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641694 A COVID-19 Update from the Crackman <p itemprop="description">A1 just got a glowing review on Yelp that reads: They did a great job on fixing a crack we had in the seam of our basement wall. Very professional, well priced, and they took all meticulous precautions given the pandemic. I would recommend them highly! In this episode, the Crackman talks about the "meticulous precautions" aspect of that review and what they are doing to protect his team and his customers.</p> <center> <audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/c720aca39c5ed9ee9e54378ec45a73d51356134d.mp3" preload="none"></audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Man himself, Rich Comeras. This podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, 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&hellip;.your home. The topic of today’s podcast: A COVID-19 Update from the Crackman </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> The topic of today’s podcast: A COVID-19 Update From The Crackman. So Rich I just read a glowing review on Yelp that reads: “They did a great job on fixing a crack we had in the seam of our basement wall. Very professional. Well-priced. And they took all meticulous precautions given the pandemic. I would recommend them highly.” Well first of all, congrats on a great review. But let’s talk about the “meticulous precautions” aspect to that video. What are you doing to protect your team, and your customers? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Well first off, what we do when we take a call and we schedule a job, we tell the people we’re concerned about their health as well as our health. And if they can, to not go into the basement for a couple of days before we go in, because that virus dies after a couple of days. Then we tell them, “When we get to the property, we’re going to call you from the driveway to let you know we’re there.” And then what we’ll do is we’ll have the door unlocked to the basement, we go into the basement. They’ve already received by email the proposal when limiting contact, and then we go over. We call the people that are upstairs, we’ll do a chat on the phone and tell them what we’re going to do, again. And we do the job. We wear masks, eye protection, and gloves, at all times. And then we have them leave a check for us somewhere, we put it into our plastic bag. And we give them the warranty, we’d leave that in the basement. So we try to be socially responsible in these very difficult times that we do have. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well that’s awesome. Sounds like you know what you need to do to take care of your team and your customers. So how is that working for you? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> I’m getting a very good response from people. My team knows that we care about them as a family. And most people are very happy to see that we’ve taken the steps necessary to stop the spread of this dreaded enemy. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Alright Rich, well congrats again on a great review. And thanks for taking all the necessary precautions when helping homeowners out with their foundation crack repair problems. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>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 <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Adam or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email them at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 5/19/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641675 Home Insurance Video Series: Am I Covered With Insurance If My Neighbor's Tree Falls On My House? <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: AM I COVERED WITH INSURANCE IF MY NEIGHBOR’S TREE FALLS ON MY HOUSE? </p> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ud8Z8sbgZeU?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" width="750" height="420" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p><strong>Rich: </strong>Hi, I’m Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, also known as the Crackman. I’m here with Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. And we’ve had a few jobs that we’re of interest through the insurance situation, where a neighbor’s tree had fallen on the subject property and has damaged the foundation. Peter, could you give us an idea if it’s covered, not covered, and how much?</p> <p><strong>Peter: </strong>Absolutely. So, the neighbor’s tree falling on your house, it’s covered under your policy.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> That’s good.</p> <p><strong>Peter: </strong>Subject to your deductible. However, your neighbor’s tree, if you’re afraid that that tree, if you think it poses a threat to your house, if you think that it’s dying, or it’s diseased, or the branches are hanging over your house, you can actually go through your neighbor’s insurance company if a claim occurs, in that way you don’t get to claim on your record and you don’t have to pay your deductible. The key what you have to do is, I’ll actually tell you the story, because when you’ve been doing this as long as I have, you’re getting a lot of stories over the years. In the late 90s, I took on a new client, and she expressed to me. She said her neighbor’s tree is really growing more and more over their house, and she was concerned that with snow, or windstorm, that the branches, or the tree itself may come right into her home. And she asked me, “Would that be covered under my insurance or theirs? Shouldn’t it be theirs?” So what I had told her at the time was, if you can prove that you notified your neighbor that their tree poses a threat to your property, sent a certified letter. If down the road that tree does damage your property, you now have proof that you notified your neighbor. And if they don’t repair -- I mean if they don’t remove the tree, they neglected to rectify the situation, when that tree falls it’s now going to go under the liability part of their homeowners. So it keeps it off of your claim record, you don’t have to pay anything towards it. So, 10 years later in 2008 when we had that big ice storm, she called me around 7 o’clock in the morning. That tree fell into her house, into her bedroom where she and her husband were sleeping. Thankfully they were fine, and she, obviously saw it coming 10 years prior. And my first question, because I remembered our conversation, I said, “Joanne, did you send that letter? Do you have the proof?”, and she did. So sure enough, her adjuster for her company, I spoke with him. The two of us then went after the neighbor’s insurance company, and they paid every penny, nothing out of pocket for my customer, and she remains claims-free to this day.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> What a great story. So, if you’re afraid your neighbor’s tree is going to fall on your house, do a certified letter to them, let them know that you’re concerned about it. And if it does happen, the good news is you don’t have to pay anything. This is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, known as the Crackman, and Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. Thanks for listening. </p> <p> 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 <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/29/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641674 When is it time to install a sump pump in your home? <p itemprop="description"><strong>In this episode, Adam explains how some homes require permanent water pumps with automatic detection to deal with home foundations that sit beneath the land’s water table.</strong> </p> <center> <audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/cf5dcf194245d818f92ede00a6ebd7017e6dd169.mp3" preload="none"></audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Daddy himself, Adam Tracy. This podcasts provides expert&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, 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&hellip;.your home. The topic of today’s podcast: When is it time to install a sump pump in your home?</p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So, you have got your sleeves rolled up today, huh Adam?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Yes, we do. In fact, that will be a good topic because today we are installing a sump pump in a home over in Franklin.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Alright. Well as a sailor, I tend to think of a sump pump like a bilge pump. Water will always find the bottom of wherever it is at and collect to the lowest point and will eventually need to be pumped out. So, when do you know it’s time to install a sump pump in your home? When you find a lake in your basement?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Yeah, it’s a good analogy that you use there with it being like a bilge pump. The common misconception that people have though is that they are designed so that water will flow into it from the top. Really what we are trying to do is take the water pressure from underneath lower and making it so that it doesn’t push to any flaws in the foundation. A lot of times we will get the phone call from somebody saying, “I have a crack in my foundation, and I called up a company and they say I need a sump pump.” And a sump pump may not be the right solution for that particular issue, because a sump pump, while it does collect water from the top if you leave it open, it’s primary goal is to really take the water pressure off them lower.</p> <p>So, areas where you have a really high-water table, or you have water coming where the floor and the wall meet across a large portion of the foundation is a really good candidate for seeing a sump pump installation. In this home that we are in today, the gentleman had a bunch of floor cracks, and all around the floor cracks it would always have this dampness. He wouldn’t be getting a flooding of the basement, but he always had dampness around these floor cracks. Whether it was in the summer or in the wintertime, we always must determine if he has a high- water table in the area. And so, what we are going to do is we are going to break the floor, we’re going to dig down and set a pump that sits lower than the floor. And the idea of the sump pump is that you’re creating a natural low point for all of the water that’s already under the floor to go first rather than trying to force its way out through any cracks or where the floor and the wall meet.</p> <p>So it’s the first point in the area, way below where it becomes an issue to ruin your home, and you’ve take it out and you correct it safely outside. So, it’s a very good opportunity to use this in those kinds of situations.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Awesome. Well, thank you Adam for explaining when it’s time to install a sump pump in your home.&nbsp;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&nbsp; <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Adam or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email them at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/28/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh,install a sump pump 0 Joseph Coupal
641670 Home Insurance Video Series: Condominium Insurance - What You Need To Know Before You Buy <iframe width="750" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3Xud-Q4IIJI?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: CONDOMINIUM INSURANCE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, here with my friend Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. In today’s marketplace of real estate, there’s a lot of condominiums that are for sale and people are buying. And Peter, can you go over a little bit about condo insurance?&nbsp;&nbsp; Peter: Sure, I’d be happy to. So if you’re buying a condo or you own one, the very first thing you want to do, and that you want your insurance agent to ask you, is for a copy of the bylaws, so that they can read the insurance section of the bylaws. Every copy of bylaws for each different condo association can be different in regards to what the unit owner is responsible to insure as far as the structure itself, or the master policy of the association and what they’re responsible to insure. And I’ve seen cases where the bylaw state the unit owner is responsible from the studs in, and including fixtures such as cabinets and things like that. And I’ve read bylaws where the unit owner is not responsible for any part of the structure, whatsoever, they’re only responsible for their own person property. And a good example of that is a customer of mine inviting me to speak with the other unit owners in her complex, and a lot of them brought their policies. And I reviewed the insurance section of their bylaws with them, and it was amazing. They brought up their policies to me, one person had $5,000 for unit coverage, another one had $125,000, so the disparity between what they understood they needed and what they purchased was amazing.</p> <p>And all it takes is an experienced insurance agent to read the insurance section and to know this is what you need, and go from there.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Peter, and I know you are an experienced agent.</p> <p><strong>Peter: </strong>Well you can tell by my hair. Sure, yes.</p> <p><strong>Rich: </strong>Thank you very much, and I hope this is informative to buyers of condominiums or current owners of condominiums.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>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 <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/22/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,condominium insurance,waterproofing and concrete repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641651 Home Insurance Video Series: Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Foundation Damage Caused By Tree Roots? <div class="flex-video"> <iframe width="750" height="410" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AHJTA8g8N_c?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER FOUNDATION DAMAGE CAUSED BY TREE ROOTS? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, we take care of any foundation issues. I’m here with my friend, Peter from Marshall Insurance. And we’ve been getting calls and seeing issues caused by trees, but let’s start talking about the roots of the trees. We see roots that grow and it pushes in on the foundation and causes damage, cracks, and so forth. Is that covered under your homeowners insurance?</p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> No, that’s typically not going to be covered. For things that happen underground over time like that, the foundation, the damage to the foundation is not typically going to be covered. The coverage for foundations is limited because it’s exposed to so much more being underground. Things like, the roots growing into the foundation, or settling, or earth movement, or things like that, it won’t be covered.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Good to know. This is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair. If you have any questions with foundations or insurance issues, feel free to call myself, or Peter Marshall for the insurance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>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 <a href="A1FoundationCrackRepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/15/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641647 What is the difference between cement and concrete and why should we care? <p itemprop="description">In this episode we have the Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy, telling us the difference between cement and concrete. </p> <center> <audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/4cf06dde4593e7f09ea3f6668124ff9bda41adab.mp3" preload="none"></audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>It’s time once again for the “Crack Man Podcast” hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. I’m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy. This podcasts provides expert&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, 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&hellip;.your home. The topic of today’s podcast: What is the difference between cement and concrete? </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Adam, I have to admit that your father-in-law, The Crackman Rich, had a good laugh in my expense a few years back with my pronunciation of “cement”. I guess the accent is one of the big differences between northerners and southerners, am I right?</p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> That would be correct, in fact I had a smile come across my face when I heard you say it as well.</p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So I guess maybe another big difference is that I always thought that “cement” or cement and concrete were basically the same thing, but I’m guessing they’re not?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> They’re not and in fact it’s a very common misused term. You’ll see people say “Oh there goes the cement truck running down the road.” or “Watch out for the cement sidewalk, there might be a bump in it.” But cement is not concrete, and concrete is not cement, they’re two very different things.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Alright, well why don’t you tell us what the differences are.</p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Absolutely. So, cement is really the glue that holds concrete together. So, cement is a limestone based product, most commonly people would call as Portland cement, it’s one of the most commonly used construction materials in the world. And what the Portland cement or hydraulic cement is it’s the glue that holds concrete. Now, what is concrete? Concrete is a mixture of the cement, and aggregate, and water. The aggregate are going to be small and large stones which give the concrete structural strength to it. So the glue holds the stones together and the water activates the cement to pack this glue actually holds everything together. </p> <p>So, a lot of times when people will say, “So we’ll just put some cement in there.” Well, cement is the glue and the concrete is the finished product with all the different things that are in there. So a lot of times we’ll use hydraulic cement in crack repairs to help use the injection material work its way to the outside. But the hydraulic cement’s purpose is really just to hold the material in, it doesn’t actually repair the wall which is a concrete wall. So a lot of times people would go down the hardware store and they’ll get hydraulic cement because they think it’s a water-stopping solution. And while it does cover up a crack or a hole, it does not actually provide a long-term solution because there’s no flexibilities in cement, it’s actually rigid once it cures and think of it like a hard glue, because that’s exactly what it is. And then when the walls move, they won’t move within it so it opens up again over time, just like if you were to take a piece of paper and have a hard piece of glue that has cured on it and started crinkling it up, it would crinkle with it just the same as the wall does. So we have there, it’s a big difference between cement and concrete and while the words are used interchangeably, they do mean very differently.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well, I guess you learn something new every day. Well, thank you Adam for telling us the difference between cement and concrete. I’ll work on my pronunciation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Thanks Adam for telling us everything we need to know about concrete footings.&nbsp;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&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email them at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/14/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641639 Home Insurance Video Series: Does Homeowner's Insurance Cover Sewer Pipe Damage Caused By Tree Roots? <div class="flex-video"> <iframe width="750" height="420" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/myQyiheGwtQ?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER SEWER PIPE DAMAGE CAUSED BY TREE ROOTS?</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, I’m here with my friend, Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. And a question that comes up here and there is in reference to trees, tree roots cause problems with foundations, and we know that’s not covered, you had mentioned in an earlier segment, what about tree roots that go into sewer pipes outside, is that covered?</p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Very good question, very timely question. So the standard homeowner’s policy, it wouldn’t be covered. Tree roots growing through service lines of any kind in your yard, and the excavation costs and repair costs associated with that would not be covered. Now, more and more insurance companies are offering what’s called service line coverage, and it’s relatively inexpensive, typically under $100 per year.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> It’s pretty good.</p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Yeah, and those costs associated with if the tree roots grow through the sewer line, the excavation, the landscaping once the repairs are made, the cost of the repairs, all of that is covered for relatively short money.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> One thing I recently found out in reference to this, is that there is a service where you don’t have to dig up the line, they can actually reline that existing sewer pipe and it will save your landscaping, and save some money too.&nbsp; Peter: Wow.</p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> So consider that also. This is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, I’m with Peter Marshall. If you have any insurance problems or questions, get a hold of Peter from Marshall Insurance. Foundation issues, talk to the Crackman from A1 Foundation Crack Repair. Thank you. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>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 <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/8/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh,Home Insurance Video Series 0 Darren Kincaid
641629 What is a concrete foundation footing and why should you care? <p itemprop="description">In this episode, we have the Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy, with us and he explains everything we need to know about concrete foundation footings. </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/6c1927a03f1f9c336dc891037f877d9464952e6c.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>Narrator: Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. I&rsquo;m Darren Kincaid here with the Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy. This podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: What is a concrete foundation footing and why should you care? Today we have the Crack Daddy, Adam Tracy with us and he is going to tell us everything we need to know about concrete foundation footings. So, Adam, have we always had concrete footings in home construction? </p> <p>Adam: No. Actually, in the grand scheme of home building there are a relatively few pieces of the foundation. If we look back at stone foundations, they obviously did not have a footing. What they did was just widened out the stone wall at the base to take some of the load of the house that&rsquo;s going to be put on top. The idea of a footing is really to spread the load or the weight of the house into the soil, so that way we don&rsquo;t have estimate settling cases and they have a flat platform to build on. </p> <p>The newer construction with concrete, as of somewhere in the late 70&rsquo;s into the early 80&rsquo;s, it became required in most jurisdictions where you have frost, or potential for frost, and when you have that they ended up basically pouring a 2-foot (generally) by 1-foot rebar. Rebar is steel reinforced footing that will be at or below the frost line. Once that sets up then they pour a concrete wall on top of that. </p> <p>Once that sets up they then pour the floor that basically meets between the footing, the wall, and the floor. Now what happens with those is they end up settling even a little bit. A lot of times they&rsquo;re in a gravel bag and the gravel bag gets compacted in order to take the weight of the house and all the construction materials on top. The challenge is that sometimes they settle, and when they do settle this is typically when we&rsquo;ll see the most garden variety of foundation wall cracks but you get settling crack. Now, construction is mostly meant to avoid that but oftentimes it just happens because the weight of the house starts to further compact with soils and it drops lower. Now prior to the current constructions there&rsquo;ll be no footing, or just the gravel bed, and so we see a lot of issue in houses that are earlier vintage concrete that have more significant cracks because they didn&rsquo;t have a platform to spread the weight of the house out into the gravel bed. </p> <p>Narrator: Thanks Adam for telling us everything we need to know about concrete footings. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email them at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry. </p> 4/6/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641630 How Does Submitting A Claim Affect My Future Homeowners Insurance Coverage And Premium? <div class="flex-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NOWdTHnbfzA?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="750" height="420" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: HOW DOES SUBMITTING A CLAIM AFFECT MY FUTURE HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVERAGE AND PREMIUM? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, I&rsquo;m here with Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. And, I&rsquo;m in basements all the time, and people do have some issues, and they think about putting claims in with their insurance company, and the question that comes out is if I put it in a claim, is my insurance premium going to go up or is the insurance company going to drop me as a customer? </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Good question. So typically, they&rsquo;re not going to drop you as a customer. If they see a frequency issue, a number of claims within a short amount of time, then they may non-renew you. But if it&rsquo;s your first or second claim, then no, they&rsquo;re not going to drop you. But it is going to impact your premium. Every insurance company we work with offers a claim-free discount, and that can be anywhere from 5%-20% off of your premium. So it can be a significant savings each year. Most of the insurance companies offer this discount for as long as you don&rsquo;t have a claim, and they look back 5 years, some look back 3 years. But if you have a claim, if there&rsquo;s a $1,000 worth of damage and you have a $500 deductible, what you need to look at, what I talk my customers through is, &ldquo;Ok, if we file the claim today, I&rsquo;m going to get $500 after my deductible to apply to the damage. What is that going to do to my premium for the next 5 years?&rdquo; And if your claim-free discount is over $100 a year, then it&rsquo;s not going to be worth it to file the claim, because you&rsquo;re getting $500 today versus saving well over $500 by keeping that claim-free discount on your policy. But if it&rsquo;s a significant claim, you absolutely want to file it right away. And yes, you&rsquo;ll take the hit on your premium, but you also don&rsquo;t have to write that big check today to repair the damage. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Peter, good to know. And for anybody out there, if you do have any insurance problems or questions, feel free to pick up the phone and call Peter from Marshall Insurance. Thank you. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 4/1/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641590 Home Insurance Video Series: How Much of a Deductible Should I Have on My Homeowners Insurance? <div class="flex-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/g3g1pwEuZ6c?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="750" height="410" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: HOW MUCH OF A DEDUCTIBLE SHOULD I HAVE ON MY HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE? </p> <p>Rich: Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, I&rsquo;m here with Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. And we&rsquo;re going over a question that often comes up, or should come up, is how do I determine how much of a deductible I should have on my homeowner&rsquo;s insurance? </p> <p>Peter: It&rsquo;s a great question and I get asked it often. Back when I started in the industry, in the mid-90s, some people had a $250 property deductible on their homeowner&rsquo;s. We really don&rsquo;t see that anymore; over time it increases. The standard for years has been $500, but more and more, I&rsquo;d say over the last 10 years or so, I&rsquo;m having customers opt for $1,000, and that&rsquo;s -- we&rsquo;re almost getting to a point where that&rsquo;s more the standard deductible. And the reason is, and what I talk my customers through is, you need to look at the savings to go from a $500 to a $1,000 deductible. And I tell them, we need to look at the breakeven point. If the savings on the premium to go with a higher deductible occurs within 2-3 years, you&rsquo;re probably going to want to go with the higher deductible, because odds are, you won&rsquo;t have a claim in the first 2-3 years. And if you don&rsquo;t, after that you&rsquo;re ahead of the game. Now, the premium savings, money in your pocket has exceeded that $500 increase that you might have to pay if you have a claim. So that guaranteed savings on the premium versus something you might have to pay if you have a loss. It&rsquo;s worth it in most cases, to go with a $1,000, not always, and it&rsquo;s something to look at closely. Great question. </p> <p>Rich: Thank you, Peter. And if you have any insurance issues, feel free to call Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 3/25/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh,home insurance,A1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc 0 Joseph Coupal
641553 COVID-19 and Foundation Crack Repair <p itemprop="description">The Crackman discusses how critical services like water proofing and crack repair continues on during the ongoing threat of COVID-19. </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/cb3d47109b63d90326febd34d46f80ae37541aba.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. I&rsquo;m Darren Kincaid here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 25 years&rsquo; experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: COVID-19 and Foundation Crack Repair? </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So Rich, the entire country has been impacted by this COVID-19 virus. Schools and restaurants are being shut down, and people are cowering in fear within their homes waiting for the nightmare to end. How are you balancing important services like water proofing and foundation crack repair while ensuring that concerns of your customers are being addressed? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> We&rsquo;re very concerned about our customers along with our employees. <br /> What we&rsquo;ve done is equip each truck. We have disinfectant wipes that they use before they go into your house. We always use latex gloves. We wipe doorknobs or anything else that they may directly touch. We keep safe distances between our customers as instructed by the government. We&rsquo;re going into customer spaces usually through a bulkhead or through a passage door that goes directly into the basement. So, we&rsquo;re really not involved in direct contact with them. </p> <p>Our proposals and other things are emailed and signed electronically. So when our guys get back to the truck, they&rsquo;re wiping everything down within the truck being fully aware of the threat of the spread of this thing. If anyone shows signs of a sniffle, cold, or sore throat, they are not going out on the road. So, all of us Americans, we will get through this and we hope everyone out there is healthy and helping us get through this. I really appreciate the business that you folks have given us and we will continue to be here to serve you with your foundation and crack repair needs. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Great, that&rsquo;s awesome. Obviously if you have a leaky basement or if you have some issues with water getting into the basement, that is not something that you want to postpone, right? You want to make sure those issues are dealt with immediately and you can do so safely by working with a professional like yourself as your taking all precautions possible as it relates to this virus. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> That&rsquo;s correct. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Awesome. Well, thanks Rich for explaining how your dealing with the COVID-19 virus pandemic and thanks for all that you do to correct basement problems and for taking care of all the people around you. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a>&nbsp;or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email <a href="mailto:rich at info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">rich at&nbsp;info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry. </p> 3/20/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641546 The Mysterious Garage Floor Foundation Water Leak <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/b33f198ec59d745c55e2b4de94ef3883aa9bc2e6.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description"><strong>We have covered a wide variety of interesting case studies on this podcast.&nbsp; This episode covers one that was pretty out there. Take a quick listen. </strong></p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Narrator: &nbsp;It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackdaddy &ldquo;Adam&rdquo;. This podcasts provides expert&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: A Crackman Case Study: The Mysterious Garage Floor Foundation Water Leak. We have Crackdaddy here with us today. Happy new year, Adam. </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Happy new year to you as well. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>&nbsp;So, Adam, we are recording episode number 221 today, and we have covered a wide variety of interesting case studies. I understand you have one today that is pretty out there huh?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Yeah, this one was kind of a unique situation. We&rsquo;re at a house and the way this house is set up is you have the main foundation pour, and then you had an attached garage.They&rsquo;re almost like two boxes of foundations poured next to each other. The garage floor is at the first floor level. So underneath the garage floor where they pour the foundation to support the garage is all just crushed stone and gravel, sand, and clay. Everything else set down to the footing. And on the opposite side of the wall where the garage meets, it goes into the basement. So the basement wall down in the foundation shares a common wall with the foundation wall for the garage, but on the other side of that wall is nothing but basically stones, rocks, and dirt. <strong>Narrator: </strong>Alright so if I am understanding you correctly, Adam, that shouldn&rsquo;t really leak, right? I mean there&rsquo;s no correlation between the two. </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Yeah, in most cases when you have a shared wall like that, you have basically another foundation to prevent any water coming off rooflines. And those cracks, while they should still be repaired to keep the integrity of that wall together, most times they&rsquo;re not leaking. In this case, it was a leaking crack, which was a kind of a rarer type of crack that leaks on these common walls with another foundation poured around it. And what happened in this house is that I walked around the property, it was pretty clear what was going on. They were on a pretty steep hill, and most of the water that comes towards the garage level is coming downhill, down the driveway, into where the garage area is. It wasn&rsquo;t leaking into the garage and then into the foundation, what was happening is that the water was easily collecting in this raceway of the road and the driveway, and funneling into the property, which really raised the water table significantly, more so than it would on a normal rainstorm. So, as the water table rose, the gravel bed that&rsquo;s underneath the concrete floor of the garage became super saturated. Under normal conditions, that&rsquo;s not a big deal because there&rsquo;s nothing there for it to leak into. But because the foundation was poured directly adjacent to that, it was coming into the basement of the house. So, we had water coming in from the outside on a crack which you couldn&rsquo;t see because it was underground, and there was a garage on top of it. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Well, so obviously you were able to fix the cracks and the leaks and things like that, but it sounds like there&rsquo;s a long-term issue that had to be corrected. What do they do to fix the long-term issue of that grade in the water table and everything else? </p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Yeah, we were able to repair the crack through our injection process, which we do for most other leaking foundation cracks. Unfortunately, can&rsquo;t regrade the property, it was too severe. But what we recommended to them is to look at putting in a trench drain at the front of the garage opening, so that way they could collect the rainwater coming from the driveway and they could safely put it into a dry well in the property away from the foundation to keep it a little bit dryer underneath that foundation area. Narrator: Wow, very interesting. Alright, well thanks for sharing this fascinating case study, </p> <p><strong>Adam. </strong>&nbsp;If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.</p> 3/18/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641536 Case Study: Why am I suddenly starting to get Foundation Wall Cracks after 20 years? <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Crackman Rich Comeras discusses how homeowners are perplexed that after 20 years of faithful service, their home&rsquo;s foundation suddenly reveals cracks. One can imagine the first sign of cracks is cause for concern...people worrying that their house is about to crumble down. Rich explains how foundation wall cracks can suddenly appear after 20 years and what can be done about them. </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/38bb25ff4f458067fc830988ce0b129736e44e02.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. I&rsquo;m Darren Kincaid here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 25 years&rsquo; experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: Why am I suddenly starting to get Foundation Wall Cracks after 20 years? </p> <p>So Rich, you are telling me about some regular calls you&rsquo;re getting where people are complaining that their foundation walls, walls that have been pristine for years are suddenly showing signs of cracks. I can imagine that the first sign of cracks is cause for concern, you know, people worrying that their house is about to crumble down. What&rsquo;s happening here? </p> <p>Rich: Well it&rsquo;s funny that we&rsquo;ve been getting them now, this time of year. And I believe the reason we&rsquo;re getting them is because we&rsquo;ve had a lot of some snowstorms, we&rsquo;ve had some warm weather, some melt, we&rsquo;ve had some cold weather and freezing. And all this water when it melts, goes into the soil, and then it freezes, and it expands. Now concrete&rsquo;s very strong being pushed down, but when it&rsquo;s being pushed in towards the foundation, the soil pushing in on it, it&rsquo;s not that strong. So, it&rsquo;s the freeze-thaw cycle with the addition of rain and freeze is causing this. </p> <p>It also can be caused because as simple as a heavy piece of equipment is going down the road and the grounds are frozen and you get vibrations in the area, which would increase the vibration, and people are getting cracks. Now we&rsquo;re getting calls not just from Massachusetts, but from Rhode Island, New Hampshire, as well as Connecticut with this issue. And it&rsquo;s based upon, and tracking it to the weather that&rsquo;s happening. Now when they call, people call they are concerned, again, that their house is going to fall down. In most of these situations, it&rsquo;s just what we call a settlement crack and they&rsquo;re probably less than a quarter of an inch wide and they do go from top to the bottom of the foundation. Houses aren&rsquo;t going to fall down, let me reassure you that. But they need to be repaired because it can allow cold air coming in, water coming in, insects and rodents to come in, along with the moisture that causes mold/ All of this can affect your health. So, we have offered this service for over 25 years now that does a repair on these cracks on the inside, no need to dig, and it comes with a written transferable warranty. So, if anybody has any questions, feel free to call or send a picture to us. </p> <p>Narrator: Well thanks, Rich for explaining how foundation wall cracks can suddenly appear after 20 years and what can be done about them. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry. </p> 3/18/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641550 Home Insurance Video Series: If a Tree on my Property Damages My House, Am I Covered by Insurance? <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="679" height="382" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yx1VCIgqilM?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: IF A TREE ON MY PROPERTY DAMAGES MY HOUSE, AM I COVERED BY INSURANCE? </p> <p><strong>Rich: </strong>Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, known as The Crackman. I&rsquo;m here with Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance, and a question that does come up is if a tree that is on my property falls on my house, am I covered? </p> <p><strong>Peter: </strong>Yes. Yes, your homeowner&rsquo;s policy is going to cover the cost associated with removing the tree and make any repairs to the house, that were a result of the tree hitting the house. And something else to keep in mind, if a tree falls on your property and doesn&rsquo;t hit a covered structure, like a shed, or the house, you can still have coverage to pay for the removal of the tree. It&rsquo;s not included in the standard homeowner&rsquo;s policy, but it can be added very inexpensively, and it&rsquo;s typically included in a package of additional coverage that most homeowner&rsquo;s insurance companies offer. So for a relatively small amount of money, you get a whole package of additional bell and whistle coverages, I like to call them. So if the cost to remove the tree that didn&rsquo;t hit the house is $300, $500, you&rsquo;re not going to have to pay that out of pocket.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> That&rsquo;s good to know. And I know from experience anytime you have a tree guy come out, that&rsquo;s going to cost you $1,500-$2,000. Peter: Yup. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> So Peter, very good information. And thanks for listening. I&rsquo;m Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair and with Peter Marshall of Marshall Insurance. So if you have any questions for insurance or foundation issues, feel free to give us a call. Thank you.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 3/18/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,home insurance,home insurance foundation crack repair ma ct ri nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641516 Home Insurance Video Series: If Water Comes Into Your Basement, Will Insurance Cover It? <center> <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="750" height="420" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p2_yIfAdQ7s?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></div> </center> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: IF WATER COMES INTO YOUR BASEMENT, WILL INSURANCE COVER IT? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, thanks for joining us. I&rsquo;m Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, I&rsquo;m here with Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance Company, answering questions about insurance and foundations that can save you a lot of money. Peter, the first question I&rsquo;d like to ask you is if water does come into your basement, is your insurance covering -- going to cover the damage in repair? </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> If water comes in -- if it&rsquo;s surface water, that excess surface water that doesn&rsquo;t drain properly and comes into the house through the foundation, the homeowner&rsquo;s policy is not going to cover that. You would need flood insurance to cover that. And with flood insurance, not every time they&rsquo;re surface water is it considered a flood. So, the definition of flood in a flood insurance policy is that it needs to either inundate more than two acres of land, or two or more contiguous lots to meet the definition of a flood. So, flood insurance would be the way to go but it&rsquo;s not always going to be covered, it must meet those few requirements in a flood policy. But the homeowner&rsquo;s is never going to cover surface water. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> And I understand flood insurance can get kind of pricey. Peter you gave us some great information on water infiltration, and is it covered by insurance. Thank you very much. vPeter: Thank you. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 3/11/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641515 Case Study: Snow Banks and Sill Plates...Do I need to Worry about Basement Water? <p itemprop="description">In this episode, we have Crack Daddy, Adam, with us to talk about a particularly pesky basement water problem a lot of people contact him about. Adam explains how freezing water around your home's sill plate can cause basement water problems. </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/ed9b177848ab086d36afe771042fb54455da4edf.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackdaddy, Adam Tracy. This podcasts provides expert&nbsp;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: Snow Banks and Sill Plates...Do I need to Worry about Basement Water? </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Do I Need to Worry About Basement Water? Today we have Crack Daddy Adam with us to talk about a particularly pesky basement water problem a lot of people contact him about. Why don&rsquo;t you tell us about them, Adam.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Yeah since we are in the winter months and snow appears right here in the northeast, sometimes we have a very short section of concrete that&rsquo;s above the ground level. A lot of times in the wintertime people will start pushing snow against their house to clear their paths, and all of a sudden find out during the warmer days in the winter that they&rsquo;re starting to get water in the basement. Whether it&rsquo;s a finished basement or unfinished basement, I try to figure out where it&rsquo;s coming from. </p> <p>When we get this call, often it&rsquo;s diagnosing where the water is actually trying to come in from. Now we know that if it&rsquo;s coming in from a crack or a tie rod or a pipe penetration, that&rsquo;s something that&rsquo;s easily repaired under the things we normally do. What a lot of times we&rsquo;ll see the water coming up and over the top of the concrete from the basement. So, when you&rsquo;re in your basement, you&rsquo;re looking at the top of the concrete. You&rsquo;ll see water coming down from the top of the concrete or the wood. </p> <p>Now the wood that attaches to the concrete is called your sill plate. That basically is the bottom structure of the lumber for the house so everything that is built on top of that gets anchored into the sill plate which gets anchored into the concrete foundation. Now on the outside of the house, that&rsquo;s supposed to be properly flashed, and the flashing is supposed to be able to direct the water away from the house and not meet that sill. Because you have wood in contact with concrete there&rsquo;s an actual little gap there, and so any water that&rsquo;s able to get underneath and into that gap will eventually come through that sill plate and into the foundation. </p> <p>So, we direct people that see the sill plate starting to be compromised, water coming up and over the edge there, they&rsquo;ll ask us &ldquo;What do you do&rdquo;? The direction from us is to consult with a handyman or a carpenter or a siding company to evaluate the flashing on the outside first, because that&rsquo;s your first line of defense. The other thing they would want to do is to obviously, not pile snow off right up against the foundation walls in the house itself. And the third thing is, for a longer-term application, is to see what you can do about grading so that you give yourself enough space between the wall and the siding. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well thanks Adam. Those are excellent tips and appreciate you explaining how freezing water around your home&rsquo;s sill plate can cause basement water problems.&nbsp; If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>.. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.</p> 3/9/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641510 Home Insurance Video Series: Is A Home's Foundation Damaged By Lighting Covered By Insurance? <div class="flex-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VOgK_9i_XTs?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="750" height="420" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss: IS A HOME&rsquo;S FOUNDATION DAMAGED BY LIGHTNING COVERED BY INSURANCE? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair with my friend, Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. And I&rsquo;ve been in the business for over 25 years, I&rsquo;ve probably seen about 8 or 10 of these situations where a house was struck by lightning, and the lightning bolt came down through the house, to the foundation, and cracked it. Now Peter, if that happens, is a person covered under a regular homeowner&rsquo;s insurance? </p> <p><strong>Peter: </strong>Typically, regarding homeowner&rsquo;s insurance, when you hear lightning, yes. Whatever the loss is, whatever the damage is, it&rsquo;s going to be covered, and that is true for the foundation as well. The foundation is limited as far as what it is covered against. For example, settling, shrinking, things like that, bulging, cracks that develop over time from settling, that&rsquo;s not going to be covered. Property insurance is really designed for sudden and accidental types of losses. So, anything that occurs over time, which, foundations especially are subject to being underground most of the time, is not going to be covered. But something sudden and accidental, like lightning is going to be covered. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> I do see also occasionally, a car going out of control and hitting a foundation and causing damage. So that&rsquo;s covered, isn&rsquo;t it? </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> It is, yes. And if the person driving the car is not the homeowner, it would be that person&rsquo;s auto insurance, their liability on their auto that would pay for it. If the homeowner drives into their own house, yeah it would still be covered, subject to their property deductible. </p> <p><strong>Rich: </strong>Peter, very interesting to know and I hope nobody runs into this problem. But if you do, there&rsquo;s a foundation company that I know that can take care of it, A1 Foundation Crack Repair. Thank you very much. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit </p> <p><a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 3/4/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1FoundationCrackRepair.com,home insurance foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641502 Home Insurance Video Series: Is Sump Pump Failure Covered By Your Standard Insurance Policy? <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="750" height="420" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WBkwO97cesU?list=PLaISh4mcKO7Q-TUJWfnx3yJalr8o0EZCK" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></div> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss if sump pump failure is covered by standard insurance policies. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, here with my friend Peter, Peter from Marshall Insurance. Peter Marshall, that is. And we&rsquo;re going to talk about sump pumps, why sump pumps are good, and an unknown fact that you can get a writer on your homeowner&rsquo;s insurance. One, sump pumps are great because the idea of a sump pump is to take water out from underneath your floor. Peter, can you give us some information on sump pump insurance? </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Sure, yeah. So, <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump failure</a> is not covered by the standard homeowner&rsquo;s policy. But it can be endorsed as you said, the endorsement is relatively inexpensive, typically $35-$60, $70, depending on the insurance company. But what that will do is if your sump pump fails, and the water does back up into the house, then you have the coverage. And you just need to make sure that the limit you have on the endorsement is sufficient. For instance, if you have a finished basement, you don&rsquo;t want to go with $5,000, probably as far as the limit of insurance, you want to go with 10, 15, $20,000. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Peter, very good information for anybody that&rsquo;s considering a sump pump or has a sump pump. Please let your insurance agencies know so you can have that coverage. Pete, thank you very much. Thank you. </p> <p>If you have a <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water problem</a> and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com.">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry.</p> 2/26/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement water problem,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,sump pump failure 0 Joseph Coupal
641492 Home Insurance Video Series: What is the Difference Between Replacement Cost And Depreciated Wall? <center><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBkwO97cesU"><img alt="" src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/WBkwO97cesU/maxresdefault.jpg" style="width: 100%; max-width: 800px;" /></a></center> <p itemprop="description">The Crackman, Rich Comeras, as a public service, shares common questions that homeowners have regarding a wide range of homeowner insurance coverages. Today he is joined by his friend, Peter Marshall, from Marshall Insurance where they discuss the difference between replacement and depreciated value. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Hi, this is Rich from A1 Foundation Crack Repair, here with my friend, Peter Marshall from Marshall Insurance. Thanks for being here.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Thank you. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> A question that comes up regularly is, as it relates to insurance is, what is actual replacement cost versus depreciated value replacement cost. Tell us the difference and what people should look for, and look out for, and be aware of. </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Sure. So nowadays, the standard homeowner&rsquo;s policy covers the house on a replacement cost basis. And what that means is they&rsquo;re not accounting for depreciation, it&rsquo;s whatever the cost is to rebuild the house today, to put up the same house that was there prior to the loss, whether repairing the damage with similar materials as were there before the loss. With actual cash value there&rsquo;s depreciation, so if the house is 20 years old and the house burns to the ground, you&rsquo;re not going to get the full replacement cost, the cost of labor and materials to rebuild the house. What you&rsquo;re going to get is that, minus 20 years&rsquo; worth of depreciation. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> It&rsquo;s kind of like, you buy a piece of wood, a 2x4 for $4 or $5 today, back when the house was built it was only $2. There&rsquo;s a difference in price and it equates also to the replacement of the house. </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Correct. Right. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> So, you want to make sure you would have replacement cost. </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Yeah, and if you are with a standard insurance company, such as Travelers, or Safety, Norfolk &amp; Dedham, you&rsquo;re automatically going to have replacement cost on the dwelling. It&rsquo;s not a question. The only time you wouldn&rsquo;t have replacement cost, is if you are with a non-standard company. And the only time you would be with a non-standard insurance company is if there&rsquo;s an issue with the home, such as, it suffered damage and you never repaired it, or the electrical system hasn&rsquo;t been updated, or the roof needs to be repaired, then you can&rsquo;t get standard insurance and then you would likely have actual cash value. </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Sounds good. Thank you for your information, Peter. </p> <p><strong>Peter:</strong> Thank you, Rich.&nbsp; </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com ">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for watching and keep that basement dry. </p> 2/18/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641485 Case Study: The Case of the Squirting Stone Foundation <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/14cb219f6fccb2e612a5d9392c68ffda4cd8ec1a.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description"><strong>In this episode, Rich, shares a crazy case study about a video that Crack Daddy &ldquo;Adam&rdquo; sent over. If we didn't know any better, we'd think they were trying to fill a swimming pool with the volume of water streaming into the basement. The customer was grateful that A1 Foundation Crack Repair was able to save them from sinking. </strong></p> <div class="flex-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gR_oUeBfK3o" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="750" height="415" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: The Case of the Squirting Stone Foundation. So Rich, I caught the video that Crackdaddy Adam sent over and if I didn&rsquo;t know any better, I&rsquo;d think that they were filling up a swimming pool in that basement. Am I right? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Well &hellip; swimming pool in the basement. Got a call from a woman that has tried quite a few things to stop the water from coming in. First of all, she had a stone foundation and she got the idea because she saw, in one of the big box stores, this paint that you can put on and it will stop water. It says, anyway. Well it doesn&rsquo;t stop much. So, she put that on and it looked beautiful. It went well in the basement but she&rsquo;s still getting water, and quite a bit of it. So, we went down there to investigate it and there we discovered small holes in the foundation, between the stones. Because the mortar had aged and let go. Water was actually squirting in. If we look at the video that&rsquo;s on the podcast, you&rsquo;re going to see that a water is actually squirting in. We have ways to fix that. We put either oakum soaked in a polymer resin or by using crystalized quartz based material. Few different special ways to fix it, and we&rsquo;re able to get that water to fix, and we&rsquo;re able to get that foundation to stop squirting. So, she doesn&rsquo;t have the swimming pool that&rsquo;s outside in her basement anymore. And we stopped that even with this heavy snow melt and heavy rain that we recently have had. </p> <p><strong>Narrator</strong>: Very good. Where was this lady located? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Well it was very interesting, she was in Pembroke, Massachusetts. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Pembroke? Where the heck is Pembroke? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Well, Pembroke&rsquo;s one of those towns that are on the way to the Cape Cod. It&rsquo;s right near Hanover, Mass and Marshfield, Massachusetts, and we do service that area. So, we were able to help that woman out. She&rsquo;s very grateful that we were able to. </p> <p><strong>Narrator</strong>: Alright, thanks Rich for sharing this crazy case study. Good to know that you were able to save them from filling up that basement with water and turning it into a swimming pool. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 2/5/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641486 Crazy Looking Spider Web of Basement Wall Cracks Explained <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/0f05f8fed1630c4b53f1603ff6b783df508a81e1.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="Description"><strong> In this episode, Crack Daddy himself, Adam Tracy, shares a case study on a pretty gnarly basement wall crack problem. The blog has pictures of these cracks so be sure to visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/foundation-crack-repair-basement- waterproofing-blog">https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/foundation-crack-repair-basement- waterproofing-blog</a> to see them.</strong></p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crack Daddy himself, Adam Tracy. This podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: Crazy looking spider web of basement wall cracks explained. Adam, you sent us some pictures of some of the worst basement wall cracks I&rsquo;ve seen. What can you tell us about them? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Yeah this is definitely an unusual case. Most times we get a customer calling us, it&rsquo;s pretty easy to diagnose what they have. Most foundation cracks in the concrete or concrete foundation are going to go straight up and down, or maybe come off at a slight angle. In some more structural cases what you&rsquo;ll see is it&rsquo;ll go more on a horizontal location, may go some deflection, where one side pushed out from another. This particular customer called us up from the Boston area, Somerville. And he calls up and says &ldquo;I have cracks that go top to bottom, left to right, diagonally.&rdquo; So I immediately thought, &ldquo;Well that is a strange scenario, we don&rsquo;t see that very often.&rdquo; And I asked them, &ldquo;Could you please send over some photos?&rdquo; Because sometimes what is described is not always what is seen in real life. So, I saw these photos and sure enough, he had cracks that went from the top to the bottom, left to right, and diagonally across the foundation and one corner of the foundation. </p> <p>So, we set up an appointment to go out and take a look at this and found out that part of the issue with this property is the grading on the land. Where these cracks are actually located, are at the entrance to a garage hole under for the house. It&rsquo;s a split-level house, where the garage is underneath the living space, and the living room above. And on the backside of the house, the grade level goes from 7 and a half, 8 feet of soil down to where the garage floor is, and a very steep drop-off. So, you can imagine, if you&rsquo;re looking at the back of the house and the land really slopes very quickly, with a retaining wall type of scenario right outside the garage door. </p> <p>So, these cracks were formed right at the corner of the garage opening, on the very back corner of the house. </p> <p>So why did these form? What causes something like this? When we see cracks that go top to bottom, we know that most cases it&rsquo;s the settling crack where the footing has dropped a little bit after the compaction of the soil, or it could be a shrinkage crack when the water and the concrete starts to dry out a little bit, concrete starts to shrink and it causes the stress crack that goes from the top to the bottom. But we know we see a crack that goes from left to right across the foundation of a concrete foundation, usually that&rsquo;s an indication that it&rsquo;s a structural issue, where the soil is pushing in. Maybe this was caused by a piece of heavy equipment that bumps the foundation during construction or landscaping events. But when we see them looking like the photos that I&rsquo;ve sent you, where they go every direction, looking just like you described as a spider web, that&rsquo;s when we have what&rsquo;s called &ldquo;shear force&rdquo;. Shear force is when the foundation is being pulled across itself against the grain. It&rsquo;s not necessarily an issue of footing, although I&rsquo;m sure the footing is being affected here. It&rsquo;s not necessarily an issue of a piece of equipment, or the soil pressure just pushing against the foundation after a bad foundation pour. In this case, the land itself is pulling the house against where it&rsquo;s anchored to. So you want the house to stand where it is, and you want the soil for it to go on a different direction, and so were seeing a lot of these shear forces across the foundation, where it&rsquo;s basically being torn apart at the concrete level. