Basement and Crawlspace Waterproofing – Foundation Types Make a Difference

The foundations of properties can take a beating in South Jersey due to land erosion, environmental changes, and of course, the flooding that occurs in many areas. While not particularly snowbound, even a bit of snow, heavy rain, or ice can cause the rise of the prolific waterways in this area, and of course, raise the ocean levels.

This type of water is not easily absorbed by the ground and makes its way toward home foundations. Waterproofing the interior and exterior of any home is of high importance. Evaluations must be done on the exterior first, as stopping the water before it seeps in is the ultimate goal of Basement Gurus.

Knowledge of foundations is imperative as there are many types. The stone used in metropolitan locations can be much different than that used in more suburban areas. Differences occur as well depending upon the year in which a home or property was built.

The 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and even now show dramatic differences in the types of foundational stone or materials. Each decade brings new and advanced changes, and Basement Gurus, in business for decades in South Jersey is a “near me” certified and licensed basement and crawlspace waterproofing company that is of course, well-versed in all types of foundation materials and the decades in which the properties were constructed.

Three Main Types of SJ Foundation Materials Used in Waterproofing

New construction foundations can be very different from older ones and the ability to work with all types is a necessary component of finding the perfect basement and crawlspace waterproofing company.

·      Cinder block

Made of concrete and mixed with coal, this was most popular in the 1970s but still used in the 1980s, and sometimes in the 1990s.  It can still be requested especially when repairing a foundation but is not as aesthetically pleasing as other types of foundation materials.

It is, however, cost-effective and most homeowners will not choose to replace an entire foundation unless a home is in dire need. Repair of Cinder Block foundations is a more common solution/request. The cinder blocks are stacked and secured and can last decades and withstand a lot of wear and tear by water and weather.

·      Slab concrete

As the name implies, unlike a cinder block, it is a full concrete slab that was poured to a specified depth, and width. Dimensions must be exact, as once poured, it is solid and more difficult to repair or replace if water damage occurs.

After pouring, the concrete is then “cast” and allowed to dry. It is solid, and horizontal and exists even in floors and ceilings in some homes, not just basements and foundations. It is more common in more modern homes.

Slab concrete styles can be insulated in the walls as well as the concrete floor of a basement. Some homes do not have basements and the crawlspaces are checked and reinforced as these act as somewhat of a foundation.

·      Pier and Beam Piling

Columns of concrete reinforced with steel are carefully built in a similar way that a pier itself would be engineered. Not as common as the first two types of foundation this type is becoming more popular throughout the past years but can be more costly.

Careful construction is definitely needed with this type of foundation as exactness is necessary every step of the way. The beams can be concrete, wood, steel, or even combinations. In South Jersey these are becoming more common in new construction as this raises a home off the ground, hence the definition of “pier.” Foundation sealing

Environmental factors play a large role in this choice, especially in homes near the ocean or other waterways where flooding occurs often. It is a preventative choice for many home builders and is suggested to homeowners in flood-prone areas.

Summary– Basement and Crawlspace Waterproofing—Foundation Types Make a Difference

As you can see, a foundation in any flood-prone or erosion zone must be protected. There is too much at stake of sinking when water infiltrates a home in areas such as South Jersey which do have environmental factors, oversaturated grounds, and of course, low water tables in play. 

Basement Gurus, with decades of experience, five-star reviews, and a knowledge of South Jersey is the best bet for prompt and flawless service. Emergency services exist, and zero percent financing on all projects, saving homeowners money on finance charges from loans or credit cards!

That is reason enough to use the “Gurus” but their experience and stellar service should not be forgotten either. A quick form on the website will prompt an equally quick response.

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