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Innovative product development undertaken by aerospace engineers and the U.S. Dept. of Defense is now being applied to the age-old problem of cracked and bowing foundation walls. The CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System, available from Supportworks, utilizes the same technology developed to reinforce bridges, skyscrapers and bomb shelters.
Signs of foundation damage are usually easy to spot. Foundation walls built from concrete block typically crack along joint lines between blocks, forming a horizontal crack near the mid point of the wall and "stair step" cracking at the corners.
Super strong, but nearly invisible. After cleaning the wall to ensure good adhesion, the technician masks off each carbon fiber strip location and saturates the masonry with epoxy. The CarbonArmor® reinforcement becomes part of the wall structure, and can be hidden with a coat of paint.
Cracks in poured concrete walls often display diagonal cracking extending from the bottom corners of the wall towards the top center. With either type of foundation, cracks can be accompanied by sections of wall that bow or tip inward.
Most North Carolina homeowners understand that foundation cracks and bowing are serious problems that will worsen over time if not corrected. An experienced foundation repair contractor will be able to determine what conditions are causing this foundation damage. By accurately diagnosing the cause of the foundation problem, the contractor can determine what foundation repair strategy will permanently solve the problem.
When it comes to repairing foundations, Regional Foundation Solutions are the experts! Foundation wall cracks and bowing basement walls are signs that your foundation is in need of repair. Our carbon fiber basement wall repair solutions can help reinforce your bowing walls and repair cracks. Contact us today to schedule a Free Estimate for foundation wall repair in Raleigh, Durham, Greenville and nearby!
The CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System gives foundation repair specialists another valuable tool in their arsenal of basement wall repair products —one that offers some notable advantages.
Once our foundation repair specialists know how many carbon fiber strips will be required to properly reinforce the wall, the installation process goes quickly, as shown in the photos. High-strength epoxy is used to adhere the CarbonArmor® strips to the wall and to enhance each strip’s strength. Once the repair is complete, the strips will “disappear” when the entire wall gets a coat of paint.
Stop inward wall movement. The ArmorLock® system consists of straps and brackets that connect CarbonArmor® reinforcement strips to the building’s perimeter framing.
When soil pressure is causing the top of the foundation wall to tilt inward, extra reinforcement is required.
This is where the ArmorLock® system can come to the rescue. ArmorLock® is designed to be used in combination with CarbonArmor® reinforcement.
With the ArmorLock® system, a super-strong carbon fiber strap is fused to each ArmorLock® strip and anchored to a heavy-duty steel bracket that’s lag-screwed to the rim joist.
Locking the foundation wall to the rim joist will prevent soil pressure from pushing the top of the wall inward, away from this perimeter framing.
Because the ArmorLock® system takes up very little space, there’s usually no need to relocate ductwork and other basement equipment.
The experts at Regional Foundation Solutions use CarbonArmor® strips to reinforce a repaired crack in a foundation wall.
A cracked foundation wall can be repaired using polyurethane injection, epoxy or patching mortar to fill and seal the crack.
Whichever technique is used, the repair can be reinforced using CarbonArmor® strips in a wall stitch repair.
Your Regional Foundation Solutions technician will epoxy a series of strips across the crack, significantly improving the overall stability of the wall.
To make a solid crack repair even stronger and more stable, you can’t beat the performance offered by CarbonArmor® wall stitches.
We specialize in a variety of permanent solutions for stabilizing the foundation, repairing wall cracks, and straightening bowing basement walls. Don't wait until the problem gets worse. Contact Regional Foundation Solutions at 1-855-225-2564 to speak with our team of experts or contact us online and schedule an inspection and estimate for reinforcing your foundation.