Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
From the day they’re built or poured, foundation walls must withstand an extraordinary amount of pressure from the surrounding soil. Over time, and due to a variety of factors — mostly to do with too much or too little moisture in that surrounding soil — foundation walls can crack, bow, and eventually fail.
Since your entire home and everything in it rests on these foundation walls, it’s easy to understand why potential foundation wall failure is something that must be addressed right away.
Here, we discuss why total foundation replacement might not be necessary and a solution that can help Alabama homeowners permanently stabilize their failing foundation walls.
Homeowners facing foundation wall failure are often faced with the possibility of a complete foundation removal and replacement, which is both extremely costly and incredibly disruptive.
With total foundation replacement, the soil is first excavated from around your foundation walls. Then, the house is jacked up and the slab floor and foundation walls are removed. Finally, the new foundation is poured and allowed to cure before the home is lowered and the soil is replaced.
This entire process can easily take a month or more, potentially displacing you and your family and causing great inconvenience. Plus, you’ll have to trust that your contractor will replace your old foundation with one that is sufficiently reinforced to deal with that excessive lateral soil pressure. You could end up with the same problem a few years down the road, resulting in additional repairs.
Luckily, there is a much better option available. One that is not only typically much less expensive and disruptive than total foundation replacement but also addresses the issue of excessive soil pressure. The EverBrace™ Wall Restoration System has been in use for several years in homes in Alabama and across North America with great success.
The EverBrace™ system allows you to keep your existing foundation walls by permanently “bracing” them against the pressure exerted by the surrounding soil. This essentially gives you the safety and security of a new foundation without having to replace your existing foundation. Plus, each installation is customized for your home, meaning existing windows and doors won’t be covered up. And the system is zinc-coated, so there is no need to worry about rust or corrosion.
When our production crew prepares the area, the existing wood framing is reinforced and then the top track is secured to the framing. Heavy-duty steel panels are cut to size and hung along the failing foundation wall. Next, specifically engineered I-beams are secured to the top track and floor. Once these posts are installed, a specialized rigid foam is injected behind the steel panels to transfer the load from the failing wall to the new EverBrace system. Finally, steel trim is installed to give the system a clean, finished look.
Finally, the EverBrace™ system can easily be concealed with drywall, so you can finish your basement and no one will even know it’s there. Best of all, the entire process can be completed in a matter of days instead of the month+ it can take to replace a foundation.
The EverBrace™ system is a triumph of modern engineering over an old problem — one that used to require an equally age-old solution. The most important thing, however, is to have your home’s foundation issues diagnosed quickly and accurately. The best thing to do is to set up an appointment with us to inspect your home’s foundation. We are an exclusive dealer of the EverBrace™ system as a solution to foundation wall failure. Not every foundation repair contractor carries this innovative product.
The bottom line is, foundation wall damage and other foundation problems don’t get better with time, especially when they’re on the verge of causing catastrophic failure. If you suspect your foundation walls may be failing, you need to act as soon as possible. But you can at least be thankful that there is a modern, high-tech solution available that can fix the issue quickly, permanently, and for a lot less money than you would pay with traditional alternatives.
If your foundation walls are bulging, bowing, cracked, or crumbling, contact Alabama Professional Services to schedule your free foundation evaluation and estimate.