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Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair in Southern, NJ

Known for its primarily sandy soil and yearly rainfall, Southern New Jersey homeowners are no stranger to foundation and basement issues.

In Southern NJ, the summer season brings vast amounts of rainfall to the area and in the winter, that rain turns to snow. With the surrounding soil type being sandy loam, the combination can make for the ground getting saturated after a heavy rainfall or snowmelt. After the ground remains wet for a while this can lead to hydrostatic pressure pushing up against your home’s foundation and basement, which in turn causes a multitude of issues for its structural stability. The professionals at BQ Basements & Concrete are certified to be able to spot these problem signs and determine which of our superior solutions can fit your needs.

Basement Waterproofing in Southern, NJ

Leaky Basement – If you walk down to your basement and notice that it’s damp, humid, or wet these are a few key indicators that you may be experiencing leaky basement walls or a flooded basement. Most homeowners believe that the concrete used to build their home and basement is impenetrable, but unfortunately concrete is a very porous material and water is easily able to seep through. If you’re experiencing signs of a leaky basement, call our experts at BQ Basements & Concrete to evaluate your home and install our proven waterproofing solutions.

Foundation Waterproofing – In newer homes and older homes alike, foundation flooding is a very common problem. In the summer, heavy rains in Southern New Jersey can lead to water seeping into the basement or hydrostatic pressure in the soil pushing up against the foundation walls. Both can cause severe damage to the structural stability of your home and cost thousands in repairs. Ensuring your foundation and basement is waterproofed from any potential threats can save you money and headaches in the future.

BasementGutter Interior Drainage – Dealing with a flooded basement is something that no homeowner wants to go through. In addition to worrying about the weather affecting your basement, a wet basement can also be a threat to the structural integrity of your home. Ensuring your basement is waterproofed with our proven AquaStop Basement Gutter™ interior drainage system as well as a sump pump can prevent elevated humidity levels, wood rot, and mold.

Crawl Space Encapsulation and Repair in Southern, NJ

Crawl Space Dry Rot – As the crawl space is an area in your home that is rarely visited, wood rot within it might go unnoticed. Since it is located underneath your home, the dark, damp environment is the perfect habitat for mold growth. Dry rot, or brown rot is a fungal infection that damages wood and causes it to decay, further worsening your home’s structural stability. Because that wood is an organic material, mold feeds off any wood that is damp or wet and weakens its overall structure.

Humidity – Although your crawl space is usually an area of no use besides being on the underside of your home, it should always be dry and free of moisture. If not, pooling water and water vapor can lead to issues like mold, wood rot, and pest infestations. The humidity in your crawl space doesn’t just stay in your crawl space, it will spread throughout your entire home due to the stack effect. The Southern New Jersey area has a subtropical climate, so homes in the area battle humidity regularly. To ensure your home has a healthy environment, it is important to deal with the humidity in your home with encapsulation and a dehumidifier.

Crawl Space Insulation – Crawl spaces are constantly wet and damp, so the insulation must hold up in these conditions to prevent damage to the rest of your home. At BQ Basements & Concrete, we recommend installing a vapor barrier along with proper insulation to prevent mold and moisture problems, as well as, keeping your home comfortable year-round. Insulating your crawl space can also reduce energy bills and keep the humidity levels in your home under control.

Foundation Repair in Southern, NJ

Sinking/Settling Foundation – Sinking and settling foundations can occur when the soil layers can’t support the weight of your home any longer. This can also be due to poor compaction of soil during construction, changes in moisture content, and maturing trees and vegetation. At BQ Basement & Concrete, our experts will restore your foundation by installing heavy-duty steel piers under the footing of your home’s foundation.

Tilting Chimneys – If you walk outside and notice your chimney is leaning to one side, you may be experiencing a tilting chimney. Tilting chimneys are usually correlated to foundation settlement, as they begin to separate from the rest of your home due to changes in the soil underneath. Some telltale signs of this happening are leaning or tilting, gaps between the chimney and your home’s walls, and cracks along the foundation joint. At BQ Basements & Concrete, we will repair and restore your chimney with our helical pier system to lift it back to its original position.

Wall Straightening – If problems with your home’s foundation are leading to your walls bowing and buckling, our proven and warrantied solutions can restore your home back to its original state. Usually, walls will begin to do this due to the pressure of the soil bearing down on the foundation, which in turn causes your walls to lean in or out, as well as crack, leading to structural damage. Our wall anchor system will permanently repair and stabilize your failing foundation walls.

