Steve is a certified basement waterproofing, and foundation and crawl space repair specialist who is passionate about assisting homeowners.
He is an outgoing inspector who truly cares about his customers. He enjoys meeting new people every day, and helping them find permanent solutions for their basement problems. Steve also takes pride in helping customers create safer and healthier homes by educating them on Ohio Basement Authority’s many patented products and solutions.
With 10 years of customer service experience, Steve is a great asset to Ohio Basement Authority. He takes advantage of many continuous learning opportunities, and has completed more than 1,000 hours of extensive training through the Basement Systems and Foundation Supportworks worldwide networks.
Steve is a Bexley resident who cherishes spending time with his family, especially his wife and their son. He also enjoys golfing, playing ice hockey and snowboarding.
As they moved into their house, new homeowners in Hebron, OH, wanted to ensure the health and safety of their living environment. They noticed the crawl space seemed damp and smelly. While they don’t intend on going into this area under the house very much, they didn’t want anything in there to negatively impact the rest of the home above.
As the owners searched for repair options, they found information about Ohio Basement Authority on Home Advisor and were eager to contact us for further guidance. Inspector Steve Davis visited to complete a thorough evaluation of the crawl space. Along with the lack of insulation or proper sealing, Steve also found standing water and a failing sump pump system. Steve then recommended the perfect repair solutions.
Foreman Jose De Jesus Tellez Ortiz and his crew then properly waterproofed, encapsulated and insulated the crawl space.
They first took great care to remove the failing insulation and other debris from the crawl space. SmartPipe was then placed in the floor around the crawl space perimeter. This system collects seeping water and then directs it to the new UltraSump sump pump system to be pumped out of the home.
Drainage matting was placed on the floor to help direct water to the SmartPipe system, and SilverGlo insulation panels were placed on the walls. The crawl space was then encapsulated with thick and durable CleanSpace liner. This liner completely seals the crawl space from the earth, and it acts as a moisture and vapor barrier.
Additionally, SaniDry dehumidifier also was installed to clean and filter the air, control moisture and humidity, and reduce odors and the potential for mold growth. This unit self-drains into the UltraSump system.
The homeowners are pleased to now have a safer and healthier crawl space and home.
Before taking on a basement finishing project to create additional bedroom space, homeowners in Lancaster, OH, wanted to ensure the safety and code compliancy of their basement.
The International Residential Code states that “basements, habitable attics, and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape or rescue opening. This means that an egress window system must be installed.
As the homeowners began to research how to accomplish this project, they came across Ohio Basement Authority’s website and were eager to contact us for further guidance. Inspector Steve Davis then visited to assess the current (glass block) window system, and he confirmed the need for the egress window.
One of our crews then installed the new system. After removing the existing glass block window, our crew excavated the area outside the window and carefully cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the newer, bigger window. The all-vinyl frame of the new window is rust-resistant, and the window’s double-pane glass is energy-efficient. A lightly-colored window well was installed outside the window, which helps allow ore sunlight to enter the basement and brighten up the space. A durable clear cover also was attached to the well for safety, as well as to keep leaves, debris, and water out of the window well.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing the updated window system has enhanced the safety of their home.
A homeowner in Mansfield, OH, wanted to tackle various repair projects to clean up her 66-year-old house. One at the top of her to-do list was addressing the dirty, smelly crawl space under the house.
After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, the owner was motivated to contact us for further guidance. She met with Inspector Steve Davis who ventured into the crawl space to evaluate its condition. Steve found debris, failing insulation and floor lining, open vents and other problems in the crawl space. He then recommended the perfect repairs to the homeowner.
The owner was then eager for one of our crews, led by Foreman Rich Pomales, to transform the crawl space. After the debris and other nuisances were removed, the crawl space was encapsulated in CleanSpace liner. This thick and durable liner, similar to swimming pool liner, completely seals the crawl space to isolate it from the earth. CleanSpace also acts as moisture and vapor barrier, and it helps insulate the crawl space.
Additionally, drainage matting was placed on the floor before the encapsulation project to enhance the durability of CleanSpace. Vent covers also were placed on the home’s exterior to further seal the crawl space from outside air, water and pests.
The owner is pleased to now have a healthier crawl space and home because of this trustworthy repair solution.
After living in their house for several years, homeowners in Hilliard, OH, were ready to sell their home. Before doing so, they knew they needed to address problems in the basement. Two of the foundation walls were cracking and appeared to be slightly tilting inward.
The owners knew they could trust Ohio Basement Authority for the perfect solution, as they were well-acquainted with one of our inspectors, Steve Davis. Steve visited the home to assess the condition of the walls, and he recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair methods.
As the new homeowners took possession of the house, they were equally eager to move forward with this project.
Foreman Milton Castro and his crew then reinforced the problematic foundation walls with several Carbon Fiber supports. These heavy-duty supports firmly adhere to the walls to permanently stabilize them in their current positions. They also protect the walls from any further cracking or inward bowing. While their darker appearance may not be aesthetically pleasing, the low-profile Carbon Fiber supports can easily be concealed with paint or other basement finishing materials.
The new homeowners are pleased to have a safe and stable living environment that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come because of this repair project.
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