Stabilizing Cracking Walls in Galloway, OH, With Carbon Fiber Supports

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

After living in their house for almost 18 years, homeowners in Galloway, OH, were ready to put their house on the market. Before doing so, however, they knew they should make every effort to complete various repair projects throughout the house. This included addressing signs of wall failure they started to notice.

Several areas of the foundation walls were cracking, and some of these areas also appeared to be slightly tilting inward. These issues can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common is hydrostatic pressure. This is 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.

Along with ensuring the resale value of the house, the owners also wanted to enhance the safety and stability of the home for the next owner. As they began to research how to best address these problems, the owners came across information about Ohio Basement Authority online, and they wanted to learn more about how we could help them.

They met with one of our inspectors who completed a thorough evaluation of the home’s problematic foundation walls. Our inspector discussed his findings with the owners, including measuring one of the walls that was tipping in approximately 1.5 inches.

Solution

The homeowners were then eager for one of our crews, led by Foreman Ben O’Bryant, to install one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions. A total of 16 Carbon Fiber supports were installed throughout the basement to permanently stabilize the walls 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.

The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing the house will now be a safe and stable living environment because of this reliable repair project.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Foreman: Ben O'Bryant

Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports

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