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Winterizing Basements

Most basement damage happens during the winter. For a few reasons:

  1. Fluctuating temperatures cause the concrete to shrink and expand. This movement causes the concrete to crack and separate.
  2. When snow melts it turns into water. The concrete absorbs the water and can re-reeze within the pores. This causes the concrete to crack and separate.
  3. When the snow melts and turns into water it will often carry with it salts. When the concrete absorbs the salt water, the salt will damage the concrete from within the pores.
  4. When snow melts in large amounts, it causes water to build up around the walls and floor of a basement. Concrete will absorb the water and allow it to penetrate through into the basement.
  5. When water or moisture enters into the basement it creates an environment suitable for the growth of mold and mildew, and the formation of efflorescence.

Many homeowners don't realize they have cracks, or problematic concrete until the winter. With Winter comes more water and where there is a way for water to enter, it will.

How To Winterize Your Basement

  1. First, make sure all cracks and gaps are properly repaired. Foundation Armor manufactures a repair kit for wet and actively leaking cracks, dry floor cracks, dry wall cracks and expansion joints.
  2. Second, seal the walls and the floor with a waterproofing sealer, like the Armor S2000. The armor S2000 will fill in the pores with a crystalline barrier to reduce the penetration of water, moisture and Radon through the pores. The Armor S2000 is guaranteed for life.
  3. Third, make sure all windors and door are taped off.

If done right, you can winterize your basement for less than $300.

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