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Lots of people have homes built on poured foundations but poured foundations are prone to cracking like a concrete block. The waterproofing industry uses a drain tile system for leaking cracks. The waterproofing contractors have been facing the problem of poured foundation cracks in larger amounts for many years. To face this problem, they use a low-pressure crack injection system as an alternative. The basement is the place from where 50% of breathing air comes throughout the homes.
Why Choose Crack Injection?
Epoxy has been used with a high-pressure injection for poured structures such as dams, bridges, and highways. Earlier, low-pressure injection of epoxy or polyurethane foam was adapted for basements. This method was used with a manual dispensing tool. Crack injection is the best way to address leaking and structural foundation cracks and it also provides homeowners the opportunity to pay less in comparison to installing drain tiles.
Although, the installation of drain tile is useful to divert leaking water but it is not the most practical solution. Installing drain tiles is not an easy process as it needs lots of preparations that became a burden to the homeowner. Installation of drain tiles is expensive too. Many of the waterproofers have already chosen the crack injection process as a viable option but there are still a few waterproofers who are not ready to use crack injection for cracks and leakage.
Difference Between Drain Tile System and Crack Injection:
Drain tiles can only divert water from flooding the basement floor but it can’t stop the water to come in. While crack injection doesn’t allow water to come in the basement. Seeping water into the basement can affect the indoor air quality and also increase the moisture that leads to mold growth.
The continuity of initial cracks allows soil gases such as Radon Gas to enter the basement. If the drain tile is an open system and it has a small gap around the cove (the place where the wall meets the floor), then it can also become an entry point to the basement for such gases. These gases can impact one’s health that can cause allergies and asthma.
There is another drawback of drain tile that it doesn’t properly repair structural foundation cracks. For such cracks, epoxy injection or formulated polyurethane foam injection with carbon fiber staples is the best option to go with. Staples are helpful to divert the added stress to the foundation from the repaired area that works as a permanent solution to the initial cracks.
But the sad thing about a crack injection is that it can only be used for poured foundations and not for cracked concrete block water leaks. The installation of drain tiles is the only option for cracked concrete block. For better indoor air quality, waterproofers should consider closed drainage systems because it will not only divert leaking water from the basement floor but will prevent the home also from harmful gases.
When it comes to take a decision between drain tile installation system and crack injection system, people should choose the best one according to their needs. But one can get a more efficient outcome in a limited time and costs through crack injection.