Foundation Stabilization Systems
The stability of your home is determined solely by the condition of the foundation. There are a number of factors that can cause the soil beneath your house to shift, which damages the structural integrity of your foundation.
If you’ve noticed signs of foundation problems, addressing them early on can minimize the cost of repairs through the use of foundation stabilization systems.
The foundation solutions discussed below provide the least invasive ways to fix cracked, leaning and bowed walls, and can often be completed in a single visit. In cases of severe foundation damage, these stabilization systems can be used to provide additional support to other foundation repair methods.
Before any attempts can be made to prevent further damage to your home, an inspection of the foundation is necessary to find out what is causing the soil to shift beneath your house.
Carbon Fiber Straps
The carbon fiber wall supports we use at Keystone Basement Systems are designed to produce the strongest weight-to-strength ratio available on the market. This method can be used for minor horizontal cracks, inward bowing of basement walls that does not exceed 2” and to provide additional structural support with other foundation repairs.
Upon noticing any warning signs of structural problems, a full inspection of your foundation is necessary to determine the cause and ensure this repair method is adequate.
Our carbon fiber straps are a complete wall support system that attaches to the framework of your house. After prepping the work areas of your foundation walls, the patent pending plate used in our system is attached to the sill plate and the base of your foundation. Because this solution is directly attached to the parts of your house that are under pressure and need to be stabilized, a failure to address the actual cause of structural damage could result total failure of the repair attempt and your home’s foundation.
When basement walls have bowed inward more than 2”, we can stabilize your foundation with our complete wall anchor system. As with carbon fiber systems, wall anchors provide one of the least invasive ways to reinforce your basement walls without replacing your foundation. While some digging is required, there is minimal disruption to your lawn and landscaping.
We must determine the cause of soil movement beneath your house to avoid any interference of the wall anchor system that is on the outside of your foundation walls.
Our wall anchor system can be used to stabilize any type of foundation. Galvanized metal anchors are inserted into stable soil at varying distances from your home to avoid decks, patios and landscaping. Wall plates are attached in areas where the bowing or leaning of your walls has occurred and connected to soil anchors by steel rods. All holes are backfilled and the turf is restored to its original condition.
Steel Support Beams
I-beam supports may be used to stabilize your foundation when carbon fiber or wall anchor systems are not viable options. When neighboring homes are too close and your foundation shows signs of severe damage, we can avoid having to replace your foundation.
Depending on the severity of damage, it may be necessary to “dig and push” your basement walls to straighten them enough to install the steel support beams.
Once we’ve determined that it’s safe to use this method to reinforce your walls, the I-beams will be measured and cut to ensure a custom fit to your basement. Like our carbon fiber wall system, the steel beams are secured using other structural elements of your home. The top of each beam is secured to the support joists with heavy duty hardware, and the bottom is secured to your foundation’s footing.
What You Should Know About Foundation Stabilization Systems
Any foundation stabilization system is effective only when the source of what caused the problem is addressed first. The causes of structural damage often include soil pressure that has increased beyond the capacity of what you home was designed to handle. We will work with local code enforcement to ensure all necessary building permits are acquired.
To prevent any further damage to your foundation, take advantage of our FREE 68 Point Inspection.
Any repairs made by Keystone Basement Systems’ certified foundation specialists include regular maintenance and are backed by our Lifetime Warranty.