Carbon fiber reinforcement is a repair method that is gaining popularity within the foundation repair industry. The use of carbon fiber reinforcement straps in lieu of steel beams gives a homeowner more useable space as they don’t protrude out into the basement like steel beams do.
The carbon fiber reinforcement straps once installed prevent the foundation wall from further inward movement when installed in the proper manner. There are four common foundation issues that you can use carbon fiber reinforcement straps on.
- Bowed Foundation Walls constructed of concrete block or poured concrete
- Sheared Foundation Walls constructed of concrete block
- Pushed Foundation Walls constructed of concrete block
- Cracked Foundation Walls constructed of concrete block or poured concrete
Each issue above requires additional repairs to be made to certain sections of the foundation before the reinforcement straps can be installed. The use of a structural engineer is highly recommended to verify the additional repair methods and also where the straps should be placed.
Contributing factors such as foundation thickness, soil height, soil type and grading need to be considered when figuring out where the carbon fiber reinforcement straps go and how many are needed. Once we have locations and additional repair types figured out it’s time to get to the installation.
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