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Is that a Foundation Crack Leak or Condensation? – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We went out and looked out a house in Dorchester, MA where a woman had a foundation crack in a poured concrete foundation. You could actually see the water coming in through the crack and we fixed it.

About a month later she called me up and said she was getting water in the basement. I asked her if it was near the crack, and she said it was about 5 feet away in the middle of the foundation wall. We went out to take a look at it.

Before our appointment she had a plumber there for another situation. There was a puddle there on the floor. They looked up and found dripping water from the cold water pipes, not because it was leaking from a hole in the pipe, but because of condensation. We see this a lot this time of year with the hot temperatures and the cold pipes. They insulated the pipes and she was all set.

Another cause of condensation in the basement this time of year is that people tend to open the windows to let fresh air in. But, the air is full of moisture which causes additional problems like mold and mildew in the basement. My advice would be to keep the windows closed and get a dehumidifier to get the moisture out of the air.

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Can I use Waterproofing Paint on Stone Foundations?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 10, 2017

I got a call recently from a homeowner in Dedham, MA. He sent me some beautiful pictures of a beautifully painted stone foundation. There were three areas with water streaming from it in areas that had been painted.

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You are welcome to use water proofing paint on your stone foundation, it makes it look nice, but does it really stop water? I don't believe so.

We fixed it, we have two methods we can use to fix these situations.

The first is with oakum, which is like rope. We soak it in a polymer resin, clean out in between the stones where it the stone foundation is leaking, push it between the stones and then put a specialty mortar over that.

Or, we can take another material which is a crystalized based material, again clean it out where it is leaking and put it in there.

I wish we could have gotten there as the foundation was leaking. I like to fix it as the water is coming in, and the customers do too!

We see these issues all over New England, from the Cape to Worcester to Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

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Can I Move My Lally Column Support Post in my Basement?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 04, 2017

Today, everyone wants an open concept for their home. And even when they are redoing their basement, they want to open that up. It would be nice to get rid of some of those lally columns that are in the way, especially if you are putting in a pool table or something like that. We get the question “can I move my lally columns” pretty often.

You can do whatever you want to do, however with that said, it may not be good for the structure of your house. If there is a lally column in your kitchen/living area that runs to the and the basement area has been opened up, there needs to be support under the column in the kitchen. If you take those basement lally columns away, you could ruin the support of the whole structure. You could not only have damage to the beam because it is undersized, but also to the house itself.

If you want to get rid of lally columns always consult a structural engineer. He may want beef up that beam that is against the ceiling of the basement maybe with a thicker piece of wood, maybe steel or an LVL beam which will give it additional strength.

You can have lally columns farther apart and still provide support, but always consult a structural engineer. For more information, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.

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