Have you found wall cracks in your basement? If so, you shouldn’t overlook them. It could be that the cracks formed as a result of the house settling over time. Sometimes these cracks are only minor and not too much of a cause for concern. In other cases, they can cause severe structural issues. Another common cause of wall cracks is water damage, which can pose a serious threat to your health and the structure of your home. In either case, it’s best to get a waterproofing professional to assess the damage. One remediation method they may suggest is epoxy injections. But what are those?
How Do They Work?
Epoxy injections are probably the most economical way to repair wall cracks. They are especially suited to restoring cracks that are not too severe. You should keep in mind, too, that before repairing a crack the cause of the cracking itself has to be addressed. For instance, if you find that water damage is in fact the culprit, look into basement waterproofing as soon as possible. If you neglect this step, your basement walls will in all likelihood just crack again.
You can think of an epoxy injection like a glue that can repair wall cracks. When done correctly, the wall will regain its strength prior to cracking.
Preparation and Application
Before applying the epoxy, you have to prepare the surface. First thing’s first—clean the crack. A wire brush will do the trick to start. But after that, try using compressed air to eliminate any remaining liquid or debris. Professionals may use a pressure washer or steam to accomplish this task. After all, without a thoroughly cleaned surface, the epoxy injection will not have the strength it should. Keep in mind that the surface has to be completely dry before application. This is one reason that epoxy ejections are not a suitable fit for cracks caused by water damage, unless you first eliminate the source of the leak.
The manner in which you apply the epoxy injection varies with the product. Often, professionals use epoxy injection ports, which contain the epoxy in the cracks. Then apply a layer of epoxy to the crack to keep the ports in place. Once this has dried, you can begin by injecting into the lowest port, and working your way upwards.
Don’t Do It Yourself
Epoxy injections are, in many instances, but the most affordable and simplest solution to wall cracks. But although the application process may seem relatively straightforward, you should leave it in the hands of professionals. The certified waterproofing professionals at All Aspects Waterproofing have the years of experience and expertise to restore your walls to their original strength. We’re here to help.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.