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Fill Cracks Around Windows In A Concrete Basement And Apply Sealer To Walls

by Nicholas Jenkins

If water is entering a home's concrete basement because of cracks around each window that is located in it, make repairs by completing the following steps. Once damaged areas are filled, add a coat of waterproof sealer to the concrete's interior walls to protect the concrete and prevent moisture from penetrating again.

Materials

  • plastic sheeting
  • wire brush
  • chisel
  • small hammer
  • sponge mop
  • bucket 
  • mild dish detergent
  • water
  • towels
  • concrete patch (tube)
  • caulk gun
  • plastic putty knife
  • sponge
  • painter's tape
  • waterproof sealer (bucket)
  • paint tray
  • paint roller
  • roller frame

Remove Cracked Pieces Of Concrete And Clean The Walls

Place pieces of plastic sheeting on the floor to collect small pieces of concrete as they fall. Move a wire brush rapidly, back and forth, over any pieces of concrete that are loose so that they break off. If there are any chipped pieces of concrete that are wedged in between cracks, place the tip of a chisel against them and lightly tap the back of the chisel with a small hammer. Once the pieces have broke free, remove them by hand.

Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. Use a sponge mop to clean the basement's interior wall's. Use plain water and a sponge mop to rinse the walls off when finished. Dry the walls off with towels or wait for them to air dry.

Fill Cracks With A Tube Of Concrete Patch

Place a tube of concrete patch into a caulk gun. The gun will allow you to evenly apply the sealer. Squeeze the gun's trigger while the tip of the tool is lined up in one end of one of the cracks. Move the tool as the patch is dispersed. Fill all of the cracks in the same manner. Smooth out the patch with a putty knife. If too much patch has been administered to any of the area, use a damp sponge to remove it. Wait for the patch to harden. This could take a few hours. 

Apply Sealer To The Walls

Secure strips of painter's tape to each window's hardware and to any other portion of the wall that you do not want exposed to sealer. Fill a paint tray with sealer. Dip a sponge mop into the tray until it is evenly coated. Apply the sealer to the interior walls in straight lines, moving the roller from top to bottom. Once all of the walls are covered, wait for the sealer to dry. Once this has occurred, remove the pieces of painter's tape. The basement walls will have a uniform appearance and the sealer will protect them from moisture-related damage.

Contact a company like Champion Waterproofing to learn more.

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