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The Case of the Mysterious Soaked Carpet in a Finished Basement

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 21, 2019

In this episode, Adam Tracey (aka the “Crack Daddy) shares the story about the mysterious source of soaked carpet in a finished basement. Listen and enjoy!

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 for today’s podcast: The Case of the Mysterious Soaked Carpet in a Finished Basement.

Narrator: Today we are joined again by foundation crack repair expert, the “Crack Daddy” himself, Adam Tracey. Adam, you have a very interesting case study to share with us today, just like you did last week. Something about a mysterious water leak that soaked a customer’s finished basement.

Crack Daddy: Yes, we got a phone call from a man in Andover. A lot of time we’ll get these calls where owners will notice water coming in. They see water spotting on the walls. In this case it was in their daughter’s room. The room is down in the basement and the daughter noticed that there was some water in the corner of the room at the bottom of the house. So we pulled the carpet back and found that there was quite a bit of water under that carpet. We obviously needed to find the source of the water leak. So the first thing to do is to go outside and see if we can determine an obvious sign of the water leak source. We saw a few areas that may be a cause for concern.

Ultimately the owner had opened up some walls to find out where the flaw was. He some things in there that showed signs of water coming on over a period. So we said now that you think you’ve isolated the problem area, let’s run some water on the outside to confirm your findings.

But no water came in and we were initially confused as to why no water had come in from the outside. So a couple of days of testing went by and in the meantime we had a heavy rain. We saw water was coming in but it wasn’t coming in from the corner but rather way up the wall from the corner. So it was running down the wall to the corner because no floor is perfectly level.

Eventually we followed the leak far up the wall and into a space beneath the stairs in a long-forgotten crawl space. We found water emerging from a long-forgotten sump pump that had not had any attention for years. The sump pump was not working so we concluded this was a simple fix. We’d get in there and replace the broken pump. So we did that, closed the case, and everything worked fine for a couple of weeks.

We got a call a couple of days ago and he said he sees water coming in again. Come to find out that the water that was coming into the room, a milky white substance, which confused us because ground water is usually clear. So we returned to the sump pump pit and noticed the similar looking milky substance so we had to figure out where this was coming from. I asked if he’s had any construction going on in the house in the past couple of days. He said yes, he’s had a painter in the house recently. I asked him where is he washing his brushes which he answered in the upstairs tub. Sure enough, what was happening was that the water was getting underneath the floor and flooding the sump pump basin. So we called a plumber in who used a scope to confirm that the sewer line going out to the street was completely blocked. So it is not unusual to discover that water leaks are not foundational problems at all. Plumbing problems occur that often mask themselves as foundation problems.

Narrator: Wow, what a complicated problem and fantastic diagnosis. What if you had not had the white paint indicator. Do you have a process where you put die in the water to troubleshoot this type of thing?

Crack Daddy: The next step would have been to have a plumber come in and scope the plumbing lines. We had eliminated the foundation as the source of this problem.

Narrator: All right, Adam. Thank you for sharing this information about an interesting challenge that epitomizes A1 Foundation and Crack Repair’s service before self-attitude. 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.

Why am I getting damp patches in the corners of my foundation walls?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 14, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses the reasons for those pesky damp patches in the corners of your foundation’s walls. Listen and enjoy!

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 water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: Why am I getting damp patches in the corners of my foundation walls?

Narrator: So I know I mentioned Rich Comeras in the intro, but today we are in the presence of true greatness in the making, the Crackman’s son-in-law, Adam Tracey. So Adam, do we call you Crackman Junior, or do your kids have another name for you?

Crackdaddy: Well, my kids have decided to call me “Crack Daddy” since their grandfather is the Crackman. We decided that would be the best name at this time.

Narrator: All right, Crackdaddy it is. So Crackdaddy, or Adam, I understand you getting a lot of calls this time of year for mysterious water spots in basements. What can you tell us about them? Crackdaddy: As the summer month’s heated up and the humidity started to rise again, we get a lot of calls where home owners notice these damp patches in the corners of their basements where it is usually dry in there. They want to know what’s going on there. A lot of times what we find is that as the humidity starts to increase, people will open their windows and generally their basements will generally start to get more saturated with moisture. Because basements are generally below grade, you start to see those damp patches coming in because these foundation walls are much colder than the air surrounding them. Then you start to see some dampness on the walls. Beyond that you can have small cracks that come up from the corners of the foundation along the wall there which will compound the issue because you will have cold air that comes through. When you have cold air meeting moist warm air you’re going to have water showing up on the inside of the foundation.

Narrator: All right, so the obvious big problem there is the excessive amount of humidity in the basement. What can you do to reduce that humidity?

