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Permanently Waterproofing a Leaking Basement in Gambier, OH

Monday, July 31st, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


After living in her house for 15 years, a homeowner in Gambier, OH, started to notice a problem in her basement. Water seemed to be leaking inside the basement in the area where an addition was built next to the original walls. The home was 90 years old, and the addition was almost 20 years old.

Concerned with water damage and the potential for mold growth, the homeowner wanted to have this problem fixed once and for all. After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, she was eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help her address this problem.

She met with one of our inspectors who evaluated the condition of the basement. The inspector pointed out that the basement lacked a drainage system to take water away from the foundation, and he educated her on what causes a basement to leak. He then presented the owner with some of our trustworthy basement waterproofing solutions, and the impressed homeowner was eager to move forward with this project.


One of our crews then installed these solutions, which included the BasementGutter interior drainage system and SafeDri sump pump.

Once the basement’s perimeter was excavated and weep holes were drilled into the walls to allow water to escape, the BasementGutter system was placed in the sub-floor. BasementGutter is designed to accept seeping water from the walls through the lower weep holes, as well as the floor. Any water intercepted by the BasementGutter system is then directed to the SafeDri. Along with two powerful pumps inside the liner, the SafeDri’s external backup battery ensures the system’s continued operation even during power outages.

The SafeDri pumps seeping water out of the basement and away from the home’s foundation. A FreezeGuard was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line to allow this draining water to continue to exit from the pipe even if the pipe freezes or becomes blocked.

Additionally, a dehumidifier also was installed in the basement. This powerful, yet energy-efficient unit cleans and filters the air, controls moisture and humidity, and reduces odors and the potential for mold growth. Another unique feature of this dehumidifier is that it self-drains into the BasementGutter system, so there are no buckets to empty like conventional dehumidifiers.

The homeowner can rest easier knowing these reliable solutions have helped her create a safer and healthier living environment.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard


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