Foundation Repair Case Studies: Wall Support in Oakdale, PA
A cracked basement wall is often fine until the moment it’s not. That moment came for Ann from Oakdale after she did some spring landscaping. What had been a single crack in the walkout basement - a crack that had been observed and largely ignored for 15 years - became a bowing wall and a network of cracks across the walls.
Ann was thinking of finishing the basement to add living space to her home, and she knew she couldn’t do that without addressing the wall problem. Eager to start off her new project on the right foot, Ann called us for a free inspection.
Chris Bailey, inspected the home to find the best and most efficient way to prevent Ann’s basement walls from bowing any further and make the basement suitable for finishing. Chris determined that the CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System was the right solution for the basement.
CarbonArmor is a fiber-reinforced polymer that’s 10x stronger than steel and designed specifically for wall stabilization and reinforcement. Their low profile design means they don’t stick out far from the wall, and can even be painted, so you aren’t hindered when it comes to choosing a wall finishing option. Since this is an interior solution, no excavation is required.
After determining the ideal distance between straps, Austin Stone and his production crew installed 8 CarbonArmor straps on the affected walls of the basement. To install, we first coat the area with a special epoxy resin. More resin goes on top of the strap after it’s in place, and the strap is then bracketed to the joists for further security.
By utilizing the CarbonArmor system, we were able to stabilize Ann’s basement and get it ready for finishing, all without invasive excavation or a lengthy construction process.
Basement before CarbonArmor straps are installed