Permanently Waterproofing a Leaking Basement in an Older Newark, OH, Home

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

During the many years that she has live in her house, a homeowner in Newark, OH, noticed a problem in her basement was not going away. Water leaked through the wall-floor joint in the basement of her almost 100-year-old house. This resulted in puddles on the floor and efflorescence and staining on the stone walls.

The owner plans to live in the house for the foreseeable future, so having a safe and dry living environment is very important to her. During her research for potential repairs, the owner came across information about Ohio Basement Authority on online resources like Home Advisor.

She met with Inspector Jacob Thomas who assessed the condition of the basement. During his inspection, Jacob noticed a partial crawl space with failing supports. The owner explained she noticed sagging floors above that same area. After discussing the owner’s goals with a repair project, Jacob then recommended some of our reliable basement waterproofing and foundation repair solutions.

Solution

Foreman Milton Castro and his crew then worked to improve the health and safety of the basement and crawl space areas.

The crew excavated the basement’s perimeter in order to install the BasementGutter drainage system. BasementGutter is specifically designed to sit in the sub-floor and atop the footing to accept draining water from the walls and floor. Any seeping water intercepted by the BasementGutter system is directed to drain to the SafeDri sump pump that was installed. Along with two powerful pumps inside the liner, the SafeDri also features an external backup battery. This battery ensures the system will always work to pump water out of the home, even during power outages.

Additionally, a section of French drain was installed in front of the basement stairs to also catch seeping water, and this section was tied into the BasementGutter system.

The stone walls also were covered with CrawlSeal liner. CrawlSeal typically is used for crawl space encapsulation projects, but it also has other practical uses. Any water that seeps into the basement through the walls will automatically run behind CrawlSeal and down to the BasementGutter system. CrawlSeal is 100% waterproof and it has an anti-microbial coating that prevents the growth and buildup of mold and mildew.

To address the areas of sagging floors and floor joists in the crawl space, supplemental steel beams were placed underneath the problematic joists. These beam were further reinforced by IntelliJacks that help stabilize and lift the sagging areas. These heavy-duty supports are made of galvanized steel for durability and resistance to rust, corrosion and rot. They are designed to prevent further settling, but they can easily be adjusted if any settling occurs.

The owner now has peace of mind knowing these trustworthy repairs are helping protect her forever home.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: Jacob Thomas

Foreman: Milton Castro

Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, CrawlSeal Wall System, Steel Supplemental Beams, IntelliJacks

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