Question #1 - Foundation Crack Behind Electrical Panel
Q: I have a crack in my basement wall that runs behind a portion of the electrical panel in my basement. Is it possible to repair this without having to mend it from outside and dig up my yard?
A: It does depend on a few factors but, yes! It is possible to repair a wall crack that runs behind an electrical panel from the inside of your home.
I have been involved in repairing several foundation cracks that have been located behind electrical panels. In some cases, it has been necessary to have an electrician temporarily move the panel over just enough to access the entire length of the crack, have the repair made and then return the panel to its original location.
I have also performed many repairs that have allowed enough room directly behind the electrical panel to apply an epoxy surface seal covering the surface of the crack. Applying ports above and below the area covered by the panel and injecting from the port just below the panel up to the port above. In some rare cases I have found it necessary to inject for lengths of up to six feet. While these conditions have not been optimal, a way was made to achieve the desired result.
In the majority of cases there is a repair available that can be performed from the inside of your home without having to excavate.
Question #2 - Concrete Ceiling Crack
Q: I have a fruit cellar underneath my front porch that has a large crack that can be seen from the top of my front porch. When it rains water leaks through and gets into my fruit cellar, so much so that I have had to remove the items that I was storing in it. Can this be repaired without having to replace my front porch?
A: Thanks for your question and the good news is yes this can be repaired from the inside simply and easily with something called a crack injection. We have repaired many types of cracks in concrete that was overhead.
Sometime last year we repaired a rather large ceiling crack in a room beneath a multi car garage. The floor slab was divided into sections separated by a construction joint, which is a very common place for cracking to occur.
There had been a previous attempt to repair this concrete crack using a thin layer of hydraulic cement, that had to be chipped away before the proper repair could be made. Hydraulic cement is commonly used as a temporary fix that will only hold for a while because it still allows moister in to the area above that will crack by expanding and contracting with freeze and thaw cycles.
Next, wooden stringers used to hold the drywall in place were cut and notched out exposing the area in need of repair, being careful to avoid the plumbing and electrical conduit above.
After the old hydraulic cement repair was chipped away the crack was prepped, cleaned and sealed with a thin layer of epoxy paste. Injection ports were evenly spaced out along the entire length of the crack, which are used to inject a thinner less viscous type of epoxy that hardens and fuses the two concrete floor slabs back together. Leaving the room below completely dry.
Question #3 - Delta MS Membrane on Exterior of Foundation Wall
Q: My house has a dimpled membrane on the outside of the foundation wall. There are three cracks in my basement wall that leaks whenever it rains. Is it possible to get these cracks to stop leaking with a crack injection? or because there is a dimple membrane on the outside of it, am I just out of luck. I have heard that any epoxy injected into this crack will just leak outside the exterior because of the gaps created by the
Late last fall we received a call from a customer who had water coming in through a basement wall that was beginning to cause a serious mold issue.
After taking a look at the problem, the decision was made to tear down the wood paneling, drywall and 2 x 4 studs to really get a look at the problem. After everything had been taken down we were able to see an approximately 30’ crack in the concreate that ran horizontally on a downward angle that ran across 3 parallel walls. We could see that there was definitely some what of a structural issue, but after having an engineer take a look, it was decided that a combination of epoxy, carbon fibre straps and Kevlar staples would be enough stabilization to take care of the problem.
After exposing the aggregate, cleaning, sealing and porting the 30’ wall crack, it was injected with epoxy which adds a structural element of its own giving the strength and support required to repair this leaky basement.
The room was then fitted with a negative air machine which was vented out of one of the basement windows and would suck out the dust particles created buy the use of a surface grinder. The surface grinder is used to prepare the wall in the area where the carbon fibre straps are going to be installed. After the carbon fibre straps and the kevlar staples were installed the job was complete. Now that this basement is dry and secure it is ready for a studs, drywall and a new makeover.
Water can sometime penetrate your home around the side of various service pipes as they enter and/or exit your home. This problem can be resolved with an inexpensive leak repair.
Kevlar staples were made with shear strength in mind and are designed to add a structural fix to your foundation wall crack repair.
Radon testing for your home comes with a no obligation quote for the recommended repairs to make your home safe, with an optional on the spot quick fix repair service.
Crack injections are the best and most effective way to waterproof and fix dry and or currently leaking cracked foundation walls, without costly exterior diging.
With our b dry Waterproofing System and Radon Inspections you can be assured of keeping your home safe and dry. See Radon Map
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