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Effective and Ineffective Approaches in Repairing Cracks on Basement Walls

It is not so unusual to find cracks on basement walls especially when the basement is made of concrete. They actually crack because of a number of factors that include alternating seasons of wetness and drought.

The proliferated rate at which we find cracks in walls of buildings has made basement wall crack repair something of a necessity. It should, however, be noted that, on the basis of the structure of the building, the cracks are not that much of a threat to the structural configuration of the house, they only multiply the risk of leakages and water seeping into the house.

 

While the major challenge that basement wall cracks pose is the letting in of water into the house, there are some approaches that had been devised to tame the phenomenon of basement wall fissures. You must be careful what method you choose as some are great methods, but some others are not really effective. We consider both classes of approaches:

Ineffective Methods

  • The Use of Wall Patches—Many homeowners actually adopt this approach which involves taking advantage of the adhesive nature of plasters to stitch the crack. However, this approach has its loophole. Change in seasons causes the soil bordering your house to shrivel and expand alternately. The plaster, however, does not follow the same pattern of expansion and contraction causing the same crack to return after a short while.

 

  • The Use of Epoxy—Akin to plasters, epoxy serves the same purpose of filling the gap between the crack. But much like plasters, epoxy does not move along with the walls when some adjustments occur. They are so rigid, they do not respond along with the walls to external influences.

 

  • The Use of Urethane Liquid—Although preferable to epoxy given its degree of flexibility, urethane liquid does not undergo extensive deformation, making it unqualified for an ultimate solution to basement wall cracks.

Effective Methods

The Use of FlexiSpan—This approach has proven to be one of the most reliable among others. It involves several installation steps. First, a little drywall is built beneath the position of the crack on the floor. FlexiSpan performs the function of sealing up the crack while installers seal the basement walls.  In order to drain water around into the drywall, a polyurethane ether foam band is employed atop the initial seal. As an extra protective measure, a polyurethane sealant is employed to the already formed layer. Then finally the floor that was opened before installation is sealed up and cemented to cover the drywall.

 

Why this method is great is because, it not only covers the cracks, it also channels water off your wall into the drywall and cuts the chances of leakages to the barest minimum.

 

In the circumstance that the cracks are many, then you can adopt the approach of fixing atop the cracks a WaterGuard system as well as BrightWall paneling. After concluding the installation you do not have to do anything extra, you would have succeeded in equipping yourself with sufficient protection against leaky vertices and walls in the house.

Important Note

For extensive cracks, it is recommended that you seek the service of a professional repairer to handle it. You do not really have to look too far, we have got all the expertise you need and can handle all the repairs your cracked foundation walls need.

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