There's No One-Size-Fits-All Solution to Stabilize Basement Walls

Monday, February 22nd, 2021 by Margot Cornelius


We all love a “one-and-done” solution to an issue in our home. A solution that requires little thought and gets the job done permanently. Well there’s no one-size-fits-all quick and dirty fix to your problem. When you choose Ayers we do a complete internal and external inspection of your home and will then conduct a comprehensive consultation with you before explaining the options available to you for a permanent fix. We care about your family and we care about your home, which is why today we’re going to help you understand these options based on the science behind foundation repair. We may be the experts on how to stabilize your bowed or failed walls, but no one likes to be talked down to. Consider this a cheat sheet to help you make informed choices. 

GeoLock Wall Anchors

There\'s No One-Size-Fits-All Solution to Stabilize Basement Walls - Image 2They stop wall failure in its tracks and work in any soil type, which is a bonus. The anchors use plates that are buried in stable soil outside your home. A cable connects the outside plate to the inside one through a tiny hole in your foundation wall. They are designed to be tightened over time to hopefully straighten your bowing walls and provide permanent stability.


Power Braces

There\'s No One-Size-Fits-All Solution to Stabilize Basement Walls - Image 3This system comprised of zinc-plated steel beams fitted to your basement wall height and secured using brackets anchored to your basement floor and floor joists. They support basement walls and allow you to hopefully straighten the walls over time. The beauty of this system is that it stops wall failure without having to conduct any exterior excavation which is especially important for homes with narrow property lines.

Even better news is that they can be installed year-round and are typically done in a day.

Carbon Armor System

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Carbon Armor uses a type of carbon fiber that is 10 times stronger in tension than steel and designed specifically for basement walls. They have a fabric-like quality and adhere firmly to your basement walls. Installation and curing typically takes less than a day and they can be easily painted for concealment.

It is important to note that unlike PowerBraces and wall anchors, CarbonArmor straps can’t be “tightened” in the same way and may stabilize bowing walls but don’t offer the same amount of straightening potential.

Don’t lose anymore sleep over it. We can help you make your home safe again and bring you some peace of mind. Now that you know you have options, contact us so we can walk you through them. 

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