Basement Floor Sealer

  • Tanya Schifone
  • June 25, 2012 12:43 am

Every basement should be sealed with a concrete sealer. Selecting the right basement floor sealer can help to prevent common basement problems and also to stop common basement problems. Refer to the list of basement problems below to choose the best basement floor sealer for you.

Foundation Armor concrete sealers stop water migration and hydrostatic pressure up to 100 PSI and vapor migration up to 0.015WVT. They are guaranteed to waterproof, strengthen, and protect concrete for a lifetime:

Armor S1000 – 24 Hour Dry Time, 2″ Penetration.
Armor S2000 – 24 Hour Dry Time, 4″ Penetration.

All Foundation Armor sealers work below the surface and do not change the color or texture of the surface of the concrete. After a Foundation Armor sealer has been applied, you can paint or stain the surface of the concrete (FA sealers increase the adhesion by up to 20%).

Basement Coatings

Another option is to seal your floor with a Moisture Mitigating Epoxy designed to significantly reduce the penetration of moisture.

Learn more about durable coatings.

Basement Floor Seepage
Cause: Basement floor seepage occurs when hydrostatic pressure pushes water up from the surrounding soil in through the pores of the concrete floor.
Solution: Seal your basement floor with the Armor S2000 Concrete Sealer. The concrete sealer will penetrate into the concrete to form a crystalline barrier within the pores. Once dry, the Foundation Armor concrete sealer can stop moisture migration up to 100 PSI.

Cause:Efflorescence is a deposit of soluble salts, usually white in color, which can appear on the surface of masonry or concrete. Hydrostatic pressure pushes water up through the concrete. Mixed with the water, or added from the concrete, salts are carried to the surface. The salts harden to form efflorescence.
Solution: Seal your basement floor with the Foundation Armor Concrete Sealer. The concrete sealer will penetrate into the concrete to form a crystalline barrier within the pores. Once dry, water, moisture, and vapors can’t be pushed up through the concrete.

Basement Floor Cracks
Cause: Basement floor cracks come from a variety of causes – shifting, movement, settling, water.
Solution: If the floor is in need of structural repair, you want to repair the crack with the Armor FS90 repair kit. If the crack is a hairline crack, or caused from shifting or movement, you can use the Armor JFX35 repair kit. If the crack is wet or leaking you want to use the Armor hydrophobic polyurethane grout injection repair kit.

Learn more about concrete repair products.

Signs of a Wet Basement

Some homeowners can clearly see they have a wet basement but some owners don’t find out they have a wet basement until they have thousands of dollars worth of damage. Signs of a wet basement:

  1. Wet spots on your basement floor or basement walls.
  2. Damp areas on your carpet or area rug.
  3. Rotting wood or wet basement walls.
  4. Mold and mildew.
  5. Flaking or peeling paint on the floor or walls.
  6. A musty smell or odor.
  7. Condensation on your basement windows.
  8. High basement humidity levels.
1 Comment
  1. Roger Sherwin says:
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Great article. I used your sealer because I had a lot of water problems. Water would come up through my floor and through my walls every time it rained. I used your L3000 sealer, worked great. I doubled up the coats and have not had a problem since.

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