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Foundation Crack Sealant

The type of foundation crack sealant you use depends on the type of crack you need to repair. Materials, chemicals and how you apply them vary according to the method you use to fill the crack. When it comes to repairing your foundation, it's best not to take a "one size fits all" approach.

Maintenance tips for your home's foundation.

The type of foundation crack sealant you use depends on the type of crack you need to repair.  Materials, chemicals and how you apply them vary according to the method you use to fill the crack.

When it comes to repairing your foundation, it's best not to take a "one size fits all" approach.  It's better to understand the problem, then fix it with the right solution.

Also, you should seriously consider calling in a professional to help with your foundation repair.  A buckled foundation is much more expensive to repair than a simple crack, and getting the job done right when it's a relatively small problem may save you a lot of money later on.


Polyurethane Solution Injection

Basic cracks can be repaired with a polyurethan solution injection.  It's a foam-like sealant that creates a bond between the crack and the foundation, preventing it from widening further.

Before using polyurethane solution, be sure to know what your foundation is made of.  Different foundation materials will require different types of solution.


Caulk

Caulk can be used for relatively minor cracks.  You'll first need to thoroughly clean out the cracks with a vacuum and stiff wire brush.

Once finished, fill the crack with caulk.  Allow the caulk to dry, and then paint.

Watch the crack over time.  If it reappears, call in a professional to assess the problem.


Hydraulic Cement

Hydraulic cement is specially made for stopping water in masonry walls.  It will set quickly and won't shrink like regular cement.

It works best on cracks large enough to allow you to work it into the crack.  This means you'll have to clean the crack out thoroughly with a chisel, wire brush and vacuum.

Find the source of the crack, then chisel it into an inverted V shape along its length.  Since hydraulic cement sets quickly after mixing, you'll need to prepare the crack first, mix the cement, then work quickly.

Don't mix too much cement at once.  Instead, work in small batches.


Epoxy Sealant

If the crack is relatively small and not related to structural problems, you can use epoxy putty to seal it.  Epoxy putty is easy to mold and work into small cracks.

Be sure to monitor the crack to make sure it doesn't get wider over time.  If it does, you'll need to call in a professional or use another type of sealant.

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Matt Smolsky has been writing for more than 25 years. He wrote news, sports and feature stories for the "Omaha World-Herald" and other publications and has continued on in direct marketing and general advertising. He now writes for the web as well. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and journalism from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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