A wet basement in Raritan is often caused by porous concrete
Raritan Borough has many a wet basement and is located in Somerset County, NJ. The Borough is 2.03 square miles and has 6,881 residents (US Census 2010). Raritan was formally part of Bridgewater Township as a subdivision. In 1948 the Borough separated from the Township.
Raritan is the name of the local NJ River and also the name of the local Indian Tribe of the Lenapes.
The Historic Treaty ending the U.S. involvement with WW 1 was signed in Raritan at the home of Joseph Shelman Frelinghuysen, Sr. He was born in Raritan and a U.S. Senator. President Harding signed the treaty at Frelinghuysen’s home in 1921.
Concrete is Porous
Most wet basement problems in Raritan, NJ are from foundations that are made of concrete. Concrete is a composite construction material composed primarily of aggregate, cement, and water. Concrete is porous. Water is a primary ingredient of concrete from the beginning. As the concrete cures the evaporable water, water that can evaporate away, does so and is lost. As the water evaporates it leaves the pores in the concrete that were saturated with water empty. These empty pores make the concrete porous.
If your house has solid concrete walls the water can only enter in a few different ways, but wet basement is different and every leak is different In poured concrete foundations, cracks and pipe penetrations are the most common entry points for seepage. These openings can be readily sealed from the interior. Epoxies or urethanes are pressure injected into the openings, penetrating the foundation through to the exterior, thereby cutting of the path of the seepage. These repairs will last for a long time.
Sometimes a wet basement just needs a simple crack repair.
Sometimes a sump pump is called for. Sometimes it’s a full French drain and sump pump. Like I said earlier every wet basement is different, every leak is different.
When we come out to look at your wet basement, we consider to be an educational process. We do the inspection, explain to you how your foundaton was constructed and how the water is coming in. Then we propose a solution and tell you price. No sales gimmicks no high-pressure. The wet basement inspection and educational processes free and might even be priceless.