What is Residential Waterproofing?
Residential waterproofing is an all-encompassing term that covers solutions to fix leakage and cracks in foundations and other concrete walls. In residential foundations and walls, cracks happen for a lot of reasons; this includes foundation settling, external vibrations, over-saturation of soil, and a concrete pour that contained too much water. When cracks occur, you have to deal with the almost inevitable problem that follows: Leakage. Our solution to residential concrete leakage is also the most economical. Kaufman practices a residential waterproofing system that injects sealants into cracks from the interior of the building of residence. This method alleviates the need to excavate soil from the exterior of the building, and offers significant advantages to the homeowner.
How is Residential Waterproofing Installed?
To solve most crack-leakage problems, Kaufman uses the most advanced techniques in the market, a Urethane injection. Urethane injections provide several advantages when compared to epoxy injections (an older method). To repair a crack with epoxy (which doesn’t adhere to wet concrete, you must wait until a dry spell that allows the surrounding soil to dry completely. With a urethane injection, water is actually the catalyst of a chemical reaction causing the urethane to expand, fill, and ultimately fill the crack entirely.
To install urethane waterproofing, there are several steps leading up to a crack being sealed. We start by ensuring the crack is clean of substrate by applying an acid + water wash. Then we pump urethane into the crack, which reacts when it meets the remaing water in the crack, causing the urethane to expand and seal the crack. Give us a call to solve your Louisville, Kentukcy based residential waterproofing needs!
Common Applications for Residential Waterproofing
Urethane injections will resolve leaking issues in a variety of applications, including:
-Actively leaking cracks
-Cracks in basement walls
-Previously repaired cracks (internally and/or externally) that are leaking; Note: an epoxy injection is not appropriate for use in repairing a failed crack injection
-Cracks full of mud or mineral deposits
-Rebar or other steel induced cracks
-Leaking forming tie-rod holes
-Leaking forming snap rods
-Leaking I-beam pockets
-Leaking underground structures in general (such as parking garage cracks and seams)
-Gaps beneath the window frame and the top of the concrete wall cut-out