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Why is my foundation leaking when it never leaked before?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 18, 2021

Modern homes are pretty well built and one can imagine how disconcerting it is to suddenly find a leak in the basement after never having had a leak before. The homeowner goes through a wide range of emotions and questions...the biggest one being, why is my foundation leaking?

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: Why is my foundation leaking when it never leaked before? A case study in Waltham, MA.

Narrator: So, Rich, modern homes are pretty well built and I can imagine how disconcerting it is to suddenly find a leak in the basement after never having had a leak before. I’m sure the homeowner goes through a wide range of emotions and questions, the biggest one being, why is my foundation leaking?

Rich: I’ve been getting this call all the time with all the rain that we’ve had. I was just on the phone before I was talking to you. A person in Waltham called me and asked me just that question. She’s been in the house 26 years and never had any water, and all of a sudden she’s having water, and she said that there’s been a crack in the foundation (the poured concrete foundation wall) for all those years and she never has had any water. Why is it coming in?

Well there’s a few reasons why. One, is the aquifer underneath the house and in the area changes. Each time they build a house there’s less place for the water to percolate to, so there’s more pressure. Also, that crack that is there, water gets into it, it freezes over the years, it opens it up wider, and wider, and wider. So eventually it will leak. I’m getting this call in Waltham, Lexington MA, all over New Hampshire, Providence, all over Rhode Island. This comes up all the time.

People have been in houses for 40 years and they’re calling me and saying, “how come it’s leaking now and it never leaked before”? Been getting calls from people telling me this, and it’s even worse when the house is flooding. People that are selling their houses, they’re having showings and the water’s coming in.

So, we can take care of them, we can stop that water from coming in, we can take care of it with a warranty that transfers to new owners. We do it with multiple methods, and I’d be more than happy to explain how these methods work in the situation that you may have.

Narrator: Thanks Rich for explaining why a foundation could suddenly start leaking when it has never leaked before.

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 info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.


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