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Will putting in a Radon system put cracks in my foundation?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In this episode, the Crackman clears up a concern from a customer in Fitchburg Massachusetts who was worried that putting in a Radon system would put cracks in the foundation floor. The bottom line is, if you are worried about foundation cracks, give the Crackman a call and he’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Will putting in a Radon system put cracks in my foundation?

Narrator: Well alright Crackman, I understand that a person in Fitchburg, MA has some questions about a Radon system that was installed. What happened there?

Rich: We had a call from somebody who was going to put in a Radon system. He called to ask me if it was going to cause cracks in the foundation floor. Because with the Radon system, what they do is they break a hole in the floor and they put some PVC pipe in like a T, and then they bring it up out of the basement and above the roof with a fan on it to draw that Radon out. He was concerned that it was going to cause cracking in the floor.

Well he called me up because we have done work for him in the past, in fact I looked it up and we have done some floor crack repair for him. His question was, is it going to cause more cracking? My answer to him, especially since he has already had cracks and we had filled it in with a high-grade epoxy material that has some elasticity, that the chances of getting additional cracks were very small. So, he did have it done and he called me back to say that I was right, that it didn’t cause any more cracking.

Now we can take this one step forward and say, would it crack the foundation floor if no work had been done to it? Well the chances are less if there is an expansion joint in the foundation floor which is all lines and a cut because the concrete has a chance to mold. If there is not an expansion joint, no work has done to it, the chances are still very small that something like that could cause a crack, an additional cracking in the floor. It’s mostly the pressure from the water against the bottom of the cement floor that causes cracking or shrinkage of the concrete as it does have water in it that cause crack. Well even if you do it’s not the end of the world if you get a crack in your foundation floor. There’s these three things you’re sure of in life: first, cracks, if anything’s of concrete it is going to crack, and if it does we can repair cracks in concrete floors. If it’s in Fitchburg, or in New Hampshire, Rhode Island or all over Mass., we can take care of it.

Narrator: Oh very interesting Rich, thanks for clearing that up. Bottomline is if you are worried about foundation cracks, why not give the Crackman a call, he’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Narrator: If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

What could cause damage to this block foundation in Bellingham Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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The Crackman's expertise was called in recently when a customer shared his concerns about a crumbling block foundation. Those blocks are pretty strong, so what could cause them to crumble?

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: What could cause damage to this block foundation in Bellingham, MA?

Narrator: So Rich, your expertise was called in recently when a customer shared his concerns about a crumbling block foundation. Built blocks are pretty strong, right? What could cause that?

Rich: Well there’s actually two different kinds of blocks. Concrete blocks made out of a concrete base material, and then there’s ones that are made with an ash, actually coal ash or cinder they call it. That’s where you get the word cinder block. And what we’re seeing in Bellingham, I got a call, I got a call from Fitchburg about the blocks above the soil that are actually found to be disintegrating. They are the old decorative blocks it seems in most cases, which are usually near a downspout, and over the years downspouts getting locked down, water keeps getting pushed against the cinder blocks or concrete blocks, and that water just keeps decaying it. This is because of the pressure going against it from the water hitting it again and again. Also when water hits masonry, the masonry takes the water on like a sponge does, and then in the winter it freezes, so when it freezes that’s what starts the delamination process. I mean you could see, we’re going to put a picture above this so you can see of it actually eating away the block. So we then replace the block, well we actually fill that in with a concrete material and then we’d put a crystallized quartz based material on it because that will help stop any water from penetrating it and causing additional damage. Now that is the story with cement block or cinder block foundations, when you have a problem, we know how to fix it.

Narrator: Well excellent, Rich. Thanks for sharing how a block foundation can start to crumble, and it’s great to know there’s guys like you around that can figure out how to fix it.

Narrator: If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

Is your basement wall crack really leaking?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The Crackman covers another interesting case study. This time, it's about a mystery puddle in the basement.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Is your foundation crack really leaking? A case study from Danvers, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, you have another interesting case study to share with your listeners, what do you have for us today?

