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Using the SikaFix Injection Repair Kit to Fix a Crack in a Basement Wall : EP 039


Today we’re gonna be using the SikaFix repair kit for leaking foundations To repair this wall in behind me that has leak in it We’re going to show you how we do it and we’re gonna tell you what we think of this product. Stick with us Hi and welcome to the handy verse where as homeowners We turn to DIY is a first resort Whenever we have problems around the house, and we hope to inspire you To do the same in your own living space. If you’ve been following along with us, you know I have a crack in the wall behind me here that needs to get fixed And you also know that I had to tear out the wall that’s behind you as part of our laundry room makeover Because I needed room to get the drywall in. Since it’s already a mess in here, as you can plainly see, There’s no better time to get everything out of here, move the workbench, and fix the crack in the wall The crack is pretty narrow. It’s a very small crack and It goes up halfway up the wall. And then there’s a Bit of a fix here. Don’t get fooled by that though. That is just some Drywall plaster that is put in there. Thanks, previous homeowner… We appreciate that… Anyway, it doesn’t actually stop the leak. No surprise What I have to do is to open this up to make sure we have a gap that we can put the mortar into and allow the Expanding sealant to fill in behind it I opened the crack up to about a quarter of an inch deep all along it From down there up to the top and now I’m gonna clean it out with the wire brush and then I’m going to Call it and we’ll pick it up in the morning. Which for you I suppose will be about half a second… All right next day. You can see I’ve got this cleared out down into the crack in the foundation It’s very clearly defined. I think this is going to help when I go to inject the repair kit. It should help penetrate Deeper into the concrete than it would otherwise You can see it. You can see the line very clearly down to around Here and this is where I think it starts to… This is where I think it starts to you come inside and this is only surface on the inside down here So what this means is I suspect that I will have some difficulty Injecting very far into here. So I’ll keep that in mind when I get to that stage if I do have trouble I’m not going to worry about it too much I’m just going to move up to where the crack is more prevalent and start there. I did have to open this up quite a bit part of the reason is that I was using a Pointed chisel as opposed to a flat one. This is all I had so I was gonna go buy one just for this so I make do where I can and But also because it is so big the gap here I picked up some extra mortar because I don’t believe what’s gonna be in the kit is sufficient So I keep this on hand in case I need it now the next step will be to glue in the injection tabs just using hot glue and Every four to eight inches after that we can mortar it in and prep for the injection. One of the things that’s recommend in this Is to blow out the crack with an air compressor. I don’t have an air compressor So if you’re like me and you don’t have one, what I used was a bicycle pump with an air mattress needle on it and I just Used that to blow out the dust in in the crack. It works well in a pinch. Here’s what the injection T looks like It comes with a plug you detach that Plugs the port so it doesn’t get plugged accidentally when you’re doing the mortar and then we’re gonna glue these on over the gap Spaced out four to eight inches along this here seam Okay, this probably goes without saying but when you do use the glue gun on these make sure you don’t cover the port That hot-melt has had a few minutes, probably about 20 minutes, to harden So now we’re on to the next part which is this here, the mortar mix. This is kind of a part I’ve been dreading because apparently it sets within a minute and a half or two minutes. So I need to move quickly I’m gonna start… I don’t know if there’s enough of this stuff… So I’m gonna start at the middle and work my way up because that’s the worst part of it. And that’s the part I’m most concerned about getting right and if I don’t have quite the right stuff for the other, the lower half, it’s not as critical Mix this three to one and I’m using half cups here Looks like it’s gonna be about half the bag And now to add half a cup of water to that If this is your first time here, I invite you to subscribe and hit the bell icon So you get notifications whenever we post a new video That was my first pass with the mortar that came in the kit I got from here all the way up to the ceiling done So that’s about what you can expect to get out of the kit. I did lose a little bit in the first batch I didn’t put enough water in it so it hardened on me quicker than expected and and I lost a bit of it So I may have gotten another one or two anchors covered but that’s about what you can expect. So I Recommend picking up an extra bag of mortar or a little bit of mortar in case you run into the same thing And that’s what I need to do now to finish up this Part of the job. So this is the other mortar I picked up. It’s Sika as well. It’s “mix and