John is a certified basement, foundation and crawl space specialist. With a vast understanding of the home improvement industry, John is a valuable asset to Ohio Basement Authority.
He has 40 years of experience in construction, and has been in the basement repair business for six years. He also completed extensive training through the Basement Systems worldwide network.
Each day he travels around central Ohio to meet new customers. He enjoys helping them create safer and healthier homes by educating them on Ohio Basement Authority’s many patented products.
John lives in Westerville, and he enjoys visiting with family and playing outside with his grandchildren.
During the year that they have lived in their house, homeowners in Millfield, OH, noticed issues in their basement and crawl space areas. These included moisture and improper insulation, which became more evident during cold winter months.
The homeowners wanted to ensure the health and safety of the 150-year-old house. During their research for repair options, the homeowners learned more about Ohio Basement Authority online and they were eager to contact us for help with transforming their basement and crawl space areas.
After meeting with Inspector John Becker Sr., the homeowners were excited for the crew to install several reliable basement waterproofing and crawl space repair products. Because of the older home’s dirt crawl space and basement flooring, the SmartPipe drainage system was installed to catch any seeping water. This water is then directed to the SuperSump sump pump in the basement that will pump the water out of the home and away from the foundation.
Both the crawl space and basement were encapsulated in CleanSpace liner. This thick, durable liner completely isolates these environments from the earth. CleanSpace also acts as a moisture and vapor barrier, and it helps insulate the basement and crawl space. Additional insulation measures included applying spray foam insulation to the band joists and placing TerraBlock foam insulation panels on the crawl space and basement floors before the encapsulation process.
The homeowners are excited to have a basement and crawl space that will now be safer, drier, and healthier because of these reliable repair solutions.
During the last several years, homeowners in Thornville, OH, have noticed a structural problem only getting worse with time. Some areas of the floor felt soft and uneven, indicating the floor joists in the crawl space were sagging and failing to properly support the above floors.
The owners recently renovated the home’s interior, and they did not want to have to worry about additional problems caused by sagging floors. They were motivated to address these issues once and for all, so they started to research how to remedy these problems. They came across information online about Ohio Basement Authority, and they were motivated to contact us for further guidance.
They met with Inspector John Becker Sr. who ventured into the tight crawl space to assess the condition of the floor joists. John found that one area of floor joists were being supported by small round concrete columns that had been shimmed with wooden pieces. This is not an ideal or proper support system, so John recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews, led by Foreman Milton Castro, installed several SmartJacks underneath the main support beam in the crawl space. Made of galvanized steel, the heavy-duty SmartJacks permanently stabilize the floor and floor joists. They prevent further sagging and offer the best opportunity to lift the floors back to level. SmartJacks also will not rust or corrode, and they are designed to stop settling. If any settlement occurs, however, the SmartJacks can easily be adjusted.
The homeowners are pleased to now have a safe and stable living environment because of this trustworthy repair solution.
After living in his house for four years, a homeowner in Waverly, OH, was preparing to sell his home. Before doing so, he wanted to complete various repair projects around the house. This included addressing the exterior crawl space access.
The current metal crawl space door had begun to fail and continued to fall off. This is not ideal for the safety of the home or the health and condition of the crawl space.
The homeowner began to research how to address this problem, and he found information about Ohio Basement Authority online. He was eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help him. He met with Inspector John Becker Sr. who evaluated the crawl space access. John then recommended the perfect product to upgrade the door.
Foreman Martimiano Alonso and his crew then removed the older crawl space door and replaced it with the EverLast Door. Unlike the failing metal door, the EverLast door is made of durable plastic that will not rus. This durable plastic door will never rust or rot. The door is secured to the side of the home with sturdy knobs that allow for easy access and ensure a tight seal for many years to come.
The homeowner now has peace of mind knowing this replacement door will enhance the safety of the house for the next owners.
During the 20 years they have lived in their house, homeowners in Westerville, OH, have generally kept the home’s crawl space out of sight and out of mind. They sometimes venture into this area under the house to grab some stored items, and recently they noticed some issues with this area. The crawl space was not properly sealed or insulated. In fact, some of the insulation was beginning to fail and contribute to the unhealthy and unsightly atmosphere.