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well, the science of what you guys do really never ceases to amaze me because there&rsquo;s just so much going on and so much analysis has to be done. So, in a case like this, obviously you&rsquo;re going to fix the problem with the wall, but do you have to do something with that land on the outside to keep this problem from popping up again? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Yeah, part of the recommendation is certainly going to have a landscape team put a more gentle grade slope away from this foundation instead of having a steep drop-off against this corner. The lucky part of this particular home is that there wasn&rsquo;t a lot of deflection in the cracks where one side of the crack is significantly pushed in or out from the other. We saw the shearing of the crack, we didn&rsquo;t necessarily see a movement of the foundation being pushed in or out. So we&rsquo;re lucky in the sense that this case. This portion of the house didn&rsquo;t have to be replaced with a new foundation. We were able to save it by stabilizing the entire structure using a carbon fiber. We flanked it on the interior, which is 10 times stronger than steel and actually reinforces both in the up and down direction and the horizontal direction. These things are used a lot in applications where you have a concrete overpass or a highway, and they need to stabilize the underside of the concrete overpass. They use these to wrap the concrete beams in. This is the same type of material that&rsquo;s used here in order to stabilize all the pressures that are being forced on this corner of the house. Now if the grading does not get changed or is not affected later down the line here, you will see additional pressures build up further down the foundation just because that pressure has been relieved. But in this case the house was able to be stabilized in this corner without a replacement. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Thanks Adam for sharing this fascinating case study. I&rsquo;m sure the homeowners&rsquo; relieved that you&rsquo;re able to take care of this problem for them. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929- 3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.</p> 2/5/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641477 Leaking Faucet Reveals Wall Crack <center><audio id="player260" src=" https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/f8fea845e048e44804ed2430f823a8b355cda3ff.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, the Crackman explains how to properly care for outside faucets in the winter. </p> <p>Narrator: Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast: A Crackman Case Study: Leaking faucet reveals wall crack issue in Lexington Mass. Well alright there Crackman, I&rsquo;ve got my popcorn and soda pop and I&rsquo;m ready for story time again. What do you have for us today? </p> <p>Yeah, we recently have had a cold few days and I recently got a call from Lexington Mass. They were celebrating the American Revolution where shots were heard, and these homeowners had a crack and jeez, it wasn&rsquo;t raining but water was coming in. So, I had them look outside, and what they discovered was that their outside faucet had continually been leaking. And this cold weather caused that outside faucet to split and started leaking water in their nice finished basement. And we saw a crack near that faucet, we had to open the wall and do a repair to that crack in the wall and give them a warranty so it&rsquo;s not going to leak again. They&rsquo;re very grateful that we found out what was causing it. But they felt that, and they are 100% right, that that crack should be repaired because it&rsquo;s not the faucet that&rsquo;s going to leak in the future, it&rsquo;s going to be rain coming down, hitting the house and going down. But the lesson I feel that you can learn from this is follow your pipe, from the faucet outside into the basement is usually a shut-off. Shut-off that water and then go outside and open the faucet. That&rsquo;ll lead out the water so there&rsquo;s no water in there to freeze, to ruin washers or split pipes. So, you do that this winter, that&rsquo;s one problem that you&rsquo;re not going to have. </p> <p>Narrator: Yeah, I had a problem in my house Rich, where the pipe going into the outside faucet inside the crawlspace broke in there, in the crawlspace, so the crawlspace was filling up with water. Didn&rsquo;t even realize it, just heard this water running inside. And I don&rsquo;t know how many gallons of water we wasted in there, but yeah, you can definitely have problems from inside the crawlspace, and places you really don&rsquo;t want the water to be found, so. </p> <p>Crackman: That certainly happens, and I know it can&rsquo;t ruin your structure of what&rsquo;s down there but you can end up with a really big water bill on the next time that bill comes out. </p> <p>Narrator: Yup. Alright, well very good Crackman. Thanks for this important reminder of how to properly deal with outside faucets in the winter. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 1/20/2020 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641450 Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU! <img alt="A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI" londesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Now is the time to say thank you to you!" src="/images/happy-thanksgiving-2019.jpg" style="width: 350px; float: right; padding-left: 10px;" /> <p itemprop="description">Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the success we have had, and for the blessings that will come. </p> <p>Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder the lessons that we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you, our customers and clients, so much. </p> <p>At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.</p> 11/25/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641445 Why are Pests getting into my Basement? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/27a325747b6a245ad704bb60c35321ce7814a7a4.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, A1 Crack's Adam Tracy explains how critters are getting in basements and what can be done about it. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: <strong>Why are Pests getting into my Basement? </strong> </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Today we&rsquo;re joined again by Adam Tracy. Now Adam, nobody wants to think of their house, or their home, or their basement as a habitat for critters. How are they finding their way into the house? </p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Well, this time of year we get a lot of phone calls from homeowners where they see a lot of pests coming in and out of their foundation and into their basement areas. Part of the reason why this happens is because as the days get shorter and the temperature start varying a little bit more. It&rsquo;s a signal to all those little critters that &ldquo;Hey it&rsquo;s time to hunker down, winter&rsquo;s coming here.&rdquo; And they try to find a place that&rsquo;s a nice temperature controlled environment, and when you&rsquo;re below grade it&rsquo;s a little bit easier to maintain a temperature whether you&rsquo;re a snake, a rodent, or a bug. So, they try to find anything that they can to get in there. Now when we&rsquo;re looking in these foundations, there&rsquo;s obviously 3 types of foundations that we&rsquo;re looking at: we have our stone foundations, and then our block, and our poured concrete foundations. Now the stone foundations, we get the most calls for rodent infiltration. Now we&rsquo;re not a pest control company, but a lot of pest control companies will set up traps and will be happy to eradicate whatever comes in. But part of it is the prevention of this, and when they&rsquo;re trying to come into the foundation, the obvious place is any holes or gaps in your foundation wall where the stone foundation is held together by the mortar. Now any of the breakdown in the mortar can allow a highway of rodents and snakes to come in there. Just yesterday we had an issue with snakes coming into a woman&rsquo;s basement. And we were able to get out there and resolve that issue by basically going in and taking out the old mortar that&rsquo;s starting to deteriorate and crumble, and then re-packing it with a new mortar to prevent anything from coming from the outside into the inside. So, it&rsquo;s really about a preventative maintenance portion of it, while also hoping the integrity of your walls stay fresh for years to come. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So, these stone foundations are basically just foundations made out of fieldstones, right? These big large stones, and then you put mortar in between them to hold them all together, and over time these things break down and that&rsquo;s how they&rsquo;re getting in. They&rsquo;re getting in through the little holes, and cracks and stuff, right? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Exactly, yeah. These stone foundations can be hundreds of years old, even. And the mortar that was mixed in there was hand mixed by a mason many, many years ago, long removed from the workforce at this point. And as the stones move through the wintertime with freezing and thawing cycles, it breaks down the mortar joints in between there. For instance, a mouse only needs about the size of a quarter (and even smaller in some cases) to get into a foundation. So those little tiny gaps that don&rsquo;t really seem like a big issue, once they&rsquo;re able to get in there they can basically tunnel out a highway into your foundation, or stay in the nice cool feel, 50-60 degrees in the wintertime and it doesn&rsquo;t really have a whole lot of snow, ice and rain to worry about so they kind of naturally find a space down there to call home for the winter. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So, what do you do on the other types of foundations? You talked about the stone foundation, that was obvious just replacing the mortar but what about, like the concrete block foundations and the regular, just concrete foundations? </p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Sure, now these foundations are a little bit more of a solid surface type foundation, so it&rsquo;s not like you have all these stones piled on top of each other, held together by the mortar. So, with the block foundation and the poured concrete foundation, we have to look at, basically flaws in the foundation. Whether there&rsquo;s cracks anywhere, or a very susceptible area is between where the top of the foundation meets the underside of the house which is called the sill plate. So, when you have gaps in that area, you really have to pay attention to those spots because that&rsquo;s again, a spot where small animals can find a way through. Now in terms of concrete foundations and block foundations, another thing that we have to worry about is a little bit of the smaller scale pest is we&rsquo;re looking at termites and all those types of insects. When we have cracks in the foundation, that is a highway access for a pest to come from the outside to the inside. And if you have a wood boring insect like a termite, they only need about a 16th of an inch or even less in some cases to find their way from the inside to the outside. So they basically send out a little scout team to go find some wood to munch on, if they find a path from the outside to the inside, they signal to all their friends that, hey this is a highway access to some good food for the wintertime and then to be able to take shelter for a long period of time. So obviously repairing any foundation cracks prevents any sort of termite mitigation issues that you have to deal with. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Yikes, and we all know what termites can do to our house, so obviously that&rsquo;s something you want to get taken care of if you have any of those cracks, or holes, or anything like that. And if you&rsquo;re a person that fancies yourself to be an environment for critters and things like that, I guess you can just ignore. But for the rest of us who want our homes to be free of mice and critters, and termites, and things like that, getting those holes fixed will be a good idea. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well, thanks again Adam for explaining how critters are getting into basements and what we can do about it. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and 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. </p> 11/15/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641444 Why is the back part of my Garage Floor pulling away from the Foundation Wall? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/03020f16f2ebacbcd63053261b8de5e3c3a27723.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Adam Tracy (aka &ldquo;The Crack Daddy&rdquo;) discusses the causes for garage flooring pulling away from foundation walls. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> The topic of today&rsquo;s podcast, a Crackman case study: Why is the back part of my Garage Floor pulling away from the Foundation Wall? Today we have Adam Tracy joining us to talk about some very interesting issues he has dealt with concerning garages and foundation walls. I mean it&rsquo;s really fascinating. So Adam, what&rsquo;s going on there? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Oh we&rsquo;ve had a couple of cases that we&rsquo;ve dealt with recently, most recent being in Lexington that we dealt with. It&rsquo;s to deal with a concrete foundation wall that seems to be pulling away from the main portion of the foundation. Understanding why that happens is a critical part of our profession and determines how we approach the repair. Most often we see this is when the grade of the foundation drops off from the front of the foundation to the back. And when you have an attached garage, a lot of times you&rsquo;ll see cracking develop along that back wall, where you have only maybe 18 inches of concrete showing above grade towards the front, but you may have 4, 5, 6 feet of concrete showing in the back of the foundation where your garage is. Now, when we see a crack here on the wall where the back wall meets the side wall, a lot of times what we&rsquo;ll see is that that wall starts pulling away from the main foundation. And you may see it with a large gap developing along the back wall, between the floor of the garage, and the back wall of the garage foundation. You may also see a large gap starting to form in the corner of the outside of the foundation where the back of the foundation meets the side foundation. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So, what if I was complacent. I just decided I didn&rsquo;t want to fix this problem and just let it go. What could happen with my home? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Well this is the first sign of a structural issue that needs to be remedied, so you&rsquo;re going to be dealing with a much more expensive repair if it goes untreated. Now, the reason why we want to deal with this earlier than later is you have to understand the strength of concrete is really in the compression where it wants to be pushed straight down. And the construction of a garage is a little bit different than a house because obviously, if you&rsquo;re driving your car into the garage that might be 4, 5 feet above the soil line, they fill that with sand or gravel, they basically fill the void space. Your basement doesn&rsquo;t have that, so you have a lot of sand, and gravel, and weight, and even the pressure of the cars pushing down onto the soil and it&rsquo;s going horizontally into the wall, where the strength of the wall really isn&rsquo;t. If you leave it to go for a long period of time, it can be a much larger structural issue. So, how do we repair this and how do we approach it? The best way to do it in the early stages of this is to anchor it to itself, anchor the foundation back to the foundation, and also the foundation floor to the foundation. And the best way to do that is with rebar. Now, rebar works the exact opposite way that concrete does. All of its strength, it likes to be pulled, just like a paperclip, much stronger being pulled apart than it is trying to be pushed together. So it works in conjunction with the foundation that is trying to get pulled apart. Basically, we&rsquo;re going to anchor the foundation to itself where the form meets the foundation walls, and also where the foundation meets the foundation where this crack has developed. Now, we can&rsquo;t get underneath the garage floor because it&rsquo;s filled with gravel and sand, so the majority of this application&rsquo;s repairs have to be done from the outside. This will tie it all in together and prevent further movement down the line. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Alright. Well, thanks Adam for bringing to light this rather common issue with garage floors pulling away from the foundation walls. It&rsquo;s good to know that there are guys like you who are experts in fixing this potentially critical issue. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 11/14/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1FoundationCrackRepair.com 0 Joseph Coupal
641438 Do-it-yourself foundation crack repair: is it a good idea? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/e66737adf5abe73881bd444df4bfcebc3619d0f6.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description"><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Do-it-yourself foundation crack repair: is it a good idea? </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So, Rich, the big box stores are full of home remedy for leaky, concrete cracks. Products like Drylock, Fast Plug and the ubiquitous Flex Seal tout their amazing abilities to solve water leaks fast. If that&rsquo;s the case and if it&rsquo;s so easy, why do we need professionals like you? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> Well if it worked, I wouldn&rsquo;t be around for over 21 years. It&rsquo;s interesting, you&rsquo;re in Massachusetts and even in New Hampshire, the past few weeks we&rsquo;ve had some horrendous downpours and we&rsquo;ve been quite busy. And this past week, I&rsquo;ve probably had about 4 people call me up and tell me that they&rsquo;ve tried to fix their foundation crack, and I always ask them, &ldquo;What is it you used?&rdquo; Well, 3 of the 4 did the one that markets the best which is the Flex Seal. And also an interesting thing, I don&rsquo;t know if it just doesn&rsquo;t work on concrete cracks or the way they used it. I don&rsquo;t know, but we&rsquo;re consistently getting calls to repair the stuff that they used. . Then we had a fellow call us, we caught that he had a triple because he told me he put Fast Plug which is a hydraulic cement but it&rsquo;s a masonry material that he put on. And the reason that doesn&rsquo;t work is because concrete contracts and hydraulic cement Fast Plug does not. This guy not only did the Fast Plug first, but he wanted to be sure so he put Drylock, which is a magic paint that you can put on concrete and that&rsquo;s supposed to stop water coming through. And if you look at the pounds per square inch that it will stop, that isn&rsquo;t much. So that&rsquo;s two of them, the Fast Plug and the Drylock. The triple that he applied was Flex Seal that you see advertising on TV all the time. He sprayed that on too. On his work bench, he kept a collection of all three of those things. So yeah, take a look at my blog, you&rsquo;ll see a picture of that triple play: the Flex Seal, Drylock and Fast Plug. And we came in and fixed it by injecting a closed-cell polymer resin with an electric pump into that crack where the material goes towards the outside and we can give him a warranty. He was very thankful that we can do that as his wife was all over him in reference to his home remedies. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> I&rsquo;m sure that was pretty frustrating for him. I&rsquo;m guessing that with all the money that he was collecting in his &ldquo;swear jar&rdquo;, that he was able to pay you with that money itself, right? </p> <p><strong>Rich: </strong>Ah, that&rsquo;s correct. We fixed it well. Narrator: Sometimes it&rsquo;s better just to do it right the first time and call a professional like the Crackman versus trying to do it yourself and getting frustrated in having the same problem occur over and over and over again, right? </p> <p><strong>Rich:</strong> That&rsquo;s correct. Plus, it&rsquo;s going to save you money in the long run. And you get a warranty that transfers. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Alright, that&rsquo;s awesome. Well thanks again Rich for saving the DIY-er from themselves and being there when they realize that these products are temporary fixes, at best. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 11/13/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing,foundation crack repair ma ri ct nh 0 Joseph Coupal
641437 What Are The Beam Pockets And I should Be Worried About Them? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/76cf1362e28c4be8920146d54f469c826ed1088f.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) defines &ldquo;Beam Pockets&rdquo; as they pertain to a structure&rsquo;s foundational health and whether or not you need to worry about them. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: What are Beam Pockets and should I be worried about them? </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong> So today we have Adam with us again, very knowledgeable crack repair expert. And Adam, today is the first time I&rsquo;ve ever heard of the term Beam Pockets, so maybe we should start with what a beam pocket is. </p> <p><strong>Adam: </strong>Sure, so what the beam pocket is it&rsquo;s an area in the foundation, you know anywhere from an older foundation of stone foundation to a new construction foundation where the main carrying beam for the house, the spine of the structure down the basement rests on the foundation wall. So the newer construction home is actually a cut-out in the foundation where the wood, or sometimes steel beams will rest on the foundation to carry a load down to the foundation to the footing. In older homes, you&rsquo;ll see them as a notch underneath or a gap in the stonework, where the beam would be in there and then there&rsquo;s more around it. So the purpose of this area is again to kick the load of carrying beam for the house and put it to the foundation wall. We end up seeing a lot of cracks and issues develop around these areas. Primarily the reason why is because we have a concentrated weight of the house being carried from that main carrying beam to the outside edges of the house, where the foundation will take that weight and bring it down to the soil. In newer construction homes, these are going to be generally made of concrete, and anytime you have a right angle in a concrete - like in a window, a beam pocket, or a step down in the foundation, it&rsquo;s a natural weak point in the concrete that causes stress in there. So it&rsquo;s very common to see cracks develop in these areas. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Alright, so are these beam pockets something that should be inspected on a regular basis? I mean it sounds pretty important and we think that you have to make sure that they&rsquo;re always in good shape, right? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Yeah. They should be looked at periodically for sure, because what we&rsquo;ll see is, we&rsquo;ll start with newer homes, we&rsquo;ll see small cracks develop off the corners of the beam pockets. And the reason why is because like we mentioned, that right angle of the concrete there. It creates a natural weak point, and because you have that extra weight in that area being carried to that beam, or that I-beam, or the wood, it will actually cause a little bit of differential settling there. Most of the time that&rsquo;s just a settling or shrinkage crack that develops off the corner, and a pretty standard process can be used to repair that crack in the foundation. However, sometimes you may have too much settling in that area and that would be cause for concern to a different course of action. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Okay so as a based on water and Lally column expert, where would you come into play when Foundation Crack Repair come to play when structural issues are found around these beam pockets? </p> <p><strong>Adam:</strong> Sure. Let&rsquo;s start with newer homes generally made of concrete construction. In this area most of the time you&rsquo;ll see a crack develop off and it&rsquo;ll kind of come from that corner and go down towards the floor. In most cases, it'll just be necessary to repair that crack because it may start leaking at some point, or may already be leaking. And you also don&rsquo;t want to go any further because that scenario where there&rsquo;s a concentrated load being centered on the concrete wall, you want to make sure that the concrete is repaired. Now, if there&rsquo;s an additional issue where there&rsquo;s deflection or 1 side of the concrete is being pushed out anywhere, or there&rsquo;s a settling that&rsquo;s too great, that&rsquo;s when we want to take the weight off of that wall a little bit. And the best way to do that is to insert a Lally column in there, and what we&rsquo;d have to do is we&rsquo;d have to break the floor, dig down, rebar reinforced concrete footing, put a Lally column up with a big 6 steel plate. And the idea of this is now that this Lally column is helping support the wall, so you&rsquo;re no longer going to rely solely on this concrete which has a flaw and that to take the weight of this portion of the house. As we move to older construction homes with a fieldstone foundation, you don&rsquo;t generally have just a crack that runs down the floor, you may see some deterioration of the mortar or accelerated deterioration of the mortar. You may see additional cracking, you may see large gaps in the mortar, or you may see cracks and splits in the beams itself because it&rsquo;s putting excess weight on these walls. In these cases, just repairing the mortar joints is almost never enough. You really need to support the wall by adding in a Lally column to the same process that we talked about before. So you really in these older homes, because they&rsquo;re older and they have settled for a lot longer period of time. You really want to make sure that area is supported well, and so that you can survive the longer length of that beam than what is done in general construction today. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Awesome! Thank you Adam. You say you learn something new everyday and I certainly did with beam pockets, so thanks for introducing us to what beam pockets are and what to do when they start to show signs of structure problems. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich or Adam at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.</p> 11/12/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641415 What to do about a basement water leak behind a finished wall <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/e86ce90d9d2030a248a3540e3e28300c6ca637db.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="Description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) share the story about the mysterious source of soaked carpet in a finished basement. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p>Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement waterproofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: What to do about a basement water leak behind a finished wall. </p> <p>Narrator: So Rich, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be if you went down to your man cave in your finished basement soon after finishing the walls and the flooring only to discover a water leak. So what does one do after this discovery? </p> <p>Crackman: We get this call all the time. In fact this morning I get a call from this guy with this issue. What I had him do is first to go look outside. If it&rsquo;s a poured concrete foundation you have to go look outside above the grade where the concrete shows to see if there are any cracks in the foundation. If you see any, you can bet that it goes all the way down and all the way through the foundation&rsquo;s wall. That crack must be repaired. Sorry to say you must be willing to open up that wall so that the source of the problem can be repaired. </p> <p>Sometimes you don&rsquo;t see a crack, so what do you do? You don&rsquo;t know where the water is coming in. So you start by putting a garden hose outside and watch the wall from inside to see where the water is coming from. It could be coming from where the cement wall and the cement floor meet. Or, it could be an issue with tie rods that are part of the original construction which can rust and allow water to come through. So you have to do a little forensic investigation. In most cases it can be repaired without costing an arm and a leg. </p> <p>Narrator: Very interesting, Rich. I know it is not welcome news to have to go into a newly finished wall, but it is simply the only way to figure out where the water is coming from, right? </p> <p>Crackman: That is correct. </p> <p>Narrator: All right. Thank you for sharing this information about how to find water leaks behind a finished basement wall. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 10/21/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641414 The Case of the Mysterious Soaked Carpet in a Finished Basement <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/e11a9910255697a3ea957886ddf7d112dcda670c.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Adam Tracey (aka the &ldquo;Crack Daddy) shares the story about the mysterious source of soaked carpet in a finished basement. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: The Case of the Mysterious Soaked Carpet in a Finished Basement. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Today we are joined again by foundation crack repair expert, the &ldquo;Crack Daddy&rdquo; himself, Adam Tracey. Adam, you have a very interesting case study to share with us today, just like you did last week. Something about a mysterious water leak that soaked a customer&rsquo;s finished basement. </p> <p><strong>Crack Daddy:</strong> Yes, we got a phone call from a man in Andover. A lot of time we&rsquo;ll get these calls where owners will notice water coming in. They see water spotting on the walls. In this case it was in their daughter&rsquo;s room. The room is down in the basement and the daughter noticed that there was some water in the corner of the room at the bottom of the house. So we pulled the carpet back and found that there was quite a bit of water under that carpet. We obviously needed to find the source of the water leak. So the first thing to do is to go outside and see if we can determine an obvious sign of the water leak source. We saw a few areas that may be a cause for concern. </p> <p>Ultimately the owner had opened up some walls to find out where the flaw was. He some things in there that showed signs of water coming on over a period. So we said now that you think you&rsquo;ve isolated the problem area, let&rsquo;s run some water on the outside to confirm your findings. </p> <p>But no water came in and we were initially confused as to why no water had come in from the outside. So a couple of days of testing went by and in the meantime we had a heavy rain. We saw water was coming in but it wasn&rsquo;t coming in from the corner but rather way up the wall from the corner. So it was running down the wall to the corner because no floor is perfectly level. </p> <p>Eventually we followed the leak far up the wall and into a space beneath the stairs in a long-forgotten crawl space. We found water emerging from a long-forgotten sump pump that had not had any attention for years. The sump pump was not working so we concluded this was a simple fix. We&rsquo;d get in there and replace the broken pump. So we did that, closed the case, and everything worked fine for a couple of weeks. </p> <p>We got a call a couple of days ago and he said he sees water coming in again. Come to find out that the water that was coming into the room, a milky white substance, which confused us because ground water is usually clear. So we returned to the sump pump pit and noticed the similar looking milky substance so we had to figure out where this was coming from. I asked if he&rsquo;s had any construction going on in the house in the past couple of days. He said yes, he&rsquo;s had a painter in the house recently. I asked him where is he washing his brushes which he answered in the upstairs tub. Sure enough, what was happening was that the water was getting underneath the floor and flooding the sump pump basin. So we called a plumber in who used a scope to confirm that the sewer line going out to the street was completely blocked. So it is not unusual to discover that water leaks are not foundational problems at all. Plumbing problems occur that often mask themselves as foundation problems. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Wow, what a complicated problem and fantastic diagnosis. What if you had not had the white paint indicator. Do you have a process where you put die in the water to troubleshoot this type of thing? </p> <p><strong>Crack Daddy:</strong> The next step would have been to have a plumber come in and scope the plumbing lines. We had eliminated the foundation as the source of this problem. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> All right, Adam. Thank you for sharing this information about an interesting challenge that epitomizes A1 Foundation and Crack Repair&rsquo;s service before self-attitude. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 10/21/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641411 Why am I getting damp patches in the corners of my foundation walls? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/89933de187ce842ccfc6c909caea6a36d42c63e1.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses the reasons for those pesky damp patches in the corners of your foundation&rsquo;s walls. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Why am I getting damp patches in the corners of my foundation walls? </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So I know I mentioned Rich Comeras in the intro, but today we are in the presence of true greatness in the making, the Crackman&rsquo;s son-in-law, Adam Tracey. So Adam, do we call you Crackman Junior, or do your kids have another name for you? </p> <p><strong>Crackdaddy:</strong> Well, my kids have decided to call me &ldquo;Crack Daddy&rdquo; since their grandfather is the Crackman. We decided that would be the best name at this time. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>All right, Crackdaddy it is. So Crackdaddy, or Adam, I understand you getting a lot of calls this time of year for mysterious water spots in basements. What can you tell us about them? Crackdaddy: As the summer month&rsquo;s heated up and the humidity started to rise again, we get a lot of calls where home owners notice these damp patches in the corners of their basements where it is usually dry in there. They want to know what&rsquo;s going on there. A lot of times what we find is that as the humidity starts to increase, people will open their windows and generally their basements will generally start to get more saturated with moisture. Because basements are generally below grade, you start to see those damp patches coming in because these foundation walls are much colder than the air surrounding them. Then you start to see some dampness on the walls. Beyond that you can have small cracks that come up from the corners of the foundation along the wall there which will compound the issue because you will have cold air that comes through. When you have cold air meeting moist warm air you&rsquo;re going to have water showing up on the inside of the foundation. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> All right, so the obvious big problem there is the excessive amount of humidity in the basement. What can you do to reduce that humidity? </p> <p><strong>Crackdaddy:</strong> Well there are a few things that you want to do. Any sort of crack down there is going to allow cold air to get in from the outside. You also want to check windows and doors to make sure that they are properly insulated. Another thing that people don&rsquo;t think about all the time is that they place the washer and dryer in the basement. You need to make sure that the dryer vent is properly installed so that you don&rsquo;t have moist air from the dryer coming into your basement. That will heat up the basement and allow the moisture to collect. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So you may think that it&rsquo;s just a natural humid place, what can you do to reduce the humidity down there other than obviously closing windows and checking dryer vents? Is there something that you can install to reduce humidity? </p> <p><strong>Crackdaddy: </strong>Yes, absolutely. Again, we want to make sure that everything on the preventative side is taken care of so you mitigate any air coming through the other side. You then can install a dehumidification system to keep the humidity at an appropriate level. This will help prevent condensation buildup on the wall. You do not want to allow this humidity build up down there especially if you plan to refinish or occupy the basement. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> This will help prevent mold and all sorts of other bad things, right? </p> <p><strong>Crackdaddy: </strong>Yes, you want to make sure this issue is taken care of before you even think about your dream finished basement. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> All right, Adam. Thank you for clarifying why mysterious water spots will suddenly appear in basements this time of year. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 10/14/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641399 The Case of the Mysterious Basement Bedroom Water Leak in Quincy Mass <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/083efa76436fbb6aa4f974c533562588dd9f97ab.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses how the Crackman employed the use of a golf ball to troubleshoot a homeowners water leak. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: The Case of the Mysterious Basement Bedroom Water Leak in Quincy Mass. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So Rich, it&rsquo;s Crackman case study time once again, and you have one today that involves a golf ball? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> I got a call from the Principal of a school in Quincy. He was having water come into his daughter&rsquo;s bedroom. It was in a corner of a finished basement. He opened up the wall a little bit and found no cracks. By the time I arrived, he had run water outside like had instructed him to do. He could not get any water to come in. Water was coming from somewhere, we had to find out where. We put a golf ball on the ground just to see which way it would run. We found out that the foundation was pitched so that water would run towards that corner where he was having problems. We went under the house and found a hole in the ground. A bolt from a pedestal sump pump had broken through. We determined that the pump was not pushing out enough water to keep from flooding the area. We put a submersible pump in and that solved the problem. We&rsquo;ve had a lot of rain recently and that pump is doing fine keeping all the water out. He just now needs to repair the wall and he and his daughter will be back in business. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> You certainly have some interesting and clever trouble shooting techniques. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 9/27/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641398 Creative DIY Project Temporarily Fixes Water Leak in Boston Mass <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/c41a92d4ca0c1dc4c7af4908571fa566ab24d340.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <br /> <p itemprop="description"><img alt="" src="/images/temporary-seal-fix.jpg" style="width: 250px; float: right; padding-left: 10px;" />In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses how a Boston area home owner applied a creative do-it-yourself project to temporarily fix his water leak. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc</a>. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Creative DIY Project Temporarily Fixes Water Leak in Boston Mass. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So Rich, you sent me a picture that we definitely need to talk about. It looks like someone is using a big rubber container to capture water and pipe it down to a drain. Am I right? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Your right. It was a leak that was coming from a small crack in between the seal plate and the concrete. Water was dripping not only in that one particular area but also the whole back of that building. It was a commercial building. The gentleman called me from Boston. Part of his problem was that the wood was below grade that sits on the concrete. He has asphalt up against it. What we had to do was take a look outside and what we found were cracks in the asphalt, somewhere between a quarter-inch and half-inch gaps. Asphalt does shrink. This of course lets water in and caused this problem. What we have is a flexible sealant that we put into that area and then we build an &ldquo;asphalt skirt&rdquo; that the water hits and allows it to naturally disperse. We had to do the whole side of the building. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>That&rsquo;s a very interesting case. I keyed-in on something you just said, that the asphalt drinks. I can see in the picture that there is a bottle of Jack Daniels directly above the container. Is that part of the creative DIY solution that we&rsquo;re talking about? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> I think it was necessary while he was trying to come up with a solution. By the way, I said asphalt shrinks, not drinks. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Shrinks, OK! </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> That&rsquo;s how we solve these problems that we see all the time in both commercial and residential applications. Narrator: All right. Thanks for sharing another great case study. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 9/19/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641397 Homeowner Finds a Family of Snakes in Prized Shoe Collection <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/fe0a018aa9f15ce72b78282b5eeb2ac559a6f38e.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses how a woman allowed a family of snakes to enter her house via foundation cracks. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Homeowner Finds a Family of Snakes in Prized Shoe Collection. </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> It was a woman in West borrow who called me up with panic in her voice. She said she has snakes in her basement. She proceeded to tell me that she has a shoe collection in her basement. She went down and found a little garden snake in her shoes. She was quite frightened by it. So I went down into her basement. Some of it was finished and some of it wasn&rsquo;t. I noticed there were small gaps between the seal plate, which is the wood of the house, and where it rests on the concrete. I knew we had to seal those up for her. On the other half of her basement she had ceiling tiles. We had to move the ones that were near the outside walls. We sealed up small gaps and then we noticed right in the corner that there was a gap about the size of a cigar. When we looked we could see the snake skins. We knew we had found the entrance for these snakes. The lady called me up the next day and said that she could really sleep well now. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> I guess that would freak a lot of people out. I guess it could have been rats or mice in addition to the snakes. </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> There certainly could be. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well, Rich, that&rsquo;s a very interesting case study that everyone should be aware of. The lesson learned there is to plug those basement holes to keep the creepy crawlers out of your home. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 9/13/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641362 Before and After Photos of A Recent Masonry Repair Job <center><img alt="" style="padding-right: 10px;" src="/images/masonry-repair-blog-3.jpg" /><img alt="" style="padding-right: 10px;" src="/images/masonry-repair-blog-4.jpg" /><img alt="" style="padding-right: 10px;" src="/images/masonry-repair-blog-5.jpg" /><img alt="" style="padding-right: 10px;" src="/images/masonry-repair-blog-6.jpg" /></center><br /> <center><img alt="" style="padding-right: 10px;" src="/images/masonry-repair-blog-1.jpg" /><img alt="" style="padding-right: 10px;" src="/images/masonry-repair-blog-2.jpg" /></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 8/22/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 false 0 Joseph Coupal
641413 Three Critical Checks all Homeowners should do Before Summer <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/d84f070ce27e9d2199b99043d427f09424fc63a3.mp3 " preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses the basement checks all homeowners should do before summer. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p>Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Three critical checks all homeowners should do before summer. </p> <p>Narrator: Rich, I don&rsquo;t know if you&rsquo;ve checked the outside thermometer but it&rsquo;s beginning to look a lot like summer. What are some of the things that a homeowner should do now to protect it from the summer heat and thunderstorms? </p> <p>Crackman: Well, the first thing you should check is your air conditioning unit. Have a professional check them out. Once it gets hot, your lucky if you get to see them in a month. Get it checked out by a pro. At a minimum, check the condensate tube for holes and clogs. That&rsquo;s the tube that vents water out. Make sure that line is away from the foundation of the house. There&rsquo;s usually a pump the size of a shoebox. You can fill that up with water to verify that it is getting pumped out. </p> <p>The second thing you should look at is your gutters. During the summer we get heavy rains in a short period of time. You want to be sure that your gutters are clean, especially the down spouts. Make sure the down spouts vents water away from the house. </p> <p>The third thing that you want to do is just take a walk around your foundation. Look at the stone or concrete above the grade and make sure there are no cracks or holes there. Look for mud tunnels that could indicate that you have termites. Do the same checks from inside your basement. If you discover any cracks or voides, inside or out, you need to get them repaired. We will do that for you with a warranty in most cases. </p> <p>Narrator: Great information, Rich. Thanks for the reminder about what homeowners should be doing to be sure that they are ready for summer. </p> <p>Narrator: All right, Adam. Thank you for clarifying why mysterious water spots will suddenly appear in basements this time of year. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 8/22/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641353 What Does Foundation Crack Repair Have To Do With Termite Control? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/6750d8e66e9319e61f93345bddc2aa0e6d7f4d27.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses how foundation cracks can threaten your home by offering termites easy access. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: What Does Foundation Crack Repair Have To Do With Termite Control? </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So Rich, termites seem to find their way in through all sorts of small spaces. But foundation cracks? Their way to small for a termite to get through, no? Crackman: Oh no. They can find their way up. Just last month we had two houses where we were doing work and we found those mud tunnels in and around the foundation crack. So we notified the homeowner. You know homeowners like to play with things, and they knocked them off and they could see that there were active termites. </p> <p>I spoke with a pest control company so that I could learn a little more about them. They did confirm that this is the time of year where they are active. They said sometimes you may see their little wings on your floor. If you see that little mud tunnel the size of your pinky going up a wall, you should get in touch with a pest guy. If it&rsquo;s in a stone foundation, or a concrete foundation, it does not matter to the termite. They want to get though and go eat your house. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>OK, so it sounds like you need to call a guy like the Crackman to, otherwise they&rsquo;ll just come back again. </p> <p><strong>Crackman: </strong>Correct. That&rsquo;s just another entry into your house. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well, very interesting. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that termites can squeeze through those tight basement cracks, but I guess they do. That&rsquo;s a call to action for anyone with foundation cracks to seek the services of The Crackman to avoid the agony of termite infestation. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 8/13/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641354 The Case of the Mysterious Basement Water Leak <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/1c41b91e7e725dc74ed3fe5f18498d471060dcd4.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses "The Case of the Mysterious Basement Water Leak". Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the President and founder of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s valuable insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: The Case of the Mysterious Water Leak </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So Rich, I don&rsquo;t know if you realize this or not, but this is our 200th episode of &ldquo;<a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/podcast">The Crackman Podcast</a>&rdquo;. What do you think of that? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> I can&rsquo;t believe how time flies&hellip;it&rsquo;s unbelievable. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>It sure has been a great ride and I congratulate you on your tenacity and your ability to come up with great content each and every week that we do this. Now for our 200th episode, I think we&rsquo;re in store for a good old fashioned case study. What do you have for us today? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Recently when we were having those heavy rains, we got a call from a woman who was having problems with <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>. She had water coming in a window of her finished basement. She had already opened up the wall a little bit but couldn&rsquo;t see any water coming in. She had that spray-foam insulation. I asked her if she could see any cracks on the outside. The way that the land was, you couldn&rsquo;t see the concrete above grade. She scraped away some of that and couldn&rsquo;t find any cracks. She was in a state where she had to get this thing repaired. </p> <p>The first step is to find out where the water is coming from. I went over to conduct an analysis on it. We ran water with a garden hose on the outside of that window and found nothing was coming in. I said let&rsquo;s take the hose and spray around that window. </p> <p>Now this was a nice basement vinyl window and within seconds of spraying the water was coming in. So, we knew the problem was associated with a failed water seal. She had a carpenter come over, take off the molding, and repair the seal. We&rsquo;re more than happy to help people find the cause of problems even when they are not crack related. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>Well, that&rsquo;s great Rich. Obviously people have said a lot of great things about you. In all your years of business there are tons of great reviews. You&rsquo;re always willing to go the distance to get the homeowner the right diagnosis. </p> <p>Congratulations on your 200th episode and thanks for sharing so many fascinating case studies over the years. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 8/13/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing,The Crackman Podcast 0 Joseph Coupal
641332 Could Your Home’s Foundation Doom it’s Chances of Selling? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/c11574614ba2440190a3d66e251a7332d3f0eb57.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses the common things that home inspectors routinely flag as foundational faults. These faults negatively affect home sellers by delaying closing or outright running interested buyers away from the home. Addressing foundation faults early will help you sell your home faster. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Could Your Home&rsquo;s Foundation Doom it&rsquo;s Chances of Selling? </p> <p>So Rich, you work with a lot of real estate agents, right? What are some of the things you&rsquo;ve seen where a cracked foundation impacts the prospect of a sale? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Often times what happens is the really good brokers do a walk through of the whole house. They know the things to look for in the basement because home inspectors are going to pick on those. They&rsquo;d rather have things go smooth rather than have the deal stopped dead in its tracks. People will want to negotiate for thousands and thousands of dollars for things that may need to be repaired for hundreds. </p> <p>One thing that we see all the time is stone foundations. With stone foundations, a lot of times the mortar between the stones breaks down. You can chip it with your pinkie. So often times we&rsquo;re <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">repairing stone foundations</a> because we know the home inspectors are going to pick on that. People get scared and think that the house is going to fall down before they even put an offer in. Other things we see on poured <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete foundations</a>, cracks in the foundation walls that allows water to come in. Again, people think that the house is going to fall down. Other things that we see that people get frightened about, you might have seen it on either concrete or stone blog walls in the basement is this white powdery, crystal looking material. All that is lime and minerals that have been pushed forward onto the surfaces. People think that it is mold. In fact is just fluorescence of the minerals. So you may want to wire brush that off. </p> <p>Also what were seeing is home inspectors picking on temporary Lally columns, the ones with the screw jacks. Or steel Lally columns that are rusted at the bottom. The engineers tell us that you can loose up to a third of the strength. So <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">we do install permanent Lally columns</a>. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Outstanding information, Rich. So if your in the market to sell your house, consider how your foundation can impact the sale of your home. Contact a pro like &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo; if you see any of the issues that he described in this podcast. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit </p> <p><a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry.</p> 7/12/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement water proofing,repairing stone foundations,A1FoundationCrackRepair.com,A1 Foundation CrackRepair,concrete foundations,install permanent Lally columns 0 Joseph Coupal
641333 Is my wet basement caused by a rising water table or excess rain? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/f485b03063d9a17029c475859bebda06883e349b.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses the common things that home inspectors routinely flag as foundational faults. These faults negatively affect home sellers by delaying closing or outright running interested buyers away from the home. Addressing foundation faults early will help you sell your home faster. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p>Narrator: It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Is my wet basement caused by a rising water table or excess rain? </p> <p>So Rich, It tends to rain a lot this time of year and this can cause water problems in the basement, no? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> It certainly can. A lot of people are calling us and asking us if this is due to the water table or is it the rain. It&rsquo;s an interesting question. If you want to see if it&rsquo;s the water table, what you can look at is sometimes, through cracks in the cement floor you will see water bubbling up. That tells you that it is a water table issue. Usually there is a clean out for a sewer. Sometimes there is a cutout around that pipe. If that has water in it, that also is a clue that you are in an area that does have a high-water table. What I mean by a water table is, they do this when they put septic systems in. They dig down with a machine and they seek where is the water table. The water table does not stay the same. It can rise and it can fall. That&rsquo;s what we mean by the water table. </p> <p>The question on whether it is the water table or the rain, a lot of times you&rsquo;ll have wall cracks with leaks and it usually <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/floor-wall-seam.html">leaks where the floor and the wall meet</a>. They&rsquo;ll leak when it rains. This is clearly discernable from water table moisture. </p> <p>In either case, the water table or the rain, the goal of the homeowner is to keep the water out of the house. If it&rsquo;s a crack in the foundation it can be the floor or the bulkhead, there are all things that can be repaired. You may want to repair them, so you won&rsquo;t have mold or mildew in the house and bring the value of the house down. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>OK, so if I understand you correctly, the ground is kind of like a sponge. Right? The sponge will soak up whatever water is underneath it and push that water up. So if the house is sitting on top of that sponge, and the sponge continues to absorb that water, it can actually push that water up into the bottom of the house. Is that right? Would that be a water table issue? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> That would be correct. That is a good example. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So, the other problem that you talked about is where you have a problem above the grade, above the water table where water above the ground can seep down through gravity into cracks and things like that. Right? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> That&rsquo;s right because water will always find the path of least resistance and often times that leads to the basement. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> All right, well I think that clears everything up. Thanks for clarifying the difference between a rising water table vs excess rain when it comes to a wet basement. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 7/12/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing,leaks where the floor and the wall meet 0 Joseph Coupal
641292 Everything You Need to Know about the Radon Threat in Your Home <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Everything You Need to Know about the Radon Threat in Your Home" src="/images/Episode_198_image.jpg" /></center><br /> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses the things you need to understand about radon and its threats to the occupants of a home. Listen and enjoy! </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/8ece13c757a765bb033ce33e7282226ecba6b48f.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Everything You Need to Know about the Radon Threat in Your Home. </p> <p>So Rich, let&rsquo;s get started with what radon is. </p> <p><strong>Crackman: </strong>What radon gas is, is an odorless gas that&rsquo;s caused by metals breaking down in rocks, soil, and water. It&rsquo;s actually radioactive. </p> <p>Narrator: All right, so, is radon created from a bad food night or rather from some place that we need to know about? Crackman: Well, as I said it comes from the soil, the rocks, and water breaking down. It&rsquo;s mostly the minerals in the rocks in the soils breaking down then leaching into the water or soil. This gas comes up in houses. In fact, statistics show that one in 15 houses in the United States has elevated levels of radon in the house. We&rsquo;ve been getting calls recently with this heavy, heavy, rain that we&rsquo;ve been having. People are hearing a gurgling sound coming from a pipe that goes up. What that pipe is, is a radon mitigation system. The pipe goes below the cement floor and it comes up usually above the roof. There&rsquo;s a fan towards the bottom that sucks the air that has the radon in it and brings it up and out of the house. We&rsquo;ve been getting this call quite often from gurgling sounds in radon mitigation systems. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So, who installs radon mitigation systems? Is it someone like you, is it some state agency, how does that work? </p> <p><strong>Crackman: </strong>First of all, it&rsquo;s privately held companies that are licensed in the states in order to do the work. Also, what you need to do before you even think about having one put in, you need to have a test done. Tests can be done by getting a test kit from Home Depot and sending it in for evaluation. If there is radon in your house, there are things you can do. You can increase the flow of fresh air within the house, you can seal up any cracks within the home&rsquo;s walls, and the home&rsquo;s foundation. You can seal pipes and cracks in the floor. All of these things will help stop radon from coming in. We&rsquo;ve been installing radon-proof sump pump basins to counter this problem. With all the cancers that is happening, radon is causing lung cancer in 25,000 people in the United States. So it&rsquo;s wise to have your home checked our for radon using a simple test. Narrator: All right, just to summarize, the radon threat is real and a licensed agency will have to come in and install the radon mitigation system. However, The Crackman is able to fix some of the other ways that radon can get into the house like through wall cracks, foundation cracks, or leaks through the sump pump. Correct? </p> <p><strong>Crackman: </strong>That is correct. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>All right, Rich. Thanks for giving us practical information on radon in the home and what can be done about it. If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 6/20/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641291 Spring is here along with April Showers. When Should I Plant MY Grass Seed? <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses why people suddenly discover new cracks in the foundation of the home that they&rsquo;ve occupied for years. Listen and enjoy! </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/5c33fcc198d2176e5d170aae6d475c185dae2579.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Spring is here along with April Showers. When Should I Plant MY Grass Seed? </p> <p>So Rich, as a man with infinite wisdom, you have a wide array of knowledge on a wealth of topics, especially when it comes to matters of real estate. Let&rsquo;s pick your massive brain on the subject of grass. When is it the best time of year to plant grass there in the northeast? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Well, in Massachusetts now, here in Wooster county, it&rsquo;s still cold. Now I had to do my research and find out because there&rsquo;s some things in my yard that I wanted to re-seed. I happen to have a friend who has a degree in golf course maintenance, I believe it&rsquo;s called turf management. So I got in touch with him and I looked at some of the hybrid seeds. They all say the same. Wait until the ground gets warm enough. Then the question is I don&rsquo;t have a thermometer to put in the ground. They say you want three consecutive days of 70-degree days before you begin to plant seed. Then make sure it is watered at least a couple of times a day. Also what I found out, a wonderful easy way to keep it moist is to have an irrigation system. So we&rsquo;ll be using that once it gets warm enough. </p> <p>While we&rsquo;re talking about irrigation systems, we are getting some calls from people who have irrigation systems and they have water coming into their basement even though it&rsquo;s not raining. One was from a crack in the foundation and another person had water coming in from a tie rod. Because the irrigation system had a leak in it, knew how it was coming in so we got it fixed up. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Well, Rich we appreciate your advice on spring grass watering and everything else, especially when it comes to fixing foundation cracks. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 6/20/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
