A man recently purchased a home in Reynoldsburg, OH, with the intent of repairing the home and flipping it to sell to other owners. He was not entirely aware of the home’s condition, as it was a foreclosure property.
Once he formally assumed ownership of the property, the homeowner then began to renovate the house. Once drywall was removed, the owner noticed cracks in some of the foundation walls. These walls also were slightly tilting inward. Water also was leaking inside the basement, potentially through the cracking walls.
It is common for foundation walls to fail over time, mainly due to hydrostatic pressure exerted on the walls from saturated and expanding exterior soil. When the walls start to crack, water can easily find its way into the house and leave puddles and damage behind.
The owner wanted to make sure the house would be dry and structurally sound, so he began to research how to address the problematic basement. He contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company through online resources like Home Advisor. He met with Inspector Brendan Kent who thoroughly evaluated the basement’s condition. Brendan then presented the owner with some of our reliable foundation repair and basement waterproofing solutions.
The owner was eager for one of our crews to install these permanent solutions.
We first tackled the failing foundation walls by installing several Wall Anchors on the more severely damaged walls. These durable galvanized steel anchors not only reinforce the walls, their unique design also allows them to be tightened for wall improvement.
Other products with a similar function also were installed on either side of the basement’s fireplace – two 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 zinc-plated beams are protected from corrosion and damage. Like the wall anchors, these beams have the ability to be tightened to potentially improve and straighten the wall over time.
The basement also was waterproofed with the BasementGutter interior drainage system. The unique BasementGutter sits in the sub-floor on the footing to accept water from the floor and walls. This water is then directed to the SafeDri sump pump. Along with a powerful pump inside its liner, the SafeDri system is equipped with an external backup battery that ensures the system’s operation even when the power goes out. A FreezeGuard also was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line.
The homeowner now has peace of mind knowing these trustworthy repairs have helped create a living environment that will be safer and healthier for future owners.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Certified Inspector: Brendan Kent
Products Installed: Wall Anchors, IntelliBraces, BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard