Every responsible homeowner tries to keep their home in the best possible shape. Sometimes, that involves minor repairs such as fixing drafty windows, replacing broken tiles, or unclogging the gutters. However, sometimes forces of nature cause bigger problems to occur. Unfortunately, some homeowners even then refuse to throw in the towel and call the professionals. Instead, they try to repair things on their own. More often than not, this is a recipe for a disaster.
On the other hand, some homeowners do not repair the problem. In fact, they don’t do anything about it. Instead, they choose to completely ignore it, hoping that it will go away on its own. However, problems in which the foundation is involved never go away until they’re dealt with. Quite the opposite happens; they grow bigger until homeowners are forced to call the repair crew.
Luckily for us, we were called by customers who wanted to be preventative. Not only that, but they also humbly admitted that they were not very well-versed in home repairs, which is why they were more than happy to let professionals handle things.
We were called out to the owners’ 30-year-old home in the Columbus, OH, suburb of Gahanna. After conducting a thorough inspection, our expert was able to identify the cause of the problem and our team restored this home’s structural integrity in just one day. With carbon fiber supports in place, the homeowners were able to relax knowing that their home was once again in good shape.
Meeting the Homeowners
Homeowners living in Gahanna, OH, called us worried about cracks in the basement. Their home was built in 1990 and they have lived there since 2015. According to one of the owners, the cracks were not there when they moved in as far as he can remember. Since he lives with his wife and son in that house, he wanted to make sure that everything was in order. The homeowner is a type of person who likes to be preventative about things, so if anything was wrong with the foundation, he wanted to know about it as soon as possible, so he could take steps to repair the damage. The homeowner is a designer who works for a company based in Gahanna, and admittedly knows nothing about house repairs. This is why he looked for a professional foundation repair company in his area. He heard about Ohio Basement Authority from his friends and co-workers and decided to contact us for a free inspection.
Since the owner called us about cracks in the basement, we had an idea of what we would find when we got there. These cracks are often a sign of major foundation problems. Cracks in concrete block walls often form along the block lines in a stair-step pattern that extends from the bottom corners of the wall towards the top center.
It is not unusual for the cracks to be accompanied by bowing or tipping walls, which is why our inspector took some measurements to see whether the walls are leaning or not. He detected two walls were shifting, one wall was tipping in and the other one was bowing in. We needed to fix the problem as quickly as possible since bowing walls can compromise the structural stability of the entire house.
Fortunately, most homeowners understand that foundation cracks are a serious problem that will worsen over time if not corrected. In our case, the customer wanted to determine what was causing this foundation damage and solve the problem before it got out of hand.
After our inspector diagnosed the cause of the foundation problem, he outlined a repair strategy that will permanently solve this issue.
Repairing the Damage
Foundation problems often occur due to water damage. Since it rains in Ohio approximately 130 days per year, this was not the only home in Gahanna to suffer from foundation issues. Usually, a bowing wall is caused by hydrostatic pressure. This type of pressure develops when the soil around the basement walls is saturated with water. As a result, the soil expands, pushing against the foundation. Hydrostatic pressure can increase during snow melts and spring rains.
In order to repair the wall, we installed 12 carbon fiber supports. Six supports were installed on the west wall, while the other six were installed on the south wall. The carbon fiber wall reinforcing system uses the same technology that is utilized to support bridges, multi-story buildings, and bomb shelters. Now, this technology is applied to the problem of cracked and bowing foundation walls. With carbon fiber supports, we were able to repair the damage in just one day.
Foundation cracks and bowing walls are a clear sign of foundation damage. They should never be ignored because the problem will only escalate over time. Foundation issues can severely compromise the health of your home, so it is important to be as proactive as possible. If you have noticed any signs of foundation damage, contact professionals at Ohio Basement Authority to schedule a free inspection and repair quote. One of our experts will come to your home, assess the situation, and recommend suitable and permanent solutions.