641207 Creative DIY Attempts to Repair Foundation Wall Cracks <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses creative DIY attempts to repair foundation wall cracks. Listen and enjoy! </p> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/87b14e31a5a6f912d7fa28f2a714a95abbcc4529.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years&rsquo; experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Creative DIY attempts to repair foundation wall cracks. </p> <p>All right, as a homeowner Rich, I&rsquo;ll be the first to admit that I always try to fix things on my own before I call in a pro to laugh at my handywork. I&rsquo;ll be you&rsquo;ve seen some whopper DIY jobs in your 30+ years in the business, huh? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> I have and I enjoy watching and seeing new and creative ways that homeowners and contractors try to repair leaking foundation cracks. I have four of them today that I have seen used pretty much on a regular basis. The first one is that they use a product called &ldquo;Flexseal&rdquo;. You might have seen this on TV. It a gentleman advertising this magic that you can paint or roll on anything and it will stop water. This is that guy that cuts a boat in half then puts this Flexseal on and he rides over the water and starts yelling about how happy he is that it stopped leaking. So that&rsquo;s the first one&hellip;the use of Flexseal. It just makes our job a little harder when it on there. Another creative way that I&rsquo;ve seen people deal with it is they&rsquo;ll put a rag in the crack and then they&rsquo;ll put that rag into a bucket at the bottom. The rag works as a wick and allows the water to go down through the rag and into the bucket. They call that the &ldquo;wick method&rdquo; of solving a crack repair. It&rsquo;s a temporary method. And then I&rsquo;ve seen people for the third method put little pieces of wood into the crack with the hope that the wood is going to expand and stop the water from coming in. Well, it will expand but if there are any gaps or anything where it does not expand enough then water is just going to come in. I call that the &ldquo;wood plug&rdquo; method. Another method that is used all the time is they&rsquo;ll put hydraulic cement into the crack. A lot of time is just like on the surface of the crack. In hydraulic cement they say your just supposed to chip out some and do it at a certain angle. Well, hydraulic cement is intended for an emergency, and even if it stops it, it will stop it today but it will leak again because concrete does expand and contract. When you put this hydraulic cement in, it acts as a rock and then the concrete moves, expands, and contracts and your problem is back again. So those are some of the things I see out there people trying to fix a leaking foundation concrete wall. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>All right, how about we do this? How about we use that wood plug, then seal it with hydraulic cement, and then paint over it with Flexseal, and then for any remaining drips we use the wicking method to drop the water into a bucket. Would that work? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> I haven&rsquo;t seen it work on a permanent basis because I&rsquo;m getting called all the time. All these things don&rsquo;t work on a permanent basis. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Very interesting stories, Rich. Thanks for sharing these amusing vignettes and hopefully all these DIY&rsquo;ers out there will spare themselves some misery if they have a leaking foundation wall crack. It really takes special equipment and training to fix them properly for the long term. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem and think you need a professional, or, if you&rsquo;d like more information on foundation repair and waterproofing topics, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1FoundationCrackRepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. Thanks for listening and keep that basement dry. </p> 4/24/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641170 Why did my Foundation Wall Crack Suddenly Start Leaking After 20 Years? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/dce3e7990e0a2fd45b60c1a1307229b3aa4ffd0d.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) discusses that foundation crack you&rsquo;ve known about for years and now suddenly it starts leaking. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: Why did my Foundation Wall Crack Suddenly Start Leaking After 20 Years? </p> <p>So Rich, concrete will eventually crack at some point, right? It may be fairly normal to have <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in foundation walls</a> that aren&rsquo;t leaking and cause no structural concerns, right? </p> <p><strong>Crackman: </strong>That&rsquo;s certainly true. </p> <p><strong>Narrator: </strong>So why might my foundation wall start leaking after twenty years or so? </p> <p><strong>Crackman: </strong>I get this call all the time. In fact just this morning I got a call from Maynard Mass. An older couple have been in their house for 23 years that had a <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation</a> when they bought it. Now it&rsquo;s leaking. You got to understand that concrete expands and contracts. Concrete is very strong if you push down on it, but now so much if you push against it. </p> <p>What has happened with this winter that we&rsquo;ve had is that we&rsquo;ve had some cold weather, it froze early, ad when soils and water freeze, they push against the foundation. This will make existing cracks bigger. The water gets in there and it freezes and makes the crack bigger a little bit at a time. These cracks allow water to come in. </p> <p>It could also be that we&rsquo;ve had lots of snow. The snow melting off the roof, you got water coming in. Then comes the rain. Also in winter, I&rsquo;ve seen this also, the faucet outside the house, people don&rsquo;t bleed them. They can keep dripping through the winter keeping and causing these situations. </p> <p>These are all reasons why after twenty years, ten years, these foundation walls begin to leak. One thing I&rsquo;ve always said. There are two types of cracks. One the leaks and one that&rsquo;s going to leak. We just don&rsquo;t know when they are going to leak. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> So did that couple make a mistake not getting that crack repaired and waiting for it to finally start leaking? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> A crack lets water in. It definitely lets cold in. And they can let insects in. And usually cracks know when you are away. It can leak when you&rsquo;re not there and cause problems. Then your looking at mold and mildew. Don&rsquo;t forget there is moist air in the ground that helps moisture come through that crack. So, get the crack repaired while in your in control of it before it gets control of you. </p> 3/25/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true cracks in foundation walls,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing,crack in the foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
641149 How to Deal with a Wet Basement (and When to Bring in the Pros) <center><img alt="" src="/images/flooded-basement.jpg" style="width: 700px;" /></center> <p><em>By Annmarie Timmins </em></p> <p itemprop="description">Rich &ldquo;Crackman&rdquo; Comeras has been in the wet basement business for 20 years, so he&rsquo;s pretty convincing when he says there are three things in life you can count on: &ldquo;Death, taxes, and, if you have concrete, it&rsquo;s going to crack.&rdquo; </p> <p>And in the right conditions &mdash; a trifecta of spring thaw, snow melt, and rain &mdash; a crack can lead to water in the basement and even mold, especially if that basement is finished. &ldquo;We are busy all year round,&rdquo; said Comeras, owner of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> in Hudson. &ldquo;But when we have three days of rain, we are answering the phone from 6 a.m. to 10 o&rsquo;clock at night.&rdquo; </p> <p>While the Boston area may not be facing a three-day deluge, snow is melting and rain is in the forecast for Friday. </p> <p>So if you find yourself with a wet basement, you&rsquo;ve got two paths to a solution: Tackle the problem yourself or call a professional. Either way, the first step is identifying the source of your water problem. </p> <p>Is water coming in from the outside, from heavy rain or snow melt? Or, is it an indoor humidity problem? The answer is obvious if you&rsquo;ve got an inch of water on your basement floor. If not, Family Handyman, a DIY website for homeowners, recommends taping a piece of aluminum foil to your basement wall for a few days. Moisture on the wall behind the foil means water is coming from the outside. Moisture on the front of the foil points to high indoor humidity. </p> <h3>The DIY approach</h3> <p>Jeff Underwood&rsquo;s family has been operating Robinsons Hardware in Framingham and Hudson for nearly 60 years. Early on, Underwood&rsquo;s father taught seminars for homeowners who wanted to tackle their wet basement themselves. The seminars ended years ago, but Underwood still walks customers through their options when they come in, often in a panic. </p> <p>Underwood can rent you a water pump and wet/dry vacuum to remove the water, a blower to dry the area, a dehumidifier to pull remaining moisture from the air, and even an ozone generator to eliminate lingering odors. Places like Home Depot and Rental Depot of Boston also rent some equipment. </p> <p>If you have a finished basement, you need to get the rugs out and replace any sheetrock that has absorbed water. Pull any snow away from your foundation. Make sure your gutters are clean and downspouts are directed away from your foundation. Consider a downspout extender that drains the water even farther away. </p> <p>Once the water is gone, you can plug cracks with caulking and then seal them with a concrete-like sealant, a silicone-based sealant, or waterproofing paint. Those products cost between $30 and $50. This is likely going be a short-term fix: Either the sealant will give way to the water or you&rsquo;ll get new cracks in your concrete. </p> <p>Your long-term solution is installing a pump and drainage system in your concrete floor. The Internet has plenty of videos that will tell you how to do this, but the tool and equipment list is long and includes a jackhammer. This is when Underwood would suggest calling in a professional. </p> <h3>Calling in the experts</h3> <p>Ron Canelli, owner of Northeast Basement Systems in Seabrook, N.H., has seen a lot of DIY-gone-bad situations in his 30 years of waterproofing basements and crawl spaces. &ldquo;Homeowners spend a lot of money to paint and seal the basement,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a lot of time and a lot of money and a lot of energy [for] a solution we know is not going to work.&rdquo; </p> <p>Canelli&rsquo;s drainage systems run the perimeter of the basement and sit above the surface for easy access, rather than under the floor like some drainage systems. Wall panels direct water coming from outside into a drain channel that is connected to a sump pump. The sump pump removes the water from the basement. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a cheap solution &mdash; $6,000 to $9,000 &mdash; but it comes with a warranty that transfers to a new owner if you sell your home. </p> <p>Comeras is also not a fan of the hardware store sealants and waterproof paints. &ldquo;If you think about it, how can paint stop [water] pressure from coming through a wall?&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It can&rsquo;t.&rdquo; He explains this &mdash; and more &mdash; in detail in his <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/podcast">Crackman podcasts</a> and videos on his website, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. </p> <p>Comeras focuses on sealing cracks and leaks with things that sound very un-DIY &mdash; like &ldquo;epoxy injection&rdquo; and &ldquo;weave carbon fiber blanket repairs&rdquo; &mdash; and installing sump pumps. Rather than a drainage system, Comeras&rsquo; fixes aim to keep water from seeping in. It&rsquo;s a cheaper fix &mdash; under $700 &mdash; that also comes with a warranty that transfers if you sell your home. </p> <p>Source: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2019/03/14/how-deal-with-wet-basement-and-when-bring-pros/gwRWK8K7Q9kcsjNPaddCWM/story.html">bostonglobe.com</a></p> 3/14/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,Crackman podcasts 0 Joseph Coupal
641125 6 Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Isn't Working During a Hard Freeze <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/d220c377f27416550ce581e322a785fadc4637f0.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) shares his top six reasons why your <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> fails during a hard freeze. Some will make perfect sense&hellip;some may surprise you. Listen and enjoy! </p> <p>It&rsquo;s time once again for the &ldquo;Crack Man Podcast&rdquo; hosted by A1 Foundation Crack Repair. We&rsquo;re here with the Crackman himself, Rich Comeras. Rich has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and over 20 years experience as the founder and president of A1 Foundation and Crack Repair Inc. His podcasts provides expert basement water proofing, concrete repair, and preventative maintenance tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation&rsquo;s excellent insight will help avert a disastrous flood within the basement, health problems associated with water infiltration within the basement, and protect your biggest investment&hellip;.your home. </p> <p>The topic for today&rsquo;s podcast: <strong>6 Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Isn't Working During a Hard Freeze </strong></p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Hey Rich, just out of curiosity, what is the temperature today there in Hudson Mass? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> It&rsquo;s three degrees&hellip;a little chilly out there. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> When the temperatures get that low, I suppose it can effect the proper operation of a home&rsquo;s sump pump. Yes? </p> <p><strong>Crackman:</strong> Absolutely. We&rsquo;ve been getting calls. One call we got recently about a sump pump not working. The first things I ask people to do is check the outlet that the pump is plugged into and make sure that outlet is working. You need to make sure that you have power to that outlet. During this freeze that we&rsquo;re having, we&rsquo;ve got a number of calls about sump pumps not working. So I ask them about the pipes that they use to vacate the water out. People who are using corrugated (usually black) pipe are finding that water within those pipes is freezing. What is happening is that the water is getting into each rib, it freezes, then the water around that next rib freezes, and before you know it that whole ribbed pipe is frozen. So I never recommend you putting a ribbed pipe in there. You want a nice smooth PVC pipe there, and at a good angle. That&rsquo;s a second reason that pipes freeze. Another reason why pipes freeze is that they have no check valve. The check vale prevents water from going back into the pit. You want to make sure that you have a check valve. Another reason sump pumps fail is because their aged. Mechanical devices will only last so long. We get calls that the float that goes up and down get stuck on the sides of the pit that it&rsquo;s in. The last reason that people are having problems with sump pumps is because they put a pump in that is oversized, it&rsquo;s too big, too much horsepower. It causes the pump to cycle too quickly and it is causing them to burn out. So you need to know what size pump to be putting in there. </p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> This is really good information, Rich. So if your sump pump suddenly isn&rsquo;t working during a hard freeze, consider the Crackman&rsquo;s common reasons why sump pumps fail. You just might save yourself some money. </p> <p>If y'ou have any issue with your home&rsquo;s sump pump or want more information regarding <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/block-foundation-crack-repair.html">foundation crack repair</a> and <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. Or you can email Rich at <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com"> info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a>. </p> 2/20/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true sump pump,foundation crack repair,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641095 Strange Coincidences with Lally Columns <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/c9e5251e28be088ad1be69268dfd1732a4416e09.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">In this episode, Richard Comeras (aks &ldquo;The Crackman&rdquo;) shares some interesting vignettes on the history of lally columns along with some weird stuff he runs into as he inspects, repairs, and replaces them. </p> <p>My history with lally colums goes way back. My daughter and son-in-law used to work with me in the business. They were at a party in Hudson Mass. Some of their friends were there, also from Hudson, and my daughter heard a conversation involving on of her friends about lally columns. She piped in and said my great-great grandfather invented them and has a patent on them. What are the chances of that happening? It&rsquo;s about nothing. His mother&rsquo;s maiden name was &ldquo;Lally&rdquo; and that&rsquo;s how it all came to be. What he had seen was in house fires, the whole house falls right in because they did not have these lally columns to provide more of a permanent structure. </p> <p>He came up with the idea of putting these structures up from the basement floor through the main supporting beam. So the lally column is a supporting column underneath the house that supports the main beams going across the floor to prevent dipping caused by natural settling and caving due to fire disaster. </p> <p>They&rsquo;re a big issue now with home inspections. You don&rsquo;t want to have those that are screw-jacked top, or those that are hollow. Today, they must be concrete filled and supported by steel on the exterior. We put a thick steel plate on the top that is welded to the column. In our repair journey, we&rsquo;ve come across some strange lally column configurations. </p> <p>We were just in Lexington Mass where we were doing a &ldquo;repointing&rdquo; job and the gentleman wanted more lally columns because he was putting in new granite and he was rightfully concerned about the weight. So we went down below to inspect the lally columns that were there and some of them you could actually twist. They were great, they had a footing, a concrete pad underneath, but you could turn them. So we looked up and noticed what they had was aluminum flashing between the main beam and the lally column. It wasn&rsquo;t cut to size properly. We had to fix those by placing a thick plate at the top. We had to dig new footings to support new lally columns for the guy. Clearly the lesson here is you don&rsquo;t use flashing at the top of lally columns. </p> <p>If you have a basement water problem or if you think you need a professional or want more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">foundation crack repair</a> and <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a>, please visit <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a> or call Rich at (866) 929-3171. </p> 2/4/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation crack repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
641079 Can Basement Wall Cracks Lead to Termite Problems? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/b771a98454ba223811f56ab827419a1cf56a0a9c.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description"><a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">Basement wall cracks</a> are somewhat common and you don't always need to panic when you see them. But, is there a concern with cracks that are wide enough that they can allow termites to infest your home?</p> <p>I just attended a conference of pest control companies and what they were talking about was that cracks that are less than 1/64th of an inch (that's really small) can allow termites and carpenter ants in. They crawl into these cracks because they like dark and moist and they are looking for something to eat and the silt plate right there. This can cause a lot of damage to your home overtime.</p> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Termite tunnel on stone foundation" src="/images/termite-tunnel.jpg" /><br /> <p><strong><em>Termite tunnel on stone foundation</em></strong></p> </center><br /> <p>The pest control industry recommends that these cracks get fixed to help stop these critters from getting in. A tell-tale sign is a trail of hardened wood dust, this is a sign of termite problems.</p> <p>Most of the time the calls we get are because these cracks are leaking water. During this winter season you also have cold air coming right through. Also, you can get Radon coming in as well. If you are at the stage where you are selling your house these cracks can cause problems in the sale. For sellers and buyers, when the home appraisers come in the report of cracks in the foundation can hold up the whole sale.</p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement wall cracks and waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/29/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement wall cracks,concrete wall cracks,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc. 0 Joseph Coupal
641012 Everything you Needed and Wanted to Know about Basement Floor Cracks <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/ad32980109b45a39bcdaea54e7019bf7ca4d17dd.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">We've been fixing <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">basement floor cracks</a> for more than two decades, no one knows more than us. </p> <p>There are three things in life you can be sure of: death, taxes, and if you have concrete it is going to crack, you just don't know when or where. </p> <p>With basement floor cracks, oftentimes they crack because concrete is like a piece of raw spaghetti, if you have any movement at all it is going to break. If I ask you to only crack a piece of raw spaghetti part way, it is next to impossible. You have the soil under the concrete that is settling, you may have footings and those settle too, which can cause cracks. </p> <p>Not only do you have settling issues but heavy equipment going down the street or earthquakes (there was one felt in Gardner, MA a few days ago) can also cause cracking. Blasting can cause cracks, or when the concrete is poured it can have too much water, too much wind going on over it, or it can dry too quickly. Oftentimes when they pour concrete floors, by code they are supposed to put a vapor barrier or plastic down. They poke holes in that plastic so the water can penetrate more quickly. This can speed up the time that it takes concrete to cure which can also cause cracking. </p> <p>You may notice in big box stores, some garages, or even in sidewalks that made with concrete that there are lines every so often. These are expansion joints, or basically controlled cracks. These often help concrete from cracking; not a guarantee, but they help. But, in residential construction they don't often put these expansion joints in. </p> <p>Those are some of the reasons that <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete cracks in basement floors</a>. But, while cracks are unsightly and can cause homeowners concern, most often they are not structural issue. But, basement floor cracks do let a lot of cold air and organic odors up, they also let moisture and radon up. Also, if you want to sell your house, buyers get nervous about basement cracks. </p> <p>To repair a crack we have to clean it out and sometimes we have to put a specialty sand or gravel down to where the ground is under the concrete because there can be a 3" gap between the soil and the concrete because that material has compacted over-time. So we bring the sand up to the bottom of the floor and then we put a hybrid 2-part epoxy material or a urethane type material into it which actually welds the concrete together and helps stop the moisture, air, or odors from coming in; and it looks a lot better too. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">basement crack repair</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/7/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement floor cracks,basement crack repair,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,concrete cracks in basement floors 0 Joseph Coupal
641002 Why am I getting So Many Leaks Around the Pipe Penetrations in My Stone Foundation? <center><audio id="player260" src=" https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/bd064f6c0d0c4bc4b505af00807a51c445163b37.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">Just recently in Cambridge, MA, there was water coming into the home from around a new water pipe. The water company dug out in front of the house a little bit. Once you dig you disturb the soil which has been getting compacted for what could be around 100 years or for as few as five years. Either way, the rain compacts the soil which helps keep the water from coming into your home. But utility companies put fluffy soil on top of a pipe or conduit and they don't compact it at all. Then in the basement, they will use hydraulic cement, put it around the pipe and call it finished. Hydraulic cement is to be used in an emergency to try to stop water, but it doesn't expand or contract. Soil and stones move because of the freezing cycle in Massachusetts. That's why we have so much water coming in around water pipes, electrical conduits, irrigation cable, and other wall penetrations. We see this all the time.</p> <p>If a utility company is digging down into the yard to install a pipe that is going to run through the wall, and they don't compact the soil, that soil can even act as a sponge and pull the water right to the wall. If the utility company has not done a good job to seal it, that is where the problem lies. To fix this, we'll work from the inside. We will clean out in between the stones and hydraulic cement that they put in. We use oakum, which is like rope. We'll soak that in a polymer resin material and work it into the foundation. That will expand and we then put a specialty mortar over that. These materials will expand and move with the stones and soil, but it will always stop the water. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</a></p> 1/2/2019 1/1/2099 0 1880 true leaking pipe penetration,Pipe Penetrations in My Stone Foundation- Boston, MA,Pipe Penetrations - Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/lp-leaking-pipe.png
640993 Panicked New Homeowner Finds Basement Water from Leaky Chimney <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/05f6677caa17adbc58437d889660ce512962a814.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">These homeowners had just come home from the closing and thought the water in their basement was coming in from the chimney. </p> <p>They had a plumber come out because the water was right near the furnace and water heater which goes into the chimney. </p> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Panicked New Homeowner Finds Basement Water from Leaky Chimney" src="/images/condensation-pump-1.jpg" /></center><br /> <p>The plumber said everything was okay. So, I further explored with them over the phone on that Friday night. I asked if the water was coming in from where the floor and wall meet. They tried vacuuming it up, and it was not coming in from that area. </p> <p>By process of elimination I asked them if there was a "shoe box looking thing" near the furnace. They said there is. That is a condensate pump. When the furnace works, it creates moisture and it goes into this condensate pump and then there is a little pipe that pumps it out when it fills with water. </p> <p>I had them stick their finger in the condensate pump and see if the little hole was near the top. It is. </p> <p>I told them to get a glass of water and pour it in until the water reaches the top. There is a float in there that is supposed to go on and pump the water out once it fills. Well, it didn't pump the water out. What was happening was the water from that condensate pump was leaking out onto the floor. Because it was raining outside, they thought there was a leak. </p> <p>We diagnosed all of this over the phone because we want to be sure it is something we can help customers with and we are happy to help homeowners with their basement water problems. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 12/26/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement water problems,basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640971 Worcester Firefighter Fights Basement Water Problem with a Pickaxe <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/50cc888309eede7905552343b4956d3d7b258793.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">I had a Worcester firefighter call us up. He lives in Hudson, MA and he had water coming into his finished basement. He couldn't figure out how it was coming in. </p> <p>We told him to go outside and take a look at the wall where it seemed to be coming in from. As you know there can be anywhere from 3" of concrete to feet of concrete showing. </p> <p>He went outside and sure enough he saw a hairline crack. We told him to go inside and open up that area in the Sheetrock where the crack was. </p> <p>He opened it up, and sure enough, there was water coming in from that little crack. He was amazed that so much water could come in through a crack that small. He was also amazed that we diagnosed his problem over the phone. We went out and fixed the <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation</a> and gave him a full-warranty. As a result, we have fixed a few more basement and foundation problems for some other Worcester Firemen. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 12/14/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,crack in the foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
640936 Water Leakage in Concrete Wall <p itemprop="Description">The leakage is coming in through a hole to the right of the stairs at the back wall of the garage. We believe the areas adjacent to the hole are wet from the single leakage source. Below is the photo and video of the leakage observed last week. </p> <center><br /> <img alt="" src="/image/IMG_0258.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <div class="flex-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-aDVCNejKVo" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="700" height="415" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> </center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 12/5/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,water leakage in concrete wall 0 Joseph Coupal
640933 Common Basement Water Problems during Heavy Rains in Massachusetts <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/8dd8162a406c278b76b89ecb86c7de78577fea04.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">We are smack dab in the middle of Fall and during this tumultuous time of year, every day can bring it's own exciting conditions from heavy rain, to freezing conditions, and even snow. We try to always help our customers and others out there who have basement water problems. We've had some really heavy rains recently. One call that comes to mind was at 9:30pm on a Friday night. We got a call from a homeowner in Worcester. His sump pump wasn't working. I directed him to the sump pump and had him ensure that the outlet was working; it was. I then had him take the lid off of the sump pump basin, which was full of water and overflowing. I had him simply take the float, raise it and see if the pump went on, it did. The float had gotten stuck with minerals from the water. By just raising the float up and down a few times it got freed up and the pump started working again. </p> <p>We are like a basement hotline. We'll talk folks through a lot of issues to save homeowners time and money. Another call was from a woman that had a stone foundation which was leaking. I asked her if it was flooding in from the corner, and it was. I had her go outside and check to see if there was a downspout from the gutter that got kicked off. There was, and she put it back on so the water was directed away from the home to stop the leaking. </p> <p>However, because the water was coming in through the stones she wanted us to come out at a later date and fix it. The man with the sump pump called the next day, he was so grateful. But, he was also concerned that it may happen again, so he asked us to install a new sump pump and he would keep the existing one as back up. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>, and keep that basement dry.</p> 12/3/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement crack repair and waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
640931 How do I get rid of Cold Air and Mice in my Basement? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/fc43b63bf1f035049eccce8b805b1c3cab76a855.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="Description">Winter is fast approaching and we are starting to get calls from homeowners with stone foundations about cold air and mice in the basement. The typical issue there is that these stone foundations are pretty old, usually 80 to 100 years old. Mortar, kind of like the glue, is what holds these stones together. Well, if we were that old, we'd get a little decrepit and so does the mortar in between the stones. When that mortar ages it crumbles and you'll see a white powdery material on the floor; or if you drag your finger on the mortar it crumbles or has already crumbled. Once it crumbles it creates voids which allows in cold air. Think about all the stones in a stone foundation and the amount of mortar that can crumble. That's not like having a window open, it is probably more like having a sliding door wide open letting in cold air. But, it's not only letting cold air in, it can also let in furry friends like mice and rats, and even snakes. </p> <p>To fix a stone foundation, we go in there and take out the mortar that has crumbled, is loose, or is non-existent. Then we put that mortar back in. This is called re-pointing a foundation. Right now in MA, RI and CT we are getting a lot of calls for this. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement crack repair and waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 11/21/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement crack repair and waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
640930 Why Does My Concrete Look So Rough and Pitted? Boston, MA <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/0445810709ffcb21bb83fae32c9c9823c461937a.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">We take good care of concrete. Concrete can start to look rough and pitted, we see this in New England all the time. This happens because water penetrates the concrete because concrete is porous. When the water penetrates, and then the concrete freezes, it can pop some of the concrete a little bit. That's when you see that rough spalling going on. We also use salts or materials that melt the ice, and the water penetrates the concrete and freezes again. We see this quite often. Spalling is concrete that absorbs some of the moisture, freezes, and then it basically pops, breaks, and chips off. </p> <p>To fix it, we have to get any concrete off that is loose or not solid. We clean it out and then put in what we call a "milk," which is an adhesive. Then we put some specialty masonry material back on it. I then recommend spraying it with a crystallized quartz based material that goes into the pores of the concrete. We don't only spay it on the space we repaired, but also on the steps or on the side of the foundation, or in the garage on the sides. This does not let the water penetrate. </p> <p>We can fix this concrete that does not look so great and get it back in great condition. If you have <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water proofing</a> issues, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 11/13/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing 0 Joseph Coupal
640866 Is Your Sump Pump Ready for Winter? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/d62aeb65c7dad538d7856d68cbd87703989b054a.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">Winter is right around the corner and that often means that your <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pumps</a> will get a workout. We have a quick four step process that people can do at home to ensure their sump pump is ready for action. </p> <p>The first step is to make sure it is plugged in. Then, raise the float in the sump pump and make sure it turns on. </p> <p>The second step is to check and make sure that the discharge line outside is not cracked, broken, or clogged. </p> <p>The third step in the process is to make sure that it flows, that water actually goes out. This may mean that you have to put a garden hose in the sump pump, make sure the float rises, and make sure it is working properly. </p> <p>The fourth and final step. Make sure there are no leaks in the discharge line. You want to get all the water out of the basement, you don't want the water in the basement. </p> <p>If you perform this four-step check and have a problem with your sump pump, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 10/30/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,sump pumps 0 Joseph Coupal
640865 Do I Need to Repair Exterior Foundation Walls that are Damaged, Pitted, or Spalled? <center><audio id="player260" src=" https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/75ba741d1b6c4394006f0f62407d6358f892833d.mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">We got a call because a customer was concerned about the exterior surface of their foundation wall, it showed signs of excessive pitting and spalling. Why does this happen anyway? Is it just poor concrete or is it something else? </p> <p>It could be poor concrete. It could be how it was mixed, when it was poured, or when they pulled the forms. Concrete is supposed to be vibrated to get the air out, and sometimes they don't do that or maybe the home got the end of the batch. What normally causes this though, is the water sitting on the concrete and then freezing. It then breaks the concrete a little bit and then it gets these spall or pock marks. More water then sits on it and freezes again, and this can further damage the concrete. You do want to take care of it so that it does not deteriorate the foundation anymore. </p> <br /> <center><img alt="" src="/images/exterior-foundation-wall-1.jpg" style="padding-left: 10px; width: 250px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/exterior-foundation-wall-2.jpg" style="padding-left: 10px; width: 250px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/exterior-foundation-wall-3.jpg" style="padding-left: 10px; width: 250px;" /></center><br /> <p>So, the questions are: "Should your repair it, and when do you know it is time to repair it?" </p> <p>It's a preventative maintenance issue. The sooner your repair it the better off you are and the less damage you will have. To answer the second question, to repair it we have to wire brush it and see how much we take off. Then we have to put additional adhesive material on it, called Milk. Then, we put a special masonry material over that which makes it smooth and the rain can't penetrate it. A crystallized quartz based material is then put over that and you're all set. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement water proofing</a> or <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack repairs</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 10/18/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement water proofing,foundation crack repairs 0 Joseph Coupal
640826 Do I Need to Worry About Replacing a Rusted Lally Column? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/24f1f399f7ab1f8f6ef76a0c868e504c245e4865.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">How do you know it is time to worry about <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">replacing a lally column</a> that shows signs of corrosion. These pictures are from a home in Lexington, MA. They came from a homeowner who had just bought the home and they had the home inspection. The home inspector said the lally columns need to be replaced because of all the rust. The facts are, according to structural engineers, if a lally column is rusted it loses about 1/3 of its strength. As you can see in these pictures, this lally column has probably lost more strength than that because it is rusted so terribly. This needs to be replaced. </p> <br /> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Replacing Rusted Lally Column, Boston, MA" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Replacing Rusted Lally Column, Boston, MA" src="/images/rusted-lally-1.jpg" style="width: 700px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/rusted-lally-2.jpg" style="width: 700px;" /></center><br /> <p>Now, you don't just put a lally column in; you have to make sure there is a footing. A footing is a nice piece of concrete that we pour by breaking the floor, digging down, pouring the concrete and then we come back and cut the lally column to size. The lally columns we use are concrete filled steel with a thick piece of steel top plate that goes against the beam. Then that plate is bolted into the beam. </p> <p>They rust because in the basement or garage there is humidity. Metal rusts; even though it is coated with a paint it is still going to rust. Oftentimes, the lally column is put into the concrete and not on it. The concrete never fully cures, there is always moisture, so that moisture will wick up and will cause the metal to rust overtime. However, I think the one in the picture has an imperfection because it actually split. </p> <p>For more information on lally columns, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 10/10/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,replacing a lally column 0 Joseph Coupal
640813 Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Dehumidification When it Comes to Concrete? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/2aaf2f4b03ddba1b29dbc2dad72b9fd83ed73c65.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">We got called to a home in Beverly, MA. A gentleman was considering buying a house and he wanted me to be there while the home inspection was going on because there were a lot of cracks in the foundation floor. It was a very large house. </p> <p>There were expansion joints in the floor, those are the lines you see in concrete so that it can expand and contract. Everything looked fine, I didn't see any water or anything like that. But, I noticed he had three high end dehumidifiers running down there. I asked the owner how long those had been running. He told me, "all summer." I then asked him when the cracks started to appear. His response: "midway through the summer." </p> <p>I asked the home inspector if he had a moisture meter with him, some have them. We checked the moisture level of the concrete and it was the driest concrete that I have every seen. With that information, we figured out that he had dried the concrete out too much to cause cracks in the floor. </p> <p>This was the first time I had seen this in 20 years. </p> <p>For more information on basement water problems, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 10/3/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement water problems,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,cracks in the foundation floor 0 Joseph Coupal
640772 How to Play Tic Tac Toe using the Condensation on a Basement Wall <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/key/861c3aed48912ec1bb672285cf50bc91e7acedbc.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">Check out the video! These people had so much condensation on their basement wall they were using it to play Tic Tac Toe. That much water in the basement...is a bad thing. This can lead to mold, mold can lead to problems with your respiratory system, and it can get into your heating ducts. You want to stop condensation at all costs. </p> <center> <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="700" height="415" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U5c8kgd5-V8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div> </center> <p>We got a call from a customer whose home is about a year old. They were getting mold on the baseboards of their finished basement. We recommended that they open up the wall a little bit at the bottom. That's what you see in the video. </p> <p>We need to find out if this is condensation or if there is an actual leak in the foundation. It could be a crack in the foundation wall, we are going to open up the wall even more to find out. We'll run water with a garden hose on the outside of the home to see if it is a crack from higher up, if it is a leaking tie-rod, or if it is condensation. </p> <p>If it is a crack we have an injection process that we use to repair it. We inject the crack so that the material that goes all the way to the outside or another material goes into the crack and a weave carbon fiber blanket goes over that. Similarly, with a tie-rod that may be leaking we can take care of it the same way. </p> <p>We won't know if it is one of those two things until we run the water and open up the wall. Or, it could be what we call a "honeycomb" in the concrete. That's where they should vibrate the concrete when it is wet so to get the air pockets out of it. If they don't get the air pockets out of the concrete water can ooze out. We need to determine if it one of those issues above, or if it is condensation. </p> <p>If it is honeycombs, we need to drill into those holes and inject the polymer resin in them. If it is condensation, what we need to do is get a good dehumidifier. I recommend a dehumidifier that can drain the water from the air to the outside. So, dehumidification can solve the problem or we repair whatever it is by injection or with the carbon fiber method. </p> <p>Many people worry that with a problem like this they will need to rip out the drywall and do a lot of excavation outside the home to solve the problem. We will have to cut out the areas of the sheet rock where there is mold. If you catch it early, this can be minor, if you let the problem linger then you really get issues. There could be mold behind the wall, in the studs, and going into the floor joists above. My advice is to get it taken care of quickly so you don't have problems with the structure and your health. </p> <p>If you have a <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water problem</a>, contact <a href="https://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 9/20/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement water problem,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640758 Should I Repair a Crack in a Foundation if it's Not Leaking? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/key/cbd204a68c4cc0ee5117fc846fafa8394644c109.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and concrete will eventually crack. </p> <p>If you discover a crack in your basement floor, wall, or foundation and it is not leaking, should you fix it? Well, you know the three certainties in life, but there is another: a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">foundation crack</a> is going to leak sooner or later, you just don't know when. There is a reason people repair foundation cracks. One, because you get the cold air coming through. That is like having a football sized hole in your foundation. You can imagine how much cold air can come through that. You can also get radon and moist air coming through, creating a problem with mold. There is also organic material in the soil that is breaking down and creating odors which can come in from foundation cracks. </p> <p>Besides that, wood boring insects can come in and, if the hole is big enough, snakes can get in from cracks in a foundation too. </p> <p>Another big issue is when people are selling their home with a foundation crack. The average person thinks that means the home is going to fall down, when in fact it's not. But, you have to work with the mind of the buyer and you also want a bigger pool of buyers. If you have a foundation crack that has a warranty, it makes the potential buyer a lot more comfortable. </p> <p>Additionally, if an appraiser comes in they are usually after the home inspection. If the home inspector comes in, sees the crack, and tells the buyer about the crack, they may interpret it as a big deal. They may want thousands of dollar off the price of the home, when it is only hundreds to fix. </p> <p>If the appraiser sees it, and it is an FHA or VA loan, and the crack is put on the report, they will want a structural engineer to come in. We know most cracks are not structural. It saves a lot of hassle and aggravation for all parties if a foundation crack is repaired prior to listing the property. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement crack repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 9/7/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation crack,basement crack repair,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640737 What Should I do About Wetness at Bottom of a New Sheetrock Wall in my Basement? <center><audio id="player260" src="https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/key/0480bca4c77924bfe5ee85cf8ccfdbee1b079355.mp3" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p itemprop="description">Imagine the disdain of a homeowner who just had new sheet rock done, and suddenly saw wetness at the bottom of the wall. </p> <p>We got a call from a builder who had recently finished the basement walls; he had studded them, put in the insulation, and the walls had been plastered. Keep in mind that plaster starts as a powder; one part powder to two or three parts water. The homeowners went away for a week, a week during which we hadn't gotten any rain. They came home and their plastered, sheet rock was all wet towards the bottom. </p> <p>They were blaming the builder, thinking that he had punched a hole in the floor by anchoring the wood and that water was now coming up and causing this. The builder wanted to take care of the customer, so he called us. </p> <p>I knew what it was. All that water that was in the plaster while the house was all closed up with no dehumidifier, showed up at the bottom of their sheet rocked wall. Once they put in fans and a dehumidifier in there the problem cleared up. There was nothing that the builder did wrong. </p> <p>The dehumidifier and fans solved the problem. We didn't have to do any repair at all, we just offered our advice. </p> <p>For any information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing topics</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/30/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement waterproofing topics 0 Joseph Coupal
640650 How To Fix Leaking Basement Walls <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI, CT, NH" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI, CT, NH - How To Fix Leaking Basement Walls" src="/images/fix-basement-leaks.jpg" /></center> <br /> <p itemprop="description">There are few things worse for a homeowner than finding water in the basement, especially when it&rsquo;s not entirely clear where it&rsquo;s coming from. Fortunately, water seeping through your basement walls isn&rsquo;t always a cause for alarm. </p> <p>There are a number of potential causes for basement leaks, some of which have easy and relatively inexpensive solutions. </p> <p>Use these steps below to locate your leak and determine the best fix for your &ldquo;weeping&rdquo; walls. </p> <h2>How to Locate the Source of Your Basement Leak</h2> <p>As soon as you notice wet spots on your basement floor or wall, investigate the area around it to see if there are any obvious sources. </p> <p>&ldquo;Signs of a basement water problem include small streams of water, damp walls, and puddling on the floor. The most common way that water enters a basement is through the foundation wall-floor joint,&rdquo; says Mallory Finch, marketing coordinator at Baker&rsquo;s Waterproofing &amp; Foundation Repair. </p> <p>The wall-floor joint, also known as a cove joint, is one of the most common culprits of basement leaks due to the gap between the wall and floor. As the amount of groundwater builds up, such as during a heavy rainstorm, more pressure is placed on the joint, allowing water to seep in. </p> <p>Apart from wall-floor joints, here are a few other common sources of basement leaks: </p> <ul> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>The tops of your walls:</strong> Water can seep over the top of your basement walls when the ground surrounding your home is level or sloped towards your home. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">Wall cracks</a>:</strong> Cracks in the wall are one of the most serious causes of basement leaks and often become apparent when it rains. These are fairly noticeable in unfinished basements, but in unfinished basements you&rsquo;ll have to inspect the outside of the foundation for cracks that run through the wall. </li> </ul> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;If it&rsquo;s a finished basement, we look outside and we look at those areas above grade. <br /> If there&rsquo;s a crack in the wall, then that crack goes all the way down. In that case, we open up the wall and repair it.&rdquo; </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Richard Comeras | Founder, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> </strong></p> </blockquote> <ul> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Floor cracks:</strong> As with wall cracks, cracks in your basement floor can also be a sign of a serious problem. Cracks smaller than an 1/8 of an inch wide are normal, but anything wider should be sealed. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Tie rod holes:</strong> More common in older homes, these holes appear in poured concrete foundations where <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie rods</a> were used to hold wood planks together. Luckily, plugging these holes is a quick and easy repair. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Window wells:</strong> The wells outside your basement windows may let water in when there&rsquo;s insufficient drainage around your property or when your gutters aren&rsquo;t working properly. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Honeycombs:</strong> Poorly mixed concrete can sometimes create air pockets within basement walls, resulting in &ldquo;honeycomb&rdquo; marks along the wall. These bubbly patches are usually a minor problem and can be sealed up. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Leaking pipes:</strong> Drain pipes are another possible culprit for <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement leaks</a>. Check your ceiling and walls for stains or mold. </li> </ul> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Is the water rising? <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/first-steps-after-a-basement-flood/">Learn what to do when your basement floods</a>. </strong></p> </blockquote> <h2>How to Fix Minor Basement Wall Leaks</h2> <p>Stopping a basement leak can be as simple task, as long as you know that the problem isn&rsquo;t more serious. Here are a few relatively easy DIY solutions you can use to fix a leaky basement from the inside and outside: </p> <ul> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Replace Window Wells:</strong> Replacing old or rusted window wells will give water one less possible point of entry and keep the soil away from your window openings. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Clean Gutters &amp; Adjust Spouts:</strong> &ldquo;Clean your gutters and extend downspouts to keep roof water far away from the foundation. You won&rsquo;t want to rely on this alone to keep your basement dry,&rdquo; says Finch. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Install a Dehumidifier:</strong> A dehumidifier won&rsquo;t stop basement leaks, but it will remove any excess moisture from the air. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Regrade Your Soil: </strong>Regrading the soil surrounding your foundation will help divert ground and surface water downhill, instead of into your basement. Use this quick how-to guide to determine the slope of your yard, then either call a landscaper or adjust the slope yourself using a skid steer loader and a garden tiller. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Plug Tie Rod Holes: </strong>If you&rsquo;re certain your leak is coming from the tie rod holes in your wall, all you need to do is plug them using a compressed swell plug. WikiHow has an in-depth article that explains how to install these yourself. </li> </ul> <blockquote> <h3 style="text-align: center;">How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Leaking Basement Wall?</h3> <p style="text-align: center;">The cost to fix a basement wall varies based on the complexity of the problem. <br /> The most minor repair jobs cost under $1,000, while the most comprehensive <br /> repairs can carry a price tag as high as $10,000. </p> </blockquote> <h2>Call a Professional for More Serious Issues</h2> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Sump Pumps in MA, RI, CT, NH" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI, CT, NH - Sump Pumps" src="/images/fix-basement-leaks-1.jpg" /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left; font-size: 10px;"><em><span style="font-size: 12px;">Sump pumps are commonly used in basements with chronic leaks.</span></em></span></div> </center> <br /> <p>If your basement wall is leaking due to something more complex, such as a large crack in the foundation, call a professional waterproofing contractor to explore potential solutions. </p> <blockquote> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Pro Tip: Vet Your Contractor Beforehand</h3> <p style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;We recommend that you research each contractor that you work with. <br /> Check their online reviews, ask for references, and check out the repair solutions <br /> on their website and how they compare to other waterproofing contractors.&rdquo; </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Mallory Finch | Marketing Coordinator, Baker&rsquo;s Waterproofing &amp; Foundation Repair </strong></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: left;">There are a number of fixes that your contractor may recommend, including: </p> <ul> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Waterproofing Membranes:</strong> Your contractor may recommend installing a waterproof coating or membrane on either side of your foundation. According to Finch, this &ldquo;helps prevent moisture and humidity from passing through. This will also improve the appearance of damp, stained, chalky, or flaky walls.&rdquo; </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Exterior French Drain:</strong> Exterior French drains redirect surface and groundwater away from a basement. However, these drains are difficult to install with already-built houses as it requires digging up the perimeter of the home and working around utility lines. </li> <li style="line-height: 2;"><strong>Interior Drain &amp; Sump Pump: </strong>A more permanent solution for chronic leaks is to install interior drains under your basement floor. These drainage systems are often paired with a sump pump that pumps the water out of your basement. </li> </ul> <p>These solutions for basement seepage involve more time and money, but they all offer long-term fixes for weeping walls and other basement leaks. A good contractor will walk you through the project beforehand and answer any questions you have regarding costs and timing. </p> <p>No matter how frustrating the repair process gets, remember that afterwards you&rsquo;ll have a nice, dry basement to enjoy.</p> <p>Source: <a href="https://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/how-to-fix-leaking-basement-walls/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">budgetdumpster.com</a></p> 8/2/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,tie rods,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,sump pumps,basement leak repair,wall crack repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640641 How Did a Snake Get into my Basement? <p itemprop="Description">This is a pretty cool picture of a snake skin sticking out of a house, which means the snake was still inside the house. How does something like that happen? </p> <center><img alt="" src="/images/snakeskin.jpg" style="width: 700px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></center><br /> <center><audio id="player260" src="https://hello.freeconference.com/recording/274033.mp3?rec_key=15fa42aef5c4b538c4f91d43aea1b1642ad1324b" type="audio/mp3" preload="none"> </audio> <script> $('audio,video').mediaelementplayer(); </script> </center> <p>Well it did freak out the homeowner. This was a woman we had done some work for who lives in a condo in Hudson, MA. She's affectionately known as "the snake woman" now. I went over there and took a look. She has a poured concrete foundation and I looked at any cracks that were there: there were a few that were large enough for a snake. I looked at one in particular and there was the skin of the snake. Naturally she wanted us to take care of it permanently. </p> <p>By the time I had gotten there, the property manager had already thrown some caulking in and around. This didn't work because we saw the snake skin after he had left. We went over there and filled in the cracks with an epoxy based material which hardens so she can now live snake-free. </p> <p>But, not only can snakes get into small cracks, these <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation cracks</a> also open your home up to rodents, insects, carpenter ants and more, along with cold air and water. </p> <p>It's a good idea to plug the holes in your basement. The crackman can stop water and critters. For more information on basement crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/30/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation cracks,basement crack repair,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640639 Why A1 Foundation Crack Repair Should be on Every Realtor’s Contact List <center> <img alt="" src="/images/A1 FOUNDATION CRACK REPAIR FRONT 91135_31R.jpg" style="border: 0pt none;" /></center><br /> <p itemprop="description">A lot of work goes into getting a property ready to become the perfect home. No matter the market, every house needs something. Some homes require a little touchup; others may need a lot more work. Top performing realtors have a network of service providers ready to jump on opportunities to get potential listings into SOLD signs. As a realtor, the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/realtors.html">service partners</a> selected must be trusted and relied upon to make sure the deal closes as quickly as possible. Here are the characteristics that should be considered when building your service company partner network. </p> <h2>Responsiveness and Access</h2> <p>Real Estate can be a 24/7 business, and your <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/realtors.html">service partner network</a> should be as well. Sometimes issues or questions come up that are outside your areas of expertise. In these cases, you would want to speak to a live pro right then and there. Service partners should be expected answer the phone while you are working in the evening and on weekends. Also, the service company should be able to give you a verbal or written proposal for the work within 24 hours of your conversation. Leaving a message and getting a return call after 72 hours with a proposal one week later does not help you. Every day that goes by is a missed opportunity to close the deal. When you are working, your service partners should be as well. </p> <h2>Track Record and Experience</h2> <p>Service businesses come and go, but the ones who stick around have built a track record of success and experience to get the job done right. When selecting a partner, investigate how long they have been performing the work and how knowledgeable they are. Is their website educational and up-to-date or does it look like it was created 25 years ago listing only a fax number and billing address? Next, make sure they stand by their work by checking to see insured and if there is a transferrable warranty on the service they are providing. Finally, check to see if they are a specialized business that will handle your exact needs or a catch-all business with a lot of &ldquo;bolt-on&rdquo; services. It&rsquo;s common for organizations to add different service businesses without any history or knowledge-base of the services being performed. Specialized businesses move fast, have the right solutions for the job, and can leave you and your clients with a peace of mind. </p> <h2>Customer Ratings and Reviews </h2> <p>A company touting their own greatness continues to be met with an increasing consumer resistance. In today&rsquo;s market, fancy logos and catchy slogans are far less important the independent review. The <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/realtors.html">service company</a> is an extension of your reputation; poor workmanship, rude personalities, untimely responses, and questionable ethics are all examples of pitfalls that could prevent you from closing deals and filling your pipeline with more opportunities. Resources such as the BBB, Google Reviews, Yelp, Angie&rsquo;s List, and Home Advisor should be explored for reviews on the performance of the service company. Also, it is always good to check with other brokers to see if they have used the service provider you are researching. </p> <h2>Understands the Real Estate Sales Process</h2> <p>Understanding the pinch points of the real estate sales process and how to get past them elevates your broker status. When aligning with service partners, they should also know how their work fits in the big-picture real estate transaction. The service partner should know how Home Inspectors examine a property and how they identify certain items under service provider&rsquo;s &ldquo;jurisdiction&rdquo;. Specifically, they should know how to avoid the home inspector&rsquo;s report if addressing the item before the inspection, or to satisfy the report if they are addressing the item after the home inspection. The service partner should also know how their work can affect the lender&rsquo;s appraisal and underwriting process. Since the property is expected change hands, it is incumbent upon the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/realtors.html">service provider</a> to tell you and your client how the work will transfer from the seller to the buyer. </p> <p>Your individual success can be hampered by bad partners or accelerated by great partners. In the end, if you select the right service companies to build your network, you&rsquo;ll be closing the deal at a much higher rate. Who doesn&rsquo;t want that? </p> 7/27/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,service partners,service partner network,service company,service provider 0 Joseph Coupal
