Dry Guys Basement Systems Case Studies: Flooding Stopped At The Abbey In Cape May, New Jersey

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jesse Cecola


Built-in 1869, The Abbey is one of the most photographed buildings in Cape May and is a historical Gem. It was first a bed and breakfast and the summer home of Senator John McCreary. The Abbey has gone through several changes in its lifetime with changes in plumbing and the integration of electricity. Unfortunately, not much had been done to waterproof the home's crawl space. Our System Designer Ian went to Cape May to inspect the historic structure. A weak drainage system had caused parts of the crawl space to flood which was also affected by the home's close proximity to the shore. Odors from the crawl space were also noticeable. This was due to mold growth from the dark and damp environment. These kinds of issues not only hurt the value of the property but affect the living quality of its occupants and the sooner they are corrected, the better.


When the Dry Guys team arrived at The Abbey, the team began clearing out the debris from the flooding and fallen insulation. Once the area clean and ready, the stone was delivered and spread throughout the crawl space. This served as a base to install our CleanSpace Drainage Matting product. Our matting is designed to allow water to flow below it without it affecting the humidity in the crawl space! Our TripleSafe Sump Pump System was then installed. This system includes 2 powerful sump pumps, a battery backup, and an alarm to signal the home's occupants if the system malfunctions. To control the humidity to prevent future mold growth and reduce odors, the SaniDry Dehumidifier was also installed. This is a self-draining system that also purifies as it dehumidifies, improving the air quality for the home. With these products working together, the Abbey finally has a waterproofing system it can rely on to continue its legacy!

Project Summary

Crew Member: Ian Rock

Crew Member: Jesse Bair

Crew Member: Jonathan Riesco Caro

Crew Member: Mason Bready

Crew Member: John Richards

System Designer: Ian Gattuso

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