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What do I do if my finished basement floods in Worcester Mass?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 25, 2020

In his 25 years as the Crackman, Rich has seen a flooded basement or two.  If a homeowner went down to his man cave and found a soaked carpet, step one would be to issue a torrent of expletives.  What should the next step be?

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: What do I do if my finished basement floods?



Narrator: Now Rich, in your 25 years as a Crackman, I can imagine you’ve seen a flooded basement or two in your time. If I went down to my man cave and found a soaked carpet, step one would be to issue a torrent of expletives. What should step two be?

Rich: Well step two is turn off the faucet where it’s leaking, but most of the time it’s a crack in a foundation, a tie rod that’s leaking. Or it’s a foundation issue especially if it’s near where the wall, the outside wall is.

I have just gotten a call from somebody and he has sent me a picture of it, which you’ll see on our website. Finished basement, a leak in the corner. Nice finished basement with carpet. He actually did say that there was a mushroom, there is something growing once you pull the carpet up a little bit. So, it has leaked quite a bit before.

First thing you want to do is go outside and you want to take a look at the concrete that’s above grade and see if there’s a crack. If there is a crack there, you can bet that crack goes all the way through and the water’s coming in through there. Also something you may want to do is to make sure that if there’s a downspout from your gutters, that that water runs away from foundation, maybe put an extender on it. So once you find out where it’s coming from, that’s when we come in and we can solve that problem, so that the water’s not going to come from that crack anymore.

In the meantime, what you want to do is pull that carpet up. At least on where it’s wet, get some chairs under it, start some fans going, if you have a dehumidifier, get that going. Because mold starts to grow between 24 and 48 hours. Now it may not be visible for 18 to 21 days or even as long as 3 to 8 weeks, it could show up. So you start to get that carpet dry underneath, if you have a wet vac, suck up as much water as you can, pull that carpet up, get it drying. Then what you want to do is to dry things out as I have said, maybe the baseboard, you want to get rid of that sheetrock that got wet, maybe the bottom foot of it, and you want to clean and sanitize that whole room. Because it's mold spores that get airborne and can latch onto things and then have a very serious problem. So, the cracks can be repaired. When the waters coming in, dry everything up, extract the water, and sanitize it. And that would be my recommendation when you run into a wet finished basement.

Narrator: Ok Rich. Thanks for coming with steps to take basement flood. I guess you don’t have to panic, just call The Crackman and he’ll take care of it for you.                             

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.

What is the Risk of NOT repointing a Stone Foundation wall?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 01, 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: What is the Risk of NOT repointing a Stone Foundation wall?



Narrator: So Rich, for years you’ve been warning people not to let basement water problems get out of control, to deal with them before it gets too serious, right? So, can you give us an example of a time where someone let their stone foundation leak just a little too long.

Rich: Yeah, I certainly can. I had a call from a person in a part of Boston which is West Roxbury, and I know that their name sounded familiar and the address so I looked it up and lo and behold, we were out there probably a year or quarter ago and looked at the stone foundation, it was in pretty rough shape. And what I mean by that is they were getting some water coming in, the mortar in between the stones, especially in one corner was bad or non- existent, and they were on a hill. Well, being on a hill, the water just cascades down and hits that corner. Well these people are calling me now a year later, in a panic, and they actually had the foundation corner crumble in on them on the stone foundation. What had happened is the water was coming down, they had a downspout right near there too and it was just letting the water come down, down, down, and it eroded some of that water. There was no mortar in between the stones to help protect it and it crumbled, that corner had crumbled. And also what didn’t help the situation is the guy also told me that he started to dig for a perimeter drain in that area, that’s why they broke the floor and started doing it themselves and dig down to put a drain system in there, and this poor guy, now he’s got a see-through foundation in that corner. And he asked me about the insurance, and I said I don’t believe the insurance is going to cover it because this is a pre-existing condition and you made it worse by digging down in front of the stone foundation on the inside, which weakened it. So, now he’s checking with his insurance and if we’ve got to rebuild it a little bit, we’ll rebuild it. But if he had repaired the water from coming in by repointing, he wouldn’t be in this ___.

Narrator: Well, another DIY job gone bad, huh?

Rich: Certainly is.

Narrator: Alright Rich, thanks for explaining the risk of not repointing a stone foundation wall.

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 Adam or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email them at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.


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