I recently visited a home in Bath, OH to look at some wall cracks and bowing in need of foundation repair. The homeowner found us online and were impressed with the Fortress Stabilization product that we install on bowing basement walls. There were some obvious crack that were at eye level and after some demo of built in cabinets we found a major shift in another basement wall at the bottom of some typical looking settling / stair step cracks. There were some signs of mud coming in which can be an indication of a large crack or shift allowing water to leak in and pull soil with it.
Because the shift was along the bottom of the wall and there were multiple cracks as well, this basement wall needed to be replaced. When the bottom row either bows in or the wall above it has shifted off of it the structural integrity of the foundation is gone and the most typical foundation repair methods are not suitable for this problem. We excavated the wall to the bottom of the footer (a footer is like a cement sidewalk that the wall is built on), made the appropriate temporary supports in the basement and then removed the basement wall. Once removed we build a new basement wall tied in to the rest of the foundation. The new foundation wall is then waterproofed using our waterproofing membrane system and new PVC drains with plenty of gravel before back filling the soil to a nice grade away from the home.
Another wall in the home was bowing in at a horizontal crack about eye level. It was well within the parameters to be saved so we install the Fortress Stabilization reinforced carbon fiber straps for a lifetime guarantee against structural issues. Before installation we excavated the wall on the outside so we could also patch up cracks and seal the foundation from the outside to prevent any water from getting into the basement wall.
Two other walls in the home were waterproofed with our interior basement waterproofing system and all drains were connected to a sump pump system to drain and pump the water away from the home keeping it dry and again, a lifetime guarantee is given against water seepage into the basement.
In summary we reviewed all basement waterproofing and foundation problems in the home and installed a multi faceted solution to address each problem once and for all. We do not install patented systems that are “one size fits all”, instead we take the approach of identifying the cause of water seepage and foundation problems and recommend the solution that will be the best fit for each specific home.