Most poured concrete walls crack; this can be caused by slight settlement, shrinkage, soil and clay conditions, ground swelling, and leaky tie rods along with weather conditions causing a leaky basement. The main objective is to repair and correct the cracks that do leak in the most permanent and cost effective method.
Polyurethane is elastomeric fast setting foam which is most commonly used to control water leaks caused by a hairline crack. This is not a structural repair. Polyurethane can be injected into both a wet or dry surface with the full capability of adhering and will accommodate slight concrete movement due to the elastomeric nature of the product.
Epoxy varies from an ultra-thin to paste-like liquid to accommodate cracks of various widths and has a compressive strength that exceeds most concrete. The epoxy method is generally used for structural repairs and has a very slow setting and curing time; generally taking a few hours. It is not recommended for epoxy to be used on active leaking cracks do to the inability to bond and adhere to a wet surface.
Weeping tile is a round tube-like plastic hose either perforated or non-perforated with or without a filter cloth and comes in various diameter sizes. The weeping tile is located below the footing around the full perimeter of the foundation wall and covered by ¾ clear stone. The reason for this is to help eliminate hydrostatic pressure from building up under the basement floor and to carry the access water away from the foundation wall.
Window wells must have a proper drain backfilled with free drain material in place to avoid water backup in the window well area. We provide a vast selection of window wells complete with decorative options that will protect your home and give it a distinct style.
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