Basement Wall Crack Repair from MidAmerica Basement Systems
Many homeowners may eventually experience cracks in their basement walls. What causes the walls to crack? Stress points found throughout the concrete foundation walls will cause the basement walls to crack. It is due to the weakening of concrete from wet soil expanding, hydrostatic pressure, and frost build up happening right outside of the foundation wall.
These cracks can indicate stages of wall failure. On brick walls, horizontal cracks indicate the first stage of wall failure. Staircase cracks leading down the wall indicate the second stage of wall failure. The third stage is continued pressure until stage four hits and the wall has completely bowed inward. For poured walls vertical cracks running through the wall indicate wall failure and over time will just get worse. These cracks may start off small and will grow in size, so they must be watched closely.
If you're unsure of the severity of your wall crack, contact MidAmerica Basement Systems.
Warrantied repairs for leaking wall cracks & pipe penetrations
Small cracks in foundation walls are common in homes throughout the Illinois and Iowa area. Usually a side effect of the natural curing process of concrete, these cracks usually do not threaten the foundation.
However, even small cracks in a foundation can be a major problem if they leak groundwater into your basement or crawl space.
If you'd like a free crack repair quote for our warrantied system, contact us by phone or e-mail today! We provide all our crack repair services in Cedar Rapids, Peoria, Waterloo, Davenport and the nearby areas.
Seal Wall Cracks. Repairing and sealing wall cracks will prevent future leaks.
Steps to Install the FlexiSpan® Wall System
At MidAmerica Basement Systems, we recommend the FlexiSpan® Foundation Crack Repair System to repair your leaking wall cracks. It's a patented, warrantied repair and a permanent solution. To repair a flooding or leaky wall crack, we follow these five steps:
If you're waterproofing your basement with WaterGuard® or another interior drainage system, the FlexiSpan® can be integrated with it to direct any potential leaks to your sump pump. Otherwise, a small dry well about 5-10 gallons in size is created at the base of the crack.
We start by sealing the crack with a high-viscosity polyurethane polymer. This gets deep in the cracks to form a durable, flexible seal.
Your polyurethane polymer seal should never fail. If it ever does, 95% of the water should still be stopped from leaking in. To ensure a proper repair, we install a secondary layer of drainage on the basement wall—one that will direct water to your basement drainage system or dry well.
To keep your foundation walls looking great, we overlay your sealed wall crack with a polyurethane sealant. Light gray in color, it gives the repair a professional, finished appearance.
After the wall crack has been repaired, the concrete floor is restored flush, with no gaps or openings. We pride ourselves on leaving our workplace clean and neat. The end result of the FlexiSpan® installation is a professional-looking, top-performing basement wall crack repair that includes a written warranty.
While leaking wall cracks must be fixed before you finish your basement, your finished basement walls will also need to be protected from water vapor that continually passes through concrete.
Stop this moisture by installing a vapor barrier on basement walls before finishing. Many of our vapor barrier systems double as insulation or as an aesthetic upgrade.
Why FlexiSpan® over Injection?
Unlike hydraulic cements and some epoxies, the special polyurethane polymer sealant used for FlexiSpan® will never dry out or re-crack due to the natural movement of the foundation wall over long periods of time.
Additionally, hydraulic cements, epoxies, and even urethane injections are not able to bend and stretch along with your foundation movement.
As concrete walls expand and shrink slightly through freeze/thaw and wet/dry cycles, the bonds of these materials will fail, leading to re-cracking or new cracks forming farther on down the wall. As this occurs, the leaking will begin anew.
The FlexiSpan® System stays bonded with wall movement, and seals the crack permanently -- warrantied! This enables you to count on the basement as dry, usable space, or as space that is ready to be finished into a new living area.
Restore the condition of your basement walls
If you've noticed cracks or leaks in your basement walls, our wall crack sealing services are the solution you need. Call MidAmerica Basement Systems to get a free estimate on all our basement waterproofing services. We proudly serve in Peoria, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque, Iowa City, Normal, Clinton, Moline, East Peoria, Rock Island and throughout the nearby areas.