Crackdaddy: Well there are a few things that you want to do. Any sort of crack down there is going to allow cold air to get in from the outside. You also want to check windows and doors to make sure that they are properly insulated. Another thing that people don’t think about all the time is that they place the washer and dryer in the basement. You need to make sure that the dryer vent is properly installed so that you don’t have moist air from the dryer coming into your basement. That will heat up the basement and allow the moisture to collect.

Narrator: So you may think that it’s just a natural humid place, what can you do to reduce the humidity down there other than obviously closing windows and checking dryer vents? Is there something that you can install to reduce humidity?

Crackdaddy: Yes, absolutely. Again, we want to make sure that everything on the preventative side is taken care of so you mitigate any air coming through the other side. You then can install a dehumidification system to keep the humidity at an appropriate level. This will help prevent condensation buildup on the wall. You do not want to allow this humidity build up down there especially if you plan to refinish or occupy the basement.

Narrator: This will help prevent mold and all sorts of other bad things, right?

Crackdaddy: Yes, you want to make sure this issue is taken care of before you even think about your dream finished basement.

Narrator: All right, Adam. Thank you for clarifying why mysterious water spots will suddenly appear in basements this time of year. 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.

 

The Case of the Mysterious Basement Bedroom Water Leak in Quincy Mass

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 27, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how the Crackman employed the use of a golf ball to troubleshoot a homeowners water leak. Listen and enjoy!

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 water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: The Case of the Mysterious Basement Bedroom Water Leak in Quincy Mass.

Narrator: So Rich, it’s Crackman case study time once again, and you have one today that involves a golf ball?

Crackman: I got a call from the Principal of a school in Quincy. He was having water come into his daughter’s bedroom. It was in a corner of a finished basement. He opened up the wall a little bit and found no cracks. By the time I arrived, he had run water outside like had instructed him to do. He could not get any water to come in. Water was coming from somewhere, we had to find out where. We put a golf ball on the ground just to see which way it would run. We found out that the foundation was pitched so that water would run towards that corner where he was having problems. We went under the house and found a hole in the ground. A bolt from a pedestal sump pump had broken through. We determined that the pump was not pushing out enough water to keep from flooding the area. We put a submersible pump in and that solved the problem. We’ve had a lot of rain recently and that pump is doing fine keeping all the water out. He just now needs to repair the wall and he and his daughter will be back in business.

Narrator: You certainly have some interesting and clever trouble shooting techniques. 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.

Creative DIY Project Temporarily Fixes Water Leak in Boston Mass

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 19, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how a Boston area home owner applied a creative do-it-yourself project to temporarily fix his water leak. Listen and enjoy!

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 water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: Creative DIY Project Temporarily Fixes Water Leak in Boston Mass.

Narrator: So Rich, you sent me a picture that we definitely need to talk about. It looks like someone is using a big rubber container to capture water and pipe it down to a drain. Am I right?

Crackman: Your right. It was a leak that was coming from a small crack in between the seal plate and the concrete. Water was dripping not only in that one particular area but also the whole back of that building. It was a commercial building. The gentleman called me from Boston. Part of his problem was that the wood was below grade that sits on the concrete. He has asphalt up against it. What we had to do was take a look outside and what we found were cracks in the asphalt, somewhere between a quarter-inch and half-inch gaps. Asphalt does shrink. This of course lets water in and caused this problem. What we have is a flexible sealant that we put into that area and then we build an “asphalt skirt” that the water hits and allows it to naturally disperse. We had to do the whole side of the building.

Narrator: That’s a very interesting case. I keyed-in on something you just said, that the asphalt drinks. I can see in the picture that there is a bottle of Jack Daniels directly above the container. Is that part of the creative DIY solution that we’re talking about?

Crackman: I think it was necessary while he was trying to come up with a solution. By the way, I said asphalt shrinks, not drinks.

Narrator: Shrinks, OK!

Crackman: That’s how we solve these problems that we see all the time in both commercial and residential applications. Narrator: All right. Thanks for sharing another great case study. 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.

Homeowner Finds a Family of Snakes in Prized Shoe Collection

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 13, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how a woman allowed a family of snakes to enter her house via foundation cracks. Listen and enjoy!

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 water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: Homeowner Finds a Family of Snakes in Prized Shoe Collection.

Crackman: It was a woman in West borrow who called me up with panic in her voice. She said she has snakes in her basement. She proceeded to tell me that she has a shoe collection in her basement. She went down and found a little garden snake in her shoes. She was quite frightened by it. So I went down into her basement. Some of it was finished and some of it wasn’t. I noticed there were small gaps between the seal plate, which is the wood of the house, and where it rests on the concrete. I knew we had to seal those up for her. On the other half of her basement she had ceiling tiles. We had to move the ones that were near the outside walls. We sealed up small gaps and then we noticed right in the corner that there was a gap about the size of a cigar. When we looked we could see the snake skins. We knew we had found the entrance for these snakes. The lady called me up the next day and said that she could really sleep well now.

