Older buildings come with their own quirks and necessity for maintenance projects.
During the last year of owning and operating a business in an almost 200-year-old house in Delaware, OH, the building owner noticed some issues with moisture and water in the basement near the corners of the structure. These also happened to be areas with gutter downspouts on the home’s exterior.
The owner wanted to make sure any water from the gutters and downspouts would not leak inside the house, so he began to research how to address these issues. He contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company online, and he met with one of our inspectors. Our rep evaluated the property and then recommended having one of our crews update the exterior drainage system.
One of our crews then upgraded the home’s exterior drainage system and downspout conductor lines.
One of the first steps was removing the bulky concrete downspout extensions situated just under the downspouts. Even though these pieces help direct water away from the house, it is not far enough away from the foundation and it could easily find its way through the foundation walls and into the basement.
The crew used durable 4” polyethylene pipe for the downspout conductor lines. These lines were secured to the ends of the gutter downspouts and directed approximately 100 feet away from the home’s foundation to drain water at the edge of the property. The lines were placed in the ground and the soil and grass was replaced to conceal the new, buried lines.
Along with redirecting the exterior drainage lines, the owner also was interested in addressing a musty basement with moisture issues. We installed the compact, energy-efficient dehumidifier to clean and filter the air, control moisture and humidity, and eliminate odors and the potential for mold growth.
The owner now has peace of mind knowing the updated drainage system will keep water out of and away from the building, and that the air quality will be improved by the new dehumidifier.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: Downspout Conductor Lines, Dehumidifier