The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Allenhurst, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Allenhurst
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Allenhurst:
The "Clay Bowl" Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
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NJ property taxes: These 25 towns charge the least on $3M homes
With beachfront views and large, luxurious homes, Deal's average residential property value of $3,042,186 was the highest in the state last year, at least according to New Jersey property tax records.And the property taxes on that average Deal home — $19,757 for 2021 — might also seem pretty hefty.Then again, Deal's average property tax bill might sound like, well, a deal for taxpayers in South Orange, where the tax bill is $19,759 for a home with the average residential assessment, which is about 20%...
With beachfront views and large, luxurious homes, Deal's average residential property value of $3,042,186 was the highest in the state last year, at least according to New Jersey property tax records.
And the property taxes on that average Deal home — $19,757 for 2021 — might also seem pretty hefty.
Then again, Deal's average property tax bill might sound like, well, a deal for taxpayers in South Orange, where the tax bill is $19,759 for a home with the average residential assessment, which is about 20% of the price for the average Deal home.
In fact, a home with a $3 million tax assessment in South Orange would have paid $101,528 in property taxes, with nearly 60% of that bill going towards schools alone.
The same is true across New Jersey. Say you could buy a $3 million home in any town in the Garden State. The tax bill could range as low as $13,600 to $211,500.
And often, the places that offer the lowest property taxes on your $3 million purchase are tony, beachside communities, some of which only pay a fraction of their bills toward funding schools.
Here's a look at the towns that would have the lowest property tax bill on a $3 million home. The full list is in a searchable database at the bottom of the page.
If you bought a $3 million home, taxes would be
25. West Cape May, Cape May County
24. Beach Haven, Ocean County
23. Rockleigh, Bergen County
22. Ship Bottom, Ocean County
21. Avon, Monmouth County
20. Longport, Atlantic County
19. Harvey Cedars, Ocean County
18. Alpine, Bergen County
17. Cape May, Cape May County
16. Barnegat Light, Ocean County
15. Surf City, Ocean County
14. Ocean City, Cape May County
13. Bay Head, Ocean County
12. Long Beach Township, Ocean County
11. Loch Arbour, Monmouth County
10. Lavallette, Ocean County
9. Mantoloking, Ocean County
8. Allenhurst, Monmouth County
7. Sea Girt, Monmouth County
6. Deal, Monmouth County
5. Sea Isle, Cape May County
4. Stone Harbor, Cape May County
3. Spring Lake, Monmouth County
2. Cape May Point, Cape May County
1. Avalon, Cape May County
How we did this
We looked at what the taxes would be for a home purchased at $3 million, which is roughly the average home price in Deal, which had the state's highest average residential home values in 2021.
But some towns haven't had a revaluation — which sets the tax value for each property in a town — in years or decades. We used a state formula to adjust the values to make an apples-to-apples comparison across towns. We then applied the tax rates for each town.
We also eliminated former federal Mutual Ownership Defense Housing Division communities of Winfield and Audubon Park, where, because of their unique nature, it's not possible to buy a house.
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Susanne Cervenka covers Monmouth County government and property tax issues, winning several state and regional awards for her work. She's covered local government for 15 years, with stops in Ohio and Florida before arriving in New Jersey in 2013. Contact her at @scervenka; 732-643-4229; [email protected].
These are the N.J. places where the average home price is more than $1M
If you think homes in New Jersey are expensive, you’re right. There are now nearly three dozen places in the Garden State where the average home price exceeds $1 million.Those prices are based on 15% growth statewide in 2021, according to data from The Otteau Group.The average price of a single family home in New Jersey in January 2022 was $551,028, according to New Jersey Realtors.But home sales in the $1 million to $2.5 million price range increased by 27% in 2021 — the largest increase of any price categor...
If you think homes in New Jersey are expensive, you’re right. There are now nearly three dozen places in the Garden State where the average home price exceeds $1 million.
Those prices are based on 15% growth statewide in 2021, according to data from The Otteau Group.
The average price of a single family home in New Jersey in January 2022 was $551,028, according to New Jersey Realtors.
