Published Friday 24th of January 2014 // Updated Tuesday 7th of February 2017
Much has been said over the years about water and concrete. Even though this usually structurally sound building material is composed of water, water is also its kryptonite. Since concrete is made up of thousands of capillary pores and voids, there are numerous outlets for water to travel through. And with concrete basements being so close to the water table, this leads to a lot of wet and musty spaces.
In order to prevent the aforementioned from occurring there are a few measures that can be taken. First use a lithium silicate/siliconate sealer. The best thing about our industry leading, industrial grade sealer is it can be used as soon as the concrete is poured and set. By using this Lithi-Tek 9500 as a cure and seal on newly poured concrete you are immediately remedying and preventing the water problem. If haven't heard of Lithi-Tek 9500 until now, don't worry there is hope for your basement/concrete too. Lithi-Tek 9500 can also be applied to old concrete. As long as the surface is clean and there is adequate surface porosity this sealer will densify, harden, prevent mold, mildew, efflorescence and radon.
Since the Lithi-Tek 9500 can only be used on poured concrete substrates, if you are looking to seal brick, masonry, stone, concrete blocks, or any areas that will be exposed to deicing salts (such as a garage or driveway) the best product to use is a product from the Siloxa-Tek line. The Siloxa-Tek 8500 is an excellent choice for all substrates especially for deicing salt protection. The Siloxa-Tek 8505 (water based) is an excellent choice for deicing salt protection and staining protection from oils, greases and leaves, whereas the Siloxa-Tek 8510 will give you all the benefits of the Siloxa-Tek 8505 but it is in a solvent carrier.