5 Reasons To Use Carbon Fiber When Fixing Basement Wall Cracks
Basement walls are unique in that they are often exposed to moisture from the soil with which they are in contact. The high level of moisture results from factors such as flooding of the basement, surface runoff that is not properly drained, leaks in the plumbing, and poorly positioned gutters and downspouts among others.
Waterlogged soil can cause damage to the basement walls due to its increased hydrostatic pressure. Basement wall cracks often occur as a result of high hydrostatic pressure, though they can also be caused by frost and pressure from large roots. Most basement wall cracks occur when the basement walls bow as a result of different kinds of pressure that is exerted on the walls.
While there are many ways to repair basement wall cracks, carbon fiber has emerged as one of the best solutions. Here are the key reasons why carbon fiber is the best solution when it comes to fixing basement wall cracks.
- Carbon Fiber Has High-Stress Resistance and Is Very Stiff
Carbon fiber is very stiff and has tensile strength – 5 times stronger than steel. This feature makes the material able to withstand a notable amount of tensile tension without stretching or getting torn. Thus, using carbon fiber, a professional contractor can help you fix basement walls that have wide cracks or which are pulling apart.
- Excellent Resistance to Temperature Changes
Resistance to changes in temperature is a good property when you consider cracks that are caused by contraction and expansion. Carbon fiber is highly resistant to changes in temperature and is, therefore, a good material for fixing cracks that occur in areas with notable temperature fluctuations.
Carbon fiber is very light in weight and thus, you can use it to repair basement wall cracks without having to worry about added weight. Also, being lightweight makes carbon fiber easy to install when repairing different types of cracks.
Carbon fiber is very versatile in that you can use it to fix different types of basement wall problems including frost line cracks, horizontal and diagonal cracks, wall bowing, stair step cracks, vertical cracks, and shifting walls.
- High-Quality Finishes
Carbon fiber is also unique in that it is made of very narrow and lightweight sheets. The sheets are therefore very small and almost invisible once they have been installed. Therefore, when you use carbon fiber to repair a crack, the result is, without a doubt, a high-quality finish.
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