During the torrential rains of late summer and early fall, A1 Foundation Crack Repair was absolutely slammed with work fixing basement water problems. But it’s been relatively dry for the last month, so why would water still be flooding certain basements?
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: The torrential rains have stopped, so why is water still coming into my basement?
Narrator: So Rich, during the torrential rains of late summer and early fall, you guys have been absolutely slammed with work, fixing water basement water problems. But it’s been relatively dry for the last month or so. Why would water still be flooding certain basements?
Rich: That’s interesting you asked that question because I had a call in a town right near Boston, in Belmont. The call was from a woman a couple days ago, where she was telling me that she has a poured concrete foundation and she’s been getting water. And I started asking her more questions. I said, well, how long has it been coming in? It’s been coming in since we’re getting those heavy rains during the summer. And I said, well, has it stopped at all during this time period? She goes, no, it hasn’t stopped. It’s kind of unusual because we know the water table is going down a bit.
And I started to ask her some more questions, and one of the key questions that helped put this puzzle together for this poor woman in Belmont was, has there been any construction in the area or on the road? She goes, funny you say that. I said, why is that? She goes, well, they put in a new sewer and waterline in the street, and put a new waterline into my house too because the other one was old. And what I told her to do then is to gather the water – the freshwater coming in with a clean sponge and put some of those clean sponge in a clean container, and immediately take it down to the town water department to test it for chlorine or fluoride. Naturally they have town water there, not on a well, it’s town water and they had chlorine or fluoride. Well, she called me back all excited, and she goes, you figured out what it was. It was the town water that was leaking into her foundation because there was a leak in the pipe, and it was coming in not from a crack but from the seam between the floor and the wall. So the company that is doing the job with the water means for the town of Belmont, they’re coming in, finding that leak, fixing it, and then her leak will stop.
So she was very thankful that we figured out what the cause was. And she had said to me, why had other companies that came in, and what they want to do is to put drain systems – french drains crawling around into sump pumps and they charge me $6,000-$12,000. This was a discussion I had with her over the phone and we could help diagnose what it was. I’m happy to do it.
Narrator: Wow, I bet she was super happy that made that phone call to you, no?
Rich: Yup, she sure was.
Narrator: Well, excellent Rich. Thanks for clearing that question up on why water will still be coming into the basement. Bottomline, if you have a basement water problem, get it looked at by a professional if you want it diagnosed and fixed properly.
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 email@example.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.