Carbon Fiber Repair for Residential Applications
The dank, damp, a little musty, “basement smell” happens in homes of all ages and it isn’t something to ignore. Often, the reason for the smell is due to cracks in the foundation or basement. These cracks can grow larger over time and do more damage to integrity of the home — which is why it’s imperative to fill the crack as soon as possible.
The biggest factor contributing to a damp basement isn’t sudden downpour; it’s a problem of poor drainage. For a home’s long-term health, ensure that downspouts run at least a few feet away from where your home’s foundation meets the ground, and downhill if possible. Without this precaution, water can pool near your home’s foundation, creating hydrostatic pressure and stress on your walls. It’s a recipe for a wet basement.
When saturated with water, soil — particularly clay soil — expands around the house. Warmer weather then causes the ground to shrink and pulls the concrete apart with it. Over time, this can cause the foundation to crack and compromise the moisture barrier.
Repair Basement Cracks with Carbon Fiber
When Foundation Repair is needed, woven carbon fiber may be a recommended solution. There are many benefits to using a woven carbon fiber system. Carbon fiber reinforcement will eliminate moisture, provide future waterproofing security, and give the homeowner peace of mind that your basement is livable and not damaging your home’s value.
Benefits of Using Carbon Fiber
- Eliminates moisture
- Prevents future damage
- Protects homeowner’s investment
MDTI’s Carbon Fiber system is an ideal choice for foundation damage of two inches or less in width because they provide maximum stability repair without requiring invasive drilling or excavation in a basement. Woven fiber comes in uni-directional and bi-directional options, allowing for the resistance of movement in one direction or two directions, respectively. The type of carbon fiber for the repair will be dependent upon the severity and characteristic of the offending crack.
An added steel angle at the top of the wall effectively concludes the repair. The finished product can easily be painted over to blend in with the space and contribute to a clean, comfortable living area. This fix is permanent, as carbon fiber repairs require zero maintenance.
Carbon Woven Fiber Installation
Installation itself can be accomplished with a team of 1-3 members, and only relies on a few simple tools and steps:
- First the crack is injected with either epoxy or urethane, depending upon the condition of the fracture.
- Then the injected crack is concealed with carbon fiber strips, which reinforce the wall and prevent further damage.
With no welding, digging, or excavating required, the set-up, installation, and cleanup processes are minimally disruptive to your home.