Fixing and Protecting Problematic Foundation Walls in Lancaster, OH

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

As they navigate their ways through the trying times of losing a parent, adult children often assume the responsibility of selling their late parents’ homes.

Not long after a man’s mother passed away, he began to fix up the house where she lived for many years in Lancaster, OH. As he worked in the basement and removed areas of drywall, he uncovered foundation walls that were in serious disrepair. Some areas of these walls were showing signs of failure in the form of various cracks, as well as inward tilting.

He began to research how to best address these issues, but he was not fond of some of the repair approaches he was presented. Along the way, he also lost two deals because of the condition of the walls.

The man was frantic to find the best solution, but a local structural engineer referred him to the experts at Ohio Basement Authority. He then contacted us and met with Inspector John Becker Sr. John assessed the condition of the walls and then presented the man with some of our trustworthy foundation repair solutions.

Solution

As Foreman Rich Pomales and his crew arrived to install one type of these solutions, they found the walls appeared to worsen and display serious deflection. In addition to John’s recommendations, Rich discussed a couple additional repair options the owner’s son agreed with.

Foreman Michael Gramly then returned a short time later to complete these projects. The first was what is known as a dig and push project. The crew carefully excavated the soil outside the two foundation walls in serious disrepair, digging down to the footing. The walls were then pushed back to as plumb as possible, and exterior dampproofing was applied to the walls.

The walls then were protected from the inside by installing a combination of IntelliBrace beams and Carbon Fiber supports. Carbon Fiber was placed on two of the walls to hold them in their current positions and protect them from any further cracking or inward bowing. The IntelliBrace beams also protect the other walls, but these unique beams offer the ability to straighten and improve the walls over time by being tightened.

The man was pleased with the outcome of these projects, and he is glad these reliable solutions have helped create a safe and stable living environment for the next owners.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: John Becker Sr.

Project Foremen: Rich Pomales, Michael Gramly

Products Installed/Scope of Project: Dig and Push, Carbon Fiber, IntelliBrace System

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