Recently SEALED was working in a home where we were only able to place ports and epoxy near, but not directly in a corner until a stud was removed. We returned the next day to complete the job, But before we could begin, there was a brief rain shower. Just minutes after the rain began to fall we could hear the dripping of water from the other side of the basement. We turned and saw it running down the wall as well as through the ports that had already been set. In just about ten minutes a gallon of rainwater had puddled on the floor and began to run toward the main drain.
Check out this video to see how fast a gallon or more of water can enter a home through cracks in the foundation. While some cracks never leak, most do or will eventually.
And while water in the crack is not an issue for our repair process, the visible surface of the wall must be dry or the epoxy will not set and will simply liquify. In this case, the rain continued off and on and we had to make plans to return on a dry day in order to finish the job.
The good news is that because the water flowed in through the already set ports, we knew that the ports were set directly over the crack. That meant that when we were ready to inject the cracks with liquid polyurethane, we could be confident that the material would expand inside the wall and seal the leak. And it did.
Do you have a crack that leaks? Make sure you carefully inspect your basement during or just following a good rain and take photos of any leaking cracks. Then call SEALED at 816.308.2881 for a complimentary inspection.