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Why is my foundation leaking when it never leaked before?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 18, 2021

Modern homes are pretty well built and one can imagine how disconcerting it is to suddenly find a leak in the basement after never having had a leak before. The homeowner goes through a wide range of emotions and questions...the biggest one being, why is my foundation leaking?

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: Why is my foundation leaking when it never leaked before? A case study in Waltham, MA.

Narrator: So, Rich, modern homes are pretty well built and I can imagine how disconcerting it is to suddenly find a leak in the basement after never having had a leak before. I’m sure the homeowner goes through a wide range of emotions and questions, the biggest one being, why is my foundation leaking?

Rich: I’ve been getting this call all the time with all the rain that we’ve had. I was just on the phone before I was talking to you. A person in Waltham called me and asked me just that question. She’s been in the house 26 years and never had any water, and all of a sudden she’s having water, and she said that there’s been a crack in the foundation (the poured concrete foundation wall) for all those years and she never has had any water. Why is it coming in?

Well there’s a few reasons why. One, is the aquifer underneath the house and in the area changes. Each time they build a house there’s less place for the water to percolate to, so there’s more pressure. Also, that crack that is there, water gets into it, it freezes over the years, it opens it up wider, and wider, and wider. So eventually it will leak. I’m getting this call in Waltham, Lexington MA, all over New Hampshire, Providence, all over Rhode Island. This comes up all the time.

People have been in houses for 40 years and they’re calling me and saying, “how come it’s leaking now and it never leaked before”? Been getting calls from people telling me this, and it’s even worse when the house is flooding. People that are selling their houses, they’re having showings and the water’s coming in.

So, we can take care of them, we can stop that water from coming in, we can take care of it with a warranty that transfers to new owners. We do it with multiple methods, and I’d be more than happy to explain how these methods work in the situation that you may have.

Narrator: Thanks Rich for explaining why a foundation could suddenly start leaking when it has never leaked before.

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 Can I Use To Stop A Floor Wall Seam Water Leak

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 11, 2021

The Crackman receives a lot of interesting pics of basement problems. In this episode, Rich explains a picture that shows a pair of pants that are spread across the seam between the floor and wall and they’re wet.

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 can I use to stop a floor/wall seam water leak in my basement? A case study in Wellesley, MA

Narrator: So Rich, you’ve sent a lot of interesting pics of basement water problems but this one needs explaining, I think I’m looking at a pair of pants that are spread across the seam between the floor and the wall, and they’re wet. What’s going on here?

Rich: Well I had a call from a gentleman in Wellesley, MA, and he asked me if I could help him because he’s got water coming in where the cement floor and the cement wall meet. And he was afraid it was going to move to his finished basement, he said, what can I do right now? I said, if you have towels or kitty litter or a blanket or even rags or anything, put it down in front of it. Send me a picture of what you have so I can clearly identify what’s going on.

One of the pictures he sent me was of this pair of pants with the legs spread apart and they’re wet. Humorous photo, but I got his point. This happens quite often where the floor and the wall meet, it leaks. Why does it happen and what we can do is what we’re going to talk about.

Why it happens is because it’s a footing, a white piece of concrete that’s poured going all the way around your house where they’re going to put the walls. They let that concrete set up, then they come and they put the walls up there - the concrete walls. They pour those walls between two pieces of wood and those set up, and they pull those, the wood, so you see the concrete walls. Then what happens, you have the people coming and they pour the floor, and all these concrete pieces, they don’t bond together quite the way you would like it.

And with the floor, what happens is the floor has water in it and the water evaporates, and it shrinks, and there’s a gap where the floor and the wall meet. And what happens is water sometimes, if you don’t have great drainage or they didn’t clean the soil off of the footing, water will seep in underneath that floor and then pressure will bring it up between the floor and the wall.

So, what we do is put our ports in and then inject (using an electric pump) a closed cell polymer resin material. Or, we can use a crystallized quartz based material. We can repair that with a warranty. We did that job for that gentleman in Wellesley, MA and he was very happy, take a look at the picture and I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

Narrator: Very cool, Rich. Thanks for explaining how to deal with a basement water leak between a floor and a wall seam. And I guess it goes without saying, a pair of pants is not the best method for stopping that leak.

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.

When is it time to repoint a stone foundation?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 07, 2021

As we’ve learned in the 6+ years of doing this podcast, stone foundations are a legacy construct from about 80 years ago. In typical fashion, many homeowners tend to ignore the little issues with their homes until they become big issues. So, if you have a stone foundation with some holes and obvious issues, when do you know it’s time to do something about 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: When is it time to repoint a stone foundation? A case study in Worcester, MA.

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Narrator: So Rich, as I’ve learned in the 6+ years of doing this podcast with you, stone foundations are a legacy construct from about 80 years ago. And in typical fashion, many homeowners tend to ignore the little issues with their homes until they become big issues. So, if you have a stone foundation with some holes and obvious issues, when do you know it’s time to do something about it?

Rich: Well there is some tell-tale signs and I’ve been getting calls all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, because in knowing when we do have these old stone foundations. Just got a call from a woman in Worcester asking me, when do I need to repoint? And by the way, repointing means to take out the mortar that is loose and put new mortar in between the stones.

Well there’s a few tell-tale signs, one is if you go in your basement and you have a stone foundation, take a look where the floor and the wall meet, on the floor, take a look at the floor right there at the bottom, and you’re going to see that there’s a powdery material there. Don’t worry, it’s not mold. It is, it’s the mortar that has broken down over time in between the stones. And that mortar in between the stones is very important because it does four different things.

One is structural, when that mortar lets go between that stone, that stone’s going to drop, then the stone above it will drop, and then before you know it you have a structural issue, that’s one of the things you want to be aware of, it creates a structural issue. So, if you have dusting, we call it “dusting” on the floor, you can clean it up, it’ll keep coming because the mortar continues to break down. Another thing is if you have water coming in between the stones, that would be a sign it’s in need of some repointing. If you have some creatures coming in - mice, rats, snakes, you can see their droppings. Regarding snakes, you could actually see the skins there. It is time to repoint.

Just take your hand and run it around or on top of your stone. You’re going to feel the cold air come in from the voids in between the stones that you see, that’s letting in cold air.

So to sum it up, you probably need some attention to your stone foundation if you have dusting on the floor, if you have water coming in, if you have some unwelcome visitors - rodents or snakes coming in, and if you feel cold air coming in from some of the gaps in between your stone foundation. These are all signs that you’re in need of foundation repointing.

Narrator: Ha ha. I think you got the attention of every housewife in America when you said that, if you have a snake coming in through your stone foundation, it’s time to repoint that sucker. Ha ha. Well thanks Rich for explaining when it’s a good idea to repoint your foundation, especially when you got snakes coming through the wall.

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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