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”

Crack Repair Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR REPAIR WORK

After The Crack Wizard completes a job, we leave a handout that answers the following work-related questions.

Leaking Basement Crack Repair

1. Can I remove the plastic tubes sticking out of the repaired crack after the work is complete?

Yes. The plastic tubes (“injection ports”) can be removed from the wall 24 hours after the crack is injected. While most homeowners leave the injection ports on the wall, the ports can be removed by cutting them off at the base (flush with the wall) with any type of small saw or blade. Removing the injection ports can be done without jeopardizing the warranty or the integrity of the repair.

2. Can I paint over the repaired crack after the work is complete? If so, how long should I wait?

Yes, our work can be painted over with any latex or acrylic paint immediately after the repair is complete. Painting over the repair will not jeopardize the warranty or the integrity of the repair.

3. How do I transfer my warranty to new owners if/when I sell my property?

Just leave your certificate with the new owner if the property is sold. Since our warranty is in the name of the property address (and transferable to new owners at no charge), our repair work is always warranted, regardless of who owns the property. New owners can update their information simply by contacting our office.

The Crack Wizard uses proprietary sealants and resins to provide permanent and affordable solutions to one of the biggest problems facing homeowners: Cracked and leaking concrete in basement foundation walls.

With over 20 years experience, The Crack Wizard specializes in repairing cracks in poured concrete foundations.

If you have any other questions

or require additional information,

please call 1-888-CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594)

or email us at info@thecrackwizard.com

Mold Removal Organic Spray

Keep Your Basement Free Of Mold With This Mold Removal Spray 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.

mold removal spray

To help keep your basement healthy and livable, The Crack Wizard is excited to offer this Organic Mold Removal Spray Kit.

Mold is one of the biggest threats to a home’s value and safety.

This organic ‘Mold Killer and Prevention Kit’ is the only product on the market that actually ALTERS the DNA make-up of mold, ensuring that any existing mold is not only removed, but is guaranteed NOT to grow back!

This ‘Mold Killer Kit’ consists of two products: The Molderizer Removal Spray, and the SafeShield Encapsulating Solution. Used together, these two products provide a 100% organic
1-2 Punch’ that attacks mold at the root of the problem, then protects the area from recurring mold growth.

The Mold Removal Spray Kit is 100% Natural, and is designed for residential use.

There are no harsh fumes or chemicals, and best of all, this kit is approved by OCI or effectiveness and authenticity. For peace-of-mind, this easy to use mold removal spray is perfect for homeowners nationwide.

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!”

More information about the harm of mold from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/mold/

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.

Can The Crack Wizard Repair A Crack That’s Actively Leaking?

Can The Crack Wizard Repair A Crack That’s Actively Leaking? Yes!

The Crack Wizard’s exclusively formulated epoxy sealants and moisture-activated urethane resins are engineered to permanently waterproof cracks, even while they are actively leaking!

 Many companies will tell homeowners and contractors that a foundation crack has to be “dry to the touch” before injection work can commence.

However, most foundation cracks need to be repaired immediately to prevent further leaking and/or damage.

 So if you are a homeowner, contractor or Realtor who needs a crack repaired, call The Crack Wizard.  Even during the heaviest of spring rains, The Crack Wizard’s experienced technicians can complete permanent, quick and clean foundation repairs.  So why wait?

The Crack Wizard provides free at-home estimates, and also can provide immediate pricing information through www.thecrackwizard.com.

 Most importantly, The Crack Wizard offers a Lifetime of the Structure Warranty on all injection repairs.  Any crack repaired by The Crack Wizard is guaranteed not to leak as long as the property is standing.  And with the Spring rains just beginning, why prolong repairs that can be completed at once?  And to better serve the real estate and trades community, The Crack Wizard offers ’7-Day-A-Week Service’ for foundation crack-related situations that just can’t wait.

The Crack Wizard services the entire St. Louis metro area, and provides upfront pricing via email, phone or text.

 ”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  Contact us today for a free estimate, or for initial advice if you are not sure where to start.  The Crack Wizard also offers drywall removal/replacement when necesary, and specializes in cracks that have been previously patched, repaired or injected.

The Crack wizard has specialized in foundation repair since 1993, and can quickly assess your basement problems with upfront, easy-to-understand advice and guidance.

 Visit us online at www.thecrackwizard.com, or call us Toll Free (888)-CRACK WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) for information regarding your cracked and leaking foundation or basement.

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”!

How Can Water Enter My Basement?

The Crack Wizard gets asked this question quite often.