Concrete Lifting in Southern, NJ

Crew installing concrete lifting

Settling Concrete Slabs – When concrete settles, cracks, or becomes uneven, you could end up with pooling water, uneven surfaces, and potentially dangerous tripping hazards. Also, cracked concrete around your home lowers its value and ruins the aesthetic. At BQ Basements & Concrete we use a superior PolyRenewal foam injection to lift and restore your concrete back to its original state.

Pool Deck Repair – If you noticed parts of your concrete pool deck dipping or settling, or even cracking in some areas, it may be time for a repair. This can happen because of the backfilled soil during the construction process of your pool not being properly compacted, therefor adding pressure to build on the concrete slabs. Our innovative PolyRenewal foam injections can lift the concrete back to normal, and it’s also cheaper than completely replacing or resurfacing your pool deck.

Interior Slab Lifting – When you walk around your home, do you often notice sloping or uneven floors? Even cracks or gaps in your doorways? If you have spotted any of the above signs, you may need interior slab lifting to restore your floor’s integrity. The concrete slabs within your home will settle and sink over time and allowing them to go without repair can cause severe structural damage. At BQ Basements & Concrete, we provide quality interior slab lifting with PolyRenewal™, a non-invasive solution that can lift your slab floor back to its original position.

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

If your basement is leaking, it can sometimes be pretty easy to spot where it’s coming from. The window, the pipes, and the washing machine are all common sources of basement leaks. If you walk into your basement and see water coming from the floor, however, that might be a bit more confusing. If the pipes and vents are fine, the window is dry, and the machines are working as normal, there should be no water, right? Well, due to Southern NJ’s clay soil, the answer is no. Clay soils are able to retain water really well for long periods of time; it’s actually one of its many defining features. When a lot of water accumulates in the soil surrounding your foundation, it can often pool right alongside your foundation and put a lot of pressure on the wall. This is known as hydrostatic pressure. This refers to the weight of the water that pushes up against the foundation wall until it begins to bow inward. Long-term pressure on the foundation eventually causes cracks along most of the wall, but the most significant damage can be found at the wall-floor joint.

Slab foundations are popular in places where the freeze-thaw effect would not be able to harm foundations. Even though it sometimes snows in Southern NJ, it’s not significant enough to require all homes in the city to have sub-levels. Slab foundations are easy to build and inexpensive, but they do have a lot of drawbacks. For starters, foundation settling in slab foundations is a lot more disruptive because of the proximity to the slab. Slab foundations are also difficult to modify or waterproof once they have been built because of all the ductwork under the slab. Settling in slab foundations is also more likely to happen because the HVAC vents under the slab tend to dry out the soil. By drying out the clay soil, it accelerates soil shrinkage, which in turn, accelerates settling. Traditional waterproofing methods don’t work on slabs because there simply isn’t enough space to install them. There are ways in which you can waterproof foundation slabs, but not all contractors work with those materials. Other than drain tiles, there’s not much you can do except repair the foundation with slab piers once there’s settling.

Crawl spaces are often neglected by homeowners. Basements at least often contain washing and drying machines and have sufficient space to be used for storage. Crawl spaces, however, are not places homeowners spend much of their time in. Even if you understand the importance of a sump pump in your crawl space, you might be wondering why you should encapsulate it in the first place. A basement you might understand, but what’s the point of applying white sheets to a crawl space you’ll never spend time in? Encapsulating your crawl space is more than just closing off your crawl space and making it look nice with white sheets. Those white sheets are actually vapor barriers that serve a very important purpose in the fight against humidity in your crawl space. Proper reflective insulation can also be installed along with the vapor barrier, even if your crawl space has already been insulated with another material. High quality reflective insulation like our patented thermal insulation panels makes sure that the warm crawl space air stays in the crawl space. This improves the energy efficiency in your home, reduces energy bills, and keeps the air in your home fresh at all times.

Different types of soil have different load-bearing capacities. When a soil’s load-bearing capacity is exceeded, the soil will compact and settle. It’s also possible for the soil beneath a slab to settle and compact of its own accord. Soil that contains large amounts of clay and/or silt will shrink substantially when it gets dry. As the soil compacts underneath a concrete slab, the unsupported slab will sink as well, usually cracking in one or more spots. The soil that is underneath your driveway, patio, or concrete steps may not necessarily remain there to provide adequate support for the concrete element. As water moves underneath your concrete slabs, it can wash away the soil that’s supporting the weight of the concrete. As this happens, it creates a void, or empty space, underneath. Over time, with nothing to support it, your concrete slab can begin to sink or cave in.

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