The moment a foundation issue is detected, narrow down the area in your basement right away. Feel free to move any furniture, couches or carpet that are in the way to allow us to make evaluation process easier. On the exterior of foundation wall, take note of your existing grade, shrubbery, trees, water taps or any variable that may be contributing to the leak. Remember, don’t forget to check your eavestroughs!
Carbon Fiber Reinforcement : Stabilize Your Foundation
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle
When your basement walls start to show signs of cracking or bowing, it is a sign of pressure coming from the outside either from tree roots or hydrostatic pressure from poorly draining soil. Signs of structural failure should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage and large repair costs down the road. The earlier you catch the problem, the less the costs associated with repairing it. Carbon fiber is the ideal repair option for bowing walls over traditional methods in some cases. In these cases, traditional methods have been paired with carbon fiber to increase the overall strength of the repair. While underpinning solutions can stabilize the foundation and possibly recover some of the settlement that has occurred it’s still important to strengthen the damaged portions of the foundation walls.
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT
Carbon fiber has one of the highest tensile (pull) strengths known to exist. Even under incredibly high tension, carbon fiber will not stretch or break, which comes in handy when repairing below grade structural concrete. Whether it’s used as sheets, straps or staples, carbon fiber can keep basement walls from bowing and cracks from expanding.
THE STAGES OF WALL FAILURE
- Cracks starting to form from soil expansion
- Pronounced inward bowing of the wall
- Shearing of the wall from the framing and footing at the bottom
- Complete failure of the wall, requiring replacement
THE BENEFITS OF CARBON FIBER
- Installation is quick, and far less obtrusive than a complete foundation wall rebuild
- Easy to install in tight locations (crawlspaces, etc)
- The final finish is smooth, flat, and can be painted over
- Repairs dont decrease overall available space in the basement
- Carbon Fiber can be used on block or poured concrete walls
- It is 10X stronger than steel and non-corrosive, eliminating the need for maintenance
Usually, a diagonal or vertical crack in a poured or block foundation wall that is wider than 1/8″ (and is located closer to a corner) is probably not due to shrinkage but indicates a settlement issue and should be strengthened to prevent further damage from occurring. In the case of corner repairs, the goal is to reestablish the broken tie and use all of the ultimate tensile strength of the carbon fiber horizontally around the corner. In this application, unidirectional carbon fiber would be the material of choice since all of the strands run in the same direction, providing over 195,000 psi (1,352 MPa) tensile strength.
WHERE IS FIBER MOST COMMON?
- Retaining Wall Repair
- Structural Wall Opening
- Slab Strengthening
- Foundation Crack Repair
- Bowed Wall Stabilization
- Broken Corner Repair
- Concrete Beam Strengthening
- Concrete Column Repair
- Stem Wall Foundation Repair
DOING IT RIGHT
By doing things right, following the process above to the letter and using the most robust materials possible, we know the repair will last; our 42-year longevity proves that! Our crews take pride in their work and have been with us for decades!
We’re old school, and it works.
6 Step Repair Process:
Evaluate and Document
Isolate Root Causes
Remedy For The Future
Cost vs Workmanship
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
So, What’s Next?
Step One To Three. When we say The Arc, we are talking not only about the company or the team. We are talking about our wonderful customers. We would never find motivation and the strength to do our job without all of them. We are proud of our clients.
Observe and Document
Observe and identify the foundation leak or structural deficiency and document.
Submit A Request Online
Complete our Request form here, and include as many photos and details as you can.
If you prefer to contact us online through email, please click here. We can help guide you through the most common foundation culprits to help save you time and money, and help you avoid the pitfalls of misdiagnosis or faulty repairs. If the issue is structural in nature, ask us about our engineering options. We offer free estimates, and we can help you make the best choice to stay high and dry for years to come
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If you would prefer to call us directly, we are available between Monday and Friday 8AM – 5PM. Let us guide you through the most common foundation culprits to help you avoid the pitfalls of misdiagnosis or faulty repairs. If the issue is structural in nature, ask us about our engineering options. We offer free estimates, and can guide you over the phone to help you make the best choice to stay high and dry.