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If a poured concrete wall is leaning in at the top, sometimes it may be sufficient to simply add lateral to ensure that the wall will not continue to move inward.

Steel channels are often designed and installed to achieve this effect.

Atlas Restoration uses carbon fiber straps to stabilize bowing block walls. 

For the reinforcement of structural substrates in residential and commercial applications, carbon fiber is a proven alternative to steel. Carbon fiber effectively adds tensile strength to concrete, and is stronger and lighter than steel, and non-corrosive. To prevent bowing and cracking, it also can be bonded to the surface of a concrete structure, which enables applications for repairs and new construction.

Poor drainage and soil pressure can cause basement walls to buckle, bow, or crack. Using CHANCE™ helicals, we can "tie back" the wall to the surrounding soil, then use steel channels as whalers to create and maintain stabilization.

Your project will include an evaluation of the soil characteristics of your basement, and selection of the appropriate remediation technique.

BITUTHENE® 3000 AND BITUTHENE LOW TEMPERATURE

Bituthene® 3000 and Bituthene Low Temperature are self-adhesive, rubberized asphalt/polyethylene waterproofing membranes used in basements and sub-structures, ideal for waterproofing concrete, masonry and wood surfaces where in-service temperatures do not exceed 130°F (54°C). Bituthene® 3000 and Bituthene Low Temperature can be applied to foundation walls, tunnels, earth sheltered structures and split slab construction, both above and below grade. 

Specs

Atlas Restoration installs only the highest quality sump pums and battery operated backup pumps available on the market today.

Are you embarrassed to show anyone your dark, dirty basement? Are your basement walls water-stained or cracking?

The Hydra-Shield Wall Paneling System, used in conjunction with the Hydraway Waterproofing System can brighten up any unsightly basement. Hydra-Shield will transform your damp, ugly basement into a dry, comfortable, usable living space.

Hydraway Basement Waterproofing

The combination of two superior Hydraway Products creates the most effective state-of-the-art basement waterproofing system for basements and crawl spaces.

Made of heavy-duty, clog-resistant geotextile fabric, Hydraway 2000 is permanently fixed to a polyethylene core, providing the ultimate level strength and support for your basement waterproofing system. It replaces punctured rock and pipe, PVC and drain tiles.

Ground water and rain tend to accumulate around homes without proper drainage solutions. This results in water damage and soil erosion. If left untreated, you may find yourself with severe damage to your home and foundation. Atlas Restoration can provide an effective trench drain system for your property to keep you home dry and protected.

The Atlas Pier assembly is available in the following configurations:

As a region sees more and more development, marginal sites see more and more construction. Usable bearing soil may only exist at levels deeper than normal. Attached or nearby structures may prevent the use of H-Piles or poured concrete foundations. 

Providing only the highest quality materials and services, Atlas Restoration counts on Helical Pier® Foundation Systems, manufactured by CHANCE®, in anchoring capacities for towers and building structures sensitive to wind loads, and in bearing applications for new foundations.

Retaining Walls in Chicago and Franklin Park

Structures are often damaged by lateral loads from earth and water pressure. Over time, poor drainage and existing soil conditions can cause retaining or basement walls to buckle, crack or be subjected to other forms of distress, and a retaining wall will limit the damage to your property.

Atlas Restoration uses CHANCE® helical tieback anchors to stabilize and anchor structures subjected to lateral loads.

Where site conditions and load requirements warrant its application, the integrated tieback system combines Chance® helical tieback anchors with Atlas Resistance® Piers. The helical anchors contribute lateral support to the piers, which provide vertical support. This unique combination forms a quick, effective solution to challenges beyond the capabilities of other anchoring systems.

When a building has a shallow footing adjacent to a proposed construction site, that building can be damaged from settlement due to the removal of soil that is laterally supporting the existing footing. Soil nails create an internally reinforced mass when closely spaced in a regular geometric pattern and protected by a reinforcing face of steel and shotcrete. These are passive elements. The load of the helical soil nail is created across the movement plane as the soil mass moves slightly downward due to gravity.

 

Chemical grouting helps turn granular soils into sandstone-like masses through permeation with a low-viscosity grout. The typical method used in chemical grouting includes the following steps:

  • A sleeve port pipe is grouted into a predrilled hole.
  • Under pressure, the grout is injected through port pipes.
  • The grout then permeates the soil and solidifies it into a sandstone-like mass.
  • The grouted soil has become stiffer and stronger, and is now less permeable.

Chemical grouting has been used for the following:

Without displacing or changing a building's or home's soil structure, permeation grouting provides the flow of a low viscosity grout - such as bentonite cement, sodium silicate, acrylate, or polyurethane - into the soil.