But home sales in the $1 million to $2.5 million price range increased by 27% in 2021 — the largest increase of any price category, according to data from The Otteau Group.
That was due to trade-up buyers who finally entered the frenzied pandemic real estate market — existing homeowners in New Jersey who wanted to move into larger homes.
“There was lots of uncertainty about job security during the pandemic,” said Jeffrey Otteau, a real estate economist and president of the Otteau Group. Trade-up buyers were also “reluctant to bring strangers into their homes due to the risk they might bring the virus with them.”
“Existing homeowners sheltered in place,” he said. “That’s changed.”
Nationally, the number of cities where home values exceeded $1 million almost tripled last year to 481 cities, according to Zillow. The New York metropolitan area now has 76 cities with homes valued over $1 million. And 34 of them are in New Jersey.
Of those, Monmouth and Ocean counties each had eight towns; Bergen and Cape May counties each had five; Somerset, Essex and Morris had two; and Union and Atlantic each had one.
In this data set, put together by Zillow, the state’s priciest zip code, according to Property Shark, did not rank number one.
Here are the 34 cities in New Jersey where the average home price exceeded $1 million, the average 2021 price and the percent it changed from 2020.
34. Spring Lake - $1,025,590, 18.2%
33. Fair Haven - $1,050,879, 19.7%
32. Summit - $1,058,551, 11.1%
31. Far Hills - $1,068,461, 11.8%
30. Ship Bottom - $1,092,674, 32.8%
29. Essex Fells - $1,118,343, 12.2%
28. Franklin Lakes - $1,130,303, 11.4%
27. Strathmere - $1,136,631, 31.3%
26. Chatham Township - $1,157,351, 16.1%
25. Sea Isle City - $1,189,462, 29.5%
24. Surf City - $1,192,288, 30.4%
23. Barnegat Light - $1,205,398, 34.2%
22. Longport - $1,215,718, 13%
21. Cape May Point - $1,266,419, 28.8%
20. Englewood Cliffs - $1,300,306, 9%
19. Bedminster Township - $1,333,749, 6.2%
18. Beach Haven - $1,363,059, 32.2%
17. Allenhurst - $1,419,994, 24.7%
16. Long Beach Township - $1,485,820, 33.5%
15. Harding Township - $1,500,986, 12.5%
14. Avon by the Sea - $1,596,194, 22.8%
13. Rumson - $1,654,426, 17.1%
12. Mantoloking - $1,668,216, 26.8%
11. Harvey Cedars - $1,695,412, 33.6%
10. Short Hills - $1,737,527, 9.7%
9. Sea Girt - $1,762,313, 20.3%
8. Bay Head - $1,876,807, 24.8%
7. Saddle River - $1,899,131, 8.3%
6. Rockleigh - $1,906,156, 19.3%
5. Loch Arbour - $2,335,045, 26.9%
4. Avalon - $2,372,632, 29.3%
3. Stone Harbor - $2,437,427 - 28.4%
2. Alpine - $2,570,406 - 7.1%
1. Deal - $2,774,545 - 26.3%
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From the kitchen to the garden: Chef Chris Mumford goes back to his roots
If you are ever looking for Chris Mumford, check the garden behind his Allenhurst home.Chances are good you will find him among the rows of lettuces, destined for the kitchens of local restaurants, and heirloom tomato plants, asparagus, peppers, Brussels sprouts and herbs of all kinds. He moves from one plant to the next, pointing out that the parsley needs nitrogen to mend its yellow leaves, and the tomatoes could use some warm weather.Two beehives buzz nearby; honey will be ready in the fall.Mumford, who...
If you are ever looking for Chris Mumford, check the garden behind his Allenhurst home.
Chances are good you will find him among the rows of lettuces, destined for the kitchens of local restaurants, and heirloom tomato plants, asparagus, peppers, Brussels sprouts and herbs of all kinds. He moves from one plant to the next, pointing out that the parsley needs nitrogen to mend its yellow leaves, and the tomatoes could use some warm weather.
