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Help! Why is my foundation wall seeping water?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Crackman had a couple calls recently from Milford & Hopkinton Mass where people were complaining about water oozing through the foundation walls.  Is that like something out of a horror movie or something a bit less sinister?

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! Why is my foundation wall seeping water?

Narrator: So Rich, you had a couple calls recently from Milford & Hopkinton, MA, where people were complaining about water oozing through their walls. That sounds like something out of a horror movie, no?

Rich: Well it does. Yesterday, I had actually three calls between Hopkinton and Milford, MA in reference to this issue. We’ve been getting calls all summer in reference to it. ‘Coz we got a pretty humid summer so far, and all these people are sure that the water is coming through their foundations. Especially their garages, in the corners, or in their basements in the corners, and if they have water softeners or wells, it’s usually in that corner. It’s amazing how many we’ve had.

And what it really is, there’s no cracks, it’s not coming in where the floor and the wall meet, what it is, is condensation. And it’s amazing how much water can happen there. The wall feels wet, the floor feels wet, and it could even be a puddle. But what you have is condensation.

We’re getting this in Rhode Island, we’re getting it in New Hampshire, all the states that we do work in. Then the question is, how do we solve this issue? If it’s in a basement, first of all, do not open up your windows in the basement because all you’re letting in is moist air. So keep your windows closed. You may want to pick up a really good dehumidifier, one that has a pump on it that we can automatically drain the water outside. And we have ones that take out 103 pints of water a day. What a good dehumidifier will do is draw that moisture out of the air and then the area will dry up for you. But homeowners don’t jump to the conclusion that you have water coming through your foundation. In most cases with this weather, it’s condensation.

Narrator: Wow, great information Rich. So if you have liquid oozing through your walls, you don’t need to call Ghostbusters, just call the Crackman and he’ll set your mind at ease.  

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.

Stone Foundation DIY Project Goes Bad in Attleboro Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 27, 2020


In this episode, the Crackman discusses the before and after pictures attached to the blog post about this episode. It shows an incredible repair job that rivals the toughest jigsaw puzzle you've ever seen. Check it out.

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: Stone Foundation DIY project goes bad in Attleboro Massachusetts

Narrator: The topic of today’s podcast: Stone foundation DIY project goes bad in Attleboro, MA. Well Rich, Crackdaddy sent me a ‘fore and after pictures of a stone foundation your team fixed. It’s pretty remarkable I got to say. It kind of looks like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. What happened here?

Rich: Well we got a phone call, and the guy sent us some pictures over in Attleboro. The corner of a foundation looked they could have been patched and he was having some problems with it. So we went out and fixed it for him. Especially corner of a foundation, it’s really important because it takes a lot of weight in these old houses. What had happened is that somebody, not the guy that owned it, the prior owner had patched it.

Now everybody thinks mortar is mortar, is mortar. Well, mortar is mortar, is not mortar. There’s all kinds of different strengths of mortar, and you have to know the right strength of mortar to use there. There’s S, there’s M, some people use hydraulic cement, all kinds of different things. Now, what had happened is they had patched this corner together with a mortar that was too strong, and it actually ended up blowing out that corner when there was some shifting because things didn’t move. Because foundations actually move a little bit. And so when we got there, that had pulled away and we had to rebuild that corner for him with the correct type of mortar. And with over 25 years of experience, we’re able to know what the right mortar is for that particular situation. So we’re happy to help this customer out. He was able to put his house under agreement, and to sell it.

Narrator: Okay Rich, thanks for sharing this case study of a DIY stone foundation repointing project gone bad. To get some moral of the story is, call the professional like the Crackman when it comes to your home’s foundation, it’s too critical if you allow it to crumble.

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.

Leaking pipe penetration in Dedham MA floods basement

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In this episode, we examine a picture the Crackman attached to his blog.  It looks like a muddy pit that shows a pipe of some sort that is going into a foundation through a hole that is about 3 times bigger than the diameter of the pipe.  What happened here?  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: Leaking pipe penetration in Dedham, MA floods basement.

