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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the difference between epoxy and polyurethane crack injections?

A: Epoxy is a rigid repair material and should be chosen if needing to add strength to the area of repair. Polyurethane is more flexible and can withstand slight movement in the area of repair and makes a great water stop.

Q: I am noticing cracks in my foundation and brick work, should I be concerned?

A: Cracks in your foundation and brickwork can be a warning sign of a more serious problem and should be reviewed by our foundation experts to determine if movement is occurring.

Q: I have a block basement and have noticed a horizontal crack running almost the entire length of the wall. What is going on?

A: This is a common problem with block masonry foundation walls.  The mortar joint can become the weak point either due to soil, water pressure or even sometimes tree roots causing the wall to be pushed inward. The three most popular methods of repair of this problem are anchors, beams and carbon fiber which can stop inward movement of the wall.

Q: Do you offer more than one solution to a leaky basement?

A: We do. Basement waterproofing is not a trial and error procedure and each problem is different. At Midwest Basement Tech. we are able to design a solution to each specific problem. Unlike many of our competitors who have a one size fits all approach.

Q: Can you make our basement dry enough to remodel?

A: Yes, and not only make it dry but can show you how to create a dry and healthy environment.

Q: What is radon gas and should I be concerned?

A: Radon gas originates in the soil under our homes and has become one of the leading causes of cancer. Our homes create a stack effect sucking soil gas up from our basement or crawlspaces into our home. Testing is the only way to be sure.

Q: Does your waterproofing system seal against moisture and soil gases?

A: We use radon tight lids on our sump basins and do not leave an open gap around the basement floor as some waterproofing companies do. Our waterproofing systems are designed to create a dry and healthy environment.

Q: I am looking at buying a home with a crawlspace. What should I be looking for?

A: Crawlspaces can sometimes be the forgotten area. Things we like to see in a crawlspace are a good quality vapor barrier to protect against moisture and soil gasses. If water is present, then drain tile and a sump pump will be needed and it is always important to direct water away from the crawlspace.

Q: What is mudjacking?

A: Mudjacking is a generic term for concrete raising or leveling. It is not recommended to use mud as the filling material. A high strength cement grout is recommended and a new process using polyurethane can be effective in specialty uses.

Q: Is raising settled concrete more expensive than replacing?

A: In most cases it is a fraction of the cost of replacement.  There is no heavy equipment and tearing up of landscaping. A few small holes are drilled into the slab and patched after it is raised. Most jobs take only a few hours.


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