Serving Minnesota and Wisconsin Since 1977

Foundation Stabilization

At Standard Water Control, we understand that many cracks are superficial and pose no threat to the integrity of your home’s foundation. Prior to initiating foundation repairs, we encourage you to consult with a professional such as Standard Water Control Systems for a free home inspection. And then, if the problem is serious, we’ll be there to help immediately.

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At Standard Water Control, we understand that many cracks are superficial and pose no threat to the integrity of your home’s foundation. Prior to initiating foundation repairs, we encourage you to consult with a professional such as Standard Water Control Systems for a free home inspection. And then, if the problem is serious, we’ll be there to help immediately.

Spot The Risks

Many homeowners in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are concerned with foundation leaks when they start to see cracks, and rightly so. Cracks can let in moisture that can weaken your foundation while decreasing the value of your home.

At Standard Water Control, we understand that many cracks are superficial and pose no threat to the integrity of your home’s foundation. Prior to initiating foundation repairs, we encourage you to consult with a professional such as Standard Water Control Systems for a free home inspection. And then, if the problem is serious, we’ll be there to help immediately.

To learn more about how Standard Water can help solve your foundation problems watch the video on this page and then feel free to call us with any questions or thoughts.

Why does ICC certification matter?

Standard Water uses the only foundation wall stabilization system with ICC building code certification from Fortress Stabilization Systems.

An ICC-ES approved product can be immediately identified by any code official, home inspector, or bank appraiser as building code approved. The ICC ESR report number identifies the Fortress system as approved by every local building code agency in the United States. This means a Fortress certified product will pass every building code inspection so you can have peace of mind that it’s safe for your home. Fortress’ transferable lifetime warranty together with ICC-ES certification will show potential buyers and lending institutions that you installed the best system available if you ever decide to sell your home.

The Problem

Cracked Foundation

Bowing or cracked foundation walls leave you concerned that an expensive foundation repairs may be around the corner. You may be concerned that your house will fall down and wonder if it can be fixed. You are not alone. Foundation concerns are felt by many homeowners in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Prior to spending thousands of dollars on foundation crack repair, it’s important to first understand the cause so you can better identify the severity of your problem.

The need for foundation repair can come about from a variety of reasons but is most commonly caused by movement of the foundation walls due to soil pressure, hydrostatic pressure or frost movement. The most common signs are:

  • Horizontal or vertical cracks in the foundation wall.
  • Bowing of foundation walls.
  • Shearing of the concrete blocks that make up your foundation walls.
  • Step cracks.

All of the above symptoms could be a sign of settlement or differential movement. If your foundation has moved or cracked it can be mended with Carbon Fiber Straps making your foundation stronger than it was when new for far less than you would think.

The Solution

Carbon Fiber Straps from Fortress Stabilization Systems

There are a number of approaches for foundation repair and fixing cracks found in your foundation walls. These methods include core filling, steel beams and everything from crack fillers to tie-backs – which can work with varying degrees of success.

Standard Water Control’s preferred foundation repair solution is Carbon Fiber Straps from Fortress Stabilization Systems. The only system with ICC building code certification. The Fortress carbon-fiber solution is stronger than traditional steel beams and leaves behind no unsightly obstructions. Many other solutions can render your drain tile system useless by altering or disturbing it. Not so with Carbon Fiber Straps. Once installed, you can remodel your basement with complete peace of mind.

Fortress Stabilization Systems has developed a time-tested and proven method of foundation repair that will restore the integrity and stability of your foundation.

By using carbon-fiber kevlar straps in combination with specifically designed epoxy, foundation repair can be performed effectively and efficiently with minimal disruption and mess. The carbon-fiber solution is immune to rust, corrosion and rot and installs in as little as one day with guaranteed results.

Equally effective on poured or block structures, the Fortress System has been employed to repair and restore structural strength to commercial and residential foundations. Fortress System carbon-fiber straps have been used to repair, stabilize, and reinforce the primary foundation beams of a high-rise Hotel as well as preventing continued cracking and decay of outside and inside walls. If the Fortress System can repair and reinforce a multi-story Hotel, just imagine its effectiveness in a residential or small commercial foundation repair.

Installation

Improve Your Home’s Value & Integrity

Standard Water uses cutting-edge carbon-fiber technology developed by Fortress Stabilization Systems to stabilize bowed basement walls and when combined with our state-of-the-art draintile system will eliminate any further movement, cracking and leaking.

Using carbon-fiber kevlar sheet straps in combination with specifically designed epoxies, bowed basement walls are stabilized and arrested with little to no obtrusiveness. The repaired bowed basement wall can then be painted creating an almost invisible repair and increasing the resale value of your home all without disturbing your landscaping.

Foundation repair begins with the homeowner moving any obstructions away from the wall or walls to be repaired.

Anything left in the basement is then covered with plastic. During installation of the foundation repair system, technicians from Standard Water Control will make sure your wall is properly prepared to receive the epoxy and carbon-fiber application by clearing away any paint, dirt or other coatings. The carbon-fiber grid straps are applied to the epoxy and pressed in to ensure the strap is flat to the wall. Epoxy is liberally applied to the top surface of the straps and spread evenly to ensure the straps are completely encapsulated per manufacturer’s specs. Cracks are filled to prevent any more movement.

Using Carbon Fiber to repair cracks in concrete and arrest shifting walls is a proven application and technology that works as well in your home as in commercial buildings, bridges, mines, road surfaces, and in any other applications where reinforcement and repair are needed.

 

Repairing Cracks in Poured Basement Walls

Standard Water uses cutting-edge carbon-fiber technology developed by Fortress Stabilization Systems to stabilize bowed basement walls and when combined with our state-of-the-art draintile system will eliminate any further movement, cracking and leaking. The repaired bowed basement wall can be painted creating an almost invisible repair and increasing the resale value of your home all without disturbing your landscaping.

Foundation repair begins with the homeowner moving any obstructions away from the wall or walls to be repaired.

When it comes to repairing a crack in a poured foundation wall, it is not sufficient to simply fill the crack. You have to consider the nature of the crack and the desired result. Are you trying to prevent water leakage or restore the structural integrity?

First the Standard Water crew identifies the severity of the crack and chooses the appropriate material for repairing it; urethane for keeping water out or epoxy for structural issues. Next the crew grinds the wall down to ensure epoxy adheres properly. Holes are drilled into the crack to allow for the insertion of ports to receive the repair material. Epoxy is then spread across the area to be repaired so no repair material sprays out of the crack when it is injected under pressure to seal off the crack.

Time-tested Solution

Cutting-Edge Technology

For more than 40 years, Standard Water Control has installed foundation repair systems that improve the value and integrity of homes in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Our time-tested foundation repair solutions are made up of the cutting-edge products below:

Carbon Fiber Straps – From Fortress Stabilization Systems, these straps are developed using the latest carbon-fiber technology. Stronger than traditional steel beams, these carbon-fiber Kevlar sheets are immune to rust and leave behind no unsightly obstructions.
Custom Epoxy – Specifically designed for foundation repair, this epoxy is used to completely encapsulate the carbon fiber straps. This help keeps the straps secure and prevents further movement of your foundation.
SealBoss hydrophobic urethane foam grout is perfect for injecting into cracks that occur in poured concrete in basements and elevator pits to prevent water infiltration.