Permeation grouting will advance the strength and cohesion of granular soils and reduce the permeability of the soil, provide excavations with a watertight blanket.

Grout application has a number of purposes, including base slabs and horizontal cut-off blankets, vertical cut-off walls, closing gaps between piles or wall panels, and ground improvement.

Pressure grouting is a process of deep soil stabilization typically performed by driving pipe into the the ground and then pumping a cemetitious slurry through the pipe into the soil around it.  As pressure builds, the pipe is pulled out slightly and the pumping procedure is repeated.  This produces a strong grout column and displaces the poor soils.

As Atlas Restoration knows, working with concrete comes with a long list of challenges. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to overcome is that the ground below concrete is always moving, shifting, and settling. All of this movement can create voids in the ground below the concrete that if left alone can lead to more serious damage and costly repairs. 

Slab settlement and pavement problems often occur in highways, bridge approaches, taxiways/runways, warehouses, and factory floors. Weak underlying soils are the primary cause of many of these settlement problems.

Undersealing of jointed concrete slabs is required when jointed slab edges deteriorate as a result of curled slabs that deflect under traffic load. This distress occurs on warehouse floors with forklift traffic and on roads and bridge approaches with vehicular traffic. The most common cause of curling is shrinkage of concrete. Because the curled slab lifts at the joint, a void is created under the control or construction joint. This void creates a space that allows the slab to deflect under the load.

Slab settlement and pavement problems often occur in highways, bridge approaches, taxiways/runways, warehouses, and factory floors. Weak underlying soils are the primary cause of many of these settlement problems.

Curling is one of the most common defects found in floors, especially in warehouses. Slabs curl upward at joints, saw-cuts and edges. This loss of sub-grade support causes slab movement as forklifts pass over the joint. Joint edges deteriorate, cracks in the slab develop and wires embedded in concrete for automatic guidance systems may break. The amount of differential movement from one side of the joint to the other is directly related to the speed of warehouse floor deterioration.

Joint spalling is often a result of joint movement caused by curling. But there are other possible causes. In keyed construction joints, a keyway that’s too large may cause slab crack- ing above the female side of the key-way. If a crack-inducing plastic strip was used to form a control joint, the strip may not remain vertical. This creates a can-tilevered lip that later breaks off.

Curled joints must be stabilized prior to any grinding or joint repair. If the foundation slabs are deflecting and the joint is not stabilized, the grinding or joint repairs will prematurely fail.

After a curled concrete joint has been stabilized it should be ground to reduce the curl, providing undetectable fork truck travel. The ground area can then be polished with a series of polishing blades to ensure a good blend with the adjacent concrete.  

Grinding improves the rideabliity and longevity of the slab.

Joint edge spalling is often the result of joint movement caused by curled slab edges. As slabs deflect, due to voids under the joint, and a loaded vehicle drives on the slab, the slab drops down (or "deflects") and the vehicle wheels hit the leave slab. Another possible cause of joint edge spalling is keyed construction joints; if a keyway is too large, slab cracking above the female side of the keyway may occur.  

Concrete Repair in Franklin Park and Chicago

 

 

Using polyurethane for void filling consists of injecting high density polyurethane foam under the concrete where voids are detectable.

Material

The material used in void filling is a high-density water-blown polyurethane. The material is hydrophobic and has the following physical characteristics and properties:

If you have a structure that has been undermined by an adjacent excavation, compromised by a failing beam or column support, or you are dealing with slope failure, Atlas Restoration has the experience, manpower and specialized equipment to quickly stabilize your building and restore a safe environment for your business.

Does your home have a crawl space? Then Atlas Restoration will build you a full-height basement with the highest quality material and the most experienced staff in Chicagoland! Basements are opportunities to expand your living area for work, play, storage, or simple practicality. 

Here's how the process works:

Residential and commercial buildings can greatly benefit from greater basement headroom space. The highly trained professionals at Atlas Restoration are experts in creating 8''-12'' more height space in your basement. 

Atlas Restoration's process of creating more headspace in your basement includes:

Replace Failling Wood Beams with Steel I-Beams, Columns and Concrete Piers

Engineers and Contractors

Foundation Repair Expertise for Structural Engineers & Contractors

As foundation repair experts, we do not just work with homeowners and property managers in the Chicago area.

We also work with geotechnical, civil, and structural engineers, architects, and contractors to help develop, implement and successfully fulfill specific foundation repair and restoration needs.

Check out our resources for structural engineers & contractors below, or call (847) 994-2526 to learn more.