Southern NJ Foundation, Basement & Crawl Space Solutions
If you’ve noticed foundation or concrete damage around your Southern New Jersey home, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, these types of issues are common in the area due to the combination of soil type and climate. Our team at BQ Basements & Concrete is here to help restore your home & make it structurally sound once again.
Southern NJ Foundation Repair, Basement Waterproofing, Crawl Space Encapsulation and Concrete Lifting
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.
Solutions Offered in Southern New Jersey
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sinking and settling foundations occur when the layers of soil underneath your home can’t support its weight. This is usually caused by loose backfill soil during construction, an excess of moisture, and vegetation and tree roots breaking through the concrete. To restore your foundation, we recommend installing heavy-duty steel piers under the footing of your home’s foundation to lift it back to its original position.
If you’ve noticed that your chimney is leaning or tilting outside of your home, you may be dealing with foundational issues. Tilting chimneys are usually because of soil shifting underneath your home, leading to foundation settlement. This can in turn lead to the structure of your chimney breaking apart from your home and beginning to lean. Some telltale signs of this happening are gaps between the chimney and your home’s walls and cracks along the foundation joint.
If your home’s foundation is causing your walls to bow or buckle, our proven and warrantied wall anchor system can permanently repair and stabilize your failing foundation walls. 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.
If your basement is damp, humid, or wet, these can be a few indicators that you may be experiencing water leaks or a flooded basement. Since most basements are constructed out of concrete, many believe that it is impenetrable, and water is unable to come in. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case since concrete is an extremely porous building material. If you’re experiencing a leaky basement, it may be time for waterproofing systems and a thick, durable vapor barrier.
In all homes, old and new, foundation flooding is a common problem. The rainy season in Southern New Jersey can lead to water seepage in your basement and a buildup of hydrostatic pressure in the soil that pushes up against the foundation walls. Both cause severe damage to the structural stability of your home and can cost thousands in repairs. Getting your home’s foundation waterproofed from any potential threats can ensure that it’s structure is stable and healthy.
BasementGutter Interior Drainage™
Worrying about a flooded basement is something that no homeowner wants to go through. Having your basement waterproofed with our proven AquaStop Basement Gutter™ interior drainage system along with a sump pump can prevent elevated humidity levels, wood rot, and mold. Ensuring that your basement stays dry and clean and your home stays structurally sound.
Crawl Space Repair
Crawl Space Dry Rot
Your home’s crawl space is an area that is rarely visited, as such, wood rot within it might go unnoticed. When elevated levels of humidity and condensation begin to form underneath your home, the damp environment becomes 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.
Flooding from rainstorms or snow melt can infiltrate your crawl space, leading to an excess of humidity. This moisture in your crawl space doesn’t just stay underneath your home, it spreads throughout the air due to the stack effect. To guarantee your home’s environment is healthy, it is important encapsulate your crawl space and install a dehumidifier to combat any excess moisture.
Crawl Space Insulation
For the most part, if your crawl space is open to the elements, it is usually wet and damp. To deter this from causing issues within the rest of your home it’s imperative that it has the proper insulation installed. By installing a vapor barrier along with insulation, it will prevent mold and moisture problems, as well as keep your home comfortable year-round.
Settling Concrete Slabs
Over time, your concrete slabs can settle due to shifting soil, foundation movement, and moisture related issues. When it does, cracks or unevenness could lead to pooling water, potentially dangerous tripping hazards, and a lower home value. By using PolyRenewal™ foam injections, we can lift and restore your concrete back to its original state.
Pool Deck Repair
When you walk around your pool deck and notice parts of your concrete slabs dipping or settling, or even cracking in some areas, it may be time for a repair. This can happen due to the backfilled soil not being properly compacted, water pressure on the lining of the pool, or pooling water on the slabs. Our innovative PolyRenewal™ foam injections can lift the concrete back to normal without having to resurface your pool deck or repour it completely.
Interior Slab Lifting
If you feel unevenness or sloping in your floors, as well as cracks or gaps in your doorways, you might be dealing with concrete settlement. If this is the case, you may need interior slab lifting to restore your floor’s integrity. To do so, we use our proven PolyRenewal™ foam injections, a non-invasive solution, to lift your concrete slab floor back to its original position.
Common Solutions in Souther NJ
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?
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?
Preserve indoor air quality and prevent mold and wood rot with our basement air systems.
Wall anchors can help strengthen your foundation so it doesn’t fail. What can you get out of wall anchors in your home overall?
Protecting your home the right way, the first time around.
At BQ Basements & Concrete, we know that your home is your sanctuary and that’s why we’re committed to providing you with the best foundation & basement repair solutions on the market.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.