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Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair in Camden, NJ

Homeowners in Camden are aware of the problems that the area’s high-water table and soil type can have on their foundation and basement. Mix in an unpredictable climate, and trouble ensues.

Many homeowners in the Camden, NJ metro area are well-versed in the warm and humid climate in the summertime, and the cold and snowy climate in the winter. The soil types in the area range from Aura to Downer, which are both well-drained soils; although the area experiences a rather high-water table that can result in flooding after a heavy rainstorm. With the seasonal temperature changes and local soil types, plenty of moisture in the air and ground leads to problems with your home’s foundation and basement. The experts at BQ Basements & Concrete can help you protect your home from the natural elements with our proven solutions.

Basement Waterproofing in Camden, NJ

Basement Water Damage – Noticing your basement has pooling water or other water related problems can be a headache for any homeowner. Water can come into your basement through a multitude of ways but ensuring it doesn’t happen again is where we come in. We offer a variety of solutions to help solve everything from mold growth leading to wood rot, as well as waterproofing your basement by installing interior drainage and a sump pump to pump water away from your home and keep it dry.

Basement Sump Pump System – Some homeowners might believe that installing a sump pump in your basement won’t solve your water issues and that isn’t the case. Our proven sump pump system solutions can give you peace of mind if a heavy rainfall comes through and leaks into your basement. By pumping the water down a direct line and away from your home, you don’t have to worry again about water infiltrating your basement area and causing other problems.

Dehumidifiers – Along with our interior drainage and sump pump systems, we also recommend installing a dehumidifier to ensure that the humidity levels in your home and basement stay within a normal amount. This system can bring comfort in knowing that it’s removing the moisture from the air while keeping your energy levels down and filtering out mold, dust mites, and other potentially harmful toxins.

Crawl Space Encapsulation and Repair in Camden, NJ

Crawl Space Flooding – If you have recently inspected your crawl space only to find out there is pooling water in it, you are not alone. Homeowners all over Camden, NJ deal with floods in their crawl spaces due to plumbing leaks, failed gutters, poor yard grading and cracks in their walls. Unfortunately, it’s not just the immediate flood you have to worry about, it’s the added humidity that it brings with it. Humidity causes a whole slew of 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 is waterproofed from the natural elements will ensure your home stays safe.

Crawl Space Waterproofing – As the underside of your home is a space you rarely visit, you want to make sure that it is staying dry and clean. This is where our specially designed crawl space interior drainage and sump pump solutions come in. With these systems, when water enters your crawl space, the interior drainage system collects it and directs it to the sump pump. When the water flows into the sump pit, it fills up to a level that triggers the float switch and pumps the water away from your home through a discharge line. This guarantees your home stays dry and you stay worry-free.

Crawl Space Encapsulation – It was once believed that having vents open to your crawl space allowed the air to circulate and stay dry. Unfortunately, after some time, this was found to be the opposite. When warm air from the summer, or cold air from the winter enters your crawl space it turns into humidity which creates condensation and pooling water. This can lead to your home’s environment and structural stability to be at risk. By encapsulating your crawl space with a thick and durable vapor barrier as well as vent covers, you can be sure it is protected from the damaging effects of moisture and humidity and stays dry for years to come.

Foundation Repair in Camden, NJ

Sticking Windows & Doors – If you’re having trouble opening or closing the windows and doors in your home it might be due to your foundation settling or your crawl space supports failing. Both can be from a variety of things such as the moisture content in the soil underneath your home, mold leading to wood rot, or your concrete slabs settling and shifting. It’s imperative to have annual inspections to ensure your home stays in proper working order.

Bowing Walls – Foundation walls that are beginning to buckle or bow are a sign of problematic soil or hydrostatic pressure pushing on it constantly. This type of issue within your home is a serious sign that something is going wrong and must be addressed as soon as possible to avoid any more damage in the future. If untreated, your entire home runs the risk of collapsing causing severe injury to anyone inside.

