Leaks, flooding, cracks, uneven concrete, and foundation issues can all be frustrating issues. Ohio Basement Authority’s repair solutions can easily protect your home from all these problems and more.Schedule Free Inspection
Waterproofing Your Lima Basement or Encapsulating Your Crawl Space
You might notice leaks starting to appear in either your Lima basement or crawl space. These leaks might seem small or insignificant, but they can eventually open wider and cause these spaces to flood. Therefore, it is neither wise to ignore any leaks you see nor to place a bucket under these leaks. You need to install a more permanent solution that can keep all this moisture away from your home.
Ohio Basement Authority can install our thorough interior drainage systems around your basement or crawl space to ensure that no moisture can break through and flood these spaces. The pipes that make up these systems then connect to a powerful sump pump, which will redirect all the water it collects out to a storm drain or other drainage trench far away from your Lima home.
We can also fully encapsulate the crawl space to ensure that no other moisture issues will affect this space, either. This process consists of four main components that will work in tandem to keep your crawl space and the rest of your home completely dry no matter how harsh the Lima weather is!
Permanent Foundation Repairs for Your Lima Home
The foundation is a complex structure that the average homeowner might not pay any mind whatsoever. This then can lead to neglect and failure to recognize smaller problem signs that might alert you to when the foundation has been damaged.
Your foundation is perhaps the most important structure in your entire Lima home. It not only prevents your house from sinking into the soil around it, but also keeps it standing even during the harshest storms. It is crucial that you maintain it and the supporting soil as best as you can, or you risk that damage spreading to the other structures around your home.
As it is, Lima sees heavy snows in the wintertime and plenty of rain in the spring. All that moisture can easily wash out this supporting soil. This then can cause your foundation to shift out of its original placement, settle further into the remaining soil, or even cause it to crack apart altogether.
Your Lima home needs a repair solution that will permanently reinforce the foundation and brace it against any future moisture damage. Ohio Basement Authority’s various piers systems and powerful wall anchors can help!
Lifting and Stabilizing Lima Concrete
There are a number of concrete structures surrounding your home: your sidewalk, driveway, walkway leading up to your house, backyard patio, and more. You might notice some slabs along these structures becoming uneven or cracks spreading along their surfaces. It might not seem like that big a deal, but this damage can actually be quite significant. It can ruin your Lima home’s curb appeal and eventually spread down to your foundation and wreak havoc there.
Also, Lima’s soil is mostly silty loam, which means it is already quite loose and prone to washing out during a severe storm. Your concrete slabs might then settle, shift, or even crack apart as a result of these constant floods. Of course, you will need to repair these uneven or cracked slabs; but, where do you start?
We offer free concrete inspections in Lima and the surrounding area, so you can get an expert’s opinion on the matter. We can easily identify what issues your concrete may be experiencing and give you quotes on all our powerful solutions. Ohio Basement Authority can also offer your home our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ injection foam. This foam is capable of protecting both your concrete slabs and the soil underneath as well. It will fill in any cracks, holes, or other damage within the slab and in the soil to ensure that your concrete stays perfectly lifted and stabilized for years to come.
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About Waterproofing, Foundation Repair, & Crawl Spaces in Lima
As its name implies, an interior drainage is installed around the inner perimeter of your basement or crawl space. Specifically, in the basement it will have a wall flange installed along the wall and floor joints, which is where most water tends to gather before it floods your home. All the collected water will then flow through the pipes to the sump pump. This pump is the key to the entire drainage system. The pump will activate on its own when its float detects enough water has entered its system. This means you do not need to rush to turn it on in case a sudden storm hits. Additionally, it has a comprehensive alarm system that will let you know when it turns on and when its backup battery is low.
The sump pump is capable of draining several thousand gallons of water. With several back-up battery and pump options also available, you can rest easy knowing your Lima home will be completely protected against harsh storms or swathes of melted snow no matter what!
The interior drainage system will also have other benefits as well. Other drainage systems are prone to clogging issues that can cause the water to back up and flood your basement or crawl space all over again. Our interior drainage system is guaranteed to be clog free. Installation is quick and easy for our team, so you can benefit from it the very same day!
You might look into other foundation repair options and find that we offer something called wall anchors. These anchors are buried in various points around your yard and connect to your foundation via heavy, galvanized steel rods. These rods then transfer the inherent strength of the more compact layers of soil to the foundation, essentially bracing it against shifting or cracking damage. These anchors can also slowly close any cracks that have formed along the foundation’s surface over time.
Of course, wall anchors might not be the best fit for every Lima home. Typically, wall anchors will be placed in a home with ample yard space, so if you do not have a particularly large yard, we may not be able to install this system in your home. Fortunately, Ohio Basement Authority has plenty of other foundation repair solutions that you might benefit from as well! Our piers systems, for instance, can help to lift a settled foundation back to its original height. They can also close up cracks over time. There are 2 different pier systems we can offer, with the main difference between them being how they are installed under your home.
We can also offer your home carbon fiber wall straps or our tough SettleStop IntelliBrace™ I-beam system as well. Both of these systems will brace your basement and foundation walls against any outside damage that threatens to bow it in. However, where carbon fiber wall straps merely stabilize your foundation walls, the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ I-beam system will actively push back against any bowing damage that might threaten your home. The SettleStop IntelliBrace™ system will be attached to your foundation walls via a brace on the top of the beam that our experts will then need to tighten over time.
