After living in their house for several years, homeowners in Marysville, OH, noticed some problems in their basement were getting worse. Several areas of the foundation walls were cracking and tilting inward. These are common signs of foundation failure, but they can result in significant damage and safety hazards.
The owners started to research how to best address these issues, and they came across information about Ohio Basement Authority on Angie’s List. They were then motivated to contact us for further guidance. The owners met with Inspector Clark Sturgill who completed a thorough evaluation of the problematic foundation walls. Clark then presented the owners with one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews then installed several Carbon Fiber supports on the foundation walls. These heavy-duty supports not only permanently reinforce the walls where they are installed, they also prevent the walls from any further cracking or inward bowing.
The first step in installing these supports is sanding down sections of the walls where the strips will be installed. This ensures the walls will be clean so the strips can properly adhere to the walls. Holes are then knocked into the walls, usually near the bottom of the walls or third course of the concrete block. Pieces of rebar, or reinforcing steel rods, are then placed inside the holes to help anchor the walls. The holes are then sealed with concrete.
Strong epoxy resin is then applied to the walls and the Carbon Fiber strips. Small steel brackets are attached to the sill plate on the top of the walls to anchor the Carbon Fiber supports. Another coat of epoxy resin is applied to the straps to seal them against the walls.
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 pleased this trustworthy repair method was used to help them create a safe and structurally sound living environment.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Inspector: Clark Sturgill
Installed Products: Carbon Fiber Supports