Winter Crack Protection

Protect Your Basement Before The Midwest Winter Weather Damages Your Foundation

The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

With winter just around the corner, property owners immediately think of addressing the obvious seasonal items that come with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

winter freeze cracked concrete

And while it may not seem like the time to waterproof your basement, think again. In addition to winterizing your home, it’s equally important to protect your home’s basement and foundation. As temperatures move above and below the freezing point, poured concrete foundations and basements become increasingly susceptible to cracking and shrinking. Further, while all that winter snow may look pretty, it will ultimately freeze as water within your foundation before melting and finding its way in to your basement.

The Crack Wizard reminds homeowners, contractors and property managers to do everything reasonable to keep snow away from a home’s foundation.

In addition to keeping the exterior of the foundation free of snow and ice, homeowners should also make sure gutters are clear of debris and flowing properly.

Finally, for homeowners with sump-pump waterproofing systems, make sure exterior discharge pipes are extended far enough away from the home to prevent freezing within the pipe. A frozen discharge pipe will impede waterflow and jeopardize the effectiveness of an interior waterproofing system. Finally, make sure discharge pipes are redirected away from driveways, walkways, or other areas that could ice up and create walking hazards.

If your foundation has cracked and/or leaking foundations, call The Crack Wizard.

The Crack Wizard offers free estimates and is open 7 days a week, from 7a-9pm. Serving Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, The Crack Wizard is professional’s choice for foundation repair and waterproofing. To schedule a free estimate or for an immediate online quote, go to www.thecrackwizard.com or call (888)-CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594).

About Crack Repair

We are experienced foundation crack repair professionals, specializing in residential and commercial crack repair at reasonable prices.

While most foundation repair companies could take days or weeks to complete your foundation crack repair, The Crack Wizard can respond to your needs the day you contact us. Using only experienced technicians along with the industrial-grade sealants and resins, means you get permanent results backed by our Crack Wizard ‘Lifetime of the Structure’ Warranty.

crack repair specialists

We are foundation crack repair experts, specializing in repairing cracks and leaks in poured concrete foundations.

Our customer-friendly repair process involves the use of fast-curing, odorless sealants and resins that insure permanent repairs without inconveniencing homeowners with small children and/or pets.

For service on residential, multi-family or commercial jobs:

  • Call us at 1.888.CRACK.WIZARD or get pricing information online at www.thecrackwizard.com
  • You can receive an immediate price-quote from one of our specialists via phone, email or text.
  • We also provide free estimates, 7 days a week between 7a-9p

The Crack Wizard can schedule an estimate or repair around your schedule without you ever having to pay a premium!

Thinking of doing your own crack repair? Think again. Fixing your own foundation crack might seem like a time-and-money saving idea, but it is much like cutting your own hair; it might seem like a good idea at the time, but once you start you might end up with the mess. Having your foundation crack repaired by The Crack Wizard is the solution.

We are your foundation repair specialists.

Whether it’s a home, commercial building or industrial property, look no further than The Crack Wizard! We have revolutionized the foundation repair industry by providing
immediate price quotes; same-day response times; and 7-day availability! Most importantly, The Crack Wizard provides permanent, affordable results without disrupting your family and home life.

Wet Basement Checklist

Wet Basement Checklist from The Crack Wizard

If your basement leaks,
The Crack Wizard recommends using this checklist to help correct some common water problems:

 

  1. Are my gutters clean and free of obstructions?
  2. Is my yard grade sloped away from the house?
  3. Are my downspouts extended in the right direction?
  4. Are there splash blocks under my gutters/downspouts?
  5. Are the service pipes leading in to my house sealed?
  6. Are my window wells clean and draining properly?
  7. Is my air conditioning condensate line clean and draining?

 

cracked wet basement

These simple maintenance items can minimize basement-related leaks.

Call The Crack Wizard if problems persist. Through the use of our exclusively formulated epoxy sealants and injectable resins, The Crack Wizard can repair:

  • Vertical/Diagonal Cracks
  • Horizontal Cracks
  • Leaking Service Pipes
  • Re-Bar Leaks
  • Previously Repaired Cracks

Our experienced professionals will thoroughly and accurately evaluate your foundation problems, and will only recommend repair work that is suitable for your symptom.

