Wall Reinforcing Systems
If a block foundation wall has begun to crack and bow or a poured wall has become disconnected from the rim joists and is beginning to push in, it needs to be stabilized. In situations where a wall repair system is impractical, due to obstacles or other issues, the next best choice is to permanently stabilize the wall to prevent it from failing. This is done by reinforcing it with Carbon Armor® carbon fiber straps and the ArmorLock® system.
Installing CarbonArmor Straps
CarbonArmor straps are flexible carbon fiber straps that become super-strong and rigid when infused with an epoxy resin — so strong that they can prevent a bowing wall from failing. Before CarbonArmor straps are applied, the surface of the wall must be prepared to ensure a strong and permanent bond. This is done by grinding down the wall to provide a roughened and clean surface. Then an epoxy resin is applied to the wall and the CarbonArmor straps. Finally, the straps are adhered to the wall, and additional resin is applied with rollers. The resin-infused straps reach full strength after 72 hours, at which time the straps can be painted to match the color of the wall.
To provide additional stabilization and tipping resistance, the ArmorLock strap overlaps with the CarbonArmor strap and is attached to the rim joist with a bracket. This prevents the now-stabilized wall from losing its top connection with the rest of the home.
CarbonArmor straps — especially when used in conjunction with the ArmorLock system — can be installed with minimal disruption to the home and no disruption to the lawn or landscaping. Its low-profile design allows it to be used in tight spaces and in situations where obstacles such as conduit and plumbing prevent the use of other wall-stabilization solutions. In addition, once the epoxy has cured, CarbonArmor straps can be painted over and concealed.
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If you suspect your home has a foundation issue, the best thing to do is to contact a foundation repair specialist to inspect it. At Foundation Recovery Systems, our System Design Specialists are expertly trained in analyzing foundation issues and developing a permanent solution to fix and protect your home. This inspection is free and carries with it no obligation to purchase a solution from us. So, there’s really no reason not to find out what is causing your home’s problems.