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05/21/2015
Inspecting and making repairs to the outside of your home is a must-do seasonal task. Just as you want to ensure your gutters are clean to avoid clogging and flooding the sides of your home, you’ll also want to ensure you do an inspection of the foundation of your home. Buffalo Builders DKI would like to take the time to explain how you can go about temporarily fixing cracks in your foundation. A permanent fix should be done only by professionals or those who are experienced with repair projects. For property reconstruction or water damage repair in ColoradoSprings, we are available to help. 

Preparations: 

  • Once you’ve located a crack in your foundation, be it a small one in a concrete slab to the side of your home, or something more substantial, like a crack in a basement wall, you’ll want to ensure the crack is dry prior to carrying out any work. If there is moisture, you can use a hair dryer to completely dry the surface and inside area of the crack. 
  • Next, you’ll want to ensure the crack is clean of debris such as any loose concrete or mud that may have seeped in. You may consider using a shop-vacuum to really get the dust and debris out. 

Temporary Fix Options

  • You can cover the crack with hydraulic cement. The cement is easy to mix and dries very quickly. Simply add water to a powder and apply it to the crack immediately with a putty knife. (Always read packet instructions before using cement). 
  • After cleaning out the crack you can also fill it with either a grout compound or sand mix. This is only slightly better than using hydraulic cement. You will be able to go deeper into the crack with grout compound, but not as far back as you might want in order to fill the entire crevice. 
  • The last suggestion is to use silicone injections in the surface of the crack. This is the most expensive and best temporary solution to the problem. The method is fairly straight forward and involve you inserting injection valves into specific areas of the crack and then injecting the silicone into the valves. (Always read packet instructions before using silicone injections).

Once you see what is required of you for a temporary fix, you may decide that you’d rather go with a permanent fix now, instead. For that job, you will need a professional. We’ve got a great group of professionals who are ready to assist you in your home restoration needs. For property restoration in Colorado Springs, be sure to contact us first on (719) 578-8100.