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With over 21 years of home foundation repair experience and 16 years installing Fortress carbon fiber in the greater Cleveland area, we at (EBR) Expert Basement Repair will have the right solutions for your home basement and foundation problems. We utilize time tested repair methods as well as the latest proven repair innovations to make the right repair to your home with the right product for a competitive price. We are the CERTIFIED Fortress carbon fiber installer for Northeast Ohio.  We've seen what works, what doesn't, and we understand the reasons why... regarding virtually anything basement and foundation related. *Contact us for a site visit today. We'll respond to you quickly and schedule an extensive evaluation of your problem to provide you with options and costs for repair.  1.440.543.1030 o  

Lowest price guarantee on any carbon fiber work! A double lifetime transferable warranty for any carbon fiber installation is standard. (One  issued from us and one from Fortress to back us up!) Note: All our Fortress carbon fiber installations come standard with TOP WALL ANCHORS & BOTTOM WALL SHEAR CONNECTIONS.  This means your entire wall is anchored and stabilized from top to bottom.

Fortress Stabilization Certified Installers are specifically trained in the techniques and methods of applying Fortress Carbon Fiber / Kevlar products and receive a high degree of training in composite strengthening for use in construction related applications. 

We answer your questions: We also providefree question and answer advice for your home foundation and basement problems on www.allexperts.com. We have answered over 1500 questions and solved foundation problems from all over the USA and around the world in just a few years. Visit the link below:  

http://www.allexperts.com/el/Foundation-Stabilization-Repair/

 EBR provides expert on site inspection, foundation repair, and foundation stabilization services. Be sure to see our informative articles listed under "Key Services" in the left column. Do some reading on our site to learn more about your problem, all your options for repair, and the advantages and disadvantages of the repair products available in our marketplace. EBR carries every product out there to be sure we offer the right product for your particular problem and type of basement wall construction. Oh...and don't worry! There is never any pressure to buy anything from us.

Our specialty is foundation stabilization and wall repair!

...and by the way, The BBB has given us an A+ rating, and we enjoy a good reputation on Angies list. Maybe that's because some of our best people are military veterans !

 

 

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Get your house ready to sell this spring ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by jim   
Monday, 07 January 2013 15:49

It's a buyers market out there. If you want to sell your house at a fair price, and sell it in a reasonable time period...you really need to have everything repaired and presentable before you put it on the market. Spring will be here soon enough and you need to get moving!

One of the smartest things you can do is bring in a fresh pair of eyes to have a  look at everything. When you live 24/7 in a home you become blind to things that a new buyer will see...and maybe not like. All those little maintainence items that never caused a you a problem or really didn't seem to be important will be huge in the mind of a potential buyer. The buyer may not say anything about a problem he sees, but will smile, thank you for the tour..and go on to the next home without giving your house another thought. You probably may never know what turned him off.

Expect a home inspector to be brought in before any deal can be closed. The inspectors job is to make sure there's no problems with your entire house, from the roof down to the basement. Any problems found will cost you time, money or possibly the sale. Can you afford to lose as sale because of a repair or maintainence item you overlooked ?

 BASEMENT PROBLEMS KILL HOUSE SALES. ...PERIOD.

Cracked block walls... which you tell potential buyers " haven't moved for a long time or never moved", will cause you problems with your sale. I see many delays, large price drops and lost sales because the walls were not addressed. Ask yourself, would YOU buy a house that has cracked walls because the seller says it's not a problem ??? If there's water, mold, flakey paint or other issues down there...well, that's nice that it didn't bother you, but don't expect others to see it your way. Fix it up before you try to sell and you'll see the best possible sales result. Your most serious buyers will be visiting within the first two weeks. Be ready for them with no excuses. Did you know most cracked and bowing basement walls can be repaired...FROM THE INSIDE, without excavation...without dust and fumes and a mess...and usually requiring only one day or so to make permanent repairs ...with a lifetime transferable warranty ? ...NOW YOU KNOW! Call us for more information !




