A simple, permanent repair for a leaking crack in a basement wall. Concrete consists primarily of cement, sand, gravel, and water. As the water in the slurry evaporates, the remaining ingredients cure into a hard, monolithic slab. Unfortunately, the curing process causes the concrete to shrink slightly, often resulting in hairline cracks.
Several masonry patching products, such as hydraulic cement, do an adequate job of filling cracks in concrete walls. However, these products can fail after a few years if your foundation or retaining wall continues to move slightly, leaving you with little choice but to chip them out and start all over again.
These methods are generally not recommended as a permanent solution as they wear out over time. They are good options when you need a quick temporary fix before repairing your basement wall cracks.
This simple method takes caulk and plugs it into the crack to fill the space. It is a good way to temporarily fill in cracks that are smaller to prevent water from entering the basement.
With this method, contractors chisel an inverted-V groove into the basement wall cracks. It is then filled with rigid, hydraulic cement to plug the hole. The bond with the cement is not always strong, so this is should only be used as a temporary method.
The epoxy seals are a much stronger and rigid method of repairing basement wall cracks. This method must be applied on a dry surface. Since it is rigid, if the concrete in the basement walls expands or contracts over time, the plug can fall out.
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