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Atlantic City, NJ Crawl Space Encapsulation & Foundation Services

Atlantic City homeowners know heavy storms can cause high water levels, affecting their foundations and basements. Groundworks provides patented solutions to protect against these threats, ensuring long-term strength for your Atlantic City, NJ, home.

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Atlantic City Foundation Repair, Basement Waterproofing, Crawl Space Encapsulation, and Concrete Lifting Services

Atlantic City, NJ, lies alongside the Atlantic Ocean and experiences a humid subtropical climate with warm summers, cool winters, and year-round precipitation. While the weather may be pleasant, it often challenges home foundations and basements.

The area’s soil, known as Downer, consists of a loam mixture and offers excellent drainage. However, despite this, the ground can still become saturated with water due to Atlantic City’s year-round rain and snowfall.

Groundwater saturation creates pressure against foundation surfaces, called hydrostatic pressure. The surrounding soil can also expand and shrink with moisture changes, known as the clay bowl effect, and damage the foundation. These factors significantly risk the integrity of your home’s structure.

Contact Groundworks if you observe foundation problem signs at your Atlantic City residence. A damp basement, flooded crawl space, sinking concrete, and foundation cracks are signs of distress. Our expert team will assess your property and provide customized solutions to restore the safety and value of your home.

Solutions Offered in Atlantic City, NJ

Groundworks Experts Assess and Repair a Home Foundation

Foundation Repair

When problems with your home’s foundation arise, it can bring a variety of other issues along with it. Here’s how our specialized solutions can repair your home’s foundation to it’s original stability.

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Basement Waterproofing

Waterproofing your basement is key to having a healthy environment in your home, as well as preventing problems in the future. Learn more about the benefits of waterproofing your basement.

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Crawl Space Repair

When it comes to the health of your home’s crawl space, there are many factors and problem signs at work. Knowing what the signs are could help you indicate that it’s time for repairs.

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Concrete Lifting

The stability and consistency of the concrete around your home is an important factor to it’s overall aesthetic and wellbeing. Here’s what you should know about the concrete lifting options for your home.

Groundworks Service Areas

Foundation Repair:

Bowing Walls

Bowing and buckling walls often signal trouble with your Atlantic City home’s foundation. This can result from loose soil, settlement, hydrostatic pressure from groundwater, or issues with the concrete slab. Usually, external factors have compromised their structural integrity, leading to changes in their shape or positioning. Our wall anchor systems prevent further deterioration by reinforcing and stabilizing foundation walls, gradually restoring them to their original upright position.

Sticking Windows & Doors

Sticking windows and doors are often caused by structural foundation or crawl space problems, excess moisture, or settlement of concrete slabs. These factors can make it difficult to open windows and doors smoothly. Routine annual inspections are crucial to maintaining your home’s functionality, and if the problem persists, foundation pier installation may be recommended.

IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System

Your home’s foundation is crucial for its stability and structural integrity. Contact us if you notice foundation wall cracks, floor gaps, uneven concrete, or bowing basement walls. Groundworks’ experts will identify and diagnose foundation issues, providing tailored solutions. Our patented SettleStop IntelliBrace™ wall repair system stabilizes bowing walls without extensive excavation, offering superior support compared to traditional options.

Basement Waterproofing

Basement Water Damage

Wet basement walls, water pooling at the cove joint or window wells, or excess humidity are signs of potential water damage. Discovering water in your basement is concerning, but our expert team is fully equipped with patented solutions like dehumidifiers, sump pumps, insulation, and vapor barriers to keep your basement safe and dry.

Foundation Waterproofing

If your home’s foundation is affected by water-related issues like humidity, flooding, mold growth, musty odors, or wood rot, it’s time to consider foundation waterproofing. Groundworks offers patented solutions like vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, and sump pumps to restore and protect your foundation and safeguard your Atlantic City, NJ home.

Basement Sump Pump

Sump pumps are crucial for preventing flooded basements. As water levels rise, the smart technology detects the water and activates the float switch. It then pumps water through a discharge line, ensuring your basement remains dry and flood-free. Sump pumps are essential to Groundworks’ comprehensive basement waterproofing solutions.

Crawl Space Repair

Crawl Space Flooding

Homeowners in Atlantic City, NJ, often experience crawl space flooding during storms due to their proximity to the ocean. Faulty gutters, improper yard grading, poor insulation, and open crawl space vents can cause increased humidity, mold growth, wood rot, and increased energy bills. Crawl space waterproofing is essential to safeguarding your New Jersey home from these natural elements.

The Stack Effect

The stack effect, or chimney effect, is caused by air and temperature differentials that spread toxins like mold spores as air moves upward from the crawl space. Warm, lighter air rises while cool, dense air sinks. Sealing crawl space vents and doors and encapsulating the area prevents this unhealthy occurrence, ensuring a healthier environment for your family.

Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl space insulation shields your home from harmful outdoor elements. However, if this area is damp, the insulation must work against moisture to protect your home effectively. Crawl space insulation can harbor mold and attract pests if not initially installed correctly or if it is installed with inadequate materials. These factors cause poor indoor air quality and potential structural damage. Groundworks installs thermal crawl space insulation to prevent moisture infiltration and protect your Atlantic City home, keeping it safe, healthy, and dry.

Concrete Lifting

Commercial Concrete Repair

Groundworks provides patented commercial concrete lifting and stabilization solutions, targeting common issues such as cracked slabs, sinking sidewalks, uneven driveways, parking lots, and warehouse floors. Our PolyRenewal™ foam injection utilizes a two-part, eco-friendly polyurethane foam that expands into a robust, high-density material, permanently lifting and filling concrete gaps. PolyRenewal™ offers comprehensive concrete lifting and stabilization, restoring various commercial concrete surfaces.

Sidewalk Repair

Sidewalks and walkways endure more wear and tear than any concrete surface, leading to cracks and sinking over time. Soil erosion, tree roots, and freeze-thaw cycles are just a few causes of uneven driveways and damaged surfaces that create pedestrian trip hazards. Groundworks’ PolyRenewal™ foam injection lifts and stabilizes concrete slabs, sidewalks, patios, porches, and more. These surfaces are potentially restored to their original position within a quick 20-minute cure time. This innovative technique replaces traditional mudjacking methods, offering a clean, minimally invasive solution and alternative to complete concrete slab replacement.

Concrete Step Repair

Our PolyRenewal™ foam injection offers an efficient, cost-effective solution for concrete step repair. Whether it’s soil erosion, tree roots, or water damage that caused the concrete damage, our patented repair method gently restores the surface with minimal disruption. The PolyRenewal™ process also minimizes disturbance to landscaping and your daily routine, providing a quick, 20-minute concrete lift. Surfaces are restored and ready for use within the same day.

Common Solutions in Atlantic City, NJ

Mold on a wood joist in the crawlspace.

Mold in Crawl Space

Mold can be a huge problem in a crawl space. If you have mold in your crawl space, how can you make the situation better for your home?

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Basement Sump Pump

Water leaking into your basement can be a real pain to deal with. What is the most effective solution for keeping your basement clean and dry?

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Dehumidifier

Preserve indoor air quality and prevent mold and wood rot with our basement air systems.

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Wall Anchors

Wall anchors can help strengthen your foundation so it doesn’t fail. What can you get out of wall anchors in your home overall?

We get it right the first time around.

We are experts at what we do, and you deserve the best customer service and repair solutions installed the right way. That’s why we go the extra mile.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.