640623 How to Tell if you have Poured Concrete or a Stone Foundation? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1255634.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1255634.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p>If you have a finished basement, it may be hard to tell the difference between a poured concrete or stone foundation. But, it's usually not hard to tell at all. Look in the basement; if you see stones you have a stone foundation, if you see smooth cement walls you have poured concrete. </p> <p>It becomes tricky when people do renovations or rehabs on a house. They'll put in a layer of mortar over the stones to make it smooth so it looks like a poured concrete foundation. That is where you have to be careful. </p> <p>There is a way you can tell. You have to poke around a little bit. If there are some loose areas poke in there and remove a little bit of mortar and see. Or, you can tap on it with your knuckle or lightly with a hammer; if you hear hollow sounds you can pretty much be sure that it is mortar that has been put on top of a stone foundation. This is done on the inside and sometimes on the outside as well. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 7/19/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,stone foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
640611 What Can be Done about Water Leaking in an Elevator Pit? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1254803.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1254803.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">This is actually a case study for a residential elevator pit that was being put in by a high-end builder/remodeler in Newton, MA. He had put in a home addition behind where he had put in the elevator pit, which is slightly below the basement. He told me it was leaking where the floor of the elevator pit meets the foundation. </p> <p>We went in and injected a polymer resin by drilling into the seam, putting our ports in, and injecting the polymer resin. Everything was good. Then we got some very heavy rain and it was leaking again. We went over there next time it was raining, and it was actually not leaking from where we injected, but from about 4" or 5" higher where there was no crack. We had stopped the water from coming in at that seam but there were small fissure cracks that the water found it's way to. As it was coming through, you could see more little areas where the water was coming out. This means that the concrete was either too watery or was not vibrated enough to let these little fissures out. I also found out that there is ledge right behind the pit. This could mean that the concrete may not be very thick. </p> <p>To address this, we used a crystalized quartz material that penetrates the concrete and then grows microscopically in the pours of the concrete to stop the water. </p> <p>There have been some good, heavy rains since then and there have been no issues. If you have a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/wet-elevator-pits-vaults.html ">leaking elevator pit</a> a basement waterproofing problem, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 7/5/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,leaking elevator pit,leaking elevator shaft,leaking elevator,elevator waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
640610 Should I Hire a Structural Engineer for a Foundation Crack? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1254139.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1254139.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We got a call from a woman in Needham, MA who bought a house a month or two ago. She had a crack off the foundation window in the basement. I asked her all the normal questions that I ask in order to get a good idea if it is structural or not: </p> <p>Does it leak? How wide is it? Does it go at a great angle or a slight angle? Upstairs are there any windows in that area that are hard to open or close? Is the molding at the miter joints pulled apart? Are there any cracks in he wall? Is the flooring level? The answer to all the questions was no. I told her it is probably just a settlement crack. </p> <p>She said, I wish I spoke to you sooner. I asked her why. </p> <p>She had a home inspection and they told her to speak to a structural engineer. She wanted to make sure the house didn't have an issue so she hired one for about $700 or $800 dollars. He wrote up a nice report and at the end of the report, probably to protect themselves from liability, he wrote a statement that said "it depends on how the soils are underneath there if the house is going to settle anymore or not." </p> <p>This is essentially true, but the house has been there for over 20 years and there have not been any more signs of settling. To protect himself even more he suggested that she talk to a geologist who does boring samples of the soil. After spending $6,000 on a geologist, the geologist report essentially said "it seems to be OK, but we can't say 100% for sure." </p> <p>When I told her how much it would be under $700 to get the crack repaired she said, "Boy, I wish I had talked to you first. You said exactly what they said and I would have saved almost $7,000". </p> <p>About two days later I got another structural engineer report from a customer who bought a house, and it said essentially the same thing. I can't say they are ripping people off, they've been hired to do a job. But, as a homeowner, you have options to look at it in a sensible way. </p> <p>For a second opinion on foundation cracks, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/28/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation crack repair,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640417 Damage from the Winter Storms <p itemprop="Description"><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/block-foundation-crack-repair.html">Foundation needing repair</a> at 25 Perkins Ave. in Hampton Beach New Hampshire. There are two main areas and then touch up needed on the side of the foundation. </p> <center><img alt="" src="/images/area-1-1.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/area-1-2.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/area-2-2.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/touch-up-needed.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/area-2.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/area-2-2.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 6/7/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation repair,foundation repair in Hamption Beach New Hampshire 0 Joseph Coupal
640410 Can Irrigation Systems Cause Water in the Basement? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1251135.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1251135.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="Description">It's warm outside and people are watering their lawns on a regular basis. Can a rigorous watering cycle cause water in the basement? Well, sometimes it doesn't even have to be rigorous. We have already gotten a couple of calls, one from Dedham and one from Shrewsbury, where people are turning on their irrigation systems, it hadn't rained, and people are calling and saying they have water coming in the basement. </p> <p>There are pre-existing conditions. One was a crack in the poured concrete foundation and water was coming in through that. The other was a leak around the sewer pipe, between the sewer pipe and the concrete, and water was coming in through that. One home had the sprinkler going up against the crack anc the other there was a line that was broken in the soil and the water was coming in around the sewer pipe. </p> <p>So to answer the question, these sprinkler systems can help you to identify where water is coming in through a basement. One of the first things I asked people who have water coming in the basement when it is dry out is if they have a sprinkler system. </p> <p>To fix the problem, if it is a crack in the foundation we can do all the work from the inside. Or, a leak in the sewer pipe, we'll drill into the foundation at angles and put ports into the small holes we drill and fill it with closed polymer resin. Or, we will put another material in the crack and then a weave carbon fiber blanket on top of that. Then we can give them a written warrantly against water coming in the basement. </p> <p>If you need more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 6/4/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640277 How do I Fix Damp or Wet Corners in my Basement? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1250386.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1250386.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">Spring is here after a very long winter, but while the flowers are blooming and birds are chirping there can still be hidden <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">water problems in your basement</a>. Especially in the spring and summer when there hasn't been any rain. We get calls from homeowners who tell us that the corners of their basement are damp or there are little puddles of water. They want us to fix the problem. </p> <p>There are two things that could be going on. One is condensation because concrete never dries. Condensation is when a cold surface, the concrete, hits a warmer surface that has moisture in it, the air. This makes condensation. Why a corner? Because you have the left, right, and floor of the corners that are all made of concrete. So, these areas tend to get condensation. </p> <p>Or, is there water coming through? We know outside a lot of times in the corners of a home there are downspouts and they could be letting water in. So, you run a hose outside on the ground for about 45 minutes turn it off for 15, do it a couple times. If no water comes in, it's condensation. </p> <p>Homeowners can eliminate or reduce condensation in the basement by installing a dehumidifier that will take the moist air out for less condensation. But, some people make the mistake, on a nice spring day, of opening up a window to get some air in the basement. Well, they are getting nice fresh air in, but they are also getting more condensation. Don't open your basement windows. </p> <p>Clothes dryers also let out a gallon and a half of moisture into the air when they are drying clothes. So, it is important to be sure your dryer is properly vented to the outside. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</a></p> 5/24/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,water problems in your basement 0 Joseph Coupal
640270 What is the Purpose of a Sump Pump? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1249658.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1249658.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Before we get into the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">purpose of a sump pump</a> first we should talk about why you need one. We see a lot of basements where a sump pump should be installed. When you have cracks in the basement floor and water is coming up, or if you have water coming in from all around from all four sides you might consider putting a sump pump in. Or, if your ground is all clay, there may be a reason to put one in as well.</p> <p>The purpose of the sump pump is to take water from underneath your cement floor, from below. That way as the water rises it doesn't reach the bottom of your cement floor. </p> <p>Essentially with a sump pump you have a basin at the bottom of your floor that water drains into. The <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> is designed to suck that water out and put it someplace else. The water wants to take the path of least resistance, and that least resistance is in the hole that we have dug in your foundation from which the water is then pumped out. </p> <p>To install one, you need to break the concrete by jack hammering or cutting it. What is very interesting is that what we find when we cut the concrete is that there is no soil directly underneath. There is usually 3 or 4 inches of air space. This is because the soil or gravel compacts down and creates this gap which is a place where water can flow to with least resistance. </p> <p>Once the floor is cut we have to dig down, often 2 or 3 feet. This depends on the type of soil or what the water lines show us. Then we put a basin in and that basin has holes so the water can get into it. We put landscape paper around the basin and maybe some gravel so that when the water comes to it and brings along soil the holes in the basin don't just clog. We then put the sump pump in. I prefer a submersible sump pump rather than one that stands up out of the basin because those can fall over and become inoperable. </p> <p>Then, there needs to be PVC pipe coming out with a check-valve, which is a valve that does not allow water to flow back into the basin. That pipe is plumbed outside. We recommend PVC because it won't break with the freeze/thaw cycle like black flexible pipe will. A cover is then installed for safety reasons. Often people choose a sealed cover so that radon or moisture can't get into the home. </p> <p>More often than not, this is not a DIY task because it involves jack hammering, plumbing and knowledge of the water levels. For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/22/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true sump pump,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,purpose of a sump pump 0 Joseph Coupal
640244 Water Leak in Leicester MA <center> <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QU0uihXZ3GU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div> </center> <br /> <p itemprop="description">Here's a video of the water leak in 169a Chapel Street Leicester MA. You can see the floor behind it. For quality basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 5/15/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
640234 Why Does My Basement Look Like a Murder Scene? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1248891.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1248891.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">It almost looked like a murder scene. They took pictures, and they were so great I posted them. The homeowners were telling me they had water coming in from little dimples in the foundation walls; I knew they were the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie rods</a>. They sent me pictures and the leaking water looked almost red, like blood. But, it was really the tie-rods that were leaking. </p> <p itemprop="description">Tie-rods are metal rods that go right through the foundation. Water gets to the metal and they rust; in this case the leaking water was red! We were able to stop the water leaking in through the tie-rods by injecting them with a polymer resin using an electric pump. Now those tie rods are all sealed up. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a> contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/11/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,tie rods,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,leaking tie rods, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal
640132 How does Frozen Soil Affect Foundations? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1247938.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1247938.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> With all this wacky weather we've had this year in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, the soil has done a lot of freezing and thawing that doesn't bode too well for concrete. But it doesn't just affect concrete, but block and stone walls as well. </p> <p> You have to remember that most soils retains water to begin with, they're moist. But then we have the rain, snow, melt, and freeze. Then the rain, snow, melt and freeze again. We all know water freezes, and when it freezes it expands. </p> <p> Well, concrete and block are very strong when you push down on them. But, when you push in on them, they're not quite as strong. In residential construction there is no requirement to put re-bar in it. So, when you have this freeze thaw cycle happening and it pushes against the foundation you are going to get cracks. </p> <p> These <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation cracks</a> are caused by the freeze thaw, but it is also caused by the pipes running through the foundation walls. If the pipes are not located below the 4' freeze line, and we have a deeper freeze than that, those pipes are going to push up on the concrete. This can cause cracks too.</p> <p> We see a lot of do-it-yourself situations where people try to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">fix foundation cracks</a> with Flex Seal that they see on TV or with hydraulic cement. With the weather, concrete expands and contracts itself and hydraulic cement does not. So we get calls from homeowners who have tried to fix the cracks but it just doesn't work. </p> <p> This cycle is a natural thing that happens, but there are some preventative steps you can take. Make sure the gutters are clean and the downspouts run away from the house. Make sure the landscaping is pitched away from the house. If you have a crack, the water gets in there and freezes and expands the crack, or the soil pushes against the crack and expands it and you are going to have water come in.</p> <p> What we do is we either inject the with a closed polymer resin by drilling at angles to the crack every six to eight inches, putting ports in, and then injecting the resin. Or we may look at it and use another method where we put another material into the crack and then a weave carbon fiber blanket on top of that. Then the customer gets a transferable warranty on that.</p> <p> For any questions about <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/4/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
640072 Reflections of the Crackman - Why He Loves this Business <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1246016.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1246016.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> I used to be a school teacher, and how I got into <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement crack repair</a> wasn't a straight line for me. As a kid I always loved having a business going, may it be lawn mowing jobs. I got too many jobs and had kids mowing lawns for me. That was when I was about 11. </p> <p> I started buying apartment buildings and started doing flips before the word even came into play. We bought a house that had a fire and we knocked the house down but kept the foundation. The people wanted a finished basement, but the basement foundation had cracks in it. So, I talked to chemists, suppliers, and engineers and I fixed it. I had breakfast with a friend of mine who builds houses and he said, he had a bunch of homes that had cracks in the foundations and he asked if I could fix them. I said yes. </p> <p> It dawned on me: there are a lot of homes with cracks in the foundations that no one is really addressing. So that is how I started. Then I started marketing it and it blossomed to MA, NH, CT and RI. </p> <p> I love this business. What I think I love about this business is that I can see this business grow. I enjoy making the relationships with my customers, with other businesses that refer business to me. I enjoy solving a problem and getting it fixed. Problems that are annoying to people and that can also be a health issue. Not only that, I have seen my employees flourish with me in their personal lives and financial lives. It strikes me as unusual to see people who have a passion about this business like I have, fixing foundation cracks. Now I have second generation people working for me, which brings me a whole other avenue of enjoyment. </p> <p> I have nurtured relationships in other industries. I start out marketing to realtors and other industries that deal with houses like pest control companies. We get referred to them by their customers. We always find out how people have heard of us, we do a survey about "how did we do" and we get back to those people. Then they have more faith in referring business to us. </p> <p> We have done seminars to educate realtors and structural engineers so they can have an expert on their team who can deal with these problems. Everything is about service today. one thing that makes us different is that we answer the phone so you get to talk to a live person. </p> <p> I also like to give back to the community. We do a lot with Habitat with Humanity. I'm asked to go into high schools and talk to kids who are taking business management courses or entrepreneurial course and we talk about success, what is success. I talk about my story. One thing I see is that a lot of these young adults have no idea that they can open their eyes, see an opportunity and take action to have a career out of solving somebody else's problems. There is also a huge need for people going into the trades. With supply and demand, labor rates going up, if someone wants to start a business in the trades they can be the next blue collar millionaire. I've had lots of kids shadow me and I have a great time doing that.</p> 4/26/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement crack repair 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
640031 Landlords, Will Your Lally Columns Pass Section 8 Inspection? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1245999.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1245999.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> I recently got a call from a landlord who had his yearly inspection for his section 8 tenants. For the first time in all these years the inspector picked on the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">temporary lally columns</a>. This is a Boston Section 8 apartment and they had to change them.</p> <p> First of all, what a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally column</a> looks like is a piece of metal that is hollow and it usually has a screw jack on top. Being hollow, it is not as strong. If there is a fire, it can bend on you. The inspectors want solid lally columns. They are metal and filled with concrete, with a thick metal plate on top. They also don't want it just sitting on a 2" or 3" inch cement floor. We have to actually break the floor, dig down, pour a footing, come back and cut the lally column to the right size. We did that, the inspector was happy, and the landlord can continue his section 8 rentals.</p> <p> Landlords beware, take care of your temporary lally columns. If you need more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/20/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Column repair, Boston, MA,lally column replacement Boston, MA,temporary lally columns, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
639958 Is a Sump Pump Necessary in this Home in Franklin, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1245093.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1245093.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We went out to do a repair on a poured <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack</a> that was leaking. We did our injection because it was a wet crack that was leaking, we stopped the water.</p> <p> About 3 weeks later we got a call from the homeowner. She was so happy that the crack had stopped leaking, but she was getting water on the floor of her basement. I stopped in, she showed me where it was. </p> <p> There was a crack in the floor, but no water was there. I was looking around, and all of a sudden some water showed up in the middle of the floor. I felt the water, it was warm. </p> <p> I asked her if anyone upstairs was doing anything with water. Her husband was washing dishes. So, we put some food coloring in some water and sent it down the drain. It was not that the water table was coming up and would require a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a>. It was that there was a crack in the sewer line under her floor. </p> <p> So, she called a plumber who opened the floor or ran a line above the floor and ran a line to the sewer in the street.</p> <p> I was happy to help her solve her problem.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 4/13/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,water in basement, MA,foundation wall crack, MA,sump pump, MA,basement leak, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
639945 5 Prep Steps to Prevent Basement Water During a Nor-Easter <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1244258.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1244258.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> New England got pounded by Nor 'Esters this past March. The first thing homeowners should do to be prepared is to go outside and check on their gutters and downspouts and be sure they are in good working order. Downspouts help water run away from the foundation, they may need to add extenders to them. Next is to be sure your sump pump is working correctly. A sump pump that does not work is no good at all.</p> <p> If you know you have a bulkhead that is leaking, at least put a tarp over it to prevent at least some of the leaking. Get some towels ready if you have cracks in the walls and start a towel brigade. Or, get some of that spray insulation and spray it on the floor around the crack. That foam will create a moat and hold the wate that you can remove with a wet vac.</p> <p> Also, always take note on where the water is coming in from so you can then talk to a professional.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a> tips, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/11/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,preparing for a Nor 'Easter 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
639843 The Crackman Saves RI Homeowner from a Costly Perimeter Drain <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1243879.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1243879.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="Description">I had an interesting call from a homeowner who is also a contractor. He called to find out if I put perimeter drains in. He was pretty instent that he need one, so I asked him why he thought he needed perimeter drains. </p> <p>He said he had water coming in between where the concrete wall and the foundation floor meet. I asked if it was in one area and he said yes. I asked if he had a sump pump installed near that area, and he also said yes. </p> <p>He said that the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> was only about 3 yards away from the area. I asked him to describe the area, or pit, that the sump pump is in. The pump sits in a hole with cement walls and a soil floor. </p> <p>I made a better suggestion. Instead of a perimeter drain at the expense of $6000 or $12,000, I suggested he drill some homes in the cement walls of the sump pump pit and let me know what happens. In no time he called me back to let me know that fingers of water were draining into the sump pump pit instead of into his basement. He didn't need perimeter drains. If you have basement waterproofing issues, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 4/4/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true sump pump,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,sump pump pit 0 Joseph Coupal
639805 The Crackman offers Great Advice to Desperate Homeowner <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1241548.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1241548.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Today we present a customer review. The review reads:</p> <p> <em>"I had concerns about my bulkhead. I called Rich, sent him some pictures and within minutes he knew what the issue was, what had to be done to fix my problem, and who to call because it had nothing related to concrete or foundation. Rich is honest, professional and understanding. A rare find these days." </em></p> <p> One of things I enjoy doing is if I don't do the work I try to put the customer on the right path to do it. This customer had just had poured a concrete patio within an inch of his bulkhead door, the metal door. The concrete was pitched towards it. With all the rain we had, the water was flying in over the bulkhead door. I put him in the direction of removing the metal door and raising the concrete that it is sitting on about 8" so that next time, the water won't get in.</p> 3/15/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking bulkhead, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
639792 Why is Water Squirting out of a Tiny Hole in my Basement? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1239721.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1239721.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">First of all, we need to understand what this small hole is. I am assuming this is a poured concreted foundation. Those holes, or dimples, are from <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie-rods</a>. When concrete is poured, it is poured between two pieces of wood. The wood doesn't just stand there through gravity. They are held together with metal rods. Once the concrete sets up, the metal is snapped off, which is why they are referred to as snap-ties or tie-rods. </p> <p>Because they metal, they can rust. They rust because of the moist air and soil. When they rust they get smaller. With the water pressure, the water can leak into the basement, or in some cases squirt. Oftentimes, you'll see the rust line running down the foundation. </p> <p>These have to be fixed. We have seen all kinds of contractor and homeowner attempts with sealants and hydraulic cement to fix this, they don't work. </p> <p>The way to do this is to drill next to the tie-rod, put our port in, tighten up the port, and inject it with closed polymer resin which will encapsulate it and prevent leaking. Now you' ll have a tie-rod that is not going to leak, with a warranty. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 3/9/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,tie-rods 0 Joseph Coupal
639746 Does FlexSeal work on basement wall cracks? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1237872.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1237872.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Q. I have some small cracks in my basement that have started to leak. Can I just use FlexSeal to keep the water out?</p> <p> A. I get calls from people all the time that say they have tried FlexSeal. That's the the product you see advertised on TV. But, I've repaired a ton of cracks in basements that have had FlexSeal. Maybe a crack in the wall, tie-rod, bulkhead, or where a floor and a wall meet. If you think about it, how can you spray something onto a crack and then expect it to withstand the pressure of the water as it wants to come through. Recently we have had a lot of calls with the weather that we have had, the freeze/thaw rain cycle where there have been a lot of FlexSeal failures. If you look at my website, you can see a lot of pictures of these failures. </p> 2/20/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638703 The Crackman Saves a Home from a Water Volcano <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1235741.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1235741.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We have had a ton of rain this winter; warm weather with heavy, heavy rain and snow melt. We got a call from a past customer. He had a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">leaking bulkhead</a> problem. The bulkhead was leaking from the seam where the steps meet the house. This is a very common problem. </p> <p> He was keeping a wet vac there because the water was just flowing in. He called in a state of panic. We sent in a guy who was on his way home. We did a combination of things. We cleaned out some of the old caulking that was in between the bulkhead and the steps. We had to soak oakum in a polymer resin and work it in there. That slowed it down. We were then able to inject a polymer resin to slow it down even more. We had to put plenty of additive into the polymer resin so that it would react quicker.</p> <p> But it was still leaking. </p> <p> We have a high-bred product that we use on masonry material that has a crystallized quartz-based material that we used and were able to stop this geyser of a bulkhead leak. We were there for about 4 hours. He called us the next day as well because he was so appreciative. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 2/7/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,bulkhead waterproofing, Boston, MA,bulkhead leaks, Boston, MA,leaking bulkhead, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638702 Jordan-Gunter Basement Tie Rod Leak <p itemprop="description">Here's a photo from the Jordan-Gunter Basement. The photo shows lots of water coming from the tie rod. </p> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Tie Rod Leak" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Jordan-Gunter Basement Tie Rod Leak" src="/images/tie-rod-leak-gunter.jpg" /></center> <br /> <p>For wall cracks and <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie rod leak repair</a>. Contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/6/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,tie rod leak repair,tie rod leak 0 Joseph Coupal
638693 High Tides, Floating Dumpsters, and Leaking Granite Walls <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1235737.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1235737.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> About a week ago we experienced a Nor'Easter here in Massachusetts. It really hit Boston hard on the waterfront and there are some really high end apartments in that area. I was watching the news and there was a dumpster floating down the street.</p> <p> A few hours later we got a call from a condo property manager on that street. There was water coming in. What we found out through pictures is that it was a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">block foundation</a>. Not cinder blocks but the big granite blocks built long ago. They put mortar between the block and they were leaking really badly.</p> <p> We couldn't even get on the street because of the floating ice and dumpsters! We had to wait until the next day when the tide when down. We got there and we were able to stop the water from coming in from these huge tides.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a> and crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation crack repair</a>.</p> 2/5/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638490 What Can I do about a Leaky Coal Chute? - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" width="173" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1234658.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1234658.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" width="173" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> <img src="/images/blog/coal-chute.JPG" style="border: 0px solid; float: right; margin-left: 10px;" alt="A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI" longdesc="A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI" />Q.I've got a leaking coal chute and everything I have tried has failed. Is there anything the crackman can do to fix it? </p> <p> A. Yes. First, I'd like to explain what a coal chute is. In the old days, people heated their homes with coal. And, rather than bring the coal to the basement where the furnace is in buckets, there was a little hole on the outside of the house. It's like a little tunnel and people would shovel the coal into the hole and it would go into the coal bin and from there it would get shoveled into the furnace. </p> <p> Now, we don't use coal for heat anymore and these coal chutes need to be sealed so they don't leak. We got a call from a customer with a leaking coal chute. I asked him to take a picture of it and have of the metal plate that was over it was missing, it was broken. We had him get a welder to replace the plate, and that worked for a number of years. But, he just called back, and over the years it started leaking again. We have developed a some techniques to fix these leaking coal chutes that can be found all over the Boston area.</p> <p> For information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/26/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,leaking coal chutes, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/blog/coal-chute.JPG
638491 How Repointing Stone Foundations Solves Rat and Water Problems - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" width="173" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1234514.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1234514.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" width="173" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> I recently did a repointing job in Quincy. I was referred to them by a pest control company who will take care of the rats once they are inside. But, they do not <strong>stop the rats or mice from coming in through the foundation</strong>. Especially with <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundations</a> where there is mortar between the stones. Rats can gnaw on this and make larger holes. </p> <p> We went into Quincy, where they have such a problem, there are actually grants to help homeowners take care of the problem, even in the nicer areas. </p> <p> We went in and took out the mortar that was loose or non-existent and put new mortar back in between the stones to stop the rats. With our trucks out there, we had other people in the neighborhood come over and ask us for work, so needless to say we have worked with quite a few pest control companies. </p> <p> I also learned that rats can reproduce very quickly. Just two rats can have up to 12,050 pups a year. Not only are we <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">repairing stone foundations</a> and repointing them for water infiltration, we are also helping to stop rat and mouse infiltration into a house. This stops the diseases they carry and the damage they can cause. </p> <p> For more information on solving rodent problems or basement waterpoofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 1/25/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,repoint a stone foundation,repoint stone foundations,repairing stone foundations 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638318 Another Flexseal Failure <p itemprop="description">Here is another flexseal failure from Arlington, MA. </p> <ul> <p>"The first picture which shows the side view you can see the gap where the precast stairs meet the foundation wall. The gap runs the whole width of the stairs. That's where the water is percolating up from due to our high water table. </p> <p>When they cut the door opening there is a 6 inch height of the foundation wall still there. The interior door (taken off for now) sits on the basement floor so when you open it, you step up to the foundation step before stepping up to the first precast stair. </p> <p>I have french drains on the interior of the basement (put in long before I moved in). I think we discussed that the grate drain would sit between the gap between the precast stair and foundation "step" which would then tie into the interior french drain. </p> <p>We want to make sure that the water doesn't percolate up in fed into the interior french drain. </p> <p>We'd also want to seal around the lag bolts holding the stairs to the foundation. </p> <p>The end result is we want to make sure water never enters the basement through the gap or walls so we can finish our basement." </p> </ul> <p> </p> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Flexseal Failure" src="/images/flexseal-failure-1.jpg" style="padding-bottom: 5px;" /><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Flexseal Failure" src="/images/flexseal-failure-2.jpg" style="padding-bottom: 5px;" /><img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Flexseal Failure" src="/images/flexseal-failure-3.jpg" style="padding-bottom: 15px;" /></center> <p>For <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">wall crack repairs</a> and <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/floor-wall-seam.html">leaky seam repair</a>, Contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 1/23/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,flexseal failure,wall crack repairs,leaky seam repair 0 Joseph Coupal
638316 What is the Difference Between Concrete and Mortar? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1233515.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1233515.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> There are actually quite a few <strong>differences between mortar and concrete</strong>. When you think of cement, you think of those big trucks that keep turning the body. Now if you think of cement as a binder, similar to a recipe with flour, the cement is the flour. The purpose of cement is to hold other materials together. But, you can't use cement alone, you have to use other materials mixed into the cement, such as limestone, calcium, silica, iron, aluminum, among other ingredients. This mixture is heated in a real large kiln to 2700 degrees. This produces clinkers, a solid material like solid pieces of stone. This is then ground down and mixed with more materials such as gypsum to create the gray concrete substance. That gray substance is then added to water to make foundations and sidewalks and other things that need strength. </p> <p> Mortar is used to hold building materials together, such as bricks and stone. Think of mortar as glue. Mortar is made out of water, sand, and some of the cement material we talked about above. You mix it with water to get to the strength you want and it is then used to hold building materials together. There is an age to mortar. If you go into some old houses with stone foundations, you'll see powdering of the mortar. That's just a function of age. We can take that old mortar out and put new mortar in to maintain the structural integrity. To sum it up, mortar is the glue that holds materials together. </p> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 1/22/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,differences between mortar and concrete 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638294 Why do I have a Foundation Crack After 20 Years? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1232241.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1232241.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Sometimes, when you have a home for 20 years and have never gotten a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation</a> you can get lulled into a false sense of security in thinking you will never have a problem. However, this is not always the case and it seems to happen to people as they are getting ready to sell their house. </p> <p> Some of the reasons why foundations crack after such a long period of time can be something as simple as a heavy piece of equipment going down the road causing vibrations in the soil. </p> <p> Since we are in the midst of winter, we should talk about the soil which can contain water. The soil absorbs the water, when it freezes it can push up against the foundation and which can cause it to crack. </p> <p> We are also concerned about drainage. If you are in clay soil, or a downspout that has broken off, the pressures of the soil can cause a crack in the foundation. </p> <p> Also, age simple age. Just like you and me, concrete can get old and not be as strong as it was before. But the good news is that these <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation cracks</a> can be repaired and can be repaired from the inside with a warranty.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</p> 1/11/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation cracks, Boston, MA,crack in the foundation, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638295 Top Reasons to Repoint your Stone Foundation <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1232204.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1232204.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div><p itemprop="description"> Most people don't really look at the details of the foundation. Why would the homeowners be concerned about how it looks? </p> <p> Oftentimes when homeowners are selling their house, which is the number one reason, we know a home inspector is going to check the foundation. If they see <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">crumbling concrete or mortar</a> in between the stones or powder on the floor, they know that the mortar needs to be repointed in the basement.</p> <p> The first reason to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">repoint a stone foundation</a> is to get the most for their house and to sell it in the least amount of time. </p> <p> The second reason is structural. A stone foundation is made like a triangle in most cases. If you threw stones in a triangle, the tall angle of the triangle is what you are looking for from the inside. You want to make sure that is intact. </p> <p> The third reason, especially in New England where we get some heavy rains, is to stop water from coming in the basement.</p> <p> The fourth reason would be because each little hole you have allows cold air to come in. People notice a big difference one a basement is repointed, that it gets much warmer upstairs. </p> <p> The last reason is to stop the holes so that animals, rodents or snakes can't get in. </p> <p> For more information on basement water proofing topics, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/10/2018 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking stone foundations,repoint a stone foundation,crumbling concrete or mortar 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638068 How do I fix my Leaking Bulkhead? - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1226847.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1226847.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Last week we discussed what a bulkhead is and ways they can leak. This week we can talk about how you go about <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">fixing leaking bulkheads</a>.</p> <p> First you want to go outside and see if the downspouts from your gutters dump the water right where the bulkhead is. If it does, you want to put an extender on it to be sure it runs away from the bulkhead area.</p> <p> Second, you want to see if the soil comes right up to or near where the metal bulkhead meets the foundation. If it does, it is a grading issue. You need to make sure that soil is farther down so the water and snow buildup doesn't cause <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">leaks in the bulkhead</a>.</p> <p> Now we can talk about the interior and what can be done. If it is leaking where we talked about last week, where the bulkhead structure and stairs meet the foundation and it is leaking at that joint on either side or on the floor, then we can do an injection process.</p> <p> We drill small holes and put our ports in, and then we connect our electric pump to each port and inject a closed-cell polymer resin. The objective is to fill the void and also to encapsulate it on the outside. </p> <p> There is also another method we can use. This is where we take a grate and we break the floor, think of a little gutter with a grate on top. That gutter has a pipe that is connected to a sump pump. The water would then go from the bulkhead area, into the grate, into the pipe, and then get pumped out. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/12/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,bulkhead waterproofing, Boston, MA,fixing leaking bulkheads, Boston, MA,leaks in the bulkhead, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
638057 My Bulkhead is Leaking. What should I do? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1225349.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1225349.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> Here in MA, RI, CT and NH, most houses have basements. A bulkhead is usually metal, you can open this door that is on an angle from the outside and then go down some stairs into the basement. </p> <p> When a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead is leaking</a> you'll often see a puddle at the bottom of the stairs in the basement. The puddle is just where the water gathers, that doesn't mean that is where it is leaking. You want to try to see where it comes from. Take a look at the stairs, if they are concrete you may be able to see water lines. It could be coming from the metal doors themselves, or where the metal door is attached to the concrete. If you can see any of that, you may want to go into the basement and have someone spray the metal door with the garden hose. You'll see if it is coming in through there.</p> <p> Another spot where water can come in is if it is a pre-cast bulkhead, meaning the stairs are made somewhere else and bolted onto the foundations.</p> <p> Put the hose where the stairs and foudation meet. Let the water run for about 45 minutes, turn it off for 15, and do that a few times. You'll see water come in where the bulkhead set of stairs are bolted to the house. </p> <p> So, to recap you'll see water come in through the doors, where the door is attached to the foundation or at the seams where hte pre-cast stairs meet the house. </p> <p> If you run your water you are going to see exactly where the leak is coming from.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead repair</a> and <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/6/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,bulkhead is leaking,bulkhead repair 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
637904 What is that Rusty Thing Sticking out of my Foundation Wall? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1220591.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1220591.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Homeowners are complaining about the rusty things sticking out of their foundation walls. People can get hurt by them and they can let water in. </p> <p> <img alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Tie Rods" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair - Rusty Thing Sticking out of my Foundation Wall" src="/images/IMG-1235.jpg" style="padding-left: 10px; width: 300px;" class="right" /> These "rusty things" are called <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie rods</a> or snap-ties. They are used during the construction phase. Builders take two pieces of wood and use the rods to separate them, they then pour the concrete between the wood. Once the concrete is dried, they remove the wood and are also supposed to snap the ties off on the outside and on the inside of the foundation. They should be removed from the outside because they are a good source for letting water into the basement. Some contractors don't. We are getting calls because these <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie rods have not been snapped off</a>. We go in and cut them off, but they often leak. Often they are leaking before we snap them off. They leak because they are made of metal, metal rusts, and when they rust they get smaller, when they get smaller water can come in.</p> <p> We work from the inside. We drill next to the tie-rod, put our ports in, and then inject the ports with closed polymer resin which stops the water and cold air from coming in. For those that are not leaking, we snap them off and put in a certain caulking as preventative maintenance. This stops the potential for both water and cold air from coming in. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 11/14/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,tie rods,tie rods have not been snapped off,rusty metal in basement walls,basement foundation leaks 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
637887 How Much Water is in Concrete? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" width="173" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1218615.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1218615.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" width="173" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> It's common knowledge that concrete begins with water and a dry cement substance that are mixed together, poured into a mold that then becomes very hard. But that is probably the end of most people's knowledge on the subject.</p> <p> But there is also aggregate and other chemicals that are put into it. Cement has a lot of weight. Think of a square yard. That square yard of concrete weighs 3,700 pounds coming down the chute of the cement truck. If that yard is poured and then dried, it then weighs 3,500 pounds. And that's just for a yard. Think of how many yards a basement floor and walls has. Now the difference in one yard of wet and then dried concrete is 200lbs. The concrete is missing 200lbs which equals about 38 gallons of water. They are supposed to vibrate the concrete in most cases to get the air pockets out, but you are always going to have some minor air pockets. When the water evaporates, you'll have air pockets.</p> <p> You need to know what you are doing with the concrete or you will get yourself in trouble. You need to choose a contractor that is aware of the nuances of concrete if it dries too quickly or in the cold you'll have foundation problems.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 11/2/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,concrete prep, Boston, MA,how much water is in concrete, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
637836 Home Inspection Saves Home Seller from Lally Column Disaster <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" width="173" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1217120.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1217120.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" width="173" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> I was called to take a look at some <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally columns</a> at a beautiful house in South Yarmouth that had been in the family for many many years, a second generation home. It was right on the water, it has a swimming pool and next to the swimming pool is a private beach on the ocean. </p> <p> The seller had a pre-inspection done by a home inspector that I know. The homeowner said that "some of the floors seem a little soft, like if you jump they move a little bit." The inspector went downstairs, it was a crawl space. He discovered a whole history of lally column there. There were temporary ones, those have a screw jack on them and they were rusted. In fact, if I kicked them, they would fall right off. There were some which were on footings that were steel filled with concrete, but they were sitting on sand. There were some that did have footings but they were rusted on the bottom because of all the humidity in the basement. This was the big problem. We had to go in there and address the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally column replacement</a>. Not only that, but there were a lot of cracks which were letting the humid sea air in. </p> <p> This was all caused by moisture. It was a good thing that these folks had a pre-inspection. The solution: We installed <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">new lally columns</a>, we fixed the cracks, and next we are putting in a real good, high-end dehumidifier in to take the moisture away.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 10/26/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true Lally Column repair, Boston, MA,Lally Column replacement, Boston, MA,lally column replacement, Nashua, NH,new lally columns Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
637716 Are the Downspouts in your House Properly Installed? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" width="173" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1215639.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1215639.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" width="173" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We are seeing, especially in new construction, that the downspout ends about 6" from the foundation. This is a problem because when they excavate for a cellar hole, they excavate about 6' to 8' larger than they need because guys have to get in there and work. </p> <p> They fill that soil back in, but they don't compact it. When the soil is not compacted, the water can peculate through it. This means that the water can saturate it, then freeze and cause lateral pressure which will push against the foundation and can cause cracking. </p> <p> You want the downspouts and the soil to be pointing away from the house. That 6'-10' area is known as the "zone of failure" because that soil often alows the water to peculate through, it "fails" to have the water run away.</p> <p> We recommend that homeowners move the downspouts to about 6' to 10' away from the house. You also want to be sure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris so that water can easily flow. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</p> 10/20/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,gutters and downspouts,gutters and downspout maintenance,proper installation of gutters and downspout,installation of gutters and downspout 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
636299 The Top 3 Most Common Problems with Stone Foundations <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1214194.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1214194.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We see <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundations</a> all over New England, from MA to RI, CT, it doesn't matter. From Hartford to Boston we see these stone foundations. There are 3 primary problems that we see. </p> <p> The first is that there is <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">mortar missing or crumbling</a> from in between the stones. That's when you go in the basement and you see a powdery material on the floor, or when you touch it it just comes off. The mortar is put there to keep the stones in place. You want to keep the structural integrity intact, so we "re-point" or "put-back" the mortar that is missing. This is a maintenance issue, if you let it go, eventually you are going to have structural issues. </p> <p> The second common <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">problem with stone foundations</a> is if the stone seems to be wet, deteriorating, or has excessive moisture. In this case there are a couple things to be checked. Make sure your gutters are clean and the downspouts run away from the foundation and be sure the soil is pitched away from the foundation. Also, put a true <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">dehumidifier</a> in your basement, not just a little one, but one that removes about 105 pints of water a day.</p> <p> The third most common problem is when there is parging over the stone years ago or paint over the parging that appears to be trapping water or loose. You need to remove all the loose cement or paint and let the rest flake off over-time. This allows the stones to breathe. </p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundatoin Crack Repair</a>. </p> 10/16/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,stone foundations,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,problem with stone foundations,mortar is missing 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
635508 Three Inexpensive Ways to Keep your Basement Dry - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" align="top" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1212372.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1212372.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> Everyone likes saving a buck when possible and most homeowners have a DIY instinct when it comes to home repairs. <strong>So we have a few tips today for keeping your basement dry.</strong></p> <p> The first tip is to <strong>take care of your gutters and downspouts</strong>. By that we mean make sure your gutters are clean, that there are no trees growing out of them, and that downspouts are clear. Also, you want to be sure they are far enough away from the house that the water runs away from your house and not toward it. Oftentimes, you have to put a gutter extension on them to be sure.</p> <p> The second tip is inside the basement. You want to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">get rid of excess humidity</a>. There are three areas to work on, very inexpensively, to take care of that. Be sure your dryer vent is hooked up and sealed. Also, by code you want to be sure that the pipe is solid, not plastic or foil. You want to make sure it is aluminum and that all the sections are sealed with aluminum tape. Drying clothes removed about 1 1/2 gallons of water, so if that pipe is not sealed, that water is entering the basement. </p> <p> If you have a bathroom in the basement, you want to <strong>be sure that the bathroom is vented outside</strong>. You also want to be sure that the vent is insulated. If you have warm air going through the pipe and cold air outside, you have condensation. Speaking of pipes, you want to be sure your cold water pipes are insulated too.</p> <p> The last tip would be to keep you cold, below-grade walls insulated. Styrofoam insulation boards work well for this.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 10/6/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,remove basement humidity, Boston, MA,basement humidity, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
635477 Case Study - Old Lally Column Threatens to Kill Home Sale <img src="/images/blog/Cement-LC.JPG" style="border: 0px solid; float: right; margin-left: 10px;" alt="A1 Foundation Crack Repair, Nashua, NC" longdesc="A1 Foundation Crack Repair, Nashua, NC" /><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" align="top" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1210451.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1210451.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object> <p itemprop="description"> We got a call because the home inspector said the Lally column should be ok, but the homeowner called in the building inspector for a small town outside Nashua, NH. </p> <p> The lally column was an old granite post cut about 10&rdquo; going up to the beam, and supporting it. The basement did have a poured concrete floor. However, the building inspector said that in order to approve the granite post, he had to see if it was sitting on a solid surface, and he didn&rsquo;t only mean the 3&rdquo; of poured concrete. If it is only on 3&rdquo; of concrete it is not going to support. </p> <p> So I had to break the floor near the granite lally column. We saw that it went through the concrete floor and was sitting on a very big bolder. The building inspector saw that and said it was going to pass because the lally column is solid and it is sitting on a solid bolder. </p> <p> Today, you would have a filled steel pole sitting on a big slab or footing of concrete below the floor. So it was interesting that the building inspector and the home inspector both passed the lally column.</p> <p> This shows that you need to have a solid lally column that sits on a very solid footing and you building inspector will be happy.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing or crack repair, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</p> 9/28/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Column repair, Boston, MA,Lally Column replacement, Boston, MA,lally column, Nashua, NH,lally column repair, Nashua, NH,lally column replacement, Nashua, NH 0 Joseph Coupal /images/blog/Cement-LC.JPG
