Before selling a house, it is important to address any repair projects like foundation repair or basement waterproofing. A contractor who wanted to help his mother sell her longtime home in Marysville, OH, knew the property’s leaking basement and cracking, tilting walls needed attention.
The contractor discussed this with his realtor who recommended having Ohio Basement Authority take a look at the issues and complete the repairs. Eager to learn more about how we could help him, the contractor contacted us and met with Inspector Andy Kennedy. Andy then completed a thorough evaluation of the problematic basement. While doing so, Andy found that there were several areas of puddles on the floor where water leaked inside, the existing sump pump obviously was failing to keep up with this seeping water, various areas of the walls were severely cracking and tilting inward, and some areas of the walls had steel supports that were not properly installed or helping to stabilize the walls.
Foreman Ben O’Bryant and his crew then installed these products that included IntelliBrace beams, Carbon Fiber supports, the BasementGutter interior drainage system, SafeDri sump pump and exterior FreezeGuard and YardWell attachments.
The crew first completed what is known as a dig and push project. They carefully excavated the earth directly outside the most problematic foundation wall and then pushed this wall back to as level as possible. Dampproofing was then applied to the exterior wall to prevent moisture intrusion and the soil was backfilled into the trench that was dug for this project.
Inside the basement, the crew reinforced the walls with IntelliBrace beams and Carbon Fiber supports. Both of these solutions permanently stabilize the walls where they are installed and help protect the walls from any further cracking or inward bowing.
The Carbon Fiber supports were placed on the less severely cracking walls, and the IntelliBrace beams were installed on the walls with significant movement. These heavy-duty beams are zinc-plated so they are protected from corrosion and damage, unlike the other metal and wooden supports that were failing to stabilize the walls. Another unique feature with this system is the ability to tighten the beams during dry seasons to potentially improve and straighten the walls over time.
The basement was then waterproofed with the BasementGutter interior drainage system and SafeDri sump pump. The sub-floor BasementGutter system intercepts any seeping water from the walls and floor, and this water is then directed to the SafeDri. The SafeDri features two powerful pumps inside the liner, as well as an external backup battery to ensure the system will always operate to pump water out of the basement. We installed the SafeDri inside the larger SafeDri Triple liner to allow for easy future upgrades. Additionally, a FreezeGuard was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line to prevent flooding, and Yardwell outlets were used to conceal the ends of the discharge lines in the yard.
The contractor was pleased these trustworthy repairs were completed, and he can confidently put the house on the market now that its health and safety has been ensured.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Inspector: Andy Kennedy
Foreman: Ben O'Bryant
Products Installed/Scope of Project: Dig and Push, IntelliBrace System, Carbon Fiber Supports, BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard, YardWell