When homeowners moved into their house not long after it was built almost 40 years ago in Westerville, OH, they had no intentions of moving from the dwelling. That is why it is important to them to maintain the health and safety of their home.
During the last couple of years, the homeowners have noticed potential structural issues in their basement that only seemed to be getting worse. Some areas of the walls were cracking and appeared to be slightly tilting inward. These are common signs of foundation wall failure, but they will only result in more damage the longer they are neglected.
The homeowners were concerned the walls could eventually collapse, so they wanted to fix these problems once and for all. After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, the owners were motivated to contact us to learn more about how we could help them. They met with Inspector Brendan Kent who evaluated the condition of the walls. While the walls were not in serious disrepair, Brendan presented the homeowners with the perfect foundation repair solution to shore up the walls.
Foreman Rich Pomales led his crew in installing several Carbon Fiber supports on the walls. While we offer several repair options, these low-profile but strong straps are ideal for walls that are not seriously damaged. Carbon Fiber supports permanently reinforce the walls where they are installed, and they protect the wall from any further cracking or inward bowing.
Once the locations of the straps are determined, these sections are sanded down. It is important to have clean areas on the walls in order for the straps to properly adhere and work the best. Holes are then created in usually the third course of the concrete block walls and sections of rebar or reinforcing steel are placed in the holes to help anchor the walls.
The holes are sealed with concrete, and a strong epoxy resin is applied to the wall and Carbon Fiber strips. Steel brackets are attached to the sill plate on top of the wall to anchor the Carbon Fiber strips, and another coat of epoxy is applied to seal the straps against the wall. After the strips have thoroughly dried, they can be concealed by paint or other materials like drywall to give the basement a more finished look.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing this reliable repair has helped them create a safer living environment.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Certified Inspector: Brendan Kent
Project Foreman: Rich Pomales
Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Supports