Homeowners in Mount Gilead, OH, do not know what it is like to live in a house with a dry basement. Water has seeped into the basement since the day their house was built almost 15 years ago. The perimeter, corners, and other sections of the floor were constantly saturated with water, and it was difficult to store anything in the basement because it could easily be damaged.
There are several reasons why water seeps into homes, and they are largely due to the soil around the home. These include poor grading outside the foundation walls, a combination of backfilled and virgin soils, and hydrostatic pressure.
Hydrostatic pressure is the constant force exerted on the foundation wall by saturated soil. As precipitation wets the backfilled soil directly around the home, it expands and presses on the foundation walls. This continuous cycle takes its toll on the wall, and water will find its way inside though any possible cracks or openings around the walls, floor, and pipes. The most common way water enters a basement is through the foundation wall-floor joint.
The latter was the case in these particular homeowners’ house, and it has been an ongoing problem. They were ready to address this issue once and for all, so they began to research repair methods and companies. They contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company through online resources like Home Advisor. One of our inspectors completed a thorough evaluation of the home and presented the homeowners with several options that would permanently keep their basement dry.
Per our inspector's recommendations, one of our experienced basement waterproofing crews transformed the formerly wet basement.
To prevent any seeping water from saturating the entire floor, we installed the BasementGutter interior drainage system. This special system was placed in the sub-floor throughout the basement’s perimeter to intercept the water and drain it to the sump pump system.
The existing sump pump had begun to corrode and was showing obvious signs of failure. We replaced this system with the SafeDri Battery Back-up System. Along with a powerful pump, the SafeDri also features an exterior back-up battery that ensures the system’s continued operation even in the event of a power outage. This system was installed in the larger SafeDri Triple liner to allow for easy future system upgrades.
A FreezeGuard was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line to prevent flooding if the pipe would freeze or become blocked for any reason. This discharge line also was tied into new downspout conductor lines that were buried underground and directed to drain at the edge of the property.
The powerful, yet energy-efficient dehumidifier also was installed in the basement to clean and filter the air, as well as control humidity. This system is unique in its self-drainage into the new waterproofing system; there are no buckets to empty like with other conventional home dehumidifiers.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these reliable products have helped them create a healthier and safer living environment they will be able to enjoy for many years to come!
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard, downspout Conductor Lines