635474 What's that White Fuzzy Stuff on my Basement Walls? <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" align="top" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1210136.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1210136.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> George in Waltham, MA writes:</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;I have recently found a white fuzzy substance on my basement foundation walls, what in the world could it be?&rdquo;</em></p> <p> Well, this is not an unusual situation. It can be on a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement foundation wall</a> that is made out of concrete, block or stone. This is efflorescence. This is caused because concrete and mortar is porous. Water and water vapors are pushing inward on these structures. It is bringing the salt, minerals, and lime and bringing it forward. We see it quite often. Real estate brokers recommend getting that off only because it is unsightly. It is more of an aesthetics thing, it does not affect the structure of the house. But it should be taken off so that it looks better and doesn&rsquo;t get hard and crystallized.</p> <p> There are ways to get it off. If it isn&rsquo;t too bad, you can brush it off. If it&rsquo;s a little advanced you may need to use a wire brush to get it off. If it is really bad, you may have to sand blast, but that&rsquo;s rare. There are chemicals we use that I don&rsquo;t recommend homeowners using. But we do this all the time. It does make the foundation 100% better for those who are looking to buy your house.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/27/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,white substance on foundation walls,basement foundation walls 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
633886 Is It a Good Idea to Paint Concrete Floors? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" align="top" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1207797.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1207797.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Most painters say that <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete floors</a> are the highest risk surface to paint. The reason being is because it will often peel. It's a great idea to paint it because it will look nice. The real question is how long it will last.</p> <p> There are some things to consider when <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">painting concrete floors</a>. The first, is it a new floor? If it is new concrete, you want to give it time to fully cure. </p> <p> The second is the preparation of the concrete. If the floor is in a garage or basement, it can be stained with other materials. It can be mechanically ground or etched so that the concrete is accepting to a paint-like material. It is quite a job to mechanically grind the concrete with diamond blades which create a lot of dust. You can also do it with chemicals, you use an acid to open up the pours, but it is a tough material to work with. It can cause burns and it is not good to inhale. But the prep-work needs to be done very well. </p> <p> Some of that prep-work entails <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">cracks in the floors</a> and leaks. Cracks need to be repaired with the right material because concrete does expand and contract so it will just crack again.</p> <p> The third thing to consider is what product to use. You can use a paint-based material to coat the floor, but this tends to peel. You could use a stain which stains the concrete, but what people don't like about stain is that you may pick a color, but once applied it can be a different shade, similar to wood stain. The third material you can use is two-part epoxy which gets very expensive, but it is supposed to last longer, it does have a high odor level and you have to be very careful working with it to get the type of finish that you want. </p> <p> There are also specific considerations for the painting process itself. When painting the garage or basement there is going to be humidity and moisture. Then you are going to get peeling. We advise, if you are going to do it, do it before you sell the house. </p> <p> Given all of the considerations to the preparation and the painting itself, I would not recommend painting concrete floors. In fact, even as a professional, I would not paint a concrete floor at all. I'd repair the cracks, but that is it.</p> <p> If you want more information on concrete floors or basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 9/15/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,painting concrete floors, Boston, MA,repair concrete floors, Boston, MA,cracks in concrete floors, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
633843 Waterproofing VS Dampproofing - What is the Difference? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1204331.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1204331.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> What&rsquo;s the difference between the two? You are considering <strong>waterproofing vs dampproofing</strong> when you are putting in a new foundation. It is done from the outside. </p> <p> Dampproofing is what you see all the time with either spray or roll-on black material. The intent of dampproofing is to simply stop the moisture in the soil from getting through the concrete.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">Waterproofing</a> is not only stopping the moisture from the soil from getting through the concrete foundation, but also it prevents any liquid from getting in as well. It is about two or three times more expensive, but with dampproofing it is an asphalt material, organic, oil based and it does peel off eventually. <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">Basement Waterproofing</a> is really where you want to go to stop any water that is actually bearing against the foundation from coming through.</p> <p> Go with waterproofing anytime you have an option. </p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/5/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,waterproofing vs dampproofing, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
633497 Is that a Foundation Crack Leak or Condensation? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1200670.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1200670.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p> We went out and looked out a house in Dorchester, MA where a woman had a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack in a poured concrete foundation</a>. You could actually see the water coming in through the crack and we fixed it. </p> <p> About a month later she called me up and said she was getting <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">water in the basement</a>. I asked her if it was near the crack, and she said it was about 5 feet away in the middle of the foundation wall. We went out to take a look at it. </p> <p> Before our appointment she had a plumber there for another situation. There was a puddle there on the floor. They looked up and found dripping water from the cold water pipes, not because it was leaking from a hole in the pipe, but because of condensation. We see this a lot this time of year with the hot temperatures and the cold pipes. They insulated the pipes and she was all set.</p> <p> Another cause of condensation in the basement this time of year is that people tend to open the windows to let fresh air in. But, the air is full of moisture which causes additional problems like mold and mildew in the basement. My advice would be to keep the windows closed and get a dehumidifier to get the moisture out of the air. </p> <p> For more information on basement water proofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/16/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation leaks, Boston, MA,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,leaking foundation, Boston, MA,foundation cracks, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
633462 Can I use Waterproofing Paint on Stone Foundations? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1199146.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1199146.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> I got a call recently from a homeowner in Dedham, MA. He sent me some beautiful pictures of a beautifully painted stone foundation. There were three areas with water streaming from it in areas that had been painted. </p> <p> </p> <center><img alt="A1 Foundation Basement Waterproofing - Boston, Dedham,MA" longdesc="A1 Foundation Waterproofing Paint on Stone Foundations " src="/images/leak-img-1.jpg" style="width: 350px; padding-right: 5px;" /><img alt="A1 Foundation Basement Waterproofing - Boston, Dedham,MA" longdesc="A1 Foundation Waterproofing Paint on Stone Foundation" src="/images/leak-img-2.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 319px;" /></center> <br /> <p>You are welcome to use <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">water proofing paint</a> on your stone foundation, it makes it look nice, but does it really stop water? I don't believe so. </p> <p> We fixed it, we have two methods we can use to fix these situations.</p> <p> The first is with oakum, which is like rope. We soak it in a polymer resin, clean out in between the stones where it the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation is leaking</a>, push it between the stones and then put a specialty mortar over that. </p> <p> Or, we can take another material which is a crystalized based material, again clean it out where it is leaking and put it in there.</p> <p> I wish we could have gotten there as the foundation was leaking. I like to fix it as the water is coming in, and the customers do too!</p> <p> We see these issues all over New England, from the Cape to Worcester to Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/10/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,water proofing paint, Boston, MA,stone foundation is leaking, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
633449 Can I Move My Lally Column Support Post in my Basement? <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1197661.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1197661.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Today, everyone wants an open concept for their home. And even when they are redoing their basement, they want to open that up. It would be nice to get rid of some of those lally columns that are in the way, especially if you are putting in a pool table or something like that. We get the question &ldquo;can I move my lally columns&rdquo; pretty often. </p> <p>You can do whatever you want to do, however with that said, it may not be good for the structure of your house. If there is a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally column</a> in your kitchen/living area that runs to the and the basement area has been opened up, there needs to be support under the column in the kitchen. If you take those basement lally columns away, you could ruin the support of the whole structure. You could not only have damage to the beam because it is undersized, but also to the house itself. </p> <p>If you want to get rid of lally columns always consult a structural engineer. He may want beef up that beam that is against the ceiling of the basement maybe with a thicker piece of wood, maybe steel or an LVL beam which will give it additional strength. </p> <p>You can have lally columns farther apart and still provide support, but always consult a structural engineer. For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 8/4/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,lally column 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
631830 Lally Column New Flash: Rust is Bad News! <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1193722.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1193722.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> I went to a structural engineering conference recently and lally columns were of particular concern. They talked a lot about <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">rust on lally columns</a>, steel lally columns that are filled with concrete in particular. If there is rust on the lally column, even at the bottom, it can reduce the strength of it up to 40%. That&rsquo;s significant. They recommended <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally column replacement</a> if there is rust on it.</p> <p> What&rsquo;s involved?</p> <p> You have to break a hole in the floor, dig down, and pour concrete. What we are pouring is called a footing, it evens-out the pressure, because the slab is only 3 or 4 inches thick and it is not strong enough to support. Then we cut a lally column to the proper size and fit it in there. On top we put a very thick piece of steel with a cup welded to it, and the lally column fits in the cup.</p> <p> This is not a DIY project. A homeowner can prevent rust by checking the lally columns yearly. If you see rust, wire brush it off, and use rust preventing paint to eliminate it. A little maintenance goes a long way.</p> <p> For more information on lally columns, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/19/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Column repair, Boston, MA,Lally Column replacement, Boston, MA,Lally Columns, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
631804 4 Basement Waterproofing DIY Disasters You Won't Believe <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1192669.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1192669.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> This week we have four horror stories that have to do with <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>.</p> <p> The first is misdiagnosing the problem. With years of experience we can usually diagnose what the problem is. I&rsquo;ve gone into homes where owners have put in <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pumps</a> near a finished basement wall because water is coming in under it. I go outside and there is a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation wall crack</a>. It&rsquo;s not ground water which needs a sump pump, they need the foundation wall repaired. They spent a lot of time and money putting in a sump pump when they didn&rsquo;t need one at all.</p> <p> The second is putting things off. I recently went into a house where a wife was not too happy with her husband. He had put off opening up a finished wall in a basement to try to fix a crack. His wife took it into her hands to call me and asked me to fix it. I opened the wall up and it was full of mold because he procrastinated. Not only was there mold on that sheet rock, there was mold upstairs in the living area as well. So procrastination can cause more problems.</p> <p> The third horror story is choosing the wrong material and/or the wrong technique. TV is great at marketing, but I see a lot of homeowners buying Flex Seal, spraying it on their foundation, and hoping that it will fix the crack. I have never seen it work yet. You have to have the right experience, the right materials, and do it correctly to fix the problem. Many of these materials and mixes at big box stores are really only temporary fixes.</p> <p> The fourth is relying on waterproofing paint. It is pretty tough for paint to stop water from coming in because it is applied to the surface of the concrete. We see this paint peeling all the time. That&rsquo;s the problem, people paint the whole basement and then it starts peeling and they have a really big mess on their hands. No matter what, don&rsquo;t put paint on concrete.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/14/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,DIY basement waterproofing, Boston, MA,sump pumps, Boston, MA,foundation wall crack, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
631631 How to Fix a Sinking Concrete Floor <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1189357.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1189357.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We are in the middle of a miniseries discussing <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete floor cracks</a>. Our last episode discussed <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/foundation-crack-repair-basement-waterproofing-blog/floor-cracks-on-floating-floors-why-and-how-to-fix">how to fix cracks in floating floors</a>. But what if a homeowner discovers a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">crack in a concrete floor</a> and the concrete has started to sink? When they don&rsquo;t have the money to replace the entire floor, here are the other options. </p> <p itemprop="description">The first is to break that area of the floor, dig down, compact the floor; perhaps it happened because they didn&rsquo;t have proper drainage; fix that, add gravel, compact the gravel, compact the ground and then pour new concrete.</p> <p> You can also pin with metal into the good concrete and pour concrete there.</p> <p> There is also a more cost effective way to do this. It's called &ldquo;mud-jacking.&rdquo; Where the floor is sunk, you drill a hole or a series of holes, create a concrete slurry which is pumped into the holes and you can actually raise the concrete. But if the soil is going to sink again, you haven&rsquo;t solved much. So you have to make sure that soil is really compacted. </p> <p>Sometimes you run into a situation where the soil underneath the floor is going to continue to sink. In this case you may want to use a technique called &ldquo;foam-jacking.&rdquo; This is very similar to &ldquo;mud-jacking&rdquo; except polymer foam is used. A series of holes are drilled and the foam liquid is pumped in. The foam penetrates the soil making it denser and more compact, and raises the concrete.</p> <p> For more information on concrete floor crack repairs or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/30/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,cracks in floating floors, Boston, MA,crack in a concrete floor, Boston, MA,how to fix cracks in floating floors, Boston, MA,concrete floor cracks, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
631528 Floor Cracks on Floating Floors - Why and How to Fix <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1188402.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1188402.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> One type of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">basement floor cracks</a> you may find is in floating floors. What is a floating floor? Well, the foundation and walls are poured first; then gravel is brought in and compacted. The soil under the gravel is compacted as well. Then plastic is put down. Once this is all done, the concrete floor is poured to the basement walls.</p> <p> The good news is that most residential construction is done this way, which means most cracks are not structural. Most basement floor cracks are caused by poor technique. The ground is not compacted, the gravel is not compacted, and possibly plastic down was not put down. </p> <p> These cracks can be fixed by putting a material within the crack; it is a two-part material that welds it together. Most residential construction concrete floors are separate structures than the walls so that they can move and adjust during temperature changes. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">basement crack repair</a> or waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/26/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,cracks in floating floors, Boston, MA,floating floor cracks, Boston, MA,basement floor cracks, Boston, MA,cracks in basement floor, Boston, MA,basement crack repair, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal /images/logo-new.png
631184 Installing Lally Columns Yourself? What Not To Do – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1179029.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1179029.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> I was referred to a woman who lives in Boston because the home inspector said there were multiple <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">problems with lally columns</a> and one in particular. I asked her to send me photos, which were right in her home inspection report. I couldn&rsquo;t believe what I saw.</p> <p> What I saw was a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">temporary lally column</a> sitting on the cement floor and what was on top of the lally column in between the beam and the ceiling was what looked like a cast iron frying pan. I&rsquo;ve been in the business for 15 years and I have never seen anything like that. This homeowner has taken the cake for unusual lally column structures.</p> <p> Another had no footing. A footing is a solid piece of concrete that goes down about 12-14&rdquo; to help support the lally columns.</p> <p> The one I saw was a temporary lally column. Those are the ones with the screw jack. And being hollow they can&rsquo;t handle the weight of the house. If there is a fire it is going to melt. Today&rsquo;s building code says they have to be steel filled with concrete. Plus a frying pan may be nice to cook dinner, but you can&rsquo;t put it on top of a lally column. What should be there is a thick piece of steel with a cup welded on and bolted to the support beam.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally column replacement</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/18/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,problems with lally columns,lally column replacement,temporary lally column 0 Joseph Coupal
631080 Crackman Tip 20 - How Long does it take a Concrete Slab to Dry? – Providence, RI <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" align="top" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1176633.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1176633.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> <strong>Frank in Providence, RI: </strong>&ldquo;How long can I estimate for a new concrete slab to dry?&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong>Crackman:</strong> That is a very interesting question. There are a lot of factors that contribute to <strong>how long it takes concrete to dry</strong>. There are a lot of different materials in concrete and it depends on the materials used, the amount of water and temperature around that slab, and is wind there. </p> <p> You want that concrete to dry as much as possible. Concrete is an expensive product to pour, and labor to apply it. So you don&rsquo;t want to go on it too soon. We are not just talking about stepping on it, people drive cars and machinery on it. What you want to do is a relative humidity test which can be done on slabs. This determines how much water is in the, when it is at least 90% cure. Concrete never fully cures, there is always water or moisture in it. If you are going to drive a car or put heavy equipment on it, you should wait at least a week or more so you don&rsquo;t take one step forward and two back.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/10/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,how long it takes concrete to dry,how long does it take for concrete to dry 0 Joseph Coupal
631011 How to Keep your Basement from Flooding During a Rain Storm – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1172822.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1172822.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We are heading into Thunderstorm season and have been getting a lot of rain in Massachusetts. <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> has been getting a lot of calls from people who have water infiltration and want the work done.</p> <p> Here are some quick ideas you can do before or during that storm.</p> <blockquote> <p> 1. Make sure your downspouts are attached to the house. Then, with the downspouts, make sure the extenders are in-place running water away from the house. Because if the downspouts or the extenders are not on there, the water is running right next to the foundation. </p> <p> 2. If you have a leak by the bulkhead, get a blue or green top and put it over you bulkhead door and secure it and hope that keeps the water away for the time being.</p> <p> 3. If water is coming in, get things on the floor raised. Get as much stuff off the floor as possible.</p> </blockquote> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">preventing basement flooding</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/27/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement flooding, Boston, MA,preventing basement flooding, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal
630453 Will Your Lally Columns be in Question During a Home Inspection – Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1167696.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1167696.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">Lally Columns</a> are one of those hidden &ldquo;gotcha's&rdquo; found by home inspectors all the time. The home inspectors&rsquo; job is to let the buyer of the house know about any deficiencies. Just because these deficiencies exist does not mean the house is going to fall down.</p> <p> <strong>When it comes to Lally Columns, home inspectors are paid to look for these seven basic things.</strong></p> <ol> <li> If the Lally Column is made of metal, if it is rusted. When they are made of metal and touching concrete, concrete has moisture and they do rust. This lessens the strength of it and it will get worse.</li> <li> If the Lally Column is split.</li> <li> If the Lally Column is hollow. You can tap on it and you&rsquo;ll hear if it is hollow, that doesn&rsquo;t meet code.</li> <li> If the Lally Column is made of wood or a tree trunk, that doesn&rsquo;t meet code.</li> <li> If the Lally Column is made of brick in these older houses. The bricks may be old and deteriorating and not supporting anything, or not much.</li> <li> If the main beam in the basement, if it looks like there was a plate there. This would be where the Lally Column is attached, and the plate may be missing. </li> <li> They also don&rsquo;t like the temporary jacks.</li> </ol> <p> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">Lally Column repair or replacement</a> is not typically in the skill set of the DIYer. So if a homeowner has an issue with the Lally Columns, and they are going to sell their house ,the compromised Lally Columns need to be replaced.</p> <p> We bring in a jack-hammer to break the floor, dig down and take that soil out. Pour a footing or concrete pad beneath the floor. Then we bring in a Lally Column that is made out of steel and filled with concrete. Then with a cutter, we cut the steel and concrete to the right size. Then we put it in. We do thousands of these a year.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/7/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Column repair or replacement, Boston, MA,Lally Column repair, Boston, MA,Lally Column replacement, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal
630150 3 Ways to Protect Your Basement from Moisture – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1164660.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1164660.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> <strong>Things you can do to protect your basement from moisture:</strong></p> <ol> <li> Add a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">dehumidifier</a></li> <li> If there is water coming up from below, put a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> in.</li> <li> I found a water detector. It will actually call or text your cell phone if it detects water. This is a new product that I found that has quite a bit of merit. Not only will it detect water, but it will also tell you if the temperature of your house is below freezing.</li> </ol> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/28/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,sump pump,dehumidifiers,basement waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
630017 Do-It-Yourself Basement Waterproofing Pitfalls – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1161813.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1161813.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> As spring showers increase the amount of ground water around the house homeowner are more likely to spot <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">leaks in the basement</a>. As many of them do, they decide to fix them themselves with products from Lowes and Home Depot. When they get there, they grab the guy in the aisle and ask his advice. He will suggest caulk or cement or Flex Seal and they give it the Ol&rsquo; College Try. After failing multiple times, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> gets the call.</p> <p> Some of the pitfalls we see is people don&rsquo;t take out the wet material that got damage during that water infiltration. You want to get out anything that got wet because mold will start to grow within 24 hours to 48 hours. </p> <p> We also see people using caulking on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation leaks</a>. Caulk does not stop water. It is great for when painting, but don&rsquo;t think of it in a basement.</p> <p> We also see all these gimmicks that are advertised on TV, even paint that claims to stop water. The PSI (pounds per square inch) is next to nothing. We see that pealing all the time.</p> <p> Something that people don&rsquo;t think about is when they plant bushes, shrubs, small trees. They should be away from the foundation because the roots push against the foundation. If it is block, stone or poured concrete this can cause problems. On stone foundation we have seen roots come through the foundation and cause problems. If roots can come through, so can water, mice or insects. </p> <p> The main reason to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">fix a foundation leak</a> is because at some point you or your heirs are going to want to sell the house. If someone sees a crack in a foundation that was repaired, they are going to want to see a warranty on that. Even if you did a perfect and costly job which did fix the leak, you still can&rsquo;t offer a warranty. Reputable foundation repair companies will offer a warranty.</p> <p> For more information on basement crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/17/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation leaks, Boston, MA,fix a foundation leak, Boston, MA,leak in the basement, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal
629185 How to Prevent Basement Water When the Snow Melts - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1157541.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1157541.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We have&nbsp; had problems in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire with the snow that we have had. The snow on the ground is going to melt, but so is the snow on our roofs. We want to keep that out of the basement.</p> <p> First, go into the basement and see if there are any water stains because places that leaked before will leak again. We can get that fixed for you.</p> <p> But what you can do yourself is walk around your house and see if your downspouts and the pipe that goes from the downspout over the ground is far enough from the foundation and that the water runs away from your house.</p> <p> Next, be aware of the snow that falls off your roof. That may need to be removed, so it doesn&rsquo;t melt into the basement.</p> <p> One big culprit is the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead leaking</a>. The snow starts to melt and gets heavier; you want to shovel that snow off the bulkhead to take the weight off of it. You also want to shovel snow from around the bulkhead, because you want to remove the snow from the metal and from the concrete it is sitting on.&nbsp; Shovel it about four feet away.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/3/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI 0 Joseph Coupal
628791 Lally Columns: What You Should and Should Not Use - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" height="60" align="top" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1148324.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1148324.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We run in to some very interesting &ldquo;solutions &ldquo; for lally columns. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">Lally columns</a> are the support systems that are underneath the floors that hold the floor up and keep them even and balanced. We see all kinds of poorly designed lally columns all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire that home inspectors don&rsquo;t like. There are five that are common.</p> <p> We often see axels from cars used as lally columns. Yesterday I saw a cast iron sewer pipe acting as one. Since we are in New England and we have a lot of old housing stock it is not unusual to see tree trunks, some still have the bark on them. If you look carefully you&rsquo;ll see the pinholes from the powder house beetles that have eaten away at them. The fourth thing that we see are bricks or cinder blocks stacked on each other acting as a beam. Over time, because of the humidity in the basement, the mortar wears down and they don&rsquo;t have the same strength. We also see pieces of wood, like 2 x 4&rsquo;s, used to hold up the floor above.</p> <p> A proper lally column is supposed to have a footing which is a piece of concrete that spreads out the pressure of the column sitting on it. The lally column itself should be made of steel and filled with concrete. On top of that, there should be a thick piece of steel with a cup welded onto it for the lally columns to go into. That piece of steel should be attached to the beam above.</p> <p> Before you think of listing your house, get rid of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">sub-par lally columns</a> before they become a problem in selling. </p> <p> For more information, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</p> 1/31/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Columns,lally column replacement,sub-par lally column replacement,sub-par lally columns 0 Joseph Coupal
628693 A1 Foundation Crack Repair Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award <center><img alt="A1 Foundation earns Angie's List Super Super Service Award 2016" title="A1 Foundation earns Angie's List Super Super Service Award 2016" src="/images/AL2016.png" style="width: 250px;" /></center> <p itemprop="description" style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Award reflects company&rsquo;s consistently high level of customer service </em></span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> has earned the home service industry&rsquo;s coveted Angie&rsquo;s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. </p> <p>This achievement is particularly significant as Angie&rsquo;s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie&rsquo;s List after the company added a new, free membership tier. </p> <p>&ldquo;Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,&rdquo; said Angie&rsquo;s List Founder Angie Hicks. &ldquo;Only a fraction of the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a> companies in Boston area were able to do it.&rdquo; </p> <p>Angie&rsquo;s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an &ldquo;A&rdquo; rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie&rsquo;s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie&rsquo;s List operational guidelines. </p> <p>Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie&rsquo;s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. </p> <p>For more than 21 years, Angie&rsquo;s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged &ndash; across all age groups &ndash; as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality. </p> <p>&ldquo;The biggest change at Angie&rsquo;s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,&rdquo; Hicks said. &ldquo;And that&rsquo;s good for everyone.&rdquo; </p> 1/11/2017 1/1/2099 0 1880 true waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
628503 Refinishing Your Basement? Don't Make this Mistake – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1137032.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1137032.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> If your finishing your basement it should be &ldquo;like new&rdquo; and you shouldn&rsquo;t see any water. Is it right for you to think that way? Well, you can think what you want but it happens a lot of the times when someone finished the basement. We get calls from all over where people finish the basement and then months later they have <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">water coming from behind the sheet rock</a>. In fact, some say they knew that there was a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation</a>, but it has never leaked before and they had been in the house for 15 years. Now that they put up the sheet rock it started leaking. Why they can leak when they have not leaked before is because water gets into them and in the winter it freezes opening the crack more and more. So&hellip;</p> <p> <strong>Tip #1:</strong> Look very carefully at the foundation walls and be sure there are no cracks. Those cracks can be fixed with a warranty all from the inside.</p> <p> <strong>Tip #2: </strong>Look very carefully at the concrete again at the little dimples. Those dimples are caused from the tie-rods which hold together the wood forms where the concrete is poured to form the foundation.&nbsp; After the concrete is poured they snap these ties and they are in the concrete. They are supposed to be sealed from the outside, some building inspectors like them sealed from the inside too, but often it is not done. The metal rusts and when it rusts they get smaller and can leak. So my advice would be look at the dimples and see if you see any rust lines or white powder. Those can be sealed with a warranty also. For those that are not rusting, put something on them so air does not reach them.</p> <p> <strong>Tip #3:</strong> See if there are any water stains where the wall meets the floor. You want to have those addressed. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement crack repair</a> or waterproofing, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</p> 12/22/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement crack repair,finishing the basement,crack in the foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
628488 Is it the Stone Foundation Leaking or a Sewer Pipe? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1135461.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1135461.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Is your <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation leaking</a> or is it a sewer pipe? Here is an interesting case study, but the good thing was there was no smell involved. We got a call from a panicked real estate agent who was trying to help a client. They were trying to close the next day and they <strong>had water coming through what she thought was the stone foundation</strong>. I asked her to take a picture of it, and they did. This was about 5:00pm in the afternoon. There was definitely water from coming behind the sewer pipe that was right in front of and actually touching the stone foundation.</p> <p> I sent one of my guys out the next morning to look at it. He told me it is leaking from behind the pipe. We had to determine if the sewer pipe was leaking or if it was leaking from the stone foundation. What we did was fill a bathtub upstairs and run the water in the kitchen sink. By filling the bathtub, when he pulled the drain, it created a lot of pressure going down and the water would go through this pipe in front of the stone foundation. When he did that there was water coming out. I thought of doing this because it was not raining and they still had water at times. </p> <p> The water was leaking out of the back of the pipe. They got a plumber over there and closed on the home that day. This is a perfect example of how <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> can help the homeowner and real estate agents. For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/15/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking foundation, Boston,leaking stone foundation, Boston 0 Joseph Coupal
628433 Live Video Shows Water Squirting from a Foundation - Boston, Sharon, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1132988.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1132988.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We posted a blog a few weeks ago with an amazing video that a customer posted of water literally squirting from a foundation wall crack. </p> <p>We got a call from Sharon, MA the other day when we were getting that heavy rain. It was a block foundation where water was squirting out at the seams where some blocks meet in a block foundation. They were concerned, and rightfully so, that the water was going to keep on going in and ruin their furnace and hot water tank. </p> <p>We went over and looked at the situation. We decided that we were going to use a crystalized quartz based material. What happened was the mortar between the cinder blocks had deteriorated and there was enough water pressure to cause these squirts coming out like someone was using a garden hose. </p> <p>We used this crystalized quartz material and we were able to stop the water from coming in, even at the pressure that it was entering. These people were very thankful. </p> <p>Now, we have gone to jobs where people have tried and tried to use hydraulic cement and it really doesn&rsquo;t work. With our 17 years of knowledge in this business we can usually come up with the right material and method to apply it to stop water from coming into a basement. For more information on repairing foundation cracks, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center> <div class="flex-video widescreen"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cfrs_KO-xMw?rel=0" width="700" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </center> 12/7/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,repairing foundation cracks,foundation wall crack 0 Joseph Coupal
628401 Having a Basement Water Problem? Where First to Look – Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" height="60" align="top"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1130834.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1130834.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" height="60" align="top"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">Whenever we get a call about a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement water problem</a>, there is a little bit of sleuthing that goes inot figure out where the water is coming from. That is where our knowledge comes from. </p> <p> I have been getting quite a few calls in Easter Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire recently where property managers and home owners are calling me about <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation leaks</a>. And, the first thing is ask: &ldquo;is there a sidewalk or driveway against that foundation wall?&rdquo; If there is, I ask them to take a look at that seam where the driveway or walkway meets that foundation wall. Ninety-eight percent of the time there is a gap. The gap is there because asphalt and concrete expand and contract. They expand and contract at different intervals so you are going to get a gap. When you pour concrete, there is water in it, and the water evaporates and that is what causes the gap.</p> <p> Even if you have gutters that are working perfectly, you can still have problems. Water doesn&rsquo;t fall down in a straight line. When it hits the house it falls down and goes into that gap. Water can then find a way into the house.&nbsp; You can&rsquo;t just caulk these gaps, because you need elasticity as well as a material that is going to bond to both the foundation wall and the concrete. That is the key to doing it right. Usually we put a skirt, an angle of concrete or asphalt based material. So when the rain comes, hits the house, water wants to go down there, we have already put a material in there to stop it, then there is the little ramp to help water flow away.</p> <p> For more information on basement water leaks, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/1/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation leaks,basement water problems,basement water leaks 0 Joseph Coupal
626800 Foundation Crack Repairs: Fix from the Inside or the Outside? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1128485.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1128485.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> This is often one of the first questions we get. We can <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">fix foundation cracks</a> from the inside or outside. Let&rsquo;s talk about outside cracks first. First you have to understand that cracks, when they crack in foundation they go through the foundation so you have it on the inside and outside about 98% of the time. So you can fix cracks from the outside, but it is more time-consuming and there are some limitations. </p> <p> Sometimes people want us to fix it from the outside because they don&rsquo;t want us to open up their wall, sheet rock, paneling, cabinets or tile on the inside of the wall. When we repair cracks from the outside we have to dig down and often about 6 feet down. We have to make the hole big enough that a technician can get into the hole. Sometimes there are restrictions and we can&rsquo;t dig in that area right there because it is asphalt, concrete, or large plantings of bushes or trees. It is a lot more costly this way.</p> <p> The more preferred method to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">repair a foundation crack</a> is from the inside. And regardless of the state we are in, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, most of the cracks are repaired from inside. If it was my house I would want it repaired from inside because I would also want to know if any mold has grown. The material we use is going to work its way towards the outside, so there is no reason to have to repair it from the outside when you can do it from the inside and you can see if you have mold. </p> <p> For more information on foundation crack repair, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1&nbsp; Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 11/17/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack repair,repair a foundation crack,fix a foundation crack,fix foundation cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
626641 Tips of Keeping the Basement Dry and Away from Condensation - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description">Learn tips of keeping your basement dry and away from condensation. For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> <center> <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qnxuDkjDYWU?rel=0" width="700" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 11/9/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basement waterproofing,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,keeping basement dry,condensation free basement 0 Joseph Coupal
626552 Is that Crack in Your Garage Floor Safe? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1124569.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1124569.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> There was a disastrous cave-in where someone fell through their porch! A homeowner had a concrete floor, and the gentleman was doing something on his porch. It gave way and he ended up 15 feet down. Luckily he had his cell phone and he was able to call the fire department and they came and got him out. </p> <p> I started looking online about this. This isn&rsquo;t the first time. Apparently this has been happening quite a lot over the years. </p> <p> This is similar to a job we recently went out on. It was one we needed to go out and look at. It was in a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">garage with cracks </a>that went across it pretty much in straight lines. I went into the basement because the garage floor was the basement ceiling. There were cracks there too. I mentioned to the customer that he should have a structural engineer look at it.&nbsp; The structural engineer wanted us to fill the cracks with epoxy. </p> <p> I went out there with one of my technicians because something just didn&rsquo;t seem right to me. My technician chiseled the crack just a little bit. What we found was the re-bar in the concrete had rusted corroded and had absolutely zero strength. I could break it with my fingernail. They wanted to park cars in there. I had them call back the structural engineer. My guess is he is going to recommend that they tear that whole floor up. Not every <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete crack</a> is what it seems.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 11/4/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement floor cracks,concrete cracks,garage floor cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
626542 Leaks from Concrete Wall Cracks - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description">We have written many blog posts about wall crack leaks and have also done quite a few podcasts describing leaks and issues we have faced...and fixed. This is an excellent video that shows what some of these wall crack leaks look like. As the shot pans up and you see the second leak higher up the wall, note the "patch" next to the leak. We see this all the time. &nbsp;Homeowners attempt a DIY fix with hydraulic cement or even worse, FlexSeal. You can almost sense the frustration and concern from the home owner as the unending stream of water pours in like an open water faucet. Buckets of water fill rapidly with no end in sight. It can be quite daunting. Fortunately, the Crackman has over 20 years of experience dealing with wall cracks, foundation leaks, and myriad other basement water problems. He has seen and dealt with just about everything.</p> <p>Leaking concrete walls? contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> today! </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center> <div class="flex-video widescreen"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cfrs_KO-xMw?rel=0" width="700" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </center> 11/1/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,leaks from concrete wall cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
626504 The Crackman Saves the Day at a Commercial Job in Acushnet, MA <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1120843.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1120843.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> I got a call from a large company out in Utah that was contracted in Acushnet to put up a recycling plant for steel. There were all types of conveyor belts, and large two and three story conveyor belts needed. These conveyor belts were on legs that were bolted onto a concrete floor. A mistake that a contractor had done, is they were supposed to have put epoxy underneath these plates along with the bolts. They called to see if we had any ideas on what could be done. </p> <p> I thought about it and figured we could loosen the bolts, drill holes in the steel plates, and then we would have to seal up where the plates meet the concrete. We injected an epoxy between n the plate and the concrete that is designed to bond to the steel and the concrete. We did this and saved the contractor from taking the whole thing down. All the engineers watched what we did and were happy. If any commercial or residential person needs help with <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">concrete repair</a>, we can most likely figure it out.</p> <p> For more information contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 10/21/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,concrete crack repair,commercial concrete crack repair,residential concrete crack repair 0 Joseph Coupal
626488 The Crackman Becomes Clairvoyant in Bellingham MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1118630.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1118630.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We got a call from a fellow over in Bellingham with a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack problem</a>. He was kind of hesitant, but he said, "I tried to fix it." </p> <p> I said, "You probably tried to fix it with hydraulic cement."</p> <p> "Ya I did, how did you know? But it is worse than that. I tried to fix it and it leaked." He worked really hard at it.</p> <p> "You probably, even tried to chisel out the concrete and then put the hydraulic cement in."</p> <p> "Ya I did, how did you know? But I tried to fix it again after that."</p> <p> "What did you do, put that Super Seal on it that they advertise on TV?"</p> <p> "Ya, how did you know, are you looking through my window?"</p> <p> "No we aren't looking through the window. But we know the order that poeple take to try to fix these cracks."</p> <p> DIY folks try to fix the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation cracks</a>. Then the cracks leak and we are more than happy to take care of it after they have spent the money on these products and the time on these DIY repairs. We have an injection process&nbsp; that we use in that situation and in most cases. It does solve the problem with no frustration and with a warranty when you go to sell the house.</p> <p> For more information on basement crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 10/18/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack repair,foundation cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
625509 Are Basement Waterproofing Paints Worth the Money? - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" width="173" align="top" height="60"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1116669.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1116669.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" width="173" align="top" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> There are all kinds of <strong>basement waterproofing paints</strong> out there with both pro's and con's.</p> <p> <strong>Pro's:</strong></p> <p> They look nice. If it is done pretty well, it means that you have cleaned off the wall. Removing the organic material off the wall reduces some of the odor. The basement smell will be reduced. You also reduce the amount of humidity in the basement because this paint blocks some of that moisture in the concrete or block.</p> <p> <strong>Con's:</strong></p> <p> This paint is supposed to trap the moisture in the concrete or block which is like putting plastic over the concrete or block so that moisture is an enemy to the foundation and will have a tendency to break it down. It also wants to push out that effervescence or powdery stuff which can push the paint off. It is also costly. And it can actually cause damage over time to the other masonry material that may be on there. </p> <p> On the occasions when it is a bad idea to use basement waterproofing paint, there are alternatives. We prefer to use a material that goes into the pores of the concrete which grows crystals to stop the water from coming through the foundation walls. We have that material made specifically for us. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 10/6/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,basement waterproofing paints,pros of basement waterproofing paints,cons of basement waterproofing paints 0 Joseph Coupal
625216 When Do You Need to Repoint a Stone Foundation? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1110308.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1110308.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> What is a stone foundation exactly? Here in&nbsp; New England it is pretty common to see a stone foundation. A stone foundation is foundation that is usually made out of field stones stacked one on top of the other. But to get a full picture of it, think of a triangle and throw stones into the triangle. The tall leg of the triangle is what you are looking at from the inside of the foundation. Usually they put mortar in between the stones and it will stay together really nice.</p> <p> Over the years what happens is the <strong>mortar in between the stones breaks down</strong> and you see a power along the floor. Or, homeowners will coat mortar over the stones and that is getting popped off and you see the powder on the floor all the time. Sometimes we even see plants and mushrooms growing out of the stone foundations. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">Repointing a stone foundation</a> is putting h the mortar back that is in between the stones. First we have to remove any loose or powdered mortar and clean that area out, sometimes we even feel cold air coming through those voids, but not only cold air can come through. Those voids allow rodents, snakes, water and radon in too. So we have to put that mortar back and that helps keep that structure tight.</p> <p> When<strong> selling a house with a stone foundation</strong>, the new homeowner is going to go downstairs and look at the foundation. They&rsquo;re going to get scared if they see holes, voids or plants, so you are going to lose a whole portion of buyers because of that. Even though it is an old house, they still want an old house that is like new. Also, they are going to get a home inspector to come in and that his one of the first things they will look at in the basement and they&rsquo;ll say that it needs to be repointed. Save some time and aggravation and have it repaired before you put the house on the market. </p> <p> If you are <strong>buying a house with a stone foundation</strong> look for those holes in the foundation, touch the mortar and see if it comes off. If it does, the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">foundation needs to be repointed</a>.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing and foundation crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/22/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Repointing a stone foundation, Boston, MA,foundation needs to be repointed, Boston, MA,selling a house with a stone foundation, Boston, MA,buying a house with a stone foundation, Boston, MA 0 Joseph Coupal
625051 The Pros and Cons of Waterproofing Paint – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1108664.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1108664.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> <strong>Waterproof paint </strong>is not what you want to use to fix basement cracks. But in this episode, we are going to discuss the pros and cons of waterproof paint. </p> <p> Let&rsquo;s get started with the pros; when would you use waterproof paint?</p> <p> I would use waterproofing paint if I was selling a house, putting it right on the market, because it does look nice. It also reduces the smell of the basement. Also, the do-it-yourselfer can do it. However, that does come with a caveat, because most DIYs don&rsquo;t do the prep work correctly.</p> <p> Some of the cons:</p> <p> If&nbsp; I was going to keep the house I would not use it. It is not an inexpensive product. To do it right you have to do a lot of prep, so it takes a lot of time. Also, nine times out of ten, the paint has peeled. The reason it peels is because it is very important that the product bonds to the wall. Waterproof paint is put over a concrete wall. Concrete walls have cement in it. When you waterproof paint the wall, you are trapping moisture between the paint and the wall which causes the cement to break down. This causes effervescence to come through. That is the powdery residue found on most concrete walls. When the powdery material is between the wall and the paint, it causes the pain to blister and peel. This is a terrible maintenance problem and a great big mess.</p> <p> The bottom line is stay away from waterproofing paint on the inside walls of the basement. Take care of the problems that are causing you to want to waterproof paint the wall.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack repair</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 9/15/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,waterproof paint,pros and cons of waterproof paint 0 Joseph Coupal
624960 How Does a Basement Flood in the Middle of a Drought? – Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1108663.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1108663.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p> Even though it is a drought here in Massachusetts, we got a call from a homeowner in Dedham. Water was coming into her house through the basement wall at a pretty good rate. She had ServPro there, a company that cleans up after disasters and water problems. I spoke to them on the phone, and they told us <strong>water was coming in fast from a tie-rod</strong> and behind shelving in the basement. </p> <p> I told them to take a walk around outside to see if there were any hoses that were dripping even a little bit. He looked around outside and he found a hose that the woman remembers using about four weeks ago before the water ban. It has been running all this time. He turned off the water faucet. Water has leaked through the basement wall before in the same location. Once we removed the shelving, we saw a crack. We fixed the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">wall crack</a> and the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie-rod leak</a>. Now she can run the water all she wants.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/8/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking tie rods,basement wall crack,tie rod leaks,leaking tie rod,wall crack 0 Joseph Coupal
624932 Mice Invade Home Via Voids in Stone Foundation - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1106035.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1106035.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We got a telephone call from a gentleman over in Bolton, MA who had a house built in the 1800. He had some fear in his voice, his wife really wanted to get rid of these mice. They were tired of regularly having an exterminator come in to <strong>get rid of the mice</strong>. The exterminator actually suggested to him that he have someone come in and take care of the basement. There were holes in between the stones in the foundation; this was an old house. In addition letting in the mice, the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">holes in the foundation</a> also let in cold air, water, and moisture. </p> <p> We put sharp metal mat pieces in these holes and then repointed, or put mortar back in, and stopped the mice problem.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement crack repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/31/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement crack repair,holes in foundation walls 0 Joseph Coupal
624915 Oh no! Another Flexseal DIY Disaster! - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1103298.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1103298.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> <strong>Flex Seal </strong>is the stuff you see on TV where the guy replaces a screen with the bottom of a boat, sprays this on and sails away. Well, maybe it works on the bottom of a boat, but we've been seeing for a few years, homeowners putting this on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement cracks</a> and then the cracks leak. </p> <p> A new product that they have comes in a 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers. It's rolled onto the cement wall in order to seal it. . We had a homeowner who bought it, it's quite expensive. He had multiple <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement wall cracks</a> and <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">leaking tie-rods</a>. After applying, he called us because all he cracks and tie rods were still leaking. He spent quite a bit of time applying it. </p> <p> For more information on basement crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/26/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement wall cracks,leaking tie rods,Flex Seal 0 Joseph Coupal
