Keeping Your Dayton-Springfield Basement or Crawl Space Dry
Dayton tends to see plenty of rain during the spring and summer. This then can lead to your basement or crawl space facing constant leaks or flooding. This definitely can be a pain that no homeowner wants to deal with, but, unfortunately, placing a bucket under small leaks is not a good solution for these problems. You need a waterproofing repair solution that will ensure that your basement or crawl space will never flood again.
Ohio Basement Authority’s drainage systems and sump pumps will keep your Dayton or Springfield basement dry no matter what the weather! Our interior drainage systems can collect any water that tries to seep through and redirect it to a powerful sump pump, which will then transfer this water out to a storm drain or trench away from your home. These drains are specifically installed along the wall and floor joint of these spaces, which is where water is most likely to gather in your home.
The pipes of these systems will never clog with debris or ice, so you do not have to worry about this system overflowing and flooding your basement or crawl space all over again. Both the drainage systems and the sump pump will work hard to waterproof your Dayton or Springfield home against any wet weather!
Repairing and Protecting Shifted, Settled, or Cracked Dayton-Springfield Foundations
The foundation is perhaps the most important structure in your entire home. It keeps your Dayton or Springfield house from settling into the soil around it and ensures that it stays upright no matter how harsh the weather becomes outside. If your foundation becomes damaged, then the rest of your home is sure to follow suit soon enough. You might notice your floor starting to sag or bounce in places, your doors and windows may be harder to open or close, or even the walls of your house starting to crack or bow inward.
All that damage can be extremely costly to repair. Keeping up with foundation maintenance is, therefore, crucial to your home’s overall health, but where do you begin? Ohio Basement Authority can offer your Dayton or Springfield home a free foundation inspection! Our experts will be able to accurately assess the extent of the damage and offer you a free quote on all our powerful foundation repair solutions, too.
From our various piers systems, wall anchors, carbon fiber wall straps, and our SettleStop IntelliBrace™ I-beam system, you can trust that your Dayton or Springfield home will be fully repaired and braced against both current and future moisture damage!
Lifting and Stabilizing Concrete Structures Around Your Dayton-Springfield Home
You will have plenty of concrete structures around your Dayton or Springfield home, including your sidewalk, your driveway, the walkway leading up to your home, and your backyard patio. All these structures can easily fall prey to settling or cracking issues that you should not ignore whatsoever. Concrete damage might spread down to your foundation, which can create even more infrastructural issues all around your home. It can seem like all this damage is too much to handle, but, fortunately, Ohio Basement Authority’s repair solutions can help!
Our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ injection foam repair solution can not only lift the concrete slabs above but also stabilize the supporting soil as well! Dayton has a mix of sand, clay, and silt soils. The latter of which is far more prone to washing out during a storm than more compact soils. This then can cause your concrete slabs to become uneven and settle further into the remaining soil, shift around, or even crack apart altogether. The foam will fill in the cracks, holes, and other damage, lifting and stabilizing your slabs again with ease. You do not have to worry about any harmful chemicals leaching into your soil, either. SettleStop PolyRenewal™ is made of eco-friendly materials that will not affect your landscaping or your Dayton or Springfield home’s lawn whatsoever!
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About Waterproofing, Foundation Repair, & Crawl Spaces in the Dayton-Springfield Metro Area
The sump pump is the key component in our thorough drainage system. All the water that the pipes of the interior drainage system collect will eventually flow through to it. The complex float system will detect when enough water has entered its system before activating on its own. No need to turn it on yourself in the middle of a storm! You will also know when the system has activated thanks to the alarm system. The alarm will typically sound whenever the pump turns on as well as when it is low on battery. This backup battery ensures that the system will not suddenly shut down if your power goes out in the middle of a storm.
Another great benefit to our sump pumps is the fact that it is encased in a solid cast-iron. Many cheaper sump pumps are made of plastic and tend to burn out and even melt when they are the least bit overworked. Our sump pumps will continue to pump away thousands of gallons of water without any trouble whatsoever, even during a harsh Dayton or Springfield storm. You can rely on our sump pumps to keep your basement or crawl space completely dry no matter what the weather!
The sump pump will then deposit all the water it collects out to a nearby storm drain or drainage trench away from your home. It will not require much maintenance whatsoever, other than the occasional changing of its battery. Even then, that should be left to the basement or crawl space experts.
Piering systems can be quite confusing to those who are not familiar with the various foundation repair systems we have available. Basically, these systems are long, galvanized steel rods that are driven into the deeper layers of soil underneath your foundation to act as additional support against any damage it might face. The rods then transfer the compact strength of the soil to the underside of your foundation. These piers can also potentially lift the foundation back towards its original position as well as close any cracks that have formed in the foundation.
Ohio Basement Authority can provide your Dayton or Springfield home with different piers systems. Our two most commonly used systems are helical piers and push piers. The main difference between the two lies in how they are installed under your home. Helical piers have spiral-like attachments along the bottom that make it easier for the expert to hydraulically drill them down into the deeper layers of soil. They then are attached to your foundation via a sturdy bracket. The entire system then should be able to brace your foundation against any future settling or washout that may occur in the future.
Push piers are manually pushed into the soil by our experts rather than drilled in. These piers are typically used in Dayton or Springfield homes with loose soils since our experts are better able to push them through to the much stronger soil underneath. Additionally, both pier systems will not be visible from the outside, nor will they disrupt your landscaping, your lawn, pipes, or other parts of your home. That way, you can fully benefit from these systems without them interfering with your home’s overall aesthetic.
