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Everything You Need to Know about the Radon Threat in Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 20, 2019
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In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses the things you need to understand about radon and its threats to the occupants of a home. Listen and enjoy!

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. We’re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years’ experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic for today’s podcast: Everything You Need to Know about the Radon Threat in Your Home.

So Rich, let’s get started with what radon is.

Crackman: What radon gas is, is an odorless gas that’s caused by metals breaking down in rocks, soil, and water. It’s actually radioactive.

Narrator: All right, so, is radon created from a bad food night or rather from some place that we need to know about? Crackman: Well, as I said it comes from the soil, the rocks, and water breaking down. It’s mostly the minerals in the rocks in the soils breaking down then leaching into the water or soil. This gas comes up in houses. In fact, statistics show that one in 15 houses in the United States has elevated levels of radon in the house. We’ve been getting calls recently with this heavy, heavy, rain that we’ve been having. People are hearing a gurgling sound coming from a pipe that goes up. What that pipe is, is a radon mitigation system. The pipe goes below the cement floor and it comes up usually above the roof. There’s a fan towards the bottom that sucks the air that has the radon in it and brings it up and out of the house. We’ve been getting this call quite often from gurgling sounds in radon mitigation systems.

Narrator: So, who installs radon mitigation systems? Is it someone like you, is it some state agency, how does that work?

Crackman: First of all, it’s privately held companies that are licensed in the states in order to do the work. Also, what you need to do before you even think about having one put in, you need to have a test done. Tests can be done by getting a test kit from Home Depot and sending it in for evaluation. If there is radon in your house, there are things you can do. You can increase the flow of fresh air within the house, you can seal up any cracks within the home’s walls, and the home’s foundation. You can seal pipes and cracks in the floor. All of these things will help stop radon from coming in. We’ve been installing radon-proof sump pump basins to counter this problem. With all the cancers that is happening, radon is causing lung cancer in 25,000 people in the United States. So it’s wise to have your home checked our for radon using a simple test. Narrator: All right, just to summarize, the radon threat is real and a licensed agency will have to come in and install the radon mitigation system. However, The Crackman is able to fix some of the other ways that radon can get into the house like through wall cracks, foundation cracks, or leaks through the sump pump. Correct?

Crackman: That is correct.

Narrator: All right, Rich. Thanks for giving us practical information on radon in the home and what can be done about it. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation repair and 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.

Spring is here along with April Showers. When Should I Plant MY Grass Seed?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 20, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses why people suddenly discover new cracks in the foundation of the home that they’ve occupied for years. Listen and enjoy!

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. We’re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years’ experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic for today’s podcast: Spring is here along with April Showers. When Should I Plant MY Grass Seed?

So Rich, as a man with infinite wisdom, you have a wide array of knowledge on a wealth of topics, especially when it comes to matters of real estate. Let’s pick your massive brain on the subject of grass. When is it the best time of year to plant grass there in the northeast?

Crackman: Well, in Massachusetts now, here in Wooster county, it’s still cold. Now I had to do my research and find out because there’s some things in my yard that I wanted to re-seed. I happen to have a friend who has a degree in golf course maintenance, I believe it’s called turf management. So I got in touch with him and I looked at some of the hybrid seeds. They all say the same. Wait until the ground gets warm enough. Then the question is I don’t have a thermometer to put in the ground. They say you want three consecutive days of 70-degree days before you begin to plant seed. Then make sure it is watered at least a couple of times a day. Also what I found out, a wonderful easy way to keep it moist is to have an irrigation system. So we’ll be using that once it gets warm enough.

While we’re talking about irrigation systems, we are getting some calls from people who have irrigation systems and they have water coming into their basement even though it’s not raining. One was from a crack in the foundation and another person had water coming in from a tie rod. Because the irrigation system had a leak in it, knew how it was coming in so we got it fixed up.

Narrator: Well, Rich we appreciate your advice on spring grass watering and everything else, especially when it comes to fixing foundation cracks.

Narrator: If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation repair and 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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