Do you use your basement for extra storage or living space? No matter how you make use of your basement, most homeowners agree that this area needs to stay protected. If not, your home is put at risk for flooding and structural damage. Basement Authority of West Virginia has the tools and experience needed to protect basements in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas.
How the IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System Works
While every home is different, the InteillBrace™ Wall Repair System works and installed in the same way in West Virginia homes. Here’s a look at what to expect with the installation of this wall repair solution.
- Identifying the Problem: Before installation even begins, one of our experts will inspect your basement and determine where the problem is coming from. After this, our team will mark where the wall repair braces will be placed. This process involves measuring your basement’s height in order to determine how large the braces need to be.
- Placing the Braces: Next, our team cuts the braces to fit your basement’s dimensions. Using specially designed brackets, we anchor each brace to a corresponding floor joist above it with a large-diameter bolt. This ensures the brace and the floor joists are stable.
- Leveling the Braces: After the initial placement of the braces, our team makes sure each brace is straightened out and level with your basement wall. Once the braces are properly leveled, our team attaches them to the floor with more specialized brackets.
- Tightening the Braces: Once the braces are finally attached, our team tightens the top bolt, which allows the braces to slowly reposition your basement wall. Not only does this realign the wall, but it also provides permanent support in the future. During annual maintenance of the wall repair system, our team can tighten the bolts even further if needed to ensure the braces constantly adapt to your basement wall.
What Makes Our Wall Repair System Stand Out?
- Braces are made with galvanized steel, with zinc-coated components to defend against rust and other corrosive forces.
- No outside excavation is required for installation. Everything takes place inside your basement for an easy and convenient process that won’t disturb your property.
- Adjustable design means it can adapt to changing conditions over time. Plus, with a long-term, transferable warranty, you can feel secure in your investment.
Signs Your Basement Needs the IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System
Basement Wall Cracks
Cracks in your basement wall are usually the first indications of concern. They show up in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from vertical to horizontal to stair-step and diagonal. You should be most concerned about horizontal wall cracks that widen and appear to cross the breadth of the wall. They indicate that your wall is succumbing to the impacts of hydrostatic pressure caused by West Virginia’s unstable soil.
Basement Wall Is Bowing Inward
As hydrostatic pressure builds, a wall that has begun to show evident horizontal cracks may begin to bow inward. This can happen anywhere on the wall, including the top, bottom, and middle. If the wall is not fixed in a timely manner, it may collapse completely, putting the rest of your home’s structure in jeopardy.
Basement Wall Leaks
While a leaking wall is more of a waterproofing issue in the basement, it is also linked to foundation issues. Because hydrostatic pressure causes cracking and bowing walls, any water in the soil might leak inside through cracks and gaps, and any subsequent rains or snowmelt can also leak inside. This creates a vicious cycle of water damage and foundation damage.
No. Many homeowners might think to fill in basement wall cracks with caulk or some other solutions from a hardware store. While this might look better to the eyes, it isn’t actually solving the problem. Over time, your cracking walls will grow even more troublesome, and the caulk becomes obsolete. The only way to solve this issue is with a professional foundation solution.
For various forms of wall damage, Basement Authority of West Virginia offers a variety of wall repair alternatives. Durable, low-profile carbon fiber wall straps can hold walls that bow less than two inches. While these straps do not restore the wall, they do keep it in place and prevent it from cracking or bowing further. There are a few options for dealing with walls that are bowing more than two inches. As long as there is enough space on the land to properly embed the earth anchors away from the home, wall anchors can be utilized to stabilize and straighten the walls. If this area is unavailable, special wall braces, such as the IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System, can be placed inside the basement to achieve comparable outcomes.
That all depends on the size of your basement and the extent of the damage. Obviously, smaller basements with less damage will probably cost less, and vice versa. No matter the size or damage, we offer a free inspection from one of our specialists so you can be prepared for the job before you commit!
Call Us for a Free Foundation Inspection
When your basement suffers, your entire home suffers. Don’t let basement wall damage translate into other foundation problem signs. Take advantage of our free inspection and contact us today to learn more about foundation solutions. For nearly two decades, we’ve proudly served homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas, helping them to fix their foundation problems. We’re ready to do the same for you!