624898 Real Estate Radio Boston Extend a Warm Thanks to A1 Foundation - Boston, MA <img alt="" src="/images/real-estate-radio-boston-event.jpg" class="right" style="padding-left: 10px; height: 200px;" /> <p itemprop="description">Real Estate Radio Boston would like to extend a warm thanks to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1 Foundation</a> for making it out to the Millennium Tower networking event. We hope you had as much fun as we did. </p> <p>We are proud to announce that A1 Foundation is a supporter of Real Estate Radio Boston's! A1 Foundation and Crack Repair has been fixing Bostonian's basements around the city since 1993.. </p> <p>We hope to see you at the next Real Estate Radio Boston event!</p> 8/23/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true 0 Joseph Coupal
624883 Why is There a Gap Where my Basement Wall Meets the Floor? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1101603.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1101603.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> Q. The other day I was in my basement and noticed a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">gap between the basement wall and the floor</a>. What would cause that and do I need to worry about it?</p> <p> A. Well, what would cause this is they pour concrete to make the floor. The concrete has quite a bit of water in it. As it dries, the water evaporates causing "concrete shrinkage". This causes the gap which could be as thin as your fingernail or as much as a 1/2". You can worry about it as much as you want, but there are repairs that can be done. </p> <p> People repair it is because they don't like the looks of it, radon can come up, insects can come up, also odor can come up from organic material breaking down, and cold air and water vapor can come up. If you have any kind of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the basement</a>, you should get it fixed. </p> 8/18/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc,gap between the basement wall and the floor,crack in the basement 0 Joseph Coupal
624633 Refinishing Your Basement: Cost vs Return on Investment – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1101589.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1101589.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> So you&rsquo;re considering <strong>refinishing the basement to increase the value of your home</strong> before you sell it. Is it worth the hassle and money?</p> <p> It is definitely going to increase the value of your home. The question is, for every dollar you spend how much are you going to get back when you sell? We did some research and talked to appraisers and realtors. We found that 70% of what you spend on refinishing the basement you&rsquo;ll get back. So, you are leaving 30% on the table. With an average remodel on a basement remodeling project being $50,000 you are leaving 30% or $15,000 of that for the new buyer to enjoy. So, unless you are going to stay in the house and enjoy the basement for a number of years, then refinish the basement. But, if you aren&rsquo;t, then our advice is to NOT refinish the basement.</p> <p> If you have a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">leak in the unfinished basement</a>, and you need to sell your house, you should definitely fix it before you put it on the market. If you don&rsquo;t you&rsquo;ll limit the number of buyers. Murphy&rsquo;s Law says the couple who wants to buy it will show on a rainy day. If potential buyers don&rsquo;t see the leak, the home inspector will or the appraiser will. Then you&rsquo;ll be pulling in structural engineers which will cost as much as the repair would have.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement crack repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/10/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement crack repair,refinishing the basement,basement crack,how to repair basement crack,leak in the basement 0 Joseph Coupal
624618 Digging out Your Own Basement--A Cautionary Tale – Boston, MA <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" width="233" height="408" src="/images/blog/8.4a.JPG" style="border: 0px none;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" width="227" height="406" src="/images/blog/8.4b.JPG" style="border: 0px none;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" width="229" height="407" src="/images/blog/8.4c.JPG" style="border: 0px none;" /></div> </p> <p> <div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1096736.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1096736.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We actually ran into a situation where someone was <strong>trying to dig out a crawl space to turn it into a regular sized basement</strong>. A homeowner called me in a panic. They had hired a company to dig out his crawl space and he came home and saw this situation where they had dug into the soil and the soil was unstable. He was afraid his house was going to fall down. </p> <p> He was nervous about this unstable soil that the house was now resting on whereas before with the crawl space and the dirt kept the soil stable. It was an unsafe situation because it was ready to fall down. Looking at the pictures, you see the foundation wall but nothing in between that would hold up the home. This is where <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">lally columns</a> come into play. We recommended that he talk to a structural engineer and pour some concrete. The home is now safe and secure, but he did decide that he is not going to continue to dig out his own crawlspace for a regular sized basement.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/4/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Columns,digging out basement,digging basement 0 Joseph Coupal
624619 Should a Foundation Crack be Fixed Before Listing a House? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1098048.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1098048.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p> We get this question every once in awhile, or we get a seller who wants to save some money until after they sell the house. What happens is, people can love a house, they go downstairs, see a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation wall</a> and run to the next house because they are afraid of the crack and they don&rsquo;t want any problems even though the crack can be repaired with a full warranty that is transferable to the new homeowner.</p> <p> Now, if they don&rsquo;t run from the house. The next person to enter will be the home inspector. As we know, not all home inspectors have a great bedside manner. Some will see the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack</a> and draw negative attention to it and scare the buyer. But it&rsquo;s not only the home inspector. The buyer will see it and interpret it as a bad thing.</p> <p> After the home inspector, the next person coming in is the appraiser for the bank. Now, if the appraiser notes on the form that there is a crack in the foundation wall, the underwriter who is underwriting the mortgage is going to want a structural engineer to come look at it. They get paid for their time. It&rsquo;s going to cost as much for a structural engineer to come out as it will to fix the crack. If you don&rsquo;t do this you have to go through the entire listing and showing process all over again.</p> <p> For more information on basement crack repair, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/4/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack,foundation crack repair,foundation wall cracks,crack in foundation wall,crack in a foundation wall 0 Joseph Coupal
624405 Getting Rid of Puddles in a Parking Garage – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1096581.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1096581.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We had a call from a condominium association member who has <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">water in the parking garage</a>.&nbsp; I asked if it was just puddles, she said &ldquo;yes&rdquo;; I asked if it only happened in the warm weather, she said &ldquo;yes&rdquo;.&nbsp; I told her that they probably have condensation. They did the condensation test that we had spoken about in the last podcast. Lo and behold, it was condensation and they have had hundreds of companies out to look at it. Those companies came to the same determination as I did, that it is condensation.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/20/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,water in parking garage,puddles in parking garage 0 Joseph Coupal
624308 Why is My Basement Floor So Wet? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1093417.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1093417.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> If a homeowner notices a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">puddle on the basement floor</a> they need to take some action. What is the puddle being caused from? It could be condensation. When warm air hits a cold surface, the cold surface being the concrete floor, wall or cold water pipe, condensation happens. Or it could be from a void in the concrete, like a crack or from water wicking through the porous concrete. </p> <p> <strong>How do we diagnose which is causing the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">wet basement floor</a>. </strong></p> <p> Look above and see if the <strong>pipes in the ceiling have condensation</strong> on them. See if the pipes are sweating and dripping on the floor. Also, check near your dryer vent. The dryer lets out a gallon and a half of water per load into the air. Be sure that the hose is connected and that the water is not occurring around there.</p> <p> After a visual, there is a simple test you can do. Take a piece of plastic wrap or tin foil about 1 foot by 1 foot. Tape it to your floor and wait about a day. If there is water or dampness on it, this is condensation. Lift it up, if there is water beneath it, then the water is coming from below which can be coming from a crack or void in the concrete.</p> <p> If it is condensation, you need a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">good dehumidifier</a>. If it&rsquo;s pipe that is sweating, use pipe insulation to wrap the pipes. If it is a crack or void we can fill in those voids or we can put a crystallized quartz based material which will fill the holes and prevent water from coming up through the floor.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/14/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,wet basement floor,puddle on the basement floor,good dehumidifier 0 Joseph Coupal
624246 Why Does my Home's Foundation Look Pitted and Cracked? – Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1092151.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1092151.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> Real estate agents and homeowners come to us with concerns about the look of their exterior foundation. Their concern is that the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">exterior foundation</a>, above grade, is showing signs of pitting, cracking and breaking. </p> <p> Concrete is a porous material, and if there are small micro <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in the foundation</a> water can get in there and it freezes in the winter which makes it&nbsp; start to pop the surface of the foundation. To stop this, we have to take off what the homeowners has most likely already put on there. We have to grind it, scrape it with masonry chisels, and use a wire brush to get down to the good concrete. Then we use a special material, a masonry based material that goes into these problem areas. Those sections then look better, but the rest of the foundation looks awful. What we&rsquo;ll do there is resurface above grade with a material that will adhere to the concrete and looks like concrete, making it look brand new.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation repairs</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/7/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation repair,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc.,foundation repairs,pitted foundation walls,flaking foundation walls 0 Joseph Coupal
624158 Why is my Basement Damp and Humid? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1086868.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1086868.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> This is a common problem this time of year and it can cause big health problems and problems if you are trying to sell your home. </p> <p> <strong>What is the cause of a damp and humid basement?</strong></p> <p> There are four basic reasons. The first is water infiltration. You may wonder that how can this be because it has been hot and dry. It can still come in because of the water table, irrigation systems, or rain. Water can enter the basement through <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in the foundation wall</a>, voids where the floor and wall meet, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">basement floor cracks</a>, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">pipe penetrations</a>, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">leaking tie rods</a>, or bulkheads that may be leaking<a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-watrproofing.html">http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-watrproofing.html</a>.</p> <p> The second way a water can enter the basement is by pipes. In the basement you see the hot water tank with pipes coming in and out of it and pipes going to the bathrooms upstairs. These pipes carry cold water. We all know that when cold surfaces with humidity in the air cause condensation. You want to stop the condensation as much as you can.</p> <p> The third reason for <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">humid basements</a> are the walls themselves. Basements wall are below grade, below the soil, which makes the walls colder than the inside air, causing condensation.</p> <p> The fourth reason is one people never think about. The clothes dryer is in the basement. When you dry a load of clothes the water that comes out in water vapor is about 1 and &frac12; gallons of water into the air. This can cause humidity.</p> <p> <strong>If you find on or more of these problems, what do you do?</strong></p> <p> With water infiltration, see if you have any cracks or leaks around tie rods and pipe penetrations. If you see one of those consult a water proofing company. </p> <p> For sweating pipes, go to a big box store and buy pipe insulation.&nbsp; This will help stop pipes from sweating.</p> <p> You can&rsquo;t stop walls from condensing, but you can control it with humidifiers. Humidifiers help dry the air. </p> <p> Dryer vents should not&nbsp; be too long. They should be less than 10 feet from the outside. Also, be sure that it is not pulled away or has a hole in it, and that it actually does vent to the outside.</p> <p> These are all things you can do to prevent damp and humid basements. For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/5/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
624028 The Crackman's 4 Best DIY Basement Waterproofing Tips - Boston, MA <div style="float: right;"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1086514.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1086514.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> There are many things a homeowner can do to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">prevent water in the basement</a>. </p> <p> First, you have to deal with the hydrostatic pressure of water. Hydrostatic pressure is the water wanting to push in on things, so we have to get water away from the house. <strong>Take a look at the downspouts and gutters</strong>. If they are broken, split, or leak at the seams or undersides you want to address those and you want to make sure the downspouts are 4 or 5 feet away from the house and that they run away from the house. </p> <p> Tip two, we want to continue minimizing hydrostatic pressure. If the landscaping is pitched toward the house, you want to try to <strong>build up the landscaping near the house</strong> so that any water that water flows down and away. Any water that comes off the house has a ramp running away from the house rather than toward it.</p> <p> Tip three, <strong>if you have a sump pump, check it every 2 to 3 months</strong> because you never know when you are going to need it. If there is a float or lever arm, raise that up and see if you hear the pump going. </p> <p> The fourth and final tip is to <strong>use your eyes and go downstairs in the basement</strong>. Small problems can become big problems quickly if you don't address them. Look for stains on the concrete floor or baseboard. You want to look at cracks on the foundation wall, as well as mold or mildew. See if there is a musty smell. If you have a stone foundation, be sure that the mortar joints are solid. Sometimes you can touch them and they powder. This tells you there is some attention that is needed.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/30/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,basement waterproofing tips,DIY basement waterproofing tips,prevent water in the basement 0 Joseph Coupal
623901 Water in Your Basement? The first 2 Things to Look For – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1085254.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1085254.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> If you walk downstairs only to find <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">water in the basement</a>, you need to call a pro to solve the problem. But you also need to find out how the water got there. The first thing you should do is look up and then look down. You want to see if there are any <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">pipes leaking</a> or if there is any condensation on the ceiling. The pipes are cold and the temperature is warm, this creates condensation. The second thing you want to do is go over to your furnace or air conditioning unit. See if the little box next to it, the condensation pump, is working properly. They can tend to overflow. </p> <p> If it is one of these two issues you can fix it. If you have a problem with a condensation pump, you can buy one at Home Depot, or you can call an HVAC repair company to fix it for you. If you have a pipe that is leaking, turn off the water and call a plumber. If it is pipe condensation, you can buy some foam insulation to put around it. </p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/9/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking pipes,water in basement,pipe condensation,broken condensation pump 0 Joseph Coupal
623804 Incorrectly Installed Lally Column Wakes Homeowner at Night- Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1083374.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1083374.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> We got a frantic call about 2 weeks ago during the heavy rain. It came in at about 6:00am or 7:00am. The homeowner heard what he described as a &ldquo;sonic boom.&rdquo; He ran into the basement and found a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">floor crack</a> that he had never seen before. It ran right off the Lally Column. The Lally Column was not placed on a footing, which is a deep piece of poured concrete that it is supposed to sit on. When it is not on a footing and there is a lot of hydro-static pressure from water going underneath the floor, the Lally Column moves. This is what caused the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">crack in the concrete floor</a> and the sonic boom. Lally Columns hold your house up. </p> <p> So, the first thing you want to do to ensure your Lally Column is secure is to look and see if they are level. If they are not, they are not supporting as they should. Then, be sure they are set on a footing.&nbsp; Lally Column that are put on a cement floor with no footing&nbsp; are not holding much. You can test this by tapping on the floor to see if it sounds hollow.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/3/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Lally Columns,floor crack,crack in concrete floor,crack in floor,concrete floor crack,incorrectly installed lally columns 0 Joseph Coupal
623776 Home Nearly Sinks from Failed Lally Columns – Boston, Quincy, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1083194.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1083194.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> We got a call by a customer who has a house in Quincy, MA. He wanted us to <strong><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/lally-column-replacement.html">replace lally columns</a></strong>. Because he said there were about 15 that needed replacing, we went out there to look at it. The floor of the basement had caved in in certain areas. What had happened was, there was a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/foundation-wall-pipe-penetration-leaks.html">pipe leaking under the basement floor</a>. It must have flooded beneath the floor and washed the soil away. The soil was helping to support the concrete floor so this caused the floor to sink. To make matters worse, in the middle of the floor was a three foot high pour of concrete, it was about three feet high and the lally columns were sitting on that. You could look underneath that floor and see about a foot of air before you got to the soil. The lally columns were not sitting on anything, they were literally floating in thin air. We went out again with an engineer and came up with a plan to solve his problem. </p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/31/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking pipe,pipe leaking under the basement floor,lally column replacement,replace lally columns 0 Joseph Coupal
623693 Why is There a Gap Where my Sidewalk Meets the Foundation? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1081520.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1081520.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> This is a common problem. We have been getting a lot of calls from all over New England where homeowners have <strong>a gap between a concrete walkway and a stone or block foundation</strong>. They try to put caulking or concrete skirts but the gap keeps reappearing.</p> <p> This is a problem because when they pour a concrete walkway, even if they do a great job pouring it right near the foundation, there is water in the concrete. The water evaporates which causes a gap. Concrete expands and contracts with the temperature. This also happens with an asphalt walkway. It doesn&rsquo;t bond with concrete, block or stone; and the gap remains.</p> <p> The reason we want to fix it is so that water doesn&rsquo;t get in there, freeze and cause the gap to get bigger. We have talked with chemists to fix it, and have come up with a product that will go into the seam. First, we put sand in the seam and then we put the material that has elasticity into the seam to bond with the masonry material, asphalt, concrete, and to the foundation wall. It gives, so it can move. Them we put a special skirt over it to further protect the area so that water can't get in. </p> <p> If you want more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">concrete repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/25/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,concrete repair,gap between sidewalk and foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
623654 Small Concrete Repair Jobs--DIY or Hire a Pro? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1079584.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1079584.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> At <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair </a>we do all types of concrete work, both big and small. All over New England we are getting a lot of calls for people who are trying to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-steps-repair.htm">repair concrete steps</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-concrete-walkway-repairs.htm">repair concrete walkways</a>, and they have attempted to do it and they are having problems. The concrete is pushing out, the patch is gone or its falling off. It&rsquo;s the prep work that really has to be taken care of correctly. Surfaces have to be water-blasted, wire-brushed and vacuumed. If there is any dust, this will cause a problem; also we have to look at the moisture in the existing concrete. Then we have to decide what the right material is to do the project. There are all types of products that can be used, there are only a few different products to use in a big box store. As a professional, we have access to hundreds of difference products so we can pick the right product to use. </p> <p> If you don&rsquo;t succeed at first, if you want a fix that is going to last, using the right material, prepping the area properly, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> for the job.</p> 5/20/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,repairing concrete steps,repairing concrete walkway,repairing small concrete jobs,small concrete jobs 0 Joseph Coupal
623604 Will your Home's Lally Columns Pass Home Inspection? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1077190.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1077190.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> Home inspectors in New England see all types of lally columns. They see temporary lally collumns, those are the types with the jacks on the top, they are seeing actual tree trunks, bricks stacked on top of each other and the mortar is falling out because of age, and they are seeing non-existent lally columns, meaning no lally columns where there should be one. </p> <p> Home inspectors are identifying all kinds of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/"><strong>problems with lally columns</strong></a><strong></strong> before the home sale can be completed. With tree trunks, they are seeing rot on the bottom that is not supporting anything. They are seeing steal lally columns that are either filled or not filled with concrete and the steal is all rusted. And, of course they are seeing the temporary lally columns. </p> <p> What a home inspector wants to see is a footing poured. This means we break the floor where the lally column is going to be, dig down, pour concrete and then come back with a steal lally columns which is filled with concrete with a thick plate with a cup welded to it which the lally column goes into and is bolted to the beam. This will make your home sale go much quicker.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/13/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,temporary lally collumns,problems with lally columns 0 Joseph Coupal
621644 Sealing your Basement Bulkhead? Don't Do it Yourself! – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1068729.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1068729.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Some homeowners have needed to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">seal a basement opening</a> like bulkheads, basement windows, and walk-outs, but we have been running in to some serious issues where the DIY homeowners have had some pretty large leaks with novice work. But it hasn&rsquo;t been only homeowners doing it, we&rsquo;ve seen contractors who have been doing it as well. They may do an lovely looking job, but they may be filling it up with concrete or blocks and they are leaking. Leaking from the sides and bottom, and if it is block, those are filling with water and leaching through. </p> <p> While contractors may have the skill to do concrete work, many don&rsquo;t have the knowledge for the waterproofing part of the job. When you pour concrete it has water in it. When the water evaporates, it has voids. When you pour concrete on concrete you get what is called a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/cold-joint-repair.html">cold joint</a> and those voids are leaking. In that kind of leak, we drill small holes and then inject polymer resin with an electric pump so those voids are filled and creates a seal on the outside. </p> <p> With concrete block, we actually use a weave carbon fiber blanket, injection process, or a crystallized quarts based material that leaches into the pours of the concrete and stops water from coming in. If a homeowner is going to fill in their basement door, window or bulkhead door, it is a good idea to call us even if they want to do it or have another contractor do it. We can put some things on the outside of the concrete or block that will stop it from leaking. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/5/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,cold joint repair,seal a basement opening,seal a basement window,seal a basement bulkhead 0 Joseph Coupal
621096 DIY Basement Waterproofing...What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object height="60" width="173" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1068727.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1068727.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" width="173" height="60"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Let&rsquo;s create a scenario. You have a quote from a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/index.html">crack repair company</a>, but it seems a little high, so you are thinking of doing the job yourself. </p> <p> You can try. The percentage of success is very very low. We get all kinds of calls from homeowners and contractors about hydraulic cement, which is the &ldquo;preferred&rdquo; method of repair. What they are doing is chiseling out that <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack</a> and creating V. Then they are stuffing hydraulic cement in there. I&rsquo;m getting calls from homeowners all over Massachusetts because it is now leaking. Hydraulic cement is a temporary fix that only works sometimes. This is because hydraulic cement does not expand and contract and the concrete around it does. So the water can come in.</p> <p> In fact the directions on the container of hydraulic cement says to do just what they are doing. Cut a V near the crack and fill. But, it doesn&rsquo;t work most of the time. To fix it, we use a few different methods: electric pumps, polymer resins. We look at the crack and choose the best method and we give our customers a warranty. But, not just a warranty for them, the warranty is transferable, so if they sell, it can be used by the new homeowners. </p> <p> A professional has better solutions, better knowledge and better experience, and best of all, the pro&rsquo;s have a warranty.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/28/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack repair,basement waterproofing,basement wall cracks,hydraulic cement,DIY crack repair 0 Joseph Coupal
620929 Water Damage Remediation - The First 4 Things To Do <div class="right"><object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1066404.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1066404.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Imagine walking down to your basement and finding a lake. You need to take care of this problem. First you need to find out where the water is coming in and either stop it permanently or temporarily. Within 24 hours, mold can start. </p> <p> Once the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">water coming into the basement</a> is stopped, you want to remove the water that has entered the basement. You can do this with shop vacs, pumps, or heavy duty extractor vacuums to remove the water you can see.</p> <p> Then you want to get the basement dry. Once you remove the water, you still have all kinds of humidity from the carpet or wall board that has gotten wet. If you have wall board or paneling remove the bottom foot along with the insulation that may have gotten wet. Once this is done, run high-end humidifiers in there to suck the air dry. You also want fans and/or blowers in there. If you have carpet, raise it up to dry it out really well. </p> <p> Then you want to sanitize anything that has gotten wet with an antimicrobial material on it to stop any mold from growing. Get anything like boxes that has gotten wet out of the area.</p> <p> The fourth and final step is to permanently stop the water from coming in. First look for <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in the cement wall</a>, where the wall and floor meet, around tie-rods, around sewer pipes, water pipes and conduits. You also want to look for <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">cracks in the cement floor</a>.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 4/13/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,cracks in the cement wall,cracks in the cement floor,water coming in the basement 0 Joseph Coupal
620903 The Most Common Kinds of Basement Cracks Revealed - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" align="top" height="60" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1063705.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1063705.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> The most common <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement cracks</a> we see all over New England are the cracks off of a corner of a basement window, or one off the "step down". This is where the concrete goes from about 8' to about 6' and the concrete steps down.</p> <p> These cracks are common because this is the weakest part of the concrete. In residential construction, they don't put re-bar going horizontal in the concrete for additional strength. And, these are weak points and stress points that often crack. Ninety percent of the time this is not a structural issue, but it is an issue for water infiltration, odor, cold, insects and the smell of organic material breaking down.</p> <p> Because these <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement foundation cracks</a> are so common we can decide between two methods. One is to drill holes along the crack every 6 inches, put ports in, and fill these with closed cell polymer resin. Another method is to put a material into the crack and then a weave carbon fiber mat on top of that. In each case, the repairs are warrantied.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/11/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement wall cracks,basement cracks,common basement cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
620229 The Basement Oil Geyser--A New DIY Disaster! - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1066957.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1066957.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> We got a call from a person who wanted pricing on <strong>putting in a new lally column</strong>. We explained what we do with a lally column is break the floor, dig down, pour concrete--that's called a footing,&nbsp; and put the lally column on top of it. The reason we do a footing is so it is stable. </p> <p> This man was a DIY type of a guy, and he called us back to say he would do it himself. Well, he started the job this past Sunday. We got an emergency call from him. He was jack hammering the floor and he didn't realize there was an oil line underneath and he hit it. It started leaking. We advised him to quickly go to the oil tank and turn the shut-off. He shut it off, but it was still dripping. From experience we knew that if he put a vacuum where they fill the oil tank, it would create enough pressure to not suck oil out, but to stop it from dripping. </p> <p> He then had to have the oil company come out to reroute the line. He didn't have too much oil come out, but if more had, he would have had a hazardous waste clean-up job which would have caused thousands of dollars.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/29/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true putting in a new lally column 0 Joseph Coupal
619737 Concrete Floor Cracks...are they from Shrinkage or Settling? – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1063687.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1063687.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> There are two types of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete floor cracks</a>, shrinkage and settlement. Shrinkage cracks are from when they pour concrete, which has water in it and the water evaporates too quickly. This happens just like it did to the mud pies you played with as a kid. You put those mud pies on the patio to dry and cracks resulted. You can tell you have shrinkage cracks if the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">floor cracks</a> are discontinuous, meaning the crack meanders, tapers, and stops. Then next to it, above it, or below it, the crack will continue. They are usually fairly thin cracks.</p> <p> We fix shrinkage cracks because radon, odors can come up, as well as coldness, and they are not aesthetically pleasing. We clean them out and then &ldquo;weld&rdquo; them together which is elastic to accommodate expansion and contraction of concrete.</p> <p> <strong>Settlement cracks</strong> usually have some deflection. You can run your foot over the crack and see if one side is higher than the other, if so, this is a settlement crack. Many settlement cracks are very disconcerting. We&rsquo;ve seen settlement cracks where the floor has sunk 6 inches. We can treat it though welding the concrete, but we treat big settling cracks differently. On bigger ones we raise the floor by drilling a hole and pumping a polymer resin to raise it up or pumping a concrete slurry to raise it up.</p> <p> For more information on foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/23/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,Settlement cracks,Shrinkage cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
619689 DIY Disaster of the Month - A Barrier Around a Sump Pump - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1062007.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1062007.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We had a customer with a problem we see almost everyday. She had a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the basement wall</a> off the corner of the window. Then we looked at window also. It was improperly installed and the <strong>basement window was leaking </strong>too. The prior owner had a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> put in and they placed a 4" concrete berm that went around the window area and over to the sump pump, hoping the water would go into the sump pump. It didn't work. In fact, the water was leaking out from underneath the berm. </p> <p> If someone had called us right away, we would have fixed the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement wall crack</a> with an injection process. In fact, the injection process is how we took care of it. We drilled holes along the crack, installed ports, and injected a closed-cell polymer resin. The resin expands and fills the crack. We were able to get the crack dry, and the window was reinstalled with a professional carpenter. Too bad the original owners had not called us originally, we could have fixed the problem permanently, for less money and aggravation. Never try to fix basement leaks with a "band-aid" approach.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/17/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,sump pump,crack in the basement wall,basement wall crack 0 Joseph Coupal
619614 What to do if you See a Horizontal Crack in a Foundation - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1059826.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1059826.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> What does it mean if you have a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">horizontal foundation crack</a>? With a horizontal crack you want to do a little more discovery to see what the problem is. They are more severe than a crack that goes up and down so you want to bring somebody in that knows something about them. A horizontal crack initially means that there has been compromise in your home's foundation. It doesn't mean your home is going to fall down, just some compromise. </p> <p> <strong>What can cause a horizontal foundation crack?</strong></p> <p> During the construction phase the piece of machinery that back fills the foundation could have hit it. Also, that machinery compacts the soil by pressing down on it, that could have caused the problem. The freeze/thaw cycle we have in New England could have caused it. The soils and water freezes, especially if we have frozen soil already&nbsp; then it rains or we have snow melt and that water freezes causes hydro-static pressure that pushes on the foundation, causing it to crack. Sometimes the weight of the structure can<strong> cause the foundation to crack</strong> as well. </p> <p> A cold joint can often get confused with a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">horizontal crack in a foundation</a> as well. When you are pouring concrete, the trucks should arrive one after another so that all the concrete is mixed together so that when you are pouring the concrete, you create a monolithic pour, basically a single pour. But if one of those trucks are delayed; one truck comes, pours, and then there is a 15 minute delay, the first concrete starts to set up. When the next batch of concrete is poured, you can get a cold joint which can often be confused with a horizontal crack. Cold joints can leak sometimes too, but usually they are not a structural issue.</p> <p> The solution to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">repairing a horizontal foundation crack</a> is a different approach than fixing vertical cracks. We use weave carbon fiber blankets which are ten times stronger than steel. We install the blankets in certain places depending on how long the crack is. We grind the wall, making it nice and smooth. We then apply an adhesive material, then the carbon fiber blanket, then a material over that. This makes the wall ten times stronger than steel and maintains the integrity of the wall. These weave carbon fiber blankets are used on bridge repairs as well, on the concrete pilings. </p> <p> If you see a horizontal crack in your foundation wall, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/10/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,repairing a horizontal foundation crack,horizontal foundation crack,horizontal crack in a foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
619487 How Much of a Basement Wall Crack do you Need to Fix? Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1057220.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1057220.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Let&rsquo;s say you have a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">large crack in a basement wall</a> but only the bottom half is leaking, is that the only part you need to fix? </p> <p> Of course you need to fix the leaking part. But water will always find a &ldquo;door&rdquo; to come in. So, once you fix the leak on the bottom of the crack, odds are you&rsquo;ll start&nbsp; to see leaking above or below where you fixed. In order to say time, money and aggravation, you should fix the entire crack.</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve seen this happen. We recently had a case where the homeowner had a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in a concrete foundation</a>. They wanted to save money so they only wanted to fix part of the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack</a>. We explained what could happen. Within two weeks they called us back&nbsp; and asked us to come out and repair the top. </p> <p> Say you have two vertical cracks in the foundation, and one is leaking while the other is not. If they are within 8&rsquo; to 10&rsquo; of each other, but our advice would be to repair both cracks. We&rsquo;ve seen this again and again.&nbsp; Homeowners repair the leaking foundation crack, put up sheet rock, and all of a sudden have water coming in the basement. Now they have to remove the sheet rock and repair the second crack. </p> <p> For more information on <strong>basement waterproofing and foundation crack repair</strong>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/3/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack,basement waterproofing,crack in a concrete foundation,large crack in a basement wall 0 Joseph Coupal
619421 5 Ways to Identify Potential Foundation Problems - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1057217.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1057217.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Let's start with the first way to identify a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">potential foundation problem</a>. Without even going into the basement we can identify problems or potential problems. </p> <p> First, if the doors don't open properly or if they don't open the way they used to, if there are problems with the jam working properly. You can also look at the molding around the doors to see if they have pulled away or buckled at all.</p> <p> The next way to identify a potential <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation problem</a> is as you are walking around your house or a house you are considering buying, look a the corners of openings. What I mean by that is, look at the corners of windows and doors or openings going to one room to another. Look at the sheet rock and see if there are any cracks in them.</p> <p> Another thing to do is look down at the tile and see if there are any cracks in the tile. It may mean that there are foundation problems or that they didn't lay the tile right. But, this is something that you should further investigate.</p> <p> The fourth warning sign of a potential foundation issue is the windows. If the windows that were working properly are now hard to open, close and lock, this may be something that you should further investigate.</p> <p> Next, go outside and look at the exterior molding of your house. See if they have buckled or pulled apart. Also, look at the siding and see if any of it has buckled or have space in between the pieces. These are also signs that you should do some further investigation.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation repair</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/25/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing, Boston,foundation repair, Boston,potential foundation problem, Boston 0 Joseph Coupal
619382 Corking a Leak in a Basement Wall...A Case Study – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1053580.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1053580.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We got a call from a man who was taking care of his elderly father&rsquo;s home while they got it ready for sale. He told us that his father had been fighting <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">water coming in the basement through tie rods</a> in the walls. These tie-rods are little metal rods that stick out of the foundation or are embedded in the foundation during the construction phase which you can see. They look like little dimples and they have been leaking. </p> <p> I went to the house to take a look at it and a few other issues. What he had done was he had chiseled out around the tie rod and took a wine bottle cork and shoved it onto the tie-rod. He didn&rsquo;t just do one, he did it on a whole bunch of them. Needless to say, this didn&rsquo;t stop the leaking. They wanted this fixed in order to sell the house.</p> <p> The tie rods began to leak in the first place because they are metal and they start to rust from the wet soil outside and the damp air inside. We have encountered many strange DIY engineering feats over the years regarding tie rods. Most commonly we see people who stick hydraulic cement onto tie rods in the hopes to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">stop basement water leaks</a>. It doesn&rsquo;t work.</p> <p> The proper way to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">fix a leaking tie rod</a> is to work from the inside. We drill next to the tie-rod, put ports in, and inject a closed cell polymer resin material that encapsulates it and forms a gasket.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/19/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,fix a leaking tie rod,stop basement water leaks,water coming in the basement through the tie rods 0 Joseph Coupal
619249 A1 Foundation Crack Repair on Real Estate Radio Boston <center><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zTv6KvQKMHQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2/11/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
619247 How to Fix a Basement Window Well that's Filling up with Water – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1052092.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1052092.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> A basement window well is right up against the basement window on the outside of the house. It is a hole outside the window that is dug away, to create light and air movement in your basement. Having a big hole in the ground, the soil has to be prevented from eroding or from coming back in towards the window. So there is a galvanized metal half circle around the base of the window that attaches to the sides of your window. They make these for light and air inside the window.</p> <p> When it rains the <strong>water can fill up in the window well</strong>. Sometimes it can fill up above the base of the window. Water can enter the basement this way. Basement windows are not meant to be port holes! There are a few things that can be done. The hole can be dug deeper so the water can percolate away. Or you can buy a plastic dome or window well cover that fits over the window. The trouble is they blow away, crack and don&rsquo;t make a tight fit. Some window wells have metal grates over them to stop debris from getting in. Well, it stops some things, but not water. A trench can be dug from the bottom of the window for gravel or a pipe to carry water away if there is enough space and pitch. But not everyone has the luxury of enough space.</p> <p> One of the best ways to take care of this is to get a very thick window well cover that you can actually stand on. They are clear, so the light gets through, and they are measured and fitted to your particular window well, so they have a tight fit. This way water cannot get in there. </p> <p> If you&rsquo;re going to fix it right, you should hire a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">basement waterproofing professional</a>.&nbsp; For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/10/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,basement waterproofing professional,water in window wells,water in basement window wells,basement window wells 0 Joseph Coupal
619245 A1 Foundation Crack Repair Chosen to be on the Angie's List Honor Roll <p itemprop="description"><a href="/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> have been recognized by Angies List to be put on their Honor Roll for our outsanding customer reviews. </p> <center><img alt="" src="/images/angies-list.jpg " /></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2/10/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
619067 How to Ensure your House Sells for Top Dollar in the Winter – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1051536.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1051536.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description"> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> works with a lot of real estate agents who contract with us to help them <strong>get a home ready for sale</strong>. Therefore we have amassed a wealth of wisdom that can help homeowners get top dollar when they sell their homes in winter. </p> <p> With all the snow we have gotten in the last few winters, you want to be sure that the real estate For Sale sign is visible. When it is hidden by snow, no one can see that your home is for sale.&nbsp; That makes it harder for your selling broker to find the house. Also, that sign is advertising your house 24/7.</p> <p> You want to welcome your guests into your home without any lawsuits. You want to be sure that your walkways are shoveled and salted. Also, be sure your walkways are nice and wide open and welcoming, not narrow and hard to navigate.</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t be cheap with your heat. Don&rsquo;t turn the heat down because you are not going to be there. Keep the house comfortable so that potential buyers are comfortable.</p> <p> Be sure your windows are nice and clean. Sun coming through can show a dirty window, and you want the bright shining sun coming in. You&nbsp; want your home to be as bright as possible.</p> <p> Even though it is winter, you still want to show off that nice deck or patio. It is an asset so show it off. People do want to think about potential outdoor activities at the &ldquo;new home&rdquo;.</p> 2/4/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,get a home ready for sale,get a home ready for sale in winter,selling a home in winter 0 Joseph Coupal
619042 Foundation Crack Repair Expert on WBZ Radio <p itemprop="description">Rich Comeras, founder and owner for <a href="/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>, will appear on WBZ radio on this Saturday from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Please tune in to get valuable insights on basement/foundation home improvement, home repair, and more. </p> <center><img alt="" src="/images/richardcomeras.png" /></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1/29/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
619043 Fixing a Concrete Sidewalk Tripping Hazard with Polyurethane - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swfl ash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8- 444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpiso dePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS- 1047246.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisode Player.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS- 1047246.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We recently fixed a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">sidewalk tripping hazard</a> where the responsible party got sued and was held responsible for fixing it. We were called to the City of Boston to one of the funeral parlors in town. There is a walkway to the front door. If you have ever noticed a concrete walkway, there are lines in it. Multiple sections had sunken, creating a tripping hazard. Someone tripped, so he asked us to see what we could do because it needed to be fixed right away. It has just been too cold to pour concrete, so he asked if there was any other way we could fix it. </p> <p> So we drilled some small holes into the sunken slabs, put our ports in which were filled with our formula of polyurethane and injected it as a liquid. It expanded, and when it expanded it made the concrete rise so it was even so it was even with the other slabs of concrete. We did this in cold weather and it was less expensive than replacing the sidewalk. This can also work on a concrete driveway and roads. For more information on concrete crack repair, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/29/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,concrete sidewalk repair,sidewalk tripping hazard,sidewalk repair 0 Joseph Coupal
618973 Pouring Concrete in the Winter? What you Should Know – Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1047233.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1047233.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">Before you even begin <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">pouring concrete in the winter</a>, the first step is to find a qualified contractor. The key thing to discuss with the contractors you are consider are:</p> <p> Insurance. Be sure they have insurance: liability insurance and workman&rsquo;s compensation. The liability insurance means if he damages your property in anyway, there is an insurance policy that can compensate you rather than having to go after the contractor for the payment. Workman&rsquo;s comp is an insurance policy that contractors carry that means if someone gets hurt on the job at your home, the worker cannot come after you. Ensuring that your contractor has these policies is a way to avoid &ldquo;fly-by-night&rdquo; contractors.</p> <p> You should also discuss payments with your contractor. How is the job to be paid for? Are you giving money up front, some money when the concrete is delivered and/or money when the job is done? </p> <p> The next thing that is very important to discuss is where the concrete is being poured. In the winter we have frozen ground. If you are digging a cellar home, most need the hole to be at least 9&rsquo; deep. At this depth you will have soil that is not frozen. It is crucial that you pour concrete on non-frozen soil. Talk to your contractor about who is responsible for keeping that soil from freezing. Is it you, the contractor or the excavator? What one of these parties needs to do to keep it from freezing is line the soil with insulated blankets or it can be covered with plastic that is at least 6mil thick and then covered with hay to prevent freezing. </p> <p> Even though the site is prepped, it is freezing outside. These temps can have an adverse effect on the concrete in its liquid form. Concrete has water in it, and water freezes. But chemicals can be added to concrete by &ldquo;Ready-Mix&rdquo; companies.&nbsp; These are the companies that your contractor buys concrete from. They&rsquo;ll put calcium or water reducing chemicals in the concrete, and they can mix the concrete with warm water versus cold.</p> <p> These are things you should talk with your contractor about. By talking with the contractor about these things they will understand that you are an informed consumer and that you understand a little something about concrete. Hopefully they&rsquo;ll do a great job for you.</p> <p> Now that the concrete is down, you want to make sure that expansion joints are cut into the concrete. Those are the lines you see in sidewalks made out of concrete, and it is like a controlled crack. This hopefully prevents the concrete from cracking. Also you want to make sure that once the concrete is poured and finished that it doesn&rsquo;t freeze. So again, an insulated blanket or plastic and hay needs to be laid atop to prevent freezing.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/21/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,pouring concrete in the winter,pouring concrete 0 Joseph Coupal
618934 Repointing job on a stone foundation - Arlington, MA <p itemprop="description">We went to do a <a href="/stone-foundation.html">repointing job on a stone foundation</a> in Arlington, MA. Stone foundations are not unusual in the town of Arlington since it has mostly older homes (many of which have been beautifully restored). We noticed that there was some sand and soil where the wall and floor met which tells us that there was quite a bit of erosion of the soil on the exterior of the home that was finding its way into the basement. In fact, we discovered a seedling of a plant about a foot tall that was growing inside the basement. We have also seen on other jobs wild mushrooms growing between the stones due to the plants finding their way in. When you see this type of problem, your basement is overdue for repointing. Repointing will add structural integrity to the <a href="/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation</a>, reduce rodent intrusion and keep your basement warmer and dry.</p> 1/15/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true stone foundations,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,repointing job on a stone foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
618892 Root-Bound Water Pipe Penetrations: What to Do, What Not to Do - Boston, Worcester, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1045077.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1045077.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We ran into a customer from 5 years ago in Worcester the other day with a new situation. There was&nbsp; <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">water leaking in around the water pipe</a> leading into the house. The pipe was an old cast iron pipe that looked like it has spider webs around it. Upon a closer look, we found that it was roots. We went outside, and right above where the pipe entered the home was a huge bush. We assumed this was the plant roots that were wrapped around the pipe. </p> <p> We went back inside and smelled the water, which had a chlorine odor, so we assumed it was town water. We didn't touch it, because we needed to call the City of Worcester to be sure that it was their town water pipe. </p> <p> We called them and the town arrived within 10 minutes. However, in the meantime, the customer decided to rip out the bush. Unfortunately, the pipe was full of water not oil. The water came gushing in because he had disturbed the old pipe.</p> <p> The Worcester water department arrived and shut off the water to the house so it was no longer gushing water. The homeowner had to hire his own contractor to dig into the street, through his yard and install a new water pipe at his own cost. If you ever see roots around a pipe, don't touch it!</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement water proofing</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/13/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack repair,water leaking in around the water pipe,basement water proofing,water pipe cracked by roots 0 Joseph Coupal
618838 Garage Floor Crack Repair - Waltham, MA <p itemprop="description">We went out to do a garage <a href="/concrete-floor-cracks.html">floor crack</a> this week in Waltham, MA because the owner was planning to sell their house. The during the home inspection, the inspector told the prospective buys that if the cracks are left unrepaired, the corners of the cracks will continue to crumble as cars drive over the area repeatedly. In the past, we have seen customers try to use hydraulic cement. This method does not last and the concrete will break down due to weather changes. We went out and cleaned the cracks and repaired the areas with a two part product that welds the concrete together to prevent future damage. After the job was completed, the home inspector stopped by and was very happy with <a href="/">A-1&rsquo;s</a> work.</p> 1/8/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true a-1 a1 foundation crack repair flood hurricane preparation,A-1,floor crack 0 Joseph Coupal
618710 A Review from a Future Client - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description">Rich answered the phone at 7:45 PM at night and spent over 20 minutes on the phone answering all of my questions. Rich was extremely professional and informative. </p> <p>Rich was unbelievable helpful even late at night. This is extremely rare and refreshing in today's world. I have not had any work done as of yet but will definitely be following up with Rich in the near future.</p> 1/6/2016 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
618577 How to Choose the Right Sump Pump for your Basement - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1038325.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1038325.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">The first thing you need to think about when <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">buying a sump pump for the basement</a> is the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">type of sump pump</a> you need. There are basically two kinds. The first is called a <strong>pedestal sump pump</strong> which goes into the sump pump basin or the hole that you put into a hole that is put into the basement. Some of it is above the hole, therefore it can be tipped, it can be tied up with the cord. When you need it, it may not turn on.</p> <p> The second type is submersible. These go fully into the sump pump basin, so you can't see it above the edge of the hole or basin. These are the most reliable because there is less chance of damaging it from above.</p> <p> The next consideration is how powerful the sump pump is, how many gallons it pumps per minute, but what is even more important is how many gallons of water it pumps per minute at certain elevations. For instance, a sump pump is below the floor pumping and it is great that it can pump water out at a foot. But, it is more important to see how much water it will pump out at 10 feet because the pump is in the hole, there is a pipe that comes up out of the sump pump, and then there is a pipe that come up out of the sump pump and goes through your foundation at about 10 feet. So that is the measurement that you want. </p> <p> Dependability is another factor that needs to be looked at. On a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> it is the switch. When you look at some sump pumps, you'll see there is an arm attached with a float on it which rises to turn it on. That arm can get tangled in cords or debris and is not too dependable. A better type of switch is a rod with a float on it which only goes up and down. As it rises, the pump gets turned on. This is much more reliable. Look for the sump pumps that DO NOT have an arm that goes up, but that have a rod that goes up and down.</p> <p> Durability is also a key factor. Some sump pumps have been in use for over 30 years. These are cast iron. I'd look at sump pumps that have cast iron housing. </p> <p> There are some other considerations. Some people look at the energy efficiency of sump pumps. This can be important to some people, but if you think about it, they only turn on when you need them. They have a small motor and don't use too much energy when in use. So this is not as important as the other factors.</p> <p> For more information on sump pumps or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/21/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true sump pumps,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc.,buying a sump pump for the basement,buying a sump pump,types of sump pumps 0 Joseph Coupal
