Fixing and Protecting Cracking Foundation Walls with Carbon Fiber Supports in Rushville, OH

Monday, October 9th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

When they moved into their house several years ago, homeowners in Rushville, OH, intended to make it their forever home.  That is why maintaining the health, safety and stability of their living environment is crucial.

Within the last year, the homeowners started to notice cracks forming on one foundation wall. They kept a close eye on this issue, but the cracks were only worsening over time. The wall also appeared to be slightly tilting inward in some spots, as well.

The homeowners wanted to have these problems fixed before any serious damage occurred, so they began to research how to address these issues. They came across information about Ohio Basement Authority online, and they were eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help them.

They met with Patrick Moonan who evaluated the condition of the wall. Patrick completed a thorough evaluation of the problematic wall, and he then presented the homeowners with one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.

Solution

One of our crews, led by Foreman Ryan Toledo, then installed several Carbon Fiber supports on the foundation wall. These heavy-duty supports not only permanently reinforce the wall where they are installed, they also prevent the wall from any further cracking or inward bowing.

The first step in installing these supports is sanding down sections of the wall where the strips will be installed. This ensures the wall will be clean so the strips can properly adhere to the wall. Holes are then knocked into the wall, usually near the bottom of the wall or third course of the concrete block. Pieces of rebar, or reinforcing steel rods, are then placed inside the holes to help anchor the wall. The holes are then sealed with concrete.

Strong epoxy resin is then applied to the wall and the Carbon Fiber strips. Small steel brackets are attached to the sill plate on the top of the wall to anchor the Carbon Fiber supports. Another coat of epoxy resin is applied to the straps to seal them against the wall.

The dark appearance of the Carbon Fiber supports may not be aesthetically pleasing, but these durable supports can easily be concealed with paint, drywall or other basement finishing materials.

The homeowners are happy this trustworthy repair method was used to help them create a safe and stable living environment that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: Patrick Moonan

Project Foreman: Ryan Toledo

Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports

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