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Fixing and Protecting a Leaking Basement with Cracking Walls in Urbana, OH

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


During the 13 years that they have lived in their house, homeowners in Urbana, OH, have noticed some glaring issues in their basement were only getting worse over time. The basement was damp and wet, and water leaked inside during periods of heavy rain. The basement has had a certain unpleasant odor since day one, and some areas of the foundation walls were cracking.

The basement was partially finished and used for storage, laundry and some entertainment space. The owners wanted to gut and remodel the basement to create a fun hang-out area, but they knew they needed to ensure the home’s health and safety before tackling any other projects.

The owners researched various repairs, and they contacted Ohio Basement Authority after finding us online. They were eager to meet with one of our inspectors to learn more about how we could help them. Inspector John Dean performed a thorough assessment of the 67-year-old house, and he then recommended some of our reliable basement waterproofing and foundation repair solutions that would fix and protect their home.


Foreman Rich Pomales led his crew in installing these products that included the BasementGutter interior drainage system and SafeDri sump pump.

BasementGutter is designed to sit in the basement’s sub-floor, resting on the footer. This way, the system can catch any water that seeps through the walls and floor. This water is then directed to the SafeDri Battery Backup system. The SafeDri is equipped with two powerful pumps inside its liner, as well as an external backup battery. This ensures the system will continue to operate to pump water out of the basement even in the event of power failure. This system also was installed in the larger SafeDri Triple liner to allow for easy future upgrades.

Along with installing these pieces inside the basement, we also helped waterproof the home from the outside as well. A FreezeGuard was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line to allow water to continue to escape even if the line freezes or becomes blocked. This discharge line also was tied into new downspout conductor lines that were installed on the property.

Because moisture and odors were other top concerns of the homeowners, we also installed a dehumidifier in the basement. This unit helps clean and filter the air, control moisture and humidity, and reduce odors and the potential for mold growth. The compact, yet powerful and energy-efficient model also drains into the BasementGutter system so there are no buckets to empty.

The basement’s foundation walls also were permanently stabilized with many Carbon Fiber supports. These sturdy supports are adhered to the walls with epoxy resin, and they hold the walls in their current positions. They also prevent any further cracking or potential inward bowing. The Carbon Fiber straps may not be aesthetically pleasing, but their low profile makes them ideal to use when considering basement finishing. They can easily be covered by paint, drywall, or other materials.

The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these trustworthy solutions have helped create a healthy and stable forever home.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: John Dean

Project Foreman: Rich Pomales

Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard, Downspout Conductor Lines, Carbon Fiber Supports


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