Why do foundation walls crack?
It is not uncommon for foundation walls to have cracks, and in general, one of the more common areas to see a crack or have a leak is in the corner of the basement window, these are generally a hairline crack, and can be repaired from the interior using a polyurethane injection.
What type of crack injections are available?
Polyurethane injection: It is most commonly used to control water leaks caused by a hairline crack; this is not a structural repair.
Epoxy: This is typically used for structural cracks, and in conjunction with pins or plates. Epoxies vary from an ultra-thin to paste-like liquid to accommodate cracks of various widths and have a comprehensive strength that exceeds most concrete.
What does proper grading around the foundation mean?
Ensure that the soils slope away from the home, there should not be any areas with standing water or puddles.
If the above grade parging is cracking, can this indicate there could be an issue with the foundation?
The traditional parging is a cosmetic protective layer of cement added to your foundation. Standard parging generally last anywhere from 3 to 7 years.
Do the downspouts need to be extended?
Yes, it is important that downspouts are put in the correct locations, and with extensions, no water should be discharged next to or near the foundation wall.
Why use Horizon Finish instead of traditional parging?
The Horizon Finish is more of a perminate solution, it is a waterproofing membrane and has curb appeal.
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Should a crack in the foundation wall be repaired from the inside or the outside?
It can be fixed either from the interior or the exterior; however, it is more cost effective for the repair to be done from the interior.
Is gravel the only thing that drains water away in a window well?
No, the gravel adds a filter to drain the water to the window well drain, this drains to the foundation weeping tile at the base of the foundation wall.
What is the difference between a block foundation and a poured concrete foundation?
A block foundation is hollow cinder blocks that are placed with mortar. A poured concrete foundation is a wall that is a cast in place solid poured concrete.
What is a leaking tie rod?
It is a steel rod that is used to hold the forms together during a concrete pour, they are prone to leak if they are not broken off and properly patched/waterproofed on the exterior foundation wall.
Can you drain your eavestrough in to your weeping tile?
No. The weeping tile is designed to drain the water around your foundation, adding the eavestrough water can overload the weeping tile, and debris built up (leaves, twigs) can cause failure.
Should I insulate my foundation walls from the exterior or the interior?
It is beneficial, if you are building a new home, you should insulate the foundation wall from both interior and exterior. If it is an existing home, it is practical to properly insulate from the interior foundation wall, unless you have issues and are excavating, then you should also add insulation on the exterior foundation wall.
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