Covering Foundation Wall Crack From The Outside

Foundation Wall Crack

In this continuing series on the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall to prevent any future water leaks, we saw the techniques used to insert the new piece of 3 feet by 4 feet of drywall into the area with only a single vertical piece of wood available from the existing wood frame. Today we go outside. Now, here is the crack on the foundation wall which started it all. Notice that it goes along the vertical edge where the poured concrete foundation wall meets the brick … [Read more...]

Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

Reusable Wood Frame Piece

Yesterday we saw how Fitz, of Clarke Basement Systems, patched the opening he made in our basement's poured concrete floor. This opening was a necessary part of the overall FlexiSpan foundation crack repair approach to fix the crack our basement's foundation wall which caused water leak into our basement bedroom. With the crack in the foundation wall repaired and the opening in the floor completed, today we start to look at the techniques he used to repair the hole in the drywall. If you … [Read more...]

Sealing The Basement Floor Opening

Mixing Concrete

In our last article within this series focusing on the repair to the foundation wall crack in our basement, we saw the use of the CactusBoard material on the top of the opening in the basement floor. This opening is where the backup drainage was installed should any water over the years seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the foundation wall crack. Today, we see the closing of the basement floor opening as part of this overall home maintenance project. At this point in … [Read more...]

Installing The CactusBoard

CactusBoard

Yesterday we saw the usage of the clean space water proof membrane against the FlexiSpan urethane sealant overlay to protect it from the insulating bat which would be placed between it and the drywall patch along the finished basement wall. Today we look at the use of another material component of this foundation wall crack to prevent further water seepage leaks from the outside. Specifically, this material is called a CactusBoard. The purpose of the CactusBoard is to keep air in … [Read more...]

Using Clean Space Membrane To Protect The Overlay Sealant

Urethane Overlay Sealant Applied

In the most recent article in this series on our basement water leak repair series, we saw how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems applied the urethane sealant overlay onto the FlexiSpan Foam Drain Strip to provide insurance in case any water did over the long term seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the crack in the foundation wall itself. If this part of our basement was unfinished, that would be it as far as sealing the foundation wall crack (still a bit more work though … [Read more...]

Completing the Basement Systems’ FlexiSpan Crack Repair System

FlexiSpan Urethane Sealant Overlay

In the last article in this series about the repair of the water leak in our basement, we saw the start of the FlexiSpan crack repair system being applied. Today this approach to stopping future water leaks through the crack in our basement's foundation wall is completed. Now, as we saw previously the FlexiSpan crack repair system from Basement Systems begins with properly applying urethane sealant into the crack in the wall. This is then followed by applying the FlexiSpan Foam Drain … [Read more...]

Applying Basement Systems’ FlexiSpan to Foundation Wall Crack

Reeming The Wall Crack

Last time we showed how we did not have sufficient drainage for the backup drain should some time in the future water seep through the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall which was the cause of our basement's water leak. As well we showed the creation of a dry well to help with the drainage of the backup drain. Now with the dry well in place, the application of the FlexiSpan solution to the prevent water from leaking through the crack in the foundation wall was … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heater Air Leak

Solar Air Heater Intake Unit

We have a solar air heater in our basement to help heat one of our basement bedrooms. When I was cleaning its air intake unit's air filter, I came across two areas where cold air from the outside was leaking into the room. This surprised me because I did not feel any air coming into the room. Yet, if I could feel an air leak with the air intake unit's cover removed it likely was entering the room. Like anyone I want to maximize my energy savings so I pay the least amount possible on my … [Read more...]

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Last winter we installed a solar air heater on the south wall of our home. It was one way we were trying to do our part for the environment and have heat generated in our home without consuming any non-renewable resources like natural gas or home heating oil or electricity (generated from fossil fuels). And, it would reduce our heating bill to save us money ... albeit in the very long run. However that is not the only way to achieve energy savings. Not by a long shot. On weekend … [Read more...]

Sealing Ceiling Vent Register

DAP 30 Advantaged All-Purpose Sealant

In my efforts to achieve energy savings and seal the air leaks within the ceiling air vent opening, I was unable to secure the vent register sufficiently to the ceiling without there being any gaps between the register and the ceiling drywall. So, what to do? For better or worse, I decided to try caulking. I thought that not only would caulking seal the gaps along the edges of the vent register between it and the drywall ceiling, but once dry the caulking would hold in place the end of … [Read more...]

Sealing Drywall Ceiling Vent Air Leaks Alternatives

DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday, I described the situation with the large air leaks around an air vent in our basement within a room where the ceiling was finished with drywall. So, what was the best solution, other than ripping out the drywall around the ceiling vent, installing a new vent duct boot, etc. which I was not prepared to do. However, since this room was used very rarely ... in fact we affectionately called it the boyfriend room :) ... we used a vent blocker on the register to prevent heated air in the … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 2

DAP Tex and DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday I wrote about the air leaks we discovered around our cold cellar door during the blower test of our second home energy audit. Today I wanted to write about the solution I used. Now, as shown yesterday, we are not talking about a space that is 10 inches wide by 10 inches high. The amount of space around the door frame is around, by my calculations, about 15 square feet (36 inches wide at the top of the door + 72 inches high for one side of the door X 2 sides X 1 inch deep); … [Read more...]

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