IntelliBrace Beams Help Stabilize and Straighten a Cracking, Tilting Wall in Westerville, OH

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

Homeowners in Westerville, OH, have lived in their house for several years. After recently removing some paneling and drywall in the basement, they discovered one of the walls was cracking and appeared to be slightly tilting inward. Water also was leaking into the basement in this area.

The owners wanted to address these issues once and for all, and they started to research how to permanently fix the problems. After hearing about Ohio Basement Authority, the owners were eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help them.

They met with one of our inspectors who evaluated the condition of the problematic foundation wall. This wall had two windows and was on the other side of a basement walk-out access point. It had a couple sections with significant gaps, as well. After presenting his findings with the owners, our inspector then discussed their goals for repair. He recommended some of our reliable foundation repair and basement waterproofing solutions.

Solution

Foreman Ryan Toledo and his crew then worked to stabilize and waterproof the basement.

The crew first completed what is called a dig and push project. They excavated the ground outside the 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.

The windows were blocked up, and the wall was stabilized with several IntelliBrace beams. These steel beams are fastened and secured to the floor joists. The beams are then plumbed against the wall as level as possible, and the bottom of the beams are anchored to the floor. These heavy-duty beams are zinc-plated beams 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 wall over time.

The basement also was waterproofed with the sub-floor BasementGutter interior drainage system and SafeDri sump pump. Any leaking water from the walls and floor will be intercepted by the BasementGutter system and directed to the SafeDri system. Equipped with two powerful pumps inside the liner, the SafeDri also features an external backup battery. The latter ensures the system will always operate to pump water out of the basement, even during power outages.

The homeowners are pleased to now have a safe, stable, and dry basement and home that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Foreman: Ryan Toledo

Products Installed/Scope of Project: Dig and Push, Block Windows, IntelliBrace System, BasementGutter, SafeDri

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