Transform Cracked And Crumbling Concrete Into A Solid And Stable Foundation

Picture the following scenario: You live in the home of your dreams, enjoy fixing it up, and spending time relaxing each day with your family. Then, one day, you go down into your basement to get laundry out of the washing machine and are greeted by a flooded foundation. Your jaw drops and you are instantly consumed with fear and begin to panic. Don’t let this situation get the best of you. You can tackle the problem by repairing the damaged concrete that is part of your home’s foundation. Taking the right approach will allow you to successfully reverse the damage. Your foundation will remain sturdy and moisture will be unable to penetrate.

Materials For The Job

  • wet/dry vacuum
  • sump pump
  • sponge
  • bucket of water
  • detergent
  • concrete patch
  • chisel
  • small, wire brush
  • trowel
  • mixing stick
  • broom
  • concrete sealer
  • paint roller with extended handle
  • paint tray

Steps For Cleaning

Dry out your basement before you attempt any repairs. A wet/dry vacuum cleaner will assist with sucking up excess water. Open any windows to air out the surroundings. If the amount of water is extensive, rent a sump pump from a rental company. This type of pump has a long, hose attachment that can be directed towards the outdoors. Water will be collected and deposited away from your home. Clean the interior walls of the foundation with soapy water and a sponge. Use plain water to rinse it off. Wait for the walls to dry completely.

Removal Of Broken Pieces And Prepping The Area

Move a wire brush over areas that contain crumbled sections of concrete. It will help loosen them so that you are able to pull them out. Use a chisel to do this. Sweep the floor to collect all of the pieces.Moisten the areas that you will repairing. Fill in the cracks with concrete patch.

This product can be applied with a trowel. Press the material into any gaps. Make sure they are fully packed. Smooth down the surface with the flat side of a trowel. The patch may take several hours to dry. Waiting until the next day to complete the project is an option for you to consider. 

Instructions For Applying The Sealer

Concrete sealer will protect the surface of the foundation. Mix this product before pouring it into a paint tray. Moisten the interior wall before applying the sealer. It will help the product bond to the wall. Dip the paint roller into the tray. Roll the sealer onto the wall, using straight and even strokes. Cover each section completely.

Wait several hours for the sealer to dry before applying a second coat. Once this coat dries, your foundation will have the protection that is necessary to prevent moisture from entering your home. Inclement weather will not be something that you will have to worry about and you will be able to enjoy each day that you spend in your residence. For more help, contact a company like D & R Masonry Restoration, Inc. with any questions or concerns.

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