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Basement Repair Applications
At least half a dozen marketed uses for manufacture carbon fiber products specifically for basement repair. These include straps for bowed walls, staples for crack repair, large sheet-sized column wraps, pre-cured plates to take the place of steel, and a number of specialty products for corners and joint reinforcement.
Carbon Fibre Straps
Straps—Perhaps are the best-known carbon fiber repair product. Concrete block (CMU) walls are notorious for bowing, and carbon fiber straps can stabilize the wall more quickly than nearly any other solution.
Applies From Floor to Ceiling
The strap is four inches wide, and is applied from nearly floor to ceiling. Unlike a steel beam, which would contact the wall only in the middle of the bow, The Reinforcer provides support along the entire length of the strap, locking the wall into place.
Applied to Basement Foundation Walls
When Carbon Fibre straps are applied to basement foundation walls, they counteract further outside pressure on the wall," explains Thompson, inventor of the product. "It keeps the inside face of the wall from stretching, and if it won't stretch, the wall can't bow."
Unidirectional Carbon Strap System
The Unidirectional Carbon Strap System from Fortress Stabilization Systems is also designed for this situation. The carbon fibers are encapsulated in a thermal set resin and cured under pressure during manufacturing process, so after the wall is primed, it's basically a peel-and-stick product. It's available in 2-, 4-, and 6-inch widths.
Determine Where the Reinforcing is Needed
Carbon fiber is applied much like fiberglass. The first step is to determine where the reinforcing is needed, and marking those locations on the wall. For a typical bowed CMU wall, that means a strap every four feet. (According to ACI standards, reinforcements of any kind should not be placed further apart than four times the thickness of the wall.) For reinforcing epoxy crack repair, it means a staple every 12 to 24 inches.
Carbon fiber can easily work around windows, water lines, and electrical routes (top). Sheets can also be applied horizontally (middle & bottom) to maximize the tensile strength of the material.
Settlement Issues Must be Resolved First
Carbon fiber will not resolve structural failings. Any settlement problems must be resolved before turning to carbon fibers.
Crack injections are the best and most effective way to waterproof and fix dry and or currently leaking cracked foundation walls, without costly exterior diging.
Leak Fix - Drainage Pipes
Kevlar staples were made with shear strength in mind and are designed to add a structural fix to your foundation wall crack repair.
Radon testing for your home comes with a no obligation quote for the recommended repairs to make your home safe, with an optional on the spot quick fix repair service.
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Water can sometime penetrate your home around the side of various service pipes as they enter and/or exit your home. This problem can be resolved with an inexpensive leak repair.
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