Basement Waterproofing Case Studies: Musty Smell in Wet Basement Repaired in Montville, NJ

Friday, May 15th, 2015 by Jairo A.


There was a strong, damp smell coming from the basement of this home in Montville, NJ. This homeowner was considering selling the home, and she would not have been able to sell the home with the basement in this condition. She was seeking a solution that would work from a company that she could trust. She contacted Quality 1st Basement Systems, and inspector Ron Michaels examined the condition of this wet basement. Ron found that the original builder of the home had used an antiquated trench system that did not allow the water to properly drain out of the home. Debris mixed with water in the basement located in the open trench had created mold and fungus which was the reason why the basement smelled.The basement walls were partially covered with efflorescence which is a white, chalky substance that formed on the concrete walls when moisture is present.


Quality 1st Basement Systems provided this homeowner with a long-term solution for the water in her basement. Pooling water in the basement not only causes health issues in the home, but it also reduces the property value. To fix this wet basement, the installation team from Quality 1st Basement Systems installed BrightWall basement wall panels to the wall to prevent the water seeping through the basement walls. This water is directed to this basement’s perimeter drainage system. The BrightWall basement panels also improve the appearance of the basement foundation walls and prevents water vapor from evaporating into the basement.

A SaniDry basement dehumidification system was set up to filter and purify the contaminated basement air down to two microns while lowering the relative humidity levels in this basement. This basement in Montville, NJ now has cleaner, fresher, and most importantly, healthy air. The homeowner was extremely satisfied with the job, and the team was greeted with a warm welcome at the door when we followed up after the completion of the job.

Project Summary

System Design Specialist: Ron Michaels

Primary Foreman: Wilver Cardoza

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