The difference between structural and non-structural cracks

The difference between structural and non-structural cracks

Posted by Flexomeric on 6/15/2018
Any foundation crack is terrible news. Foundation cracks can start very minimally but could end up threatening the entire structural integrity of the building. There are different things cause structural and non-structural foundation cracks.
Quick Spring Cleaning Checklist For A Healthy Home

Quick Spring Cleaning Checklist For A Healthy Home

Posted by Flexomeric on 5/18/2018
After a long winter, spring has finally sprung. But before you can open the windows, you must clean them. We’re talking about spring cleaning and making sure your home's foundation is properly sealed for the upcoming wet weather.
Tips to Maintaining a Home’s Foundation

Tips to Maintaining a Home’s Foundation

Posted by Flexomeric on 3/28/2018
Concrete structures become increasingly prone to cracking as they keep getting older. All home owners must carry out regular checks to ensure all concrete surfaces are being effectively maintained.
Unsuspecting ways spiders can get into your home

Unsuspecting ways spiders can get into your home

Posted by Flexomeric on 10/6/2017

Spiders and other small creepy crawlers can always find ways into your home, even through the most inconspicuous of places. While the weather is getting colder and we are bracing for the full effects of fall, spiders can make their way through cracks in your concrete foundation, and into your home.

Don't let hairline cracks spall out of control

Don't let hairline cracks spall out of control

Posted by Flexomeric on 8/24/2017
Fall is creeping up on us here, and that means that concrete cracks in your foundation wall will get worse due to changes in temperature causing the concrete to expand and contract. Small hairline cracks can quickly become bigger structural issues if not treated properly.
Summer 2017 predicted to be rainy - Don't let water ruin your home.

Summer 2017 predicted to be rainy - Don't let water ruin your home.

Posted by Flexomeric on 6/8/2017
According to weather forecasts, summer 2017 is supposed to receive above average amounts of precipitations in the North American, especially on the East Coast. These rainfalls will be absorbed by the soil around your home and create additional pressure on your concrete foundation. In the long run, this extra ground force will eventually be too much, slowly creating cracks in the wall which allows water to penetrate and internally damage your structure.
Should I Fix My Basement Leaks Before I Put My Home on the Market?

Should I Fix My Basement Leaks Before I Put My Home on the Market?

Posted by Flexomeric on 4/12/2015
Sometimes, home sellers ask “why should I fix this problem now?” Any unfinished work done to the home will continually need to be repaired until the problem is fixed permanently. It is clear that the issue of a defective foundation is going to have to be dealt with. Fixing the problem now, can avoid potential buyers becoming hesitant to purchase the home.  In addition, if you decide not to repair the problem in advance, the overall potential buyer pool may be diminished due to the uncertainty of the foundation.
Melting Snow Can Cause a Wet and Leaky Basement

Melting Snow Can Cause a Wet and Leaky Basement

Posted by Flexomeric on 4/12/2015
Most often, when a homeowner finds they have a leaky basement, his or her first thought is of rain.  Not surprising, when heavy rains often cause wet basements and most preventive efforts involve managing rain water outside the house, including cleaning gutters, extending downspouts and fixing grading and landscaping so that water runs away from the house. Rain may be the most common source of a leaky basement but it’s not the only one.  Melting snow can also find its way into the basement, either at the time of “spring thaw” or during fluctuating temperatures in winter.  Frozen earth near the surface may exacerbate the problem.
5 Best Uses for Polyurethane Injection Resin

5 Best Uses for Polyurethane Injection Resin

Posted by Flexomeric on 4/10/2015
Do you find it hard to repair active leaks in hard-to-get-to places? Do you find it frustrating to deal with crack repair failure? Do you need to economize on injection resin without compromising safety and quality? If you say ‘yes’ to any or all of the questions above, maybe it’s time for you to consider using polyurethane injection resin for your next crack repair project.
Epoxies and Polyurethanes-Discover the Differences and What Works for Your DIY Project

Epoxies and Polyurethanes-Discover the Differences and What Works for Your DIY Project

Posted by Flexomeric on 3/17/2015
While concrete flooring is considered highly durable, it doesn't mean that you’ll need to forget about the concrete flooring until signs of damage and deterioration are seen. Concrete flooring also loses its ability to support a variety of activities- it can crack, peel, stain, blister and even sweat. However, with a pro-active approach to maintenance and the application of appropriate materials, concrete flooring can remain reliable for many years.

Bringing out the Big Dawg: In Praise of the Bosch Bulldog EXTREME Rotary Hammer

Posted by Flexomeric on 2/15/2015
The Bosch 1255VSR Bulldog EXTREME Rotary Hammer may be the best money you’ve ever spent.

Don't Break Your Mother's Back

Posted by Flexomeric on 2/6/2015
You’ve probably heard the old rhyme If You Step on the Crack, You’ll Break Your Mother’s back or Step on a Line and Break Your Mother’s Spine, or some version of it.

Essential Tools for Concrete Repair

Posted by Flexomeric on 1/14/2015
Whether you're fixing a walkway, patio, foundation, basement or steps, concrete repair techniques are essentially the same.  At Flexomeric, we carry most of the tools as well as our exclusive bonding agent required for small concrete repair jobs.

