Unstable soils can be detrimental to basement walls. Whether the soils outside basement walls are expansive in nature or poorly compacted, these unstable soils can leave your foundation un-supported. An unsupported foundation can lead to it’s settlement and cracking. Soils like this can also attack basement walls with lateral loads, causing walls to bow inward. Results like this can cause a loss in property value and structural support. 

Luckily, a sinking foundation can be rescued by installing hydraulic driven foundation piers, or push pier below the structure to stabilize or even lift it back into place. How about bowed and cracked walls though? Can you repair a bowed or cracked basement wall and return its structural integrity? Is your only option to install unsightly steel beams from floor to ceiling to keep walls from caving in on themselves?

There are 3 commonly used methods for repairing basement walls. Just like a snowflake, however, foundation walls are not all the same so depending on the situation, we will recommend a solution accordingly. To learn more about carbon fiber, visit Rhino Carbon Fiber.

Crack repair with carbon fiber staples

Bowed wall support and/or crack repair with carbon fiber straps

Bowed wall support and relief of pressure with helical piers

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Repairing Cracks With Carbon Fiber Staples

Cracked walls that can be repaired with injected structural epoxy material. However, the foundation can continue to creep and move which over time can cause the injection to fail. It is best to combine structural injections with high strength carbon fiber stables.  

The staples are made of high-tensile-strength carbon fibers and are encased in a thermal-set resin and cured while under pressure. 

Carbon Fiber staples can also be used for cracks in driveways, pools, or poured foundation walls. and many other concrete repairs.

REPAIRING BOWED OR CRACKED WALLS WITH CARBON FIBER STRAPS

Carbon Fiber straps can permanently stabilize bowed foundation walls with minimal disruption, no excavation and are much cleaner than alternative techniques. The carbon fiber straps are epoxied to the walls and increase wall strength significantly. 

Typically these straps are used to keep basement walls from bowing inward due to pressure from the outside soils pushing inward. Carbon Fiber can also be used for many other instances.

  • Concrete or steel bridges.
  • Concrete or steel columns.
  • Pools & hot tubs
  • Water & other storage tanks
  • CMU block walls
  • Tilt up concrete structures
  • Concrete roads & highways
  • Floor and roof beams
  • Above grade concrete footings

FAQs

What is Carbon Fiber?

Carbon Fiber is a material that consists of multiple small Carbon filaments that form the whole material, whether it be a paper thin strip, or a pole esque shape. Carbon Fiber is an incredibly versatile material and while it is somewhat expensive to produce, the quality that entails makes up for it, and this is because Carbon Fiber is generally five times stronger than steel, and it weighs less at the same time!

What does Carbon Fiber have to do with Foundation Repair?

Rhino Foundation Systems offers two primary Carbon Fiber repair techniques which we often use to help mend cracks in the structure and surfaces in the facility that may be bowing due to the weight they are shouldering. Carbon Fiber staples can be used in conjunction with an injection based material (think mud or epoxy) to keep a cracked section of a wall or ceiling from tearing even more. We also use Carbon Fiber straps to keep a realigned wall in check so it becomes unable to bow any further than it may have.

What are the benefits of using Carbon Fiber repair methods?

Applying Carbon Fiber is almost a completely silent installation, as it just involves applying Carbon Fiber staples or laying down a strap on epoxy. As stated prior, Carbon Fiber is also incredibly strong and durable, making it ideal for keeping your foundation in a lasting condition.

Can Carbon Fiber be used for more than just home foundations?

Absolutely. Carbon Fiber repair methods are used from houses, to offices, and even things many probably wouldn’t consider. It can be used to reinforce piers, columns, and support beams, but it can also be used to support a structure more directly, like keeping roads and highways from cracking, and keeping bridges aligned.

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