Narrator: So Rich, I’m looking at a picture you sent over. Looks like a muddy pit that shows a pipe of some sort that is going into a foundation through a hole that is about 3 times bigger than the diameter of the pipe. What happened here? Did you dig that out?

Rich: No, no we didn’t. What had happened is I had a homeowner in Dedham, MA give me a call, and he had told me that he had a flooded basement, so he decided that he would dig out on the outside where that sewer pipe was. And what he had there was a hole around that sewer pipe, and when he was on the inside, it looked like a nice clean job where they cemented around the sewer pipe. But when they went outside and dug, you can see there just wasn’t anything there. There’s just a little bit of concrete in there towards the inside, and naturally that concrete, ‘coz it doesn’t hold water back, and somebody had patched it on the inside, prior. So that homeowner in Dedham, he worked really hard and dug a beautiful hole there, and we came out, we fixed it. Well, you don’t need to dig it out from the outside at all, we can repair it right from the inside by drilling small holes in that area, putting our ports in and then injecting a closed cell polymer resin material that’ll encapsulate it. And it is a warrantied service, so unless you really want the excess signs of digging a beautiful hole about 6 feet down, you can do it or we can fix it from the inside. No need to dig it on the outside.

Narrator: So, it’s kind of like arthroscopic surgery, right? You don’t need to cut a big hole into the body then do the surgery, that you can do through a very small placement, right?

Rich: That is exactly it.

Narrator: Awesome. Thanks, Rich, for explaining this interesting picture from a customer who had a leaking pipe penetration. Now this just goes to show that if you call the Crackman first and explain the problem, you might be able to save yourself a whole lot of work.                             

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 have water under my basement floor in Quincy MA?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 07, 2020

The Crackman explains a video he received from a customer that shows him demonstrating how much water is under his concrete floor.  There is an open hole in the corner, and he is using a screwdriver to show how deep it is.  We put the video on the blog so our viewers can see it.  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: Do I really have water under my basement floor?

Narrator: So Rich, you sent over a video from a customer that shows him demonstrating how much water is under his concrete floor. There’s an open hole in the corner and he is using a screwdriver to show how deep it is. We put the video on the blog so your viewers can see it. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: I got a call from a customer in Quincy, Mass., and he was telling me he has water coming out some cracks. So, I said take it a walk around the basement, and he noticed that there’s this round hole there and I said well, stick a screwdriver in there and see if there’s water. Well, you can see it from the video, there’s water. And oftentimes what happens when we get a lot of rain in certain areas, the water table, that’s the aquifer underneath the ground, the water comes up, it rises as we get rain. And what this gentleman was having over in Quincy is the water was rising underneath his floor. What you may also notice there is that there’s a gap between his floor and where the ground or soil is, that is just filled with water.

So, he asked, what can we do? I said the first thing you should do is we can break a hole on the floor, bigger, put a basin in there with holes in it, and we’ll put gravel around the basin. Then we’ll put a pump there. And what happens is the water beneath the floor, don’t forget there’s a gap underneath the floor, between the floor and the gravel/soil underneath, always is, and the water wants to go to that area. So we put the pump in, and we put a pump in that has a cover on the basin to keep radon from coming up, and tuck it around there nice and neat and we’re able to pump that out. In fact that gentleman called me up the other day when we had a flash flood and he goes, you were right, I don’t have a drop of water because that sump pump is taking the water out, or it gets to the bottom of the floor. And oftentimes, a sump pump will save the situation where people are telling you that you need to put a perimeter drain in for $6,000-$12,000 and putting in a sump pump is a whole heck of a lot less than that. Another happy customer in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Narrator: Alright Rich, well thanks for explaining this interesting video from that customer who thought he had a water problem under his floor, or actually, he did. And you were able to solve it with a sump pump, and not tens of thousands of dollars on a drain system that wouldn’t really solve the 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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