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Protect Your Home's Foundation Against Expanding Soils

Friday, February 5th, 2021 by Tom Wardlow

Protect Your Foundation Walls From

Surrounding Soil Expansion

 

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When the temperature drops below zero this time of year, the ground surrounding your home's foundation begins to freeze.  When the ground freezes, the soil begins to expand, putting pressure on your foundation walls.  Over time, this pressure can cause your foundations walls to begin to crack and bow inward.  

 

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Fortunately, Sure-Dry Basement Systems has multiple solutions to help you protect your basement walls from this happening!  Whether your walls have already started bowing and cracking and need stabilization, or if you want to be proactive to protect your walls before this happens, here are multiple solutions that Sure-Dry offers your foundation walls for protection: 

 

Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchors

Protect Your Home\'s Foundation Against Expanding Soils - Image 3This innovative wall anchor system will permanently stabilize your foundation wall by anchoring your walls to the hard-packed virgin soil beyond your foundation.

After installation, wall anchors can often be tightened over time to further straighten your foundation walls and pull them back to their original position.

Advantages Of The Geo-Lock™ Wall Anchor System:

  • Minimal Disturbance to Lawn & Landscaping
  • Year-Round Installation
  • Permanently Stops Inward Movement of Walls
  • Potential To Straighten Walls Over Time
  • 25-Year Manufacturer's Warranty

 

 

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When outside access is not possible for Geo-Lock Wall Anchors, Sure-Dry turns to our PowerBrace™ System.  This innovative wall anchor system will permanently stabilize your foundation wall by anchoring your walls to the hard-packed virgin soil beyond your foundation.

The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system that's designed to stabilize failing basement walls and provide the potential to straighten walls over time.

 

These steel I-beams will stabilize the wall in its current position without any further adjustment. Over time, the PowerBrace™ System can be tightened to make bowing or tilting walls straighter and more vertical.

 

 

CarbonArmor®

Protect Your Home\'s Foundation Against Expanding Soils - Image 5The CarbonArmor® Wall Reinforcing System gives foundation repair specialists another valuable tool in their arsenal of basement wall repair products —one that offers some notable advantages.

Once our foundation repair specialists know how many carbon fiber strips will be required to properly reinforce the wall, the installation process goes quickly, as shown in the photos. High-strength epoxy is used to adhere the CarbonArmor® strips to the wall and to enhance each strip’s strength. Once the repair is complete, the strips will “disappear” when the entire wall gets a coat of paint.

 

Whether you've already noticed cracks or bowing in your basement walls, or you want to be proactive and protect your foundations walls before this happens, Sure-Dry has the solution for you! 

For a customized solution to protect your home's foundation walls, contact us today for a free estimate!

1 (800) 379-3799 

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