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What is the Risk of NOT repointing a Stone Foundation wall?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 01, 2020

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: What is the Risk of NOT repointing a Stone Foundation wall?

Narrator: So Rich, for years you’ve been warning people not to let basement water problems get out of control, to deal with them before it gets too serious, right? So, can you give us an example of a time where someone let their stone foundation leak just a little too long.

Rich: Yeah, I certainly can. I had a call from a person in a part of Boston which is West Roxbury, and I know that their name sounded familiar and the address so I looked it up and lo and behold, we were out there probably a year or quarter ago and looked at the stone foundation, it was in pretty rough shape. And what I mean by that is they were getting some water coming in, the mortar in between the stones, especially in one corner was bad or non- existent, and they were on a hill. Well, being on a hill, the water just cascades down and hits that corner. Well these people are calling me now a year later, in a panic, and they actually had the foundation corner crumble in on them on the stone foundation. What had happened is the water was coming down, they had a downspout right near there too and it was just letting the water come down, down, down, and it eroded some of that water. There was no mortar in between the stones to help protect it and it crumbled, that corner had crumbled. And also what didn’t help the situation is the guy also told me that he started to dig for a perimeter drain in that area, that’s why they broke the floor and started doing it themselves and dig down to put a drain system in there, and this poor guy, now he’s got a see-through foundation in that corner. And he asked me about the insurance, and I said I don’t believe the insurance is going to cover it because this is a pre-existing condition and you made it worse by digging down in front of the stone foundation on the inside, which weakened it. So, now he’s checking with his insurance and if we’ve got to rebuild it a little bit, we’ll rebuild it. But if he had repaired the water from coming in by repointing, he wouldn’t be in this ___.

Narrator: Well, another DIY job gone bad, huh?

Rich: Certainly is.

Narrator: Alright Rich, thanks for explaining the risk of not repointing a stone foundation wall.

Narrator: 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 or call Adam or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email them at Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.

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