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Why is my basement getting water during this drought?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 30, 2020

It hasn’t rained in weeks and the Crackman has been getting calls about basement water issues. One would think a basement water remediation expert like Rich Comeras would be taking a vacation during a dry spell. In this episode, Rich explains how a basement can have water puddles during a drought.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, 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, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Why is my basement getting water during this drought? A case study in Boston, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, it hasn’t rained in weeks and you’re getting calls about basement water issues? I would think a basement water remediation expert like you would be taking a vacation during a dry spell. What’s up?

Rich: Oh, we don’t take vacations, we just keep moving for the past 25 years. Yeah, I got a call from a woman in Boston, and she’s telling me, like every three or four days she gets water in her basement and it’s been extremely dry. So I start asking her a few questions. I start out with, what’s outside? Is it a walkway, a paved area, what’s going on outside? She tells me that it is a paved area. I said, well, look between the pavement and the foundation, see if there is a void. Well guess what, there’s always a void because that’s what pulls away from the concrete. It’s always about a quarter an inch, half inch void. And I said is there any water spigots to hook up a garden hose? She says let me go back out and look. She goes out back to look, and lo and behold there’s one right there.

So, I have to be a detective and I say, has anybody been using this? She said, my gardener comes every 4, 5 days and he waters. He’s in Boston now, and he waters some of their plants, and what’s happened is he doesn’t turn it off all the way. So this water from the faucet drips, goes into that void between the foundation and the pavement, and then goes down and comes into her basement.

The way we were able to be sure that’s what it is, I said, turn on that faucet a little bit more and then go downstairs in your basement. And she let some time go by, she went in her basement, and guess what happened? Water was in the basement. So there’s a simple fix to make sure that the hose was off, the spigot was off. And also what I recommended her to do which we did for her is we put a flexible sealant in between the foundation and the asphalt, and then a little angle of an asphalt skirt right there to protect that from water coming in, even from rain hitting the building and going down into that crack. Case study, problem solved.

Narrator: Wow, thanks Rich for explaining how a basement can have water puddles during a drought. Interesting stuff indeed.

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


Do I really need a sump pump and perimeter drain for my stone foundation?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Crackman saved this person over $10,000. If you think you need an expensive repair for a basement water problem, it’s probably a good idea to get a second opinion from a trusted basement water eradication expert like the Crackman before you proceed.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, 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, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Do I really need a sump pump and perimeter drain for my stone foundation? A case study in Andover, MA.

Narrator: Alright Rich, I take that you got another interesting case study for us, I imagine the installation of both a sump pump and a perimeter drain could be pretty pricey, huh?

Rich: It certainly can, it certainly can. I’ve heard for years, that ranges between $6 and $12 thousand dollars.

Narrator: Wow.

Rich: Yeah, it’s a lot of work. We don’t do it. We’ll give it to people, companies that do, when it’s needed. I got a call from a gentleman from Andover, MA, and he called me up and he said, “Do you do perimeter drains and sump pumps”? I said, we do sump pumps, we don’t do perimeter drains. What is your situation? He told me he had a couple of companies come over that do drain systems. And the perimeter drains on the inside, that’s where they break the floor, take down, put a pipe in, and pitch it so it runs through a sump pump. They put gravel and concrete in back. And they also want to put plastic over the stone foundation, pack the plastic into this drain system. And I asked where’s the water coming in from? Is it coming in between the stones, or is it coming in from all over the foundation? He said, no, I know just where it’s coming in from.

There’s like, five places in between the stones up off of the floor where it’s coming in. So I explained to him that the idea of a sump pump of the drain system is to take the water from underneath the floor so the water doesn’t get to the floor. And what he has coming in is that there’s the water coming down through the soil, and coming in between the stones. So we have a process that we use where we clean out in between the stones and use our special materials. It expands and it will stop the water from coming in. And the spots that he had to do was for less than a thousand dollars. He just couldn’t believe that these drain companies wanted him to spend that kind of money, $6 to $12 grand, to put a drain system in, and then put plastic all over the stone wall, so you can’t even see the water coming in. And by the way that would cause the mortar to break out quicker, when we can fix where it’s coming in and be done with it. Those gentlemen in Andover really took care of it, with this job, he’s really happy with what we’ve done. And if you have any questions, feel free to call A1 Foundation Crack Repair.

