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Do I really Need a Perimeter Drain?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Home Construction industry is rife with crooks suggesting expensive fixes for problems that are easily remedied with less expensive repairs. The Crackman recently saved a customer in Brookline Massachusetts over $10,000 by implementing the proper fix to a basement water problem. In this episode, Rich explains how he did it.

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 need a perimeter drain in my basement?

Narrator: So Rich, the home construction industry is rife with crooks suggesting expensive fixes for problems that are easily remedied with less expensive repairs. I understand you recently saved a customer in Brookline, MA over $10,000 by implementing the proper fix to a basement water problem. Why don’t you tell us about it.

Rich: Sure. I got a call from a gentleman, in fact he’s a professor at B.U. I believe. And he told me that he had spoken to a colleague that I’ve done work for, and he had called me to go over what he had. He had told me that he had a company come in there and he had it all signed up ready to go to put in a perimeter drain system on a poured concrete foundation. And I started asking him some more questions such as, where’s the water coming in from? And he told me its coming in from the wall because there’s a crack in the foundation wall. And I said, well is that the only place its coming in? He said, yeah that’s the only place it’s coming in. So I said, well the idea of a sump pump and a perimeter drain is to take water out from underneath your floor when you have a high water table. And then I told him, if you fix that crack in the wall, then it’ll stop the water from coming in. Then we did a repair on that where we injected a polymer resin with electric pump in there, he had us out right away to take care of that. And we’ve had some heavy rain since, and he was very happy that he saved a ton of money and had the repair taken care of. Sometimes a perimeter drain is needed when there’s water coming up through floor cracks or a lot of places where the floor and the wall meet and it’s leaking, but not if you have a wall crack that’s leaking. Most companies don’t do what I do and take care of the situation that’s there for a heck of a lot less money than a perimeter drain.

Narrator: Great job, Rich. It’s good to know that there are still honest companies like A1 Foundation Crack Repair, to get the job done right without unnecessary upcharges.

Narrator: 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.

Will putting in a Radon system put cracks in my foundation?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In this episode, the Crackman clears up a concern from a customer in Fitchburg Massachusetts who was worried that putting in a Radon system would put cracks in the foundation floor. The bottom line is, if you are worried about foundation cracks, give the Crackman a call and he’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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: Will putting in a Radon system put cracks in my foundation?

Narrator: Well alright Crackman, I understand that a person in Fitchburg, MA has some questions about a Radon system that was installed. What happened there?

Rich: We had a call from somebody who was going to put in a Radon system. He called to ask me if it was going to cause cracks in the foundation floor. Because with the Radon system, what they do is they break a hole in the floor and they put some PVC pipe in like a T, and then they bring it up out of the basement and above the roof with a fan on it to draw that Radon out. He was concerned that it was going to cause cracking in the floor.

Well he called me up because we have done work for him in the past, in fact I looked it up and we have done some floor crack repair for him. His question was, is it going to cause more cracking? My answer to him, especially since he has already had cracks and we had filled it in with a high-grade epoxy material that has some elasticity, that the chances of getting additional cracks were very small. So, he did have it done and he called me back to say that I was right, that it didn’t cause any more cracking.

Now we can take this one step forward and say, would it crack the foundation floor if no work had been done to it? Well the chances are less if there is an expansion joint in the foundation floor which is all lines and a cut because the concrete has a chance to mold. If there is not an expansion joint, no work has done to it, the chances are still very small that something like that could cause a crack, an additional cracking in the floor. It’s mostly the pressure from the water against the bottom of the cement floor that causes cracking or shrinkage of the concrete as it does have water in it that cause crack. Well even if you do it’s not the end of the world if you get a crack in your foundation floor. There’s these three things you’re sure of in life: first, cracks, if anything’s of concrete it is going to crack, and if it does we can repair cracks in concrete floors. If it’s in Fitchburg, or in New Hampshire, Rhode Island or all over Mass., we can take care of it.

Narrator: Oh very interesting Rich, thanks for clearing that up. Bottomline is if you are worried about foundation cracks, why not give the Crackman a call, he’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Narrator: 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 could cause damage to this block foundation in Bellingham Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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The Crackman's expertise was called in recently when a customer shared his concerns about a crumbling block foundation. Those blocks are pretty strong, so what could cause them to crumble?

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 could cause damage to this block foundation in Bellingham, MA?

Narrator: So Rich, your expertise was called in recently when a customer shared his concerns about a crumbling block foundation. Built blocks are pretty strong, right? What could cause that?

Rich: Well there’s actually two different kinds of blocks. Concrete blocks made out of a concrete base material, and then there’s ones that are made with an ash, actually coal ash or cinder they call it. That’s where you get the word cinder block. And what we’re seeing in Bellingham, I got a call, I got a call from Fitchburg about the blocks above the soil that are actually found to be disintegrating. They are the old decorative blocks it seems in most cases, which are usually near a downspout, and over the years downspouts getting locked down, water keeps getting pushed against the cinder blocks or concrete blocks, and that water just keeps decaying it. This is because of the pressure going against it from the water hitting it again and again. Also when water hits masonry, the masonry takes the water on like a sponge does, and then in the winter it freezes, so when it freezes that’s what starts the delamination process. I mean you could see, we’re going to put a picture above this so you can see of it actually eating away the block. So we then replace the block, well we actually fill that in with a concrete material and then we’d put a crystallized quartz based material on it because that will help stop any water from penetrating it and causing additional damage. Now that is the story with cement block or cinder block foundations, when you have a problem, we know how to fix it.

Narrator: Well excellent, Rich. Thanks for sharing how a block foundation can start to crumble, and it’s great to know there’s guys like you around that can figure out how to fix it.

Narrator: 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 your basement wall crack really leaking?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The Crackman covers another interesting case study. This time, it's about a mystery puddle in the 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: Is your foundation crack really leaking? A case study from Danvers, MA.

Narrator: So Rich, you have another interesting case study to share with your listeners, what do you have for us today?

Rich: Yes, I got a call from a customer a while back and he saw water coming from that crack in a poured concrete foundation. We went out, we fixed it, tested it, and everything’s fine. That was probably about a year and a half ago. And guy calls me up and says, I think that crack’s leaking. I said take a picture of it. So he took a picture of it, and he told me like three or four feet away from the crack is a puddle. It’s in this hot summer weather, so I called him back and said, why don’t you stand where the puddle is and look up. Well he looked up, and lo and behold, there were some water pipes that were sweating and dripping water. That puddle was from a water pipe that was sweating. I guess the lesson to be learned from this story is if you want to check and be sure your crack is leaking, you could take a garden hose and put it outside against that crack and run it for 45 minutes, and turn it off for 15, and do it once, twice or three times. And if water comes in at the bottom or within the crack, then it’s leaking. And the other thing is if it’s leaking away from that crack, but the crack isn’t leaking itself, you may want to look up in this hot humid weather and see if you have any hot water or cold water pipes that are leaking.

Narrator: Well, very good Rich. I guess basement water can come from a wide variety of sources, right? And it’s good to know that you run an honest business that will always provide the straight answers to homeowners with basement water problems.

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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