Stem Wall Failure Signs: Horizontal Cracks
On the other hand, horizontal cracks mean the corrosion problem began in the rebar and then spread to the rest of the stem wall.
Stem Wall Failure Signs: Vertical Concrete Slabs
When it comes to the stem wall, every symptom means something, in this case, vertical cracks mean the oxidation problem began in the tie-down straps and then spread to the rest of the concrete stem wall.
Stem Wall Failure Signs: Spalling Concrete
The last and the worst of all the stem wall symptoms is spalling concrete because when the stem wall gets to this point, it means most of the components. Will have to get them replaced with new ones since the current elements are already damaged.
Stem Wall Repair Process: Preventing is Caring
After replacing all the stem wall elements, a blue material gets added to the same wall to prevent any corrosion issues.
Stem Wall Repair Process: Rebar Replacement
As shown in this picture, the rebar had to be replaced in order to eliminate all the oxidation as much as possible. Not only the rebar had to be replaced, but also other elements, such as the tiedown straps.
After Stem Wall Repair
As shown in this picture, the stem wall looks smooth, fresh, and ready to get painted again. Thanks to Arizona Foundation Solutions, this family will no longer have to phase oxidation threats in the near future.