Carbon fiber installation is one of the most effective solutions for damaged and bowed basement walls. While there are other options out there for bowed basement walls, once you understand the process of carbon fiber installation, specifically the Rhino Carbon Fiber Wall Supports, it’s an easy choice to make for your repair needs.
One important item to keep in mind is how the carbon fiber is attached. Not all carbon-fiber systems are installed the same way: some do not attach to the sill plate or floor, but the strongest systems link the foundation base with the house framing. When you’re talking to a professional who is going to be working on your bowed basement walls, be sure to ask them about how the carbon fiber is installed.
As one of the newer techniques for bowed walls, carbon fiber is ideal for several reasons:
- Quick installation – depending on the area of wall to be repaired, many repairs can be completed in a day.
- Low visibility – carbon fiber leaves a small footprint, and can easily be painted over when the repair job is complete
- High strength – carbon fibers don’t break or stretch, one of the strongest repair materials there is
- Cost effective – compared to other repair options such as steel beams, carbon fiber is a cost-effective option.
- No maintenance – unlike other repair materials, carbon fiber requires no regular maintenance once installed, which is great peace of mind.
Bowed walls caused by uneven foundations can create significant damage if left unchecked. Unstable soils are typically the cause of basement damage, but carbon fiber can once again stabilize the foundation, repair bowed basement walls and make the building structurally sound, saving the homeowner a significant amount of money. Left unattended, this damage will get worse over time, putting both the structural integrity and resale value of the property at risk.
There are several critical steps that need to be taken when installing the Rhino Carbon Fiber system, which is why it’s suggested that you leave installation to carbon fiber installation professionals. Prep, grinding, marking, drilling, drilling footing, attaching, mounting, epoxy and anchoring are all a part of the process, and each needs to be done correctly in order for the installation to be successful.
For homes or businesses that need basement wall repairs due to bowing, Rhino Carbon Fiber is able to non-invasively repair damage which has occurred over time and is one of the most effective solutions for damaged and bowed basement walls.