Concrete floor cracks in a garage or a basement are very typical in many homes in New England. Usually, they are not an indicator of any major problems but can be concerning if you have any of these additional symptoms.
- High Radon Levels: Radon is an odorless gas found under the earth due to
decaying elements such as Uranium. It is a carcinogenic gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking. Sealing basement floor cracks can be a used in conjunction with mitigation methods to create acceptable levels in residential basements.
- Water Seepage Through Cracks: Water entering a basement up through floor crack is an indication of hydrostatic pressure under the home and can be a significant problem. Alleviation solutions such as sump pumps and/or interior French drains are very successful and can be used in conjunction with crack sealing to maximize the success of these systems.
- Concrete Deterioration: Cracks can sometimes be a symptom of distressed and failing concrete, especially in garages. Salt from winter weather falling from our cars will slowly weaken the concrete along cracked areas and eventually lead to edge spalling and crack widening. Sealing these cracks is highly recommended and is probably the single best step a homeowner can take to increase the longevity of their garage floors.
- Pest/Bug Entry: Any entrance from the outside of a home to the inside of the home can be used by pests such as ants, spiders, and termites to establish residency. A simple sealing can create the deterrent needed to keep pest levels to a minimum.
Our Rout and Seal Solution
Rout and seal method of floor crack repair is used extensively in the commercial concrete restoration market. It is recommended by Engineers and Architects due to its success rate and longevity. It involves the grinding of approximately a 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch groove over the crack which we do using a special dustless grinder. The groove is then sealed using a unique self-leveling Urethane sealant. This sealant is resistant to many chemical formulations and is designed to accept vehicle traffic.