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Waterproofing and Stabilizing a Basement in Need of Repair in Urbana, OH

Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


Not long after moving into their house, homeowners in Urbana, OH, noticed some issues in their new home. Some of the walls appeared to be cracking and tilting inward. There also was visible evidence of water intrusion and damage, as well as an inefficient sump pump.

Even though they have already moved their belongings into the house and made it their own, the homeowners wanted to make sure their living environment would be protected from water and structural damage.

They started to research potential repair options, and they were eager to contact Ohio Basement Authority for further guidance after finding information about our company online. They met with Inspector Jeff Floit who completed a thorough evaluation of the basement. He discussed his findings with the homeowners, as well as their repair goals, and he recommended some of our reliable basement waterproofing and foundation repair solutions.


Foreman Michael Gramly then led his crew in installing these products, which included Carbon Fiber supports, the BasementGutter and drainage pipe interior drainage systems, SafeDri sump pump, FloodRing, and FreezeGuard.

The cracking and tilting walls were first stabilized with several Carbon Fiber supports. These sturdy supports permanently stabilize the wall and hold it in its current position. They also prevent any further cracking or bowing in the areas where they are installed.

To install these supports, the areas of the walls where they will be placed are sanded down. This ensures the walls will be clean and that the Carbon Fiber supports will firmly adhere to the walls. Then, holes are knocked into the bottom courses of block along the path of the Carbon Fiber supports. Pieces of rebar, or reinforcing steel, are placed in these holes to anchor the bottom of the walls. The holes are then filled and patched with cement.

Once this cement is dry, strong epoxy resin is then applied to the walls and the Carbon Fiber strips. Small steel brackets are attached to the sill plate on the top of the wall to anchor the Carbon Fiber supports. Another coat of epoxy resin is applied to the straps to seal them against the walls.

These supports are dark in color, but their low profile allows them to easily be concealed by paint, drywall or other basement finishing materials.

The crew then waterproofed the basement with the BasementGutter interior drainage system and SafeDri sump pump. Once the perimeter of the basement floor was excavated, this special piping system was placed in the sub-floor and atop the footing. BasementGutter is designed to catch seeping water from the walls and floor, and this water is then directed to the SafeDri. Equipped with two powerful pumps inside the liner, as well as an external backup battery, the SafeDri will always work to pump water out of the basement.

A FreezeGuard was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line. This special attachment allows water being pumped out of the basement to continue to escape from the discharge line even if the line freezes or becomes blocked.

Additionally, a section of drainage pipe was installed in the floor in front of the basement’s walk-out access door. This system functions the same as BasementGutter, and it is connected to the BasementGutter system to drain any water that may seep in near the doorway. A FloodRing was placed on the floor around the bottom of the water tank to catch any potentially leaking water and direct it to the BasementGutter system, as well.

The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these trustworthy repairs will help enhance the health and safety of their living environment.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: Jeff Floit

Project Foreman: Michael Gramly

Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard, FloodRing, Carbon Fiber Supports


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