After living in her house for 30 years, a homeowner in Dublin, OH, decided it was time to sell her house. Before doing so, she and her daughter knew they needed to address various improvement and repair projects throughout the home. This included fixing the cracking foundation walls.
Two of these walls were showing signs of failure in various cracks. The walls also appeared to be slightly tilting inward. The owner and her daughter were concerned these problems would negatively impact the structural stability of the home, as well as the ability to sell the house. But they knew they could trust the experts at Ohio Basement Authority to provide the perfect solution. As they discussed their issues with a trusted friend, the friend highly recommended our company after having a remarkable experience with us during her foundation repair project.
The homeowner’s daughter reached out to us, eager to learn more about our company and how we could help. The woman met with Inspector Brendan Kent who evaluated the condition of the foundation walls. Brendan then suggested having one of our crews install one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
Per Brendan’s recommendations, Foreman Ben O’Bryant and his crew then installed several Carbon Fiber supports on the problematic foundation walls. The strong Carbon Fiber supports permanently stabilize the walls where they are installed, and they help prevent 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 and her daughter are happy the home is now structurally stable, and that it will be a safe living environment for the next owners because of this reliable repair solution.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Inspector: Brendan Kent
Foreman: Ben O'Bryant
Project Engineer: Carbon Fiber Supports