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3 Ways to Protect Your Basement from Moisture – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Things you can do to protect your basement from moisture:

  1. Add a dehumidifier
  2. If there is water coming up from below, put a sump pump in.
  3. I found a water detector. It will actually call or text your cell phone if it detects water. This is a new product that I found that has quite a bit of merit. Not only will it detect water, but it will also tell you if the temperature of your house is below freezing.

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Do-It-Yourself Basement Waterproofing Pitfalls – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 17, 2017

As spring showers increase the amount of ground water around the house homeowner are more likely to spot leaks in the basement. As many of them do, they decide to fix them themselves with products from Lowes and Home Depot. When they get there, they grab the guy in the aisle and ask his advice. He will suggest caulk or cement or Flex Seal and they give it the Ol’ College Try. After failing multiple times, A1 Foundation Crack Repair gets the call.

Some of the pitfalls we see is people don’t take out the wet material that got damage during that water infiltration. You want to get out anything that got wet because mold will start to grow within 24 hours to 48 hours.

We also see people using caulking on foundation leaks. Caulk does not stop water. It is great for when painting, but don’t think of it in a basement.

We also see all these gimmicks that are advertised on TV, even paint that claims to stop water. The PSI (pounds per square inch) is next to nothing. We see that pealing all the time.

Something that people don’t think about is when they plant bushes, shrubs, small trees. They should be away from the foundation because the roots push against the foundation. If it is block, stone or poured concrete this can cause problems. On stone foundation we have seen roots come through the foundation and cause problems. If roots can come through, so can water, mice or insects.

The main reason to fix a foundation leak is because at some point you or your heirs are going to want to sell the house. If someone sees a crack in a foundation that was repaired, they are going to want to see a warranty on that. Even if you did a perfect and costly job which did fix the leak, you still can’t offer a warranty. Reputable foundation repair companies will offer a warranty.

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How to Prevent Basement Water When the Snow Melts - Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 03, 2017

We have  had problems in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire with the snow that we have had. The snow on the ground is going to melt, but so is the snow on our roofs. We want to keep that out of the basement.

First, go into the basement and see if there are any water stains because places that leaked before will leak again. We can get that fixed for you.

But what you can do yourself is walk around your house and see if your downspouts and the pipe that goes from the downspout over the ground is far enough from the foundation and that the water runs away from your house.

Next, be aware of the snow that falls off your roof. That may need to be removed, so it doesn’t melt into the basement.

One big culprit is the bulkhead leaking. The snow starts to melt and gets heavier; you want to shovel that snow off the bulkhead to take the weight off of it. You also want to shovel snow from around the bulkhead, because you want to remove the snow from the metal and from the concrete it is sitting on.  Shovel it about four feet away.

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