Arid Basement Waterproofing HAS BEEN Serving New Jersey and New York Since 1963

Interview with ICA about wet basements

Posted on March 8, 2016

Here's an interview with Inspection Certification Associates.


The Two Main Differences Between Basement Waterproofing Companies in the NJ/NY area.

Posted on August 1, 2014

A French drain is a French drain, right? Pipe, gravel, and a sump pump. If it was that simple, homeowners would have it easy. But when you look at the details, there are differences that are significant especially when you want to waterproof your basement ONCE and not have to do it again. After 25 years of driving around New Jersey and New York, going into people's basements, and knowing my competition, I've learned a lot about French drains and how they are installed. I'll attempt to break down the two main differences for you and explain it as simply as possible.

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Window Wells

Posted on April 23, 2014

A common water problem is when rainwater fills up into window wells due to poor grading and comes through the window sill and down the wall. Sometimes, it can even come through the cinder blocks right below the casement window.  The most common reason for this is poor grading around the window well. Usually when this is the case, the top of the window well (cement, galvanized steel, bricks) is even with the dirt, grass, garden bed, mulch, etc., and the surface water hits the ground and trickles down into the window well. It fills up like a pool and finds its way into your basement through the window sill, cinder blocks or mortar joints.

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To Pitch or Not to Pitch

Posted on March 19, 2013

One of the features of an Arid Basement Waterproofing French drain system that separates us from our competition is that we pitch the PVC pipe and trench to the sump. Most companies do NOT pitch the pipe and only go to a uniform depth of about 6 to 8 inches. These companies, in their literature, will state something regarding the footing (e.g., to the footing, alongside the footing). The reason for creating a downward slope to the pit is so the water is gravity-fed down to the sump and pumped out. In addition, that flowing water constantly cleans out the pipe because water doesn't sit in a tilted pipe. Creating a pitched trench clearly takes more labor, removing and replacing material, and know-how, including how to navigate the pitch around sewer pipes, boulders, etc. Some customers ask why there are companies out there who don't pitch the pipe. It's because it's simpler: less dirt is removed so less gravel is needed. But potentially system-blocking sedimentation can occur when water sits in a flat, non-pitched pipe.

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Arid Basement Waterproofing recommends Ullmann Industries

Posted on January 29, 2013

In the past 5 years, New Jersey and New York have been experiencing some major power outages that have lasted well over 1 or 2 days. Not all power outages come with a rising water table, but, for example in August of 2011, Hurricane Irene dumped 8-12 inches of rain and knocked out power for over a week in some areas. With incidences like Irene, if you have a battery backup system, depending on how often your pump cycles, most batteries will not last a week. In this case, your only alternative is to hook up a generator to your pump. Now, with that said, there are gasoline generators that you can purchase from a hardware store. The first thing to know is you have to start the generator yourself and run extension cords to the pump. Second, you’ll need a supply of gas to keep the engine running. This is where a lot of people say, “Alright, I’m out! That’s too much.” So if you are one of those people, your next alternative is an automatic start, natural gas generator that is permanently hooked up to your house. You can install a generator that handles your whole entire house or only the necessities, like your pump, refrigerator, lights, etc. Installing this type of generator increases the value of your house, especially given the power outages we’ve been experiencing in our area. We at Arid Basement Waterproofing do not install these ourselves but we recommend our friends at Ullmann Industries. They have been in business in New Jersey since 1999 and Frank Ullmann is the owner. Frank will take care of you from start to finish, show you all the options and will not stop until you are satisfied. If you are interested, click through to their site and tell them Arid Basement Waterproofing sent you!

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