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. Every foundation is susceptible to shifting when it is built on expanding or contracting soil due to freezing or holding water, fill soil that has been improperly compacted, or due to poor maintenance of the dirt around the building's foundation. Whatever the cause of a troublesome 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.
Fortunately, a bowed basement or foundation wall can be straightened, and the pros at DryBasements.com have the expertise to do it. It requires excavation of the 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 its structural integrity.
A concrete wall can still be within tolerance at its 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 to this day, installation can be expensive and the end results are obtrusive, nobody wants 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.
The site is excavated
The wall is 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 backfilled 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 type of soil surrounding the structure. We are experts at fixing foundation repair projects other contractors can't seem to solve.