efflorescence on walls was discovered by a home inspector

...been there, done that!  Good luck,  Jim

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 16:55
 
How to see if a block basement foundation wall has had previous repair work PDF Print E-mail
1 First check out the outside corners of the home foundation. Look for a vertical
crack about 1' from the corner. Look for the crack to be tuckpointed all the way
down. Even if the tuckpointing mortar is the same color of the rest of the wall
there should be no crack here. A crack in this location indicates the wall has
snapped and has moved inward.
2 Inside the basement look for signs that tuckpointing has been done on the
walls. Tuckpointing always means the walls have cracked and been patched.
Look for extra wide mortar joints which mean the wall had come in a lot and
been tuckpointed to hide the movement. Fresh paint can't hide an extra wide
mortar joint.
3 Look for signs that the floor tiles were or are loose. Leaking walls and water
problems will pop the tiles loose and destroy them over time. Sometimes the
perimeter tile are replace to make a decorative band around the room. Be
suspicious when you see this.
4 If the walls are covered try to look at the wall through the electric service box
area or in the utility room. Look for horizontal cracks or water stains at the
bottom of the wall. Also look for discoloration of wall paneling at the bottom or
along the board seams.
How to Tell If a Basement Wall Has Had Repairs
Hidden
By fixitguy1971, eHow User
Broken and cracked
basement walls are
bad news generally
requiring a lot of
money to fix them
properly. Sometimes
unscrupulous home
sellers will hide
foundation problems
and not disclose that
there is any problem.
They are hoping you
won't discover any
problems until they
are long gone. It's in
your best interest to
learn all you can
about some of these
hidden basement
problems
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Instructions
things you'll need:
strong flashlight
Tips & Warnings

1 First check out the outside corners of the home foundation. Look for a vertical crack about 1' from the corner. Look for the crack to be tuckpointed all the waydown. Even if the tuckpointing mortar is the same color of the rest of the wallthere should be no crack here. A crack in this location indicates the wall has snapped and has moved inward.

2 Inside the basement look for signs that new tuckpointing has been done on the walls. New tuckpointing always means the walls have cracked and been patched. Look for extra wide mortar joints ...which mean the wall had come in a lot and have been tuckpointed to hide the movement. Fresh paint can't hide an extra widemortar joint.

3 Look for signs that the floor tiles were or are loose. Leaking walls and waterproblems will pop the tiles loose and destroy them over time. Sometimes the perimeter tiles are replace to make a decorative band around the room. Be suspicious when you see this.

4 If the walls are covered try to look at the wall through the electric service box or gas service shut off line area or look in the utility room. Look for horizontal cracks or water stains at the bottom of the wall. Also look for white discoloration of wall paneling at the bottom or along the board seams. Broken and cracked basement walls are bad news, generally requiring a lot of money to fix them properly. Sometimes unscrupulous homesellers will hide foundation problems and not disclose any problems. They are hoping you won't discover any problems until they are long gone. It's in your best interest to learn all you can about some of these hidden basement problems. If in doubt bring in a basement expert! If you are in the greater Cleveland, Ohio region...bring us in!

 
What is Carbon Fiber and why use It? PDF Print E-mail

fortress Carbon Fiber InstallationExpert Basement Repair now has over 16 YEARS of carbon fiber installation experience as a certified installer. We introduced carbon fiber to the Cleveland market first! Over the years we've installed every brand of carbon fiber on the market. Here's some helpful information regarding this relatively new, fantastic product:

Carbon fiber is strands of fiber made originally from Nylon fiber, then baked to 3000 degrees to change its chemical form to become a much stronger compound...carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is exceptionally strong for its size and weight. When the strands of carbon are woven or placed parallel with each other, they become exponentially stronger than many other materials. Fortress carbon fiber, with a cross weave of Kevlar, has been tested to be 10 times stronger than steel in a tension application, meaning being pushed, not compressed. The picture on the right shows Fortress carbon fiber being installed. The installation is ALWAYS non-invasive, 99.9% dust free and the structural epoxy adhesive contains no VOCs. You don't need to leave the house ! 

Carbon fiber will not stretch and when it is bonded to a bare or properly prepared concrete surface and it will not delaminate or stretch once bonded to the wall or surface. When tested to failure Fortress carbon fiber endured a force ten times normally generated on a basement wall. See this video of the actual testing.  http://expertbasementrepair.com/carbon-fiber-structural-integrity-video

Carbon fiber composites are as high-tech as you can get today. The new 757 Dreamliner aircraft, space shuttles, boat masts, racing bicycles, racing cars, bullet-proof vests are all made from this modern day miracle composite. Carbon fiber is frequently used for repairs to concrete bridges and commercial and industrial concrete structures. Carbon fiber has been used for more than 20 years by industry and recently has moved into residential repair and stabilization as the production costs have come down.

