in the areas where the Carbon Fiber supports were to be installed. This ensures a clean work area and proper adhesion of the strips to the wall. Holes are then knocked into the bottom courses of the block wall, and reinforcing steel, or rebar, is placed inside to help anchor the walls. The holes are then filled with cement.
Epoxy resin is then applied to the walls and the Carbon Fiber strips. Small steel brackets are attached to the sill plate at the top of the wall to also anchor the Carbon Fiber supports. Another coat of epoxy resin is then applied to the straps to seal them against the wall.
While these dark wall supports may not appear aesthetically pleasing, their low profile and durability allows them to easily be concealed by paint, drywall, or other basement finishing materials.
Our crew also replaced a sump pump inside the existing sump pit and placed an FreezeGuard on the exterior sump pump discharge line. This discharge line also was replaced along with other downspout conductor lines on the property to update the exterior drainage system.
The homeowner now has peace of mind knowing her home will now be a safe and stable living environment that she will be able to enjoy for many years to come because of these reliable repair solutions.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Certified Inspector: Jeff Floit
Project Foreman: Rich Pomales
Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports, 1/3 hp sump pump, FreezeGuard, Downspout Conductor Lines