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4 Common Foundation Repair Methods

There are several foundation repair methods of performing foundation repair to keep your home’s value at its highest level, your home s integrity and your family s well being. Properly performed by an experienced foundation repair contractor, foundation repair is absolutely necessary to safeguard your most valuable asset – your home. Without repairing your foundation, you could experience significant negative impact on your home’s value, future resale value and the structural soundness of your home. Even though foundation repair is a necessary, costly project, many homeowners avoid it due to cost. Unfortunately this “avoidance” can cost you thousands of dollars in unnecessary foundation repair costs.

There are many different methods of repairing foundations. A majority of these methods involve cutting out portions of the damaged wall to gain access to the core of the damaged foundation. The problem with this method is that it cuts into the internal drainage system of your home, which allows water to seep through the walls and into your basement or crawl space causing further damage. Other common methods of foundation repair include; stem wall repair, post tension repair and crack stitching.

Stem wall repair is performed by removing the “throat” or bottom portion of a wall and stapling a piece of PVC pipe to the damaged area. This allows water to be directed away from the foundation, which allows the wall to cure more quickly. Post tension refers to repairing a crack in a wall by tightening a strip of drywall around it, this prevents the crack from expanding. Lastly, crack stitching is performed by feeding a piece of heavy thread or foam into the crack, this then creates a tighter seal to the wall. Regardless of which foundation repair method you choose, you can easily learn more about each option by speaking with a licensed foundation repair specialist.

Structural crack stitching with epoxy fiber stitching or mechanical sealants to repair concrete cracks in precast, slab, and concrete floor leveling is a popular choice. To achieve greater tensile strength and dimensional stability, structural crack stitching with epoxy fiber stitching has a tighter grain which allows a stitched edge to be tighter and more durable than mechanical stitched edges. Compared to mechanical stitched floor leveling, structural crack stitching with epoxy fiber stitching provides a tighter grain which allows for a better hold to each individual slab. It also creates a consistent texture that is highly visible after repair.

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Epoxy Fiber Stitching is an easy way to repair foundation repair, concrete foundation repair, and wood foundation repair damaged by acid rain, oil, or insect infestation. Epoxy has the ability to withstand very harsh conditions and remain flexible under most conditions. Fiber is the perfect choice for precast and poured wall construction and floor leveling because it is extremely sturdy, can resist moisture, and is easily cleaned. If the concrete has been weakened by external circumstances, such as high winds or earthquakes, epoxy can be easily applied to the surface with a hand application. After the base has been thoroughly saturated, the edges will be completely smooth.

Post Tension Steel rebar is used for decorative and strengthening purposes and can also be used for decorative purposes on the interior side of concrete walls. These galvanized steel posts are designed to withstand external pressures and still provide a safe and secure foundation for surrounding structures. When combined with epoxy structural crack stitching the result is a stronger, durable foundation for walls, buildings, and floors.

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Epoxy and fiber composites can also be combined for aesthetic and structural purposes. There is a water proofing component to many epoxy systems, which makes them a great option for both repairing and preventing damage from water, especially in wet climates. The water proofing component of the system helps to seal the seams between the concrete and the outer surface of the floor or wall. A carbon fiber repair kit is usually packaged in two ways. One is a ready to use repair kit that contains all of the materials needed to complete the repair, and the other is a maintenance free repair kit that supply all of the materials for repairing the surface as needed.

The water proofing material included in most fiber rebar kits contains a borate preservative to prevent mold and mildew. Some manufacturers recommend the application of a two-part epoxy coating before application of the borate preservative. Post tension rods that have been slightly bent can often be used for shallow cracks and large areas of weakness. They can also be used for reinforcing weak areas that have not had adequate support or are located on a post that experiences tension strain. The material used to make the posts and crossbeams in a typical installation usually includes steel bar stock and diamond plate, and it must be pre-assembled and proven to be solid before installation.

Structural crack stitching is similar to reinforced concrete crossheads and is another popular method for repairing steel structures. It is typically applied to smaller cracks and is done with post tension. Structural cracking is often preformed inside the tube and then precast in place to allow for easy stowing and transportation. After the concrete has completely dried, it is manually nailed into place. Nails are specially made for structural reinforcement to withstand tensile loads.

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