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Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair in Atlantic City, NJ

Due to its proximity to the ocean, Atlantic City homeowners know the effects that water and unpredictable weather can have on their homes.

Located parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ has a humid subtropical climate, with warm, moderately humid summers, cool winters and year-around precipitation. The soil type, Downer, is mainly loamy and is well-drained. Since the area experiences year-round precipitation including rain and snow, this can lead to problems in the soil such as hydrostatic pressure and the clay bowl effect. Both of which can cause severe damage to your home’s structure. If you begin to notice problem signs in your home from an unstable foundation, wet basement, flooded crawl space, or sinking concrete, call the experts at BQ Basements & Concrete. Our team of specialists will come to your home and evaluate your specific situation while offering tailored solutions to restore your home back to its original and safe state.

Basement Waterproofing in Atlantic City, NJ

Basement Water Damage – If you find yourself constantly dealing with musty, bad odors or puddles of water in your home, it may be time to waterproof your basement. Since water can infiltrate almost anything, making sure your basement is safe from it can prevent a slew of repairs and headaches that come with it. At BQ Basements & Concrete we can solve water damage in your basement by installing interior drainage and a sump pump, as well as covering your walls with a thick and durable vapor barrier, so you no longer have to worry about the problems water can bring.

Foundation Waterproofing – If your gutters fail during a rainstorm and water begins to pool around the edges of your foundation, it can lead to serious structural problems. Fortunately, our team at BQ Basements & Concrete can offer you a variety of solutions to help keep your basement dry and clean and your foundation waterproofed permanently.

Basement Sump Pump – By installing a sump pit and a sump pit within your basement, you no longer have to worry about water inundating your home after a heavy rainstorm. This proven solution works by pumping the water thorough a discharge line and away from your home, which ensures your basement stays dry and free from the damages that water can bring.

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Crawl Space Repair and Encapsulation in Atlantic City, NJ

CFI showing their crawl space in Atlantic City, NJ

Crawl Space Flooding – If every time it rains and your crawl space floods, you could be dealing with a multitude of unseen issues. Homeowners all over Atlantic City, NJ deal with floods in their crawl spaces due to their proximity to the ocean during storms, failed gutters, poor yard grading and cracks in their walls. Unfortunately, the flood brings along an excess of humidity to the area which leads to problems like mold growth and wood rot, as well as an increase in your energy bills. Making sure your crawl space vents are sealed and waterproofed from the natural elements will ensure your home stays safe.

The Stack Effect – Also known as the chimney effect, this air and temperature-based phenomenon refers to the process by which warmer, lighter air rises while colder, denser air sinks. By covering your property’s crawl space vents and encapsulating your crawl space from moisture, you can prevent the stack effect from infiltrating your home. If you have uncovered crawl space vents, the professionals at BQ Basements & Concrete can install a high-quality cover to put a stop to the stack effect.

Crawl Space Insulation – The environment in your crawl space usually isn’t the most conducive to faulty insulation which can lead to a multitude of problems. At BQ Basements & Concrete, we recommend installing a vapor barrier and waterproof insulation to prevent mold and moisture problems. This ensures your home stays comfortable year-round. By insulating your crawl space, you can also reduce energy bills and keep the humidity levels in your home under control.

Foundation Repair in Atlantic City, NJ

Bowing Walls – Most of the time, if you notice the walls in your home bowing or buckling, it usually means some force worked against their structural integrity and caused them to give out. Some of these forces include excess water in the soil leading to hydrostatic pressure, poor backfilled soil during construction, and tree roots intruding into the concrete walls. To prevent this problem from worsening, we suggest installing our wall anchor solution to permanently stabilize your foundation walls as well as straighten them over time.

Sticking Windows & Doors – When you go to open your windows and doors and find them hard to open, you may be dealing with a structural issue in your home. This can be anything from your crawl space support joists failing, to foundation problems, and in some cases, elevated humidity. By having one of our experts from BQ Basements & Concrete come for an inspection, we’re able to find and diagnose what is going on and suggest tailored solutions for your home.

Foundation Wall Repair System – Having an unstable foundation can not only be unsightly but can also compromise the structural stability of your entire home. Since the foundation is the root of your home, when it fails it can cause serious problems, from bowing walls, to uneven floors, and cracks and gaps. Once problem signs begin to arise, it’s usually an indicator that your foundation is failing in some areas. Our SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System, installed by the experts at BQ Basements & Concrete, can help. By acting quickly and not delaying repairs, it can help minimize damage and keep repair costs down.

