If the Passaic River overflows you can get a wet basement in New Providence, NJ
New Providence is a Borough in Union County, NJ located on just over 3.6 square miles. The Passaic River flows through the town as does the local “Salt Brook”. Over 12,000 residents call New Providence home and many of these homes have a wet basement.
In the early 1700’s, New Providence was referred to as “Turkey Hill” or “Turkey Town” because of the proliferation of wild turkeys. There are still many wild turkeys in the area today
The center of town is around the New Providence Presbyterian church which was built in 1737. It has many old gravestones in the church cemetery for Revolutionary War soldiers and their families.
New Providence Borough was a much larger land area until it divided in order to form a smaller local government. Summit and Berkeley Heights, two large neighboring towns, were formally part of New Providence Township.
If your house has solid concrete walls the water can only enter in a few different ways. In poured concrete foundations, cracks and pipe penetrations are the most common entry points for seepage. These openings can be readily sealed from the interior. Epoxies or urethanes are pressure injected into the openings, penetrating the foundation through to the exterior, thereby cutting of the path of the seepage. These repairs will last for a long time.
The exterior method of waterproofing involves excavating the outside of your house to re-apply a seal to the foundation. If your house was built prior to 1990 the coating applied to the foundation was a tar based substance that degrades over time leaving the foundation non-sealed. Today there are polymer based foundation sealers available that do not degrade and last for the lifetime of the building. Exterior waterproofing prevents water from entering foundation walls therefore preventing the wicking and molding of building materials. Waterproofing a structure from the exterior is the only method the IBC (International Building Code) recognizes as adequate to prevent structural damage caused by water intrusion.