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Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair in Trenton, NJ

With Trenton’s humid climate in the summer and snowy winters, homeowners usually experience a variety of issues with their foundation, basement, and crawl spaces.

Located in the Western part of New Jersey, Trenton experiences warm and humid summers and very cold and snowy winters. The soil type, Downer, and is loamy and is well-drained, although the vast amounts of rain and snowfall can lead to ground saturation, as well as flooding. If you are experiencing problems with your home’s foundation, a wet or leaky basement, or structural problems with your crawl space, let the experts at BQ Basements & Concrete help. Our team has 24 years of experience dealing with the issues inundating your home’s stability and our proven, warrantied solutions can help restore your home back to its original state.

Basement Waterproofing in Trenton, NJ

Basement Water Damage – Damage in your basement does more than just dampen your belongings and make the space less comfortable to inhabit. A damp basement is the perfect breeding ground for several different molds. If you let that damage sit for an extended period, the water that you’re contending with may sink down into your foundation, where it can disrupt the structural integrity of your home and put your family at risk. Our team at BQ Basements & Concrete is well-versed in dealing with the effects of water damage in a basement and offers tailored solutions for your situation.

BasementGutter Interior Drainage™ – An interior drainage system can be a hugely useful option for homeowners who want to make sure that their home stays water-free. That’s where our BasementGutter™ Interior Drainage solution comes in. If your basement regularly experiences flooding or pooling water near the cove joint where the walls and floor meet, this could be the right system for you! This proven solution collects and directs water away from your basement to ensure it stays dry and moisture-free.

Basement Sump Pump – Homeowners in Trenton, NJ are accustomed to rainfall year-round, which can also lead to their basements potentially flooding. When installing a sump pump system, you no longer have to worry about this. As water trickles into your basement, it flows into the interior drainage system and then down to the sump pit where a float switch is triggered by the water reaching a certain level. Afterwards, it drains far away from your home through a discharge line.

Crawl Space Repair and Encapsulation in Trenton, NJ

Crawl Space Mold – Mold in your crawl space can be detrimental to not only the structural stability of your home, but also the environment in which you breathe. As mold grows on the organic matter in your crawl space such as the wooden floor joists or insulation, the spores it releases travels up through your home due to the stack effect. This can lead to respiratory issues for anyone in your home, and your floor joists decaying and failing.

Crawl Space Dry Rot – Since many homes’ crawl spaces are erected from wood, which is an organic material, it is prone to rotting if the environment is damp or wet. When mold begins to feed off the wood, this creates a fungal infection that causes the wood to rot and decay. Once the wood begins to decay, it weakens the structural integrity of your crawl space support posts.

Crawl Space Encapsulation – Encapsulation is a simple, yet extremely effective waterproofing solution. It involves lining the crawl space walls and floor with a vapor barrier, therefore protecting your crawl space from the outside elements. Since the soil beneath your home contains moisture that rises from the ground and enters your crawl space, it is important to have a waterproofing measure in place.

Foundation Repair in Trenton, NJ

Bowing Walls – If you’ve noticed that the walls in your home are leaning or tilting, it might be a sign that your foundation walls are bowing. Most of the time, some force will have worked against their structural integrity and caused them to give out. Some of the forces that can have the most influence over your foundation walls include but are not limited to hydrostatic pressure, poor construction, and tree roots intruding into the concrete slabs. Our wall anchor solution can permanently stabilize your foundation walls and straighten them over time, ensuring that your home remains stable and safe for anyone inside.

Sticking Windows & Doors – Have you ever noticed that when you try to open or close your window or doors that they are tricky to move? If so, you might be dealing with sticking windows and doors due to foundation settlement or sinking. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but most of the time it’s because of loose backfill soil during construction, elevated humidity within the home, or structural inefficiencies within the basement or crawl space. To get rid of this issue in the future, the experts at BQ Basements & Concrete provide an annual inspection to ensure your home stays in proper working order.

Foundation Wall Repair System – If your foundation is dealing with structural issues, it can have a very negative impact on your home’s overall stability and safety. If you notice problem signs around your home such as cracks in your walls, leaning or tilting walls, or uneven and sloping floors, it’s usually an indicator that your foundation is failing in some areas. Luckily, the experts at BQ Basements & Concrete can help by installing our SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System. Over time it will straighten out your walls and prevent any further structural damage from happening in the future.

Concrete Lifting in Trenton, NJ

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Commercial Concrete Repair – BQ Basements & Concrete offers a proven solution to lift and stabilize uneven concrete slabs, such as sidewalks, driveways, roadways, and warehouse floors for commercial properties. With multiple applications available, PolyRenewal™ can fit the needs of your commercial, industrial or municipal job, large or small. PolyRenewal™ uses a two-part urethane polymer that expands into high-density foam to fill voids, lift, and stabilize concrete and solve a wide range of geotechnical and structural issues.

Pool Deck Repair – If you’ve noticed parts of your concrete pool deck cracking or sinking, or even settling 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.

Concrete Step Repair – The concrete steps leading up to your home experience a lot of wear and tear, leading them to settle or sink over time. If you’re experiencing these issues, lifting your concrete with PolyRenewal™ is a practical and affordable solution. The concrete around your home can sink or settle due to gaps in the soil, tree roots, or water damage over time. With PolyRenewal™ injection lifting, you don’t have to worry about waiting to use your steps as they’ll be ready to use in 15 minutes or less.

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

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.

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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