618540 Why is my Basement Floor Always Dusty? Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1037321.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1037321.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">This is a common problem that we see quite often. People always tell us that their basement floors are dusty, even though they sweep them all the time. There is actually an industry term for this: <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">concrete dusting</a>, the floor is dusting. The top layer of concrete is soft, and you can often scrape it with your fingernail.</p> <p> <strong>There are three main causes of concrete dusting:</strong></p> <p> The first is called Bleeding. Concrete has water in it. When concrete is poured on the floor, the water rises. This is called bleeding the concrete. You are supposed to wait until the concrete is done "bleeding". Once the water has completely risen, you can then start working it with your trowels. If you do it too soon, you are likely to cause dusting.</p> <p> If it is a warm humid day, the concrete is cold, and cold water is used for mixing. This causes condensation. This condensation is water and this can cause that top bit of the floor to be soft and cause dusting. In reverse, if you pour it on a cold day and the concrete is cold, there is also going to be condensation from the air.</p> <p> The third thing that can cause dusting is improper ventilation and you are using gas or propane from machines; the machines let chemicals into the air which interact with the chemicals in the concrete which can cause softening of the concrete which causes dusting. So, you need to have the right ventilation in order to get the chemicals in the air away from the concrete. </p> <p> These are the three main areas that can be worked on when <strong>pouring concrete in order to prevent dusting. </strong></p> <p> If you have a floor that is dusting, you can stop it even if it is used for a day or thirty years. We use a special hardening formula on the concrete that will harden the concrete and stop the dusting. </p> <p> If you have any questions or basement waterproofing, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/15/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,dusty concrete floor,dusty basement floor,concrete dusting 0 Joseph Coupal
618511 The Case of the Improperly Sealed Pipe Penetration - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1035876.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1035876.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">The other day we got a call from a contractor that we have done business with in the past. One of his sub-contractors put the sewer pipe through the concrete wall in the wrong place. So he was left with a 4" sewer pipe sticking through his concrete wall that had about 8' outside also. He has to eventually put the pipe in the right place, which left him with an unused pipe sticking out of the wall. </p> <p> This pipe was leaking quite a bit of groundwater from all the rain we had the other day. He tried to put hydraulic cement in it to stop it to no avail. He wanted to sell the house in a day or two so he had to have the basement <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">pipe penetration leak</a> stopped. He called us.</p> <p> Through a combination of techniques and experience. We put oakum and a polymer resin, worked that down in the pipe. This material expands and stops water from coming in. This stopped the water eventually from coming through the pipe. We also had to stop the water from coming in from around the pipe. Here we drilled small holes and injected a closed cell polymer resin material which stopped the water there. We also injected even more material in the pipe to make double sure that pipe would not leak.</p> <p> After the closing he called us, he was very happy. If you are a contractor and need help with a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">leaking basement foundation</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/10/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,pipe penetration leak,leaking basement foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
618370 Do Condo Associations Cover Repair of Basement Wall Cracks? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1033696.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1033696.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">Basement wall cracks</a> are covered when, if you read your condo documents it states that they are responsible for the foundation walls. There are also situations where it is not stated in the documents. Then the decision goes to the association to decide.</p> <p> Basement wall cracks are not covered when, in the condo documents, it states that the basement foundation is not covered, or when the association decides not to cover the crack when the foundation is not mentioned at all in the documents.</p> <p> However, for new condominium buyers, <strong>when a foundation is less than a year old, a leaking basement is covered because a builder has to give you a dry basement for at least a year.</strong></p> <p> Our best advice for those asking this question about covering <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement cracks</a> being covered by the condo association is to read the documents. If you have a basement leak, and the foundation is not mentioned in the documents, talk to the association, they may cover it.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 12/2/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement wall cracks,basement cracks,basement wall cracks in condos,basement wall cracks covered by condo assoc 0 Joseph Coupal
617809 Can you Stop a Stone Foundation from Leaking with Mortar/Foam? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1030203.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1030203.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We received a call recently from an owner of a high-end brownstone in Boston that faces the Charles River. The gentlemen who owns the unit is also a developer and a civil engineer by trade. In the bathroom, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">water was coming in from behind the finished wall</a>. We probed some more with questions, and found that they had tried to stop the water by putting a smear coat of mortar onto the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">leaking stone foundation</a> and then they added spray on foam insulation. They thought this would stop the water, and so they put the sheet rock back up. However, it still leaked underneath and they called <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> to fix it.</p> <p> They didn't want to take down the walls and everything. They wanted us to repair it from the outside. The way a stone foundation is usually made is, if you think of a triangle that you throw stones into. The tall leg of the triangle is what you are looking at from the inside. </p> <p> Some of these buildings over 100 years ago. The soils have all compacted and those compacted soils are helping to hold up the stone foundation. We could not recommend to dig that out in order to repair it from the outside because you could jeopardize the structural integrity of the foundation wall and have a bigger problem.</p> <p> But, they wanted this repaired from the outside. A strange thing happened. The very next day, we had a phone call in Waltham, from a homeowner who had taken matters into his own hands.&nbsp; He has begun digging out his stone foundation about 4' down and 10' long because he was having water come in and he wanted water to fix the problem from the outside. He called because the stone was starting to fall in. So, I was able to repair his problem. Then I had the guy in&nbsp; Boston call the guy in Waltham and talk about what happened when they started digging on the outside. </p> <p> Finally the owner of the brownstone in Boston came to his senses. We had to take the sheet rock wall down, and the foam insulation. We had to discover where the water was coming in, specifically between which stones, and repair that with a method that we use to repair stone foundations and we took care of his problem. Now he has a dry bathroom without water coming in through the stone foundation.</p> <p> For more information on <strong>basement waterproofing and foundation crack repair</strong>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 11/18/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking stone foundations, Boston,stone foundation leaks, Boston,stone foundation repair, Boston 0 Joseph Coupal
617429 What to do about a Leaky Basement Window - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1022530.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1022530.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">As a homeowner, if you head into your basement during a thunderstorm and notice water coming into your home from a leaking basement window, what is the first thing you should do?</p> <p> First we have to identify where the water is coming from. If it is a finished basement window, we have to open that wall up a little bit. There are a few places where the water can be leaking from. The water can be leaking in from between the window and the frame. The water can be leaking in from where the windowsill, the bottom of the window, and the cement wall where it is resting. It could also be leaking from a crack that runs up and down in the concrete, block or stone material. </p> <p> </p> <p itemprop="description">We need to identify where the leak is coming from. Often, there is so much water it is hard to figure out exactly where it is coming from. We need to let the wall dry out, then head outside with a garden hose to spray water in the vicinity of the window to see where the water is actually coming in.</p> <p> </p> <p> Too often, homeowners will go out and get a can of Flex Seal and try to fix the leak themselves. But, the window will leak again.</p> <p> We often get calls from homeowners who have used Flex Seal, how can paint stop water? Other times, contractors will use hydraulic cement to stop a water leak. But, hydraulic cement is not flexible. So as the foundation expands and contracts with temperature change, the problem comes back again.</p> <p> The solution to the problem is if the wood window is rotted, it needs to be replaced. If you have a window well and the dirt has accumulated to right against or just below the window, dig it out so the water can percolate some and then retreat into the soil.</p> <p> If there is a crack around or from the window going down, it needs to be repaired with a permanent solution which would be with a closed-cell polymer material that is injected in, or a weave carbon fiber blanket process that comes with a warranty.</p> <p> For more information on a leaky basement window, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com">A1 Foundation Repair.</a></p> 10/23/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true 0 Joseph Coupal
617279 Are Rats or Mice Invading your Basement? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1015986.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1015986.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">This time of year, as the weather gets cooler, the mice are looking for a place to live. These mice are coming into people's houses all the time. One mouse can have 49 babies a year, and they can start reproducing when they are just 4 weeks old. </p> <p> There are <strong>six main ways to keep mice from creating a home in your basement.</strong></p> <ol> <li> Keep food in glass or metal containers. Don't keep your food in boxes, plastic or bags of any type. Don't put food in plastic bags or plastic containers because the mice can gnaw through those. Also, don't forget about pet food. Keep pet food in glass or metal containers too. You want to feed your pets, not the mice. </li> <li> Keep your trash can lids on, covered and tight. Not just the ones in your garage, keep your kitchen trash covered tightly as well.</li> <li> Get a cat. Mice and rats are afraid of them.</li> <li> Hire an exterminator or put traps around. </li> <li> Peppermint oil. Put it on a cotton ball and place them around your home. Mice don't like the smell</li> <li> Probably the most important thing you can do to keep mice and rats out of your basement is to seal the places where they are coming in so they can't get in anymore.</li> </ol> <p> The main entry points where mice come in is through <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in foundation walls</a>. They only need about 1/4" to get into your house. Another place mice come in is through <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">pipe penetrations</a>. Those are your electrical conduits, water pipes, sewer pipes that come through a foundation wall or floor. Another way to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">keep mice out of the house</a> is to seal up around the sewer pipe in the floor. There is a clean out in there that is not cemented and they can come up through that space and burrow around in those areas. </p> <p> First do a survey of your basement and look for cracks and holes. Get some steel wool and put it in the cracks. Then re-mortar, and they won't be able to get in. Another benefit of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">fixing cracks and holes in basement walls and floors</a> is that you will also stop drafts and water from getting into your home as well.</p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 10/7/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,cracks in foundation walls,fixing cracks in foundation walls,keeping mice out of the basement,keeping mice out,how to keep mice out 0 Joseph Coupal
617204 A1 Foundation Crack Repair Adds a New Van to Their Fleet - Boston, MA <p><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> would like to welcome a new member to our fleet! Keep your eyes open for our new "Crack Repair Van."</p><p> <center><img alt="" style="border: 0px none;" src="/images/Van-crop.JPG" /></center></p> 10/2/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true 0 Joseph Coupal
617026 Futility of Stopping Basement Water with Waterproof Paint - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1014247.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1014247.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We recently got a call from a brand new homeowner. They noticed <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">water coming in the basement</a> at the seam between the stone foundation and a poured concrete foundation. </p> <p> The homeowners noticed that where the previous homeowner has painted or put a skim coat on the stone foundation, there was water coming in through that. They painted it right before they sold the house.</p> <p> We felt the wall, and we could push our finger into the skim coat and pull down sheets where that had that "magic" water stopping paint had been applied to stop the water. We could then get to the areas that were <strong>leaking between the stones</strong>. We were able to fix it with a process of using oakum and polymer. </p> <p> The house had been inspected before the sale, but the home inspector had completely missed this. If you are looking at a new wall, be sure to feel in between the stones of a painted stone foundation.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">basement water proofing</a>, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/30/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking stone foundation,waterproof paint,foundation paint 0 Joseph Coupal
616920 Should you Paint Basement Walls? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1012268.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1012268.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">What we see out in the field is three types of foundation walls that are being painted.&nbsp; One type are <strong>stone foundations</strong>. When we see stone foundations that are painted, 92% of them are peeling, which means that only 8% are not. The reason this is happening is because there is mortar in between each stone. These homes were built at least 80 to well over 100 years ago. The mortar in between the stone is decaying. When you put any type of <strong>paint on a foundation wall</strong>, it has to adhere to the wall. The mortar is old, brittle and moisture wants to come through. It does, and this causes the paint to peel.</p> <p> The second type of foundation we see being painted are <strong>block foundations</strong>. These handle it a little better; about 90% of these are blistering or having paint problems, only 10% keep the paint intact. These are usually peeling because they are older structures, there is still mortar in between the blocks, and when you have mortar and it ages it does crumble. Paint needs to adhere to a surface.</p> <p> The third style foundation wall are <strong>poured concrete foundations</strong>. These are a little bit better. In about 70% of these foundations we see peeling, which means about 30% of painted concrete foundations are fine. The reason is is usually peeling is because the damp proofing on the outside on the foundation is not really good anymore and the Lyme and minerals are being pushed inwards which is pushing the paint off.</p> <p> People paint there foundations because it looks nicer. But, mostly it is because they have been told that this paint will <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">waterproof foundation walls</a>. On the can, you can actually read about the PSI (pounds per square inch) of water this paint can hold back, and it is not very much.</p> <p> <strong>For waterproofing foundation walls, we recommend that you use a material that penetrates the concrete or mortar</strong>, so that it becomes part of the concrete. Then it grows microscopically in the pours of the concrete. When the water hits it, it expands. This material is a crystallized quartz material. I would not put any paint on any foundation walls.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/24/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,paint on a foundation wall,waterproof foundation walls,painting foundation walls,paint foundation walls,paint on foundation walls,waterproof paint 0 Joseph Coupal
616842 Stone Foundation Water Problems: Is Skim Coating the Solution? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1009727.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1009727.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">In New England, stones were readily available from plowing fields. Foundations were needed, so Yankee engineering said, "let's use them!" </p> <p> Like any foundation, <strong>stone foundations tend to leak as they age</strong>. What we are finding when we go out to homes is that there is a smear coat of mortar over the stones on the foundations and the smear coating is falling off.</p> <p> The skin, or smear coat, is a combination of sand and mortar and some additive, which is made to coat the exterior of the foundation. The smear coat that was put on is falling off or when you touch it you can push the skim coat in against the stone because it is pulling away from the foundation. </p> <p> It is pulling away from the stone foundation because there may not be enough additive or because the stone is so cold and the moisture is coming through so no matter what additive was added, it won't adhere. This means that the <strong>skim coat is pulling away from the stone foundation</strong> which really creates a mess. </p> <p> A skim coat is not a good solution to a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">leaking stone foundation</a>. First, we have to find out specifically where it is leaking from. We have to be there during a rain storm or use a garden hose to run water.</p> <p> Since it is covered mostly with skim coat, it is usually leaking where the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">skim coat is leaking</a>, or we have to take some of the skim coat away. We'll see if the mortar between the stones is missing or broken down. We'll then take oakum and soak it in a polymer resin material and work it between the stones, then put a specialty mortar over that.</p> <p> For more information on repairing <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation leaks</a> or other basement waterproofing problems, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/16/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking stone foundations,how to repair leaking stone foundations,repairing leaking stone foundations,stone foundation leaks 0 Joseph Coupal
615458 An ICF Case Study - Surviving a Gas Explosion - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1007807.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1007807.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> We have a very interesting case study to share today about an apartment building that was built with ICFs and survived something disastrous.</p> <p> <img alt="" width="259" height="332" style="border: 0px solid; float: right; margin-left: 10px;" src="/images/ICF.JPG" />We don't use alot of ICFs in New England, but <strong>ICF stands for "Insulated Concrete Forms."</strong> Think of a giant Lego, about 18" long and about 6" high, that is what an ICF looks like. But, instead of being plastic think of Styrofoam, and take out the middle of the lego and that is what you have in an ICF. </p> <p> These ICFs are stackable, just like Lego's. So you can make them as tall and long as you want. In this case a four story apartment building is the subject. </p> <p> As these "Lego's" or ICFs are stacked up, the middle is hollow and then you fill them with concrete and re-bar to give them additional strength.</p> <p> <strong>ICFs have advantages</strong> when building structures. Two of the main advantages are:</p> <ol> <li> When it is hard to get a forms truck into the area where you are building you can use ICFs.</li> <li> They go up very quickly.</li> </ol> <p> An ICF building, which is a four story apartment building in New York City was build mere inches from the adjacent building next door. The building next had a gas explosion and completely collapsed. Some other building next to it did as well. The building made with the ICFs remained standing. Not only did it remain in good shape, the only damage it had was blown-out windows. </p> <p> The engineers went in and peeled back some of the sheet rock in order to peal back the Styrofoam so they could look at the concrete poured inside the ICFs. It wasn't even cracked. </p> <p> Without the foam acting as a shock absorber in the ICFs it would have cracked. But, with the shock absorbing foam there was no structural damage at all.</p> <p> In another episode, we didn't actually recommend ICFs for traditional construction. But, based on this example, if I were building in a tight area where the building are very close, I would look into the cost difference of building with ICFs and I would consider it. Also, if I were building in California or another area prone to earth quakes and natural disasters, I would consider ICFs as well. </p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a> or <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">concrete repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 9/9/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,ICFs,advantages of ICFs,ICF 0 Joseph Coupal
615224 Concrete Sidewalk Repair - Don't Let a Lawsuit Ruin Your Day - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1003933.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1003933.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">The <strong>3 main causes for a unattractive or dangerous walkway or sidewalk:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Cracks</li> <li>Spalling and delamination</li> <li>Broken concrete</li> </ol> <p>Let's take these one at a time. <strong>How can cracks form in walkways</strong>. There are lines in concrete walkways that are called expansion joints. They are here because concrete expands and contracts depending on the weather. Sometimes they are put in too far apart or not put in at all. When this happens you can get <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-walkways-repair.htm">cracks in the concrete walkway</a>.</p> <p> Also, <strong>cracks can be caused by tree roots</strong> that get so large they push up under the concrete walkway. Cracks can also be caused by the concrete mixture itself or the preparation of the soil underneath the walkway may not be right.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-walkways-repair.htm">Spalling concrete</a> is kind of like pitting. These pits can be started from ice melts, concrete absorbs the water and then freezes and pitting or divets can happen. Delamination looks like layers are coming off. This is caused by the concrete being poured when it is too hot or too cold, too much water in the mix or not protecting it from the cold when it is poured.</p> <p> Concrete breaks often because the ground underneath the sidewalk or walkway is improperly prepared. Any equipment like snow removal trucks or landscaping trucks can hit the walkway and cause the concrete to break off.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you have a <strong>walkway with cracks, spalling, delamination or is broken</strong>, there are 2 basic things that can be done. Let's hope we catch it before it gets too bad! We can do a repair where we <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-walkways-repair.htm">resurface concrete</a> and make it look the same and look like new. Homeowners try to do this but you have to have the right technique and the right material to do this. Homeowners don't usually have the experience to do this right.</p> <p> If you don't catch it soon enough we may have to rip out the old concrete by jack hammering it, disposing of the old concrete, forming that sidewalk with wood, and then pouring that concrete correctly. But this is a costly situation.</p> <p> If you don't fix it, you are opening up your home to the possibility of people getting hurt on your property. Additionally, it decreases the value of your home when it is time to sell.</p> <p> For more information, contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair.</p> 9/3/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,spalling concrete,concrete walkway repair,concrete sidewalk repair,cracked sidewalk,cracked walkway 0 Joseph Coupal
615209 Foundation Crack Repair, Chelmsford, MA - Nonstructural Foundation Wall Cracks Repair and Damp Proofing <p itemprop="description">This week we have an interesting call from a homeowner in Chelmsford, MA. The customer told us that she wanted to have her yard excavated around her house in order to have two <a href="/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">nonstructural foundation wall cracks</a>&nbsp;repaired and <a href="/basement-waterproofing.html">damp proofing</a> (not waterproofing material) installed. We asked her where she learned that in order to install damp proofing material and repair the cracks she needed to excavate and tear up her landscaping. The homeowner told us she saw it on YouTube. </p> <p>We chuckled and told her that in our 16-plus years of experience, we've never seen anyone have to go through the financial inconvenience of excavating her yard as she saw on YouTube. After speaking with the customer further, we determined that the foundation wall cracks could all be repaired from the inside the home as they were approximately 1/4 of an inch wide and pretty typical. For the waterproofing/damp proofing, we are able to apply a water-based crystallization product specifically designed to permanently block moisture and vapor transmission in concrete or masonry applications. The crystallization activity of the system is continuous while moisture is present and becomes inactive during dry conditions and is fully reactivated when moisture or moisture vapors are present. The unique &ldquo;reactivation&rdquo; is the key in providing permanent waterproofing protection for any concrete or masonry substrate. She was so happy that we could not only save her thousands of dollars in costs, but also allow her to enjoy her yard for the rest of the summer! </p> 9/1/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true wall cracks,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,damp proofing,Foundation Crack Repair, Chelmsford, MA 0 Darren Kincaid
615193 The Cautions of Pouring Concrete in Hot Weather - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1003433.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1003433.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">There are problems that can incur when the weather is too hot. One of the biggest problems that happens is you are more likely to get <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">crackings in the concrete</a>, regardless of if it is walls, floors, steps or walkways. You can also get reduced durability in the concrete. And in both walls and floors it is a reduced strength that can happen when you pour concrete in hot weather.</p> <p> A fourth thing that can happen is variance in the appearance of concrete, you can get concrete or the concrete will look difference. Last, you can get reduced bonding of the concrete to re-bar.</p> <p> The hot weather helps concrete to cure faster but the problem is that it cures too fast. Concrete has an ideal curing temperature, so if the temps are too far below or too far above, you could have problems.</p> <p> Despite this, <strong>concrete can be poured all summer long</strong>. How? First, lets look at the concrete. The material you choose to mix the concrete needs to be kept cool. That means that the aggregate, the stones, that you mix into it should be shaded from the sun. Also, the water that you use should be cold. Also, when you are pouring concrete it should be when the temperatures are dropping, not when they are rising. You could also add cold water to the concrete just before you pour it, but you have to be very careful when doing that so that it meets the standards required. </p> <p> Also, an additive can be added to the concrete to slow the curing process down in hot weather. But you really need to know what you are doing, when adding additives. Also, you never want to keep the concrete truck waiting, because the concrete inside will just keep heating up.</p> <p> If you have any questions about<strong> pouring concrete in hot weather</strong>, or questions about <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/31/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,pouring concrete in hot weather,how to pour concrete in hot weather 0 Joseph Coupal
615207 Foundation Crack Repair, Scituite, MA - Do It Yourself Blunder <div class="right"><img alt="" src="/images/0815150830.jpg " style="padding-left: 10px;" /></div> <p itemprop="Description">We went out to do a job this week in Scituite. The customer did not want us to cut out the sheetrock from the finished basement. As we started to dig to follow the crack down, we discovered that someone had poured come concrete in front of the crack and then stacked cinder blocks on top of each other. They homeowner then attempted to seal the blocks to the foundation wall. This was a true do it yourself blunder! The crack still leaked when they decided to call us. We than had to cut and remove the sheetrock that was in front of the crack and repair the leaking crack from inside the basement. To make matters worse, we discovered mold on the sheetrock that was facing the wall. When we showed the customer the mold she was very thankful that we discovered it so the mold would not spread throughout the house. All the more reason to call a <a href="/">crack repair professional</a> at the first sight of water! </p> 8/27/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true crack repair professional,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Darren Kincaid
614805 Foundation Crack Repair, North Kingston, RI - Who's the boss <p itemprop="description">Job of the Week: </p> <p>We call and/or email every customer a day or two before their appointment to confirm the start time and address of the job. Today we called a couple in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and left a message to confirm. We followed up with an email as sometimes it is easier for customers to respond by email. We received a confirmed message via email from the husband. At the same time, we received a call back from the wife saying that they needed to postpone the appointment. We were a bit confused and called back. The husband answered and said he would have to check with his wife, whom he called the boss. We all know who won that one! See you in a few weeks!</p> 8/19/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,Foundation Crack Repair, North Kingston, RI 0 Darren Kincaid
614802 The Ill Effects of a Crack in your Foundation or Basement- Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1003418.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-1003418.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">The other day I was thinking about the average <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack</a> which is about 8 feet and about 1/4" wide. If you made that crack into a circle, how big would it be?</p> <p> I talked to a friend of mine who is an engineer, and he figured out that a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation</a> that size is like having a 5 1/2" hole in your foundation. That's alarming!</p> <p> A hole that is 5 1/2" in your foundation can let a lot of water in. But, not only can it let in water, think of all the air that can let in. It's like having a window open! During the summer, it lets in all that water vapor from the moist air from the outside which can cause mold. It can also let in a lot of odors from the organic matter in the soil breaking down. And, while we are talking about health, radon causes lung disease and can come in through that space. We are also talking about our pocketbooks, and the resale value of your house can go down or limit the number of buyers.</p> <p> For these reasons you should be alarmed.</p> <p> If you have any kind of <strong>crack in your foundation wall or basement</strong>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/19/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack, Boston,crack in the foundation, Boston 0 Joseph Coupal
614650 How to Get Rid of a Sewer Smell in Your Basement - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-995922.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-995922.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">Sewer smells in the basement</a> happen to more homes than you think. Some of the causes can be a cracked sewer pipe, as well as floor drains, sewage ejectors can leak, and showers, toilets and laundry can off this odor as can private septic systems.</p> <p> <strong>To inspect a home sewer pipe</strong>, put on a pair of gloves and run a paper towel on the sewer pipes that are above ground to see if they leak. If the paper towel is covered in sewage, call a plumber quick.</p> <p> <strong>To inspect the floor drain</strong>, shine a flashlight down the drain and make sure that there is water in the elbow. This is very important. If there is no water in the elbow, you need to pour water down that drain to get rid of the smell.</p> <p> For those who have toilets and sinks in the basement, oftentimes the sewage goes into a basin in the basement with a sealed cover. Locate that cover and flush the toilet. Then feel around edge and see if you feel any water or air movement. There are kits to make these airtight. </p> <p> <strong>To inspect appliance drainage</strong>, be sure there is water in the trap. Without the water in the trap, the odor can come into the home. If you have a plumber come to the home, you can have them check as well.</p> <p> <strong>To check on your underground private septic system</strong>, go to a plumbing supply store where they sell packets of dyes. Take a dye packet and flush it into the toilet. If there is a crack in the sewer pipe you will see the color seeping into the foundation. If you see this, call a plumber quickly. This is an expensive repair, but it will eliminate the odor.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement waterproofing</a> and <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation crack repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 8/5/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack repair,basement waterproofing,sewer smell in the basement,sewer smell 0 Joseph Coupal
613937 Water Puddles in Your Basement or Garage Corners, But No Rain? Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-995921.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-995921.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Most basement water problems are a result of rain. But you can get water <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">puddles in the basement or garage corners</a> even without rain. In the summer A1 Foundation Crack Repair has been getting that call for years. In the basement and garage you get condensation because the surface is cooler than the air. The foundation surface is cooler than the air outside. The condensation creates water build-up. Water can form as dampness or puddling. </p> <p> Another thing we have seen is condensation from water pipes overhead. The pipes have cold water in them and when it is hot, they condense and drip creating puddles.</p> <p> This can cause problems through mold and mildew growth from the moisture. Mold and mildew can grow rapidly which can cause health issues, rot wood and rot material; it can become a serious issue.</p> <p> To solve it, you can put in a nice <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">dehumidification system</a> which sucks the moisture out of the air. This can take care of humidity, moisture and puddling. But there is human error involved. Many people forget to dump the water that collects in the tub. The way to address this is to connect it to a sump pump so that it automatically drains to the outside. Or, if you don't have a sump pump, raise the dehumidifier so it can drain into a sink or other drain in the basement. If not, you can buy a pump that can remove the water from the dehumidifier basin.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">basement dehumidifiers</a> or other water proofing issues, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/31/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true Basement Dehumidifiers,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,dehumidification systems,basement pubbles,puddles in the basement,puddles in the garage 0 Joseph Coupal
613874 A Tricky Septic Tank Crack Repair Job in Weston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-993425.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-993425.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We were called by the contractor who was <strong>putting in the complete septic system</strong> for a commercial facility. They had dug the hole and put the tank in. However, Weston then had a tremendous amount of rain and even though the tank is enclosed, they noticed <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">water leaking into the septic tank</a>. They got our name from another <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">waterproofing company</a>.</p> <p> We discovered a <strong>crack in the septic tank </strong>that was about 4' long and water had been pouring in. We discovered that the crack had been patched and re-patched so we needed to remove all of the old patches and patching material. To solve the problem and fix the crack we used a <strong>closed cell polymer resin injection process.</strong> We drill into the cracked area and inject resin which expands and forms a seal on the outside and within the cracks themselves. <strong>We were able to stop that water from leaking into the tank. </strong></p> <p> Everyone in the facility was happy that they could then use their water and septic system as much as necessary. For more information on <strong>crack repair and waterproofing</strong>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/23/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,waterproofing company,water leaking into the septic tank,crack in the septic tank,septic tank crack repair 0 Joseph Coupal
613723 Getting to the Root of a Nasty Root Problem in Providence, RI <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-993420.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-993420.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We had an interesting case study with a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation crack repair</a> problem in Providence, RI this week. We got called by homeowner who said she was getting water in the corner of her basement foundation which is made out of stone. This is a common problem all over New England. </p> <p> We looked at the pictures she sent us and the <strong>mortar around the stones in the foundation were crumbling or nonexistent</strong>, which is fairly normal with these types of foundations. So, we planned to do some re-pointing and we have a process to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stop water from coming in the foundation</a> there. But, we couldn't see the wall in the corner of the picture because there were personal items in the way in the picture. </p> <p> We went out the home, helped her move some things out of the way of the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation</a> and we discovered that on the bottom half of the stone foundation there were roots coming in through it. Those roots pushed the bottom part of the foundation out so it was not as strong as it should have been.</p> <p> First we had to recommend to her that she get rid of the roots. She had the tree cut down and had the roots ground down. Because the foundation was compromised we had to have an engineer come out and write a plan to submit to the building department. </p> <p> He recommended that we pour concrete in front of that stone foundation that was compromised and make a steel cage and make the concrete around it, allowing the steel to add additional strength. So that's what we did.</p> <p> For more information on <strong>basement waterproofing</strong>, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/16/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,basement waterproofing,leaking stone foundation,stop water from coming in the foundation,stone foundation crack repair 0 Joseph Coupal
613670 Another Sad DIY Flexseal Disaster in Grafton, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-989175.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-989175.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We were called to go out on a job in Grafton, MA. Someone listened to the commercial that said Flexseal could fix a leaking foundation. You remember that Flexseal advertises by putting a screen door on the bottom of a boat and spraying the product on it! Flexseal may solve that problem, but it certainly doesn't <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">fix a leaking foundation</a>.</p> <p> We saw the can, and the homeowners said "yup, my dad came over and sprayed Flexseal on it, but it is leaking again."</p> <p> We fixed the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">leaking foundation</a> for them, but we have been seeing this more and more often with this advertisement. Flexseal is a liquid rubber supposedly, but it is not a polymer resin or a weave carbon fiber blanket that stops water from coming through.</p> <p> sometimes DIY does not work the way we want it to. If you have a leaking foundation, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/13/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true leaking foundation,fix a leaking foundation 0 Joseph Coupal
613584 Tip 6 - Fixing Foundation Cracks in Shrewsbury, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-989174.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-989174.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We got a call from a customer living in Shewsbury. He had three <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">foundation cracks</a> <strong>that were leaking</strong>. We decided that the cracks needed injection process. That is where we drill at angles to the crack every 6-8 inches, put our ports in, tighten up those ports, and inject a closed-cell polymer resin material. It goes through the ports, through the drilled hole and all the way through to the outside. </p> <p> On our contract we specify leaving the ports in for at least three rains. Also, the technicians are trained to explain that the ports need to remain until after the third rain. This is because the material will expand with further rain and moisture and the ports are important to keep the material in.</p> <p> We got a call from the customer that the cracks were leaking. Handling customer service the way we do, we went out there and found that the client had taken out the ports. They had removed them a week after they were installed.</p> <p> The ports were removed, and the material came out. We then performed the injection process again.</p> <p> For<a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm"> foundation crack repair</a> and excellent customer service, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 7/2/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation crack repair,foundation cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
613484 Everything You Need to Know about Basement Windows - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-986350.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-986350.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">Basement windows could be made out of wood, metal or vinyl. </p> <p> <strong>Replacing a basement window with a wood window:</strong></p> <p> There are some drawbacks and some positive things to wood windows. A drawback, they rot. There is also maintenance, painting and care. They are also easy to be broken into by a burglar. Usually they are a single pane window which means they are not very energy efficient. However, they are fairly easy to put in and they are pretty inexpensive. </p> <p> <strong>Replacing a basement window with a metal window:</strong></p> <p> If you are doing new construction, metal windows are really easy to put in because the concrete is poured around them. However, they radiate cold, which means that you will have more condensation creating more humidity in the basement. This also means they can rust out on you. They are also often single pain and security on them is not very good. However, they are also inexpensive. </p> <p> <strong>Replacing a basement window with a vinyl window:</strong></p> <p> You don't have to worry about insect eating them or rotting. They hold up very well. They are very easy to put in and are energy efficient. Some are argon filled, which creates a R-value. However, they are more expensive.</p> <p> If a homeowner was <strong>replacing a basement window</strong>, I'd recommend vinyl windows. Also, homeowners should be aware of the codes. Find out what he codes are in your area. Before you take the window out, first check the corner and see if there is a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">crack in the foundation wall</a>. In most cases you will see a crack because it is the most <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">common basement cracks</a> there are. That needs to be repaired immediately. <strong>Cracks can allow water, moisture, insects and odor into the basement. </strong></p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/22/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc.,replacing a basement window,crack in the foundation wall,wood, viinyl or metal windows 0 Joseph Coupal
613452 Top 6 DIY Tips for Preventing Basement Dampness & Humidity - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-985217.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-985217.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">1. <strong>Stop any water from coming in through the foundation</strong>. This could mean <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in the foundation</a>, leakage around water and sewage pipes, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">tie-rod leaks</a>, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">leaking bulkhead</a>, and floor wall seams and cracks in the floor. This can all let water in.</p> <p> 2. <strong>Make sure the landscaping and soil around your home are pitched away from your house</strong>. You don't want your home sitting in water.</p> <p> 3. <strong>Take a look at the close dryer</strong> if it is in the basement. The dryer can let up to 1 1/2 gallons per load into the basement. Be sure the dryer vent is connected outside. You also want to be sure that pipe is somewhat insulated. The warm air of the dryer and the cool air of the basement can cause that pipe to sweat. You may also want to insulate cold water pipes in the basement.</p> <p> 4. <strong>Remove or put into an air tight container any objects that can retain water.</strong> This includes blankets, cardboard items and pillows.</p> <p> 5. <strong>Buy a dehumidifier</strong>. Some <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/dehumidifier.htm">dehumidifiers</a> can take out up to 150 pints per day. Some have pumps that automatically discharge the water outside. </p> <p> 6. The most common problem of all. <strong>Basement windows are often </strong>open, and they are open during humid weather. People think they are venting air outside, but actually this brings the humid air in.</p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/17/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true Basement Dehumidifiers,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,foundation leaks,dehumidifiers,basement humidity,foundation cracks,humid basements,stop humid basements 0 Joseph Coupal
613331 Self-Healing Concrete - Is it Really Possible? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-980906.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-980906.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> This no joke, concrete can heal itself. A Dutch Scientist that a very specialized lime producing bacteria, when put on concrete, can heal itself. In fact, this scientist is a finalist in the European Inventors Award 2015.</p> <p> This specialized bacteria, which forms naturally in high-alkaline lakes can survive up to 200 years without any water or food. The bacteria can be activated when it comes into contact with water and it uses the calcium that is in the concrete for food. When the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">concrete cracks</a>, it uses the water and food to form a repair patch in the concrete.</p> <p> <strong>According to the scientist, it will take 3 times as much to do a concrete job</strong>. They activate the bacteria with water and spray it onto the concrete. </p> <p> But, the more we think about it, the patch is limestone. We know <strong>concrete expands and contracts</strong> and lime expands and contracts at different intervals. So it is going to form a patch, but will it seal anything in the future, I don't think so.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">concrete crack repair</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/12/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,concrete crack repair,concrete cracks,self-healing concrete 0 Joseph Coupal
613329 Underground Leaking Pipe - Lowell, MA <p itemprop="description">This week we did a job at a commercial building in Lowell, MA. The business owner has water coming into the building in two separate spots. What was puzzling was that there has been very little rain. We recommended to the business owner that they have the water tested. As it turned out, the water was not rain water but city water. There was a slow leaking pipe underground that was causing water to enter the building. The business owner was able to contact the city and have the pipe repaired. In the meantime, <a href="/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc.</a> was able to locate two cracks in the foundation and repair the problems to prevent future water infiltration.</p> 6/11/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc.,leaking pipe,water infiltration 0 Joseph Coupal
613298 ICFs and Basement Waterproofing - What You Need to Know, Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-980967.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-980967.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x- shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> An ICF stands for "Insulated Concrete Form". If you think of a large lego blog, made out of styrofoam that is 8" x 18". The styrofoam is on the outside of the lego block, and you can stack them one on top of the other.&nbsp; You can make corners or build whatever you want. There is space between the styrofoam where you can pour concrete when they are stacked up. You can build foundations with these, or even whole houses. This is common in areas where there are hurricanes, termites and carpenter ants.</p> <p> There are many advantages to using ICFs. Being styrofoam, they are very light so they are easy to transport them to areas where it is hard to bring trucks. Additionally, they are very energy efficient, as well as labor efficient because they are easily stacked.</p> <p> They have been around for a long time. In other parts of the country, they are used very commonly. Here in New England, they are not used very often. One time the customer was pleased with them, and another the customers was not too impressed. The last case is a situation we are looking into right now.</p> <p> This ICF <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">home has a water leak</a>. We have to take down from the inside the styrofoam that is facing us. This is a lot of work to take down. Another problem with ICFs is that normally you vibrate concrete in order to get the air out of it. With air pockets, you will have <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">water leaks in the foundation</a>. With ICFs, because they are styrofoam, it is very hard to vibrate the concrete.</p> <p> From the limited experience experience we have, I would not recommend ICFs to a friend. Old School New England, we should stick to traditional techniques to avoid honeycomb,&nbsp; voids in the concrete, or cracks.</p> <p> For more information on basement crack repair, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/8/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,ICFs,advantages of ICFs,disadvantages of ICFs,leaks in the foundation,water leaks in the foundation,home has a water leak 0 Joseph Coupal
613252 Tip 5 - Foundation Cracks in Newton MA - A Case Study <div class="right"><object align="top" width="173" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-980775.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-980775.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" width="173" align="top"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"> Recently we ran into a situation where a real estate broker gave us a call about a situation in which she didn't know what to do. In a home in Newton, MA with<a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm"> garage cracks</a>, had rooms built above. </p> <p> The buyer was antsy. The buyer and the seller both had structural engineers, licensed by the state of MA, come to the home. One of the engineers said it was a structural issue, but didn't know what to do until they did test on the soil, and analyzing the footings by drilling; all of this would call a lot of money. The other engineer said it was just <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">shrinkage and settlement cracks</a>.</p> <p> The broker then called <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. She said she didn't know what to do, she had two different reports. We looked at the reports and the property. We had a conference call with both engineers. I was able to come up with a solution that satisfied both of them as well as the buyer, the seller and the broker. The deal went through.</p> <p> For more information on anything crack related in your home, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 6/3/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,garage cracks, Newton, MA,shrinkage and settlement cracks, Newton, MA 0 Joseph Coupal
613146 A-1 Foundation Crack Repair takes Great Pride in Providing Excellent Customer Service - Littleton, MA <p itemprop="description">Just wanted to let you know, Paul did a fantastic job on my basement this morning. He was extremely helpful in explaining the issues and how he addressed them. Hopefully I won't have to be in contact with you again..but will definitely recommend your company and Paul,and if I do have another basement water issue, will be asking for Paul. </p> <p><a href="/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> takes great pride in providing excellent customer service. We thank Jack R. in Littleton for his kind works on the work we performed on the crack in his basement. </p> <p><strong>Littleton, MA </strong></p> 5/22/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,crack in basement 0 Joseph Coupal
613073 Spring Waterproofing - 6 Key Tips to Keep your Basement Dry - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description"><div class="right"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-974551.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-974551.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div><ol> <li>The first things a homeowner should check in the spring in order to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">keep the basement dry</a> are the <strong>gutters and downspouts</strong>. You want to be sure that the gutters are clean and that the gutters and downspouts are not ripped away from the house after all the ice we had this winter. This is what keeps the water flowing away from the house.</li> <li>You also want to <strong>check the soil around the foundation</strong>. You want to make sure that the soil is pitched away from the house. You don't water coming toward the foundation.</li> <li>When you are outside, look at the concrete in the foundation above grade. You want to make sure that are no <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in the foundation</a> above grade. This is often like having a window open. If you have a stone foundation, be sure you don't have any cracks in the motor between the stones. </li> <li>Remove any personal materials that you store which have gotten damp or wet during the winter. </li> <li><strong>Look carefully at the basement windows</strong>. While the ice was falling this winter, it could have cracked your window. While you are looking a the windows, look and see if there are any water lines around the window or window sill.</li> <li>Lastly, take a look at the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a>. Raise the float and make sure that the motor goes on. You don't want your sump pump failing when we get spring showers.</li> </ol> <p>For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">basement water problems</a> or basement waterproofing, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/15/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true 0 Joseph Coupal
612915 A broken Water Main: Is it a Pipe or is it Ground Water? - Hudson, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-972829.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-972829.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">A few weeks ago, before the snow was really melting, and there had been no rain, an insurance company in the town of Hudson, MA called us because there was <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">water in the basement</a>.</p> <p> That didn't make much sense, so the first thing we had to do was find out where the water was coming from. There were no signs outside, so we went downstairs and found a finished basement with finished walls against the stone wall and the block wall foundation. </p> <p> We opened that up and we saw a few areas that were leaking. The employees told us that they had someone come in twice a day to vacuum up the water. We hadn't had any rain in that time period, so I recommended that they <strong>take the water down to the water department for testing</strong>. They did and had it tested for chlorine and fluoride. It did have chlorine in it which meant that it was a <strong>broken pipe outside</strong>. The town water department came in with their hearing equipment so they could here the leak. The town had to open up the sidewalk and street to fix the leaking town water pipe.</p> <p> But this is another example of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">water coming in the basement</a> that is really town water and not actually ground water. It is important to <strong>identify the source of the leak</strong>.</p> <p> For more information on waterproofing, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 5/7/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,identifying the source of the leak,identifying the water leak,water coming in basement,broken pipe outside,ground water or town water,broken water main 0 Joseph Coupal
612858 Does Flexseal Work on Basement Water Problems? - Nashua, NH <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-971699.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-971699.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We got a call about a week ago from a gentleman who had a handyman come and try to <strong>repair a</strong> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/tie-rods.htm">leaking tie-rod</a>. A tie-rod is a little metal rod that goes through the concrete that holds together the pieces of wood that creates the forms for the foundation as it is poured. After the foundation is poured, those tie rods are broken in order to remove the wood, but the metal tie rods stay within the foundation. Of course metal rusts with moisture. So, <strong>overtime the tie-rods rusted, got smaller, and allowed water to enter the home. </strong></p> <p> Unfortunately, DIY repairs were attempted first. They first attempted hydraulic cement. Hydraulic cement does not expand and contract and concrete does, so the problem is back again. </p> <p> Next they tried to put Flexseal on also because they had seen it advertised on TV. Of course, it started raining, and the <strong>tie-rod started leaking right through the hydraulic cement and right through the flexseal. </strong></p> <p>Luckily, they called us to help them out. We went in and drilled holes partway through right next to the tie-rod. We put our ports in the small holes that we drilled, and pumped a liquid that is a closed-cell polymer resin into the holes under pressure. This resin encapsulates the tie-rod and forms a gasket around it. </p> <p> Now, with a <strong>written warranty</strong>, that customer's problem is solved and they are all set to sell that house. </p> <p> For more information on basement waterproofing projects, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> 5/4/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking tie-rods,leaking tie-rod,repair a leaking tie-rod 0 Joseph Coupal
612817 What is radon? - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description">Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be smelled, seen or tasted. Many times this gas can enter a home through tiny cracks between the floor and the wall in a basement. These tiny cracks can also allow water in the home. Unlike the nuisance of water in the basement, radon is dangerous to your family&rsquo;s health. In fact, untreated, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the United States Surgeon General. According to the EPA,&rdquo; The Agency now estimates that there are about 21,000 annual radon-related lung cancer deaths.&rdquo; </p> <p><em>Should you test for radon? </em></p> <p>Yes, testing is the only way to find out if your home has high levels of radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. The most common way to test for radon is through a canister that is placed in a basement for a specific period of time. After the canister has done its job, it is sent to a laboratory for analysis. </p> <p><em>Can you fix a radon problem? </em></p> <p>The EPA recommends that a homeowner take action of the radon levels are above 4 pCi/L. Radon levels can be reduced by sealing foundation cracks and installing a ventilation system. </p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/30/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A1 Foundation Crack Repair,radon 0 Joseph Coupal