Two beehives buzz nearby; honey will be ready in the fall.
Mumford, who gardened long before his 30-year career owning farm-to-table restaurants in Monmouth County, has turned his passion for growing food into a business. Hay Mumford launched last year, three years after closing Cafe Mumford's in Tinton Falls.
The 61-year-old grows more than 200 plants, including 74 varieties of tomatoes.
"It's a lot of work, but I'm ok with it," he said. "It's a joy. I'm just reinventing myself."
Potted fig trees pepper the garden; Mumford uses cutting from one plant to grow another. Any plants leftover after the season become compost.
"I come from the school where I don't throw anything out," he said, pointing to a bucket filled with rhubarb in need of a little TLC.
On Saturdays in May and early June, Mumford opens his home garden to the public. They buy leek, eggplant, onion, squash and beet plants for their own gardens, and maybe a bag of compost. He also sells his plants, which are grown from seed, at Asbury Fresh farmers markets in Asbury Park and Holmdel.
"Lots of commercial growers don't have this stuff," he said, flipping through a book he made to teach people about the tomato varieties they purchase: Indigo Kumquat, Lucky Tiger, Citron and Hillbilly, among them.
"... I'm trying to educate at the same time," said Mumford, whose shed is lined with buckets of worm castings and fish meal he'll give to customers whose gardens need help. "If I can get them to grow more, if I can get them to compost, if I could influence people to grow a little bit..."
Sarah Griesemer joined the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey in 2003 and has been writing all things food since 2014. Send restaurant tips to [email protected], and for more Jersey Shore food news, subscribe to our weekly Jersey Shore Eats newsletter.
Seashore Day Camp in Long Branch demolished, and here is what will replace it
LONG BRANCH - Seashore Day Camp, a fixture in the city for nearly a century before it was sold last year, is nearly gone.Not much was left of the property on Wednesday as construction crews have been tearing into the buildings all this week. A few walls and the entrance door to the main camp building were still partially up, leaving the former indoor gymnasium and its basketball hoops exposed to passersby.Seashore owner John Villapiano sold the camp to Philip Saada last year in March for a little more than $1 mil...
LONG BRANCH - Seashore Day Camp, a fixture in the city for nearly a century before it was sold last year, is nearly gone.
Not much was left of the property on Wednesday as construction crews have been tearing into the buildings all this week. A few walls and the entrance door to the main camp building were still partially up, leaving the former indoor gymnasium and its basketball hoops exposed to passersby.
Seashore owner John Villapiano sold the camp to Philip Saada last year in March for a little more than $1 million, according to Monmouth County property records. The summer camp had operated for 96 years and was very much part of the heart of the city. Last summer was its final season.
Saada, who splits his time between homes in Allenhurst and Miami, is in the planning stages of 15 townhouses. The property is 1.1 acres at the corner of Second and North Bath avenues, about two blocks from the ocean.
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City planner Nicholas A. Graviano said Saada is working on revisions to the plan and will go before the Planning Board, perhaps by the end of the summer, for final site plan approval.
Villapiono also owned and operated Seashore Day School on Broadway, a private school for elementary-age students. He closed the school permanently in June 2020, citing struggles to keep enrollment up.
He opened the school in 1974 and found a niche with all-day kindergarten, something that was not offered at the time in the public school system. However, the public schools have since caught up to him on that and his specialized curriculum. The COVID-19 pandemic was the final straw.
That property is under contract to be purchased and the city has created a redevelopment plan for the four-acre site, which calls for re-use of its historic structures, including the 1926-era Masonic Temple building, on the lot at 410 Broadway for apartments.
A large swath of the ball fields on the vacant lot bordering Morris Avenue will be donated to the city for a park.
When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected].
Inside a grand house of worship for Armenian diaspora at the Shore | Faith Matters
Ocean Avenue from the West End of Long Branch through Elberon and into Deal to Allenhurst can be considered the mansion mile. There are large, magnificent, often modern, homes. But none is as exquisite as St. Stepanos Armenian Church, which has housed a diaspora of Orthodox Armenians for 35 years.A famous New Jersey Armenian developer, Kevork Hovnanian, built it, covered the costs and established a property endowment fund in memory of his mother, Yester. A bas relief of her graces the narthex of the building along with a bust of Kevor...
