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Why Foundation Crack Repair Kits Don't Always Work

clock February 10, 2014 11:34 by author
Don't rely on foundation crack repair kits for foundation cracks. The experts at My Foundation Repair offers epoxy or polyurethane crack injections for settling homes.

Why NOT use a Foundation Crack Repair Kit?

As a homeowner, when you see a foundation crack, it should not be ignored. Most homeowners first identify concrete cracks in their basement, either on the wall or on the floor. Foundation cracks can also be found on garage floors, patios or in-ground pools.These cracks will widen over time and result in water seepage or possibly loss of structural integrity. Foundation cracks can hinder the value of your home. Trying to repair foundation cracks using a foundation crack repair kit is not a permanent fix. If you notice large, recurring cracks or bulging walls in your home, don't try to fix these yourself. The cracks may indicate a more serious structural problem. A professional should be contacted to inspect your foundation to see if the cracks are a result of structural damage. 

You can find products in the stores for filling cracks in concrete walls, however, these products can fail after just a few years if your foundation continues to move slightly. The truth about foundation cracks is that the foundation problems never go away just by filling the foundation cracks with a sealant or patching kit. The longer you ignore these foundation cracks, the more complicated and costly the repair will be. It is important for homeowners to get their foundation cracks inspected by a professional who can give a permanent solution for foundation cracks. 

The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can inspect your foundation cracks and offer a better and permanent solution for your foundation crack repair.

Why are Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections a Better Option for Crack Repair?

For foundation crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane injections are a better option than fixing your foundation cracks using an at-home repair kit. The Earth Contact Products (ECP), epoxy and polyurethane injection resins are designed to seal cracks and eliminate water and air leaks from basement walls. The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can provide this effective permanent solution to leaking cracks. 

Epoxy injection is used to weld cracked concrete walls back together, restoring the structural integrity of the wall. This epoxy permanently repairs cracks and creates a bond that becomes stronger than the original wall. These injections are done from the inside of the basement and is completed in just a few hours. 

Polyurethane foam injection is ideal for filling wider cracks. The ECP polyurethane foams work for filling voids and sealing around pipes. Polyurethane foam injection is the best way to stop an active foundation wall leak. The expanding foam completely fills the crack and prevents future water leaks. The water will remain outside and will not be able to penetrate into the inside. 

These epoxy and polyurethane foam products are much more heavy duty than the crack repair kits you can buy in the store. They are designed to be used by professionals to permanently repair foundation cracks. Getting your foundation crack repair done right the first time will save you money in the long run. Trying to repair foundation wall cracks and having it fail in a few years, will only make the matter worse. The cracks will not be fixed and can cause more damage than if a professional is called to do it right the first time. Don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing to get a professional in to inspect your wall cracks and give you a permanent solution for your foundation wall cracks. 



Seal Crawlspace Moisture Out of Your Home

clock May 1, 2012 07:16 by author
Seal moisture out of your home that is entering from your crawl space. A properly sealed crawl space makes your home safer and healthier.

Crawlspace Moisture

 

 

Crawlspace, crawlspace encapsulation, ECPHomes with crawl spaces are very similar to homes with a basement, but with one major difference – the floor is dirt. As if a home had a dirt floor basement, wet crawlspaces can cause odors and serious health issues.

Compared to professional foundation and waterproofing contractors, homeowners are not experienced when it comes to crawlspace moisture problems and taking preventative measures to properly waterproof the space. Unfortunately, the effects from dampness and moisture can damage your health, crawlspace, above ground living areas and your home's overall structure.

Most homeowners are inexperienced and believe that doors, windows, and vents are responsible for all moisture problems in your home, but that isn't always the case. Factors such as humidity, moisture and wetness in your crawlspace are the source and can cause structural problems.

Structural Integrity

Are you having questions or concerns about structural integrity of your home? If you fall into this category, do not fear. Routine examinations can protect your home from structural problems. Below are some signs to look for:

              Uneven floor

               Warped floors

              Cracks in interior walls

              Damaged floor joists

Uneven floors, caused by moisture in your crawlspace, are very common problems among homes. If you believe these describe your situation, make sure to take action immediately with a professional foundation contractor. It's more cost friendly to make small repairs than to wait and be forced to replace an entire foundation.

Mold and Mildew

There are several different forms of mold that can quickly invade your above ground living levels. A majority of the time when a home is occupied with bad smells and odors, it is a sure sign your crawl space has a hidden problem with mold.