go” repair mortar Apparently you just open this cap put 200 mils of water in shake it up and It’s ready to go. It even comes with a putty knife and The working time on it is 25 minutes. So that’s probably gonna be a lot easier to use for this project The mortar is all in place. That second bag was a lot easier to work with when the stuff that came in the kit But it’s gonna take a lot longer to dry, too So I need to leave this for about five hours at least right now And then we’ll do the injection and finish up. This all seems pretty set The next step is to remove all the plugs here and prepare for the injection repair So I’m just gonna pull these out and save them Get ready for the next step. I’m admittedly nervous but this next step, but we’re just going to remove the plug and install the tip Tighten this down here Make sure that’s good and tight I’m going to spray some water into the plugs. This is a water activated repair, so we need to make sure that It has some water to activate I’m apparently a horrible shot with the spray gun… There’s the first few done Going to spin this up You can see that this tip Automatically mixes the two-part epoxy together And we’re ready to go. So I’m not optimistic this is going to work on the bottom here, but we’ll try it out and We should see some water come out here if it works, right if it doesn’t… we won’t Now it leaked all around the… Whatever you call these things… the T’s. It pushed it right out. I’m not happy with that. I’m going to do the next one I did see some come up along the seam here, which is a good sign so I’m gonna plug this bottom one Because I’m not gonna put any more in there I did… I did wonder if this would happen because of the way the crack went It’s nothing to be concerned about yet What I will do is continue to move up the wall There we go, that’s what we’re trying to see so… it is working That’s good. And it didn’t work so well down below. I kind of expected that but this is what we want to see so let’s just go with it So at the top here kind of as expected there’s nothing to hold it in any longer So that means it is going through the crack up to the top and then it’s coming out the top here I Wish I could captivate that somehow but I can’t and I’m just gonna have to let that run off and clean it up after Okay, kind of laughing here because we have a bit of mixed results on this But let’s let’s put in some context and we’ll go through it from the bottom up to the top and we’ll we’ll walk through what happened when I installed the repair kit and and let’s see the results. So you can see down here that it really popped out of the mortar and That’s… I mean… it looks bad. That looks horrible! Like I said, it looks bad but If you recall earlier, I know the crack didn’t come down This far and is more of a surface crack. And it makes sense if this compound goes to expand and it has nowhere to go It’s just going to push out these nozzles. It’s going to push up the mortar and you’re gonna see something like this That doesn’t mean it didn’t work because if you look up here This is where I had the compound. This was my first take at it where I didn’t have enough water I didn’t do a great job, but it did okay but this is also where the crack actually penetrated into the concrete so that the foam had somewhere to expand too and If you look up here, it has a spot here another spot here where it popped through the mortar, but other than that not too bad and Up here. This is where I got the the mortar mix better and It worked really well. It worked really well in the installation as well, as I was filling this here If I was filling this here nozzle, I could see it Come out up here. Like it’s supposed to do once that once I put so a certain amount in here. Does that work? Well, and then all the way to the top it worked and this here is just overflow from the very top which I can’t Because it wraps around the choice But that’s a good side because all of this means that it came all this here is extra overflow that came out of the the concrete and the only way could do that is by being forced up and with this phone filling all the crevices, so That’s a good sign and that there was overflow at the top. So overall I Think it’s okay I think it’s gonna work. The true test will be if is do we see a Reduction in the amount of water coming in. Obviously. This isn’t the The endgame here, we’re gonna have to get outside and fix the drainage make sure that you know there’s not water outside there to start with that’s that this is this is step one outside of step two, but Anyway mixed results overall. I think it’s going to work you can see You can see what can happen depending on your situation and Hopefully this video gives you a better insight on how it might work for you. So Try it out, and hopefully it works for you If you like this if you found it helpful hit subscribe hit like and we’ll see you in the next video

25 thoughts on “Using the SikaFix Injection Repair Kit to Fix a Crack in a Basement Wall : EP 039

  1. Have you used this kit? Any tips that may have helped out? We ended up with good results but not very pretty results! It worked well where the surface was prepped properly. We'll let you know how it holds up over time.

