A foundation's primary purpose, whether it is block, poured, or stone, is to support the compressive load (that is, the weight) of the building that is sitting on it. The settling and shifting of a foundations is often be caused by building a structure on expanding or contracting soil due to freezing or holding water, improperly compacted fill soils, or from poor maintenance of the dirt around the building's foundation. Whatever the cause of a troublesome settling foundation, this settlement can ruin a building's value and even render it unsafe.
In these cases, lateral forces surpass the foundation's original resistance to these loads. Over time, these factors can produce lateral bending and the foundation or basement wall becomes bowed. This condition also produces significant cracking. If left unattended this condition will worsen with time jeopardizing both the structural integrity and resale value of the property. We highly recommend that you take steps to address this problem as soon as possible. Delaying will only increase the amount of damage and increase the cost of repair as well.
A Bowed basement or foundation wall can be straightened. It requires excavation of foundation, lifting the weight of the structure off of the wall and pushing the wall back to as close to plumb as possible. Even after this is accomplished, the wall requires reinforcement as it has lost it's structural integrity.
A concrete wall can still be within tolerance at it's current condition without straightening. Historically, I-beams were used to correct a bowed wall by erecting the beams in a fashion that provides lateral concrete reinforcement. While remaining an effective method, installation can be expensive and the end result are obtrusive beams sticking out from the wall. In addition, the basement wall cracks which have undoubtedly occurred as a result of the bowing need to be addressed.
We are the experts at fixing hard foundation repair projects other contractors can't solve.
- The site is excavated.
- Wall returned to plumb.
Carbon fiber is applied to leaning or bowed foundation walls, it counteracts further outside pressure on the wall, taking the tension force (or tensile load) that the wall cannot.
For every increase in pressure on the wall, the carbon fiber supplies an equal and opposite resistant force making the wall stronger.
- All drainage issues are corrected.
- Area is bacfilled as required.
Unlike traditional fixes that utilize mechanical devices which are screwed into the soil, the success of a project using carbon strapping is not dependent on the types of soil surrounding the structure.
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