Bowed Basement Wall Solutions

Rhino Carbon Fiber Bowed Basement Wall Repair

Rhino carbon fiber strap to repair bowed basement wall

There are several ways to repair a basement with bowing walls.  However, we believe that the Rhino Carbon Fiber Wall Support System is the best way to repair a bowing basement wall.  This page will outline for you the several traditional methods and then other carbon fiber systems that a contractor may use to repair your foundation.

 

Disadvantages of Traditional Bowed Basement Wall Repair Methods

1. Wall Tie Backs

Wall tie backs are used to pull the wall straight.  This is accomplished by excavating on the outside of the home with trenches.  These trenches have anchors placed in them.  A rod extends from the anchor, through the wall and attaches to a steel plate on the inside with a nut.  The nuts are then tightened to pull the wall straight.

Wall Tie Back Disadvantages:

  1. Expensive ($$$)
  2. Bowed Walls not straightened as stated
  3. Damages concrete block
  4. Exterior excavation necessary
  5. Poor Aesthetics

2. Stationary Beams

Stationary beams use steel I-beams to hold the wall in place. The beams are bolted to the footing of the basement. This requires excavating through the basement floor. The top of the wall is attached to the first floor joists. The steel beam only touches at the most bowed part of the wall. This allows further movement.

Stationary Beam Disadvantages:

  1. Expensive ($$)
  2. Obtrusive Beams
  3. Beams do not touch the entire wall face
  4. Cracks in the wall not fixed
  5. Concrete floor excavation
  6. Decreased property value

3. Power Beams

 

Power beams are attached to the subfloor and basement floor.  Bolts are tightened at the top and bottom.  These bolts are intended to push against the basement wall.  Eventually the wall is supposed to be pushed back into place.  In some applications this force can exceed the strength of the concrete block and break the block itself.

Power Beam Disadvantages:

  1. Expensive ($$$)
  2. Obtrusive beam sticks out from the wall
  3. Cracks in wall not fixed
  4. Beams not secured to the footing
  5. Increased pressure twists floor joists
  6. Can damage the concrete block
  7. Decreased property value

4. Dig and Push

As the name suggests, the foundation is totally excavated on the exterior.  Then on the inside hydraulic jacks are used to push the wall back into place.  Steam beams are then installed to stop the movement from happening again.

Dig and Push Disadvantages:

  1. Expensive ($$$)
  2. Obtrusive
  3. Difficult process
  4. Destructive to the sidewalk, driveways flowerbeds and yard

 


Carbon Fiber is the Best Solution for Bowed Walls

  1. Strongest wall repair
  2. No deterioration or rotting
  3. No movement
  4. Minimal intrusiveness
  5. Fast, clean installation

The Rhino Carbon Fiberwall Support System is the best on the market.  But first, please review some of our competitors systems and learn why Rhino is the best.


1. Carbon Fiber Plates

 

 

The plates are 4-5" wide.

Carbon Fiber Plates Disadvantages: 

  1. No connection to sill plate or floor
  2. Damage continues at top and bottom of wall due to shear
  3. No horizontal strength No visible signs that plates are sealed to wall
  4. Epoxy difficult to apply

2. Carbon Fiber Sheets

Carbon fiber sheets are 12” wide strips

Carbon fiber sheets disadvantages:

  1. No connection to sill plate or floor-causes shear force
  2. Damage continues at top/bottom of the wall
  3. No horizontal strength
  4. Messy installation

3. Carbon Fiber Kevlar Weave

Carbon fiber Kevlar weave strips are 5” wide

Carbon fiber Kevlar weave disadvantages:

  1. Movement at the necktie
  2. No connection to floor
  3. Damage continues at top/bottom of wall
  4. Minimal horizontal strength

Rhino Carbon Fiber-The Best Repair System

The Rhino Carbon Fiber System has a Lifetime Warranty.

Rhino is the strongest carbon fiber on the market. All problems of traditional repair methods and other carbon fiber systems are taken care of. The carbon fiber is securely attached to the top and bottom of the wall. Therefore, no shear forces are at the top and bottom of the wall. No further movement of the bowed wall is possible.

Rhino carbon fiber is 5” wide on 4’ centers

Rhino Carbon Fiber System ADVANTAGES:

  1. Strongest wall repair system
  2. Lifetime Warranty
  3. Inexpensive
  4. Securely fastened at the top/bottom of wall
  5. No deterioration or rotting
  6. No movement
  7. No shear forces at top/bottom
  8. Minimal intrusiveness
  9. Fast, clean installation

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