All cracks, no matter how small, can present a threat to the surrounding concrete and your Dayton or Springfield home as a whole. Of course, you might be too busy to deal with every single threat of damage your home already faces, so it is important for you to know which cracks can be left alone for a short period of time and which must be repaired as soon as possible.
Hairline cracks are any cracks that measure less than 1/8 inch wide and will not pose much of a threat to your foundation nor the surrounding concrete. The same can be said for cracks that measure anywhere between 1/8 to 1/4 inches wide, though you should still keep a close eye on these in case they expand outward even further. Of course, even if you can leave these cracks alone for a short period of time, it is important that you set up an appointment with a concrete expert as soon as you can to repair these cracks. Expanding cracks are often ignored, which can result in easily preventable foundation damage.
Any cracks that measure wider than 1/4 inch wide must be repaired as soon as possible. Not only can the damage spread out to the surrounding concrete, but also it can extend down to the foundation as well. Moisture, washed-out soil, and plenty of other issues can easily cause these cracks to expand or spread out further, so it is important for you to not just maintain the concrete, but the supporting soil, too. Ohio Basement Authority’s SettleStop PolyRenewal™ solution can repair both, all while closing any cracks or holes in just 15 minutes! You will be able to walk along your concrete slabs the same day we implement repairs!
The encapsulation process consists of four key components: waterproofing with an interior drainage system and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and dehumidifiers. Having all four of these systems combined can ensure that this space will never face moisture issues again. The interior drainage system and sump pump will cut off any leaks or floods from infiltrating this space, instead redirecting it far away from your home. The vapor barrier will encompass the entire crawl space, preventing any groundwater, mold, mildew, or pests from getting inside. The antimicrobial additive this barrier is coated in will also prevent mold or mildew from growing along the outside surface as well.
Contractors once believed that leaving open vents around a Dayton or Springfield home’s crawl space would help to circulate dry air around this space. Unfortunately, it also lets in more moisture, mold, pests, and other issues into the crawl space as well. This is why you need to seal off your crawl space after all other repairs are implemented. Our sturdy vent covers will completely cover up any open vents.
Before we close off your crawl space completely, however, we will first install one of our powerful dehumidifiers first. These dehumidifiers can keep the air inside circulated and fresher than before, all while filtering out any humidity that manages to creep through. Because your HVAC system may also be installed within the crawl space, you might also feel the air around your home as a whole is a whole lot cleaner, too. With our sump pumps handling any large floods, the vapor barrier and vent covers blocking off moisture, and the dehumidifier taking care of any humidity, you can count on this process to keep your crawl space totally dry!
Ohio Basement Authority can offer your Dayton or Springfield home a wide variety of foundation repair solutions. You might do your own research into these solutions and find our carbon fiber wall straps and the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ I-beam system. Both can help to stabilize and brace your foundation against future moisture damage, though they will work in slightly different ways.
Carbon fiber wall straps are mainly used to stabilize your foundation wall against any moisture that tries to bow the wall inward. You might not think much of our carbon fiber wall straps at first glance. Carbon fiber is actually one of the strongest man-made materials in the world, being at least 10 times stronger than steel. Its lightweight nature does not mean that it will not be able to brace your foundation wall against outside pressures, either. It can brace against the toughest pressure with ease. When applied to your foundation wall with our tough epoxy resin, it becomes that much stronger. Once these straps are firmly secured to your wall, you do not have to worry about any more future repairs.
Our SettleStop IntelliBrace™ system, on the other hand, will actively push back against any bowing damage your foundation may face. Each I-beam is attached to your wall via heavy braces along the top and bottom of each beam. The top braces are then slowly tightened over time to repair your bowed-in foundation wall. This tightening process should only be performed routinely by our experts. Tightening the brace too much can cause the wall to crack while not tightening enough can cause the bowing to become worse. Either way, this damage is never a good sign.
Many homeowners will be able to recognize the more obvious sign of uneven concrete, that being some slabs sinking further into the soil more than others. These uneven slabs can present more than a dangerous tripping hazard, however. Uneven slabs can also indicate that your foundation may be severely damaged, or at the very least, it will be soon. Concrete damage can easily spread down to the foundation and vice versa, so it is almost impossible for the average Dayton-Springfield homeowner to tell which occurred first.
Of course, uneven concrete can sometimes be difficult to spot, especially if this settling or cracking is subtle. That does not make it okay for Dayton or Springfield homeowners to continue to neglect any obvious concrete damage. Fortunately, there is a simple way to tell if your concrete slabs are uneven. You will first have to wait for a storm to pass over your home, or you may even wash your concrete yourself just to test this out. Basically, even concrete will have puddles form on it during a storm, but these puddles should not linger. Instead, water along even concrete should flow down to a nearby drain and be completely dry days after the storm has passed. If you still notice pools of water around your concrete a few days later, then this can be a sign that your concrete has become uneven.
Watch out for these signs every now and then, so you know when to call an expert at Ohio Basement Authority for help. Our experts can provide a free concrete inspection, and pinpoint where the problems lie, even if you are not able to spot them yourself. Setting up an appointment with us is easy. We are available anytime you may need us!
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From the initial experience with Joe Dials, to the work completed by Steven Blackburn, Daniel H., Jose M. (basement), Jamie, Chase, Jeremiah (stairs) and Dan Longfellow, aka Cowboy (electrical), this has been an extremely pleasant experience in a very stressful situation.It's been a very long time since I have worked with a company with the level of professionalism and compassion that these gentlemen displayed.View Diana Fulmer's Review
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Ohio Basement Authority
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