When you have a cracked or damaged foundation in your home, it is absolutely essential that you take action and call in the experts to correct it. A cracked or damaged foundation can cause a leaky basement, which creates many problems including serving as a potential draw for insects and putting you at risk of your home developing mold, mildew and unhealthy bacteria growth. A cracked or damaged foundation can also put the structural integrity of your home in jeopardy. Fortunately, fixing a cracked or damaged foundation can usually be done in a simple and cost-effective manner and you have a few different options for how the foundation walls can be fixed.
Methods of Fixing Foundation Walls
There are many different methods of fixing foundation walls and the one you choose is going to be determined by many factors including the cause of the damage to the foundation walls, the extent of the damage and your budget for doing repairs. Some possible examples of fixes for foundation walls include the following:
• Stabilization of bowed or fractured walls using a Fortress Stabilization System. Essentially, this involves the use of special Kevlar and fiber straps along with a special epoxy. The straps will stop shifting of the walls without the need for any outside excavation, which means less cost for you, less time required for the repair, and less disturbance to landscaping and to the rest of your home. When you choose this method of repair, a series of different straps are interconnected, and then bolted to an aluminum bracket attached to the home’s bond board using lag bolts. These straps that are attached to the aluminum bracket are then epoxied to a special fortress strap made of carbon fires so that the walls of the foundation are no longer able to move laterally.
• Polyurethane crack injection. If your foundation walls have only cracks in them, these cracks can be filled using a special method whereby surface bonds are attached and polyurethane is injected into the crack through holes in the surface bond and packed in tightly. The polyurethane will solidify and fill the crack. » Read more: Different Ways Foundation Walls Are Fixed