Ocean Avenue from the West End of Long Branch through Elberon and into Deal to Allenhurst can be considered the mansion mile. There are large, magnificent, often modern, homes. But none is as exquisite as St. Stepanos Armenian Church, which has housed a diaspora of Orthodox Armenians for 35 years.
A famous New Jersey Armenian developer, Kevork Hovnanian, built it, covered the costs and established a property endowment fund in memory of his mother, Yester. A bas relief of her graces the narthex of the building along with a bust of Kevork. And he deserves it. The structure is self-contained with not only the beautiful church but offices, meeting rooms, a Sunday school, a large dining room and a commercial kitchen.
Its architecture is worth noting and is detailed on the church’s website. The architect, Ramon H. Hovsepian of Worcester, Massachusetts, used a brown, manmade stone that resembles tufa, a volcanic rock indigenous to Armenia. The trim on the exterior is copper with a slate roof. The pyramid-shaped dome rests on a 12-sided, drum-shaped structure of the nave symbolizing the 12 apostles. Made of gold anodized aluminum, it reaches 65 feet into the air.
There is a dark hue over the narthex and halls, which contrasts with the colorful nave and sanctuary dotted with icons and the rest of the spaces where people gather to learn, socialize and do good works.
What happens inside is what makes the pastor, the Rev. Daniel Karadjian, 64, glow.
“Our traditions are based upon vibrant worship services,” he said, “outreach ministries that have uplifted those who have found themselves among the least, the last and the lost.”
The church has six permanent deacons assisting the pastor. The Sunday divine liturgy runs 90 minutes to two hours in Armenian with Scripture readings also read in English.
Pre-COVID, about 55 people attended services on a regular basis, excluding the special feasts. Now about 30 do so, but the church continues to livestream the service and senior citizens tune in, adding some 50 more people. Religion classes run the same time as the service and the church offers Armenian language classes for children.
Karadjian has noticed that more young families with three and even four children are attending.
In all, 350 families are registered at the church with worshipers traveling from as far as Toms River and Bridgewater. The Long Branch church is the only Armenian church in the Shore area with others in Livingston, Fair Lawn and Tenafly. Hudson County’s Holy Cross is in Union City.
Deacon Chris Kesici, 43, of St. Stepanos said that most Armenians “live in diaspora” outside of Armenia after the Turkish genocide during World War I. Some 3 million remain in Armenia while most moved to the Middle East, Syria, Egypt and South America, among other places. He noted that many came to the United States for a better chance at jobs and some travel more than an hour to go to St. Stepanos.
In the pastor, they find a personable family man – he’s married with two sons – who bridges the spiritual with the social. Before entering the seminary in Jerusalem in 1991 at the age of 33, he was a drummer in a jazz band in Bulgaria, where he grew up. His church now hosts picnics, parties and socials, but he is most proud of their bake sales of Armenian delicacies at the holidays. Choreg is an Armenian bread and shekerbura and gata are Armenian versions of baklava.
Karadjian spent years as a priest in the Holy Land in historic churches such as the Holy Sepulchre and found it fascinating. Once he came to the States, he served in North Carolina and the Binghamton and Syracuse areas in upstate New York before coming to Long Branch in 2013 as St. Stepanos’ eighth pastor.
The first church on the spot was a converted mansion called St. Mary, built in 1957 and razed for the new one.
St. Stepanos is named for St. Stephen, the first declared Christian martyr and also the first deacon. They mark his feast day, Dec. 25, while their Christmas is celebrated on Jan. 6, also the feast of the Epiphany. A beautiful stained-glass window of St. Stephen is located above the sanctuary doors of the church reminding the parishioners that their painful past as Armenians has given them new life all around the world.
The Rev. Alexander Santora is the pastor of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, 400 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Email: [email protected]; Twitter: @padrehoboken.
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