Waterproofing Your Basement & Encapsulating Your Crawl Space in Northern Kentucky
In the summer and winter months, Northern Kentucky experiences plenty of rainfall which can lead to your basement or crawl space getting inundated with flooding or leaks. This can become a problem that no homeowner wants to deal with, but unfortunately no quick fix will help the matter. You’ll need to implement the help of a waterproofing repair solution that will ensure your basement or crawl space will never flood again.
Ohio Basement Authority’s drainage systems and sump pumps will ensure your Northern Kentucky basement or crawl space stays dry no matter what the weather is outside. Our interior drainage systems collect any water that tries to infiltrate your home and will redirect it to a powerful sump pump, which will then transfer the water away from your home by storm drain or trench. This water is usually found along the walls and floor joints of your basement or crawl space, which is why we specifically install the drains in these spaces.
The pipes in our drainage systems are designed to keep debris and ice out, so you don’t have to worry about them malfunctioning and flooding your home. Both the drainage systems and the sump pump will ensure your Northern Kentucky home is waterproofed against the elements.
Repairing Your Northern Kentucky Home’s Foundation Problems
Your home’s foundation is the most important part of its structure. It keeps your house from settling into the soil around it and ensures that it stays upright no matter how harsh the weather. When your foundation becomes damaged, the rest of your home will start experiencing issues as well. 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 within your home can be extremely costly to repair. Making sure your foundation has routine maintenance is crucial to guarantee your home’s stability, but where do you start? Here at Ohio Basement Authority, our experts are happy to offer your home a free foundation inspection. We’ll be able to accurately assess the extent of the damage and offer a free estimate on all our superior foundation solutions.
From our patented SettleStop IntelliBrace™ I-beam system, to our various piers systems, wall anchors, and carbon fiber wall strips, you can be confident that your home will be fully restored and reinforced against any future moisture damage!
Lifting and Stabilizing Concrete Around Your Northern Kentucky Home
Most homes usually have plenty of concrete structures surrounding them, from your driveway to your sidewalk, to the steps leading up to your home. These structures can easily fall victim to settling and cracking, which shouldn’t be ignored as it can cause more serious damage within your home. At times, it can seem that the damage is never ending—fortunately, Ohio Basement Authority is here to help!
Our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ injection foam repair solution not only lifts the concrete slabs above, but also stabilizes the supporting soil as well. Northern Kentucky has a mix of clay and silt soils, which are far more prone to washing out during a storm than more compact soils. This can cause your concrete slabs to become uneven and settle further into the remaining soil, or even crack apart altogether. The foam fills in any damaged concrete, while lifting and stabilizing your slabs again with ease. Another great perk is that SettleStop PolyRenewal™ is made of eco-friendly materials that will not affect your landscaping or your home’s lawn!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About Waterproofing, Foundation Repair, & Crawl Spaces in Northern Kentucky
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 Northern Kentucky 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 Northern Kentucky 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 Northern Kentucky 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 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!
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 Northern Kentucky 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.
Ohio Basement Authority can offer your Northern Kentucky 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.
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Jeff Taylor was very professional and even early to the appointment. Jeff walked us through what the process would be like.View Russell Pepper's Review
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Jeff was personable, professional and gave us good advice for future inspections.View Barb Petering's Review
Mitchell Spurlock came to do our annual maintenance and I really appreciated how thorough he was. I learned a lot!View Melanie Lolli's Review
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Ohio Basement Authority
1270 Hillsmith Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45215
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Saturday: 8 am – 3pm
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