Articles

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

DIY Concrete Basement Crack Repair

November 26, 2012

Concrete Cracks in Basements Many homes that have concrete basements have foundation cracks. This is a normal situation because as the concrete cures it shrinks in volume. This shrinkage creates stresses in the concrete wall. To relieve the stress, the concrete cracks. The most common areas for a "shrinkage crack" to occur are in the middle of a long wall, below a corner of a basement window or where the foundation wall changes height. A large number of homes bu… read more »

How to Repair Cracks in a Concrete Foundation

November 21, 2012

Leaking cracks in concrete foundations are a common problem for many homeowners. While the cracks are caused by the natural process of concrete curing and shrinking, the cracks can be an annoyance for the homeowner. That is because many homeowners want their basements to act as an added living space with carpeting, finished walls and furniture. Concrete Foundation Shrinkage Crack Causes First, all residential foundations crack. Concrete has water as an ingredien… read more »

Foundation Waterproofing Sprayers for Professionals

November 19, 2012

Foundation waterproofing spray equipment can be the biggest capital expenditure for a waterproofing contractor when they are starting out. It is important to purchase the right piece of spray equipment for your business. Too large of a piece of equipment and it may be difficult to stay above water. Too small and you may not be able to spray enough foundations in a day for your customers. It is also important to purchase a foundation waterproofing sprayer that works for the type of mate… read more »

How to Repair a Concrete Basement Crack by Epoxy Injection

November 14, 2012

Homeowners love how a concrete basement provides a safe, clean and dry area to store possessions or expand a home's living space. What they don't love is how concrete cracks. Cracks in a basement wall can let in water or signify that there is a structural problem with the foundation. Epoxy crack injection into a concrete wallwill stop any water leaks and structurally repair the wall. Epoxy Crack Injection Advantages Seals the crack from water Epox… read more »

Water-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer For Decorative Concrete

November 14, 2012

Many don't people realize that contractors can color and stamp plain concrete to make it look like a whole host of other materials. Stone patios, brick entranceways, field stone walkways and cobblestone driveways are routinely done using patterns and coloring on the concrete. The benefit for customers is that this decorative concrete work can be done at a fraction of the real materials that they mimic. Unlike many of the real materials, however, the concrete needs to be sealed to protect the … read more »

Concrete Foundation Crack Repair

November 12, 2012

Foundations made of concrete can crack as a natural process of it curing. These cracks are called shrinkage cracks. As the name suggests, concrete actually shrinks as it cures. This shrinkage builds up stress and the concrete must crack to relieve the stress. While they are a normal condition for a home's foundation, foundation cracks can let water leak into the basement. Water that gets into the basement can damage carpets, insulation, drywall and the homeowner's possessions. That is … read more »

How to Reduce Basement Dampness and Humidty

November 7, 2012

The soil around a basement acts like a reservoir for water when it rains. This water can penetrate through a basement wall or floor and allow mold, mildew and musty odors to accumulate in the basement. Sealing the basement walls and floors from the inside with a penetrating sealer can stop this water and water vapor from entering the inside area Damp Concrete Walls and Floors As it rains the ground surrounding the basement absorbs water. Inadequately sealed conc… read more »

Siloxane Concrete Sealer for Driveways

November 5, 2012

Concrete Driveways Many homes now have concrete driveways. Concrete is used because it is long lived, easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing. Most driveways have a broom finish to them and while more expensive, exposed aggregate is popular, too. A proper installation starts with a quality concrete mix. Air entrained concrete should be used. This means that the concrete has microscopic air bubbles trapped inside the concrete and remain there once the it cure… read more »