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1  Crack Repair / Concrete Repair Questions / Concrete porch crack on: March 31, 2010, 03:04:16 PM
Hello Rod,

this is to you or anyone else. I have a crack on my front porch that I'm not sure how to repair or who to call.
It's near the stairs and starts where the column meets the porch and extends both sides and down. Essentially, if left it will drop a huge chunk off the edge. Any advice. If you'd like to see pictures, just let me know how to attach them.

Karl Kennedy
2  Concrete Restoration / Deteriorated or broken concrete project questions. / Cracked concrete porch on: June 06, 2009, 09:37:51 PM
Hello Rod,
Well my basement woes continue, but for now I have them somewht under control.
Now for a different dilema. I recently have had a crack form on my front concrete-poured porch. Its seems to start underneath the post and then it looks as if a big chunk will fall off. Not sure how to go about fixing this. Should I use some caulking?

Karl K
3  Wet Basements / Leak symptoms and solutions. / Will it EVER end? on: October 04, 2008, 12:39:12 AM
So, my sump pump is still going crazy. Every 5-15 minutes, pending weather. HAd some leakage arounf the cracks that were injected during the monsoon we had, but stopped.
Well, I go downstairs to get my runners, and voila, water all over. I immediately run over to the sump pump to see if I can do anything, but it's working fine. I walk all over, and nothing on the walls. The water is seeping up through the floor through some cracks, and newly formed cracks. What the hell is wrong with my house? This is ridicoulous. I know that some water flow happens during rain, spring thaw etc, but it hasn't stopped in 6 years! This is just nuts. How can I fix this? Who can I call? I really need help because I have NO money to fix this, and if necessary I will, but I don't want 5 different opinions what to do. AHHHHHHHHH!, ever see a grown man cry. This is my house. Why me?
4  Wet Basements / Leak symptoms and solutions. / It finally happened! on: October 22, 2006, 10:53:14 PM
Well it finally happened.
My worst fears has finally come to light. Last weak, my sump pum wasnt working and my basement finally flooded. Of course, I feel 90% responsible only because I notice some oddities the night before and decided, NAH, just wet outside so of course water is going to seap through any and all cracks in the basement. DUH! I even walked over to my sump pump, looked at why it wasn't full or any sound sof water trickling at least because of the 24 hrs of rain we were having, and the 3 weeks of on and off wet weather. Hmm, should I have made sure that my sump pump was working. NAH! I'm too tired and I'm now going to bed without giving it a second though. Lesson everyone. Always check and re-check your sump pump systems. Especially when the weather has been wet for weeks.
Now, to anyone that knows anything about sump pumps and back up systems, I have a link of a system that looks good and reads good. But is it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Karl Kennedy
5  Wet Basements / Leak symptoms and solutions. / Re: Sump Pump working overtime on: March 29, 2006, 09:46:13 PM
Looks like you may be right Rod,
Its something I have been coming to terms with for awhile. Burns my butt that out of all the lots around and all the ones we could of chosen, we chose the problem child. As my family motto goes.."it figures"

I am still in touch with the city of Barrie to have some of our grading issues addressed. They have been pretty good. Did some work in Sept 05 so we shall see how that goes. They wont do the other side of my swales since the neighbour put up his fence. Again, it figures.

I did think of burying the pipe and leaving it out there permanent, however I was told that could be a bad idea, epecially if it freezes. I doubt I woul make an air tight seal on the connection from my house, just dont want the ground to lose anymore of its drainage.

I may ask the city to directly connect my weeping tile to the drain basin thats at the end of my propertty. I know its a no-no usually but I've been reading some cases in Canada where they have had exceptions where underground watersheds have proven to be a potential danger.

Worth a shot. Then I could concentrate on the new problems I have been having. I have had, leaks coming from the back of the house, right where the I-beams meet the foundation.

I'd attache photos, but cant seem to see where. Oh well. If I figure it out I will.

6  Wet Basements / Leak symptoms and solutions. / Re: Sump Pump working overtime on: March 15, 2006, 09:18:53 PM
Probably not a good idea. I did check my builders website and they never have built out that way. I guess they all are quite the same when it comes down to it.
7  Wet Basements / Leak symptoms and solutions. / Sump Pump working overtime on: March 14, 2006, 09:35:08 PM
Hello Everyone,
I have so many questions I don't know where to start. First, let me start off by saying my home is going on 4 years old and since day onew we have had leaks. For the most part, our builder did come out and help us, but I figured out really quick that all they were doing was patching up the problem real quick to make us happy. We even now have the City of Barrie (where we live) involved and watching the builder. So far all is good. This year has been an unusually warm winter so lots of moisture. Some leaks have occured and they are coming out in the spring to take a look. My main concern however isnt so simple. My sump doesnt seem to stop. As I am typing this, it goes off every 5 minutes which is good, because at one point it was going every minute and a half. I have not been able to find any information pertaining to sump pumps other than what they do. I know what they are for, but is it normal to be running all the time. Even during the winter months it runs. There are some days that it will finally be cold enough to freeze, or dry enough that there is no water that it will stop. But it is rare and far in between. My worry is that the sump pump will burn out when I least expect it. Does anyone have any information regarding this dilema. If more information is needed, I will be happy to share. It is my belief that sump pumps are ther to protect your home in the rare occasions that water build up occurs. Maybe 5-6 times a year (each time being a week) Not constantly. I dont want to even think about renovating until I am confortable knowing this wont be an issue.
Karl Kennedy.

I also have other water leaks that I will share, with photos in another post. :-D
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