Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs
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Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

Hi there, I'm Udon Pollack. I am passionate about protecting foundations from flood damage. The foundation is the only thing connecting the house to the ground. It keeps the home standing through heavy storms and small land shifts. Every once in a while, foundations will develop cracks that let water seep through the walls. As a result, the basement may flood during the next heavy storm. In addition, water coming through the cracks continues to weaken the foundation. Luckily, people can have their foundations sealed up by a professional to stop this harmful progression. I will teach everyone the basics of flooded basement repairs through this site. Everyone deserves to have a sturdy home set on a strong foundation and I'm here to help people understand how to accomplish that feat. Thanks for visiting my site. Come back soon.

Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

How To Repair A Chipped Or Broken Concrete Corner

Jackson Andrews

A chipped concrete corner on a driveway, stair-step or slab is unsightly and can even be a dangerous trip hazard. In addition, a chipped surface can expose rebar to outside moisture and cause spreading corrosion and, ultimately, failure of the concrete's internal support system. That's why you should repair the damage as soon as possible. Fortunately, repair is easy and inexpensive; below is what you need as well as a step-by-step procedure to making the repair:

List of materials needed

  • Quick-set concrete dry mix
  • Concrete acrylic fortifier and bonding agent
  • Concrete cleaning solution
  • Water
  • Five-gallon bucket
  • Trowel
  • Masonry chisel
  • Three-pound sledge hammer
  • Wire brush
  • Plastic brush with stiff bristles
  • Eye protection
  • Spray bottle

Step-by-step procedure

1. Create a suitable surface for the repair - A critical first step in performing the repair is to prepare the surface by chipping away old, loose bits of concrete. Put on a pair of safety glasses or goggles, and begin by lightly chiseling the damaged surface using a masonry chisel and three-pound sledge hammer. Chisel-off pieces that are loosely attached, and also remove sharp edges and protruding areas that are vulnerable to being accidentally knocked off. Your goal is to create a relatively flat surface that will provide a stable foundation for the repair material.

2. Clean the surface of the concrete - After you have prepared the surface by chiseling away loose bits and vulnerable sections, the next step is to perform a thorough cleaning of the concrete surface. Using a wire brush, scrape the surface of the area you just chiseled to remove dust and tiny pieces of debris.

Following scraping, pour a small amount of concrete cleaning solution on the area you wish to repair and the surrounding, undamaged concrete. Don't dilute the solution for this particular cleaning application. Next, use a stiff-bristled plastic brush to scrub the concrete; move the brush in circular motions to ensure its bristles reach all the crevices and cracks. After scrubbing with the brush, use tap water to rinse the surface thoroughly to remove all traces of the solution.

3. Mix the concrete repair material - Once the surface has been cleaned and rinsed, you are ready to mix the special concrete repair material. Begin by pouring one cup of concrete acrylic fortifier into a clean five-gallon bucket and add five cups of quick-setting concrete dry mix to the bucket. Immediately begin to stir the fortifier and dry mix using a trowel, and continue stirring for about three minutes to ensure it is thoroughly mixed.

Next, scoop a small amount of the material onto your trowel; the consistency should be similar to peanut butter and will not slide off your trowel if mixed correctly. If it is too dry, add a small amount of fortifier into the bucket. On the other hand, if the mixture is too moist, add a little more concrete mix to the bucket until the correct consistency is reached.

4. Apply the material to the damaged site - After you have mixed the concrete repair material, you need to work quickly; the material will set and begin curing within a matter of a few minutes. Moisten the damaged area with a little water, then begin troweling a small amount of repair material on to the site. Press the material firmly into the damaged area to ensure the crevices and holes are filled in completely. Continue adding material to the repair site, and shape it into a corner that blends into the surrounding undamaged concrete.

Once the material firms up after about ten minutes, use the trowel to cut away excess material and perform the final trimming and shaping of the repaired corner. If the area is exposed to temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then you need to spray the repair site with a light misting of tap water to prevent cracking. Keep the area slightly moist for the next 24 hours as the site continues to dry.

If you're not sure you have the time or skills to complete the work on your own, contact the professionals from a company like Mara Restoration, Inc.