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Refinishing Your Basement? Don't Make this Mistake – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 22, 2016

If your finishing your basement it should be “like new” and you shouldn’t see any water. Is it right for you to think that way? Well, you can think what you want but it happens a lot of the times when someone finished the basement. We get calls from all over where people finish the basement and then months later they have water coming from behind the sheet rock. In fact, some say they knew that there was a crack in the foundation, but it has never leaked before and they had been in the house for 15 years. Now that they put up the sheet rock it started leaking. Why they can leak when they have not leaked before is because water gets into them and in the winter it freezes opening the crack more and more. So…

Tip #1: Look very carefully at the foundation walls and be sure there are no cracks. Those cracks can be fixed with a warranty all from the inside.

Tip #2: Look very carefully at the concrete again at the little dimples. Those dimples are caused from the tie-rods which hold together the wood forms where the concrete is poured to form the foundation.  After the concrete is poured they snap these ties and they are in the concrete. They are supposed to be sealed from the outside, some building inspectors like them sealed from the inside too, but often it is not done. The metal rusts and when it rusts they get smaller and can leak. So my advice would be look at the dimples and see if you see any rust lines or white powder. Those can be sealed with a warranty also. For those that are not rusting, put something on them so air does not reach them.

Tip #3: See if there are any water stains where the wall meets the floor. You want to have those addressed.

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

Is it the Stone Foundation Leaking or a Sewer Pipe? – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Is your stone foundation leaking or is it a sewer pipe? Here is an interesting case study, but the good thing was there was no smell involved. We got a call from a panicked real estate agent who was trying to help a client. They were trying to close the next day and they had water coming through what she thought was the stone foundation. I asked her to take a picture of it, and they did. This was about 5:00pm in the afternoon. There was definitely water from coming behind the sewer pipe that was right in front of and actually touching the stone foundation.

I sent one of my guys out the next morning to look at it. He told me it is leaking from behind the pipe. We had to determine if the sewer pipe was leaking or if it was leaking from the stone foundation. What we did was fill a bathtub upstairs and run the water in the kitchen sink. By filling the bathtub, when he pulled the drain, it created a lot of pressure going down and the water would go through this pipe in front of the stone foundation. When he did that there was water coming out. I thought of doing this because it was not raining and they still had water at times.

The water was leaking out of the back of the pipe. They got a plumber over there and closed on the home that day. This is a perfect example of how A1 Foundation Crack Repair can help the homeowner and real estate agents. For more information, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.

Live Video Shows Water Squirting from a Foundation - Boston, Sharon, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

We posted a blog a few weeks ago with an amazing video that a customer posted of water literally squirting from a foundation wall crack.

We got a call from Sharon, MA the other day when we were getting that heavy rain. It was a block foundation where water was squirting out at the seams where some blocks meet in a block foundation. They were concerned, and rightfully so, that the water was going to keep on going in and ruin their furnace and hot water tank.

We went over and looked at the situation. We decided that we were going to use a crystalized quartz based material. What happened was the mortar between the cinder blocks had deteriorated and there was enough water pressure to cause these squirts coming out like someone was using a garden hose.

We used this crystalized quartz material and we were able to stop the water from coming in, even at the pressure that it was entering. These people were very thankful.

Now, we have gone to jobs where people have tried and tried to use hydraulic cement and it really doesn’t work. With our 17 years of knowledge in this business we can usually come up with the right material and method to apply it to stop water from coming into a basement. For more information on repairing foundation cracks, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.

 

 

Having a Basement Water Problem? Where First to Look – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 01, 2016

Whenever we get a call about a basement water problem, there is a little bit of sleuthing that goes inot figure out where the water is coming from. That is where our knowledge comes from.

I have been getting quite a few calls in Easter Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire recently where property managers and home owners are calling me about foundation leaks. And, the first thing is ask: “is there a sidewalk or driveway against that foundation wall?” If there is, I ask them to take a look at that seam where the driveway or walkway meets that foundation wall. Ninety-eight percent of the time there is a gap. The gap is there because asphalt and concrete expand and contract. They expand and contract at different intervals so you are going to get a gap. When you pour concrete, there is water in it, and the water evaporates and that is what causes the gap.

Even if you have gutters that are working perfectly, you can still have problems. Water doesn’t fall down in a straight line. When it hits the house it falls down and goes into that gap. Water can then find a way into the house.  You can’t just caulk these gaps, because you need elasticity as well as a material that is going to bond to both the foundation wall and the concrete. That is the key to doing it right. Usually we put a skirt, an angle of concrete or asphalt based material. So when the rain comes, hits the house, water wants to go down there, we have already put a material in there to stop it, then there is the little ramp to help water flow away.

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


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