Foundation Wall Repair or Replacement

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Cracked or Sheared Walls

As forces of nature, such as moisture and frost interact with the soil around and under your home, the soil expands. That expansion results in constant inward pressure on your foundation walls and concrete slab floor until it can no longer support the pressure. This in turn causes cracking and bowing of the walls or subsurface drainage issues. Water itself weighs approximately 60 pounds per cubic foot, but when hydrostatic pressure pushes, the weight increases by thousands of pounds. Different types of soil increase the probability of this occurring.

Solution

This is a simple repair using kevlar straps if addressed early and before there’s extensive damage.

Bowed Walls

When cracks are undetected or allowed to progress, walls begin to buckle or bow. The continual water intrusion places undue pressure on the foundation wall. Replacing the wall is an option, but there are less expensive solutions such as carbon-kevlar straps for minimal damage.

Solution

If there is major bowing or buckling, the exterior wall will need to be excavated, steel I-beams installed to straighten the wall, then carbon-kevlar straps are installed to support the wall. These straps are engineered to withstand 234,700 psi. Your wall is then, three times stronger than an original wall.

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Knee Walls

Common problems associated with knee walls in basements include moisture infiltration, leading to mold growth and decay, especially if they are not adequately sealed or insulated. Additionally, improper construction or inadequate support in knee walls may contribute to structural issues, such as sagging or instability in the above-grade portions of the home. 

Solution

Timely repairs to knee walls help ensure that the load-bearing capacity of the foundation remains intact, preventing further structural issues and maintaining the overall structural integrity of the building.

Fortress Stabilization Systems

Kevlar Straps & Anchors

Fortress carbon fiber is over 4X’s stronger than steel!! The carbon kevlar strap, top anchor, and bottom anchor are the 3 components to stop your walls from moving for life. These straps can be painted to enhance the appearance of your basement.

DriShield Wall Encapsulation

DriShield Basement Wall Panels are an excellent option if your walls are discolored. They are semi-rigid and create a vapor barrier that prevents humidity from passing through the pores of the concrete wall. In addition, your walls will be bright white, and will produce a functional living space. These white panels are a cost-effective method to beautify your basement walls for a fraction of the cost of a basement remodel and are a permanent solution.

Masonry Repair

Masonry repair for foundation walls typically involves a systematic approach to address issues such as cracks, deterioration, or structural damage. The process often includes a thorough inspection to identify the extent of the damage, followed by the repointing process—cleaning away crumbling mortar and then putting in clean mortar. 

Repointing deteriorated mortar joints is an effective method of decreasing water entry into brickwork, thereby preserving the structural integrity.   The lifespan of brick vs. mortar is 100 years vs. 25 years.

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Masonry Restoration

Additionally, repairing or replacing damaged bricks is a crucial step, and applying waterproofing solutions is essential to prevent future issues. In more severe cases, structural reinforcement may be necessary, and professional expertise is often recommended to ensure a comprehensive and lasting masonry repair.