Your foundation walls hold up the whole house, so make sure they are as strong as they can be. If the foundation walls are bowed or are leaning, there are several things that could have caused it. Poor construction is a leading cause, but it can also be related to the age of the building or hydrostatic pressure building behind the wall. Oversaturated soil can apply a great amount of pressure on the foundation walls, causing them to weaken and move out of place.
Carbon Fiber Repair to the Rescue
Fortunately, if a foundation wall is leaning or bowing, you won’t have to replace the wall. Rapid Foundation Repair offers Rhino carbon fiber repair. The carbon fiber strips are attached to the top of the wall with a bracket and secured to the floor with a carbon fiber pin. The carbon fiber strip can be attached to either poured or block concrete walls. The carbon fiber allows a more even distribution of the pressure from the soil.
This method prevents the walls from bowing further and will also repair foundation cracks. Carbon fiber wall supports are easy to install and are less expensive than other repair options. When completed, your foundation wall will have a smooth finish that can be painted over, hiding the repair completely.
How Carbon Fiber is Installed
Although the installation of carbon fiber is relatively easy, it still takes an expert to do it correctly. Here are the steps Rapid Foundation Repair will take to install your carbon fiber repair:
- We’ll clean the entire foundation wall and grind it to a clean surface that our adhesive will affix to. If there is caulk or loose mortar, we’ll remove that at this time.
- Next, we’ll fill in any cracks with a hydraulic epoxy or cement.
- We’ll then measure and predrill the sill plate at the top of the wall.
- After that, a hole will be drilled into the footing at the center of the installation.
- Our carbon fiber experts will then attach the carbon fiber strip to the sill plate with a strong epoxy.
- The sill plate bracket is then mounted on top of the carbon fiber, securing it tightly.
- Then, the carbon fiber strip is attached to the wall with more epoxy, adhering it to the wall.
- Lastly, the bottom of the carbon fiber strip is anchored to the wall.
If your home has a bowed or leaning foundation walls, let Rapid Foundation Repair in South Dakota help make the repairs you need. Contact us to learn more about carbon fiber repair and a free estimate.