It used to be that the only way to fix bowing or structural cracks in a basement wall was to put up a steel I-beam, anchored to the wall to hold it in place. However, thanks to technological advancements, we have a number of ways we can fix your home. Steel I-beams are perfect for a large scale structural repair, but when damage is minimal, carbon fiber is an inexpensive alternative to more aggressive structural repair.
What is Carbon Fiber?
Carbon fiber is made of crystalline carbon filaments. When it’s twisted together and woven into a cloth, it becomes incredibly strong―5 times stronger than steel, in fact. Other than its strength, carbon fiber also:
- Resists tension
- Is high in stiffness
- Is lightweight
- Has low thermal expansion
- Is tolerant of extreme temperatures
- Is inexpensive
Carbon fiber is a miracle material that is so strong and lightweight it’s used in automobiles, bicycles, airplanes, medical equipment, and even the space shuttle!
When fixing foundations, we use the best method to suit your situation so the job is done right the first time. For foundation walls that are bowing in or have large or “staircase” cracks (they’re cracks that follow along with the mortar between your cement bricks in a staircase pattern), carbon fiber is usually the best and most cost-effective solution. And the best thing is, it’s a permanent one.
How Carbon Fiber Foundation Repair is Done
- Grind down the area where the carbon fiber strips will be applied
- Roll on expo bonding paste that will hold them in place and keep the strips rigid.
- Carbon fiber strips are then applied in 1 foot wide by 2 feet long strips
They have such a low profile, you can mask them by simply painting over them. Carbon fiber strips are so strong and low maintenance that once the repair is done, you never have to worry about those cracks again.
The technicians at Adams Foundation Repair are experts at foundation repair and carbon fiber installations. We are 100% OSHA compliant which means when we come into your home to do the repair, we set up HEPA filters to prevent harmful dust buildup because your family’s health and wellbeing are important to us.
Foundation repair can get messy, but it doesn’t have to be for you. Get rid of the stress headache by giving Adams Foundation Repair a call today to get your free quote!