The Crack Wizard’s “Life of the Structure” warranty gives homeowners the peace of mind they desire. Our warranty is simple: As long as your house is standing, any crack we repair is guaranteed not to leak. If it does, The Crack Wizard will reseal and/or reinject the repair at no charge. Plus, our Crack Wizard Lifetime warranty is transferable at no charge, regardless of changes in ownership. Whether you’re finishing your basement or selling your home, call The Crack Wizard for your foundation repair needs.
And if you want a price quote over the phone, call us at (888)- CRACK WIZARD

Servicing Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, The Crack Wizard offers guaranteed repairs that are backed by our Lifetime ‘Crack Wizard’ Warranty.

The Crack Wizard Offers:
-7 Day A Week Service
-Immediate e-Quote Pricing
Drywall Removal/Replacement
-Evening and Weekend Hours
-Lifetime Transferable ‘Crack Wizard Warranty
“For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”

Downspout Extenders keep water away from Basement

Keep Water Away From Your Foundation With This Downspout Extender From The Crack Wizard!

Since 1993 The Crack Wizard has specialized in permanently solving one of the biggest problems facing homeowners: Cracked and leaking basements.

To help keep your basement dry and livable, The Crack Wizard is excited to offer this Rainguard Downspout Extender.

downspout extenders keep water away from Basement

After every storm, you don’t have to worry about rolling up your downspout extenders so that you do not trip on them.

Get rid of runoff water and those unsightly downspout extenders, with self-retracting Rainguard™ 6 foot white downspout extensions.

Rainguard™ downspout extenders unroll automatically to disperse rainwater away from your foundation. Helps prevent wet basements and erosion damage to your lawn and flowerbeds.

Replenishes your natural groundwater aquifer. Allows compliance with municipal downspout disconnection programs. Helps reduce water pollution caused by sewer overflows.

Downspout Extenders Self-cleaning design expels dirt, leaves, and debris automatically!

Rainguard™ 14″ circumference fits all standard downspout sizes and shapes. We supply everything you need for fast and easy installation. Rainguard™ is constructed of six-mil thick polyethylene with ultraviolet (UV) protection. All components are tough weather-resistant plastic, with no metal parts to rust or wear out. Rainguard™ is the smart solution: attractive, effective, inexpensive and easy to install.

To place an order, call (888).CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or email us at info@thecrackwizard.com. For over 20 years, The Crack Wizard has been repairing cracks and leaks in poured concrete foundations. Through the use of our exclusively formulated sealants and resins, we are able to permanently and affordably solve water problems in basements. Our estimates are free, and we even offer immediate pricing via email, phone or text.

Also, our repair work comes with a ‘Lifetime of the Structure’ Warranty that is transferable regardless of changes in ownership! Once your crack is repaired by The Crack Wizard, it’s repaired forever. “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call!”

RainGuard

Water Sensor Alarm

Keep Your Basement Dry With This Water Sensor Alarm From The Crack Wizard!

Since 1993 The Crack Wizard has specialized in permanently solving one of the biggest problems facing homeowners: Cracked and leaking basements.

To help keep your basement dry and livable, The Crack Wizard is excited to offer this High Water Alarm.

Water damage is costly and can lead to other problems if not immediately detected. And just as a smoke alarm detects smoke, the PHCC Pro Series Water Alarm will notify you of leaks BEFORE property damage occurs.

This water alarm will sound when as little as 1/32” of water reaches the sensor, notifying you immediately of a water leak.

This alarm is perfect for areas around pipes, foundation walls, water heaters, sinks, washing machines, and drain lines.

Just place the alarm anywhere water could cause damage, and get the peace-of-mind you desire. The alarm operates on a single 9-volt battery, and there’s nothing to assemble or install. It’s ready to use right out of the box! A 6 foot wire is included so it can be extended or mounted anywhere you need protection from basement water.

To place an order, call (888).CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or email us at info@thecrackwizard.com.

For over 20 years, The Crack Wizard has been repairing cracks and leaks in poured concrete foundations. Through the use of our exclusively formulated sealants and resins, we are able to permanently and affordably solve water problems in basements. Our estimates are free, and we even offer immediate pricing via email, phone or text.

