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Does FlexSeal work on basement wall cracks?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Q. I have some small cracks in my basement that have started to leak. Can I just use FlexSeal to keep the water out?

A. I get calls from people all the time that say they have tried FlexSeal. That's the the product you see advertised on TV. But, I've repaired a ton of cracks in basements that have had FlexSeal. Maybe a crack in the wall, tie-rod, bulkhead, or where a floor and a wall meet. If you think about it, how can you spray something onto a crack and then expect it to withstand the pressure of the water as it wants to come through. Recently we have had a lot of calls with the weather that we have had, the freeze/thaw rain cycle where there have been a lot of FlexSeal failures. If you look at my website, you can see a lot of pictures of these failures.

The Crackman Saves a Home from a Water Volcano

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

We have had a ton of rain this winter; warm weather with heavy, heavy rain and snow melt. We got a call from a past customer. He had a leaking bulkhead problem. The bulkhead was leaking from the seam where the steps meet the house. This is a very common problem.

He was keeping a wet vac there because the water was just flowing in. He called in a state of panic. We sent in a guy who was on his way home. We did a combination of things. We cleaned out some of the old caulking that was in between the bulkhead and the steps. We had to soak oakum in a polymer resin and work it in there. That slowed it down. We were then able to inject a polymer resin to slow it down even more. We had to put plenty of additive into the polymer resin so that it would react quicker.

But it was still leaking.

We have a high-bred product that we use on masonry material that has a crystallized quartz-based material that we used and were able to stop this geyser of a bulkhead leak. We were there for about 4 hours. He called us the next day as well because he was so appreciative.

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Jordan-Gunter Basement Tie Rod Leak

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Here's a photo from the Jordan-Gunter Basement. The photo shows lots of water coming from the tie rod.

A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Tie Rod Leak

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High Tides, Floating Dumpsters, and Leaking Granite Walls

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 05, 2018

About a week ago we experienced a Nor'Easter here in Massachusetts. It really hit Boston hard on the waterfront and there are some really high end apartments in that area. I was watching the news and there was a dumpster floating down the street.

A few hours later we got a call from a condo property manager on that street. There was water coming in. What we found out through pictures is that it was a block foundation. Not cinder blocks but the big granite blocks built long ago. They put mortar between the block and they were leaking really badly.

We couldn't even get on the street because of the floating ice and dumpsters! We had to wait until the next day when the tide when down. We got there and we were able to stop the water from coming in from these huge tides.

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