Answers to Your Questions on Basements - WBAY

Answers to Your Questions on Basements

Question: We have a crack in our basement wall that leaks in the spring when the ground is still frozen but the snow is melting fast. Is it better to just fill the crack with a sealant or should we grind out the crack, cleaning it, and then fill it?

Answer: Thank you for sending your question in. This is a problem that a lot of new homes have. You can try to patch the crack but we have found that for long-term that does not work. You have two options for a fix:

The first is a Polyurethane Injection. We drill holes in the wall about three inches away from the crack and pump urethane into the crack. This gives a complete seal through the entire crack, inside to out. But we have found that over time the urethane shrinks and the crack leaks again.

The second option is a FlexiSpan. Basement Systems has developed a breakthrough crack repair method which is patent pending. The FlexiSpan crack repair method eliminates messy, unreliable epoxy or urethane injections. It is revolutionary, permanent, and it works every time. We seal the crack with a special, flexible sealant on the surface of the crack from top to bottom. This bead will slow -- and in many cases stop -- the flow of water through the crack. We then stick the strip of 3 1/2-inch wide, beveled FlexiSpan open cell foam material to the sealant, tucking it into the Basement Systems waterproofing system or drainage created at the floor. An overcoat of special sealant is applied over the FlexiSpan foam strip overlapping the concrete wall at least two inches on each side. The beveled foam strip is covered completely, creating a sealed patch from the top of the crack to the bottom. The beveled foam is a bond breaker between the top coat of sealant and the wall, and serves to wick any water that gets past the first bead of sealant into the drainage below. The FlexiSpan wall crack repair system will never crack or leak, and can flex as much as 3/4-inch, making it the permanent solution to keep wall cracks dry.

If you want more information or would like Sure-Dry Basement Systems Inc. to take a look at it, please call us.

Question: We have just bought a one-year-old house. Closing date 5/20/04. Notice at curbside that the sump pump seems to run almost constantly. By your inspection could you tell if this is serious? Thanks.

Answer: If the pump runs constantly that means you are most likely in a high water table and the pump is doing what it is suppose to do. You may want to look at a 2nd pump and/or a battery back up because of the pump stops for any reason your basement will get wet.

Question: During heavy downpours, our basement develops water "fingerlings" that come in to the basement at many areas. We use Twirl to clean out the drain tile once every 6 months but it keeps coming in. We have a very "irony" mineral that turns the floor a rust color. Is there any way to seal the floor & the wall where they meet to prevent the staining from coming in to the basement? HELP!

Answer: Thanks for the e-mail. Painting or coating the floor and/or walls will not solve the problem. It sounds like you may be just north of Green Bay by Suamico, is this correct? This is a big problem in this area. We have installed Water Guard is situations like yours. This will solve the water coming in on the floor from where the floor and wall meet, and we will need to install several inspection ports. The inspection ports allow you to flush the Water Guard out with a garden hose.

We would be more than happy to take a look at this for you. That will allow us to do a complete evaluation of the problem. It is difficult to give an exact solution before we see the actual problem. If you would like a free evaluation please call our office at 1-800-379-3788 and let me know a good time to call you. Thanks.

Question: My basement walls 'sweat' in the summer. Will this eventually lead to leaks that I need to worry about now?. I'm in Manitowoc. Do you service my area? Thanks.

Answer: Yes, we service the Manitowoc area. We would be more than happy to take a look at it. But from what your talking about (sweat) some things you can do is keep your windows in the basement closed, run a dehumidifier that is designed for your basements size, (we do carry Sani Dry's) this is an air filtering and air dryer at the same time. They are made around Madison, WI so they know our clement.

The reason you have sweaty walls is because usually the air is warm and the walls are cool when the two meet this makes sweat or humidity. The Sani Dry will eliminate damp, musty odors in your basement once and for all, by drying and filtering the air. Please feel free to call me at 1-800-379-3788 or e-mail, if you have any more questions or want us to look at your problem. Thank you.
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