Your wet basement in White Township, NJ is caused by a high water table
White Township has many a wet basement and is located in Warren County, N.J. in the Kittatinny Valley which is part of the Appalachian Valley.
White Township covers 27.6 square miles and is home to 4,245 residents (U.S. Census 2010).
The Township was incorporated in 1913 by an Act of the N.J. Legislature. The land had been part of Oxford Township.
Bridgeville, Brookfield and Buttzville are all communities in White Township.
The Township’s name is after a historic home, “The White House” built by Alexander White.
Before the tar washed away you never had a wet basement
- During construction a tar like substance is applied to the exterior of the concrete foundation before the backfill is done.
- Tar is a very good waterproofing substance, has been used forever and 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.
Now, with no tar sealing the foundation, the high water table causes a wet basement
- Most people know that the water table has something to do with ground water.
- The word table provides an image of a flat surface, like the surface of a tabletop.
- The water table lies underground and is the level at which the soil and gravel are completely saturated with water.
- There is often some seasonal change in the water table, due to rain or drought.
- A high water table is especially common in areas where the soil is not well drained due to high levels of clay.