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The Case of the Mysterious Basement Bedroom Water Leak in Quincy Mass

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 27, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how the Crackman employed the use of a golf ball to troubleshoot a homeowners water leak. 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 Basement Bedroom Water Leak in Quincy Mass.

Narrator: So Rich, it’s Crackman case study time once again, and you have one today that involves a golf ball?

Crackman: I got a call from the Principal of a school in Quincy. He was having water come into his daughter’s bedroom. It was in a corner of a finished basement. He opened up the wall a little bit and found no cracks. By the time I arrived, he had run water outside like had instructed him to do. He could not get any water to come in. Water was coming from somewhere, we had to find out where. We put a golf ball on the ground just to see which way it would run. We found out that the foundation was pitched so that water would run towards that corner where he was having problems. We went under the house and found a hole in the ground. A bolt from a pedestal sump pump had broken through. We determined that the pump was not pushing out enough water to keep from flooding the area. We put a submersible pump in and that solved the problem. We’ve had a lot of rain recently and that pump is doing fine keeping all the water out. He just now needs to repair the wall and he and his daughter will be back in business.

Narrator: You certainly have some interesting and clever trouble shooting techniques. 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.

Creative DIY Project Temporarily Fixes Water Leak in Boston Mass

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 19, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how a Boston area home owner applied a creative do-it-yourself project to temporarily fix his water leak. 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: Creative DIY Project Temporarily Fixes Water Leak in Boston Mass.

Narrator: So Rich, you sent me a picture that we definitely need to talk about. It looks like someone is using a big rubber container to capture water and pipe it down to a drain. Am I right?

Crackman: Your right. It was a leak that was coming from a small crack in between the seal plate and the concrete. Water was dripping not only in that one particular area but also the whole back of that building. It was a commercial building. The gentleman called me from Boston. Part of his problem was that the wood was below grade that sits on the concrete. He has asphalt up against it. What we had to do was take a look outside and what we found were cracks in the asphalt, somewhere between a quarter-inch and half-inch gaps. Asphalt does shrink. This of course lets water in and caused this problem. What we have is a flexible sealant that we put into that area and then we build an “asphalt skirt” that the water hits and allows it to naturally disperse. We had to do the whole side of the building.

Narrator: That’s a very interesting case. I keyed-in on something you just said, that the asphalt drinks. I can see in the picture that there is a bottle of Jack Daniels directly above the container. Is that part of the creative DIY solution that we’re talking about?

Crackman: I think it was necessary while he was trying to come up with a solution. By the way, I said asphalt shrinks, not drinks.

Narrator: Shrinks, OK!

Crackman: That’s how we solve these problems that we see all the time in both commercial and residential applications. Narrator: All right. Thanks for sharing another great case study. 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.

Homeowner Finds a Family of Snakes in Prized Shoe Collection

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 13, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how a woman allowed a family of snakes to enter her house via foundation cracks. 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: Homeowner Finds a Family of Snakes in Prized Shoe Collection.

Crackman: It was a woman in West borrow who called me up with panic in her voice. She said she has snakes in her basement. She proceeded to tell me that she has a shoe collection in her basement. She went down and found a little garden snake in her shoes. She was quite frightened by it. So I went down into her basement. Some of it was finished and some of it wasn’t. I noticed there were small gaps between the seal plate, which is the wood of the house, and where it rests on the concrete. I knew we had to seal those up for her. On the other half of her basement she had ceiling tiles. We had to move the ones that were near the outside walls. We sealed up small gaps and then we noticed right in the corner that there was a gap about the size of a cigar. When we looked we could see the snake skins. We knew we had found the entrance for these snakes. The lady called me up the next day and said that she could really sleep well now.

Narrator: I guess that would freak a lot of people out. I guess it could have been rats or mice in addition to the snakes.

Crackman: There certainly could be.

Narrator: Well, Rich, that’s a very interesting case study that everyone should be aware of. The lesson learned there is to plug those basement holes to keep the creepy crawlers out of your home. 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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