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Urgent Masonry Repair job saves real estate deal

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 18, 2020

The Crackman has saved many real estate deals in his 25+ years in business. Usually, he's responding to an urgent basement water problem but this time it had to do with masonry repair work. It’s good to know The Crackman can do masonry repair work on top of basement waterproofing and eradication.


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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: Urgent masonry repair job saves real estate deal in Bellingham, MA.

Narrator: So, Rich, you saved many real estate deals in your time as The Crackman. Usually you responded to an urgent basement water problem, but this time it had to do with masonry repair work. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah I got a call from a woman. She was buying a house in Bellingham. And it just had the home inspection and the home inspector had picked out the corner, the exterior corner of the house that was brick, was damaged and falling apart. You probably can see that from the pictures that we’re going to post. And she loved the house, she was almost in tears on what to do. It was like two or 3three layers of bricks. A couple of layers where, you can see by the pictures, damaged.

So, what we did, and she negotiated with her seller to repair those bricks. Why it is important to keep the bricks in good repair is a few fold. One is water coming in, two is that the water that comes in will hit the wood, the sill plate, and cause it to decay. This will then cause structural issues. It’s a beautiful way for mice, rodents, rats, squirrels, snakes, any kind of vermin to come in, and also the amount of cold air that comes in, all along with the structural integrity. So we fixed that and appeased the broker. The broker called us after we did the job and thanked us for keeping that deal together for her and for doing such a nice job on the repair. You could see the before and after pictures where they’d be posted.

Narrator: Yeah I’m looking at those pictures right now, they look great. It looks like you did an excellent job, and it’s good to know that you can do masonry repair work on top of basement waterproofing and eradication. 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.

Is it safe to keep a pet in your basement?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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People love their fur babies and sometimes they need to get them out of the way. Is the basement a good choice to lock them away, or are there hidden dangers there that pet owners need to be concerned about? The Crackman explains.

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: Is it safe to keep a pet in your basement?

Narrator: So Rich, people love their fur babies and sometimes they need to get them out of the way. Is the basement a good choice to lock them away or are there hidden dangers they need to be concerned about?

Rich: Well what made me think about this is I went into a house in Marlboro, MA and went downstairs, and there was this little pond there that they had made, and there were 3 turtles that were in there. They started telling me that they’re Fred and Barney. I forgot the other one’s name, but part of the Flintstones, and they live down there. And then they come out there in the summer and they put them outside. So, this made me start to think, and I ran into a veterinarian, and I was talking all about it. And the vet said, if you keep an animal down in the basement, they, just like humans, there’s mold and mildew, and some of them could develop respiratory problems.

And I started thinking more, and I had noticed especially in fieldstone foundations, we’ve seen mushrooms growing. You know, if they eat the mushroom, we don’t know if it’s safe for them to eat it or not. We’ve seen all kinds of different vines, plants, actually growing from the voids in between the stone foundations, that may not be safe for them to be ingesting. Also, there could be a sump pump, or a basin with a pump in it without a cover in it, and animals go to drink, they could fall in that hole and you’re never going to know it until you go downstairs and maybe see your little FiFi there, drowned.

So to answer your question, no, it’s not a great idea to keep your pets in the basement especially if it’s an unfinished basement.

Narrator: Wow, thanks Rich for the warning on the hidden dangers of keeping a pet in the basement.

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 to determine if basement water is a natural source or city water

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 14, 2020

So, you have a basement water problem and you don't know where the water is coming from. This tip explains how to determine if it's naturally occurring water or if it's from a city source.

Narrator: And now we have The Crackman answering a listener inquiry. Alex in Worcester writes, I’ve got water in my basement, how do I know if it’s natural groundwater or if it’s coming from a city water source?

Rich: Well the first thing we want to do is ask, “when is it leaking”? Is it leaking all the time, or is it just during the rains or snow melts? If it’s just during the rains and snow melts, it’s probably not city water. If it’s leaking when it’s dry out, no rain in the area of the water meter on that side of the house, it’s a good chance it could be from the water pipe that’s broken on the outside.

