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Permanently Waterproofing a 130-year-old Home in Johnstown, OH

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As they looked forward to living in Johnstown, OH, new homeowners fell in love with a charming house built in 1880. Upon moving all of their belongings into the house, particularly in the basement, they knew they needed to invest in some home improvement projects.

The basement was damp, had seeping water, and seemed to be an unhealthy area of the house. The vast basement with various nooks and crannies also had several areas with stone foundation walls and dirt floors.

The homeowners wondered how they could address these issues, but they found their answer in Ohio Basement Authority. They contacted us after seeing one of our TV ads, and Inspector Brendan Kent, who has a wealth of experience in the basement waterproofing industry, completed a thorough evaluation of the 136-year-old home.

It can be challenging to work with materials like stone walls and dirt floors, but we are able to meet these head-on. Brendan presented the homeowners with several basement waterproofing options that would help them create a healthier home.


Per Brendan’s recommendations, one of our expert installation crews, led by Foreman Manuel Inguil, installed the very best waterproofing solutions that will always keep the basement dry.

The basement’s perimeter was carefully excavated to install the sub-floor BasementGutter interior drainage system. If any water seeps into the basement, the BasementGutter system will intercept it and drain it to one of the two SafeDri Battery Backup Systems that were installed in the large basement. The external batteries attached to these systems ensure they will always work to pump water out of the basement, even if the power goes out. These systems also were installed inside the larger SafeDri Triple sump liners to allow for easy upgrades in the future if the homeowners choose. Sections of French drain also were installed in front of the doorways and tied into the BasementGutter system.

To help smooth out any rough surfaces, as well as aid in the waterproofing process, the areas of the basement with stone walls and dirt floors were covered with CrawlSeal liner. We normally use CrawlSeal in crawl space encapsulation projects, but this liner has other practical uses. CrawlSeal isolates the rest of the basement from the dirt floors and damp stone walls. Any seeping water will run behind the liner and to the waterproofing system. This durable liner also brightens the basement, helps insulate it, and serves as a vapor barrier.

Additional installations that will benefit the home include the dehumidifier. This powerful, yet energy-efficient dehumidifier cleans and filters the air, helps control humidity and moisture, and reduces odors. FreezeGuards were attached to the exterior sump pump discharge lines to prevent flooding if the lines freeze or become blocked. YardWell outlets also were attached to camouflage the ends of the buried discharge lines on the property.

The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these many reliable repair solutions will keep their basement dry and their home healthy for many years to come.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: Brendan Kent

Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, Dehumidifer, CrawlSeal, FreezeGuard, YardWell

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