Fortress carbon fiber products now routinely replace Steel I beams, wall anchors, and grip-tite anchors for most cement block basement wall repairs. The advantages of carbon fiber over these older technologies is well documented, tested and proven...just ask any structural engineer.

A cracked and bowing basement wall is a real, potential future problem most of the time, depending on the severity of the damage. This damage is often an indication of a poor water drainage issue with expansive soil conditions outside the wall. If the condition is not corrected the wall will usually continue to crack, bow and move inward over time. The amount of time will vary greatly depending upon a variety of site and moisture conditions in the surrounding soils.

The following is additional information on most of the methods available to stabilize your wall and the average costs associated with them. Fortress carbon fiber stabilization does not require outside excavation to releive wall pressure:

To be clear, we are talking about CEMENT BLOCK WALLS. You must be sure the wall is being pushed inward and not settling. This inward movement generally results in a horizontal crack along the entire wall with stairstep cracking at the corners, and sometimes stair steeping on the adjacent walls. Vertical cracking from floor to ceiling, especially on two adjacent walls is usually settlement...where the foundation is allowing the wall to sink and settle. Carbon fiber is not designed to stabilize wall and foundation settlement. Proper failure analysis is critical for any successful long term repair. We also rebuild walls when damage and deterioration make repairs unlikely to be permenant. We have found masonry contractors unfamiliar with alternative repair methods will ALWAYS tell you the cracked or bowing wall must be replaced. With modern materials and technology this couldn't be farther from the truth. Note: Spacing requirements of the methods described below will vary according to block thickness, wall height, backfill height and amount and type of wall damage.

Traditional wall stabilization almost always involved the installation of STEEL BEAMS. These beams were often bolted to the floor or set into the floor and cemented in place. They were then attached at the the top of the wall and then attached to the floor joists with framing. Be aware that not all size steel beams are strong enough to withstand hydrostatic soil pressure loads and sometimes undersized beams are installed to save the contractor money.  With steel beams installed in your home you can expect to have a much harder time selling your home later. We do, however, install beams in some situations. Expect to pay $450-700.00 per beam.

ROD & GROUT stabilization was the next method to come along. STEEL REBAR is inserted into the wall and then cemented into place along the length of the rods. 

There are many skill and knowledge factors required for this work that many installers are unaware of. The rods must be tied into the sill plate and extend below the floor. The grout has to be a specific mix. Rod positioning along the entire wall length is crucial. Simply sticking rebar in the wall and pumping in concrete does little for structural integrity if guidelines are not followed or understood. Generally, we see that those vendors who are not up to date and not familiar with all these products will generally not like any of the other repair methods listed here and suggest they can't possibly work. We install Rod & Grout repair when absolutely neccesary...most often for the very bottom of the wall

wall shearing stabilization requirements. $ 50.00-$100.00 per location along shear plain. This process adds thousands of pounds of extra weight onto your footing ! If the soils under the footing are wet, the footing could break and cause foundation settlement.

STEEL WALL ANCHORS are a steel rod which passes through your block wall and is anchored into the soil outside in the yard. The hole in your wall is then patched, a 20" steel plate is bolted to the rod inside on your basement wall , and tightened with a torque wrench. NOTE: These anchors required monthly maunuel tightening to maintain warranty . These are suggested repair / stabilization for solid poured concrete walls, but not block walls. We carry them. $450-$650.00 each. NOTE : you cannot drywall or cover these wall plates if they are to be maintained.

FULL WALL ANCHORS do the same thing as the anchors above but have a 6' wall length wall plate mounted on the wall with a nut which requires monthly tightening.  You can't finish the walls when you have to tighten the anchor bolts monthly! The appearance of these anchors is almost as daunting as steel beams. We decided not to carry these. $550- $700.00 each.

