Steel Beams for Basement Walls | The Pros of PowerBraces


A mini-series on steel beams (also known as i beams) for foundation repair in your basement. Are they a good idea? Are there any alternatives? What are the pros and cons? New videos every Sunday!

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So as mentioned previously here at Dry Guys we use the Foundation Supportworks PowerBrace. Some of the advantages of the PowerBrace as mentioned is they are zinc coated so they do not rust. They are reinforced to your floor joist to distribute the weight evenly. They have the ability to straighten the wall over time. What that is reliant upon is your wet/dry cycle so when your soil that is pressing against your wall and causing it to crack and move inward, when it starts to dry out, it will actually shrink and move away from your wall, giving us the potential to straighten your wall. Not every wall can be straightened but we always will try and attempt to straighten it over time if need be, and you have the reliance and the assurance that no matter what your wall will not continue to move inward anymore. It will stop any inward movement- both shearing, bowing, anything that the wall can throw at it. They can be installed year-round, they are less invasive than a lot of other products that are out there and can typically be installed in one day. Finally, they come with a nationally backed 75 year warranty that you don’t get with the other fixes that are out there and that warranty is structural and the warranty can be transferred if you ever decide to sell your home within that 75 years.

Old Home Foundation Repair

As a house ages, it will eventually need repairs and maintenance. One of the most important parts of an old house in which you need to pay extra attention to is the foundation. If damage develops on this part of the home it can turn into a very expensive repair job.

Foundation Repair Techniques

The first thing you need to know when dealing with foundation repair is to recognize the problem. The biggest mistake homeowners make is ignoring or not knowing the early warning signs of foundation damage.

Residential Foundation Repair

One of the worse problems a homeowner can experience is damage to the foundation of their home. This type of problem can be very expensive in the long run, not to mention very inconvenient for you and your family. Sadly, this is a very common problem for homeowners whose homes are constructed on clay soil.

House Foundation Repair

There are many ways the foundation of a house could get damaged. Your house could be constructed on clay soil, or you could have damage because of termites. Regardless of the reason, foundation damage could potentially become devastating if left untreated. If you have any reason to believe that your home may have foundation damage, you should have it checked immediately by trained professionals.

The Cost of House Foundation Repair

When we think of a home with a foundation problem we think of how much of a hassle it can be to have it repaired. At the first sign of damage you should contact a contractor night away for an inspection and repair cost estimate.

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