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As home improvement contractors we continuously study the interaction between regional weather patterns, home foundations and the flow of surface and sub-surface water to better respond to the problems faced by our customers. You might expect the geology of states like Massachusetts and Connecticut to be different from that of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. What you may not expect is the variations in geology that exist between Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Delaware County in Pennsylvania. FEMA maintains flood insurance rate maps which show low lying areas prone to flooding like those in Montgomery County along the Schuylkill River and those in Bucks County along the Delaware River however there are countless other low lying areas along streams and tributaries or in areas that normally do not have visible surface water. Changing the grade along your foundation or extending gutters can help manage surface water however that is only part of the story. Waterproofing contractors need to consider more than just surface water when evaluating problems.
Sub surface water follows geological rock formations and migrates through soil differently based on its makeup and density. The silt loams which make up a large percentage of the soils in Chester County and Delaware County are considered well drained which means the 47.8 inches of rain which falls on average each year in these counties can easily move through the soil until obstructed by your foundation wall. Water collecting at your foundation wall exhibits force against your wall which will find any crack, joint or imperfection to enter your basement. The freeze thaw cycle of a cold winter can increase that force to levels which can be damaging to your foundation.
Different foundation types respond differently to these forces and require different repair methods to ensure structural integrity is maintained and water is managed effectively. We see the same general types of foundations in use regardless of whether you are in New Jersey, Connecticut or Massachusetts. Stone, concrete block and poured concrete are three of the most prevalent foundation construction types. The heavy stone walled foundations of Cambridge and Boston are very strong and easily resist the forces generated by water building up against them however the foundations of Cambridge and Boston are also more than 100 years old meaning water has likely had the time to work its way through into your basement or crawl space. In the counties surrounding Boston such as Norfolk County, Middlesex County and even further west in Worcester County you will find more of an even distribution of stone, concrete block and poured concrete foundation types. Each foundation type requires a different approach when it comes to solving a structural or water infiltration problem. The extreme winter weather conditions in Massachusetts coupled with an average annual rainfall of 43.7 inches work together to continuously stress the foundations of Norfolk County, Middlesex County and Worcester County. For the most part they hold up nicely however when they do begin to fail you want to be sure that the waterproofing contractors you select understand the many foundation types and the many internal and external factors which impact the success of your project.
So whether you are looking for basement waterproofing in Massachusetts, crawl space encapsulation in Connecticut, foundation repair in New Jersey or mold remediation in Pennsylvania you can count on Value Dry being there to help identify the best solution for you.