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The Crackman offers Great Advice to Desperate Homeowner

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Today we present a customer review. The review reads:

"I had concerns about my bulkhead. I called Rich, sent him some pictures and within minutes he knew what the issue was, what had to be done to fix my problem, and who to call because it had nothing related to concrete or foundation. Rich is honest, professional and understanding. A rare find these days."

One of things I enjoy doing is if I don't do the work I try to put the customer on the right path to do it. This customer had just had poured a concrete patio within an inch of his bulkhead door, the metal door. The concrete was pitched towards it. With all the rain we had, the water was flying in over the bulkhead door. I put him in the direction of removing the metal door and raising the concrete that it is sitting on about 8" so that next time, the water won't get in.

Why is Water Squirting out of a Tiny Hole in my Basement?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 09, 2018

First of all, we need to understand what this small hole is. I am assuming this is a poured concreted foundation. Those holes, or dimples, are from tie-rods. When concrete is poured, it is poured between two pieces of wood. The wood doesn't just stand there through gravity. They are held together with metal rods. Once the concrete sets up, the metal is snapped off, which is why they are referred to as snap-ties or tie-rods.

Because they metal, they can rust. They rust because of the moist air and soil. When they rust they get smaller. With the water pressure, the water can leak into the basement, or in some cases squirt. Oftentimes, you'll see the rust line running down the foundation.

These have to be fixed. We have seen all kinds of contractor and homeowner attempts with sealants and hydraulic cement to fix this, they don't work.

The way to do this is to drill next to the tie-rod, put our port in, tighten up the port, and inject it with closed polymer resin which will encapsulate it and prevent leaking. Now you' ll have a tie-rod that is not going to leak, with a warranty.

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