1. Commercial Applications for Concrete Crack Repair and Structural Strengthening:
Learn how Rhino Carbon Fiber™ products can be used in a variety of commercial applicationsTuesday January 26 @ 2:00-3:00 PM EST
2. Mitigate Radon and Mold During Structural Repairs:
Learn why radon and mold pose a threat to the occupants of a property, and how you can mitigate issues using Rhino Carbon Fiber™ productsTuesday February 23 @ 2:00-3:00 PM EST
3. Pool, Slab and Spa Repair
Learn how quickly and efficiently you can repair pools, slabs and spas with Rhino Carbon Fiber™ productsTuesday March 23 @ 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Frequently Asked Questions
Carbon fiber prevents further inward movement, but will not straighten a wall.
There is no absolute number to go by, since there are many factors to consider. To figure out the deflection in your wall, measure the difference of the highest amount of deflection compared to the rest of the wall, and please consult with your structural engineer or foundation specialist for more information.
You have several options when your wall deflection reaches beyond 2-inches. Your first option is to excavate the soil that is exerting pressure on your basement wall, and to push the wall back. Another option is to install a steel mechanical system such as steel tie-backs. Rhino Carbon Fiber™ recommends reinforcing the wall with carbon fiber regardless of which system is chosen to prevent future inward movement. Please contact your structural engineer or foundation repair specialist to do a thorough inspection and analysis.
There are several signs you can look for on the interior and exterior of your home. Within your home, it is important to check your walls or ceilings for cracks and if your windows or doors are difficult to open and close. You may also notice uneven floor surfaces or cracks in concrete floors. Outside of your home, ensure you look for cracks in masonry walls that are in a “stair-step” pattern. Other signs include a tilting chimney, wood trim that has been separated around joints and corners and if the concrete driveway, sidewalk, patio or any other concrete structures separated from the foundation.
It is a good idea to contact your foundation repair specialist for further review of the cracks in your foundation. If you are noticing a crack in your foundation, most of the time it means that something has shifted or settled so it should be addressed immediately.
Each property is different, because of this, the solution is specific to the structure of your home. In some cases this may be true, however, the process of re-building basement walls can be an inconvenience due to its high cost, property disturbance and the amount of time it takes to complete. It’s best to have a foundation specialist analyze your bowed walls to help determine a solution, but if the deflection is less than 2” the Rhino Carbon Fiber™ Bowed Wall Repair Kit can be an option for the repair.
During the process of building your home and before a foundation is constructed, you can install a piering system to strengthen the foundation. It may also help to consult your foundation specialist during the process of construction so an analysis of the property can determine the proper foundation settlement prevention strategy.
The patented Rhino Carbon Fiber™ Bowed Wall Repair Kit ties the foundation base with the house framing, making it one of the strongest systems on the market!
The Rhino Carbon Fiber™ patented system is superior and faster to install than the competition, and we are still very comparable in cost.
In most cases, carbon fiber can easily be painted over or covered with a finishing product. Please consult with your paint/coating manufacturer for guidelines and TDS.
Yes, the epoxy in the carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) system can be affected by UV light and Rhino Carbon Fiber™ always recommends covering exposed carbon fiber with a finishing product when installing outdoors.
Carbon fiber fabric on its own is fire resistant, but the epoxy used to apply it doesn’t perform well against high temperature. If you have a specific requirement for fire resistance, please contact your engineer to source out the right fire-resistant coating for the CFRP system.
There is minimal disruption to your basement.
Unfortunately, in most cases homeowner’s insurance will not cover the cost.
Absolutely. The disclosure statement should have reflected the problem and if the previous owners were aware of the problem, they are obligated to fix it. You can discuss this with a Rhino Carbon Fiber™ representative and then your attorney. Additionally, if you are selling a house, you have to fix the problem prior to selling the house.
Work can be completed year round.
Yes, if your wall is cracked it will continue to get worse over the next few years. It is better to fix it when the wall is not bowing rather than after a large bow occurs.
Yes, Rhino Carbon Fiber™ has products designed to fix this problem. Please consult your structural engineer or foundation specialist for more information.
No, unfortunately no carbon fiber system will be able to stop this. You should consult with a piering contractor for a solution.
Rhino Carbon Fiber™ product warranties are available at www.rhinocarbonfiber.com/warranty, and vary by product. The warranties apply only to the consumer who originally purchased the product, and do not extend to any subsequent owner or other transferee of the product.
All orders are next-day shipping and the duration of shipping depends on your location. If it’s time sensitive, feel free to contact Rhino Carbon Fiber™ and they do their best to expedite.
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