Ohio Basement Authority Q&A

Are you hiring? How can I apply?

Yes! We are always looking for remarkable people to join our team. You can browse through our job openings on our Career Opportunities page. You can fill out the form at the bottom of each listing to submit your resume, or you can send it to [email protected].

Can I insulate the dirt floor of crawl space under vapor barrier?

Yes you can! We at Ohio Basement Authority offer patented crawl space repair products that will help you do just that! Before we encapsulate crawl spaces, we place thick drainage matting on the dirt crawl space floor to enhance the durability of the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation material. We also can place TerraBlock insulation panels on top of the drainage matting before encapsulating the crawl space, as well. If you are interested in insulating or encapsulating your crawl space, please give us a call! We'd be happy to meet with you to provide you with a free inspection and estimate!

Can you fix a sagging floor?

Yes! If you notice soft, bouncy, uneven and sagging areas of your floor, we can install SmartJacks in your basement or crawl space. Unlike typical jack posts, the heavy-duty SmartJacks resist rust and corrosion, and are designed to stop settlement. Not only can these supports reinforce the floors and floor joists, they also can help raise the floors back to the proper level!

Can you put a dehumidifier in a crawl space?

Yes you can! In fact, we at Ohio Basement Authority offer various energy-efficient dehumidifier models. One of them is the SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. This compact, yet powerful unit easily fits inside even small crawl spaces. Your crawl space will be drier and healthier, and so will the rest of your home! If you are interested in having a dehumidifier installed in your crawl space, please give us a call! We would be happy to meet with you to provide you with a free inspection and estimate!

Do you need a building permit for an egress window?

Typically, every county, township or city we work in requires a permit for egress window installation. This is a good procedure because you want someone to inspect the process of cutting your original foundation and removing soils around your foundation. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are interested in an egress window installation! We would be happy to meet with you to provide a free inspection and estimate!

How can I leave a review about you?

We would love to hear your feedback! We are featured on many websites including Angie's List, the Better Business Bureau and Google. Another easy way to leave a review for us is by filling out the form on our Opinion page.

How common are large radon issues in Columbus?

Radon actually is an issue virtually everywhere. It's very common not only in Columbus, but across the state, country and globe. The EPA recommends having a mitigation system installed when a home's test results are above 4 picocuries per liter. There's no guarantee of completely eliminating radon, but mitigation systems will help lower a home's levels as much as possible. If there's anything we can do to help, including testing your home and installing a mitigation system, give us a call! We would be glad to help you create a safer and healthier living environment.

How do I dry out my crawl space?

If your crawl space is leaking and has problems with standing water and moisture, you need a proper drainage system. One of our crews can install a special perimeter drainage system in your crawl space that will intercept seeping water. This water needs somewhere to go other than saturating your crawl space, and we also can install a sump pump system to pump this water out of the crawl space. It's also a good idea to install a dehumidifier to control moisture and humidity. We can assist with all of these aspects, so please give us a call so we can help you create a safer and healthier home!

How do you fix cracks in concrete?

Every home is different, but we can address cracking concrete and concrete block foundation walls with various patented repair products. These include Carbon Fiber supports, PowerBrace beams, Geo-Lock Wall Anchors, SmartJack stabilizers, and Helical and Push Piers. Please give us a call as soon as you notice cracks or gaps in foundation walls! Potentially dangerous conditions and costly repairs could result the longer these problems are neglected.

How much do basement foundation repairs need permits in Columbus, Ohio?

Believe it or not, the City of Columbus technically has more than 10 different building departments through different cities in Columbus. Codes typically call for permits if you are repairing the foundation. We check with all the cities to see if permits would be needed. The best thing for a homeowner to do is to check with the city, and make sure the company will be pulling the permit before the project starts. If your home is in need of foundation repair, please give us a call! One of our expert inspectors would be glad to provide you with a free inspection and estimate, as well as further explain the permit process.

I am a realtor. What can you do for me and my clients?

We definitely encourage you to call us and to inquire about our Fix It to List It program! This is a program created to educate realtors about the many ways our company can assist them and their clients. We understand the importance of maintaining a positive and reputable connection with realtors and others in the home building industry. Fix It to List It gives realtors peace of mind when handing their client over to us to handle any basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair, and radon mitigation projects.

I just received a notice from the City about a break in our sewer or water line. What should I do?

