Foundation wall cracks are common, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating to deal with. Take care of those leaky cracks with DRY-SEAL, our long-term solution to leaky basement cracks. We’re so confident in our system that we back each repair with a 10-year warranty.
When a new home is built, the weight of the house will settle into the soil for about 6 years. Due to the movement of your settling house, you can begin to develop small cracks in your foundation wall. As the house goes through foundation shifts and thermal cycles (freeze/thaw, wet/dry) those cracks can open up as tiny bits of moisture get inside the void. Eventually the cracks will widen enough to allow water to seep in. These cracks are not structural in nature unless you notice deflection, however, if left unattended they can get bigger over time.
DRY-SEAL 5000 and DRY-SEAL 6000 are flexible resins designed to withstand the constant movement associated with the thawing and freezing of harsh New England winters. These thermosetting flexible resins adhere to the concrete surface, fill all voids, and form a unique, custom-fit seal through the entire wall thickness.
When injecting cracks, we have two formulas to ensure the ultimate adhesion and protection. DRY-SEAL 5000 is designed for wider cracks, whereas DRY-SEAL 6000 is designed for tight hairline fractures allowing us to achieve maximum penetration in tight spaces.
The DRY-SEAL 5000 and 6000 resins work so well because they have a viscosity (thickness) less than water, allowing the injection to penetrate the full thickness of the concrete. As the thin liquid fills the main crack, it’s able to seep into any capillary cracks, voids or pores, and honey combs, creating a permanent custom-fit watertight seal.
Unlike polyurethane or epoxy injections, which are rock hard when they cure, DRY-SEAL 5000 and 6000 cures with elasticity. This allows for slight movements in the foundation that are common in New England due to freezing and thawing. Each year your home shifts slightly with the changing seasons, DRY-SEAL is designed to slightly flex with the movement so it doesn’t crack.
Our system is the result of over 30 years of extensive research, development, and experience. Our reputation speaks for itself!
DRY-SEAL 5000® and 6000 Flexible Resins are formulated to react directly with water. Rapid cure time eliminates the need to pre-dry surfaces, ensuring effective bonding despite the presence of moisture.
We repair foundations from the INSIDE, avoiding the need for heavy equipment and eliminating the expense and inconvenience of disturbing your landscaping.
The first step of the process is to prep the crack. To do that we chip out the edge of the crack then clean it with a razor to remove any small particles, encouraging proper adhesion. Next, we drill port holes into the crack from top to bottom, each 10 inches apart, then hammer ports into the holes. We add a hydraulic cement backer then pump resin into the crack from top to bottom.
In most circumstances, crack injections are done from inside the house. There are a few benefits to this.
Tie rods are steel or aluminum rods that are used to hold together the forms during construction of your foundation walls. Tie rods are often patched upon completion of your foundation wall. However, there are hundreds of tie rods left behind after pouring and a patch is often missed. These tie rods begin to rust and rot from exposure to the elements and over time you may experience water leaking into your basement. We can inject our DRY-SEAL resin into these spaces preventing further rot and stopping leaking water.
Cold joints are the joints that are formed between two pours of concrete when the second pour is completed after the setting of the first pour. This often happens when you put an addition on your home and the new foundation is poured butting an existing one. That joint will leak over time because concrete against concrete doesn’t create a good seal. People will attempt to waterproof the joint by patching it from the outside, but those patches can wear away over time. We can inject those cold joints with our DRY-SEAL resin. The elasticity of the resin does very well with cold joint because it allows for slight movements in the foundation walls.
The holes drilled into your foundation to run your sewer and water line are often bigger than the pipe itself. You might have a 4-inch pipe with a 5 or 6-inch hole. The gap will sometimes be filled with hydraulic cement but that’s not the best solution. The reason being is that hydraulic cement doesn’t always penetrate the full depth of the concrete wall, which is usually 10 inches. Those pipes also extend outside of your home quite a way, which causes them to move around slightly. That cement will wear away over time causing leaking issues. We can inject that gap with our DRY-SEAL resin preventing water from leaking through and allowing for the small movements in the pipe.
At Drycrete, we never compromise our service or quality and that’s why we guarantee our waterproofing solutions. Call us now for fair pricing, high-quality products, and exceptional service that over 11,000 of your neighbors have trusted for their basement waterproofing needs.