Wall Anchors – If you’re experiencing problems with your foundation, our proven wall anchor solution can help restore your home’s stability. These anchors can be used to stabilize walls with a variety of problems such as bowing, buckling, or walls that are pushing in at the bottom. They work by straightening out your walls over time with minimal disturbance to your property.

Concrete Lifting in Camden, NJ

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Cracked Concrete Slabs – Cracks in concrete slabs inside or around your home can be caused by a multitude of reasons, from inadequate cure time, to too much weight bearing down, or shifting soil underneath them. Although they can start as hairline cracks, they can grow with time and destroy the entire slab to the point of no return. They can also cause water to pool, uneven surfaces, and potentially dangerous tripping hazards. By lifting your concrete with our PolyRenewal solution, you can guarantee that your concrete slabs will be lifted to their original position.

Driveway Repair – If you notice that your driveway is uneven, cracked, or sunken, it may be time for concrete repairs. The concrete slabs that make up your driveway can crack and settle for a variety of reasons, leading to potholes, pooling water, and in serious cases parts of your driveway falling off. If this is happening to your home, call the experts at BQ Basements & Concrete to come out and lift your concrete driveway back to its original position with our PolyRenewal foam injections. Your driveway will be ready to use the same day and you will no longer have to worry about unsightly concrete in front of your home.

Sidewalk Repair – Sidewalks and walkways are exposed to a lot of wear and tear daily. When the soil underneath starts to shift, it can lead to cracking and sinking which can result in uneven slabs and tripping hazards. Voids in the soil under sidewalk slabs can be due to erosion, rainwater runoff, or intruding tree roots. Thankfully, sidewalks can usually be salvaged and do not 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 ensure it doesn’t sink any further.

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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Camden, NJ

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.

Having a beautiful, healthy tree growing on your property makes your yard look interesting and visually pleasing. However, there’s a good chance that your tree is ruining your foundation and causing those pesky leaks in your basement or crawl space. Many homeowners misunderstand how a tree is able to do so much damage and believe that the tree roots themselves are the issue when it’s actually the soil. Like most problems pertaining to foundation damage, expansive soils are the culprits, not the tree roots. The characteristics of clay soils make it so trees encourage shrink-swell capacities and soil displacement.

Let’s say your basement is extremely humid, but it doesn’t experience any kind of flooding. Does humidity harm your basement as much as water does? After all, if the only thing wrong with your basement is stuffy, damp air, how much harm can it do? The truth is, humidity is not only harmful for your basement, it’s also indicative of problems that will eventually cause harm. Part of the reason it’s such a significant problem in the first place is because most of its consequences aren’t felt until the damage is severe. Where there is excessive humidity, there is mold. Mold growth in your basement harms both you and your home’s structure. Because of the stack effect, the air in your basement rises in your home, including any existing fungal spores. Long-term exposure to mold triggers allergies and causes permanent harm to the respiratory system. Humidity also encourages pests to make a nest out of your basement, further increasing the risk of illness.

As a homeowner, knowing how to spot foundation settling is the most important thing you can learn. When a foundation is settling, a chunk of the foundation is literally tearing itself away from the house as it settles against unstable soil. As you can imagine, this has a profound effect on the rest of the home’s structure. Settling can be solved with a variety of foundation repair solutions, but you need to be able to catch the problem before it gets too severe. Many settling problem signs disguise themselves as isolated issues early on, so if you have even one of these problems, contact your local foundation repair company for an inspection. Jammed doors and windows are a typical sign of settling. Because a part of the house is falling to one side, doors and window frames become warped and are unable to function properly. Another sign of settling is cracks along the walls, though cracks on tile flooring can also occur if you have a slab foundation. An increased amount of basement flooding is another good indicator since a broken foundation means groundwater has better access into your home. Be wary of flooding that occurs in April, Camden’s rainiest month, since this indicates your foundation cannot withstand extra soil saturation.

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