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People in 5 states were shaken by the May 2nd, 2015 earthquake that was centered near Galesburg, Michigan, and so were a number of buildings. The magnitude 4.2 earthquake was the strongest one centered in southern Michigan since 1947.

News reports indicated structural damage was done to the foundations of many homes and businesses.

Great Lakes Waterproofing can help you address structural or waterproofing problems that may’ve resulted from an earthquake, or from the aging or shifting of a foundation wall over time. You can avoid future, expensive repairs that may cost tens of thousands of dollars, especially if you don’t have earthquake insurance.

If your house sits on a poured-concrete slab, with only a few posts under beams, there may be little holding your house in place. Short, block walls are particularly vulnerable to collapsing, because the fewer mortar joints results in more stress concentrated in each joint. Houses that are supported by upright posts on concrete blocks are vulnerable to seismic movement, and could collapse.

The way to prevent this may be as simple as bracing the foundation. Great Lakes Waterproofing uses Carbon Fiber Strips to stabilize walls and address structural integrity. Rather than installing expensive, intrusive and unattractive reinforcement beams, we use a Fortress Stabilization System that uses Kevlar grid straps that are as thin as a dime, and 10 times stronger than steel. The product comes with a lifetime manufacturer warranty.

As for waterproofing, Great Lakes’ volclay- (sodium bentonite) injection process will seal off structural cracks with a permanent, flexible barrier, with no digging required.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 1-888-448-2351, or online at