After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, the owners were motivated to address this nasty area of their house once and for all. They contacted us for further guidance and then met with Inspector John Becker Sr. John completed a thorough evaluation of the crawl space and then recommended the perfect solutions that met some of the homeowners’ goals including saving energy and gaining storage space.
Foreman Nate Klingenberger and his crew then transformed the crawl space by properly encapsulating and insulating the area.
Once the nasty insulation and other debris was carefully removed, the crew placed drainage matting on the crawl space floor. This thick material helps enhance the durability of the encapsulation material. SilverGlo panels were then placed on the crawl space walls for insulation, and spray foam insulation was applied to the band joists.
The crawl space was then encapsulated in CleanSpace liner. This thick and durable liner, similar to swimming pool liner, completely seals the crawl space and isolates it from the earth. Along with also helping to insulate the crawl space, CleanSpace serves as a moisture and vapor barrier.
Additionally, a SaniDry dehumidifier was placed in the basement to clean and filter the air, control moisture and humidity, and reduce odors and the potential for mold growth.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these trustworthy repairs have helped them create a safer and healthier living environment, and they are excited to have a more functional storage area!
During the last couple of years, longtime homeowners in Westerville, OH, noticed possible structural problems were worsening. Several areas of the foundation walls were cracking, and some spots were visibly tilting inward.
These signs of foundation failure concerned the homeowners. They plan to live in the house for many more years, and they wanted to ensure the home’s structural integrity.
The owners discussed their concerns with a trusted friend, and their friend referred them to Ohio Basement Authority after recounting his remarkable repair experience with our company. The owners were eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help them, as well as meet with one of our inspectors. Inspector John Becker Sr. visited to complete a thorough evaluation of the home and its problematic foundation. He found that the walls were indeed moving, but he presented the owners with some of our reliable foundation repair solutions.
Based on John’s recommendations, the owners chose to have one of our crews, led by Foreman Jose De Jesus Tellez Ortiz, install several Carbon Fiber supports on the walls throughout the basement. These durable supports firmly adhere to the foundation walls to permanently stabilize them and hold them in their current positions. They also protect the walls from any further cracking or inward bowing, and can easily be concealed with paint or basement finishing materials. Any wall cracks also were filled and repaired.
The owners now have peace of mind knowing their forever home will now be a safer and stable living environment.
Homeowners in Galena, OH, have lived in their house for many years. They never noticed any problems with water intrusion until a couple of years ago. Since then, streams of water could be seen along their basement floor during periods of heavy rain.
Even though they had a sump pump, it was no longer working efficiently enough to keep water out of the basement. It was covered by a lid, but a small section of it was open. This allows any water inside the sump pit to evaporate back into the basement and create additional moisture issues. Foreign objects can also fall inside and affect the pumping system.
Because they use the basement for livable space and storage, the owners wanted to make sure it would be free of water. They contacted Ohio Basement Authority, and we replaced the older sump pump with the reliable TripleSafe that will always work to pump water out of the basement and away from the foundation.
Other waterproofing products were installed including the WaterGuard interior drainage system that will catch any seeping water and drain it to the TripleSafe. New downspout conductor lines were also installed, and IceGuards were attached to the exterior sump pump discharge lines.
The owners were pleased these permanent solutions were installed so their home will be a safe and dry living environment for many more years to come.
After years of avoiding undertaking a vital home repair project, longtime homeowners in Columbus, OH, were motivated to seek assistance in addressing a lingering problem once and for all. For years, one of their foundation walls was cracking, and it also appeared to be tilting inward. These are common signs of foundation failure that the owners knew they could not continue to ignore.
As the homeowners researched potential repair solutions, they came across Ohio Basement Authority’s website and they were eager to contact us for further guidance. They met with Inspector John Becker Sr. who completed a thorough evaluation of the home and its problematic foundation wall. John discussed his findings with the owners, as well as their goals of permanently stabilizing the wall and putting an end to the cracking. John recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions that does just that.
Foreman Martimiano Alonso and his crew then fixed and protected the foundation wall with several Carbon Fiber supports. These heavy-duty supports firmly adhere to the wall to permanently reinforce it and hold it in its current position, as well as prevent any further cracking or inward bowing.
