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Professional Wet Basement Waterproofing in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ 07934

Peapack Brook

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Simple fix for a wet basement in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ 07934

An old and stately manor in Peapack-Gladstone can have wet basement issues.

Peapack-Gladstone is a Borough in Somerset County, NJ. The Borough has 2,582 residents according to the US Census 2010. Peapack-Gladstone was incorporated in 1912 when the two villages, Peapack and Gladstone, joined together. Prior to 1912, the area was part of Bedminster Township.

Peapack is thought to be a derivative of a Lenape Indian work, “Peapackton”. The term means “marriage of waters” and likely references where the Peapack Brook joins the Raritan River.

Gladstone is named after William Gladstone who was a British prime minister in the later 1800’s.

Peapack-Gladstone’s open farmland is enjoyed by the Essex Hunt Club and Fox Hounds. The U.S. Equestrian Stables are in Gladstone at Hamilton Farm.

A wet basement in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ is fixed permanently with wet basement waterproofing

Wet basement waterproofing is more commonly referred to as a French drain. These wet basement drainage systems were described and popularized by Henry Flagg French (1813-1885) a lawyer and Assistant US Treasury Secretary from Concord, Massachusetts in his book Farm Drainage. Mr. French was very proud of his cellar drainage system where he surrounded a drain tile with gravel and kept his cellar dry.

Installing a French drain around the inside perimeter is most commonly done after the house has been built. Most often, this is done in response to a wet basement or right before performing a basement finishing.

Henry Flagg French built his system with clay pipe and today we use High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, but it is still essentially the same system for the last 160 years or so. No one has made a better wet basement French drain in all these years, so it is still in use today.

The French drain wet basement waterproofing system is designed to prevent water from flooding your basement. It is installed inside the basement, below the floor, around the perimeter. This French Drain controls the water, delivers it to the sump pump(s), and discharges it out of the house.

What is a French drain? A French Drain is installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement. The French drain is also known as a Deep Channel Pressure Relief System. This is because it relieves the hydrostatic pressure (water pressure) from the footing area.

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