How it Works

How it Works

A scientific solution for a common basement tie rod hole leak

Tie rod holes are a common issue for homeowners nationwide, causing flooded basements, lost items and costly repairs. These leaks are often incorrectly diagnosed as a failed foundation drain tile system or an unexplained leak source that results in high repair costs for the property owner.

The most advanced repair method for stopping this type of basement leak is the TRX® Swell Plug. The only product of its kind, this patented plug has been used since 1997 by thousands of customers throughout the United States..

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The TRX® Swell Plug uses water-activated materials so it can function in wet environments more effectively than conventional bonding materials like hydraulic cement products, epoxies, and caulking. When a TRX® Swell Plug is exposed to moisture the polyurethane body is activated, expanding to seal the tie rod hole and stopping the leak immediately.

What is a tie rod hole and how did it get there?

When a foundation contractor erects the form of your basement, tie rods are fastened to support the shuttering (walls) which holds the weight and the form of the foundation wall. Once the cement is poured, these forms are left for a few days for curing. Next, the tie rods are removed allowing the forms to be dismantled and your foundation is complete.

The walls now have holes where the tie rods were. They are approximately 5/8 inches in diameter and usually found in two rows separated every 18 inches throughout the entire basement. In this type of conventional forming system, the tie rods are not left in the wall. The only time supporting wall forming ties are left in the wall is when a contractor uses a wall forming system that utilizes snap ties.

This installation system is common throughout the U.S., so order your TRX® Swell Plugs today.