If you live in Toledo, Sylvania, or the surrounding areas, either you or someone you know probably has had an issue with water coming into the foundation of a home. Let's face it, maybe it is due to we live in an area that was once a swamp. Do you have a foundation problem? Here may be a simple solution to prevent water coming into the foundtion of a home.
Tim Carter's article in the Toledo Blade on 10.7.18 may have a solution to prevent water intrusion into a basement area. Tim suggests a product that has been around for years. It is called hydraulic cement. This product according to Tim may solve your problem in a matter of minutes.
So now I am sure you are saying, how do I solve my problem. According to Tim, just mix a little bit of hydraulic cement with water. This combination causes a chemical reaction and the "plastic mix expands in volume."
As the mixture hardens and expands into the hole or crack, the water can no longer come through the opening. A few tips from Tim is you want the area to be clean. No dust, dirt, oils, and if your basement is like mine, spider webs. Prior to applying the mixture, you will also want to spray the area with some water just prior to putting the mixture in the clack or hole. This allows the mixture to bond tighter to the cement. Because the mixture hardens quickly, you may want to make small batches at a time.
For those of you who are thinking, I wonder what is Tim's background, he was a former builder of custom homes. For more home improvement information you can check out his web site at askthebuilder.com.
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