What to Expect from Professional Carbon Fiber Foundation Repair
Carbon fiber is a common choice for foundation repair among contractors. If you have a bowing basement wall, your contractor will most likely use this product to reinforce the foundation of your walls.
Carbon fiber is indeed an amazing product. It is 10 times stronger than steel and it is also durable. It doesn’t require maintenance over time and it can be painted over. In fact, you can use almost any type of finishing you desire on your wall even after the installation of the carbon fiber straps.
Many homeowners aren’t too concerned about how strong carbon fiber is. They’re more concerned about the actual installation and the maintenance of the foundation repair solution. If you’ve contracted a professional to have your carbon fiber straps installed, you can expect them to apply most, if not all, of the steps outlined below.
While carbon fiber straps are an effective method of foundation repair, they only serve to reinforce the wall. They won’t solve any water seepage problems that you may have. It is therefore important to identify the root cause of the problem in order to apply a comprehensive solution.
Experienced and reliable contractors always begin with an inspection of your home. This will help them identify what is causing the problem in the first place, and therefore apply a solution that will yield long-term results.
Some preparation of the surface on which the carbon fiber will be installed will have to be done. This often includes measuring and marking out the spots where the straps will be installed, grinding the foundation wall, and removing any latex, caulk or other materials from mortar joints.
- Installation of the straps
Holes are drilled in predetermined locations on the wall. These are often at the footing. The straps are then attached to the wall. The particular method or products used for this step will depend on the system being used.
- Clean up
The area is then cleaned up.
One of the many benefits of using carbon fiber straps for foundation repair is that the installation process is fast and easy. You won’t have a large team of contractors trampling through your home to work on your foundation as the work can be done by a small team. The repair is also done in a few hours so you won’t have to take the entire day off to ensure that the work gets done.
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