Well, listeners...today is milestone day as this is our 300th episode of the Crackman podcast. During these 300 episodes, we have covered in great detail how FlexSeal does an exceedingly poor job of stopping basement water leaks for the long term. So how about this...what if you paint the leaking area with waterproofing paint first and THEN apply the FlexSeal? It’s like double the protection, right?
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: Will a combination of FlexSeal and Waterproofing Paint stop water from coming into the basement?
Narrator: Well listeners, today is milestone day as this is our 300th episode of the Crackman podcast. Rich, congrats to you and Adam for sticking it out for so long. Can you believe it’s been nearly 8 years since our first podcast in February 2014?
Rich: It’s hard to believe but when you love the business, time goes by fast. I enjoy doing them.
Narrator: Great! Outstanding, Rich. During this 300th episode, you have covered in great detail how FlexSeal does an exceedingly poor job of stopping basement water leaks for the long term. So how about this, what if you paint the leaking area with waterproofing paint first and then apply FlexSeal. It’s like double the protection, right?
>Rich: Well, that’s what they have on a bag of fertilizer. How much you should put down per yard, more is not always better. We got two calls, and I actually got a recent call that combined both of them in Woburn, MA. FlexSeal may be great on certain things. I get the calls all the time about the FlexSeal on cracks in foundation walls. They call on me, I tried this and it didn’t work. It could work some other applications just fine.
I also get the calls where people had put that magic paint that they saw in these big-box stores that are supposed to stop water, and people are calling me because they tried it. They spent the money, they spent their time putting it on, and it’s not working. I had a call from Woburn, MA about a floor-wall seam in the basement that was leaking, and they’re telling me that they’ve tried to fix it. I said, could you send me some pictures. They sent me some pictures an I’ll forward these pictures to you. You can see it on the blog and podcast.
It’s a beautiful basement, they did a great job painting this basement with this waterproofing paint they told me. And then I see where the floor and the wall meet this black line on it, and I asked the people, is that FlexSeal? Yeah, that’s FlexSeal. And they even painted the floor, nice gray paint, and nothing stopped it so they call on us to fix it. And this happens to be, looks like a stone foundation, well it is a stone foundation that was painted. And what we’ve done there is we’ve chiseled some of that masonry away from the corner, and we put a crystallized quartz-based material in there and packed it, and that will stop the water from coming in. So, in my experience, as I’m getting the calls when things fail, waterproofing paint and the FlexSeal may not be the best way to handle things when it comes to leaks and basements.
Narrator: Well, thanks Rich. Thanks for that expert information, and congrats again for sticking with the podcast all these years, it’s really been a lot of fun doing it with you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.