When there are cracks on walls, that is a shining red flag that repairs need to be done and soon.
A licensed, home repair contractor will install carbon fiber strips. Carbon fiber strips are epoxied to a foundation wall, either concrete or block.
Walls that have developed horizontal cracks from bowing, due to lateral pressure, are the best candidates for carbon fiber strips. Carbon fiber is a high-strength strand that is woven into a fabric that is virtually unbreakable and does not stretch. When used for structural foundation repairs, it is epoxied to the damaged wall at intervals determined by the type and severity of the damage.
Typically, they are installed four feet apart, nearly flush with the wall surface and painted to match surrounding walls. These strips often take the place of steel beam pilasters which are traditionally used to secure a wall. Carbon fiber straps are not for all walls. Walls that have sheering in at the bottom, or walls that have bowed in more then two (2) inches.
Cracks here, broken lines there and stains all over the place.
If that describes your home, then you can place yourself in a lot of company. There are millions of homeowners who have these same issues. Some of them are serious, some are not and some have the potential to become quite serious.
But, even with all those cracks, breaks and stains, how do you know when your home needs structural repair? We all know that good home construction contractors can be expensive. You work hard for your money and you also want your home to be a solid and safe place to live.
So, here are some ways to determine when your home needs structural repair (and when it doesn’t):
- .Cracks: They are the most common signs of a foundation under stress. Foundation are placed concrete, CMU block, stone or brick, or terra cotta or clay tile block. These brittle materials show foundation stress via cracks. The cracks can be horizontal, vertical, or steps crack . Foundations can heave, settle , bow in or rotate out. Thes symptoms can be recognized and a proper repair can be diagnosed by a quality foundation repair contractor or a registered Structural Engineer PE in your area.
- Poor or improper drainage: Rainwater has to go somewhere. It is either drained out and away from your home’s foundation or it is absorbed or drained into your home’s foundation.Homes with basements are more susceptible to poor grading . If your gutters and downspouts are old or are wrongly placed, the rain water cannot drain away from your home’s foundation. Regrading to obtain slope from the home is needed, Downspouts extensions are a good investment, Proper window wells and covers are essential Otherwise , the foundation begins to crack from the moisture especially in clay areas..
- Leaning foundation: As we have covered before in a previous blog, your home’s foundation is going to tell you when there are problems. The moisture in the ground shrinks or swells your foundation. That shifting causes foundation walls to lean causing cinder blocks to rest on an uneven surface. Windows may not operate properly Cracks soon appear and water drains inside the foundation. When that happens, the home foundation becomes unstable.
- Sagging roof: If your roof is sagging or bows in the middle, your load-bearing walls may have shifted. These walls keep your home upright by carrying the weight of the home. Most likely the lower foundation or lower support has shifted.
Any of these red flags may indicate that you have serious home structure issues. If left alone, they may not only lower the value of your home but be a health threat to you or your family. Call a licensed home structural repair contractor immediately!
A crack here, broken line there and stains everywhere could be serious home foundation issues that need to be remedied. Better safe than sorry.
Our experienced home structural repair team at M Taylor Enterprise will visit your home or business in the Montgomery County, MD, Silver Spring , MD or Washington, D.C. area and diagnose the problems and give you an estimate. We get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call us at (301) 649-3406 or email us at email@example.com.