A historical restoration is always a gig we at South Jersey Waterproofing love to take on. Sure, the work is as challenging as it is with our waterproofing to homes like yours. Still, the legend of what happened within the confines of those walls so many years prior makes the job an honor to perform and mission-critical from a success standpoint. Of course, the history of every home, no matter who it housed, is vital to maintain – but seeing how these homes were constructed is always a treat too.
Even as giant fans (not NY Giants fans) of Boardwalk Empire, the Sopranos, and New Jersey’s connection to the mob and gangsters of old- it’s not every day that you get to say you worked on the former home of a notorious American gangster like Al Capone. Fortunately for us, that is one feather that we have been able to stick in our caps over the past few years.
Starting in 2012, we began working on homes at the Historial Pine Valley Golf Course & Community in Pine Hill, NJ. These homes were built decades ago by many prominent historical figures, one of whom was the aforementioned Al Capone. He used this home as a retreat away from his life in Chicago.
In some of the photos above, you can even see that we were able to save a section of plasterboard from what was a speakeasy in the prohibition times that had hundreds of signatures of elite people.
While Mr. Capone could escape the law and foes by taking refuge in this quiet New Jersey town, the home itself could not escape the power of nature over time.
From 2012 to 2019, we performed basement and crawlspace waterproofing, mold remediation, and added dehumidification systems to various homes in the community. These restoration services were performed primarily because water had begun to intrude several basements and crawlspaces. In addition, there was an ongoing groundwater issue that was then causing mold and high humidity moisture levels throughout the homes.
Thanks to our team’s diligence and attention to detail, we could return the strength of Jersey into the walls and keep the water where it belongs, outside, swimming with the fishes.
For your historical restoration, speakeasy (or crawlspace) waterproofing, mold remediation, or dehumidification needs in South New Jersey, don’t hesitate to call or click here to contact South Jersey Waterproofing today. We are a family-owned business that has been keeping homes as dry as prohibition as, well, since prohibition!