A Parade of Homes visitor came across our booth and expressed concerns about her walls cracking. She had only moved in about six months ago.
One of our inspectors visited her home in Marion, OH, to take a look at the problem.
He reported that one wall was moving up 1 1/4 of an inch and it was showing signs of stair-step cracking. These cracks are typical signs of foundation settlement and are very common in brick and concrete block walls. He also noticed that the sump pump was running and appeared to be smoking — he showed the owner and this became a major concern for her as well.
He suggested using carbon fiber straps to repair and stabilize the foundation walls, and backing up the sump pump with a SafeDri.
The crew was able to install the SafeDri the next day, so that really sealed the deal for this homeowner.
The crew arrived as promised to install the SafeDri. This is a battery backup system that keeps the sump pump pumping if it fails for any reason. In this situation, it was used to give extra power to the sump which was fizzling out on its own.
Then, they adhered carbon fiber straps to the wall with foundation failure. Carbon fiber is a very strong material which is nearly impossible to stretch, and it is not likely to break under tension. This will stabilize the walls and prevent them from cracking or bowing further.
The homeowner is now reassured knowing that her walls are stable and her sump pump is now working properly.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed/Project Scope: SafeDri, Carbon Fiber Straps