So how do you determine if it is city water? You would take a clean sponge and a clean container, gather that water up right away, and bring it down to the town water department. And

I say “right away” because that water has chlorine and fluoride in it, and you don’t want it to evaporate. So, they can test it for chlorine or fluoride. If it has either one of those, you know that it’s town water. And then sorry to say it’s a broken pipe. That should be repaired on the outside of the house. In most towns, it’s up to the property owner to pay for that repair.

Narrator: Thanks Rich for clarifying how to determine whether your basement water is from a natural source or town water.

Help! Water is coming into my finished basement

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The Crackman frequently receives urgent phone calls to help get customers out of basement water jams. In this episode, Rich recounts a recent problem he rectified for a customer with a finished basement.

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! Water is coming into my finished basement and it’s ruining everything. A case study in Holden, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, I imagine you always get urgent calls, it sounds like you helped another customer out of a jam on this one, and it’s a finished basement I understand? What can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah, this customer called with a finished basement and she called me the morning after a rainstorm that we had. She had water coming in. She told me it was a poured concrete foundation. So I said, take a look outside, in the area that seems to be coming in because it’s usually 6 inches of concrete or more above grade. I had to look for a crack over the phone. Well there was no crack that she could find, I told her it’s either coming in where the cement floor and the cement wall meet at that seam or it could be a tie rod that’s leaking.

What a tie rod is, it’s used in the construction phase. They pour the footing which is a rebar concrete that goes around the foundation, nice and wide, and then what they do is they bring these wood pieces in called forms. They put those on the footing they poured the concrete in. Well if you just poured concrete, they’d fall out. So, they put these little metal rods through, called tie rods (or snap ties, they’re called sometimes) then they snap them off.

Well we got there and knowing that there was no crack on the outside. She was aware that we would need to open up the wall. So we opened up the wall, and we could see clear as day that there was a metal rod that was rusted, and it was so rusted you could poke it through. These rods are about a quarter of an inch round, and you could see where the water was coming down through there. So, we were able to repair that with a closed cell polymer resin material that’s injected in with electric pumps. We solved her problem. But unless she allowed us to open up the wall, she would’ve never been able to repair it. If you look on the outside and dig down, you’re still not going to be able to tell it’s the tie rod that’s leaking. It could look fine on the outside. So, we solved her problem and stopped the water from coming in.

Narrator: Fascinating. Thanks for sharing another interesting case study, Rich.

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.

My sump pump alarm is suddenly going nuts

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 02, 2020

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: My sump pump alarm is suddenly going nuts. What should I do? A case study in Sudbury, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, we’ve all been awakened by the annoying chirping of a smoke alarm with low batteries. Does a sump pump alarm fall into the same category?

Rich: Well, they can. In fact, this morning I had a call from a woman and her husband about what they’re calling a sump pump alarm going off. I had to question it a little bit more, that’s pretty unusual. So I had them take a picture of what they called the sump pump. What it showed was two pipes coming up out of the floor with wood slats that the pipes came out through. Looked kind of unusual for me as a sump pump. A sump pump has one pipe coming out and a cord. So, I said, take another picture when you remove some of those slats so I can see the basin that it is in. They did that and I said to them, you don’t have a sump pump there. I asked them, do you have a bathroom in the basement? They said yes we do. And they said that the toilet is not flushing and we’re getting a sewer back-up. Well, they didn’t have a sump pump there. They had a sewer ejector which is where the sewage from the basement goes into that basin and that alarm to when something was the matter with it. Again, not a sump pump, a sewer ejector.

I believe it went off, as I talked to him more, they said they lost power for a little bit and that might have shut off the alarm or malfunctioned or something. So be careful if you’re thinking you have a sump pump alarm.

Narrator: Wow, sounds like a pretty crappy deal. Ha ha ha. Alright Rich, thanks for sharing this interesting case study about the supposed sump pump alarm that went off, that really wasn’t a sump pump alarm, it was a, sounds like a sewer sistering alarm, right?

Rich: Sewer ejector, yes.

Narrator: Alright well, glad you were able to get down to the bottom of it and hopefully they’re able to fix their problem.

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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