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Ohio Basement Authority Q&A

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 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 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 foundations 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.

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!

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