Also, our repair work comes with a ‘Lifetime of the Structure’ Warranty that is transferable regardless of changes in ownership! Once your crack is repaired by The Crack Wizard, it’s repaired forever. “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call!”

Crack Wizard Mobile App

The Crack Wizard, foundation and basement crack repair experts, announces the launch of its free mobile app for all smartphone and tablet
operating systems.

The Crack Wizard’s free mobile app is available for free at http://www.thecrackwizard.com, and allows customers to quickly and easily get immediate repair quotes and helpful information regarding leaking foundation cracks and wet basements.

“Cracked and leaking foundations are one of the biggest problems facing homeowners. People with leaking foundations want pricing and scheduling details right away, so this is literally the perfect ‘rainy day’ app,” says William Millonas, Operations Manager for The Crack Wizard. “Our easy-¬to-¬use app allows customers to quickly get the repair information they need in a very efficient manner”.

“The Crack Wizard’s mobile app is customized for all operating systems, and complements our mobile-friendly website”, says Millonas.

“Also, we work with many Realtors, home inspectors and contractors, all of whom are increasingly dependent on their mobile devices. Once our app is on their phone or tablet, they have immediate access to relevant content that is helpful to them and their clients. When you’re dealing with a leaky basement, you want immediate answers, and that’s what our app provides”.

The Crack Wizard utilizes injectable epoxy and urethane resins to permanently and affordably waterproof cracks in poured concrete foundation walls.

About The Crack Wizard

The Crack Wizard specializes in foundation crack repair, and services residential, multi-¬unit, and commercial properties in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

The Crack Wizard utilizes proprietary epoxy and urethane sealant and resins that are engineered to provide inherently permanent repairs. The Crack Wizard provides affordable, guaranteed repairs backed by The Crack Wizard ‘Lifetime of the Structure’ Warranty.
“For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.
Contact: info(at)thecrackwizard(dot)com
Phone: (888)¬CRACK¬WIZARD (1¬-888¬-272¬-2594)

Evaluate the Perimeter of your Basement

Most homes are sitting on a treasure trove of useful space: the basement.

However, many basements are damp or leaky, and make unsuitable choices for livable space.

Before you can start any basement remodeling project, you have to keep the water out.  For starters, evaluate the perimeter of your house.

You should ensure that the ground next to your foundation slopes away from the foundation, not towards it.

Backfilled dirt around the foundation will typically settle lower than the surrounding dirt causing the ground to sink in and slope towards your house. If necessary, add dirt up against the foundation to create at least a 2″ per foot (that is, a drop of 2″ for each foot you move away) slope against the foundation. Make sure that the top of the dirt is at least six inches below the sill plate so that there is no ground contact which may cause certain building materials to rot in the future. Next, check your gutters and downspouts. Your roof collects a large amount of rainwater and channels it right to the edge of the roof.

If this rainwater is deposited on the ground right next to your foundation, you’ll have problems.

Make sure your gutters are clean, and make sure your downspouts are discharging their water at least 5 feet away from your foundation.  Also, Watch out for shrubs and other plants that are too close to your foundation.

Rotted roots can create a path for surface water to flow down to your foundation.

You should keep plantings at least 12″ away from the foundation, and on a slight slope to direct water away from your foundation.  If basement leaking persists, call The Crack Wizard.

The Crack Wizard has been waterproofing foundation cracks since 1993, and our repairs are affordable and guaranteed.

 Request information online at www.thecrackwizard.com or call (888)-CRACK WIZARD.

How Long Does It Take The Crack Wizard To Repair A Foundation Crack?

How Long Does It Take The Crack Wizard To Repair A Foundation Crack?

2 hours.  That’s right, 2 hours.

A single foundation crack, ten linear feet in length or less, can be repaired in a couple of hours, usually less.

 The Crack Wizard’s exclusively formulated sealants and resins are engineered to work immediately on poured concrete foundations, so the moment we are finished, your crack is guaranteed not to leak even before we are up the stairs.

Further, our repair materials are designed for residential use, and don’t contain the objectionable lingering  odors found in materials used by most other crack injection companies.

