In this episode, the Crackman discusses the before and after pictures attached to the blog post about this episode. It shows an incredible repair job that rivals the toughest jigsaw puzzle you've ever seen. Check it out.
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: Stone Foundation DIY project goes bad in Attleboro Massachusetts
Narrator: The topic of today’s podcast: Stone foundation DIY project goes bad in Attleboro, MA. Well Rich, Crackdaddy sent me a ‘fore and after pictures of a stone foundation your team fixed. It’s pretty remarkable I got to say. It kind of looks like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. What happened here?
Rich: Well we got a phone call, and the guy sent us some pictures over in Attleboro. The corner of a foundation looked they could have been patched and he was having some problems with it. So we went out and fixed it for him. Especially corner of a foundation, it’s really important because it takes a lot of weight in these old houses. What had happened is that somebody, not the guy that owned it, the prior owner had patched it.
Now everybody thinks mortar is mortar, is mortar. Well, mortar is mortar, is not mortar. There’s all kinds of different strengths of mortar, and you have to know the right strength of mortar to use there. There’s S, there’s M, some people use hydraulic cement, all kinds of different things. Now, what had happened is they had patched this corner together with a mortar that was too strong, and it actually ended up blowing out that corner when there was some shifting because things didn’t move. Because foundations actually move a little bit. And so when we got there, that had pulled away and we had to rebuild that corner for him with the correct type of mortar. And with over 25 years of experience, we’re able to know what the right mortar is for that particular situation. So we’re happy to help this customer out. He was able to put his house under agreement, and to sell it.
Narrator: Okay Rich, thanks for sharing this case study of a DIY stone foundation repointing project gone bad. To get some moral of the story is, call the professional like the Crackman when it comes to your home’s foundation, it’s too critical if you allow it to crumble.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.