612653 Sump Pump Safety: 3 Critical Tips Every Homeowner Should Know - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-964601.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-964601.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">Just like with any electrical equipment, bad things can happen. With <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pumps</a>, there have been quite a few fires. These sump pumps have motors which generate heat, and <strong>pedestal sump pumps</strong> come up high. This heat can generate fires when something touches them. </p> <p> People store belongings, such as artificial Christmas trees in boxes. These motors, when running, vibrate or people can hit them by mistake. They can causes fires when the motor comes in contact with these boxes. Our advice is to store boxees at least 18" away from sump pumps.</p> <p> <strong>Pedestal sump pumps can fall over and cause fires</strong>. The switch can get stuck when they tip. Our advice is to is to not get a pedestal sump pump, get a submersible one. Also, these fires can be caused by the electrical wiring that feeds the electricity to the sump pump, so be sure that you have an electrician to feed electricity to your pump, don't use extension cords.</p> <p> You should open up your sump pump basin at least twice a year and run a garden hose in it and be sure that the pump goes on. You should also go outside and look at the discharge line and make sure that sump pump works. </p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/16/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,sump pumps,sump pump safety,sump pump tips,pedestal sump pumps 0 Joseph Coupal
612296 My Bulkhead is Leaking Again! Do I Need a New Bulkhead Door? - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-964598.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-964598.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">There are two components of a bulkhead.The door itself, which faces the outside, and what that door sits on, which is usually the concrete steps that go down to your basement. </p> <p> You can do a very low-tech test to see if you <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead doors are leaking</a>. Get a garden hose and send someone inside to stand under your bulkhead. Run water on the door and the sides of the door and see if you can get it to leak. </p> <p> If the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead is leaking</a>, you then need to see if it is leaking where the doors meet, on&nbsp; the door jams or where the doors meet the structure of the stairs. </p> <p> The next logical step is to take a look at the bulkhead itself and see if they are dented and damaged. If so, you may need to replace your bulkhead. If the water is leaking in the seam where the metal meets the concrete you need to address that. We address that caulking which can give you a few years. If it is rusted, the best thing to do is to replace the bulkhead doors. </p> <p> There could also be a leak where the concrete steps meet the foundation walls. This is very common. We drill small holes in the and put in ports. We then inject a closed cell polymer resin. This will encapsulate the seals and have elasticity so the steps can move as the soil freezes and thaws. But it will also seal up the areas.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/10/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,bulkhead is leaking,bulkhead doors are leaking 0 Joseph Coupal
612042 How to Spot and Properly Repair a Leak from a Granite Block Foundation - Boston, MA <div class="right"> <object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-959835.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-959835.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">We got a call the other day from one of the premier real-estate investment companies who had <strong>water coming in from under one of their finished walls in the basement</strong>. We instructed them to remove the sheet rock so they could see the block foundation and where the water was coming from.</p> <p> They called back and said that it was leaking from between the blocks that make up the foundation and that it was also leaking from where those blocks and the cement floor meet. </p> <p> Unfortunately they tried to stop the leaks with hydraulic cement but they still had a&nbsp; <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/block-foundation-crack-repair.html">leaking block foundation</a>. We went in, and first we removed the hydraulic cement. Then we used a a combination of techniques to stop the leaking. We used oakum soaked in closed-cell polymer resin and worked that in between the stones where it expanded to stop the leaks. In other areas we drilled small holes, inserted ports and injected some closed cell polymer resin which expands and stopped the leak. </p> <p> It is not unusual to see <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/block-foundation-crack-repair.html">granite block foundation leaks</a> in both residential and commercial construction.</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 4/1/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,leaking block foundation,block foundation leaks,granite block foundation leaks 0 Joseph Coupal
611827 Leaking Granite Block Foundation - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description">This past week we received a call from a premier real estate investment company that has a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">basement leak</a> <strong>behind their finished basement walls in their corporate offices</strong>. I suggested that they open the wall so we could see what part of the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">granite block wall was leaking</a>. They opened the wall and saw water seeping and squirting from the blocks. The investment company <strong>decided that they would try to stop the leaks themselves.</strong> Within in three hours I got a call back. They explained the situation to me and sent pictures by e-mail. The pictures showed that they tried to<a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm"> stop the leaks between the granite blocks</a> and where the granite blocks meet the floor with hydraulic cement. Clearly their attempts were not working. </p> <p> When we arrived at the job site the water was still leaking. We had to remove the gobs of hydraulic cement from the wall so we could see what we were dealing with. In this situation we used a <strong>combination of</strong> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/index.html">waterproofing methods</a> to solve the problem. We used oakum imbedded with our patented closed cell polymer resin, injected polymer resin with an electrical pump, and applied a crystal /quartz based material to the granite foundation basement wall. <strong>I am happy to reports we stopped all foundation leaks. </strong></p> <p> As in life, waterproofing knowledge, experience, and patience is what is needed to solve most problem. For any of your waterproofing or masonry repair needs <strong>call <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc</a> at 866-929-3171</strong>.</p> 3/23/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,stop the leaks between the granite blocks,stop the leaks between granite blocks,stop the leaks in granite block foundations,leaks in granite block foundations,waterproofing methods 0 Joseph Coupal
611818 Why is my Bulkhead Leaking? - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-957511.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-957511.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Right now, our most common call regarding <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">water in the basement</a> is people who are finding water at the bottom of their bulkhead steps in the basement. Water is coming in from the snow melt right now.</p> <p> With the snow melting, the <strong>water is often coming in from the top of the bulkhead door</strong> where it meets the concrete. The way you can see that is to simply feel the wall or seam at the very top of the bulkhead or you can just check and see if you have any water lines at the top of the concrete. However, there are other place with bulkheads that water can also come in.</p> <p> With a pre-cast bulkhead, this is a bulkhead that is actually bolted onto your foundation, water can come in at the seam where the bulkhead steps meet the concrete foundation wall. We see this all the time.</p> <p> If it is a poured-in-place bulkhead, which means they actually poured it in with the foundation at the same time, there could be cracks in the wall or leaking where the cement floor and cement wall meet, and this is underneath the steps. These are the most common areas we see bulkhead leaks from.</p> <p> Too often homeowners attempt a DIY fix before <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/index.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> even gets the call. We've seen all types of home remedies. The most common is hydraulic cement which is used for an emergency situation. Hopefully it works, most often it doesn't. With these bulkheads, especially with the pre-cast, they get pushed around from the freezing and thawing of the soil. Hydraulic cement is not a permanent fix.</p> <p> We also see a lot of Flex-Seal. It gets sprayed on and is supposed to absorb water, but it does not. </p> <p> If the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead is leaking</a> at the top, we clean up the area of any rust, and we can re-caulk it with a specialty caulk. If it is a crack in the wall or seam, we will do an injection process where we drill small holes, put ports in the holes and inject a closed-cell polymer resin that will encapsulate that area and fill in the crack.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">stopping bulkhead leaks</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/20/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,stopping bulkhead leaks,bulkhead is leaking,water is coming in through the bulkhead 0 Joseph Coupal
611808 What to Do When Water Leaks from Under a Finished Wall in the Middle of Winter <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-957492.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-957492.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We have been running into the problem of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">water leaks under finished walls</a> quite a bit lately. In an apartment building in Waltham, we had this situation in a "garden level apartment". This is an apartment that is mostly below grade.</p> <p> It was freezing out and they said the <strong>water was coming from below the finished wall</strong>. This didn't make too much sense. When we got there, the only way we could see what was going on was by opening up the finished wall a little bit. </p> <p> We opened up the wall underneath the window. There was an <strong>ice dam on the window</strong> above which was melting. The water was running down the sides of the window, inside the wall, and coming out underneath the finished basement wall.</p> <p> Naturally, people see water and they think it is coming from the basement, but in this case it was coming from an ice dam above the window. So, a great tip is to keep ice dams off of those windows!</p> <p> For more information, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/index.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/19/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true water leaks under finished walls 0 Joseph Coupal
611784 Concrete waterproofing—An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Gold Replacing it. <p>Do you remember how good your concrete floor looked when it first was installed? So fresh looking and free of cracks? If it could only stay that way forever. As concrete ages it will it start showing signs of wear and tear. But it IS possible to stave off the effects of aging and the elements by low cost prevention methods.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the primary culprit: water. Concrete spalls and decays due to water penetrating the concrete and then freezing. To prevent water from penetrating the concrete, you need to seal it. A-1 Foundation Crack Repair&rsquo;s unique water-based sealant penetrates deep into the concrete--up to four inches deep--and permanently seals the concrete. This eliminates the damage due to the freezing of the water in the concrete. The sealant also protects the concrete from most chemicals, acid rain, and corrosion caused by ion penetration and alkali/silica reaction. Our product is environmentally friendly, 100% non-toxic, non- hazardous and will not harm grass, plants, or marine life. The sealant will also aid in the abatement of mold that makes the concrete darken over time.</p> <h2>Check out the damage caused by water/moisture penetration on the concrete below</h2> <img alt="damage stairs" src="/images/damaged-stairs2_7.jpg" style="border: 0px;" /><br /> <h2>The primary advantages &amp; benefits of water proofing your concrete</h2> <ul> <li>Prevents penetration of chloride ions from de-icing salts</li> <li>Eliminates damage caused by repeated freezing and thawing cycles</li> <li>Seals and protects against hairline and thermal cracks</li> <li>Reduces Alkali Silica Reactions (ASR) thus eliminates silica dusting</li> <li>Eliminates Fungous Growth</li> <li>Increases concrete hardness</li> <li>Surface water repellency</li> <li>Protection against spalling &amp; efflorescence</li> <li>Prolongs the life of the substrate</li> </ul> <h2>The science of waterproofing</h2> <p>Okay so if you&rsquo;re geeky like us at A1 Foundation Crack Repair and want to understand what&rsquo;s really happening at the microscopic level, this paragraph is for you. The crystals formed by this treatment have hygroscopic and hydrophilic properties that provide a double action in moisture blocking. Under wet conditions, and upon contact with moisture, the hydrophilic behavior allows the crystals to swell and fill the void preventing moisture from passing through. Simultaneously, the hygroscopic property of the crystals provides a continual growth towards the source of moisture, resulting in permanent moisture blocking at the source. Under dry conditions, the crystals release the moisture in a desorption process that makes the crystals shrink to their original size. The swelling/shrinking process of the crystals will allow the concrete to continually breathe.</p> <p><strong>The bottom line is this.</strong> By eliminating all water and moisture associated problems, waterproofing your concrete prolongs its life span and dramatically reduces maintenance cost. Give us a call at 866-929-3171 if you want more information about waterproofing your concrete.</p> 3/19/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true waterproofing,water damage, MA, RI,waterproof the basement, MA,water damage, Boston,basement water proofing specialist, Boston,waterproofing basements 0 Joseph Coupal
611699 It's Zero Degrees Outside and I Still Have a Leak! - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-955175.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-955175.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">We got a call the other day when the outside temperatures were about zero degrees. The homeowner told us that their <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead was leaking</a>. With zero degrees outside, the snow is frozen and the ground is frozen, we knew there were no leaks from outside causes. So we had to figure out what happened through over-the-phone trouble shooting. </p> <p> Our first question was if they had an outside faucet on that side of the house that could possibly be leaking or dripping. He said no. So we sent him upstairs to make sure all faucets were off and that there were no toilets leaking. </p> <p> We then sent him to his water meter to see if it was still moving. He said it was spinning pretty good. So we knew there was a <strong>leak from a pipe somewhere</strong> outside. We sent him back into the basement to listen for running water through the pipes.</p> <p> Sure enough he heard water. He headed outside, uncovered some snow and found an outdoor faucet that was dripping and he found&nbsp; <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">water coming in through the bulkhead</a>.</p> <p> This presented two problems, a leaking faucet and a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">leaking bulkhead</a>. We walked him through following the pipe and found a ball-valve to shut it off. Shut the ball-valve off and after about 10-15 minutes the water stopped leaking through the bulkhead seam. </p> <p> Through this he figured out that with all this snow outside that is going to melt, it is going to come into the basement right where his faucet leak water was coming in. We headed to his house the next day and fixed that problem, so there was no more <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">leak in the bulkhead</a>.</p> <p> For more information on leaking bulkhead or preventing basement water when the snow melts, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/13/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking bulkhead,leak in the bulkhead,water coming in through the bulkhead 0 Joseph Coupal
611679 Why Does My Sump Pump Keep Dying?! - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-954975.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-954975.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">We get a lot of calls this time of year from homeowners because the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump has stopped working</a><strong></strong>. <strong>There are six main reasons why sump pumps shut down. </strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>Electrical problem</strong> - you need to be sure that the pump is getting electricity. Check the fuse or circuit breaker to make sure it is not tripped. Plug something into the outlet to be sure it works. Your sump pump may have a "test" button as well. </li> <li><strong>Check-valve problem</strong> - The check-valve stops water from flowing back into the basement from the pipe. If the water flows back into your basement after the sump pump has finished working, the water raises the float and turns the sump pump back on. This starts a continuous cycle which makes the sump pump wear out much quicker.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">Overworked sump pump</a></strong> - In most cases a 3-horse power pump will take care of your water problems. But in some case you may need an additional pump. You also need to look at sump pumps because they are not all equal. Check how much water it pumps per minute based on the height that you need to pump that water out. It may be overworked.</li> <li><strong>Stuck switch or float</strong> - A float raises as the water level rises. If your float is on an arm, these often get stuck because they get stuck on the side of the basin or some other obstruction. The pump with a float on a rod are less likely to get stuck.</li> <li><strong>Jammed impelor</strong> - The impelor spins the water up into the pump. This impelor can get jammed with debris. You can unscrew the screen at the bottom of the pump and see if that wheel spins. This can cause your sump pump to die or be ineffective.</li> <li><strong>Age of the sump pump</strong> - A sump pump is mechanical. They can die somewhere between 7-15 years old. Around 8 years, you may want to consider putting in a new sump pump and keep the old one as an emergency spare.</li> </ol> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 3/12/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,sump pumps stop working.,sump pump stop working.,sump pump has stopped working.,sump pump stopped,sump pumps 0 Joseph Coupal
611422 Sump Pump versus Floor Crack Problem Solved - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-946037.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-946037.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Recently we were called in by a previous customer who had just built a new house. He had a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">floor crack</a> in his new cement basement floor and had some water coming up through it. </p> <p> He was wondering if he should <strong>put in a sump pump or should he have the floor crack repaired</strong>. Our recommendation was to put in a sump pump. We broke the floor, dug down, put a sleeve in, and put the pump in there and ran a discharge pipe to the outside.</p> <p> He has a very thick layer of gravel. Gravel allows water to percolate through it. Because we put this sump pump in, below the floor, we knew the water would want to head there, below grade. And it did that, we were able to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">stop the water from coming up through the floor crack</a>. </p> <p> For more information on dealing with <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">concrete floor cracks</a>, contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/26/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true floor cracks,concrete floor cracks,A1 Foundation Crack Repair,stop the water from coming up through the floor crack,stop the water from coming up through floor crack 0 Joseph Coupal
611345 Foundation Wall Leaks - Boston, MA <p itemprop="description"> <a href="/foundation-wall-pipe-penetration-leaks.html">Foundational wall leaks</a> have always been a common issue for homeowners. Especially during periods of heavy rain or snow melt. Foundation wall leaks can wreak havoc on your basement. Basement wall leaks, can happen in a couple different areas of your house for a few different reasons, and many repair options prove to be ineffective. Ineffective DIY attempts that fail include hydraulic cement, Flex Seal (as seen in TV), or tar. These methods tend to lead to frustration, wating time and money and can lead to further damage and additional repair cost. </p> <p>When concrete cures improperly the water in the concrete can evaporate to quickly, to slowly or freeze which will cause <a href="/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">concrete walls to crack</a>. Cracks will typically be noticed near the corners of window, or were the foundation wall is stepped down to a different height. Cracks can also be seen in the middle of long walls that are the same height throughout. Once these cracks appear in the walls, leaking may follow with the next rain or the foundation wall crack may leak sometime in the future. More often than not the crack will leaking and can contribute to a flooded basement. This is especially true if there is not effective draining in the foundation of your house. </p> <p>In order to permanently repair nonstructural concrete wall cracks and prevent future leaking and damage, the <a href="/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">wall cracks</a> must be repaired with a closed cell polymer resin by injection with an electric pump and/or a weaved carbon fiber process. Doing these repairs will permanently seal wall cracks, and end leaking issues in your basement. </p> <p>For more information, contact <a href="/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> at <a href="tel:866-929-3171">866-929-3171</a>.</p> 2/20/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true wall cracks,foundational wall leaks,A1 Foundation Crack Repair 0 Joseph Coupal
611341 How to Protect Your Basement before the Snow Melts - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-946016.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-946016.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">There is a lot of snow in and around Boston. In fact, many areas have at least 36" of snow that will eventually melt. This equals over 3" of water. This means that there will be over 3" of water sitting on the ground when this melts and we are expecting more. Not only are we going to have more water and snow, there is we also need to consider the snow on the roof that is also going to melt adding more <strong>water to the ground sitting next to your foundation</strong>. This can cause some problems. </p> <p> This could be a catastrophe waiting to happen for the homeowner. Much of this water will try to penetrate the foundation and find its way into the basement. What we recommend may be hard work, but <strong>try to move some of this snow away from the foundation of your home</strong>. Move it about four to five feet. This should help a little bit.</p> <p> Also, remove the snow from on your bulkhead away from your bulkhead. You also want to try to move the snow away from your downspouts. You should also check your gutters and downspouts. If you downspouts are not down or damaged, the water will come right down that corner and that is a prime spot for a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">leaking foundation</a>. Also, check your outside faucets, ensure they are not leaking. Shut them off from the inside, then open them up outside so the water get out.</p> <p> On the inside of your home, take a look of the foundation walls inside your home. Check for <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">cracks in foundation walls</a>. If you do, this is where the water will come into you home. Also, take a look at the tie-rods, those are the little dimples where the rods are in your foundation walls. If there are any rust spots, this is a sign that water has come into the home in the past. These areas can also be addressed. </p> <p> Check the top of your bulkhead where the metal door meets the concrete and look for water lines. This will tell you that water is coming in from there also. When you are in the bulkhead area, check where the concrete steps meet the foundation, this is <strong>another weak spot where you can check for water lines</strong>. Check where the cement floor and the cement walls meet, look for water lines or discoloration.</p> <p> If you happen to have a sump pump, be sure it is plugged in then raise the float and be sure you hear the motor go on when you do that. Also, you could have cracks in your cement floor, water marks or white power are signs that water has come in in the past. These are interior and exterior areas you can check to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">prevent water from entering your home</a> when the snow melts.</p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/20/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,cracks in the foundation,leaking foundation,prevent water from entering your home,prevent water from entering home,cracks in foundation walls,preventing wet basements 0 Joseph Coupal
506470 Why is my bulkhead leaking when the temperature is below freezing? <p itemprop="Description"><strong>Bulkhead leak problem: </strong></p> <p>Last night, I received a call for a woman in Nashua, NH that was having water entering her foundation from the seam between the bottom step of her bulkhead and the concrete floor. She told me that her husband had tried to stop the foundation leak with hydraulic cement that had failed. I questioned the homeowner about the <a href="/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">bulkhead leak</a> and found out that as soon as they wet vacuumed it up, water would continue to enter the basement right at the bulkhead and floor seam. </p> <p><strong>Investigating Bulkhead Leak in freezing temperatures: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Frozen soil is not defrosting </li> <li>Rain water is not causing the basement leak </li> <li>Be sure that no water is being used in the house. </li> <li>Check the water meter. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Solution: </strong></p> <p>If the meter is still moving, you definitely have a leak. In this case, it was an outside faucet that was leaking that the customer did not know was buried under five feet of snow. After the leak was repaired the water entering the basement ended. </p> <p>Since the bulkhead has leaked water in the past, one the ground defrosts and the current snow melts, the bulkhead is going to leak again. At <a href="/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc</a> we offer two solutions to the <a href="/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">repair of leaking bulkheads</a>. Please visit the page about bulkhead waterproofing at our website <a href="/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> for more information. </p> 2/17/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc,bulkhead leak,repair of leaking bulkheads 0 Joseph Coupal
506411 De-Icing Products: They Save Your Bones But are They Killing Your Concrete? Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-944068.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-944068.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">With all the bad weather we have had around Boston, we tend to see all kinds of de-icing products for safety purposes. It is great that these products are being used to stop people from falling. But, you are really <strong>damaging the concrete with de-icing products</strong>? </p> <p> If you think about it, the de-icing products melt that ice and turn it back into water. The water goes into the concrete. The concrete is cold, and the water freezes and this causes more damage to the concrete. And this cycle goes over and over again. </p> <p> This cycle is what causes <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">pitting in concrete</a>, which is little holes in the concrete, usually in a pattern. This also causes <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">flaking concrete</a>, where layers of the concrete can be lifted off as a result of the salts that are used; and it also causes <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">spalling concrete</a>, where little craters form, usually in patterns that can cause the decay of concrete.</p> <p> To solve the <strong>problems that these de-icers are causing</strong>, you first have to limit the products that you are using. The American Concrete Institute has a list of products to avoid. </p> <p> Also, we can put a crystallized quartz material onto the concrete. The crystals go into the pores of the concrete and grow as water hits it, then water will not freeze in the concrete and cause damage. </p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 2/13/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true spalling concrete,pitting in concrete,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,flaking concrete,Problems de-icers cause concrete 0 Joseph Coupal
506399 Snow Mounds Next to a Foundation can Lead to Basement Leaks <p itemprop="description">Here in New England we have been hit hard with snow this winter. We have had more than 4 feet of snow in the past 3 weeks alone. Some people are reporting issues with ice dams forming on the edges of their roofs. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam and can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and cause mold. Some people are actually reporting icicles forming inside the attic. That is a water problem for sure. The obvious fix to this problem is to shovel the snow off the roof where huge mounds of snow pile up and next to the house. But is this just transferring the problem somewhere else? The unfortunate answer is yes. </p> <p>The problem with snow mounds is that eventually the snow melts. Here&rsquo;s a typical conversion for how much water is in snow: 10 inches of snow = 1 inch of water. So, if you have 4 feet of snow on the ground and then pile another 4 feet of snow on top of that from the roof, you could end up with nearly 10 inches of water that&rsquo;s released into soil that is already saturated with water. You might as well have a moat around your house. If your foundation walls, bulkhead, <a href="/pipe-penetrations.htm">pipe penetrations</a> or other potential points of water entry have any gaps, cracks, pits, or holes, you could end up with a really big water problem on your hands. </p> <p>To help prevent water problems in your basement as a consequence of all this snow, the <a href="/">Crackman</a> recommends the following: </p> <ul> <li>Move snow 4-5 feet away from the foundation or side of the house. Far enough away so that the melting snow drains away from the house. </li> <li>Remove snow from and around the bulkhead before it melts </li> <li>Inspect your roof gutters and downspouts and ensure they are not damaged or filled with debris </li> <li>While you are checking your downspouts, ensure they are not draining directly into the area next to the foundation </li> <li>Ensure exterior water faucets are shut off from INSIDE the house and then open the faucets on the OUTSIDE so freezing residual water has a place to go </li> </ul> <p>If you follow these tips, chances are you won&rsquo;t have a <a href="/basement-waterproofing.html">basement water problem</a> created by melting snow and freezing temperatures.</p> 2/12/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true Pipe penetrations,Crackman,basement water problem 0 Joseph Coupal
506354 Snow and Bulkhead Leaks - Quincy, MA <p itemprop="description">We have received more than 3 feet of snow over past two weeks across many cities/towns across the state of Massachusetts. The forecast is even predicting almost another 2 feet of snow this week (2/9/15). If you have read some of our previous <a href="/foundation-crack-repair-basement-waterproofing-blog">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair blog posts</a>, or listened to a few of our <a href="/podcast">Crackman podcasts</a>, you know that when the temperature rises during the day (when the sun is out) and falls below freezing at night, that this melting and freezing cycle can cause many problems with the concrete base that your bulkhead door is resting on and your foundation walls. Specifically, it can exacerbate any micro cracks and turn them into foundation wall crack leaks or bulkhead leaks. Once this process starts it can be difficult to diagnose/fix in cold weather conditions when there is four feet of snow in the way. To prevent foundation wall crack leaks and concrete bulkhead leaks please try and do the following before the snow freezes: </p> <ul> <li>Remove any snow on top of bulkhead doors </li> <li>Remove all snow around concrete base of bulkhead </li> <li>Remove all snow that abuts the concrete foundation wall and bulkhead base </li> <li>Make sure removed snow that is now piled quite high (these days) does not slope back towards bulkhead/and or foundation </li> </ul> <p>Removing the snow can help prevent <a href="/concrete-wall-cracks.htm">concrete wall cracks</a>, foundation leaks, and <a href="/bulkhead-waterproofing.html">leaking bulkheads</a>. However, one also has to keep in mind that the removed snow (piles) will eventually melt, and we do not want this water rushing towards bulkhead base or foundation wall. Try to shovel snow as soon as possible before the melting freezing cycle occurs. This will be time well invested that could save you a lot of money. </p> 2/9/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation leaks,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,leaking bulkheads,concrete wall cracks 0 Joseph Coupal
506352 How to Protect Your Concrete from Flaking, Pitting, and Spalling - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-944061.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-944061.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">Concrete shows wear and tear. This is because, here in New England we have very cold weather. Concrete is like a sponge and it will absorb water. Then we have cold weather and the water in the concrete freezes. Concrete is tough to a point, but when the water freezes, little bits of the concrete expand and break. Similar to a popcorn in a microwave, the concrete pieces get bigger and they pop. This is what causes <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">concrete spalling, pitting and flaking</a>. </p> <p> There are four steps we take at <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> to do the repairs.</p> <p> When <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">repairing concrete</a>:</p> <p> We have to remove the damaged concrete. We chip or chisel it off, use a wire brush or sand blast it. Once we do that, sometimes metal rebar is exposed that is rusted or deteriorated and needs to be replaced.</p> <p> Then, we need to assess if the concrete is more expensive to repair or pull it out and replace. If we replace it, we are talking about jack hammering and disposing of it too. Then re-pouring. <strong>In most cases concrete can be repaired.</strong></p> <p> Then we need to determine how we are going to repair it. There are hundreds of companies that sell thousands of <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">concrete repair</a> products. You need to be very educated in this area to be able to determine what material will repair your situation.</p> <p> Next, we need to repair the concrete. This means considering the air temperature, the temperature of the concrete, the mix ratios, the pot life - which means how long we have to work with the materials we are using. Also, the proper tools and techniques need to be used to achieve the goals that you want. But you will end up with a nice repaired piece of concrete that will last for years. </p> <p> To slow down to prevent <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/spalling-concrete.htm">pitting, spalling and flaking concrete</a> we put a crystallized quartz based material. These crystals actually grow in the concrete. As water hits it, it does not let the water to get into the concrete and cause damage. It is very inexpensive but saves thousands of dollars in repair.</p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact us</a>.</p> 2/9/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,spalling concrete,concrete repair,flaking concrete,repairing concrete,concrete spalling, pitting and flaking 0 Joseph Coupal
506188 How Cement has Improved to Benefit Your Home, A History Lesson on Concrete - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-934440.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-934440.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Let's start with the environment. Cement plants have been notorious polluters. With the EPA getting more aggressive with them, they have really cleaned up and now are considered clean manufacturing facilities.</p> <p> <strong>Transporting cement</strong> used to be challenging. You used to have to mix it at the build site. Now there are cement trucks that turn while transporting, the mixer turns so the cement can be mixed at the plant. As a result of the mixer, concrete can be poured now in great volume. It's called a monolithic pour which means "one pour". When there are separate pours the concrete is not as strong. These cement mixer trucks have allowed us to safely build these large buildings that we have.</p> <p> <strong>Additives have improved the strength and resilience of cement.</strong> There is a whole science to these mixes. One of these mixes allows us to have concrete with less water in it. This is important because water weakens concrete, and when pouring in the winter the water can freeze and weaken concrete. So, these additives allow us to pour concrete all year round. </p> <p> <strong>Rebar is another way to reinforce cement</strong>. By putting bar in the concrete it improves the Tinsel strength of concrete. Rebar helps us build these stronger, tall buildings with <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">concrete construction</a> as well. </p> <p> <strong>Self-consolidating concrete</strong> is another product that makes it so that there is concrete that can flow easily in all types of cracks and around rebar. It also allows for one pour as well. </p> <p> For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/28/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,concrete construction,concrete strength,pouring concrete in winter 0 Joseph Coupal
505930 Practical Advice for Pouring Concrete Walls in Cold Weather - Boston, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" align="top" height="60" id="LastFramePlayer" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-937869.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-937869.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" height="60" align="top" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">It is cold outside. But what is the <strong>definition of cold weather when it comes to pouring concrete</strong>. In our field, the definition is three-pronged.</p> <ol> <li>The temperature is less than 50 degrees F for more than 12 hours in any 24 hour period.</li> <li>When the temperature is less than 40 degrees from midnight to midnight.</li> <li>For a period of three consecutive days when the average temperature is below 40 degrees F and not above 50 degrees F for more than half of any of those three days.</li> </ol> <div class="right"><img src="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/images/spalled-concrete.jpg" alt="spalled concrete" /></div> <p> This is a lot to take in, but this is the definition of "cold Weather" as it pertains to pouring concrete.</p> <p> <strong>Concrete needs to be protected against freezing</strong>. The curing process actually creates quite a bit of heat. If the weather is too cold during the curing process, the heat that generating is going to go out into the air and not allow the water that is in the concrete to evaporate. That water will actually freeze instead. When the freezing occurs it weakens the concrete and can cause cracking, balling or pitting in that concrete wall. </p> <div class="right"><img src="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/images/pitted-concrete.jpg" alt="pitted concrete" /></div> <p> But concrete construction does not just stop in the winter. So, when <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/commercial-concrete-waterproofing.htm">pouring concrete in the winter</a>, there are several different steps that take place.</p> <p> We ask the plant to heat the concrete prior to delivery. The plant will put in a few additives that will lower the freezing temperature of the water.</p> <p> Cover the concrete with heating or curing blankets for 72 hours after the pour.</p> <div class="right"><img src="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/images/concrete-blankets-used-during-pouring.jpg" alt="concrete blankets used during pouring of foundation footing in winter" /></div> <p> Definitely avoid adding any water to the concrete during the pour, and don't pour any concrete on frozen ground. </p> <p> sometimes, on the area where the concrete is going to be poured, a tent is placed and heated, then the concrete is poured. </p> <p> These are some of the things we do to get a nice pour of concrete even in the cold weather. If you need to pour concrete this winter and need a professional, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/22/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,What is cold weather when pouring concrete,What is too cold to pour concrete,pouring concrete in the winter,pouring concrete walls in the winter,pouring concrete walls in winter 0 Joseph Coupal
505813 Solving a Leaky Basement Pipe on Cape Cod <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-936023.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-936023.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </object></div> <p itemprop="description">Recently we got a call from a homeowner on Cape Cod with a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">leaking pipe penetration</a>. The homeowner had been fighting this abandoned pipe for years. Years ago the pipe was discontinued from the sewer line. unfortunately, the <strong>pipe has been leaking for years. </strong></p> <p> The homeowner told us that he has tried stuffing rags inside it to try to stop water, he has attempted to add about 8" of hydraulic cement into the pipe. He also tried 'as seen on TV" spray that is supposed to stop water. Nothing worked.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/index.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> went down the Cape and fixed it, we stopped his leaking pipe penetration problem.</p> <p> We can't blame the guy from trying his DIY attempts. We stopped the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">leaking pipe</a> by drilling a hole into the pipe through the hydraulic cement that he put in it. Through that hole we added a port, and buy use of an electric pump we were able to inject a liquid that is a closed cell polymer resin. That resin expanded and he has not had any water since.</p> <p> For more information on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">repairing leaking pipes</a> or leaky basements, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/14/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair - MA, RI,leaking pipes,leaking pipe penetration,repairing leaking pipes 0 Joseph Coupal
505780 How Do Sub-Zero Temperatures Adversely Affect a Foundation? - Boston, Massachusetts <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-934440.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-934440.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">It is very cold out. The <strong>hazards of freezing pipes</strong> is widely known and most-likely precautions should have been taken months ago. But <strong>sub-zero temperatures affect your foundation as well.</strong> </p> <p> In these temperatures, the soil around your foundation freezes, and when it freezes it pushes up against your foundation walls and can cause additional <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">foundation cracks</a> and movement. Especially in winters like this where there is no snow. Snow actually insulates the soil so it doesn't freeze as deep. So with these temperatures and no snow, we are going to have a <strong>deep deep freeze which is going to cause more foundations to crack.</strong></p> <p> On very cold and windy days you may feel like your house is never warm. In fact, you may feel drafts coming in from every where. Look first at in your basement. you may have tie rods that are leaking air. Those are the little metal rods that go through your foundation, they look like dimples. Also, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">foundation cracks and pipe penetrations</a> can leak air, along with around bulkheads. All these little bits of air that are coming in can add up to having a window open. If you can address those, you are going to help your home to be a little bit warmer. </p> <p> You can <strong>protect your house in a hard freeze</strong> like this, you cannot cheap out on heating your house, keep the heat where it should be. If there are areas that you know of that are prone to freezing, you may want to open up your faucet and let the water drip, also you can open up your cabinets under the sink or vanity to allow the warm air under there to help stop your pipes from freezing. </p> <p> For more information or tips, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/12/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation cracks,pipe penetration leaks,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,hazards of freezing pipes,freezing pipes,protect your house in a hard freeze 0 Joseph Coupal
505763 Stopping Basement Water in Newton, MA <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-934430.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-934430.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object> </div> <p itemprop="description">The topic of this blog will be a case study on <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">repairing pipe penetration leaks</a> in a basement of a home in Newton, MA.</p> <p> The caretaker of a 4.2 million dollar home in Newton, MA called <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/index.html">A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. We arrived to a beautiful home, went inside and they had exposed some of the pipes that had been leaking. They had to cut some walls down and open up a finished book shelf. </p> <p> This house had more pipes than we had ever seen. Some <strong>pipes were leaking</strong> and some were not, but this was the "pipe record" for A1. In fact, there were fourteen pipes: geothermal pipes, gas pipes, pipes that ran under the patio for the gas grill, pipes coming in from the street, two or three irrigation pipes, at least six pipes coming in from the swimming pool and jacuzzi, and quite a few electrical conduits that were also running through the foundation.</p> <p> Some of the <strong>water was leaking in from around the pipes</strong>, some were leaking through the pipe and we could actually actually see daylight between some of the pipes and the foundation walls.</p> <p> There had been attempts in the past to <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/residential-services.html">repair the pipe leaks</a> by DIY folks and other companies. We saw foam insulation, regular caulk, hydraulic cement, and even flex-seal.</p> <p> We repaired the <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/pipe-penetrations.htm">pipe penetration leaks</a> with every tool we have. We used crystallized quartz based materials that penetrate the concrete around the pipe and forms crystals that stops water from coming in, we used polymer resins, and oakum soaked in polymer resins that we worked in and around the pipes, we even used weaved carbon fiber blankets.</p> <p> The important point is that we stopped the leaks and the homeowners were very happy that we did. For more information, <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">contact A1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>.</p> 1/9/2015 1/1/2099 0 1880 true pipe penetration leaks,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,repair the pipe leaks,pipes were leaking,pipes leaking,repairing pipe penetration leaks 0 Joseph Coupal
505141 Concrete Foundation Cracks letting water & also Stink Bugs In – MA, RI, NH & CT <div class="right"><object width="173" height="60" align="top" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-929593.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-929593.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Boxelder bugs, commonly known as &ldquo;stink bugs&rdquo;, can become a nuisance to homeowners throughout New England (MA, RI, NH &amp; CT) during late Fall into winter months. When the cold weather hits, boxelder females search for a warm and dry place, and they somehow find a way into your home! </p> <p><strong><em>How do Stink Bugs Enter the Home? </em></strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/">Foundation Cracks</a> (Both floor and wall) </li> <li>Gaps around windows and doors </li> <li>Beneath Siding </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Why are they called Stink Bugs? </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Stinkbug nickname - disturbing these insects will cause them to emit a foul-smelling odor. This noxious scent may remain in the home or if vacuumed, the vacuum cleaner for some time, even after the insects are removed. </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>The Ins &amp; Outs of Stink Bugs? </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Peak Season &ndash; April through January, once cold weather hits they seek warmth (indoors) </li> <li>Diet &ndash; consists of boxelder flowers, fruits, leaves and small twigs (hence the name boxelder bug) </li> <li>Danger &ndash; these bugs are harmless, if they enter your home they will not eat clothing or food, just plants </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Do Stink Bugs use Basements as Living Space? </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>No, they will enter the basement through foundation cracks during the colder months. However, basements do not provide and food for the stink bugs so their stay is short lived. </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>What are some Solutions to prevent Stinks Bugs from entering the Home? </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Seal and fix foundation cracks and openings </li> <li>Caulk and properly seal window and doors </li> <li>Replace and/or fix any loose or rotted siding </li> </ul> <p>Besides the 3 points above about preventing stink bugs from entering your home you can also try pesticides (oil, insecticidal soap, and pyrethrum). Don&rsquo;t let box elder bugs have your wife jumping up and down screaming, Call A-1 Foundation Crack Repair today and have us seal your foundation cracks and voids! </p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a><br /> Toll Free: 866-929-3171 </p> 12/26/2014 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation cracks,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,stink bugs,New England (MA, RI, NH & CT) 0 Joseph Coupal
505059 Sump Pump Installation – Basement Waterproofing – Prevent Basement Leaks – MA, RI, NH, & CT <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-929248.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-929248.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">The goal of a <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a> is to lower the water table that is underneath your basement floor. A properly installed sump pump with adequate gravel under your basement floor can solve most water problems through <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/concrete-floor-cracks.html">cracks in the floor</a> or from <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/floor-wall-seam.html">floor/wall seams</a>. </p> <p><strong>The Different Types of Sump Pumps: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Submersible Pumps </li> <li>Pedestal Pumps </li> <li>Batter Backup Sump Pumps </li> <li>Combination Sump Pumps </li> </ul> <p><strong>Misconceptions of Sump Pumps: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Their purpose is to remove water on the floor <ul> <li>False, their purpose is to remove water underneath the floor </li> </ul> </li> <li>Requires no maintenance <ul> <li>False, you should check your sump pump yearly, check for clogs and make sure its working </li> </ul> </li> <li>Potential homeowners should not buy a house with a sump pump <ul> <li>False, sump pumps offer protection from flooding and you can buy a rider on your insurance policy as additional protection </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Key Factors about a Sump Pump: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Make sure there is a check valve <ul> <li>Prevent water backflow </li> </ul> </li> <li>Always have a cover on top <ul> <li>Prevent debris or other objects from entering the pits </li> </ul> </li> <li>The basin should have holes <ul> <li>To allow water to easily enter the basin </li> </ul> </li> <li>Gravel should be placed at bottom of pit <ul> <li>Used as a filter </li> </ul> </li> <li>GFI electrical outlet should be installed by an electrician (in most cases) <ul> <li>Safety purposes </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>If you have any questions about properly installed sump pumps or to request a free estimate, Contact <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/contact.html">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc</a>. </p> <p>A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc. is a fully registered home improvement contractor. Contact us today to talk to a knowledgeable, master <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/basement-waterproofing.html">basement waterproofing</a> and <a href="http://www.a1foundationcrackrepair.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump installation</a> professional. </p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a><br /> Toll Free: 866-929-3171 </p> 12/19/2014 1/1/2099 0 1880 true sump pump,basement waterproofing,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc.,sump pump installation,floor/wall seams,cracks in the floor 0 Darren Kincaid
505039 Concrete Floor Cracks – Should they be Repaired? – MA, RI, NH & CT <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-929240.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-929240.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Cracks in concrete are a common occurrence, especially in New England with the harsh winters and numerous freeze-thaw cycles. A crack in your concrete floor is like have a window open in your house; it may let certain unwanted things in, such as: water, radon, water vapors, insects, and rodents. </p> <p><em><strong>Why do basement floors crack? </strong></em></p> <ul> <li>Settlement </li> <li>Hydrostatic Pressure from water below </li> <li>Ground movement (earthquakes, heavy equipment, construction, blasting) </li> <li>Temperate and weather conditions when pouring the floor </li> <li>Lack of expansion joints </li> </ul> <p><em><strong>Should Basement floor cracks be repaired? </strong></em></p> <ul> <li>Added strength to slab </li> <li>Minimize Moisture and mold </li> <li>Increase Home Resale Value </li> <li>Eliminate Radon Gas </li> <li>Exclude Insects </li> <li>Prevent Seeping Water </li> </ul> <p>Our A-1 method to repair floor cracks is with the gravity fed system. With our 20+ years of experience, we inspect floor cracks and determine the specific type of material to be used to property repair each crack. Some cracks are repaired with polymers and others with a hybrid epoxy material. Our method is used on <a href="/concrete-floor-cracks.html">basement floor cracks</a>, walkway, steps, airport runways, and under the ice at ice rinks. </p> <p>Contact <a href="/contact.html">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc</a>. </p> <p>A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc. is a fully registered home improvement contractor. Contact us today to talk to a knowledgeable, master <a href="/basement-waterproofing.html">waterproofing professional</a>. </p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a><br /> Toll Free: 866-929-3171 </p> 12/19/2014 1/1/2099 0 1880 true 0 Joseph Coupal
503711 Basement Waterproofing Pre-Winter Inspection – MA, RI, NH & CT <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-917891.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-917891.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description">Of all the <a href="/residential-services.html">residential foundation repair services</a> we offer, we feel the common sense advice offered below to be vitally important. Please consider the following winter protective measures for your home&rsquo;s foundation. Every year we service customers who could have avoided winter and/or freeze-related water damage and basement floods. </p> <p>Leaking Basement Areas: </p> <ol> <li>Tie Rods </li> <li>Floor/Wall Seams </li> <li>Pipe Penetrations </li> <li>Wall Cracks </li> <li>Floor Cracks </li> <li>Cold Joints </li> <li>Bulkheads </li> </ol> <p>Some telltale signs that these areas have leaked in the past are water stains, rust stains, white powder; salts and minerals leaching from concrete (efflorescence), cracks that seem to get wider, musty odor and dampness in basement. Basement Leak Prevention: </p> <ol> <li>Down Spouts </li> <li>Gutters </li> <li>Electrical Meter Connection </li> <li>Grading </li> <li>Check Sump Pump </li> <li>Vacation Heat </li> <li>Don&rsquo;t Delay, Weather is on the way </li> </ol> <p>Your friends at A-1 Foundation Crack Repair are glad to offer sound common sense (and cost saving) advice to help prevent destructive flooding due to harsh New England winters. Whether you live in Shrewsbury, MA Providence, RI Salem, NH or Putnam, CT if you see any signs of potential water leaks or have any questions about our services, contact <a href="/contact.html">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> today! A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, the foundation repair and basement waterproofing specialists. </p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com"> info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a><br /> Toll Free: 866-929-3171 </p> 11/12/2014 1/1/2099 0 1880 true foundation repair,basement waterproofing,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,basement waterproofing specialists,residential foundation repair services 0 Joseph Coupal
503650 Waterproofing Leaking Coal Chute, Stone Foundations Coal Shoots– Boston, MA RI, NH & CT <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-916911.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-916911.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"><strong>What is a Coal Chute? </strong></p> <p>In old buildings that originally used coal to heat with, you will find a 6 to 12 inch wide opening between the outside and the basement. When coal was delivered, people would then shovel the coal into this coal chute / coal slide to have the coal next to the furnace. The coal shoots are often found in major cities like, Boston, Worcester, Dorchester, Providence and Weston. </p> <br /> <center><img alt="" src="/images/leaking-coal-chute.jpg" /></center> <br /> <p><strong>Why do they leak? </strong></p> <p>We see this problem consistently in some of the older building in cities and surrounding areas of Boston, MA Brookline, MA Worcester, MA Providence, RI and Hartford CT. Despite many attempts by many generations to block off and waterproof these coal shoots, there seems to be a common problem in the building stock that was built when coal was the heating source namely water leaking into basements from leaking coal shoot. Coal shoot waterproofing is often overlooked in the basement waterproofing process. </p> <p><strong>How to Waterproof a Coal Shoot? </strong></p> <p>There are multiple processes to waterproof a coal chute based on each individual coal chute. For information on coal shoot waterproofing, <a href="/contact.html">contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a>. </p> <p>Whether you live in Cambridge, MA North Kingston, RI Nashua, NH or Hartford, CT if you have leaking coal shoots or are in need of stone foundation repointing, contact <a href="/contact.html">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> today! A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, the <a href="/stone-foundation.html">coal chute &amp; stone foundation waterproofing</a> experts. </p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a><br /> Toll Free: 866-929-3171 </p> 11/10/2014 1/1/2099 0 1880 true A-1 Foundation Crack Repair,stone foundation waterproofing,waterproof coal chute 0 Joseph Coupal
502586 Chipmunk Holes - Leaking Stone Foundation – MA, RI, NH & CT <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-907265.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-907265.mp3" quality="high" bgcolor="#EEF9C1" play="true" loop="true" scale="exactfit" name="LastFramePlayer" salign="lt" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" align="top" height="60" width="173"></object></div> <p itemprop="description"><strong>Why is my foundation leaking now and never has leaked in the past? </strong></p> <p>Since the middle of August I have been receiving calls from homeowners with fieldstone foundations that have always had dry basements until recent rains. Whether you are in <strong>MA, RI, CT, NH</strong> your stone foundation is not moving and causing new basement cracks during the New England summer. So whys are all of a sudden homeowners <a href="/basement-waterproofing.html">basements leaking</a>? </p> <p><strong>The answer to the great mystery </strong></p> <p>Upon further investigation I have found holes next to the foundation. These holes can be as small as the thickness your thumb, or as large as a baseball. These holes are the entry of underground tunnels that meander next to the foundation. During the summer and fall, chipmunks and moles create these tunnels. When it rains, these tunnels provide a path for water to enter your basement. If you want to check to see if this is happening, simply put a garden hose near or in the holes. With the hose running go into the basement and wait for the water flow. </p> <p><strong>The Solution for a Leaking Stone Foundation </strong></p> <p>Where these problems exist, the tunnels need to be filled in from the exterior along with the entry point on the inside of the basement. At <a href="/">A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc</a> we use our patented stone foundation waterproofing method of embedded oakum in a closed-cell polymer resin, packing that in between the stone and then a top coat of a specialty mortar. </p> <p>Whether you live in Milford, MA Pawtucket, RI Nashua, NH or Hartford, CT if you have <strong>chipmunk holes</strong> or are in need of stone foundation repointing, <a href="/contact.html">contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair</a> today! A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, the basement and <a href="/stone-foundation.html">stone foundation waterproofing experts</a>. </p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com">info@a1foundationcrackrepair.com</a><br /> Toll Free: 866-929-3171 </p> 10/10/2014 1/1/2099 0 1880 true basements leaking,A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc,stone foundation waterproofing experts,chipmunk holes,stone foundation waterproofing 0 Joseph Coupal
501686 Floor/wall Seam – Leak where Floor and Wall meet - MA, RI, NH & CT <div class="right"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="LastFramePlayer" align="top" height="60" width="173"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.talkshoe.com/resources/talkshoe/images/swf/lastEpisodePlayer.swf?fileUrl=http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132282/TS-899051.mp3" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEF9C1" /> <param name="wmode" va