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ROCKY HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT, SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ

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A wet basement in Rocky Hill, NJ is easily fixed

Having a wet basement in Rocky Hill is a century old problem. Rocky Hill is a Borough in Somerset County, NJ. There are about 682 residents within .62 square miles (US Census 2010). Rocky Hill was formerly part of Montgomery Township and separated as its own Borough in 1890.

The Borough is West of the Delaware and Raritan Canal on a Rocky Ridge. This area was referred to as Rocky Hill Ridge and as Devil’s Featherbed because navigating a horse and buggy was very difficult over the rocks.

There is a dedicated historic district in Rocky Hill that is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

To fix a wet basement you have to stop the water from entering or drain it away.

During construction a type of waterproofing is usually applied to the foundation. A tar like substance is applied to the exterior of the concrete walls, both poured and block alike. Tar is a very good waterproofing substance and has been used forever. The tar applied to most homes is good for 30-40 years or so. The tar coating is similar in substance and life to roofing shingles. They don’t last forever and neither does the tar on the foundation.

Once the tar is gone the foundation is no longer sealed. The porous concrete is laid bare. Water creeping through underground soil crevices creates hydrostatic pressure up from beneath the floors and against the sides of your home. Hydrostatic pressure is when a body of water surrounds something that does not float. When this water pressure forms around the foundation the un-sealed concrete starts to absorb the water.The basement that was once sealed with a coating of tar is now a wet basement.

You could excavate the entire exterior of your home to re-seal the foundation, or, put in a French drain and sump pump.

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