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Nor'easter devastates foundation of home in Sandwich MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 03, 2021

This episode comes with a picture on the blog post atA1 Foundation Crack Repair Blog.  It shows a home that was devastated by a Nor'easter.  The foundation was ripped from the bottom of the house.  The damage is massive!  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: Nor’easter devastates foundation of home in Sandwich MA.

Narrator:  So Rich, The Crackdaddy sent me a picture of a house that has to be condemned. I mean, it’s amazing. It looks like the foundation was ripped from the bottom of the house. The devastation is massive. What happened here?

Rich: Well, we had a Nor’easter and this happens every once in a while on houses that are right on the coast. This happened, as you said, in Sandwich MA. And water came in, Mother Nature took that foundation out, which is a poured concrete foundation. And what’s interesting is if you look carefully at the picture you can see there’s a crack right where the window is. Off of the corner of the window, it is sheared there. There are some solutions to this problem. If you have that inkling to buy a house on the water, you might want to hold off and the solution would be to rent one. You don’t have to worry about this sad situation. Also, the other solution that people do if they want to buy one on the water, what they do is they put helical piers into the ground, and they build on top of those.

Though concrete is strong, Mother Nature is stronger. This happens down at Cape Cod all the time where we have these issues. I’ve seen some real devastation also in Scituate, where actual boulders that came in from the ocean took out some houses. Boulders were sitting in the middle of the road.

We’ve done work to save some foundations that were there a few years back. So, it’s something that happens in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, in Massachusetts for sure.

Narrator: Wow, thanks Rich for sharing this amazing case study. Nor ’easterners are incredibly destructive, especially when you look at all the erosion that happens when one comes in.

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.

My beautiful foundation--why is it starting to crack?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

One can imagine a homeowner’s chagrin when they go down to their beautiful, flawless basement and suddenly find cracks in their basement walls and foundation. In this episode, The Crackman explains why a pristine foundation would suddenly start to crack.

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: My beautiful foundation, why is it starting to crack?

Narrator: So Rich, I can imagine a homeowner’s chagrin when they go down to their beautiful, flawless basement and suddenly find cracks in the basement walls and foundation. What can be going on there?

Rich: I’ve been getting these calls. Got one this morning from Providence RI, got another one from Oxford MA. Now, people have been in the house 20 years, 30 years and they never saw these cracks. All of a sudden with this cold snap they’re seeing cracks. I can tell you that it happens, and the reason that happens is if you go back to your elementary Science class and you look at the changes between ice and water.

Ice expands, water expands when it turns to ice and it pushes up against the foundation wall. And so if there’s a little tiny hairline crack or less, and you have this soil that’s been saturated with water. We know that soil has some water in it, it freezes, it expands, pushes up against the concrete, and can cause that crack. That’s one of the reasons why during the winter I always hear, “I don’t remember seeing that crack”.

And we know what happens with a crack, that there ar two kinds of cracks: ones that are foundation wall cracks that leak, and ones that are going to leak. And I say that because the water gets into the crack freezes and opens it up more and more. They can be repaired with a warranty. Or you can take the homeowner special, people go down to Home Depot, buy some hydraulic cement, throw it in there, and they’re calling me back. They’re calling me and saying, “Jeez, I tried to fix it and I couldn’t”, and they have tried hydraulic cement. We fix it by an injection process using electric pumps and pumping the material into the crack, and it’ll be warrantied.

Narrator: Thanks Rich for explaining why a pristine foundation will suddenly start to crack.

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.

Perimeter drains vs crack repair: which one do I need?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 18, 2021

Installing a perimeter drain in the basement is not an inexpensive venture, so if you have a basement water problem, when do you know it’s time to install a perimeter drain versus just fixing the water leak? The Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy, 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 Daddy, Adam Tracy. Together, Adam and the Crack Man Rich Comeras have over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the core 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: Perimeter drains vs. crack repair - which one do I need?

Narrator: Today we are blessed with the sage wisdom of the Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy. So Adam, I can’t imagine installing a perimeter drain in the basement would be an inexpensive venture. So, if you have a basement water problem, when do you know it’s time to install a perimeter drain versus just fixing the water leak?

