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Do I really have water under my basement floor in Quincy MA?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 07, 2020

The Crackman explains a video he received from a customer that shows him demonstrating how much water is under his concrete floor.  There is an open hole in the corner, and he is using a screwdriver to show how deep it is.  We put the video on the blog so our viewers can see 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: Do I really have water under my basement floor?

Narrator: So Rich, you sent over a video from a customer that shows him demonstrating how much water is under his concrete floor. There’s an open hole in the corner and he is using a screwdriver to show how deep it is. We put the video on the blog so your viewers can see it. What can you tell us about it?

Rich: I got a call from a customer in Quincy, Mass., and he was telling me he has water coming out some cracks. So, I said take it a walk around the basement, and he noticed that there’s this round hole there and I said well, stick a screwdriver in there and see if there’s water. Well, you can see it from the video, there’s water. And oftentimes what happens when we get a lot of rain in certain areas, the water table, that’s the aquifer underneath the ground, the water comes up, it rises as we get rain. And what this gentleman was having over in Quincy is the water was rising underneath his floor. What you may also notice there is that there’s a gap between his floor and where the ground or soil is, that is just filled with water.

So, he asked, what can we do? I said the first thing you should do is we can break a hole on the floor, bigger, put a basin in there with holes in it, and we’ll put gravel around the basin. Then we’ll put a pump there. And what happens is the water beneath the floor, don’t forget there’s a gap underneath the floor, between the floor and the gravel/soil underneath, always is, and the water wants to go to that area. So we put the pump in, and we put a pump in that has a cover on the basin to keep radon from coming up, and tuck it around there nice and neat and we’re able to pump that out. In fact that gentleman called me up the other day when we had a flash flood and he goes, you were right, I don’t have a drop of water because that sump pump is taking the water out, or it gets to the bottom of the floor. And oftentimes, a sump pump will save the situation where people are telling you that you need to put a perimeter drain in for $6,000-$12,000 and putting in a sump pump is a whole heck of a lot less than that. Another happy customer in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Narrator: Alright Rich, well thanks for explaining this interesting video from that customer who thought he had a water problem under his floor, or actually, he did. And you were able to solve it with a sump pump, and not tens of thousands of dollars on a drain system that wouldn’t really solve the problem.                             

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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