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A wet basement in Chester is due to an unsealed foundation

Chester Borough has many a wet basement and is located in Morris County, NJ. The Borough covers 1.59 square miles and has 1,649 residents (U.S. Census 2012).

Chester Borough was incorporated by an Act of the NJ State Legislature in 1799 as part of the larger Township. In 1930, the Borough separated from the Township to be its own area.

The Borough is the former Village area of the larger combined areas, and includes the Willowwood Arboretum on over 100 acres.

The tar sealant didn’t last the first time and excavating the foundation to apply new sealer is costly

When your home was constructed the ground was excavated so the foundation could be built. That hole in the ground is bigger than the foundation by a few feet on all sides. After the foundation is built a tar like substance is usually applied before the excavation is filled back up. That backfill dirt is loose and creates a permanent void that water is constantly trying to refill, which causes a wet basement. This is the clay bowl around your house.

The clay bowl around the foundation will always be looser and absorb more water than the undisturbed soil around it. The water fills up the clay bowl around the perimeter quickly because the soil is not as compacted. All of that water lies against your foundation and creates an artificial water table around your home which, in turn, creates a wet basement.

An interior French drain in the best choice

Named after Henry F. French, a French Drain is installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement. The French drain relieves the hydrostatic pressure (water pressure) from the footing area.

The French drain system uses a mechanical pump (sump pump) to remove water from the basement. The water enters the sump pit from the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, and then the sump pump pumps it up and out of the basement.

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