Articles

These articles are informative pieces dedicated to the many causes and problems of moisture and water penetration into buildings.

How to Stop Concrete Basement Crack Leaks With Polyurethane Foam

December 28, 2012

Preparing a concrete crack for polyurethane foam injection   People love their basements. Basements are used as storage areas, rec rooms, entertainment centers and extra living space. It is important that the basement stays dry to protect possessions, stay clean and remain safe from health hazards. U… read more »

Polyurethane Injection for Leaking Basement Crack Repair

December 25, 2012

Why Concrete Cracks Concrete shrinks as a natural process of it curing. This shrinkage causes the concrete to develop stresses and to relieve it, the basement wall cracks. This is a normal condition in a concrete foundation. Shrinkage cracks are typically less than 1/16th" in width and will eventually run the entire length of the concrete w… read more »

Stopping Water Leaks in a Concrete Basement Crack

December 24, 2012

Many owners of homes wish to finish their basements. This allows them to increase the home's living space and increase resale value. Unfortunately, many basements have cracks that allow water to enter the living space. Before you remodel your home's basement, you must ensure that no water gets through a foundation crack and gets the in… read more »

How to use injection packers for foundation crack repair

December 18, 2012

Injecting into a crack that has been previously repaired by hydraulic cement.   The vast majority of concrete foundation crack repairs using polyurethane or epoxy injection materials can be easily done using surface mounted injection ports. These are attached with a surface sealing paste. They have t… read more »

Sealer for Preventing Radon Gas Infiltration

December 17, 2012

Radon is a radioactive gas that is known to increase the chance of cancer in humans. The gas is formed by the decay of other radioactive elements in the soil below and surrounding a building. Radon is a heavy gas that accumulates in the lowest level of a building. If it is a home built on a slab, then the first floor is at risk of accumulating radon. The US EPA recommends an "action level" of 4 picocuries/Liter (piCi/L.) It is estimated that one in fifteen homes has a radon level highe… read more »

How to Seal Brick and Other Masonry Buildings

December 11, 2012

Water entering a masonry substrate can cause your home to have interior leaks or exterior staining, spalling and efflorescence. Usually the masonry substrate can absorb the liquid water and release it again when it stops raining. However, the masonry could still have staining and efflorescence. In modern home c… read more »

A-Tech Concrete Sealer-Silane & Siloxane Concrete Water Repellent

December 5, 2012

Concrete water repellents are used to protect concrete areas such as driveways, patios and sidewalks from water penetration. They need to be able to stop water from getting into concrete. But most importantly, it must be able to also let water vapor escape out of it. There are several types of water repellents available, some of them at your local home improvement center. Unfortunately these readily available water repellents are unable to let water vapor escape and do not penetrate in… read more »

Water-Based Acrylic Brick Paver Sealer

December 5, 2012

Brick pavers are used to create beautiful hardscapes for homes and businesses. These range from small walkways to elaborate patios and outside entertainment areas. Pavers give a long service life and increase the value and beauty of any property. To add to the beauty and fully protect your investment, it is best to seal them with a water-based acrylic sealer.  A-Tech Paver Sealer is a water-based acrylic paver sealer. Paver Installation Pavers are installed… read more »

How to Seal a Brick Chimney From Water and Rain

December 4, 2012

A brick chimney can cause leaks into the interior of a home in several ways. One of the most common is water from rains being absorbed into the brick and then showing up on the interior. Brick and mortar are naturally porous materials. They soak up a great deal of water, especially when driven by hard winds. It is possible for thi… read more »

Foundation Waterproofing Vs Foundation Dampproofing

December 3, 2012

Most people who build a new home with a basement plan on making it an added living space. New homeowners want to install a large screen TV, a pool table or maybe another bedroom. They expect that their basement will be dry and free of water. But what they don't know is that it may be possible that their basements are not waterproof. Water vapor that gets into a basement causes the musty odors that you smell in a basement. Any liquid water that gets into a basement can damage carpets, d… read more »