Case Studies: Robbins, NC – Church Basement Stabilized

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 By Jaimie Hooker


Challenge

Horizontal and stair-stepping cracks along the basement wall were a familiar sight the members of Prosperity Friends Meeting Church in Robbins, North Carolina had become accustomed to. The children’s classroom and storage room are located in the basement. Creating a healthy environment for the children and having a stabilized storage space was of extreme importance. Finding a permanent solution without creating a trip hazard for the children was a requirement the church had agreed upon.

Solution

System Design Specialist, Ryan Austin, was called out to provide a free written estimate. After an extensive and thorough inspection, Ryan designed a lasting solution that would not only stabilize the cracked basement wall and prevent the wall from moving further; all the requirements from the church board were met.

Due to the rocky mixture of sand and clay, Basement Wall Anchors could not be an option to stabilize the walls. The interior Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System was the best solution for the church. A sleek yet reinforcing design allows for the wall to be stabilized and prevent further movement but can also be covered or painted over in the future without affecting the reinforcing system.

Before the real installation could begin, the foundation team had to mark the width of each Carbon Fiber Placement. Once the markers were visible, the paint along the cinder block walls was removed. A small grinder removed the paint where the crew had previously marked the wall. By removing the paint, this allows the Carbon Fiber to successfully reinforce the wall and adhere to the cinder blocks.

Height measurements of the bare vertical stripes were then taken to make sure the carbon fabric straps would be cut to exact length. The foundation team then began cutting each carbon fabric strap to the height needed to stabilize the wall. As the fabric straps were being cut, an epoxy mixture was being painted on along the markers for the Carbon Fiber. By applying the epoxy mixture directly to the wall, this helps allow the epoxy to adhere along the pores of the cinder block walls for maximum stabilization.

After the walls had been painted with the epoxy, each carbon fabric strap was saturated in the two-part epoxy mixture. Once the straps were saturated, they were then installed along the cracked basement wall every (4) four feet six inches. Each Carbon Fiber was installed perpendicular to the cracks along the basement wall. The last coat of the epoxy mixture was painted over the straps that were installed.

The Carbon Fiber Reinforcing System dries quickly and is 10 times stronger than steel. The narrow seven-inch width and sleek design are now ready to be painted over by the church. The Robbins, NC church now has a stabilized and safe basement walls and classroom.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Tar Heel Basement Systems

System Design Specialist: Ryan Austin

Products Installed: Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System

About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.