Narrator: Sounds like you also saved him a boat load of cash, huh?

Rich: We sure did. Part of a semester of school for his kids.

Narrator: Alright, thanks for sharing this case study, Rich. I guess the moral of the story is this: If you think you need an expensive repair for a basement water problem, it’s probably a good idea to get a second opinion from a trusted basement water eradication expert like The Crackman, before you proceed.

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

Help! I have things growing out of my Stone Foundation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Crackman has talked about stone foundation repointing, repair, and resurfacing in the past, but he's never talked about using a stone foundation as a vegetable garden. Is this something new?

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, 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, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Help! I have things growing out of my stone foundation in Bolton, MA.

Narrator: So, Rich, you talked about stone foundation repointing, repair, and resurfacing in the past but I don’t believe you’ve ever talked about using a stone foundation as a vegetable garden. Is this something new?

Rich: Well, I’ve seen it before. I got a call from a woman in Bolton, MA because she has been noticing that there’s been powdery material on the floor and that the mortar in between the stones is starting to powder. She’s getting worried that it’s coming in.

So we came out, took a look at it, and you know this woman has been in the basement quite often. In fact she said she’s been in there just four days prior. We went downstairs, and lo and behold what we saw was on about a quarter of one wall, there were mushrooms growing out of it. Well this is a great environment for mushrooms to grow because the soil has actually washed into some of the voids between the stones where there was mortar, where mushrooms had a source of nutrients and some seeds. Mushroom seeds or something must’ve been around there, and these mushrooms they like a cold moist place to grow. And they were growing on the wall, in fact if you take a look, I’m going to put some pictures up on our blog and you’ll be able to see what I’m talking about. So she had more than mushrooms growing, she had rodents coming in also. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to clean out in between the stones, we’re going to then repoint, which means to put mortar back in between the stones which is going to help the structural integrity of the foundation. It’s going to stop the cold air coming in, and moist air coming in during the different seasons, and it’s going to stop the rodents. So I guess the moral of the story is don’t wait to get mushrooms growing. If you need repointing, get it done before so you’re not going to be having high energy bills and mice coming in.

Narrator: Absolutely. Well very interesting, Rich. I guess it’s better to use one stone foundation for its design purpose and not for more exotic purposes, as we should say.

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

Can Flex Tape fix a leaking Foundation Wall Cracker

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

While it’s natural that a Homeowner would want to try the DIY route first, the Crackman's Flex Seal case studies will help people find the best solution the first time.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, 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, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: Can Flex Tape fix a leaking foundation wall crack in Canton, MA?

Narrator: Well alright Rich, sounds like you have another interesting case study about a DIY job that didn’t go as planned huh?

Rich: Yeah, I did. I got a phone call from a woman who was in Canton, MA and told me she can’t fix a foundation crack that went from the top to the bottom. It was about a quarter of an inch wide. She tried it. I asked her, what did you try it with? And she tried to put a little bit of caulk in, and then she put, I guess a new product, that Flex Seal has out called Flex Tape, and I said, why don’t you take a picture of it? So, she took a picture of it and sent it to me, and I looked at it and I said, yeah we can fix that, and she was pretty disappointed that it didn’t work.

I said, we’ll take a look at their website, Flex Seal, and see if they have a guarantee. I believe they do have a guarantee and you can follow through with that. But anyway we went out, we drilled angles to the crack, every 6 to 8 inches, put ports in and tighten up those mechanical ports, and we brought our electric pump in and we connect it to the ports. And we injected a polymer resin that went through the port, through the hole we drilled, into the middle of a crack, and it worked its way towards the outside. And we’ve had quite a bit of rain the past few days, and there was no water coming in, plus we give a 10-year warranty. So, I’m sure Flex Seal works on some things but on this particular case, it didn’t work.

Narrator: Definitely not on basement wall cracks or leaking, right?

Rich: Not on this one and I’ve seen quite a few others where it hasn’t worked.

Narrator: Well, very good Rich. I guess it’s natural that a homeowner would want to try the DIY route first, but hopefully your Flex Seal case studies will help people find the best solution the first time.

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


How can I fix a leaking basement window?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Crackman has seen a leaking window or two in his 25+ years of doing the foundation crack repair business. In this episode, Rich explains what a homeowner should do if they have a leaky window?

