By definition, seepage is the slow escape of a liquid or gas through a porous material. Concrete can be very porous which means your basement could be allowing for water seepage, moisture seepage, and radon seepage.

Signs of Seepage

Water seepage is easy to detect. Typically, you will see water coming in through your basement walls or floors, or you will see signs water has been there (wet spots on the concrete). Radon seepage however is very common but not so easy to detect. In order to determine whether you have a radon problem in your home, you need to purchase a radon test kit.

Preventing Seepage

The best way to prevent seepage – of water and radon – is to seal your basement floors and walls with a deep-penetrating sodium silicate based sealer, like the one offered by Foundation Armor. The Foundation Armor concrete sealer will strengthen the concrete and help prevent the intrusion of water, insects, and radon.

Stopping Seepage

If you have a crack in your basement floor or wall, you need to repair the crack using a hydrophobic polyurethane injection grout. Once the crack is sealed, you then need to seal your basement with a concrete sealer. In many cases, repairing cracks and sealing your basement will stop water and significantly reduce radon. In more serious cases, you may need to hire a foundation company or radon mitigation specialist.

  1. Phil Copen says:
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Great information. I got your information from an article write up in Concrete Decor magazine. Great write-up, I think I am going to give your S2000 sealer a try.

  2. Catherine McKinny says:
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I used your S2000 product on my basement floor because I literally had water coming up right through the floor. I didn’t have any cracks, just water. After about 6 hours the water started to slow down. Not sure if I needed to, but I applied two more coats then. After about 12 hours the water stopped and I haven’t had any problems since. The product was very easy to mix application was a peice of cake. Great products.

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