Foundation Restored for Home Built in 1800s

The Challenge

Gordon and his wife live in a one story home that was built in the 1800’s, with limestone walls and a basement. Gordon noticed a growing gap at the top of an exterior wall on his home. He had been filling it in with foam, but it kept opening up. It was visible where the wall had shifted in and left a gap between the sill plate and top of the wall. Gordon and his wife traveled often for long periods of time and they were concerned they might come back to a garden in the basement or that the house would fall down if they didn’t do something about this problem soon. Gordon contacted Thrasher when he noticed the void at the top of the exterior wall was getting bigger and they were worried they wouldn’t have a home to come home to. They chose Thrasher because of our expertise, professionalism and warranties.

During our inspection of the home, our foundation specialist found one basement wall of the home was very unstable. The homeowner had removed some of the paneling from the wall, and had to stop when he discovered the paneling seemed to be the only thing holding the loose limestone foundation back. The customer was made aware of how urgently the wall needed to be repaired and how its condition had become a severe wall problem.

The Solution

We used wall anchors and ShotLock shotcrete wall restoration products for this foundation repair project. First, the Thrasher crew cut holes in the paneling and installed wall anchors. They estimated the wall had shifted and come in about 8-10 inches. They were able to pull the limestone basement wall back 5-6 inches and secure it with the anchors. The wall was then prepped for the Shot-Lock Shotcrete Wall Restoration System, with rebar, metal caging and angle iron frame. The next day, Shot-Lock product was applied, leaving Gordon with a worry free, solid and safe new wall, that will stand the test of time.

We protected his home from the potential for further damage, which would have cost more and taken much longer to repair – not to mention the danger of living in a house with a wall that could cave in at any moment. Additionally, because of the age of the home and Gordon’s plans to someday turn his basement into a man cave, he opted for a SaniDry basement air system to help keep the building materials dry and make the basement space healthy and comfortable.

 

sagging foundation wall

Wall sagging from the shifting limestone blocks.

 

failing basement foundation wall

Limestone wall behind paneled wall.

 

foundation wall anchors being installed

Wall anchors being installed to stabilize the foundation wall.

 

foundation wall anchors being installed

Wall anchors being installed to stabilize the foundation wall.

 

foundation wall prepared for wall restoration

Wall is prepared for ShotLock Shotcrete Wall Restoration.

 

foundation wall prepared for restoration

Wall is prepared for ShotLock Shotcrete Wall Restoration.

 

repaired basement foundation wall

Repaired and restored basement foundation wall.

 

repaired basement foundation wall

Smooth surface of the finished foundation wall.