It’s the time of year where in northern climates snow is melting and the ground is getting saturated with water. This causes the soil to swell and can make bowed basement walls get worse very quickly. I just visited a home in Stow Ohio today that this has happened to. The homeowner said they didn’t notice the horizontal crack in basement wall before a few days ago. And when we were looking at it he even mentioned it had moved further down the wall since the last time he looked at it.
These foundation problems can turn bad pretty quickly, it really all depends on the conditions outside. A wet season will add to the soil conditions and cause movement. Used to be that foundation repair was a matter of bolting a giant clamp (wall anchors) to the basement walls or installing big steel I beams against the walls to hold them in place. These older generation methods have been replaced with technology that will not only stop the problem but offer a lifetime guarantee.
Fortress Stabilization offers a unique foundation reinforcement product that incorporates carbon fiber and kevlar that is embedded into the foundation from top to bottom in 6 to 8 inch wide straps located every 4 feet. This foundation fix creates a web on the wall opposing the exterior load and dispersing it evenly eliminating the problem.
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