Concrete Repairs and Other Routine Maintenance Requirements for Parking Structure

Posted by Flexomeric on 1/4/2015
Buildings require constant check-ups and maintenance, but a parking structure in particular needs constant attention and scheduled maintenance. Whether it’s a private or commercial parking structure, it is often subjected to harsh conditions and the structure is regularly tested by heavy traffic and different types of vehicles. 

Job Outlook for Construction Laborers and Helpers

Posted by Flexomeric on 1/1/2015
It's that time of the year again to look back, take stock and set goals for the next 12 months. If you are in the construction business or are planning to join the industry, 2015 is a good year to get started. Predicted growth has been fueled by a rebounding economy, as can be gleaned from higher demand for hotels, retail spaces, office buildings, and industrial facilities all the way to the end of 2015. According to BLS, the category for construction laborers and helpers is expected to grow 25% until 2022, a growth much faster than average.

Increase Your Home’s Value With Concrete Statues and Garden Accents

Posted by Flexomeric on 12/23/2014
Sometimes, it’s the little touches that seal the deal when it’s time for your house to change hands: mature oak trees, a backyard swing, a place to barbecue, a Zen garden, a birdbath or a fountain. Even better, garden fixture need not be oversized or over-the-top to provide an accent where one is needed. A well-thought out pathway or a strategically placed bird bath amid the greenery can be all it takes to make your house look and feel homey, a place where the next owner can truly relax in.

How Important is Curing in Concrete Durability

Posted by Flexomeric on 12/23/2014
Some cracking is bound to happen when dealing with concrete, and though it is difficult to totally eliminate it, certain steps can be taken to minimize cracking so its likelihood of creating more serious problems is reduced. More than just preventing cracks, curing paves the way for the strength development and durability of concrete so it can withstand freezing and thawing, and able to resist abrasions and scaling. Properly cured concrete does not necessarily lack cosmetic cracks, but the cracks are typically easily filled over without affecting the structural integrity of a building.

Prevent Damage to Cement Foundations by Eliminating Standing Water

Posted by Flexomeric on 12/19/2014
Nothing can be more damaging to a home's foundation than standing water. This could either come from rain water pooling up around the foundation, or seepage from a burst pipe. As concrete foundations are porous, it's important to install functional gutters and water channeling systems to keep your foundations dry. Otherwise, the break down in concrete may cause the foundation to shift, which manifests in terms of cracks in the ceiling or in the wall.

Be Prepared for a Harsh Winter in 2015

Posted by Flexomeric on 11/6/2014
Three-quarters of the United States is predicted to experience a hard winter for 2015. Now is the time to prepare your home, to make sure it is safe from damage that can be caused by harsh winter elements.

Don't Let the Big Bad Wolf Blow Your House Down

Posted by Flexomeric on 11/4/2014
Without a strong foundation, your home is in serious jeopardy. Imagine the story of the three little pigs. One house was built with straw. The Big Bad Wolf came, and he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew that house down. The second house was built with wood, and although this house was made with material stronger than straw, the Big Bad Wolf was still able to huff and puff and blow the house down.  The third house, built with bricks was built on a strong, solid, well-insulated foundation, keeping out the Big Bad Wolf.

Surface Water and the Problems it Causes

Posted by Flexomeric on 10/14/2014
Surface water is one of the worst enemies your house’s foundation could ever have. It can damage your foundation, it can damage your health, and it can affect the value of your property in a very bad way. Still, you can’t stop rain from falling down, right, so you need to find other ways to deal with it. And while they are plenty of those, the first thing you need to do is find out whether your house is having a problem caused by surface water or not.

Basement Waterproofing

Posted by Flexomeric on 10/7/2014
A leaky basement can arise from any number of things, which is why you may want to investigate a little bit before calling in the pros. Leaks can arise from HVAC systems, ventilation systems, condensation from pipes, sump pumps, and of course, seepage from walls, ceilings, and foundations. However, it is estimated that over 90% of all basement leaks stem from the joint where the wall and floor meet.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Protecting the Foundation

Posted by Flexomeric on 10/5/2014
Understanding the foundation and wall cracks and knowing the early signs can help homeowners win the maintenance war against structural problems.  If you can spot the early warning signs of foundation cracks and deteriorating structural integrity of your property, it can lead to easy and stress-free repairs and less painful on the wallet. Another approach that can be done to steer away from foundation-related problems is to avoid the usual homeowner mistakes related to foundation checks and maintenance. 

Address Foundation-Related Problems As Soon As Possible

Posted by Flexomeric on 8/27/2014
One’s home is the biggest investment, and it can be a liability as well, especially if the property is not well-kept and maintained. The challenge for homeowners is to remain on top of things and pay attention to the condition of the property. Any sign of structural problems or damages should be dealt with immediately.

Benefits of Concrete Houses

Posted by Flexomeric on 8/5/2014
Everyone must have a dwelling to live in. People live in apartments, condos, duplexes, houses, cabins, modular homes or house boats. There are pros and cons to each living situation.