PowerBrace Foundation Repair
The expansion of the soil around your home happens when natural factors such as moisture and frost interact with the earth around your home. Due to this pressure, the topsoil expands, exerting continuous inward forces against your foundation walls, until the walls can no longer withstand the strain, resulting in cracking, bending, and tilting.
Homeowners have every right to be alarmed if their foundation walls start to buckle, bow, or tilt inward. It is possible for foundation walls to collapse due to pressure from outside, including soil pressure and water pressure
PowerBrace(TM) is an innovative and patented foundation wall repair system that fills the gap where crumbling basement walls are present and enables the walls to straighten themselves over time. The following gives an overview of the PowerBrace mounting system, how it works, what it entails, and the way it is installed by the crew of a contractor.
Installing the PowerBrace Wall System
The PowerBrace System can be installed with no disruption to outside soils or landscaping. This foundation wall system installs quickly in your home, immediately and permanently halting the inward movement of your foundation walls. Our crews take the following steps to install the PowerBrace System.
1) Cut Wall Braces
The PowerBrace is a wall repair system based on strong steel I-beams. The I-beams and their support hardware have a special rust-resistant zinc coating to ensure that your system will look and perform like new for decades to come.
Our foundation experts will determine how many PowerBrace supports are required for your wall repair. Before a PowerBrace wall support is installed in your home, it must be cut to size. Based on the wall height of your basement, we will cut each beam to the appropriate height.
2) Secure the Floor Joist Hardware
Next, the top of each brace is attached to a floor joist near the mudsill at the top of the wall. The specially designed bracket is bolted to the floor joist and contains a large-diameter bolt for adjusting and tightening after the installation.
A PowerBrace installation will not damage your floor framing. To ensure proper performance of this wall repair system, one of our certified foundation experts will inspect the strength of your floor joists prior to recommending this repair strategy.
3) Fine-Tune the PowerBrace Positions
The PowerBrace Foundation Wall System works best when each I-beam is perfectly plumb or vertical. Our crews will use a level to fine-tune the position of each beam in preparation for the next step.
4) Attach the Braces to the Floor
To complete the installation of your PowerBrace(TM) System, each beam is attached to your concrete floor with a special, bolt-in-place bracket.
Unlike other foundation wall repair methods that install from the inside of the foundation walls, the PowerBrace(TM) System spans the entire height of the foundation walls. This makes the PowerBrace(TM) system suitable for repairing walls that bow and buckle from the middle. Additionally, the PowerBrace(TM) can repair walls that are sliding inwards from the bottom or tilting inwards from the top.
5) Straighten Walls
The PowerBrace(TM) System includes a unique, patented adjustment mechanism that is unlike any other I-beam foundation wall repair system.
The bracket that anchors each I-beam to a floor joist includes a long bolt that can be tightened over time to advance the I-beam. This can force a bowed or buckled foundation wall back toward its original vertical and straight position. Straightening potential depends on several factors, including soil conditions outside the foundation.
The warrantied Solution For Bowing & Buckling Foundation Wall Repair
The PowerBrace system permanently stabilizes your home’s foundation walls. Zinc-plated steel beams are custom-fit to your basement wall height and secured tight against your basement wall with brackets anchored to your basement floor and floor joists. PowerBrace’s unique, patented design allows the system to be tightened over time, potentially reversing wall failure without any invasive drilling or digging on the property.
What It Does:
When foundation walls begin to buckle, bow or tilt inward, homeowners are correct to be alarmed. Outside pressure from soil and water can actually cause foundation walls to collapse!
The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system that’s designed to stabilize failing basement walls and provide the potential t 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.
- No outside excavation required
- Can be tightened to allow for improvement of the wall over time
- All components are zinc-coated for rust resistance
- Neat, clean appearance in the basement
- Minimal disruption of basement space
- No heavy equipment needed for installation.
- No disturbance to lawn and landscaping.
- Zinc-plated system resists corrosion.
- Can be tightened during dry seasons to straighten wall over time.
Fortunately, it’s often possible to stabilize and straighten bowed or tilted foundation walls using the PowerBrace™ System from Supportworks.
The PowerBrace™ System relies on proven performance of steel I-beams – the same structural building blocks that support the Empire State Building and other giant commercial buildings.
In a typical PowerBrace™ wall repair, steel I-beams are positioned vertically inside the foundation and in front of the bowed or tilted wall section. Each I-beam is secured to a fixed bracket anchored to the concrete floor and to an adjustable bracket bolted to a floor joist directly overhead.
By tightening the top bracket in stages, the I-beam exerts pressure against the wall, gradually pushing it back towards its original plumb position. The number of I-beams used depends on the scale and severity of the wall deformation problem.
The PowerBrace™ System offers a number of advantages over other techniques used to correct bowing or tilting foundation walls. It’s less expensive and less disruptive than excavating outside the house. The PowerBrace™ System can be installed year-round, and many wall repairs can be completed in one day. Thanks to the corrosion-resistant zinc coating on PowerBrace™ I-beams, these structural members will not rust and deteriorate over time. Most PowerBrace™ repairs come with a warranty against further bowing and tilting that lasts as long as you own your house.
Bix Basement Systems offers foundation wall repair from professionals using The PowerBrace™ as a proven bowing and buckling wall repair solution. We provide these services in Peoria, IL, Bloomington, IL, Quincy, IL, Fort Madison, IA, Hannibal, MO and in other nearby locations throughout IL, IA, and MO. We have been installing this foundation wall repair system for many years now, and we guarantee it will take care of your leaning, settling, sinking foundation walls for good. This is a patented wall repair system which has proven to be effective at taking care of many structural issues.
What It Does:
When foundation walls start to bow, lean, or tilt into the basement of a home, homeowners might start to panic and they might not know who to turn to or what to do. Outside pressure from soil and water can actually cause the foundation to lean inward. This pressure is known as hydrostatic pressure and can cause some serious structural problems over time if it’s left untreated.
The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system that’s been specially-engineered to stabilize failing foundation walls and provide the ability to straighten them back to where they need to be over time. This foundation wall repair system features durable steel I-beams which will be able to stabilize the wall without any additional adjustment needed to it, such as excavation or lifting it out of the soil. Over time, the PowerBrace™ System can be tightened to make leaning and bowed walls straighter and more upright.
- No outside digging is needed
- Can be tightened to allow for wall straightening over time
- All components are zinc-coated for corrosion resistance
- Neat, clean appearance inside the basement setting
- Minimal disruption of basement space needed