Support joist in soil around Atlantic, NJ home

Concrete Lifting in Atlantic City, NJ

Crew installing concrete lifting repair in Atlantic City, NJ

Commercial Concrete Repair – At BQ Basements & Concrete, we offer a proven solution to lift and stabilize any uneven concrete slabs that your warehouse floors or commercial properties are experiencing. Our PolyRenewal™ injections can fit the needs of your commercial, industrial, or municipal job, large or small by using a two-part urethane polymer that expands into high-density foam to fill voids, lift, and stabilize concrete and solve a wide range of problems.

Sidewalk Repair – Over time, the soil underneath your concrete slabs that make up your sidewalk or walkway will naturally erode, leading to unevenness, cracks, or gaps. This can result in dangerous tripping hazards and lessening the value of your home if it’s on your property. Thankfully, your sidewalk doesn’t need to be torn out and re-poured again to fix the problem. Our experts at BQ Basements & Concrete can fill and lift your cracked and sinking sidewalk to restore it back to its original position.

Concrete Step Repair – If you’re experiencing cracking or sinking in the steps leading up to your home, our PolyRenewal™ foam injections can help! Concrete around your home can sink or settle due to loose soil, tree roots, or water damage over time. Since it’s injected directly into the concrete, it’s less disruptive to your landscaping and takes only 15 minutes before you can use your steps again.

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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Atlantic City, NJ

For any homeowner living in Atlantic City, a sump pump is a crucial must-have. With year round rain entering your crawl space, a sump pump is the only way to ensure you don’t go crazy mopping up water every few weeks. If you don’t have a sump pump already or are looking to replace the one you have, you need to understand what your crawl space needs before you buy. In a rainy city like Atlantic City, it’s not enough to have just any kind of sump pump. Sump pumps that get overworked break down very easily, and if your pump is going to turn itself on every time it rains, you need something with power. Something like the AquaStop Compact Crawl Space Sump Pump, which has an optional backup battery in case the pump stops working. It also notifies you when there is a leak in your crawl space, a useful function since many homeowners don’t regularly check the condition of their crawl space.

Hydrostatic pressure is a serious threat to your entire home. Even though its effects are mostly seen in the basement, it does affect the structure of the entire house. As the basement wall bends inwards due to the pressure of the accumulated groundwater, it begins to crack. The cracks allow the water to seep through the concrete and infiltrate your basement. Flooding is most common in the wall-floor joint, which is where you’ll see most of the water come from. Your basement wall is a part of your home’s foundation. The second a foundation begins to have structural problems; the effects will be felt elsewhere. You might notice your floor begin to sink closer to the wall. Any columns that relied on the walls to support the ground floor will begin to fail, which means that the walls above will also experience issues with cracking, bending, and breaking.

Soil erosion is defined as a natural occurring process in which soil wears away due to an external factor. Soil erosion is extremely detrimental to your property because it displaces the soil that is supposed to be holding up your home. Without the soil, your foundation is at the mercy of any extra weight, pressure, or movement that comes from within or outside your home. Soil erosion can cause settling, ruin the way water flows through your property, and allow for the over-saturation of soil. All in all, it’s a pretty disruptive occurrence for a homeowner.

The word “hydro” means water and “static” is a synonym for still or steady. The term hydrostatic pressure perfectly illustrates the effects still groundwater has on your foundation and why it is so important to keep an eye out for it. Hydrostatic pressure is something you might not know you need to watch out for as a homeowner, but once you know about it, you’ll be more vigilant. It’s the kind of problem that many don’t think about until it affects their foundation significantly. Knowing what it is and what it does to your basement walls will allow you to understand why your walls are bowing and what the correct action to take is.

If you’re looking for the best way to lift your settled concrete slab, look no further than polyurethane injections. This concrete lifting system utilizes polyurethane foam to lift concrete back into place. Small holes are drilled into the concrete in order to inject the polyurethane foam until there’s enough under the slab to lift and support it. This is a modern, innovative approach to concrete lifting that solves every problem associated with traditional methods. What makes this method so great is all about what the material is made with. Mudjacking, the traditional method of concrete lifting, consists of pumping a cement slurry under the concrete to lift the slab. However, because of how heavy and rough the cement is, it puts pressure on the soil below, increasing the chances of displacement and settling. The cement is also too rough to properly fill the gap under the slab, so some parts remain unsupported after the job is done. Mudjacking is also rather tedious because it can take hours for the work to be completed and you still need to wait hours more for the cement to cure before putting any pressure on the slab. Polyurethane foam eliminates all those inconveniences.

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