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 our Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System.
Carbon Fiber Straps
Carbon fiber is a high-tech woven material that is initially flexible but becomes extremely strong and rigid once infused with an epoxy resin. In fact, carbon fiber has a tensile strength greater than that of steel when used in certain applications. Its extremely high strength-to-weight properties have made it the go-to material for modern high-end sports cars and military aircraft. These properties also make it ideal for stabilizing bowing foundation walls.
Not all carbon fiber straps are created equal, however. Some are plate-like and almost rigid. This makes it difficult for them to conform to the contours of a bowing wall, which means that they can actually pop off at the top and bottom during installation. Others consist of a loosely woven grid of carbon fibers. These straps are much weaker than laminate straps. The ideal form of carbon fiber for wall stabilization applications is a fabric-like material that conforms easily to the wall yet becomes extremely strong and rigid once epoxied in place.
Installing our Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcement System
Our 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 our 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 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.
Before the 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 Carbon Fiber Wall 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.
Our carbon fiber straps 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, 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 Certified Field Inspectors 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.
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