Adam: You’re absolutely correct. It is not an insignificant investment into your home, installing the perimeter drain. And for those that are not 100% sure what a perimeter drain is, there’s full perimeter and then there’s partial perimeter, but for purposes of what we’re going to talk about they’re basically the same here.

You’ll have a sump pump that gets installed into a foundation floor, and around the interior perimeter of the floor. The contractor will break that floor, dig down to the footing or potentially below it and install a pipe system that acts as a runway or highway to collect water and then route it to the sump pump. They then cover that with crushed stone and concrete. You’re not actually going to see the pipes, but you’ll see the cut on the floor when they do that.

So, if you think of your entire basement, it might be 50x30 or much larger, or maybe smaller. It’s a pretty significant project, takes a lot of work, takes a lot of labor, and it can be a big investment in your home. We do see these things pop-up in terms of questions quite often, and because of the nature of what it is, it is the biggest water-proofing project that you can do on an existing home. So, people tend to look at that and gravitate towards it as, “Is this the best option?” And while perimeter drain systems have their place, it doesn’t always solve every water issue that can happen in a basement.

Perimeter drain systems are designed and primarily used in areas where you have a higher water table. When you are investigating a house that has a water issue, it’s important to understand where the water is coming in from. When you see water coming in around the perimeter of the home, hence perimeter drains, it’s a good indication that you have a higher water table. Especially when you’re dealing with concrete foundations, concrete is very good at keeping water out.

The Hoover Dam is made of concrete, all the dams are made of concrete now, so it’s inherently good at keeping water out. Water comes into foundations when there’s a flaw in the concrete typically, and that flaw can be a crack, it can be tie rod pipe penetrations, it can be cracks in the floor, it can also be a gap or a deficiency where the floor and the wall meet, and that’s where we see perimeter drains tending to be most successful in their application. So, if you think that there’s water coming around in multiple spots everywhere around the foundation where the floor and the wall meet, that is a very good indication that you have a high water table. Now, an intermediary step to going for the full perimeter drain system is to look at installing a sump pump. A sump pump is a much lower cost investment into the house and what that would do is that would take the pressure off of the floor and that may solve your problem. Now when it comes to crack repair, a perimeter drain does not solve a leaking foundation crack.

With a leaking foundation crack, you have water coming above the floor generally, so typically, you’ll see the crack that goes from the bottom to the top, you may see a pipe penetration that’s leaking, you may see the dimples that are water coming through the walls. If you have an older stone foundation, you’ll have water coming through between stones as well, blocks, same deal, you’ll have water that may come through blocks, it may come through cracks in blocks. With a perimeter drain, a perimeter drain is not going to solve this problem. A perimeter drain is a highway for water to go to a sump pump and then be ejected outside safely in an area where it’s not going to come back in.

So, when do you need a crack repair and when do you need a perimeter drain? If your problem is just coming through a pointed area like a crack, a pipe penetration, maybe if it’s mold stone foundation you have a couple areas in the walls that have water coming through, this is when you need to spot treat those areas. We like the joke saying that, “we prefer to do surgery with a scalpel, not a sledgehammer”. The perimeter drain is a full system around the whole house. You may only have one spot in your entire foundation that has a problem, so a foundation crack repair will kill that issue right away and be able to not have to invest in a major, major system upgrade in terms of putting in a whole perimeter drain. So, it’s really about identifying where the water is coming in and understanding what options are really on the table for that. We like to try to fix the problem “that is the problem” versus trying to create and understand problems that aren’t there.

Narrator: Thanks Adam for explaining the difference between a perimeter drain and a standard crack repair for fixing a basement water problem. So, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion before installing a perimeter drain.

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.

Multiple basement cracks but only one is leaking--should I fix them all?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 15, 2021

Let’s say I have a crack leaking in my basement but a neighboring crack is not. If I only fix the leaking crack, would the other one start to leak? Kinda like the boy and the dike story...would I start to run out of fingers after a while?

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: Multiple basement cracks but only one is leaking -- should I fix them all?

