Foundation Restoration in NJ & PA

MSE foundation restoration services are based on 12+ years of moisture mitigation experience. While many companies will quickly move to sell the higher-priced services, MSE will discover the true nature of the problem and only offer solutions that will address your specific issues.

The MSE inspector will ask the home or business owner a minimum of 10 questions and based on the answer to those questions will develop a customized plan. Factors like the age of the home, type of foundation, how the basement is used, and the outside topography all play a vital role in customizing the appropriate mitigation plan.

In New Jersey where water tables can be extremely high and close proximity to a lake, stream or river is common, basements and crawl spaces are under a constant attack from the outside. Foundations in these high water table areas often have never been properly sealed and/or maintained, however after the recent pandemic and so many homeowners now working at home, many folks are looking to maximize every square foot of their home and that often leads to restoring the foundation and the basement overall.  

In Pennsylvania the water table is not typically as high as New Jersey, however, because of the fact that the entire Philadelphia Metro region is in a valley, heavy precipitation events often cause flooding that quickly overtakes most homes’ ability to withstand the torrent. In the past 10 years, there have been more 50 and 100-year storms recorded than in the past 50 years combined. A recent development in masonry technology allows us to resurface masonry foundations with a process called Hydraulic Mortar Resurfacing. This process uses a latex fortified mortar that essentially mixes traditional mortar with rubber and these two materials combined to create a barrier with a very high PSI resistance. PSI resistance refers to Pounds Per Square Inch. We can achieve a PSI rating of 20 with this process and that figure was unheard of only 15 years ago.

Common Signs You Need Foundation Restoration

The most typical sign that you need foundation restoration is cracking, crumbling, and peeling paint or sealant. The wall basically looks bad and is constantly depositing masonry dust and debris onto your floors. Other signs your foundation is in need of restoration are water penetration during precipitation events, yellow/brown surface staining, and efflorescence which is a white chalky-looking substance that is actually composed of salt. This white material is often mistaken for mold. If you go to a box store and buy waterproofing paint and simply apply it over the existing dilapidated paint, it will quickly turn yellow and begin to fail. This is because most foundations require more than a simple latex-based waterproofing service.

Foundation Restoration Cost & Timeline

While every situation is different, a good rule of thumb for a complete foundation restoration is $20-$30 per square foot. So if your foundation walls measure 30 feet around and 7 feet high, the cost will be between $4200 and $6300 for the service. This same example size would take 3-5 days to complete. For lesser projects where hydraulic mortar resurfacing is not necessary the cost would be more in line with $15-25 per square foot so the same example of 30 feet around and 7 feet high would be between $3150 and $5250 for the service.  These projects are typically completed in 2-3 days from start to finish. 

Foundation Restoration FAQs

How do you remove mold from concrete foundation?

The ideal way to remove mold from a concrete foundation is by using an EPA-certified fungicide. Never use water or diluted bleach to clean mold as it will only make the situation worse.

Consult Moisture Science if you have mold in your concrete because we will test to see if the problem has spread, we will also investigate to find the source of the issue and work to resolve it so it doesn’t return.

What are the first signs of foundation problems?

For foundation problems, you should not overlook the signs mentioned below as these will generally arise first at the beginning of foundation problems: Cracks are found near the doors and windows, besides walls or floors, among the columns. Windows or doors found to be sticking while causing a problem while opening them. You should always consult with a professional when you think you may have a foundation problem that will allow moisture to enter.

Will mold come back after remediation?

If the primary source of moisture is not addressed then mold-associated problems will arise again. An application of bleach or other superficial cleanings to the affected area will not prevent the mold from returning at a later time.

Make sure mold remediation to your foundation is done correctly by a trained technician. Contact Moisture Science to complete your foundation restoration.