About Us

Ohio Basement Authority is your local waterproofing and foundation repair expert in the greater Columbus and Cincinnati areas.

About Our Company

Ohio Basement Authority, founded in 2009, is a subsidiary of Groundworks, a family of companies that offers superior, proven solutions for your foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and dehumidification needs. As a BBB accredited company, BBB Torch Award for Ethics recipient, and Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, OBA focuses on providing the highest quality solutions backed by long-term warranties.

We are a fully licensed and insured contractor, and our team has decades of repair experience. We devote our years of experience, industry knowledge, and specialized training to help customers protect their homes or commercial buildings from water damage and foundation failure.

Whether you need to repair your leaky basement or crawl space, or your foundation is in need of structural repair, no job is too big or too small. Our focus is to find a permanent solution that will repair your problem and fit within your budget. No matter what needs you have, you can count on us for a quality solution and outstanding customer service.

We maintain offices in Columbus and Cincinnati. We serve Columbus, Springfield, Mansfield, as well as Westerville, Newark, Lancaster, Zanesville, Chillicothe, Marion, Dublin, and nearby. Check out our full service area in Ohio.


Service You Can Trust

We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and HomeAdvisor.

Super Service Award from Angie’s List for outstanding customer service

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Member of the National Association of Home Inspectors


About the Founder

Owner Doug Secrest
Founder Doug Secrest

As the proud founder of Ohio Basement Authority, Doug is a 20-year veteran of the basement waterproofing and foundation repair industry. Doug is also a fourth-generation foundation specialist who perfected his trade while working for reputable companies as Installation Manager and Vice President/Co-Owner. Doug oversaw many duties including installation, production, quality control, and developmental growth.

In 2005, Doug received national recognition by becoming a Certified Waterproofing Specialist through the NAWSRC (National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors). He holds a City of Columbus General Contracting License, Home Improvement License as well as a Sewer and Water License. Doug has completed extensive training and certification in various aspects of waterproofing and foundation repair by well-known organizations.

In 2019, Doug saw endless potential for Ohio Basement Authority and its dedicated team, and decided to partner with Groundworks Companies.

“I am excited about what this partnership means for the teams,” he said. “Groundworks has repeatedly demonstrated that it can deliver significant growth through superior products and services to the companies it acquires. That growth, combined with being part of a larger company, opens up entirely new career paths for OBA employees. The newly-found freedom to grow this provides us is energizing and allows us to go from good to great.”

Our Vision

Our mission is to establish Ohio Basement Authority as Ohio’s most reliable and respected company. We strive to provide a high level of WOW customer service to each other and our customers by conducting our business in an honest manner with the highest level of integrity.

What Makes Us Different?

Do you have a wet basement or damp crawl space? Are your foundation walls cracked or bowing from foundation settlement? We can meet all of your needs and have the professional experience and training to handle a variety of below-grade problems!

We use proven, industry-leading products to get the job done right the first time. Our team receives ongoing professional training on the best practices in the basement, crawl space, and foundation repair industries.

Ohio Basement Authority provides a transferable warranty on most of our work. Even if you sell your home, the warranty will be passed on to the new owner!

Before we make any repairs, our experts will inspect your home and provide free, no-obligation estimates on all suggested work.

Our Customers Trust Us

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From the initial consultation with Matt F., to the installation crew of Casey J., Bret B., and Allen-Michael T., they were all prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable.

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We Make Home Repairs & Improvements Simple

During your Free Estimate, our waterproofing and foundation specialists can answer any questions you may have about your wet basement, crawl space, or foundation damage.

Our free quotes include:

  • A personal, on-site inspection: Our experts will inspect your home to identify sources of flooding, moisture, or foundation settlement, and explain the problem in depth.
  • Customized solutions: We understand that no two problems are the same and every home is different. That’s why we work with you to create a plan for repairs and products that meet your specific needs and budget.