Narrator: I guess that would freak a lot of people out. I guess it could have been rats or mice in addition to the snakes.

Crackman: There certainly could be.

Narrator: Well, Rich, that’s a very interesting case study that everyone should be aware of. The lesson learned there is to plug those basement holes to keep the creepy crawlers out of your home. 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.

Three Critical Checks all Homeowners should do Before Summer

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 22, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses the basement checks all homeowners should do before summer. Listen and enjoy!

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 water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: Three critical checks all homeowners should do before summer.

Narrator: Rich, I don’t know if you’ve checked the outside thermometer but it’s beginning to look a lot like summer. What are some of the things that a homeowner should do now to protect it from the summer heat and thunderstorms?

Crackman: Well, the first thing you should check is your air conditioning unit. Have a professional check them out. Once it gets hot, your lucky if you get to see them in a month. Get it checked out by a pro. At a minimum, check the condensate tube for holes and clogs. That’s the tube that vents water out. Make sure that line is away from the foundation of the house. There’s usually a pump the size of a shoebox. You can fill that up with water to verify that it is getting pumped out.

The second thing you should look at is your gutters. During the summer we get heavy rains in a short period of time. You want to be sure that your gutters are clean, especially the down spouts. Make sure the down spouts vents water away from the house.

The third thing that you want to do is just take a walk around your foundation. Look at the stone or concrete above the grade and make sure there are no cracks or holes there. Look for mud tunnels that could indicate that you have termites. Do the same checks from inside your basement. If you discover any cracks or voides, inside or out, you need to get them repaired. We will do that for you with a warranty in most cases.

Narrator: Great information, Rich. Thanks for the reminder about what homeowners should be doing to be sure that they are ready for summer.

Narrator: All right, Adam. Thank you for clarifying why mysterious water spots will suddenly appear in basements this time of year. 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.

What Does Foundation Crack Repair Have To Do With Termite Control?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses how foundation cracks can threaten your home by offering termites easy access. Listen and enjoy!

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 founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: What Does Foundation Crack Repair Have To Do With Termite Control?

Narrator: So Rich, termites seem to find their way in through all sorts of small spaces. But foundation cracks? Their way to small for a termite to get through, no? Crackman: Oh no. They can find their way up. Just last month we had two houses where we were doing work and we found those mud tunnels in and around the foundation crack. So we notified the homeowner. You know homeowners like to play with things, and they knocked them off and they could see that there were active termites.

I spoke with a pest control company so that I could learn a little more about them. They did confirm that this is the time of year where they are active. They said sometimes you may see their little wings on your floor. If you see that little mud tunnel the size of your pinky going up a wall, you should get in touch with a pest guy. If it’s in a stone foundation, or a concrete foundation, it does not matter to the termite. They want to get though and go eat your house.

Narrator: OK, so it sounds like you need to call a guy like the Crackman to, otherwise they’ll just come back again.

Crackman: Correct. That’s just another entry into your house.

Narrator: Well, very interesting. It’s hard to believe that termites can squeeze through those tight basement cracks, but I guess they do. That’s a call to action for anyone with foundation cracks to seek the services of The Crackman to avoid the agony of termite infestation.

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.

The Case of the Mysterious Basement Water Leak

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses "The Case of the Mysterious Basement Water Leak". Listen and enjoy!

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 water proofing, 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 for today’s podcast: The Case of the Mysterious Water Leak

Narrator: So Rich, I don’t know if you realize this or not, but this is our 200th episode of “The Crackman Podcast”. What do you think of that?

Crackman: I can’t believe how time flies…it’s unbelievable.

Narrator: It sure has been a great ride and I congratulate you on your tenacity and your ability to come up with great content each and every week that we do this. Now for our 200th episode, I think we’re in store for a good old fashioned case study. What do you have for us today?

Crackman: Recently when we were having those heavy rains, we got a call from a woman who was having problems with basement waterproofing. She had water coming in a window of her finished basement. She had already opened up the wall a little bit but couldn’t see any water coming in. She had that spray-foam insulation. I asked her if she could see any cracks on the outside. The way that the land was, you couldn’t see the concrete above grade. She scraped away some of that and couldn’t find any cracks. She was in a state where she had to get this thing repaired.

The first step is to find out where the water is coming from. I went over to conduct an analysis on it. We ran water with a garden hose on the outside of that window and found nothing was coming in. I said let’s take the hose and spray around that window.

