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Ohio Basement Authority Case Studies: Updated Exterior Drainage System will Keep a Home Dry in Westerville, OH

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


Homes are built to last, but that doesn’t mean they will not require maintenance and repair projects over time.

During the last few years, homeowners in Westerville, OH, have been dealing with a wet corner of the basement in the home that was built in the late 1960s. Water appeared to be continually leaking through this area, especially during heavy rains. This problem has been preventing them from re-finishing the basement, and they wanted to fix it once and for all.

The homeowners knew they could count on Ohio Basement Authority for the perfect solution, as we previously completed a foundation repair project of reinforcing a cracking wall with Carbon Fiber supports. The owners did not hesitate to contact us again with assistance in addressing the wet corner.

The homeowners again met with one of our inspectors who assessed the problematic area of the basement. He pointed out that the leaking corner was on the other side of a corner of the house where a downspout conductor line was located. Water from the gutter downspouts was most likely discharged into the ground by this corner, and then found its way through the porous block foundation wall and into the basement.


Our inspector recommended having one of our crews update the exterior drainage system.

One of our crews then installed new downspout conductor lines. The crew used durable 3” polyethylene pipe for the downspout conductor lines. These lines were attached to the ends of the gutter downspouts and directed approximately 88 feet away from the home’s foundation to drain water at the street side curb. The lines were placed in the ground, and the soil and grass were replaced to conceal the new, buried lines.

The homeowners are pleased to have an updated exterior drainage system, and they are happy repeat Ohio Basement Authority customers.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Products Installed: Downspout Conductor Lines


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