Rich: Yes, I got a call from a customer a while back and he saw water coming from that crack in a poured concrete foundation. We went out, we fixed it, tested it, and everything’s fine. That was probably about a year and a half ago. And guy calls me up and says, I think that crack’s leaking. I said take a picture of it. So he took a picture of it, and he told me like three or four feet away from the crack is a puddle. It’s in this hot summer weather, so I called him back and said, why don’t you stand where the puddle is and look up. Well he looked up, and lo and behold, there were some water pipes that were sweating and dripping water. That puddle was from a water pipe that was sweating. I guess the lesson to be learned from this story is if you want to check and be sure your crack is leaking, you could take a garden hose and put it outside against that crack and run it for 45 minutes, and turn it off for 15, and do it once, twice or three times. And if water comes in at the bottom or within the crack, then it’s leaking. And the other thing is if it’s leaking away from that crack, but the crack isn’t leaking itself, you may want to look up in this hot humid weather and see if you have any hot water or cold water pipes that are leaking.

Narrator: Well, very good Rich. I guess basement water can come from a wide variety of sources, right? And it’s good to know that you run an honest business that will always provide the straight answers to homeowners with basement water problems.

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

The Crackman helps Homeowner Solve a Garage Foundation problem in Auburn

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Crackman is in Hudson Massachusetts and the title alludes to him helping a person in Auburn Massachusetts, but they were actually a little farther away, in Auburn California. Rich shares a story about how he helped a desperate homeowner over 3,000 miles away solve a severe garage foundation issue.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: The Crackman helps homeowner solve a garage foundation problem in Auburn.

Narrator: So, Rich you’re in Hudson, MA, right? And the title alludes you helping a person in Auburn, MA but they were actually a little further away, right?

Rich: Oh they sure were. Kent called me up Wednesday evening and we’re talking, he’s telling me he’s in Auburn, and well, we’re talking a little more about Auburn and ended up he was in Auburn, CA. But seems like a nice guy so I said, what do you have going on? Maybe I can put you in a direction. Well, what he had is a problem that we take care of all the time here in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

What he was telling me is that the back part of his garage, the back wall had a crack in it in the middle and it also had a crack in it on the outside at the corner. The crack was about an inch, inch and a half wide. I said to him, take a look at it, see if it’s leaning back a little bit. He went outside, took a look, he said, yeah the wall is leaning back a little bit. I said go on inside, when on the inside look at the back wall. I said look at where the bottom of the wall meets the board wall of the basement, I said there’s probably a gap there about an inch, inch and a half. He goes, how did you know? I’m in Auburn, CA and you’re in Massachusetts. How did you know that? I said because we do this all the time, and we’ve been doing it for 25 years. He goes, I’ve had people out here and they don’t know what to do with it. I said, well this is what you need to do, we’ve consulted with engineers plus we have an engineer on staff.

What is prescribed is to drill through the wall on the outside so we can hit the middle of the floor of the garage, and we use rebar embedded with epoxy and we pin it in there, we put that rebar and epoxy in there and binds it together, so we do these all the time. He then asked me, could you talk to a friend of mine who is an engineer who wasn’t quite sure what to do. And he called me this morning, I told him what we do and he said, jeez that makes a lot of sense. And that customer/fellow from California called me back and said, you making a trip to California lately? And I said, no way, not with this virus I’m going to California. So at least he found out how to do it and was very grateful. In fact he wrote a nice recommendation for us.

Narrator: Yeah it was a great review Rich, and we’ll make sure that it’s posted with the blog post accompanying this podcast. Well way to go, awesome! And nice to know that you go out of your way to help people even if they’re on the Westcoast.


Link: https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/115414993469933938366/reviews/@42.3840247,-71.5418997,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!8m2!3m1!1e1

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

The Crackman gets identical basement water calls in Reading and Leominster Mass on the same day

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 17, 2020

Rich had two different calls that were basically identical--one from Reading Massachusetts and one from Leominster Massachusetts--where the callers complained about water collecting in the corners of the basement. In this episode, Rich explains how water can collect in basement corners on hot, humid days.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: The Crackman gets identical basement water calls in Reading and Leominster, MA on the same day.

Narrator: So Rich, I understand you had two different calls the other day that were basically identical, one from Reading, MA and the other one from Leominster, MA, where the callers complained about water collecting in the corners of their basement. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah it was interesting calls, two calls, we run into this every year when it starts to get humid out. People call and they say in the corner of my basement or in the garage. These people happen to say in the corner of their basement, they were getting dampness. One in Reading, one in Leominster, MA, and I asked them a few questions. I asked them how long you’ve been in the house? And one had been in the house quite a few years, the other one just four years. And I asked them, does this happen mostly during the summertime? And they go, yes it does, and I can’t figure it out because it’s not raining, it’s been dry for over a couple of weeks. And we find out that it’s in the corner, and what happens in the corner is you have a floor, you have one wall, and then you have the other wall that meets up against it at a 90 degree angle. So you have three pieces of concrete. Now each one of these pieces of concrete is below grade and it’s colder than the air, and that’s the coldest pockets in the corners of a foundation. So you can get condensation because the surface is colder than the air. It’s like if I gave you a glass of water and with ice in it, and you put it on the counter, you would get condensation. So that’s what most cases we’re getting. And if you want to check that out just to be sure that there’s no water coming in, one, you look for cracks in the foundation wall on the inside or the outside. If you want to double check that, you want to take a garden hose and put it on the ground outside near that corner and run water, run it for 45 minutes, turn it off for 15, and do it two or three times. There’s maybe a tie rod, a little dimple that’s leaking, it could be where the floor and the wall meet that’s leaking, and if these things don’t happen, and it happens only during the summertime, then you have condensation. Then the question is, how can I stop this condensation? Well, the way that you can do that, you’re not going to stop it, but you’re going to be able to take the moisture out of the air itself by putting a dehumidifier in. The problem with dehumidifying is everybody forgets to empty the basement. Well we have some dehumidifiers that we provide to customers that will take the moist out of the air, and it has a pump that will pump the water from the basin out so you never have to think about it. That was our two calls, very similar, and those are the solutions.

Narrator: Great, and it’s probably not a good idea to have a lot of moisture in the basement, especially in dark areas, you can get mold, mildew and things like that. Right? Rich: It certainly is. And one other point that I want to make is, it seems like a nice day so people want to open up their windows in the basement. Refrain from doing that, because all you’re doing is letting the moist air into the basement. Close the windows and put a dehumidifier.

Narrator: Alright. Well a good advice from The Crackman, as always. And we appreciate you explaining how water can collect in the basement corners on hot, humid days, especially in the summertime.

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

Another Failed Flex Seal Foundation Crack Repair in Methuen Mass

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: The topic of today’s podcast: Another failed Flex Seal home repair in Methuen, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, you’re no stranger to seeing Flex Seal attempts used in DIY home repairs of leaking basements. I understand you have a real doozy for us today, what can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah I got a call from a customer in Methuen that had a block foundation. We see block foundation’s throughout New England. And what they had told me is that they’ve been getting some water coming through through the blocks. I asked him if he could send me a picture? He sent me a picture and I called him back and I said, Jesus! What’s on that wall? It’s black. And he said they bought some of that Flex Seal in a can and tried rolling it on. And then they remind me that that’s Flex Seal, the stuff that the guy puts on a boat and rides over the water. Well that Flex Seal wasn’t holding it. Some of the mortar in between the stones was gone. Some of the concrete and mortar that the stones were made of needed some attention also. So we went over there, and we had to scrape some of that Flex Seal off to be able to get to the areas that were having problems with to repair them. I guess if you have a boat or something, maybe Flex Seal does work. But when it comes to a foundation, or with this particular situation, it didn’t work at all. So feel free to call us anytime, and we’re more than happy to help you. 

Narrator: Let me tell you something there Crackman, I had a rubber dinghy at one point with my boat, and we used Flex Seal on that one time, and it did not work. We put so much of that stuff on there, we’re hoping it would stop the leak on that dinghy and it did not work. So no, it sometimes doesn’t work in boats, and doesn’t sound like the perfect product for home repair either. For some people, maybe just as a very quick temporary fix, but obviously it didn’t work here.

Narrator: Alright there Rich, thanks for sharing this amusing DIY fail using Flex Seal. Hopefully people will take heed and get a professional to fix those types of leaks in the future.

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

Help! Why is my foundation wall seeping water?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Crackman had a couple calls recently from Milford & Hopkinton Mass where people were complaining about water oozing through the foundation walls.  Is that like something out of a horror movie or something a bit less sinister?

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Help! Why is my foundation wall seeping water?

Narrator: So Rich, you had a couple calls recently from Milford & Hopkinton, MA, where people were complaining about water oozing through their walls. That sounds like something out of a horror movie, no?

Rich: Well it does. Yesterday, I had actually three calls between Hopkinton and Milford, MA in reference to this issue. We’ve been getting calls all summer in reference to it. ‘Coz we got a pretty humid summer so far, and all these people are sure that the water is coming through their foundations. Especially their garages, in the corners, or in their basements in the corners, and if they have water softeners or wells, it’s usually in that corner. It’s amazing how many we’ve had.

And what it really is, there’s no cracks, it’s not coming in where the floor and the wall meet, what it is, is condensation. And it’s amazing how much water can happen there. The wall feels wet, the floor feels wet, and it could even be a puddle. But what you have is condensation.

We’re getting this in Rhode Island, we’re getting it in New Hampshire, all the states that we do work in. Then the question is, how do we solve this issue? If it’s in a basement, first of all, do not open up your windows in the basement because all you’re letting in is moist air. So keep your windows closed. You may want to pick up a really good dehumidifier, one that has a pump on it that we can automatically drain the water outside. And we have ones that take out 103 pints of water a day. What a good dehumidifier will do is draw that moisture out of the air and then the area will dry up for you. But homeowners don’t jump to the conclusion that you have water coming through your foundation. In most cases with this weather, it’s condensation.

Narrator: Wow, great information Rich. So if you have liquid oozing through your walls, you don’t need to call Ghostbusters, just call the Crackman and he’ll set your mind at ease.  

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

Stone Foundation DIY Project Goes Bad in Attleboro Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 27, 2020


In this episode, the Crackman discusses the before and after pictures attached to the blog post about this episode. It shows an incredible repair job that rivals the toughest jigsaw puzzle you've ever seen. Check it out.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Stone Foundation DIY project goes bad in Attleboro Massachusetts

Narrator: The topic of today’s podcast: Stone foundation DIY project goes bad in Attleboro, MA. Well Rich, Crackdaddy sent me a ‘fore and after pictures of a stone foundation your team fixed. It’s pretty remarkable I got to say. It kind of looks like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. What happened here?

Rich: Well we got a phone call, and the guy sent us some pictures over in Attleboro. The corner of a foundation looked they could have been patched and he was having some problems with it. So we went out and fixed it for him. Especially corner of a foundation, it’s really important because it takes a lot of weight in these old houses. What had happened is that somebody, not the guy that owned it, the prior owner had patched it.

Now everybody thinks mortar is mortar, is mortar. Well, mortar is mortar, is not mortar. There’s all kinds of different strengths of mortar, and you have to know the right strength of mortar to use there. There’s S, there’s M, some people use hydraulic cement, all kinds of different things. Now, what had happened is they had patched this corner together with a mortar that was too strong, and it actually ended up blowing out that corner when there was some shifting because things didn’t move. Because foundations actually move a little bit. And so when we got there, that had pulled away and we had to rebuild that corner for him with the correct type of mortar. And with over 25 years of experience, we’re able to know what the right mortar is for that particular situation. So we’re happy to help this customer out. He was able to put his house under agreement, and to sell it.

Narrator: Okay Rich, thanks for sharing this case study of a DIY stone foundation repointing project gone bad. To get some moral of the story is, call the professional like the Crackman when it comes to your home’s foundation, it’s too critical if you allow it to crumble.

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

Leaking pipe penetration in Dedham MA floods basement

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In this episode, we examine a picture the Crackman attached to his blog.  It looks like a muddy pit that shows a pipe of some sort that is going into a foundation through a hole that is about 3 times bigger than the diameter of the pipe.  What happened here?  The Crackman explains.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Leaking pipe penetration in Dedham, MA floods basement.

Narrator: So Rich, I’m looking at a picture you sent over. Looks like a muddy pit that shows a pipe of some sort that is going into a foundation through a hole that is about 3 times bigger than the diameter of the pipe. What happened here? Did you dig that out?

Rich: No, no we didn’t. What had happened is I had a homeowner in Dedham, MA give me a call, and he had told me that he had a flooded basement, so he decided that he would dig out on the outside where that sewer pipe was. And what he had there was a hole around that sewer pipe, and when he was on the inside, it looked like a nice clean job where they cemented around the sewer pipe. But when they went outside and dug, you can see there just wasn’t anything there. There’s just a little bit of concrete in there towards the inside, and naturally that concrete, ‘coz it doesn’t hold water back, and somebody had patched it on the inside, prior. So that homeowner in Dedham, he worked really hard and dug a beautiful hole there, and we came out, we fixed it. Well, you don’t need to dig it out from the outside at all, we can repair it right from the inside by drilling small holes in that area, putting our ports in and then injecting a closed cell polymer resin material that’ll encapsulate it. And it is a warrantied service, so unless you really want the excess signs of digging a beautiful hole about 6 feet down, you can do it or we can fix it from the inside. No need to dig it on the outside.

Narrator: So, it’s kind of like arthroscopic surgery, right? You don’t need to cut a big hole into the body then do the surgery, that you can do through a very small placement, right?

Rich: That is exactly it.

Narrator: Awesome. Thanks, Rich, for explaining this interesting picture from a customer who had a leaking pipe penetration. Now this just goes to show that if you call the Crackman first and explain the problem, you might be able to save yourself a whole lot of work.                             

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.

Do I really have water under my basement floor in Quincy MA?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 07, 2020

The Crackman explains a video he received from a customer that shows him demonstrating how much water is under his concrete floor.  There is an open hole in the corner, and he is using a screwdriver to show how deep it is.  We put the video on the blog so our viewers can see it.  The Crackman explains.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Do I really have water under my basement floor?

Narrator: So Rich, you sent over a video from a customer that shows him demonstrating how much water is under his concrete floor. There’s an open hole in the corner and he is using a screwdriver to show how deep it is. We put the video on the blog so your viewers can see it. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: I got a call from a customer in Quincy, Mass., and he was telling me he has water coming out some cracks. So, I said take it a walk around the basement, and he noticed that there’s this round hole there and I said well, stick a screwdriver in there and see if there’s water. Well, you can see it from the video, there’s water. And oftentimes what happens when we get a lot of rain in certain areas, the water table, that’s the aquifer underneath the ground, the water comes up, it rises as we get rain. And what this gentleman was having over in Quincy is the water was rising underneath his floor. What you may also notice there is that there’s a gap between his floor and where the ground or soil is, that is just filled with water.

So, he asked, what can we do? I said the first thing you should do is we can break a hole on the floor, bigger, put a basin in there with holes in it, and we’ll put gravel around the basin. Then we’ll put a pump there. And what happens is the water beneath the floor, don’t forget there’s a gap underneath the floor, between the floor and the gravel/soil underneath, always is, and the water wants to go to that area. So we put the pump in, and we put a pump in that has a cover on the basin to keep radon from coming up, and tuck it around there nice and neat and we’re able to pump that out. In fact that gentleman called me up the other day when we had a flash flood and he goes, you were right, I don’t have a drop of water because that sump pump is taking the water out, or it gets to the bottom of the floor. And oftentimes, a sump pump will save the situation where people are telling you that you need to put a perimeter drain in for $6,000-$12,000 and putting in a sump pump is a whole heck of a lot less than that. Another happy customer in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Narrator: Alright Rich, well thanks for explaining this interesting video from that customer who thought he had a water problem under his floor, or actually, he did. And you were able to solve it with a sump pump, and not tens of thousands of dollars on a drain system that wouldn’t really solve the problem.                             

If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit A1FoundationCrackRepair.com or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.


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