According to USGS data, the underground water table levels in New Jersey can be as close to the surface as 2 feet. Shallow water tables combined with rainfall can easily produce flooding conditions around structures. Flooding can cause water to seep into New Jersey basements. Water pooling into a basement can soak into the wooden structures of the building and create grave damage.

Buildings should be set on land that is graded away and downward, allowing water running off roofs and downspouts to travel away from the structure and spread out on the surrounding land. But most often buyers are purchasing already built structures and must work with the existing landscape. Often the landscaping and grading needs some revising to best protect the building.

How Drain Doctor Can Help Residents In New Jersey With Flooding Problems
French drains, often called weeping drains, can be installed at anytime to support the need to move water away from the building. French drains consist of a ditch, tilted away from the building. A perforated pipe is laid in the ditch, which is then covered with gravel. During a very heavy rainfall, the ditch not only directs water away from the building via the angle, but also allows rapidly pooling water to seep into the perforated pipe and be quickly pulled away by gravity. The perforated pipe provides an additional way to prevent standing puddles from settling dangerously near building foundations.

When pooling water is noticed on a basement floor, a sump pump can be inserted. A small portion of the basement’s cement pad is jack hammered away to allow access to the soil underneath. Soil is removed and a basin is inserted. The pump sits inside the basin. When water begins to pool at the lowest level, the inside of the basin, the sump pump pushes the water through an exit pipe to the exterior of the building, thereby keeping the basement’s cement pad dry.

A Flood Gate Automatic Backwater Valve can also be inserted into the building’s main sewer pipeline to prevent rising flood waters in municipal water sewer systems from backing up into a structure’s toilets and drains. This valve does not require any electricity to work. The pressure of backing up water causes the gate to lift and close the pipeline. When the pressure of the floodwater recedes back out of the pipeline, the gate resets to an open position.

Rely On Drain Doctor To Keep Your NJ Home From Flooding
At Drain Doctor, we are licensed and bonded and can support you with any of these preventative measures. Our dedicated and experienced staff are ready discuss these preventative measures with you. Call us now for a consultation.