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Ohio Basement Authority Case Studies: Exterior Drainage System is Updated to Keep a Leaking Basement Dry in Powell, OH

Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


Homeowners in Powell, OH, have lived in their house since it was built 11 years ago. During the last year, they have noticed what seemed to be an ongoing issue in their basement. Water was seeping inside a corner of the basement and leaving visible damage behind on the wall.

Even though they are unsure as to how long they plan to live in the house, the owners knew they did not want to have to keep dealing with a leaking basement. Hoping to find the right solution, the owners began to research how to best address this problem. They were motivated to contact Ohio Basement Authority to learn more about how we could help them.

The owners met with Inspector Jeff Floit who evaluated the leaking basement. He pointed out there was a downspout conductor line on the other side of the seeping foundation wall. This line was directed to drain water into the ground near the foundation. In this case, it is very easy for this draining water to find its way through porous block foundation walls and into the basement.


Jeff then recommended having one of our crews update the home’s 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 100 feet away from the home’s foundation to drain water into the yard at the edge of the property. The lines were placed in the ground, and the soil and grass were replaced to conceal the new, buried lines. The ends of these new lines also were concealed by YardWell outlets.

The homeowners are happy to have an updated exterior drainage system that will help keep their home dry.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: Jeff Floit

Products Installed: Downspout Conductor Lines, YardWell Outlets


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