A damp environment is perfect for wild animals, insects and pests to thrive making for some extremely unhealthy and destructive conditions. A crawl space that isn't sealed and protected against moisture can develop mold and mildew issues. Black mold and dry rot can even develop!

The best and most effective way to rid your home and crawlspace from bad smells and odors is to schedule an appointment with a waterproofing or foundation expert. It is also a good idea to perform routine inspections looking for mold, dry rot or damaged wood. By taking measures to protect your home and crawl space from these elements, you will protect your families health. A waterproofing expert will identify the source of the water intrusion and provide the necessary repairs and sealing the crawlspace.

 

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Solution

The best and most effective way to protect your home from moisture, structural weakening, bad smells and odors is to contact a professional crawl space contractor. A professional foundation contractor will complete an on-site inspection, provide a professional consultation, provide a free estimate and recommend the best and most cost efficient way to solve the problem.  Whether it requires a full crawlspace encapsulation or a simple drainage system you need a solution now. Our experts will also discuss your options and give you plenty of time to make the best decision to remove moisture from your crawl space and help make your home and family healthy again.



Sump Pump Basics

clock September 21, 2011 19:44 by author blogadmin
A sealed sump pump system is a waterproofing solution that protects your home, including your basement, from flooding.

What Is A Sump Pump?

sump pumpsOne of the best options for homeowners to tackle the problem of a wet basement and water damage is by using a sump pump. A heavy duty sump pump in a sealed sump pit positioned in a home’s basement will sends water out to a more acceptable location, like a sloped lawn or a municipal storm drain. This type of high efficiency sump pump and sealed sump pit or sump liner is designed as a reservoir for excess groundwater and rainwater.

The principles at work are pretty simple: rather than keeping water out completely, a sump pump system controls how water gathers beneath your home, then pumps it out after it’s collected, while preventing moisture levels in the home to rise.

If you’ve explored other ways of keeping your basement dry – examining the grading around your home, injecting cracks and repairing any noticeable leaks or broken pipes – and are still having trouble, it might be time to consider a sump pump system.

Remember, sump pumps don’t prevent water from accumulating, but they can go a long way in controlling water in your basement. Either way, your possessions stay dry and your family’s health is not compromised, which is the point.

Many homes already have sump pits built right into the basement floor. The problem is most of them are inadequate and cause as many problems as they solve. If this is the case, you will need to have a basement waterproofing professional install a sealed sump pit, like the ECP Sealed Sump Basin. If your home is not equipped with a sump pit, a waterproofing contractor should be able to tell you if it’s possible to retrofit your basement.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are three types of pumps used in basements or crawl spaces:

Pedestal Sump Pump:Also referred to as a “column type” or “upright” sump pump, the pedestal sump pump has an open motor that is supported on top of a column attached to the pump casing. When installed, the motor sits outside the sump and above the basement floor. The motor is not designed to be submerged in water. This type of sump pump system cannot be sealed.

Submersible Primary Sump Pump: This pump uses a watertight motor designed to be immersed in water, and will typically kick into action when it senses that it’s become submerged. The motor is coupled directly to the sump pump casing and is designed to be completely hidden within a sealed sump pit.

Primary Sump Pump with Battery Backup: Submersible primary sump pumps with a DC battery backup pump provide the ultimate protection to homes. During heavy storms, when sump pumps are needed the most, electrical power can go out. In this case the sump pump becomes useless due to lack of power. When equipped with a battery backup, your sump pump system can continue to provide protection to your home.

A Working System

So what does a functioning high quality sump pump system look like? There are usually four key pieces:

• A Primary Pump

• An Emergency Backup Pump

• An Emergency Backup Pump Alarm

• A Sealed Sump Pit

Because homes sometimes lose power during thunderstorms – just when an operational sump pump is critical – a quality sump system employs a backup pump. Emergency battery backup pumps work when the power goes out, when the primary pump does not remove the water fast enough, or if the primary sump pump fails.

In this setup, primary pumps are powered with electricity, and backup pumps are battery powered. Using two pumps instead of one makes it unlikely that both pumps will malfunction at the same time. And with the alarm system, you’ll be able to tell when the primary pump has failed and the backup pump has to be used.

Is A Sump Pump Right For You?

Installing a new sump pump system – especially if your basement doesn’t already have a built-in sealed sump pit – is an extensive, complex job. Make sure you consult with a waterproofing expert.

To find out more about particular pumps for your basement, or to check if a certain pump is certified, consult the Sump & Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.



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