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The Case of the Mysterious Basement Water Leak

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses….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 President and founder 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 valuable 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: The Case of the Mysterious Water Leak

Narrator: So Rich, I don’t know if you realize this or not, but this is our 200th episode of “The Crackman Podcast”. What do you think of that?

Crackman: I can’t believe how time flies…it’s unbelievable.

Narrator: It sure has been a great ride and I congratulate you on your tenacity and your ability to come up with great content each and every week that we do this. Now for our 200th episode, I think we’re in store for a good old fashioned case study. What do you have for us today?

Crackman: Recently when we were having those heavy rains, we got a call from a woman who was having problems with basement waterproofing. She had water coming in a window of her finished basement. She had already opened up the wall a little bit but couldn’t see any water coming in. She had that spray-foam insulation. I asked her if she could see any cracks on the outside. The way that the land was, you couldn’t see the concrete above grade. She scraped away some of that and couldn’t find any cracks. She was in a state where she had to get this thing repaired.

The first step is to find out where the water is coming from. I went over to conduct an analysis on it. We ran water with a garden hose on the outside of that window and found nothing was coming in. I said let’s take the hose and spray around that window.

Now this was a nice basement vinyl window and within seconds of spraying the water was coming in. So, we knew the problem was associated with a failed water seal. She had a carpenter come over, take off the molding, and repair the seal. We’re more than happy to help people find the cause of problems even when they are not crack related.

Narrator: Well, that’s great Rich. Obviously people have said a lot of great things about you. In all your years of business there are tons of great reviews. You’re always willing to go the distance to get the homeowner the right diagnosis.

Congratulations on your 200th episode and thanks for sharing so many fascinating case studies over the years. 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.

What Does Foundation Crack Repair Have To Do With Termite Control?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how foundation cracks can threaten your home by offering termites easy access. 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 valuable 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: What Does Foundation Crack Repair Have To Do With Termite Control?

Narrator: So Rich, termites seem to find their way in through all sorts of small spaces. But foundation cracks? Their way to small for a termite to get through, no? Crackman: Oh no. They can find their way up. Just last month we had two houses where we were doing work and we found those mud tunnels in and around the foundation crack. So we notified the homeowner. You know homeowners like to play with things, and they knocked them off and they could see that there were active termites.

I spoke with a pest control company so that I could learn a little more about them. They did confirm that this is the time of year where they are active. They said sometimes you may see their little wings on your floor. If you see that little mud tunnel the size of your pinky going up a wall, you should get in touch with a pest guy. If it’s in a stone foundation, or a concrete foundation, it does not matter to the termite. They want to get though and go eat your house.

Narrator: OK, so it sounds like you need to call a guy like the Crackman to, otherwise they’ll just come back again.

Crackman: Correct. That’s just another entry into your house.

Narrator: Well, very interesting. It’s hard to believe that termites can squeeze through those tight basement cracks, but I guess they do. That’s a call to action for anyone with foundation cracks to seek the services of The Crackman to avoid the agony of termite infestation.

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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