Wall Crack Repair
It doesn't matter what you use your basement for, if you have any cracks in your wall that have leaked in the past, you should have them repaired right away and avoid any future costly repairs, the installation of a waterproofing system, damaged furniture or flooring, ruined family heirlooms or mold growth. While it's true that most small cracks like these don't pose serious problems for the structural integrity of a home, you should keep an eye out for other structural signs that could mean you have an underlying structural foundation issue.
The longer you wait, the more likely it becomes that water will get inside your basement and ruin your walls, floors, and anything you may have kept in this area of your home - which could include priceless valuables. Plus, the added moisture and humidity will provide mold with an ideal environment to start growing, and that unhealthy air will eventually make its way to your main living areas. Prevent this problem from happening by contacting us at the first sign of a problem. We will fix the crack permanently and potentially install a drainage system to keep your basement dry and healthy.
Interior Crack Repair
Depending on the size of the crack in the wall, an epoxy or polyurethane resin can be injected into the crack from the interior of the home, penetrating all the way through the entire wall and permanently sealing the entire crack. Not only will it stop water from continuing to enter your basement, but it will also help to bind the concrete wall back together and prevent further erosion of the crack.
- Surface of the crack is exposed and cleaned.
- Surface ports are affixed (approximately 6" to 16" apart).
- Remainder of the crack is sealed with rapid-set material.
- Resin is injected using a pressure gun through the port, starting at the bottom first.
- Resin is injected until it flows from the next port above, indicating adequate penetration of material. Ports are capped when completed.
- (if desired) After 72 hours, ports can easily be snapped off, and surface material removed
Exterior Crack Repair
If your basement is already finished or you prefer to have the repair completed from the outside of your home, we will excavate the area surrounding the crack and will seal it with a multi-layer, waterproof membrane that will permanently stop the water penetration.
- Landscaping and other obstacles are removed from the work area
- Dirt is excavated by hand, to footing, placing soils on protective board or sheeting
- Crack is chipped out, cleaned and filled with a non-shrink mortar
- Modified urethane sealant is applied, overlapping new mortar
- Protective sheet membrane is applied over modified urethane
- During backfill process, a wall of bentonite concentrate is built-up around the repair area
- Excavated site is left mounded to allow for dirt settling
This system was designed to provide you with a permanent and effective solution to all types of wall crack problems, without needing to inject the cracks with epoxy or polyurethane. Instead, cracks are sealed with a special flexible sealant on the surface of the crack from the top to bottom. The bead will slowly stop or slow the flow of water through the crack. Next, we stick a strip of open cell foam material onto the surface of the wall. If the crack were to ever leak again, any excess water or moisture will be directed straight into a drain tile system.
- First Bead of Sealant - first line of defense, slows or stops crack leakage
- Sealant Overlay - tough, flexible, waterproof and permanent
- Foam Drain Strip - any small amount of water that gets through the first seal will seep down the foam strip and into a drain tile system
Sadly, there are a lot of homeowners who think they don't need to worry about getting a crack fixed since they don't have a finished basement or don't spend any time down there. Unfortunately, if you choose to neglect the problem, it's only going to get worse.
If you'd like to schedule a consultation with a member of our team to discuss a crack repair solution for your basement, please contact us today.