Give Ohio Basement Authority a call! We can schedule one of our inspectors to visit your home and help locate the leak or break in the sewer and/or water line. Then, we can schedule a date for one of our crews to install newer, thicker, more reliable pipe for these essential lines serving your home.

What is a French drain?

A French drain - also known as a weeping tile, drain tile or sub-surface drain - is a common solution for waterproofing a basement. It's a trench containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from the foundation. This type of drainage system can be an effective way to redirect water, but it also has several disadvantages including difficulty of install, expensive maintenance and frequent clogging.

We offer different types of interior French drain systems that are much more effective, efficient and easy to maintain. These include the sub-floor WaterGuard perimeter drainage system and TrenchDrain grated drainage pipe.

Contact us to set up a free assessment with one of our inspectors who can help you in choosing the perfect waterproofing solutions for your basement!

What is an egress window?

Egress windows enhance the appearance, as well as safety, of basement windows. They are also ideal emergency exit points for basements. The windows, window wells, and well covers are durable and secure.

The International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings states that all habitable spaces, including basements, are required to have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. So if you're planning to use your basement as a bedroom or entertainment space, give us a call! Our expert inspectors can provide you with an estimate for installing one of our various egress window systems.

What is the best basement waterproofing method?

The best way to waterproof a basement is by taking an interior approach. Our expert crews can install the sub-floor WaterGuard drainage system to intercept any leaking water from the basement walls and floor. This water is then directed to a sump pump system to be pumped out of the basement and away from your home's foundation. We also offer a variety of sump pumps to meet your waterproofing and budget needs! Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our inspectors who can help in choosing the right interior waterproofing system for you!

What is the minimum size of an egress window well?

An egress window must satisfy International Residential Code (IRC) criteria. Minimum width of opening: 20 in. Minimum height of opening: 24 in. Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 sq. ft. We can provide you with a free inspection and estimate if you are interested in having an egress window installed. Please give us a call!

What should I do if I have water coming through a foundation crack?

Contact the experts at Ohio Basement Authority as soon as you notice a problem! Not only is this a basement waterproofing issue, but this also indicates foundation wall failure. We can help you address each problem so your home will be a safer and healthier living environment!

Where can you get an egress window?

From Ohio Basement Authority! We offer a variety of sizes and styles that meet code requirements as well as your aesthetic preference and budget needs! One of our inspectors will first meet with you at your home to help determine the best egress window system for your home. Then, one of our expert crews will take great care to properly install the system. 

Who insulates crawl spaces?

We at Ohio Basement Authority can help you! We offer a variety of patented products that will seal your crawl space from the earth, insulate it, and transform it into a cleaner and healthier space. If you are interested in insulating and encapsulating your crawl space, give us a call! We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to provide you with a free inspection and estimate so your living environment will be a healthier one!

Why does my basement leak every time it rains?

If your foundation walls were constructed with concrete or concrete block, it is easy for rain water saturating the ground to pass through concrete and find its way inside your home. Block wall cavities can fill with water, thus soaking the concrete and seeping through to the home. Water also can push its way through the basement's wall-floor joint and flood the basement. If you find yourself dealing with wet walls or puddles on the floor during and after storms, give us a call! We can provide you with a free inspection and estimate, as well as patented repair solutions that will give you peace of mind and a dry basement.

our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Ava
  • Barlow
  • Bartlett
  • Belle Valley
  • Belpre
  • Beverly
  • Buffalo
  • Byesville
  • Caldwell
  • Cambridge
  • Coal Run
  • Coolville
  • Cumberland
  • Cutler
  • Derwent
  • Dexter City
  • Fairview
  • Fleming
  • Graysville
  • Hockingport
  • Kimbolton
  • Kipling
  • Little Hocking
  • Long Bottom
  • Lore City
  • Lowell
  • Lower Salem
  • Macksburg
  • Marietta
  • Mcconnelsville
  • New Concord
  • New Matamoras
  • Newport
  • Old Washington
  • Pleasant City
  • Portland
  • Quaker City
  • Reedsville
  • Reno
  • Salesville
  • Sarahsville
  • Senecaville
  • Stockport
  • Summerfield
  • Tuppers Plains
  • Vincent
  • Waterford
  • Watertown
  • Whipple
  • Wingett Run
Our Locations:

Ohio Basement Authority
911 Stelzer Road
Columbus, OH 43219
1-614-656-1622