Fixing and Protecting a Cracking, Tilting Wall with Carbon Fiber in Donnelsville, OH

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

During the three years that she has lived in her house, a homeowner in Donnelsville, OH, started to notice some problems in the basement. One of the foundation walls had various cracks, and some areas of the wall also appeared to be slightly tilting inward.

While these are common signs of foundation failure, the homeowner wanted to avoid a dangerous situation. She wanted to permanently stabilize the wall to ensure the home’s structural integrity.

During her research into repair solutions, the owner found information online about Ohio Basement Authority. She wanted to contact us to learn more about how we could help her, as well as meet with one of our inspectors. Inspector Clark Sturgill visited to complete a thorough evaluation of the home and its foundation. Clark then presented the owner with one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.

Solution

One of our crews, led by Foreman Milton Castro, then installed several Carbon Fiber supports on the foundation wall. These heavy-duty supports not only permanently reinforce the wall where they are installed, they also prevent the wall from any future 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 now has peace of mind knowing this trustworthy repair method has helped her create a safe and stable living environment.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: Clark Sturgill

Foreman: Milton Castro

Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports

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