Why Basement Walls Crack
A basement foundation has failed when the structural integrity is compromised. When this happens, the wall can develop a horizontal or vertical crack. When walls are constructed from concrete masonry units or CMUs (cement blocks) the cracks can look like steps, or a combination of horizontal and vetical cracks. The failures can be caused from any number of causes, from excessive moisture to drought, or even heavy machinery located to close to the home.
Basements are held in place at the top, by the first floor and the bottom by the basement foundation slab. When the center portion of the wall is not strong enough to hold pressure from the external soil, they can bow inward. If you can arrest the bow early enough the structural integrity of the wall can be maintained. This is the key to preventing an occurrence of further wall failure.
The Fortress System with Carbon-Kevlar straps permanantly stop the cracking and bowing to keep the wall structurally sound.
Fortress has been repairing foundations using carbon fiber for almost 20 years.
“A basement wall fails when the pressure of the soil exceeds the lateral strength of the wall.”
– Donan Engineering, donan.com
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