Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Beavercreek, OH
Foundation problems like a sinking foundation and cracked brickwork can be scary and frustrating as a homeowner. Check out our selection of solutions.
Out of sight, out of mind, right? That’s a dangerous attitude to take regarding your crawl space. Especially if anyone in the house suffers from asthma or allergies, the conditions in the crawl space could be contributing to sickness.
Ohio Basement Authority knows what it takes to keep your home dry. We provide the highest quality services and patented products that are custom designed to fit your home.
Why Homeowners Choose Ohio Basement Authority
Ohio Basement Authority, A Groundworks Company, has been helping homeowners throughout central and southern Ohio, as well as northern Kentucky, repair and protect their homes from foundation and water damage since 2009. We know how important your home is to you and your family, and it is important to us too. That is why we only install the best permanent basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling solutions.
OBA is proud to have an established reputation for high-quality work and personalized service. Thousands of homeowners trust our outstanding services and solutions, and we’ve got many positive reviews and awards like the BBB Torch Award for Ethics to prove it. Let us help you improve the health and safety of your home by contacting us today to book your free inspection and repair estimate.
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 Northern Kentucky 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!
Unfortunately, repairing leaks at home is not as simple as covering the leak and calling it a day. There is a reason why you should hire certain contractors to do this for you, as it can be very dangerous.
- Consequences of Improper Repairs
You may have heard of some DIYs that discuss how to repair leaks and cracks at home. However, some of these DIYs involve removing parts of your walls or floor and adding new material in that hole. This can be dangerous for many reasons.
If you were to demolish the wrong area of your basement wall or floor, you may quite easily break a water pipe, electrical line, or cause part of your basement structure to cave or collapse. You may also inadvertently weaken your basement or foundation structure. Even if you have “successfully repaired” the leak, a weakened basement or foundation can result in more problems that will arise much later.
- DIY Repairs Do Not Address the Problem
Although some basement flooding can result from minor leaks or cracks, basement flooding can occur from various things. These problems include, but are not limited to, drainage system failures, weakened basement structure, the clay bowl effect, or hydrostatic pressure. Patching a hole or crack in the wall is merely a temporary solution at best.
If one does not properly address the source of the problem, basement flooding will just continue to happen time and time again. In fact, this repeated flooding can do more harm than good in the long run. Any amount of water can cause damage to property, even if exposed just once. Continuous exposure to water and a lack of consideration toward the source leave things patched, not fixed.
Ohio Basement Authority can offer your Columbus home different piers systems: helical piers and push piers. These piers systems are used to repair shifted, settled, and cracked foundations, permanently stabilizing them, potentially restoring them to their original position, and bracing your home against any future moisture issues or other damage. These galvanized steel piers are installed directly below your foundation, using the strength of the more compact layers of soil below. These layers are too deep into the earth for any rain or melted snow to wash out, so you will not have to worry about any settling or shifting issues with these piers installed. Of course, you may want to know how these two pier systems differ and why you might need one solution over the other.
The main difference between these two pier systems is how they are installed. Both pier systems perform the same function and will provide the same support to your foundation. Helical piers have spiral-like attachments on the ends of each pier, which make them easier for our experts to hydraulically drill into the tougher layers of soil far below your house.
Push piers, on the other hand, are manually pushed through the dirt and work best with already loose soils. Both piers are attached via a heavy brace to the underside of your foundation. You might worry that these piers will ruin the aesthetic of your home from the outside. Fortunately, these piers will not be visible at all, so you can enjoy a completely reinforced foundation without them interfering with your curb appeal or anything else.
Additionally, slab piers are installed in a similar way and are specific to settling slab foundations.