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Many wet basement problems in Chatham are caused by underground water

Chatham has many a wet basement and is located in Morris County, NJ. The Borough has 8,962 residents and covers 2.4 square miles (U.S. Census 2010).

Known as “John Day’s Bridge” in the late 1700’s, when the area was part of Province of NJ, the Borough was incorporated from the

The Borough crosses the Passaic River and has a section of the Great Swamp within its borders. Residents were instrumental in gaining the Great Swamp protection from being developed into a regional airport.

The Borough was covered in the NYT in 1906 for having the first speed bump to control traffic.

Capillary veins are responsible for many wet basement problems

Rainwater gets pulled deeper into the ground by seepage and gravity. As gravity pulls the ground water deeper into the soil, it moves sideways following the slope of the surrounding areas. Top soil will absorb some of the water but as rain continues to fall the absorbent layers become even more saturated and the water begins to follow the underground ‘paths of least resistance’ called Capillary Veins.

Think of these Capillary Veins as underground streams of seeping water that cause your wet basement. As this water approaches your home it collects in the loosely packed soil that is pressing against your foundation. In the meantime, the undisturbed soil about 2 to 5 feet from your home is much more solid and is unable to percolate the ground water away fast enough causing it to rise around the foundation of your home and thus causes a wet basement.

Because this seepage is constantly moving beneath the frost line, you should expect water related problems year round. The frost line is the depth in the ground in which the water NEVER freezes. Times of extreme seepage occur usually in early spring and late fall.

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