Fixing and Protecting a Failing Foundation Wall in London, OH, With Carbon Fiber Supports

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Challenge

A homeowner in London, OH, has lived in her house since it was built 43 years ago. Recently, however, she began to seriously consider selling her home in the near future and downsizing by moving into a condo. Before doing so, she wanted to ensure the home’s safety and structural stability.

During the last few years, the owner began to notice some cracking on one of the foundation walls, as well as slight inward tilting. These problems seemed to be worsening over time, and the owner did not want to neglect the problems any longer.

After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, the owner was motivated to contact us to learn more about how we could help her. She met with Inspector John Becker Sr. who evaluated the condition of the wall. John then recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions to the homeowner.

Solution

Foreman Rich Pomales and his crew then installed several Carbon Fiber supports along 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 homeowner is pleased this trustworthy repair method was used to help her create a safe and stable living environment.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: John Becker Sr.

Foreman: Rich Pomales

Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports

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