Narrator: So Rich, let’s say I have a crack leaking in my basement but a neighboring crack is not, if I only fix the leaking crack will the other one start to leak? Kind of like The Boy and the Dike story, would I start to run out of fingers after a while? Rich: Well it’s funny, I got a call from a gentleman over at Shrewsbury, well, quite a while ago and he told me that there’s two cracks. I priced it out for him to repair them with a warranty to do both of them. You never can say a hundred percent what’s going to happen. But this was a poured concrete foundation crack, went from the top to the bottom, it was leaking, and I gave him a price to fix that. We fix that with a polymer resin and with an injection with the electric pump. We have other methods at our disposal too depending on what we see. So my technician went over and repaired that. He saw the other crack, and as we always say, especially if it’s on the same wall or near it, you got a better chance that the pressure is going to build up outside with the water because that one crack was repaired. The water is looking for a place to come in, another area.

So this client was settled in his house and we got that heavy rain around Christmas time, and he called me up in a panic. He said “I should’ve fixed the other crack like you guys said.” So we had to go back and fix the other crack for him as he wanted done. I know he’s wishing that he would’ve done it the first time because it would’ve saved him money, saved us another trip out there for him. But, human nature, what it is, and in you selling the house, you want to spend as little as you can. We told him there will be a good chance that it could leak, being so close to it. So to answer your question there, it’s smart while we’re there to repair that additional crack. If you don’t, keep an eye on it because there’s a good chance that it could leak sometime in the future. You can’t tell when.

Narrator: Well, thanks Rich for explaining why it’s a good idea to fix all those cracks even before they start leaking. 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.

Why is my foundation leaking when it never leaked before?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 18, 2021

Modern homes are pretty well built and one can imagine how disconcerting it is to suddenly find a leak in the basement after never having had a leak before. The homeowner goes through a wide range of emotions and questions...the biggest one being, why is my foundation leaking?

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: Why is my foundation leaking when it never leaked before? A case study in Waltham, MA.

Narrator: So, Rich, modern homes are pretty well built and I can imagine how disconcerting it is to suddenly find a leak in the basement after never having had a leak before. I’m sure the homeowner goes through a wide range of emotions and questions, the biggest one being, why is my foundation leaking?

Rich: I’ve been getting this call all the time with all the rain that we’ve had. I was just on the phone before I was talking to you. A person in Waltham called me and asked me just that question. She’s been in the house 26 years and never had any water, and all of a sudden she’s having water, and she said that there’s been a crack in the foundation (the poured concrete foundation wall) for all those years and she never has had any water. Why is it coming in?

Well there’s a few reasons why. One, is the aquifer underneath the house and in the area changes. Each time they build a house there’s less place for the water to percolate to, so there’s more pressure. Also, that crack that is there, water gets into it, it freezes over the years, it opens it up wider, and wider, and wider. So eventually it will leak. I’m getting this call in Waltham, Lexington MA, all over New Hampshire, Providence, all over Rhode Island. This comes up all the time.

People have been in houses for 40 years and they’re calling me and saying, “how come it’s leaking now and it never leaked before”? Been getting calls from people telling me this, and it’s even worse when the house is flooding. People that are selling their houses, they’re having showings and the water’s coming in.

So, we can take care of them, we can stop that water from coming in, we can take care of it with a warranty that transfers to new owners. We do it with multiple methods, and I’d be more than happy to explain how these methods work in the situation that you may have.

Narrator: Thanks Rich for explaining why a foundation could suddenly start leaking when it has never leaked before.

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 Can I Use To Stop A Floor Wall Seam Water Leak

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 11, 2021

The Crackman receives a lot of interesting pics of basement problems. In this episode, Rich explains a picture that shows a pair of pants that are spread across the seam between the floor and wall and they’re wet.

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 can I use to stop a floor/wall seam water leak in my basement? A case study in Wellesley, MA

Narrator: So Rich, you’ve sent a lot of interesting pics of basement water problems but this one needs explaining, I think I’m looking at a pair of pants that are spread across the seam between the floor and the wall, and they’re wet. What’s going on here?

Rich: Well I had a call from a gentleman in Wellesley, MA, and he asked me if I could help him because he’s got water coming in where the cement floor and the cement wall meet. And he was afraid it was going to move to his finished basement, he said, what can I do right now? I said, if you have towels or kitty litter or a blanket or even rags or anything, put it down in front of it. Send me a picture of what you have so I can clearly identify what’s going on.

