Signs of Foundation Failure
Cracks in Drywall
- Doors and windows that stick
- Cracks in floor and tile
- Misaligned doors and windows
Outside of the House
- Gaps around doors and windows
- Cracks in foundation
- Stair step cracks in brick walls
- Chimneys tilting or pulling away
- Separating from door
- Walls rotating out
- Stair step cracks in brick wall
Causes of Foundation Failure
- Evaporation: Hot and dry conditions causes soil to shrink.
- Transpiration: Tree roots dehydrate soil, causing soil shrinkage and settlement of your home’s footing / slab.
- Drainage: Improper drainage causes increased hydraulic pressure on basement walls.
- Poor Building Site Preparation: Improperly compacted fill soil causes settling problems later.
- Poor Soil Conditions: Expansive clay soil and Organic debris cause contraction and expansion of soil.
Foundation Wall Steel Brace Beam
- Year-round installation
- Single day installation in most cases
- Minimal disturbance to your home
- No outside excavation necessary
- Restores the property value of your home
- Size choice 4″, 6″, 8″
Building a Safe and Solid Basement Wall
- Precise basement wall height/size is obtained
- Steel beams are cut to the proper height.
- The top of the beam is secured to the floor joists.
- The Power Brace beam is plumbed.
- The bottom of the beam is secured to the basement floor.
- The I-beam system can be tightened at a later date to encourage wall position improvement.
Spring Load Top Bracket. 1000lbs. of Back Pressure.
1/2″ Steel Bottom Bolt Down Plate
Reinforced Foundation Walls
Wall Carbon Fiber Straps
A Bowed basement or foundation wall can be straightened but require excavation of foundation, lifting the weight of the structure off of the wall and pushing the wall back to as close to plumb as possible. Even after this is accomplished, the wall itself has lost the structural integrity and requires reinforcement. You can also reinforce a concrete wall that is still within tolerance at it’s current condition without straightening. Historically, I-beams were used to correct a bowed wall by erecting the beams in a fashion that provides lateral concrete reinforcement. While remaining an effective method, installation can be expensive and the end result are obtrusive beams sticking out from the wall. In addition, the cracks which have undoubtedly occurred as a result are not addressed.
Bowed basement walls can be resolved using the latest carbon-fiber technology developed by Fortress Stabilization Systems. Using carbon-fiber Kevlar sheet straps in combination with specifically designed epoxies, foundations can now be repaired and arrested with little to no obtrusiveness. The repaired bowed basement wall can then be painted thereby creating an almost invisible repair, thereby increasing the resale value of your home