Innovative product development undertaken by aerospace engineers and the U.S. Dept. of Defense is now being applied to the age-old problem of cracked and bowing foundation walls.
The Carbon Fiber® Wall Reinforcing System utilizes the same technology used to support bridges, skyscrapers and bomb shelters to stabilize building foundations that have sustained damage such as cracks and bowing.
Carbon Fiber basement wall repair is an advanced, cutting edge wall reinforcement system that restores bowing or cracked basement walls.
The signs of foundation damage are usually easy to spot. Foundation walls built from concrete block typically crack along joint lines between blocks, forming a horizontal crack near the midpoint of the wall and “stair step” cracking at the corners.
Cracks in poured concrete walls often display diagonal cracking extending from the bottom corners of the wall towards the top center. With either type of foundation, cracks can be accompanied by sections of wall that bow or tip inward.
Most homeowners understand that foundation cracks and bowing are serious problems that will worsen over time if not corrected. An experienced foundation repair contractor will be able to determine what conditions are causing this foundation damage.
By accurately diagnosing the cause of the foundation problem, the contractor can determine what repair strategy will permanently solve the problem.
After living in his house for 18 years, a homeowner in Athens, OH, was ready to address longtime structural problems. One of the home’s foundation walls was cracking and tilting inward, and these issues only appeared to be worsening with time.
Significant damage and safety hazards, as well as costly repairs, can result the longer these signs of foundation wall failure are neglected. The homeowner wanted to fix these problems once and for all, and he began to research how to best address these problems.
He was motivated to contact Ohio Basement Authority after finding information about our company and our repair methods online. He then met with one of our inspectors who assessed the condition of the wall. Our inspector then recommended one of our many trustworthy foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews then installed several Carbon Fiber supports along the problematic foundation wall. These durable supports firmly adhere to the wall to permanently reinforce it and hold it in its current position. The straps also protect the wall from any further cracking or inward bowing. This repair method may not appear to be very attractive, but the straps’ low profile allows them to easily be covered by paint or other basement finishing materials.
The homeowner is now pleased to have a safe and structurally sound living environment because of this reliable repair method.
Not long after moving into his house, a homeowner in Pickerington, OH, noticed some structural issues in the basement. One of the foundation walls was cracking and appeared to be slightly tilting inward. While these are common signs of foundation failure, the homeowner wanted to fix these problems as soon as possible.
The homeowner turned to his realtor, and the realtor highly recommended Ohio Basement Authority based on his experience with our company. The homeowner was then eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help him. The owner met with one of our inspectors who completed a thorough evaluation of the condition of the problematic foundation wall. He then presented the owner with one of our reliable foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews then installed several Carbon Fiber supports on this wall. These heavy-duty supports firmly adhere to the wall to permanently stabilize it in its current position. The straps also protect the wall from any further cracking or bowing. While their dark appearance may not be aesthetically pleasing, the low-profile supports can easily be covered by basement finishing materials.
The homeowner is pleased this trustworthy solution was used to help him create a safe and stable living environment.
The owners didn’t want these problems to worsen to the point of serious damage, so they began to research how to best address these issues. They came across Ohio Basement Authority’s website, and they were eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help them. They met with Inspector Dave Wirtz who evaluated the condition of the wall. Dave then recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
Foreman Jose De Jesus Tellez Ortiz and his crew then installed several Carbon Fiber supports along this wall. These heavy-duty supports firmly adhere to the wall to reinforce it and stabilize it in its current position. These strong supports also prevent any further cracking or inward bowing on the wall. These supports may not appear aesthetically pleasing, but they can easily be concealed with paint or other basement finishing materials.
The owners now have peace of mind knowing this trustworthy solution has helped ensure the safety and structural integrity of their home.
Stop inward wall movement. The system consists of straps and brackets that connect Carbon Fiber reinforcement strips to the building’s perimeter framing.
The Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System gives foundation repair specialists another valuable tool in their arsenal of repair techniques —one that offers some notable advantages. But before delving into these positive attributes, let’s get an idea of what the repair technique involves.
The first step in the repair is to prepare the wall where each carbon fiber strap will be installed. For the repair to work well on concrete or concrete block walls, the wall should be clean. Based on the condition of the wall and the pressure that’s being exerted on the wall, the contractor will determine how many wall straps are required.
After preparing the interior of the foundation wall where the straps will be installed, the contractor will cut the straps to a length that matches the full height of the wall and saturates both the strap and the repair area with high-strength epoxy resin. After adhering the wetted strap into place on the wall, the contractor applies a final topcoat of epoxy resin to the strap. The resulting repair contours tightly to the wall, making it very unobtrusive compared to other repair techniques such as installing steel I-beams. Once the repair is complete, it can be concealed by paint or drywall.
The experts at Ohio Basement Authority use Carbon Fiber strips to reinforce a repaired crack in a foundation wall.
As with any repair method, your trained contractor will be able to analyze your unique situation and recommend a solution that will bring you peace of mind for years to come.
The combination of high-strength epoxy resin and carbon fiber strap material is —pound for pound—stronger than steel. The aerospace industry has come to rely on the light but strong characteristics of carbon fiber technology, and the U.S. Dept. of Defense uses the same strapping technique to reinforce bomb shelters. With this kind of a pedigree, the Carbon Fiber Wall Repair System allows homeowners to stabilize bowing foundations quickly and affordably.