Dry Guys Basement Systems Case Studies: This Home Was Saved From Collapsing in Millville, New Jersey

Friday, October 7th, 2016 by Jesse Cecola


Following the effects of Super Storm Sandy in 2012, this Millville, New Jersey, the home had experienced extensive foundation damage to the walls and floors of the basement. An engineer’s report stated the walls and floor would have to be replaced to ensure the safety of the South Jersey home.  The homeowner called Dry Guys after seeing our trucks and crews helping other families recover from the hurricane’s deadly forces. Due to the magnitude of the situation, the owner Dan Gattuso, went out to assess the situation. The stone wall in the corner of the basement had deteriorated and was falling apart due to the hydrostatic pressure put on the wall. It was visibly bowing and on the outside, a sinkhole had formed, showing the dirt had moved inward towards the home. In the basement, the brick flooring had begun to heave and the floodwaters had swept sand through the area, leaving large mounds throughout the space.


The Dry Guys team began by cleaning the sand out of the basement and removing the damaged brick flooring to be replaced with a concrete floor. Once the basement was cleared out, our team began to recreate the corner of the basement. This stopped further deterioration of the foundation wall due to the corner being the "hotspot" of the problem. The corner was cemented in and the attention was then directed to the floor. Our team laid down our patented CactusBoard Foundation Waterproofing System around the perimeter of the wall. This is to keep the basement dry by allowing water seepage from the wall to fall below the floor and disperse into the soil below. The concrete floor was poured and smoothed evenly, which completed the restoration. “The Dry Guys worked extremely hard to shore up my foundation from Hurricane Sandy and to prevent the groundwater from continuing to do damage,” said Rebecca, the homeowner. “I was amazed at the transformation of my basement from being a muddy mess to a place where I can once again store things and feel comfortable!”

Project Summary

Foreman: Elliot Gattuso

Salesman: Ian Gattuso

Crew Team: Ian Rock

Crew Team: Christan Stroughn

Crew Team: John E.

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