 Plus, because we only specialize in foundation crack injection, we can respond faster than full-service foundation repair companies who are backed-up with large scale waterproofing projects.  In most cases, The Crack Wizard can provide homeowners, Realtors and contractors with same-day price quotes.  And our turn-around time to make repairs is usually only a day or two.  And with our experienced technicians covering the entire metro area, we can also provide free in-house estimates with very little advanced notice.

Our offices are open 7 days a week from 7am-9pm, and all crack injection work done by The Crack Wizard comes with our Lifetime of the Structure Warranty.

 That means every crack we repair is guaranteed not to leak for as long as your house is standing!  So whether you are finishing your basement or selling your home, call The Crack Wizard.

The Crack Wizard gives homeowners the peace-of-mind of knowing their foundation cracks will remain dry even during the rainiest of seasons.

 Immediate price quotes.  Experienced technicians.  Fast turn around.  Lifetime Warranties.  And the best pricing in town!  ”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  For a free estimate, call Toll Free (888)-CRACK WIZARD (1-888-272-2594), or get an immediate online quote at www.thecrackwizard.com.  For cracks in poured concrete foundations walls, call The Crack Wizard.

Leaking Basements And Mold

For mold to develop in a basement, the following conditions need to be present: Mold spores; Wood or drwall; Darkness (since mold can’t grow under ultraviolet light); Warmth (mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures); Oxygen; Moisture; and finally, Time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours under ideal conditions).

If moisture is present in a home’s basement, that becomes the real cause of mold growth.

 The other factors listed will always be present in a home, but moisture can be controlled.  So essentially, the difference between mold growth and NO mold growth comes down to how dry you keep your basement.

Humidity Causes Mold

If the weather’s been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow in your home. When it rains for several days it’s especially common to see mold start to grow on walls, benches and other surfaces because of the wet air.

Leaking Pipes Cause Mold

Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth. The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall. By the time you discover these leaks mold has usually started to grow already.

Flooding Causes Mold

It is almost inevitable that some mold problems will develop after your home has been affected by flooding. Obviously your house will be very wet for a long time during a flood, taking days or even weeks to dry out. Since mold only needs a suitable surface to be wet for 24 hours before it can grow this means there is a huge risk of mold growth.

Some dangerous toxic molds require more extreme conditions than common molds do,

such as the toxic mold Stachybotrys chartarum which requires material to be very wet for several days to grow. A flood can create these conditions putting your home more at risk of being infested with dangerous toxic molds.

To keep your basement dry and mold-free, call The Crack Wizard for a free estimate.  ”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  (888)-CRACK WIZARD or www.thecrackwizard.com.

Should I Repair A Foundation Crack Myself Or Should I Call A Crack Repair Contractor?

In many cases, a foundation crack is a nuisance symptom that may only leak a handful of times over the course of a year.

If a homeowner has this type of symptom and is considering repairing the crack on his (or her) own, here are a few factors to consider:

One.  Any repair material that is topically applied to a  foundation wall crack (hydraulic cement, caulk, tar, etc.) will eventually become compromised, causing the patched crack to leak.  By applying material only to the surface of the crack (or “V-ing” out the crack to pack in more material), a homeowner is ultimately creating a potentially more-involved repair procedure if the crack leaks in the future.  Two.  If a homeowner decides to use a D-I-Y Injection Kit, keep in mind a very important factor:  Epoxy and urethane sealants and resins are fast-acting and volatile, and can cause serious injury if used in untrained hands.  Pressure-injecting a foundation crack is not an easy procedure for homeowners to correctly execute.  Plus, in addition to the risk of wasting a lot of materials (and money) due to incorrect usage, homeowners also need to take in to consideration the protective and preventative materials and clothing required to avoid harmful injuries.  <h3>Finally, and most importantly:  Even if a homeowner properly repairs a crack, there is no guarantee or warranty if said homeowner ever decides to sell his or her home.

This factor in-and-of-itself prevents even the most handy homeowners from repairing cracks on their own.

So if you’ve thought about repairing a foundation crack yourself, remember there are downsides.

But for homeowners who want to save money AND get the best warranty in the business, call The Crack Wizard.

The Crack Wizard has specialized in foundation repair since 1993, and our work is affordable, guaranteed, quick, and permanent.

 For a free estimate, call (888)-CRACKWIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or get an immediate quote online by going to www.thecrackwizard.com.  ”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”!