Foundation Stabilization – Bowing Basement Wall Repair
Carbon fiber and Kevlar mesh reinforcement are today’s most advanced technology for foundation stabilization – bowing basement wall repair. Foundation repair contractors embed the carbon fiber mesh “straps” into the face of your foundation walls. Fortress Stabilization has developed a revolutionary system. Combining both carbon fiber and kevlar meshed together results in the ultimate in tensile and shear strength. These straps are smooth to the wall and paintable making them barely noticeable. Installing the reinforcement straps to your basement will increase its strength three times stronger than it was originally. You will also have a lifetime structural guarantee!
What Causes Bowing Basement Walls?
There are many possible contributing factors to bowing basement walls. Soil pressure due to expansive clay soil against the foundation is the primary cause of bowing basement walls. Large trees too close to the foundation can grow large roots that push a basement wall causing basement wall cracks and bowing. Settling patios, stoops, and concrete steps can settle and put pressure on the foundation causing cracking and bowing.
Improperly compacted fill soils or insufficient maintenance around your foundation could cause foundation settlement and movement. Roof water that overflows next to your foundation can add to soil expansion and pressure causing bowing basement walls. Whatever the cause, settlement can destroy the value of structures and your home and even make them unsafe. As a result, foundation stabilization and bowing basement wall repair may be necessary.
There are 3 types of wall movements that lead to basement wall cracks and failures.
Proper wall repair requires a 3-part system for a complete solution.
Tipped Wall Solution
We repair tipped basement walls with our top anchor which attaches to our Carbon-Kevlar strap. The Fortress top anchor is mechanically fastened to the rim joist to engage with the building’s floor system, providing a stronger, more durable anchor. Fortress has the only top anchor that utilizes post-tensioning technology. This prevents any movement of the basement wall.
Bowed Wall Solution
A basement wall that is cracked and bowing is repaired using our Carbon-Kevlar strap. Fortress has the strongest strap and system available. The strap keeps the wall from further bowing. The Fortress strap uses our Epoxy Rivet Technology (ERT) which forms a 2-part adhesive bond that acts like 8,000 mechanical rivets ensuring that your wall is stronger than the original.
Sheared Wall Solution
A basement wall that is cracked and sheared needs to be repaired using our bottom anchor that attaches to our Carbon-Kevlar strap. Because preventing shear requires strength, we made our bottom anchor over 5 times thicker and 125 times stiffer than the competition. We use a dual leg solution with specific contact lengths engineered to achieve a 200% safety factor. Our bottom plate anchor is the best in the industry.
What About Settling?
A settling foundation results in stair step cracking or vertical cracks. These cracks are typically due to a lack of stability underneath of the foundation. This type of foundation problem may require piering or what is often referred to underpinning. Click here for more information.
Call A Professional
If you think that there is a problem with your foundation due to basement wall cracks, call us for a professional foundation stabilization assessment of your property. We will be able to assess any damage that has occurred and determine the best plan for your situation. It is a good idea to routinely inspect your foundation for problems. Small cracks left unattended can end up causing big problems in the future. It is best to address potential foundation problems early before they turn into a bigger issue.
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