Now this was a nice basement vinyl window and within seconds of spraying the water was coming in. So, we knew the problem was associated with a failed water seal. She had a carpenter come over, take off the molding, and repair the seal. We’re more than happy to help people find the cause of problems even when they are not crack related.

Narrator: Well, that’s great Rich. Obviously people have said a lot of great things about you. In all your years of business there are tons of great reviews. You’re always willing to go the distance to get the homeowner the right diagnosis.

Congratulations on your 200th episode and thanks for sharing so many fascinating case studies over the years. 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.

Is my wet basement caused by a rising water table or excess rain?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 12, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses the common things that home inspectors routinely flag as foundational faults. These faults negatively affect home sellers by delaying closing or outright running interested buyers away from the home. Addressing foundation faults early will help you sell your home faster. Listen and enjoy!

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 founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s excellent 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 for today’s podcast: Is my wet basement caused by a rising water table or excess rain?

So Rich, It tends to rain a lot this time of year and this can cause water problems in the basement, no?

Crackman: It certainly can. A lot of people are calling us and asking us if this is due to the water table or is it the rain. It’s an interesting question. If you want to see if it’s the water table, what you can look at is sometimes, through cracks in the cement floor you will see water bubbling up. That tells you that it is a water table issue. Usually there is a clean out for a sewer. Sometimes there is a cutout around that pipe. If that has water in it, that also is a clue that you are in an area that does have a high-water table. What I mean by a water table is, they do this when they put septic systems in. They dig down with a machine and they seek where is the water table. The water table does not stay the same. It can rise and it can fall. That’s what we mean by the water table.

The question on whether it is the water table or the rain, a lot of times you’ll have wall cracks with leaks and it usually leaks where the floor and the wall meet. They’ll leak when it rains. This is clearly discernable from water table moisture.

In either case, the water table or the rain, the goal of the homeowner is to keep the water out of the house. If it’s a crack in the foundation it can be the floor or the bulkhead, there are all things that can be repaired. You may want to repair them, so you won’t have mold or mildew in the house and bring the value of the house down.

Narrator: OK, so if I understand you correctly, the ground is kind of like a sponge. Right? The sponge will soak up whatever water is underneath it and push that water up. So if the house is sitting on top of that sponge, and the sponge continues to absorb that water, it can actually push that water up into the bottom of the house. Is that right? Would that be a water table issue?

Crackman: That would be correct. That is a good example.

Narrator: So, the other problem that you talked about is where you have a problem above the grade, above the water table where water above the ground can seep down through gravity into cracks and things like that. Right?

Crackman: That’s right because water will always find the path of least resistance and often times that leads to the basement.

Narrator: All right, well I think that clears everything up. Thanks for clarifying the difference between a rising water table vs excess rain when it comes to a wet basement.

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.

Could Your Home’s Foundation Doom it’s Chances of Selling?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 12, 2019

In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks “The Crackman”) discusses the common things that home inspectors routinely flag as foundational faults. These faults negatively affect home sellers by delaying closing or outright running interested buyers away from the home. Addressing foundation faults early will help you sell your home faster. Listen and enjoy!

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 founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation’s excellent 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 for today’s podcast: Could Your Home’s Foundation Doom it’s Chances of Selling?

So Rich, you work with a lot of real estate agents, right? What are some of the things you’ve seen where a cracked foundation impacts the prospect of a sale?

Crackman: Often times what happens is the really good brokers do a walk through of the whole house. They know the things to look for in the basement because home inspectors are going to pick on those. They’d rather have things go smooth rather than have the deal stopped dead in its tracks. People will want to negotiate for thousands and thousands of dollars for things that may need to be repaired for hundreds.

One thing that we see all the time is stone foundations. With stone foundations, a lot of times the mortar between the stones breaks down. You can chip it with your pinkie. So often times we’re repairing stone foundations because we know the home inspectors are going to pick on that. People get scared and think that the house is going to fall down before they even put an offer in. Other things we see on poured concrete foundations, cracks in the foundation walls that allows water to come in. Again, people think that the house is going to fall down. Other things that we see that people get frightened about, you might have seen it on either concrete or stone blog walls in the basement is this white powdery, crystal looking material. All that is lime and minerals that have been pushed forward onto the surfaces. People think that it is mold. In fact is just fluorescence of the minerals. So you may want to wire brush that off.

Also what were seeing is home inspectors picking on temporary Lally columns, the ones with the screw jacks. Or steel Lally columns that are rusted at the bottom. The engineers tell us that you can loose up to a third of the strength. So we do install permanent Lally columns.

Narrator: Outstanding information, Rich. So if your in the market to sell your house, consider how your foundation can impact the sale of your home. Contact a pro like “The Crackman” if you see any of the issues that he described in this podcast.

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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