When it comes to cracks in your basement walls, fixing them isn’t just a one-size-fits-all solution. There are several different options and factors that go into repairing concrete cracks. The two main forms of injections for repairing cracks are epoxy and polyurethane. Which is better? They’ll both technically get the job done, but getting the job done well is what Tom’s Basement Waterproofing is here to do for you!
There are a few things that the professionals at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing consider when looking at basement wall cracks.
- Does your crack impact the structure of your foundation?
- Does the injection need to be stronger than the concrete surrounding it?
- Will the crack potentially cause water to seep into your home?
- Is the crack leaking now?
After answering these questions and thoroughly examining your basement walls for any other apparent issues, Tom’s Basement Waterproofing will decide on either epoxy or polyurethane solutions.
Epoxy injections come in all different types and forms, and can range anywhere from a thin substance to thick like paste. This allows the epoxy to accommodate many different sizes of cracks in your basement walls. When your cracks are more damaging to the structure of your home or building, and need to have a strong hold in order to stay repaired, epoxy is the way to go. The psi of epoxy is incredibly strong, and can withstand the nature of concrete. Epoxies will usually take several hours to harden after injected, which is ideal when trying to fill large holes with many different crevices.
When Tom’s Basement Waterproofing is mostly concerned about water entering your home or coming through your basement wall cracks, we will typically settle for polyurethane injections and foams. Polyurethane sets incredibly fast, and can hold up against the wettest surfaces. These types of cracks are typically smaller, and polyurethane accommodates better to concrete that has slightly shifted. This adaptable substance will seal quickly and tightly, and keep the water out.
While epoxies and polyurethanes each have their own strengths and weaknesses, you can trust that Tom’s Basement Waterproofing will understand how to repair your cracked basement walls, and eliminate the risk of damage to your property in the future!