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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Columbus Family Experiences a Shock to Their System

Pictured are Brett and Alison Tinnes, and their son Oliver.

Brett and Alison Tinnes have been dealing with a lot, and a wet basement was the last thing they wanted to worry about.

They balance work and other daily activities, and enjoy raising their 7-month-old son, Oliver. But they are also coping with a major medical issue. On March 2, Alison was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.  It’s still hard to come to terms with this harsh reality, but they have found solace in family, friends, and the community.

The Community Lends a Helping Hand

Alison is a first grade teacher at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Galena, and various fundraising events have been held to benefit her throughout the Olentangy Local School District.

One fundraiser has been established on the site to collect donations that will be used to help with medical expenses.

Once Ohio Basement Authority learned about the Tinnes family’s story and these fundraising efforts, our staff immediately felt a call to action. We also found out Brett and Alison were in serious need of basement waterproofing.

Ohio Basement Authority Alleviates a Major Headache for the Tinnes Faimly

The couple bought their Columbus, OH, home eight years ago. Their expansive basement flooded within a few weeks of moving in, and again a few years after that. They worked with another company that installed a partial waterproofing system, but it failed numerous times.

The most recent time water saturated their basement, which they hope to use as a play area for Oliver, they were at their wit’s end. But Ohio Basement Authority stepped in to install a complete waterproofing solution. One of our expert crews installed the sub-floor BasementGutter drainage system throughout the basement. If any water seeps into their basement, the BasementGutter will intercept it and drain it into a sump pump that will pump it out of the basement and away from the home.

Ohio Basement Authority's crew works on clearing out the area that was excavated for the installation of BasementGutter.

Homeowner Brett Tinnes stands with his installation crew from Ohio Basement Authority.







This work was done free of charge so Alison and Brett can concentrate on facing these other challenges head-on and with a positive outlook.

The Tinnes' are Fighting Back with Optimism

“It is treatable, and we are very hopeful,” Brett said. “All of this has been overwhelming, but now we have peace of mind knowing the basement will be taken care of.”

Alison is currently being treated with chemotherapy, and will later undergo surgery. Now she can take comfort in knowing at the end of the day she can return home to a safe and dry environment in the home she’s always dreamt of for her family.

For more information and to donate to Alison’s fundraiser, Team Tinnes on, go to


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