The wall now has been permanently stabilized, giving the owners peace of mind and a structurally stable home.
Homeowners in Columbus, OH, may decide to sell their house in the future, so they wanted to take proactive steps to ensure its structural integrity and resale value.
The owners have lived in the house more than 30 years, and during that time they have noticed issues such as foundation wall cracking and bowing starting to get worse.
These are common signs of foundation wall failure, most often caused by hydrostatic pressure. As the soil outside the foundation walls expands from saturation, it exerts pressure on the walls. This constant force then causes the walls to fail.
Hoping to find a permanent solution, the owners contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company through home repair resources like Home Advisor. We then installed some of our reliable foundation repair products.
Five Geo-Lock Wall Anchors were installed on the problematic south foundation wall. This wall had significant gaps between the cracking blocks, but the sturdy wall anchors corrected this. Not only do these galvanized steel anchors permanently stabilize the wall, they offer the best opportunity to straighten it. Their unique design allows them to be tightened at intervals for wall improvement.
Six Carbon Fiber supports were installed on the east foundation wall that was also cracking and bowing, but not as severely as the south wall. These heavy-duty supports also permanently reinforce the wall and prevent further cracking and inward bowing. They can easily be concealed by paint, drywall or paneling.
The owners now have peace of mind knowing the home will be structurally sound not only for themselves, but for future homeowners for many years to come.
A homeowner has loved living in her house in Galloway, OH, for several years. But she was getting frustrated with unhealthy areas she could not use for storage. She noticed unpleasant odors coming from the partial crawl space just off of the basement, as well as failing insulation and plastic liner in this area of the home.
Ready for a permanent solution that she would never have to worry about, she contacted Ohio Basement Authority after seeing one of our TV ads.
After removing the nasty insulation, liner and debris, we completely transformed the crawl space. Thick drainage matting was placed on the crawl space floor to enhance the durability of products that would be placed on top of it. TerraBlock floor insulation panels were then placed on top of the drainage matting, and the crawl space was encapsulated in CleanSpace liner.
The thick CleanSpace liner completely isolates the crawl space from the earth and serves as a moisture and vapor barrier, ridding the area of unpleasant smells. CleanSpace is durable and tough enough to crawl on, and it brightens the area. SilverGlo panels also allow light to bounce off of them while insulating the crawl space walls.
The owner is excited to have a more functional crawl space she can now use for storage. She also is pleased these reliable products have helped create a healthier home.
Not long after moving into their house, homeowners in Bloomingburg, OH, wanted to complete various repair projects around the home. Even though they never went into the crawl space, they wondered if this area under the house was affecting the health of the rest of the home.
After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, they contacted us to see how we could help them. One of our inspectors assessed the condition of the crawl space and recommended some of our trustworthy repairs.
The day our crew arrived to install these reliable solutions in the nasty crawl space, they found the area had flooded with water from heavy rains. The crew first pumped the water out of the crawl space and then began to waterproof it with the SmartPipe drainage system and SmartSump sump pump. If any water seeps inside the crawl space, the SmartPipe system will catch it and direct it to the SmartSump. From there the water is pumped out of the crawl space and away from the home.
The crawl space also was encapsulated in CleanSpace liner. This thick and durable liner completely seals the crawl space from the earth. It also serves as a moisture and vapor barrier, and helps insulate the crawl space.
Additional installations included an IceGuard on the exterior sump pump discharge line, and the Turtl access well that replaced the leaking window.
The homeowners can rest easier knowing these reliable solutions have improved the health of the crawl space and their home.
The owners of an apartment building in Urbana, OH, were concerned with the structural integrity of the 50-year-old residence.
They contacted Ohio Basement Authority, and we installed foundation repair products including Push Piers, SmartJacks, support beams and Carbon Fiber wall supports. Waterproofing products such as WaterGuard, TrenchDrain, UltraSump, and IceGuard were also installed to keep the basement dry.
We also improved the access point to the crawl space. The safe and durable Turtl was installed to replace the older exterior access door, which was not as functional or secure.
The owners were pleased all of these patented, permanent solutions were installed on the property so that it will be a safe, stable and dry living environment for many years to come.
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