One of the pictures he sent me was of this pair of pants with the legs spread apart and they’re wet. Humorous photo, but I got his point. This happens quite often where the floor and the wall meet, it leaks. Why does it happen and what we can do is what we’re going to talk about.

Why it happens is because it’s a footing, a white piece of concrete that’s poured going all the way around your house where they’re going to put the walls. They let that concrete set up, then they come and they put the walls up there - the concrete walls. They pour those walls between two pieces of wood and those set up, and they pull those, the wood, so you see the concrete walls. Then what happens, you have the people coming and they pour the floor, and all these concrete pieces, they don’t bond together quite the way you would like it.

And with the floor, what happens is the floor has water in it and the water evaporates, and it shrinks, and there’s a gap where the floor and the wall meet. And what happens is water sometimes, if you don’t have great drainage or they didn’t clean the soil off of the footing, water will seep in underneath that floor and then pressure will bring it up between the floor and the wall.

So, what we do is put our ports in and then inject (using an electric pump) a closed cell polymer resin material. Or, we can use a crystallized quartz based material. We can repair that with a warranty. We did that job for that gentleman in Wellesley, MA and he was very happy, take a look at the picture and I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

Narrator: Very cool, Rich. Thanks for explaining how to deal with a basement water leak between a floor and a wall seam. And I guess it goes without saying, a pair of pants is not the best method for stopping that leak.

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.

When is it time to repoint a stone foundation?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 07, 2021

As we’ve learned in the 6+ years of doing this podcast, stone foundations are a legacy construct from about 80 years ago. In typical fashion, many homeowners tend to ignore the little issues with their homes until they become big issues. So, if you have a stone foundation with some holes and obvious issues, when do you know it’s time to do something about 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: When is it time to repoint a stone foundation? A case study in Worcester, MA.

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Narrator: So Rich, as I’ve learned in the 6+ years of doing this podcast with you, stone foundations are a legacy construct from about 80 years ago. And in typical fashion, many homeowners tend to ignore the little issues with their homes until they become big issues. So, if you have a stone foundation with some holes and obvious issues, when do you know it’s time to do something about it?

Rich: Well there is some tell-tale signs and I’ve been getting calls all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, because in knowing when we do have these old stone foundations. Just got a call from a woman in Worcester asking me, when do I need to repoint? And by the way, repointing means to take out the mortar that is loose and put new mortar in between the stones.

Well there’s a few tell-tale signs, one is if you go in your basement and you have a stone foundation, take a look where the floor and the wall meet, on the floor, take a look at the floor right there at the bottom, and you’re going to see that there’s a powdery material there. Don’t worry, it’s not mold. It is, it’s the mortar that has broken down over time in between the stones. And that mortar in between the stones is very important because it does four different things.

One is structural, when that mortar lets go between that stone, that stone’s going to drop, then the stone above it will drop, and then before you know it you have a structural issue, that’s one of the things you want to be aware of, it creates a structural issue. So, if you have dusting, we call it “dusting” on the floor, you can clean it up, it’ll keep coming because the mortar continues to break down. Another thing is if you have water coming in between the stones, that would be a sign it’s in need of some repointing. If you have some creatures coming in - mice, rats, snakes, you can see their droppings. Regarding snakes, you could actually see the skins there. It is time to repoint.

Just take your hand and run it around or on top of your stone. You’re going to feel the cold air come in from the voids in between the stones that you see, that’s letting in cold air.

So to sum it up, you probably need some attention to your stone foundation if you have dusting on the floor, if you have water coming in, if you have some unwelcome visitors - rodents or snakes coming in, and if you feel cold air coming in from some of the gaps in between your stone foundation. These are all signs that you’re in need of foundation repointing.

Narrator: Ha ha. I think you got the attention of every housewife in America when you said that, if you have a snake coming in through your stone foundation, it’s time to repoint that sucker. Ha ha. Well thanks Rich for explaining when it’s a good idea to repoint your foundation, especially when you got snakes coming through the wall.

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.

Urgent Masonry Repair job saves real estate deal

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 18, 2020

The Crackman has saved many real estate deals in his 25+ years in business. Usually, he's responding to an urgent basement water problem but this time it had to do with masonry repair work. It’s good to know The Crackman can do masonry repair work on top of basement waterproofing and eradication.


