Carbon fiber straps have long been used to strengthen and support a base wall on a building. The reason for this is that the carbon fiber is a very light material that is more than capable of handling a tremendous amount of tension. However, in order for these straps to be used effectively, there must be some way to chemically attach them to the concrete surface they are supposed to support. Unfortunately, the most commonly used method of attaching carbon fiber straps to concrete is through the use of epoxy. While this may seem like a convenient and successful method for a company or contractor, it can actually be quite detrimental to the health and safety of employees.
Unfortunately, most carbon fiber straps that are produced are created by using toxic chemicals. By using toxic chemicals in order to create the strap, companies are in essence risking the health and safety of their workers. In order for the strap to be an effective and safe part of the base material, you must have an equally effective and safe connection between the epoxy, carbon, and concrete. In other words, the material must be sealed together chemically and permanently through the use of an epoxy resin.
Additionally, carbon fiber straps that are connected to a basement wall must also be made from a material that cannot be easily broken. In many cases, basement walls are made of concrete and while this is an effective and strong material, it is also extremely porous and can easily be weakened by outside pressure. In order for basement walls to stay in place and prevent damage, the straps on the foundation wall should also be made of materials that cannot easily be punctured or broken. Fortunately, Epoxy Resin is a strong and reliable material that provides both strength and durability for foundation wall straps used on basement floors. However, by choosing to use this material, you will be much better protecting your basement floor from potential damage.
The third possibility is cracked carbon fiber straps, which pose very similar problems as the previous two problems. The key difference is that the cracks can become much larger than the original problem if they are left untreated. While cracks in carbon fiber straps can cause damage to a basement, if they are treated with an epoxy resin, they can quickly be fixed. In order for your basement walls to stay in good repair, they must also be sealed and protected chemically and permanently.
The fourth possible problem with carbon fiber straps is weak or ragged spots. While it may seem like your carbon straps are not strong enough to withstand the pressures of the external walls, they are often actually much stronger than you might think. If a hole has been cut in the wall, the hole will often have a few small cuts that can seep through the carbon fiber straps and into the cement. By using an epoxy resins on these weak spots, you can quickly stabilize and fix these holes.
Of all the possibilities mentioned so far, the one we are concerned with is cracking basement walls. This is a problem that can be caused by both natural and unnatural forces. Natural forces include things like heavy rainfall, ground movement, or even ice and snow. Natural forces can also be caused by poor foundation wall design. Even if the problem is caused by an outside force, your carbon fiber straps can help fix the problem.
When natural forces are involved, there are two different kinds of solutions for repairing foundations: the long-term maintenance solution, and the short-term repair solution. One common mistake among homeowners is trying to solve long term damage with a quick fix, such as applying epoxy resin to a few small cracks. While this can make small cracks look like a problem worth solving, it will do nothing to prevent larger and more damaging cracks from occurring in the future. Long-term repairs on foundations should involve concrete repair, or a reinforced basement wall with reinforced corners. These will protect against further cracking, as well as prevent further water damage.
Carbon fiber straps and other reinforcing products can provide homeowners with a convenient and inexpensive way of dealing with foundation walls that have been damaged by both natural and unnatural forces. In addition to lessening the amount of disruption that mold and mildew can cause, they can also keep water away from your home and reduce your need for costly repairs. For these reasons, using carbon fiber straps on cracked walls should become a regular part of your long-term building maintenance plan.