Whether you’re dealing with a leaky basement or a cracked foundation, polyurethane injections might be the best option for restoring the strength of your concrete structure. Unlike simple waterproofing measures, polyurethane injections are elastomeric, which means they can accommodate concrete movement and shifting over time, without compromising structural integrity.
The Benefits of Using Polyurethane Injections for Concrete Repair
Foundational cracks are the main culprit when it comes to leaks, and these cracks are most often caused by melting snow, heavy rains, and tree roots. Although you may not visibly notice cracks to your concrete foundation, your first clue will likely be moisture buildup, mold, or water damage inside your home. Cracks that may seem minimal can also quickly become a bigger problem based on weather conditions. This can result in property damage and costly mold elimination. Rather than choosing the ‘wait and see’ method, it’s best to fix cracks as soon as they’re detected so they don’t widen or spread. Here’s how polyurethane injections can help solve the problem:
- No Expensive Excavations
Many homeowners believe that foundational cracks can only be solved with costly external excavation, but polyurethane injections solve this problem with minimal disruption.
- Polyurethane Injections Eliminate Water and Air Leaks
Polyurethane injection concrete repair is a permanent solution, not a temporary fix. Polyurethanes are designed to seal cracks, eliminate leaks, and restore your concrete’s structural integrity. Polyurethane is a great solution for wide cracks, filling voids, and for use around piping since it expands to fill cracks and prevents future cracking.
- A Much Better Solution Than ‘At Home Repair Kits’
Repairing cracks to your own leaky basement or concrete foundation may seem like the economical solution, but it’s a solution that often doesn’t stand the test of time. Home repair kits don’t often use professional materials and tend to fail after a few years. This can cost you more money down the road, rather than having the problem fixed professionally the first time.
Are Foundation Cracks Avoidable?
Our cold Canadian climate, with extensive freeze-thaw cycles, can do a lot of damage over time to concrete surfaces and structures. This makes concrete cracks almost inevitable. However, reducing the amount and severity of these cracks can help you avoid bigger problems down the road. The best way to ensure you don’t end up with severe weather damage and extensive foundation cracks is to:
- Keep water runoff away from foundational walls
- Be aware of tree roots that may be creeping into the foundation, slab, or your basement walls. A good rule of thumb is that if there are tree branches touching the top of your home, the roots are touching the foundation underneath.
- Prevent water from pooling in areas surrounding the foundation. You should aim for at least a 6” slope in a ten-foot radius from each exterior wall.
- Ensure gutters are a good distance from exterior walls so they aren’t pouring down around foundational walls.
- When you encounter a crack that’s causing a leak, deal with it immediately to prevent further damage.
Why Hire a Concrete Contractor?
If you’re noticing moisture in your basement or suspect troublesome cracks, the best thing to do is deal with the problem immediately. Small cracks can quickly spread and widen, not to mention, moisture and mold can greatly impact your family’s health. A concrete contractor can come and assess the damage to see whether polyurethane injections will work for your situation. DIY kits can patch a job temporarily, but many homeowners find they aren’t a lasting solution, and end up costing more in the long run. At Elite Concrete, all our polyurethane injection services come with a lifetime warranty. With over 40 years of experience, you can trust that we will work with you to find the best, most cost-effective solution to fix the problem the first time. Call us today for an assessment.