Living in Michigan means you have to face an extremely wet climate year round. High humidity during the summer and heavy snowfall through the winter introduce a lot of moisture to your home. This is significant because excess rain and snow can lead to tie rod hole leaks, basement flooding, and even foundation issues. Basement leaks are common and it is important to prevent the water damage from putting your home at risk.
Luckily, StayDry® Waterproofing provides Michigan homeowners with a range of services to address water in the home, including tie rod hole repair. Tie rod holes are a common form of basement leak that occurs in older cement structures. Your home may be at risk of tie rod hole leaks so we’re here to fill you in on tie rod holes and the best methods to stop them from leaking.
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Tie Rod Holes In Cement
Tie rod holes are common in older homes because they were a product of how cement forms were made. In past construction, cement forms were held together by wood and steel rods. The steel rods were placed in rows within the cement and after the cement set they were removed. Once removed, the steel rods would leave small holes known as tie rod holes.
These holes are prone to collecting water and they often start to leak into basements. They are easily recognizable leaks because they all tend to have a quarter-sized mark that leaves water stains down to the floor. They can be one foot to five feet above the floor and the stain left is very unsightly. The trouble with the leaks is that they could lead to more serious structural damage.
Dangers of Tie Rod Hole Leaks
Unfortunately, tie rod holes can develop cracks and make conditions in your basement significantly worse. Water can collect in the cracks and slowly carve through the walls and eventually compromise the structural integrity of your home. Cracks in the cement need to be addressed and the leaks need to be plugged in order to stop excessive water damage.
How To Fix Basement Leaks
Many of our competitors offer a do-it-yourself solution in the form of plugs to plug up the tie rod holes. While this solution may stop the leak, it is a short term fix to the problem. A plug doesn’t address the cracking that may have occurred around the tie rod holes. If neglected, these cracks can cause severe damage to the cement walls in your basement.
StayDry® Waterproofing offers a polyurethane injection for tie rod hole leaks. The polyurethane material is able to penetrate the cracks and plug the tie rod holes to keep leaks from breaking down your walls. It is important to keep water from seeping into the cracks and creating more damage to your cement structure. Best of all, we back our services with our industry-leading lifetime transferrable warranty.
Waterproof With StayDry® Services
StayDry® offers Michigan homeowners a holistic audit of their basement so we can determine the exact waterproofing services your home may need. If you are interested in tie rod hole repair, don’t hesitate to contact a StayDry® Professional. You can contact us here or give us a call at 800.782.9379!