Midwest Foundation Repair Case Studies: Restoring Stability and Peace of Mind: A Case Study on PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System
When Jamisen N. of Britt, IA reached out to us, they were facing a disheartening problem with their old farmhouse walls. The walls had started bowing and cracking, causing concern for their long-term living plans. Emotionally invested in preserving their cherished home, they sought a solution that would not only stabilize the walls but also maintain the aesthetic appeal of their previous project with us. In this case study, we delve into the root of the problem, and how our renowned PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System effectively resolved their structural issues.
Jamisen's decision to choose our services was largely influenced by their positive experience with our previous work and the trust they had developed in our company. They appreciated how our previous project seamlessly blended with their home's appearance and desired a similar outcome for their farmhouse walls. Recognizing the emotional attachment Jamisen had to their home, our System Design Specialist empathized with their concerns and assured them that our solution would not compromise the appeal of the home they valued.
The farmhouse walls were compromised due to the combined effect of expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure. Clay soil surrounding the foundation absorbed water, causing it to expand and exert pressure against the walls. Over time, this relentless force exceeded the walls' strength, resulting in cracks and eventual failure. Factors such as heavy rain, inadequate drainage, poor grading, frost expansion, and tree roots contributed to the mounting hydrostatic pressure. Early signs like horizontal cracks and water leakage necessitated immediate action to prevent further damage.
To address the structural instability, we recommended the installation of the PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System. This solution offered the ideal balance between strength and aesthetics, meeting Jamisen's expectations while ensuring long-term stability. The PowerBrace system involved the installation of custom-fit zinc-plated steel beams that were anchored tightly against the basement walls using brackets secured to the basement floor and floor joists. Importantly, this unique and patented design allowed for periodic tightening over time, potentially reversing wall failure without any invasive drilling or excavation.
The PowerBrace system boasts numerous features and benefits that set it apart as a reliable and efficient solution. The heavy-duty galvanized steel construction, coated with rust-resistant zinc, ensures long-term stability and protection against corrosion. Moreover, the system's adaptability makes it a viable option even when faced with obstructions or obstacles near the foundation, such as trees, property lines, or sidewalks. The quick and efficient installation process minimizes disruption to the homeowner's lawn or landscaping. Additionally, the PowerBrace system offers a cost-effective alternative to exterior excavation, making it a preferred choice for many homeowners.
In the case of Jamisen N.'s farmhouse, the PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System provided the much-needed stability and peace of mind they sought. By addressing the root cause of bowing and cracked walls, our solution not only resolved the structural issues but also aligned with the customer's emotional attachment to their home. The 25 year warranty attached to the property ensures lasting protection and can be transferred to future homeowners. With the PowerBrace system's ability to straighten walls over time and its non-invasive installation process, Midwest has once again delivered a reliable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing solution for our valued customers. If you’re experiencing similar problems with your home, you can contact us to book a free appointment with our System Design Specialists here.
If you look at the way the light hits the wall, it's easy to see that the walls had a distinct curve to them called bowing.
Like braces, over time, PowerBrace will return to its original shape and bring the wall with it.
We get it, it's not everyone's choice of wall decor, which is why it's also very easy to create dry wall around!