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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: Urgent masonry repair job saves real estate deal in Bellingham, MA.

Narrator: So, Rich, you saved many real estate deals in your time as The Crackman. Usually you responded to an urgent basement water problem, but this time it had to do with masonry repair work. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah I got a call from a woman. She was buying a house in Bellingham. And it just had the home inspection and the home inspector had picked out the corner, the exterior corner of the house that was brick, was damaged and falling apart. You probably can see that from the pictures that we’re going to post. And she loved the house, she was almost in tears on what to do. It was like two or 3three layers of bricks. A couple of layers where, you can see by the pictures, damaged.

So, what we did, and she negotiated with her seller to repair those bricks. Why it is important to keep the bricks in good repair is a few fold. One is water coming in, two is that the water that comes in will hit the wood, the sill plate, and cause it to decay. This will then cause structural issues. It’s a beautiful way for mice, rodents, rats, squirrels, snakes, any kind of vermin to come in, and also the amount of cold air that comes in, all along with the structural integrity. So we fixed that and appeased the broker. The broker called us after we did the job and thanked us for keeping that deal together for her and for doing such a nice job on the repair. You could see the before and after pictures where they’d be posted.

Narrator: Yeah I’m looking at those pictures right now, they look great. It looks like you did an excellent job, and it’s good to know that you can do masonry repair work on top of basement waterproofing and eradication. 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 it safe to keep a pet in your basement?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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People love their fur babies and sometimes they need to get them out of the way. Is the basement a good choice to lock them away, or are there hidden dangers there that pet owners need to be concerned about? 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: Is it safe to keep a pet in your basement?

Narrator: So Rich, people love their fur babies and sometimes they need to get them out of the way. Is the basement a good choice to lock them away or are there hidden dangers they need to be concerned about?

Rich: Well what made me think about this is I went into a house in Marlboro, MA and went downstairs, and there was this little pond there that they had made, and there were 3 turtles that were in there. They started telling me that they’re Fred and Barney. I forgot the other one’s name, but part of the Flintstones, and they live down there. And then they come out there in the summer and they put them outside. So, this made me start to think, and I ran into a veterinarian, and I was talking all about it. And the vet said, if you keep an animal down in the basement, they, just like humans, there’s mold and mildew, and some of them could develop respiratory problems.

And I started thinking more, and I had noticed especially in fieldstone foundations, we’ve seen mushrooms growing. You know, if they eat the mushroom, we don’t know if it’s safe for them to eat it or not. We’ve seen all kinds of different vines, plants, actually growing from the voids in between the stone foundations, that may not be safe for them to be ingesting. Also, there could be a sump pump, or a basin with a pump in it without a cover in it, and animals go to drink, they could fall in that hole and you’re never going to know it until you go downstairs and maybe see your little FiFi there, drowned.

So to answer your question, no, it’s not a great idea to keep your pets in the basement especially if it’s an unfinished basement.

Narrator: Wow, thanks Rich for the warning on the hidden dangers of keeping a pet in the basement.

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.

How to determine if basement water is a natural source or city water

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 14, 2020

So, you have a basement water problem and you don't know where the water is coming from. This tip explains how to determine if it's naturally occurring water or if it's from a city source.

Narrator: And now we have The Crackman answering a listener inquiry. Alex in Worcester writes, I’ve got water in my basement, how do I know if it’s natural groundwater or if it’s coming from a city water source?

Rich: Well the first thing we want to do is ask, “when is it leaking”? Is it leaking all the time, or is it just during the rains or snow melts? If it’s just during the rains and snow melts, it’s probably not city water. If it’s leaking when it’s dry out, no rain in the area of the water meter on that side of the house, it’s a good chance it could be from the water pipe that’s broken on the outside.

So how do you determine if it is city water? You would take a clean sponge and a clean container, gather that water up right away, and bring it down to the town water department. And

I say “right away” because that water has chlorine and fluoride in it, and you don’t want it to evaporate. So, they can test it for chlorine or fluoride. If it has either one of those, you know that it’s town water. And then sorry to say it’s a broken pipe. That should be repaired on the outside of the house. In most towns, it’s up to the property owner to pay for that repair.

Narrator: Thanks Rich for clarifying how to determine whether your basement water is from a natural source or town water.


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