How the system works
Basement wall repair costs vs. steel
Benefits of using carbon fibers for basement repairs
About Fortress Stabilization Systems
Author Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist and Senior Editor of Concrete Network Magazine
Unstable soils are a basements worst enemy, whether the antagonists are expansive clay or compressible or improperly compacted fill. They launch a sneak attack by leaving foundations unevenly supported, triggering settlement and cracking. They can also barrage basement walls with lateral loads, causing walls to bow inward. As many homeowners can attest, the battle scars from all of this damage can be devastating to real estate values.
Fortunately, it's possible to rescue settled foundations by using hydraulically driven piles or piers. But what about those bowed, cracked walls? How do you repair bowed basement walls and salvage their structural strength? How do you prevent further movement without turning the basement into a war zone of steel support beams?
Fortress Stabilization Systems of Holland, Mich., has developed a new strategy for fighting bowed and cracked walls walls that involves cross-stitching the cracks with carbon fiber straps that help to stabilize the foundation wall in all directions of possible movement.