The answer is, water can only enter a basement one of three ways. One: Through the wall. Two: Up from the floor. Three: Over the top of the foundation.

Every home’s foundation is different, and some homes experience none of these symptoms, while other homes experience all three simultaneously.

Why is this information important to consumers? Because the source of the moisture should determine the proper repair.

For homeowners with cracks and leaks in the wall, the most permanent and cost-effective repair is to have the crack(s) pressure injected with either an epoxy or urethane resin. If your water is coming up from the floor and/or where the floor and wall meet, what you’re experiencing is hydrostatic pressure. Depending on the frequency and severity of the water problem, a sump-pump and/or sub-slab drain tile system may be the answer. But before committing to such an invasive, disruptive, and expensive repair, you may want to check your drainage and grading first. In many cases, addressing improper water run-off is a logical and effective first step to correcting a hydrostatic pressure water problem. And finally, if water is making its way over the top of the foundation, this is also attributed to exterior factors that could be corrected with proper and regular maintenance.

The Crack Wizard sees basement water problems every day.

And if you’re not sure where to start, contact The Crack Wizard for a free, no-obligation consultation.The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

The Crack Wizard is open 7 days a week, 7am-9pm to assist you with your foundation repair needs. Go to www.thecrackwizard.com, or call Toll Free (888)-CRACKWIZARD.

You Paid Your Tax, Now Fix Your Cracks!

This time of year, many homeowners are awaiting their much-anticipated tax returns.  And with the spring rains right around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider repairing your foundation cracks and basement leaks.

 Sure, there are plenty of fun things you could buy with your tax return, but why not consider fixing those basement leaks now, before they start leaking in the springtime.

The Crack Wizard’s exclusively formulated sealants and resins are engineered to repair foundation cracks permanently and affordably.

And since our repair work is done from inside the home, The Crack Wizard can fix foundation cracks year-round, regardless of the temperatures outside.

Most importantly, The Crack Wizard can treat foundation cracks even if they’re leaking.

While some foundation repair companies may make you wait days, weeks, or even months for your crack(s) to dry out, The Crack Wizard can quickly and permanently fix your leaking foundation crack NOW, giving you peace-of-mind BEFORE the rainy season.

The Crack Wizard also can give you an immediate price on your foundation crack repairs.

 Best of all, when your foundation crack is repaired by The Crack Wizard, it’s repaired forever.

The Crack Wizard provides a Lifetime of the Structure Warranty on all injection work, meaning that our work is guaranteed not to leak for as LONG as you’re house is standing!

And for homeowners who are considering selling their home, The Crack Wizard’s Warranty is in the name of the property address, and is transferable at no charge, regardless of changes in ownership.  As The Crack Wizard says…..”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  Find out why The Crack Wizard is the choice of top Realtors, inspectors, and contractors throughout the midwest. For an immediate E-Quote or to schedule a free estimate, call (888)-CRACK WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or find us online at www.thecrackwizard.com

How Do I Know If My Foundation Crack Is A Structural Concern?

This is a commonly asked question by homeowners who may be concerned that their crack is more than ‘just a crack’.

 Adding to the confusion could be the quantity of varying ‘solutions’ homeowners receive from foundation repair contractors.

And while most foundation wall cracks pose no threat to the structural integrity of a foundation, there are definitely foundation problems that warrant extensive, structural repairs.

 The Crack Wizard has twenty-plus years experience in assessing structural symptoms, and can quickly and accurately recommend a means of repair to solve your foundation related problem.

But for homeowners who want to know what they can do themselves, here are a few quick and easy tips that can help ease concerns about whether your foundation problem is minor or more involved:

 One.  Are your doors and windows closing properly?  Regardless of what you’ve read or what you’ve been told, your foundation is probably in adequate shape if you can close your doors and windows without noticing gaps or ‘sticking’.  Two.  If you have foundation wall cracks, rub your hand over the crack(s) to feel for any significant displacement.  Meaning, is one side of the foundation crack higher or lower than the other? Typically, cracks that don’t have noticeable displacement can usually be pressure injected, and may not require structural repairs.  Three.  Do you notice any cracking on the exterior of your foundation?  Homeowners with brick exteriors should not be alarmed by ‘stairstep pattern’ cracks through the mortar joints.  However, if homeowners notice vertical cracks through the actual bricks themselves, that could be a symptom that requires structural attention.

If you do notice symptoms that could be indicative of structural issues, consider contacting a Structural Engineer to objectively evaluate your foundation BEFORE getting bids.

 The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  Call (888) CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or www.thecrackwizard.com.