Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Holly Richards-Purpura
Are you confident in your home’s stability? Do you regularly check the foundation walls? Do you know them like the back of your hand?
The sight of foundation wall cracks can elicit two types of responses from homeowners: genuine concern followed by taking action, or indifference followed by neglect. If you choose the latter, you are compromising the safety of your home and your family and creating a hefty price tag for when there is no other choice but to address the problem.
Cracks and bowing or tipping in foundation walls are typical signs of wall failure. Foundation walls can fail for several reasons. One of the most common causes is hydrostatic pressure. After your home was built, loose soil was backfilled around the walls. As the soil becomes saturated with precipitation, it expands and exerts a great amount of force on the foundation walls. The constant cycle takes its toll on the walls and they begin to give way, crack and bow inward.
If you notice even the smallest crack in a foundation wall, your best bet is to contact foundation repair experts like Ohio Basement Authority. We can help you address foundation repair needs through a variety of reliable methods.
One way that we can permanently stabilize cracking and bowing foundation walls is by installing Carbon Fiber supports. Carbon Fiber is lightweight but extremely durable, and it has been used to support bridges and skyscrapers.
The installation process is simple. After one of our inspectors completes a thorough evaluation of your home, they will determine if Carbon Fiber is a viable solution for your foundation walls, how many Carbon Fiber supports are needed, and how they should be spaced on the walls for the best stability and protection.
One of our expert crews will begin by sanding down the sections of the wall where the supports will be installed. It is important for the walls to be clean for this type of repair to work correctly. Holes are then knocked into the walls, usually in the third course of the concrete block. Sections of rebar (reinforcing steel bars), are placed inside these holes to help anchor the walls and prevent them from moving. Concrete is then placed over the holes to seal them.
Once the concrete is dry, high-strength epoxy resin is applied to the wall and to the Carbon Fiber strips. The strips are then placed on the walls. Small steel brackets are attached to the sill plate at the top of the walls to anchor the Carbon Fiber supports at the top. A final topcoat of epoxy resin is then applied to the straps to seal them against the walls. The resulting repair contours tightly to the walls, making it very unobtrusive.
Not only do these supports permanently reinforce the walls and stabilize them in their current positions, Carbon Fiber also prevents any further cracking or bowing. These straps may not be the most attractive, but once the repair is complete, they can easily be concealed with paint, drywall or paneling.
If you notice any kind of cracks or inward bowing in your foundation walls, contact Ohio Basement Authority for a free, no obligation inspection. Our expert team can recommend the best repair methods that will allow you to have a structurally sound home for many years to come.