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and over 25 years as the president and founder of A1 Foundation Crack Repair. This podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, 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, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: How can I fix a leaking basement window in Worcester, MA?

Narrator: So Rich, I imagine you’vew seen a leaking window or two in your 25-plus years of doing the foundation crack repair business. What should a homeowner do if they have a leaky window? Cover it with a truckload of Flex Seal, perhaps?

Rich: I got a call from a homeowner in Worcester, where she tells me her window is leaking water. I said, does it happen when it rains? And she tells me, it even happens when it doesn’t rain. I thought that was kind of interesting, so I questioned some more. I said, do you have an irrigation system? No, I don’t have an irrigation system. Is there a faucet outside that’s maybe dripping? No, I don’t have a faucet that’s dripping. And she thought a little bit more, she goes, Rich I got to tell you, I think it’s my husband. I said, why what’s going on? She tells me, my husband is into tropical fish. Everyday he has a huge tank and he drains some water out right outside the window. And she thinks it’s causing the water to come in. And she goes on and on about her husband and the fish and she’s getting mad. I said to her, I repair foundation cracks, but I just want to let you know about a marriage counselor. And we’re talking more and more and she was laughing about it. I said it’s nice he has fish, I’m sure he named one of his fish, probably the most beautiful fish there is, with your name. I don’t know about that, she said, she started laughing and we had a good conversation. So what I told her to do, first she told me, my husband won’t believe it’s allowed. I said, what you’re going to do then is to put a garden hose outside that window and turn it on, and let it run for 45 minutes and turn it off for 15, and have him sit there with you, and see what happens. And I got a call the next day and she goes, yep that water was coming through between the windowsill, the frame in the window and the concrete. So we went out there, we fixed it by injecting at those seams a polymer resin with an electric pump, and we solved the lady’s problem. She did tell me that I was wrong, and that her husband did not name any fish after her. And I said, well, have him name the most beautiful one after you, and she laughed and we had a good time, and we got her problem solved.

Narrator: Well Rich, that’s a pretty amusing story and looks like you have a good rapport with your customer base out there, and I’m glad you were able to make her smile while also talking about how you can fix the problem for her.

Rich: Yeah, it was fun.

Narrator: Thanks for your advice on what a homeowner can do about a leaky basement window, I’m sure it will come in handy for a lot of people.

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

Why digging too close to a stone foundation is a bad idea -- Shrewsbury Mass

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 12, 2020
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In this episode, the Crackman explains a picture of the backside of a garage that obviously has a stone foundation with concrete blocks above it but wow! It looks like a mess! Rich explains what happens when you dig too close to a stone foundation.

Narrator: The topic of today’s podcast: Epic fail! Why digging too close to a stone foundation is a bad idea in Shrewsbury, MA. So Rich, you sent over a picture of the backside of a garage that obviously has a stone foundation with concrete blocks above it. But wow, it looks like a mess! What happened here?

Rich: Well, I have gotten a call from a woman that was in Shrewsbury, MA, and she was referred to us by a realtor friend of hers. And what it is, it’s an old structure, and it is a stone foundation and then they put the old decorative blocks on top of that. And they got the idea that they wanted a nice level yard, so they dug out below the blocks that were showing, to where the stones were. And they’re lucky it didn’t cave in all the way, it will cave in, but not all the way. And they’re calling me up and saying, could you fix it? First when I saw that, I said, this is not a pretty one, you never want to dig on a stone foundation because your lot will cave in because the soil that’s been there for 80 to well over 100 years, has been compacted and is helping to hold it up, so don’t dig on a stone foundation. So, a solution that I gave to this woman is to put what’s called a buttress wall up. So we have to dig about 6 ft. away from the structure, dig down where that wall is not anymore, put a footing in, big pour of concrete, then put a wall up there and then fill in with concrete to buttress, to hold that back, and that wall has to be filled with rebar and concrete. So that’s how we’re going to solve that problem, otherwise, that’s going to collapse. Now the inextensive fix in order to get a level yard, my advice is hold off on digging out any structure that may have a stone foundation to it.

Narrator: Wow, unbelievable Rich. I bet they feel fortunate that there’s a company like A1 Foundation Crack Repair that can fix a mistake like this.

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