The Crackman is in Hudson Massachusetts and the title alludes to him helping a person in Auburn Massachusetts, but they were actually a little farther away, in Auburn California. Rich shares a story about how he helped a desperate homeowner over 3,000 miles away solve a severe garage foundation issue.
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: The Crackman helps homeowner solve a garage foundation problem in Auburn.
Narrator: So, Rich you’re in Hudson, MA, right? And the title alludes you helping a person in Auburn, MA but they were actually a little further away, right?
Rich: Oh they sure were. Kent called me up Wednesday evening and we’re talking, he’s telling me he’s in Auburn, and well, we’re talking a little more about Auburn and ended up he was in Auburn, CA. But seems like a nice guy so I said, what do you have going on? Maybe I can put you in a direction. Well, what he had is a problem that we take care of all the time here in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
What he was telling me is that the back part of his garage, the back wall had a crack in it in the middle and it also had a crack in it on the outside at the corner. The crack was about an inch, inch and a half wide. I said to him, take a look at it, see if it’s leaning back a little bit. He went outside, took a look, he said, yeah the wall is leaning back a little bit. I said go on inside, when on the inside look at the back wall. I said look at where the bottom of the wall meets the board wall of the basement, I said there’s probably a gap there about an inch, inch and a half. He goes, how did you know? I’m in Auburn, CA and you’re in Massachusetts. How did you know that? I said because we do this all the time, and we’ve been doing it for 25 years. He goes, I’ve had people out here and they don’t know what to do with it. I said, well this is what you need to do, we’ve consulted with engineers plus we have an engineer on staff.
What is prescribed is to drill through the wall on the outside so we can hit the middle of the floor of the garage, and we use rebar embedded with epoxy and we pin it in there, we put that rebar and epoxy in there and binds it together, so we do these all the time. He then asked me, could you talk to a friend of mine who is an engineer who wasn’t quite sure what to do. And he called me this morning, I told him what we do and he said, jeez that makes a lot of sense. And that customer/fellow from California called me back and said, you making a trip to California lately? And I said, no way, not with this virus I’m going to California. So at least he found out how to do it and was very grateful. In fact he wrote a nice recommendation for us.
Narrator: Yeah it was a great review Rich, and we’ll make sure that it’s posted with the blog post accompanying this podcast. Well way to go, awesome! And nice to know that you go out of your way to help people even if they’re on the Westcoast.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.