  2. I seen your experience and I found what was the problems!

    First of all your mixed was so dry and incorrect , it suppose to have enough liquidation, so you missed a little water.

    Second, you didn't clean over the grove line from white color unfortunately which was caused failing your mixed enough!

    Your additional mixed (second one) it might applied when it was a little late to unified your cover in same condition missed water

    Your mixed blocked the grove as a result it pop up between cover crack and you didn't check correctly the connection between the nozzles ( leaking water through the nozzles can confirmed or blowing a little air )

    I done regarding to avoid all those mistakes and I done good results, but unfortunately I was alone and couldn't make video. But I got a method to apply so different to be sure 100% correct job for all guy new experienced like myself and thanks for your sharing video💃

  3. Did the sika fix solve your water problem? I just had the same results you had with the foam blowing out the mortar. I'm not sure if the crack is sealed. I used this product 4 years ago on my buddy's home and it worked perfectly. I was disappointed in the performance of the mortar this time however.

  4. I've used this on a basement crack in my Mom's foundation and it worked great. Still not leaking 5 years later. Saved her a tonne of money, digging up the yard and fixing the leak from the outside. She was more than happy with the $60 odd bucks this costed, compared to the fortune it would have cost to fix it the other way.

  5. Hi. Awesome video. I have small crack but its winter. When hot temperture it leaks and when cold its obvioulsy frozen. Can i apply this during winter time when frozen or when water leaking? I guess not . ill need to do that in the spring i guess ?

  6. I'm thinking of buying this, but not in the kit … Does the extra bag of mortar you bought go further then the one that came with the kit? My crack is shorter then yours, just under 5 feet ..

  7. I’m not sure why you used a mortar? The sikadur crack weld is a great product. The point of the product is to turn you’re crack in you’re foundation to more of a control joint with the two part epoxy the strength of the product cured is 10,000 psi mortar is no where near that strength to mortar will crack the epoxy is more flexible for a simple stop of leaking you can purchase hydraulic cement and that will work just fine

  8. I'd remove the paint from the concrete when your going to apply the mortor… All in all, even though this product is unlikely to work long term… I'd give this demo 3 thumbs down. Small compressors are cheat too.

  9. Hi,
    How long was the crack? Did it take the whole tube for the entire crack? Or did you need to add another tube before you filled the crack?

  10. HEY HANDYVI DO YOU HAVE A VIDEOS LIKE HOW TO REPAIR A RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION. IS CRACK. ALL AROUND THE HOUSE CAN YOU GIVE ME AN IDEA PLEASE. THANKS

  11. I used concrete caulking to repair a crack in the foundation inside my basement, and it has worked amazingly well. We used to get water coming in every spring, we haven't had any moisture coming from there since I sealed it with the caulking 4 years ago. I was pretty skeptical about it working, but desperate because I didn't want to spent thousands to have the yard dug up for a repair to be done.

    I've used that expansion stuff for things around my house, in the states it comes in a spray can with an attachable needle, sort of like how WD40 does. Anyway, I really don't like it, it expands too much, cleaning it up is basically a nightmare, and it turns an awful orange/brown color after a year or so, I also haven't found it to be very effective at sealing things. I tried using in my basement stairwell because caulking wasn't adhering to the concrete very well, it really didn't do what it was supposed to do with sealing the cracked cement. I'm not sure where its ideal application is, but I haven't found it yet….

  12. Dude, you need to get an air compressor. How can you think you qualify as handy without and air compressor?

  13. This stuff is messy and hard to work with. The biggest problem I had was the injection ports kept breaking off the wall and all the foam would just pour out on the ground. R.I.P. $40 tube.

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