Historic Moorestown Foundation Repair
Lowering the basement floor of your home to increase space and headroom is not only a great way to carve out the ultimate man, woman, or cat cave, but it also adds value to the house. Who wants to see and then purchase a home where they have to crawl on their knees to get through the basement? Not us!
Unfortunately, not all basement floors that we lower (like this one in Audubon, NJ) are simply because the homeowner “wants” to gain headroom – but instead – because they need to address other structural issues.
Case Study: Moorestown, NJ
In the fall of 2022, South Jersey Waterproofing and our foundation repair and structural engineering experts were called to a home in Moorestown, NJ, to inspect their basement.
The 120-year-old home had a dirt floor (which is not uncommon) and crumbling foundation walls. This meant that we had a double whammy to address and fix. Our team needed to ensure that the historic home’s structure was safe and kept intact during our work and that any potential waterproofing issues we faced by laying down a concrete floor were also appropriately handled.
As all homeowners with basements know: keeping water out of the space can be tricky. The problem is that most basements are below ground level and are usually built with concrete slabs as flooring surfaces. If they are older or made from dirt, they are especially susceptible to rain or snow melt leaks that seep through cracks in foundations and walls. If you’ve ever had a leaky basement, then you know how frustrating this can be–not only do these leaks make your home look messy (and smell bad), but they also cause mold growth which can lead to health problems for anyone living there!
To remedy the dirt floor and the crumbling foundational walls, we began digging about four inches of the dirt floor out so that we could add a little headroom and ensure we had a level surface before pouring concrete. Next, we sealed the crumbling walls, poured the floor almost simultaneously, and tackled the waterproofing side by installing a brand-new drain system and sump pump. All of this work was done to ensure that the existing structure was safe and secure and that water intrusion, a likely culprit in what led to us being called in the first place, could no longer wreak havoc in such a beautiful, historic home.
For waterproofing or structural repair needs in Moorestown, NJ, and surrounding areas- South Jersey Waterproofing is the team you can count on. Click here to contact us today and schedule a consultation with our team. We have over three generations of experience and keep our team IN-HOUSE, meaning that you get trusted, tried, and true workers in your home whenever we are called on.