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The Crackman Saves the Day at a Commercial Job in Acushnet, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 21, 2016

I got a call from a large company out in Utah that was contracted in Acushnet to put up a recycling plant for steel. There were all types of conveyor belts, and large two and three story conveyor belts needed. These conveyor belts were on legs that were bolted onto a concrete floor. A mistake that a contractor had done, is they were supposed to have put epoxy underneath these plates along with the bolts. They called to see if we had any ideas on what could be done.

I thought about it and figured we could loosen the bolts, drill holes in the steel plates, and then we would have to seal up where the plates meet the concrete. We injected an epoxy between n the plate and the concrete that is designed to bond to the steel and the concrete. We did this and saved the contractor from taking the whole thing down. All the engineers watched what we did and were happy. If any commercial or residential person needs help with concrete repair, we can most likely figure it out.

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The Crackman Becomes Clairvoyant in Bellingham MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We got a call from a fellow over in Bellingham with a foundation crack problem. He was kind of hesitant, but he said, "I tried to fix it."

I said, "You probably tried to fix it with hydraulic cement."

"Ya I did, how did you know? But it is worse than that. I tried to fix it and it leaked." He worked really hard at it.

"You probably, even tried to chisel out the concrete and then put the hydraulic cement in."

"Ya I did, how did you know? But I tried to fix it again after that."

"What did you do, put that Super Seal on it that they advertise on TV?"

"Ya, how did you know, are you looking through my window?"

"No we aren't looking through the window. But we know the order that poeple take to try to fix these cracks."

DIY folks try to fix the foundation cracks. Then the cracks leak and we are more than happy to take care of it after they have spent the money on these products and the time on these DIY repairs. We have an injection process  that we use in that situation and in most cases. It does solve the problem with no frustration and with a warranty when you go to sell the house.

For more information on basement crack repair, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.

Are Basement Waterproofing Paints Worth the Money? - Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 06, 2016

There are all kinds of basement waterproofing paints out there with both pro's and con's.

Pro's:

They look nice. If it is done pretty well, it means that you have cleaned off the wall. Removing the organic material off the wall reduces some of the odor. The basement smell will be reduced. You also reduce the amount of humidity in the basement because this paint blocks some of that moisture in the concrete or block.

Con's:

This paint is supposed to trap the moisture in the concrete or block which is like putting plastic over the concrete or block so that moisture is an enemy to the foundation and will have a tendency to break it down. It also wants to push out that effervescence or powdery stuff which can push the paint off. It is also costly. And it can actually cause damage over time to the other masonry material that may be on there.

On the occasions when it is a bad idea to use basement waterproofing paint, there are alternatives. We prefer to use a material that goes into the pores of the concrete which grows crystals to stop the water from coming through the foundation walls. We have that material made specifically for us.

For more information on basement waterproofing, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.


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