CARBON / KEVLAR carbon fiber is the latest entry into the wall stabilization race, ( as of 15 years ago ).
Carbon fiber has been tried, tested and proven to be 10 times stronger than steel beams. ( in tension, or "being pushed" ) NOTE: see a carbon fiber test video on the home page of our website. ( in red )

Carbon fiber comes in three versions for basement walls. One version is a FABRIC CARBON FIBER MESH which is put on the walls as a large patch. Usually the patch is 2'-4' long and covers the center of the wall. note : Often these units DO NOT address the higher hydrostatic pressures developed at the bottom two blocks of the wall because they are not long enough. Spacing seems to vary on these patches depending on the vendor. Long term adhesion to the wall has seen to be a problem in the Cleveland Ohio area with some companies. These patches also usually do not cover the top several horizontal rows of block, which are subject to frost breakage and movement. We carry this. Installed properly it is not cost competitive but may be required in certain repair scenarios. 

CARBON FIBER SOLID PLATE is manufactured to withstand standard hydrostatic pressure but not differential movement / pressure as it is manufactured with the carbon strands aligned in one direction only. This product requires cleaning with Methyl Ethyl Keytone ( M.E.K.) before installation. This extra heavy design often doesn't conform well to the bow and displacement of a bowed wall because it is so thick. It is also difficult to confirm 100% wall adheasion because you can't see if all the air voids have been removed after it is installed.  We carry this. $ 450-$700.00 each. Generally used for heavy duty commercial projects.

FORTRESS CARBON FIBER strength far exceeds any soil / hydrostatic pressure that could ever be developed. It is the most versatile of all the carbon products as it is woven with carbon fiber AND kevlar and is designed to address differential pressure movement as well as standard hydrostatic pressure. High strength structural adhesive epoxy bonds it to the wall and passes through its woven grid pattern to surround and encapsulate the entire strap. Any trapped air or voids can easily be visually identified and removed. There are no VOCs to worry about with this product installation.

Because your concrete walls must be fully prepared by grinding before any carbon fiber installtion EBR has chosen to utilize a Bosch HEPA VACUUM FILTRATION wall grinding system. This system will contain paint grinding dust much better than an inexpensive shop vacuum. This is important if you have asthma, are concrened with dust being spread all over or need to keep your furnace running during the basement work. Our wall grinding system / dust vacuum is the choice of MOLD and MILDEW remediation companies. It prevents 99.9% of any grinding dust from escaping into your homes air. We ONLY utilize the best possible equipment in your home.


*  From an engineering design, performance and warranty point of view you must stabilize the entire wall length of a wall being repaired / stabilized.  Contact us for more information. By the way...the owner is always on site for your installation!

 
DO IT YOURSELF CARBON FIBER INSTALLATION KITS PDF Print E-mail

    There are a few companies out there now promoting DIY carbon fiber installation kits. They make the process look really easy. I'm suggesting you give this a bit more thought before diving in.

   One example video for  DYI carbon fiber installation on the internet shows only a best possible case senario. The wall is barely cracked, any bowing is not apparent, and the wall has no paint to deal with! Gee that looks so easy!  

What will you do if you run into problems not addressed in the video...such as walls bowed more than an 1/2"? What if these are settlement cracks instead of hydrostatic pressure cracks? ( carbon fiber will not stabilize settlement problems ) How would you know? What if the walls are wet? What is the correct spacing for the block thickness, or is there any adjustment for backfill dirt height? What about reinforcing window openings?  What about shearing at the bottom?...or the cracking near the top ? What about top wall anchoring if the wall is slipping at the top? What if the walls are painted? Carbon fiber will not bond well to paint! How do you get the paint off the walls? What if it's lead paint? What about corner shearing ? Tuckpointing methods and materials? The epoxies used for this material set up quickly. You will not have a lot of time to waste installing it before it sets up. You must get it right the first time or you can have an expensive mess to deal with!

What kind of support are these people going to provide with their kit? What kind of warranty are you really getting...especially if you don't get it exactly right? What will they do for you if the wall fails later or you have delamination?

  The list goes on and on!   Do you think you have all the correct tools, know how and ability to install your own carbon fiber, and get it right so there won't be problems in the future? If so you are in the minority and I wish you the best of luck!  Sometimes trying to save some money can end up costing you a lot more than just money! Think about it.Undecided 20 years experience...or try it yourself? Carbon fiber, even at DYI pricing is really expensive...if you don't get it right.

 

 
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