There are several ways to reinforce and stabilize a failing basement foundation wall. From an Engineering standpoint, repair methods may include steel beams, carbon fiber, pilasters, rod and grout, and dead-man anchors. However, not all of these repair methods are created equal and not all of these repair methods work in all circumstances. Keating Group, Inc. specializes in helping homeowners navigate these basement wall repairs so they get the best result for their homes specific issue. In other words, we’ve seen and repaired enough foundation walls to know one size does not fit all.
One option Keating Group, Inc. recommends is to stabilize a cracked, bowed, or failing basement wall by using Steel i-Beams. These engineered beams are installed on the inside of the basement wall to reinforce the concrete from the hydrostatic forces pushing the wall inwards. First, the placement, spacing, and size of the beams are determined. Secondly, the beams will be installed in such a way that they connect to the ceiling joists above, and to the basement concrete floor below.
Finally, the straight beams are unified with the bowed basement wall using high-strength concrete so that there is even distribution of the load over the entire vertical length of the steel beam. Once these i-Beams are in place, they will form a permanent structural support grid which is stronger than the original wall itself.