Stabilize Your Basement Walls with the Carbon Fiber System

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 By Jaimie Hooker

How did your wall get this way in the first place? As forces of nature, such as moisture and frost interact with the soil around your home, the soil expands. The expansion results in constant inward force on your foundation wall until it can no longer support the pressure, causing cracking, bowing and tipping.

Shopping for a solution to your failing foundation wall is a serious decision. Finding a permanent solution from a reliable and trustworthy contractor can be difficult. When there is little to no access available along the exterior of your home, there is still an option for foundation wall repair, the Carbon Fiber System.

Why the Carbon Fiber System is the Best 

The CarbonFiber System is the ONLY fabric carbon fiber product that is designed to code ACI 440.7R-10, which is specific code for Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) on masonry walls. ACI stands for American Concrete Institution and is the world’s leading authority on concrete technology.

Carbon Fiber is substantially stronger than concrete, is 10 times stronger than steel and specifically designed for basement walls. The narrow width of just seven inches, allows the product to remain much more discreet than other fabric carbon options.

The system’s uniquely-flexible design means it can contour tightly against the wall, ensuring ultimate coverage and adhesion to your basement wall. So, no matter what shape your wall is in, slightly bowed, significantly bowed, or cracked in several places, Carbon Fiber is able to “hug” the wall tightly.

The low-profile design allows for installation in tight spaces as well as behind obstacles on the wall such as plumbing lines and electrical conduit. Further, the system can be easily concealed with paint for a neat and clean finished look.

Many laminate and grid products use a thick epoxy to adhere the strap to the wall which does not penetrate as deep into the wall or fully saturate the fibers of the strap. It is also impossible to visually observe the bond that is happening between the strap and the wall. This is critical to the quality control process. With the Carbon Fiber System, not only is the strap itself fully saturated during installation, but the epoxy is a syrup-like consistency which allows for deeper penetration into the pores of your basement wall.

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.