Ohio Basement Authority’s SettleStop PolyRenewal™ injection foam solution is perhaps the best concrete lifting and stabilizing solution for your Lima home. Our experts will inject this foam through your concrete slabs to lift and stabilize them. Though it is lightweight compared to concrete lifting solutions available elsewhere, that does not mean that it will not be able to support these heavy slabs. Rather, its weight guarantees that it will not eventually drag these slabs down again over time unlike other concrete lifting substitutes.
The foam will also protect your soil from washing out even in the harshest of storms. It will fill in the pockets left by the washed-out soil basically to prevent the remaining soil from washing away again. Of course, some homeowners might worry that this foam could potentially be harmful to either you or your landscaping. Our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ foam solution is made up of eco-friendly polymers that will not affect the surrounding soil, your landscaping, nor your lawn in any way.
Another great benefit of this solution is the fact that it cures fairly quickly. After the initial application, it will only take the foam around 15 minutes to cure. That means once we are done with our repairs, you will be able to walk along your concrete slabs with no issues at all the very same day! It is a noninvasive foam that only targets the slabs we intend to fix, so you do not have to worry about it spreading out to your other slabs and making those uneven either. Call the concrete experts at Ohio Basement Authority today!
The crawl space tends to be ignored by many Lima homeowners because they do not know where it is (or that it even exists). This can become a huge issue when flooding, mold, mildew, pests, or other issues infiltrate this space. The crawl space’s main purpose is to contain your home’s most important systems, including but not limited to the HVAC system, electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation, floor’s support beams, and the foundation itself.
None of these systems should be wet at all, much less subject to constant flooding. This is why sealing off the crawl space after implementing repairs is so important. Our encapsulation process is made up of four key components that will all keep your crawl space completely dry: the waterproofing system including interior drainage and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and a dehumidifier. The sump pump will redirect any larger floods away with relative ease. The vapor barrier will encompass your entire crawl space to make it extremely difficult for any other moisture, mold, or pests to infiltrate this space. It is also coated in an antimicrobial additive that ensures no mold or mildew will grow along the outside of its surface, too.
Next, our experts will look at installing vent covers around any open vents. Contractors once believed that leaving open vents around the home would keep the air well-circulated and dry, but now experts know differently. These open vents only invite moisture, pests, and mold and mildew spores to infiltrate this space. The vent covers will seal off the crawl space from these issues. Finally, our experts will install a dehumidifier before completely sealing the crawl space off. It can filter out any humidity that manages to slip past as well as keep the air inside this space clean.
Your foundation is far more vulnerable to moisture damage than you might think. Heavy rains and melted snows can easily wash out the loose soil underneath. Though Lima’s silty soils are already loose, they can be made even looser by a common construction concept referred to as the clay bowl effect. When contractors first begin building a new home, they will dig a large hole in the ground where they plan to lay down the foundation and either a basement or crawl space. After the components are all installed, there is typically some space left around them that the contractors will then backfill in with the soil they dug up.
This creates a bowl of sorts around the foundation and your basement or crawl space. The soil bowl does not necessarily have to be made up of clay to occur, either. Unfortunately, this makes the soil much looser than it once was and, thus, makes it even more vulnerable to washing out. Without this crucial support, your foundation will likely start to shift out of its original placement or settle and crack. This is why many of our foundation repair solutions will look to the deeper layers of your soil for support instead.
Another moisture issue that commonly impacts your foundation is hydrostatic pressure. Essentially, this is when the soil around your home absorbs far more moisture than it can actually hold, thus applying immense pressure against the foundation itself. This pressure can cause the foundation to then shift or crack apart altogether. Hydrostatic pressure can also occur another way. Water droplets can easily become trapped in your concrete foundation’s pores. Come winter when these drops freeze over, the expanding ice can then cause the foundation to crack from within.
Usually, the average Lima homeowner will be able to tell when their concrete is uneven due to the fact that some slabs stick up more than others. This can pose a dangerous tripping hazard for you and your family and ruin your home’s curb appeal. However, stubbed toes and scrapes will not be the only damage you and your family will have to worry about with these uneven slabs. Uneven concrete may be a sign of much more substantial damage just below the surface. This damage can easily spread down to the foundation and impact the rest of your home. Indeed, it is possible that your foundation is already damaged and that damage is spreading outward. Either way, this can spell plenty of costly repairs if you do not call an expert to take a look at these slabs as soon as possible.
Sometimes you may not be able to tell your concrete is uneven. This can lead to damage going unnoticed until it becomes out-of-hand. You definitely should not wait around until then. Fortunately, there is a simple way to be able to tell if your concrete is truly uneven or not. Wait until a storm has passed by, and watch how the water acts after a few days.
Puddles will form on both even and uneven concrete alike. However, all that water should wash off from these even slabs down to a nearby drain within a few days. If you notice any lingering puddles around your home, then it is very likely that your concrete slabs have become uneven. You should set up an appointment with our concrete experts as soon as you can to have this repaired before it can extend down and negatively affect your foundation.
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Ohio Basement Authority
2421 McGaw Rd. Obetz, OH 43207
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