How to Repair a Crack in a Concrete Foundation – This Old House




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50 thoughts on “How to Repair a Crack in a Concrete Foundation – This Old House”

  1. Shouldn't this crack be excavated from the outside and repair the crack all the way to the foundation? What they've done is hide a crack, not repair it. Actually I expect the walls to continue to move and the crack will reappear.

  2. I have a cast iron pipe outside underground that has a 1/4 moon hole, from rust.
    What can I use to fill it permanently? I can't replace it and it's only 6"" under ground.
    Awesome video. Thanks so much for this video and ALL the other videos that I watched.
    GOD bless and thanks again.

  3. It must be awesome to have someone like Tom to come into your house to do repairs. You'll have peace of mind knowing that it's done right, and you get to learn something in the process.

  4. He left a LOT of soft and cracked masonry, it ALL should've been taken out. Foam insulation should NEVER be used for a foundation crack. The show's name should be changed to "This Old Slum Lord"…

  5. if this is how you repair crack in foundation i dont even wonder why your houses are destroyed in tornado 😀 pathetic. please, delete your channel, destroy your country and kill yourself so you dont breed

  6. Back when I was a teenager we had a floor to ceiling crack like this in the basement of the first house my mom bought after she got divorced. It was covered up (notice I didn't say fixed) in a similar manner. The first time it rained our basement literally filled up with water. This is the kind of dishonest thing you do when you want to sell a house and don't want to spend the time and money to fix something properly.
    I can't believe a show like ask This Old House would show people how to do something in this fashion. I mean it's just idiotic! I learned the hard way as a teenager the proper way to fix this type of thing but this guy doesn't know how?! I'm baffled.

  7. Foam is not waterproof…and his foam had not cured and he applied the mortar. I wouldnt recommend it if you dont want water coming through that crack. That mortar will crack when the foundation moves a little.

  8. Yes he showed perfectly what to do if you want to cover up a real problem and sell the house. Now you paint over it and the poor guy who bought the house has a basement full of water. If anything he only made the problem much worse.

  9. I'm glad that a lot of people see this for what it is, an improper fix. He should know better. That's a cosmetic fix at best and it isn't going to last long, I can tell you that from experience. You can't always believe what you watch on This Old House. There are different ways of fixing that below grade Foundational crack but that ain't one of them.

  10. Can I use this method for the entire outside of my house? ( i think my house is made of concrete blocks ) and i wish to paint the outside, however there are lots of huge ugly holes, not something I can use caulking on.

  11. Can this method be used for retaining walls to? Have a large crack in mine looking for repair options. Not the first time its been repaired not sure how to do it the right way? Not many videos of repairing retaining walls on here

  12. Isn't this going to crack in the near future?  Water will find its way into the crack overtime. I'm surprised you did it this way.  Epoxy or Poluerethane Injection is the way to go as it fills up the crack completely on the inside.  I believe your way, you are due to re-visiting this crack soon again.

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  14. Your kidding, this is the exact reason why you don't have a general contractor touch foundation problems. This is NO FIX!!! A cosmetic fix only, will crack again and make the proper job harder and more expensive. DON"T EVER USE EXPANDING FOAM LIKE THIS!!!

  15. There is a better way of repairing this crack with less work, less product and feeling 100% safe that it will not leak again even if the foundation moved again. You prep the crack with ports that are held with hydraulic cement and the entire crack is also covered with the hydraulic cement. Then you inject through the ports into the crack with a two component urethane with epoxy. You are best to let a professional do it because if you put the wrong product in a crack, especially a hairline crack, you just made the problem a lot worse and much harder to repair. In order a professional can repair it correctly, he has to be able to get the wrong stuff out if that crack first and that is not possible on a fine, hairline crack, which means he will have to bash the hairline crack wide open. Just let the professionals do it.

  16. I like your expertise, I watched your video and I liked the way you get wet the walls for making sand mix bonds with cement, not to many "pros" does it.
    I will continue watching more videos from you.
    thank you very much for making of you your best.

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