Every now and then, I get really excited when I learn about a new household product on the market.
One of the most common things we see in homes is damp basements. There may not be water problems per se but uninsulated concrete absorbs moisture and the continued exposure to static pressure from the ground outside is a source of musty odours in many basements. The most common place is in a cold room.
I sit on the board of directors for a local condo corporation that has experienced some issues with musty basements. In the course of investigating a number of things, we had an expert mention a product I had never heard of before called Crystal-Lok®.
When I got home, I started researching it on the Internet and found a few references but not many. I did find the manufacturer though and, to make a long story short, I ended up speaking with a contractor who uses this product and arranged for a visit.
Crystal-Lok® is a ready-to-use, clear, water-based penetrating sealer designed for application to the surface of concrete above or below grade, inside or out. It is used for sealing, hardening, densifying, dust-proofing, waterproofing and weatherproofing plus it stops water seepage where it is not caused by cracking or other structural failure. In short, a potentially miraclulous product for us homeowners!
In addition, the product is solvent-free, odor-free, non-toxic (VOC <0.01 mg/L) and non-flammable plus, it is permanent and never requires re-application.
If you’ve been trying to figure out what to do with that musty cold room or basement, you may want to look into this. You can apply it yourself or have it done at a surprisingly low cost.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg