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Case Study: The Case of the Squirting Stone Foundation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 05, 2020

In this episode, Rich, shares a crazy case study about a video that Crack Daddy “Adam” sent over. If we didn't know any better, we'd think they were trying to fill a swimming pool with the volume of water streaming into the basement. The customer was grateful that A1 Foundation Crack Repair was able to save them from sinking.

Narrator: It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. We’re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years’ experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His 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 within the basement, and protect your biggest investment….your home. The topic of today’s podcast: The Case of the Squirting Stone Foundation. So Rich, I caught the video that Crackdaddy Adam sent over and if I didn’t know any better, I’d think that they were filling up a swimming pool in that basement. Am I right?

Crackman: Well … swimming pool in the basement. Got a call from a woman that has tried quite a few things to stop the water from coming in. First of all, she had a stone foundation and she got the idea because she saw, in one of the big box stores, this paint that you can put on and it will stop water. It says, anyway. Well it doesn’t stop much. So, she put that on and it looked beautiful. It went well in the basement but she’s still getting water, and quite a bit of it. So, we went down there to investigate it and there we discovered small holes in the foundation, between the stones. Because the mortar had aged and let go. Water was actually squirting in. If we look at the video that’s on the podcast, you’re going to see that a water is actually squirting in. We have ways to fix that. We put either oakum soaked in a polymer resin or by using crystalized quartz based material. Few different special ways to fix it, and we’re able to get that water to fix, and we’re able to get that foundation to stop squirting. So, she doesn’t have the swimming pool that’s outside in her basement anymore. And we stopped that even with this heavy snow melt and heavy rain that we recently have had.

Narrator: Very good. Where was this lady located?

Crackman: Well it was very interesting, she was in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

Narrator: Pembroke? Where the heck is Pembroke?

Crackman: Well, Pembroke’s one of those towns that are on the way to the Cape Cod. It’s right near Hanover, Mass and Marshfield, Massachusetts, and we do service that area. So, we were able to help that woman out. She’s very grateful that we were able to.

Narrator: Alright, thanks Rich for sharing this crazy case study. Good to know that you were able to save them from filling up that basement with water and turning it into a swimming pool. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you’d like more information on foundation repair and 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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