Bowed or Cracked Basement Repairs
Many issues surrounding your structure can cause the interior basement wall to bow and crack. Throughout the years of external loads from driveways, tree roots growing, excessive water and soil saturation from a sloping lawn have probably assisted in structural damage to your basement walls.
We have your solution! No matter what type of wall you need strengthening, the StrongHold® system has you covered.
- Reinforced Concrete Walls
- Reinforced Concrete Block Masonry Walls
- Un-reinforced Concrete Block Masonry Walls
- Un-reinforced Clay Tile Walls
- Un-reinforced Clay Brick Masonry Walls
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What is Stronghold's Carbon Fiber System?
For a sandy, water soaked soil there can be as much as 2600 pounds per linear foot on an 8 foot high wall. Unknown to many homeowners, there is an enormous amount of force being supported by a typical basement wall. StrongHold Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP's) provide the required additional tensile force needed to fully develop the compressive strength and create a "balanced" situation within the wall to prevent further bowing and cracking.
Do I need helical screws to fix my basement walls?
This is something we can determine at our initial visit and inspection. When your foundation changes and moves along with the soil below the foundation, your structure is also moving. The signs of stress are separation between walls, floor and ceilings and uneven floors or sticky windows.
The force of soil conditions pushing and pulling near basement walls over time cause bowing. The earliest sign of issues is the crack in the surface of the wall. Small or large, these need investigation. The more cracking, the larger the basement wall crack is where we may find that Helical Anchors or Screwing into substantial soil is needed.
In Central Virginia our Helical Piles are generally 15' to 20' deep. Piers need to be deeper than the active zone of the soil. The zone of seasonal wetting and drying is known as the Active Zone of the Soil, and in Central Virginia is approximately the top 6'-7'.The piers are installed into stable soil or bedrock because it prevents further settlement and movement. The resistance provided by the stable soil can even help lift your home back to it's original level and correct bowed basement wall issues.