Foundations - Basement Wall Support

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Ensuring that the foundation walls of your basement are secure is very important to the structural integrity of a home. Over time your basement walls might become cracked, or the soil on the outside of the basement walls might become compromised. This can pose a large threat to the safety of your home and it would always be a good idea to have the structural integrity of these supporting walls of your basement checked. It is a very easy to have a company come out to check your basement walls and it is equally easy to have them make any necessary repairs. These companies know what to look for when it comes to preventing your basement walls from becoming compromised and they are trained at detecting any damage.

There are two different types of systems to support the walls in your basement with. The walls in question are any walls that are not exposed on the exterior of your house and have the land surrounding your home bearing down on it. One way of supporting these walls is to use a system called the helical support anchor system. Another method of ensuring your walls are properly supported is to use the reinforcer carbon fiber system. Both of these different systems are designed for different situations and different problems that might be wrong with your basement walls.

The helical support anchor system is mainly used for repairing basement walls and retaining walls alike. What the anchor does is transfer tension that is on the wall to more suitable soil than what is currently bearing down on the wall. This also relieves pressure that is being pushed against the wall, making the life of your supporting walls much longer. A long anchor distributes the weight equally many feet away from the wall itself.

The other successful method of stabilizing a basement wall is the carbon fiber system.

What this system consists of is a 4-inch wide carbon fiber plate that uses structural epoxy. Carbon fiber is durable, light, and incredibly strong. When the carbon fiber is attached to the wall, it helps take pressure off the wall from the soil bearing down on it. Some concrete and joints have a hard time putting up with the stress of this soil pushing against the wall which is why it is always a good idea to reinforce the foundation walls of your home. This will ensure your home is safe and secure for your family to live in.

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This article was published on 2010/11/30