Using Carbon Fiber for Structural Foundation Repair
The old way of repairing a wall that had bulged, bowed or rotated inward due to lateral pressure from expanding soil around a home’s foundation was to use steel I-beams set vertically against the inside of the wall and anchored top and bottom to prevent further movement. This method is still used occasionally but has been largely supplanted by other methods, mostly by applying carbon fiber strips.
Carbon fiber is a high-strength strand that is woven into a fabric that is virtually unbreakable and does not stretch. When used for structural foundation repair, it is epoxied to the damaged wall at intervals determined by the type and severity of the damage. When a steel angle is added to the top of the wall, between floor joists, the wall is completely stabilized and no further movement occurs.
Rhino Carbon Fiber™ is an industry leader in concrete crack repair and structural strengthening, providing strong, efficient and easy-to-use products! Rhino Carbon Fiber™ continues to innovate, creating cost and labor effective concrete repair and strengthening solutions for residential and commercial applications.
Carbon fiber is light weight, easy-to-install, strong (10x stronger than steel) and non-corrosive, which eliminates the need for maintenance.
Our patented industry-leading product and installation method works on block (CMU) and poured concrete walls, bonding carbon fiber to the frame (top) and foundation (bottom) to prevent shear damage; this utilizes the complete tensile strength of carbon fiber. Rhino Carbon Fiber™ holds a patent on the bowed wall system, making the Rhino Carbon Fiber™ Bowed Wall Repair Kit one of the best carbon fiber bowed wall repair systems on the market.