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The Crackman helps Homeowner Solve a Garage Foundation problem in Auburn

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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.


Link: https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/115414993469933938366/reviews/@42.3840247,-71.5418997,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!8m2!3m1!1e1

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.

The Crackman gets identical basement water calls in Reading and Leominster Mass on the same day

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 17, 2020

Rich had two different calls that were basically identical--one from Reading Massachusetts and one from Leominster Massachusetts--where the callers complained about water collecting in the corners of the basement. In this episode, Rich explains how water can collect in basement corners on hot, humid days.

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 gets identical basement water calls in Reading and Leominster, MA on the same day.

Narrator: So Rich, I understand you had two different calls the other day that were basically identical, one from Reading, MA and the other one from Leominster, MA, where the callers complained about water collecting in the corners of their basement. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah it was interesting calls, two calls, we run into this every year when it starts to get humid out. People call and they say in the corner of my basement or in the garage. These people happen to say in the corner of their basement, they were getting dampness. One in Reading, one in Leominster, MA, and I asked them a few questions. I asked them how long you’ve been in the house? And one had been in the house quite a few years, the other one just four years. And I asked them, does this happen mostly during the summertime? And they go, yes it does, and I can’t figure it out because it’s not raining, it’s been dry for over a couple of weeks. And we find out that it’s in the corner, and what happens in the corner is you have a floor, you have one wall, and then you have the other wall that meets up against it at a 90 degree angle. So you have three pieces of concrete. Now each one of these pieces of concrete is below grade and it’s colder than the air, and that’s the coldest pockets in the corners of a foundation. So you can get condensation because the surface is colder than the air. It’s like if I gave you a glass of water and with ice in it, and you put it on the counter, you would get condensation. So that’s what most cases we’re getting. And if you want to check that out just to be sure that there’s no water coming in, one, you look for cracks in the foundation wall on the inside or the outside. If you want to double check that, you want to take a garden hose and put it on the ground outside near that corner and run water, run it for 45 minutes, turn it off for 15, and do it two or three times. There’s maybe a tie rod, a little dimple that’s leaking, it could be where the floor and the wall meet that’s leaking, and if these things don’t happen, and it happens only during the summertime, then you have condensation. Then the question is, how can I stop this condensation? Well, the way that you can do that, you’re not going to stop it, but you’re going to be able to take the moisture out of the air itself by putting a dehumidifier in. The problem with dehumidifying is everybody forgets to empty the basement. Well we have some dehumidifiers that we provide to customers that will take the moist out of the air, and it has a pump that will pump the water from the basin out so you never have to think about it. That was our two calls, very similar, and those are the solutions.

Narrator: Great, and it’s probably not a good idea to have a lot of moisture in the basement, especially in dark areas, you can get mold, mildew and things like that. Right? Rich: It certainly is. And one other point that I want to make is, it seems like a nice day so people want to open up their windows in the basement. Refrain from doing that, because all you’re doing is letting the moist air into the basement. Close the windows and put a dehumidifier.

Narrator: Alright. Well a good advice from The Crackman, as always. And we appreciate you explaining how water can collect in the basement corners on hot, humid days, especially in the summertime.

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.

Another Failed Flex Seal Foundation Crack Repair in Methuen Mass

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 04, 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: The topic of today’s podcast: Another failed Flex Seal home repair in Methuen, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, you’re no stranger to seeing Flex Seal attempts used in DIY home repairs of leaking basements. I understand you have a real doozy for us today, what can you tell us about it?

Rich: Yeah I got a call from a customer in Methuen that had a block foundation. We see block foundation’s throughout New England. And what they had told me is that they’ve been getting some water coming through through the blocks. I asked him if he could send me a picture? He sent me a picture and I called him back and I said, Jesus! What’s on that wall? It’s black. And he said they bought some of that Flex Seal in a can and tried rolling it on. And then they remind me that that’s Flex Seal, the stuff that the guy puts on a boat and rides over the water. Well that Flex Seal wasn’t holding it. Some of the mortar in between the stones was gone. Some of the concrete and mortar that the stones were made of needed some attention also. So we went over there, and we had to scrape some of that Flex Seal off to be able to get to the areas that were having problems with to repair them. I guess if you have a boat or something, maybe Flex Seal does work. But when it comes to a foundation, or with this particular situation, it didn’t work at all. So feel free to call us anytime, and we’re more than happy to help you. 

Narrator: Let me tell you something there Crackman, I had a rubber dinghy at one point with my boat, and we used Flex Seal on that one time, and it did not work. We put so much of that stuff on there, we’re hoping it would stop the leak on that dinghy and it did not work. So no, it sometimes doesn’t work in boats, and doesn’t sound like the perfect product for home repair either. For some people, maybe just as a very quick temporary fix, but obviously it didn’t work here.

Narrator: Alright there Rich, thanks for sharing this amusing DIY fail using Flex Seal. Hopefully people will take heed and get a professional to fix those types of leaks in the future.

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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