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Do I really need a sump pump and perimeter drain for my stone foundation?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Crackman saved this person over $10,000. If you think you need an expensive repair for a basement water problem, it’s probably a good idea to get a second opinion from a trusted basement water eradication expert like the Crackman before you proceed.

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 sump pump and perimeter drain for my stone foundation? A case study in Andover, MA.

Narrator: Alright Rich, I take that you got another interesting case study for us, I imagine the installation of both a sump pump and a perimeter drain could be pretty pricey, huh?

Rich: It certainly can, it certainly can. I’ve heard for years, that ranges between $6 and $12 thousand dollars.

Narrator: Wow.

Rich: Yeah, it’s a lot of work. We don’t do it. We’ll give it to people, companies that do, when it’s needed. I got a call from a gentleman from Andover, MA, and he called me up and he said, “Do you do perimeter drains and sump pumps”? I said, we do sump pumps, we don’t do perimeter drains. What is your situation? He told me he had a couple of companies come over that do drain systems. And the perimeter drains on the inside, that’s where they break the floor, take down, put a pipe in, and pitch it so it runs through a sump pump. They put gravel and concrete in back. And they also want to put plastic over the stone foundation, pack the plastic into this drain system. And I asked where’s the water coming in from? Is it coming in between the stones, or is it coming in from all over the foundation? He said, no, I know just where it’s coming in from.

There’s like, five places in between the stones up off of the floor where it’s coming in. So I explained to him that the idea of a sump pump of the drain system is to take the water from underneath the floor so the water doesn’t get to the floor. And what he has coming in is that there’s the water coming down through the soil, and coming in between the stones. So we have a process that we use where we clean out in between the stones and use our special materials. It expands and it will stop the water from coming in. And the spots that he had to do was for less than a thousand dollars. He just couldn’t believe that these drain companies wanted him to spend that kind of money, $6 to $12 grand, to put a drain system in, and then put plastic all over the stone wall, so you can’t even see the water coming in. And by the way that would cause the mortar to break out quicker, when we can fix where it’s coming in and be done with it. Those gentlemen in Andover really took care of it, with this job, he’s really happy with what we’ve done. And if you have any questions, feel free to call A1 Foundation Crack Repair.

Narrator: Sounds like you also saved him a boat load of cash, huh?

Rich: We sure did. Part of a semester of school for his kids.

Narrator: Alright, thanks for sharing this case study, Rich. I guess the moral of the story is this: If you think you need an expensive repair for a basement water problem, it’s probably a good idea to get a second opinion from a trusted basement water eradication expert like The Crackman, before you proceed.

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.


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