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Mercedes, Home Buyer in 07032

How do you fix water in the basement?

Asked by Mercedes, 07032 Wed Oct 31, 2007

I've been looking at a few homes in Alpha NJ. I noticed that after a night of rain there was moisture in just about every basement of the homes I've been to. Is that an expensive fix? Why does it seem to be so common in that area?

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Water in the basement depending on the severity can be inexpensive to expensive to fix. A good home inspector is recommended on any purchase you make in Alpha - You can have French Drains installed or have the basement waterproofed. The company that I would recommend is ATLANTIS WATERPROOFING. They can be reached
http://www.atlantiswaterproofing.com/
3 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 1, 2007
As Ken suggested, you can have your basement sealed to prevent this type of moisture. However, it will depend on whether or not the moisture is caused by surface issues or by the need to have your basement sealed. A company that specializes in this will be able to assess what is the case.

And yes, it is expensive (it will vary, obviously, but to give you an idea, we were recently quoted $7,000 to seal a 1500 sq. ft. basement), but a good investment in the long-run
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 31, 2007
Patti Pereyra, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
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Hello Mercedes,

I have an agent in my office from Michigan and he had explained to me the process for Sealing the Exterior Perimiter Walls of the basement so as to protect from water intrusion. The process involved digging up the area around the walls and sealing the surface. The process may be expensive, I would contact a few people who specialize in basement water protection and get quotes. The warranty on my agents basement was for 20 years I believe. I think by doing some research, you may be able to learn more and find a good solution.

Good Luck,
Ken Herrera
Century 21 Infinity
http://www.c21Infinity.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 31, 2007
Has anyone realized that this post is nearly 3 years old! I hope by now Mercedes took care of the water problem.

Dan Chase -- you are a riot!!! LOL!! Thumbs up for that answer.

- Gina
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 1, 2010
Interior solutions: Sump pumps, dehumidifiers, basement sealing, and french drains.

Exterior solution: Perimeter sealing, or perimeter drain systems that direct water away from the house so it never enters the basement. I have heard people refer to exterior perimeter drain systems as "exterior french drains" as opposed to "interior french drains". I have also been told that it is incorrect to refer to these exterior draining systems as "exterior french drains."
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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There may be a high water table. If that is the case there are plenty of waterfproofing comapnies to call. If no high water table it could be as simple as regrading around the house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 4, 2010
Mercedes,

That's great to hear! Thanks for sharing and yes, 3 years later we are all still here concerned about your water issues.

Take care,

- Gina
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 2, 2010
WOW can't believe it's been 3 years of me house hunting. Yes you are right Gina, 1 year happily living in my first home now with no moisture issues. :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 2, 2010
I have heard of paint that works too, paint the walls and stops the seepage. Might want to talk with your friends and neighbors, see what they are doing. We dont have basements here in Arizona, very, very rare as the ground is too hard to build them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 1, 2010
It could be a number of different reasons why there is water in that area... A low water table, foundation leaks from a settling foundation, drainage of the landscaping and many more. Basement Waterproofing is not cheap but it will definitely increase the value of a home. With a proper basement waterproofing system installed the basement should stay dry. Costs could range from $2,000 - $14,000 depending on the size of the house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 1, 2010
Moisture can sometimes be resolved with a dehumidifier but if there is actually water I would definitely suggest a sump pump and/or french drain. The one thing I've learned about having a sump pump is that you most definitely need a generator back up because if you lose power in a storm - the sump pump will not work and you'll really have a water problem on your hands. I'm not familiar with Alpha NJ but there are some areas in NJ that are just prone to water/wet basements. Keep in mind that if water finds its way in even just one time - it'll most likely always find its way in unless the problem is corrected. Good Luck!
Gina Chirico
Sales Associate, PNJP
973-228-1000 ext 132
GinaChirico@PruNewJersey.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 26, 2008
You can analyze just about any basement water problem with a free web tool at http://www.b-dry.com/wet-basement-analyzer.html It also gives you recommendations on how to fix most problems along with preventative information
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 25, 2008
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