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If Foundation Cracks Are Large

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, February 06, 2010

MA, CT, RI Foundation Crack Repair

If a crack or cracks cover a significant portion of the foundation, or are too large to be filled properly with do it yourself compounds, you may have no other option than to hire an experienced repair service to address the issue. Always be sure that the company chosen is a reputable one and that they have received good reviews from friends, colleagues or family members that have used their services. The foundation of your home is very important to the structural stability of the home and if the foundation is compromised, the entire home could be in danger.

In many cases, the cracks in the concrete foundation will allow water to enter into the home, which can result in the growth of mold or fungi and can create health problems for the individuals in the home. If the mold is allowed to continue growing for a long period of time, it could result in a more hazardous situation and require a much more expensive clean up to be addressed.

The company that you choose should be polite, professional, and have experience in repairing concrete foundations and water leaks. To get the best value, the services of several different contractors should be compared and estimates should be obtained from each to compare prices and pros/cons. The cheapest price is not always the indication of the best value as some contractors will cut corners to lower their prices without lowering their profit. Most of the time, as we all know, you get what you pay for.

Leaky Basements - Why they Leak

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, January 30, 2010

Boston, MA - Providence, RI

From poured concrete foundations to monolithic, stone, block or tile basement walls, no basement is safe from water leaking through the basement walls, floor, and floor joist and then entering into your home.

Basements that leak water in through the joint where the floor and wall meet after a rain or snow melt are considered to be, the most common wet basements. More than 90% of the wet basements leak water from the walls and the joint where the floor and wall meet. Most basements rarely leak water up through the floor. Surface water collects and builds up in a pocket around the foundation causing hydrostatic pressure. Water then is forced through the joint where the floor and wall meet.

Is Basement Leaking or is it Condensation?

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, January 23, 2010

A simple quick test to determine if you are having a water leak through your foundation wall is to tape a piece of plastic or tin foil to the wall where you suspect water is coming in. Make sure you tape down all the sides, and then wait a few days. If beads of moisture have formed on the inside of the foil/plastic and between it and the wall, you have a leak coming through that wall. If there is moisture on the outside of the foil/plastic, your basement is suffering from a moisture problem.

Condensation is a result of too much moisture in the air. When there is too much moisture in your basement, the coolness of the walls pulls the moisture out of the air and the water droplets sit on the walls, metal, and other cool surfaces, creating a damp basement.

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