After living in their house for 14 years, homeowners in Etna, OH, were ready to sell the home. As they began to create a to-do list of the repair projects they wanted and needed to tackle, addressing a possible structural issue was one of their top items.
The owners noticed some cracking and inward tilting on one of the foundation walls, and they were concerned those issues could have a negative impact on trying to sell the house. As they began to research possible repairs, the owners came across information about Ohio Basement Authority through online resources like Home Advisor.
The homeowners eagerly contacted us and then met with one of our inspectors. He completed a thorough evaluation of the wall in question, which included measuring the wall for potential movement. He found that the wall showed more than one inch of movement, so he then recommended one of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
Eric Davis and his crew then installed a total of 10 Carbon Fiber supports to reinforce the wall. The strong supports permanently stabilize the wall where they are installed, and they help prevent any further cracking. The straps also protect the wall from tilting inward.
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, also known as reinforcing steel, 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. Any cracks on the wall also were filled and repaired.
Even though Carbon Fiber supports don’t appear aesthetically pleasing, these durable, low-profile supports can easily be concealed with paint, drywall or paneling for a more finished look.
The owners are happy the home is now structurally stable, and that it will be a safe living environment for the next owners because of this trustworthy repair project.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Foreman: Eric Davis
Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports