Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Springfield, OH
Wet and humid weather keeps Springfield’s soil saturated, which results in water and foundation damage. Your home can weather any storm when it is protected by the best locally provided basement, foundation, crawl space, and concrete repair solutions.
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Ohio Basement Authority, a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation and repair, and concrete lifting needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service throughout Central and Southern Ohio. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, Ohio Basement Authority is here to restore your foundation or basement.
Foundation damage like cracked walls and uneven floors can be complex, confusing, and dangerous. Let Ohio Basement Authority get to the bottom of these problems and fix them for good!
Out of sight, out of mind, right? That’s a dangerous attitude to take regarding your crawl space. Especially if anyone in the house suffers from asthma or allergies, the conditions in the crawl space could be contributing to sickness.
Ohio Basement Authority knows what it takes to keep your home dry. We provide the highest quality services and patented products that are custom designed to fit your home.
Why Homeowners Choose Ohio Basement Authority
Ohio Basement Authority, a Groundworks Company, has been helping homeowners throughout central and southern Ohio, as well as northern Kentucky, repair and protect their homes from foundation and water damage since 2009. We know how important your home is to you and your family, and it is important to us too. That is why we only install the best permanent basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling solutions.
OBA is proud to have an established reputation for high-quality work and personalized service. Thousands of homeowners trust our outstanding services and solutions, and we’ve got many positive reviews and awards like the BBB Torch Award for Ethics to prove it. Let us help you improve the health and safety of your home by contacting us today to book your free inspection and repair estimate.
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Basement Waterproofing in Springfield
Precipitation is a year-round constant in Springfield, with 40 inches of rain falling yearly in the city. But wet spring and summer months can do a number on your basement, especially if it is not properly protected. Water can inundate the area’s silty soil, press against basement walls, and leak inside through windows and wall and floor cracks. Faulty drainage on your property as well as a bad sump pump can also lead to damage like nasty smells, mold growth, and flooding. Keep your basement free of water and moisture problems with Ohio Basement Authority’s trusted waterproofing systems. We can install customizable interior drains, wall vapor barriers, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and more so your basement will stay dry for good.
Foundation Repair in Springfield
For a house to stay standing for many years, it must have a structurally sound foundation. The foundation relies on the soil beneath it for stability, but Springfield’s silty soils can shrink when they are too dry or expand or wash away when they are too wet. The latter is the most common, as Springfield averages 40 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow every year. Unstable soil leads to foundation shifting, sinking, settling, and heaving. This will be noticeable in your house through wall cracks, uneven floors, bowing walls, and sticking windows and doors. Ohio Basement Authority can bypass the problematic soil with our various solutions such as wall anchors, helical piers, and crawl space supports to give your foundation the strength it needs to last for years to come.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Springfield
Most Ohio homes have basements because of the frost line, which is generally 3 feet deep, but some houses in Springfield were built with a crawl space to lift them off the ground. This provides some protection from flooding and allows ductwork and plumbing to be stored out of sight. However, most crawl spaces were built with open vents and uncovered dirt floors. Water from 60 inches of yearly precipitation can percolate through the soil and rush inside through the vents. Pest, cold winter air, and hot, humid summer air infiltrate through vents, as well. These “perfect storm” conditions lead to problems like flooding, mold, infestations, wood rot, and other issues. Lock them out with our permanent crawl space repair and encapsulation solutions like vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, and thermal insulation.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Springfield
Just as your home’s foundation can sustain damage because of Springfield’s soil and weather conditions, other concrete structures on your property can suffer the same fate. The area’s 40 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow each year can wash away and erode the silty soil under concrete. The soil can also expand and heave upwards, as well as shrink and settle. The concrete will respond with sinking, unevenness, and cracking. This not only makes your home look bad, but these problems are safety hazards. Restore the appearance, function, and safety of your concrete with Ohio Basement Authority’s cutting-edge concrete lifting and leveling solution. Our lightweight but durable polyurethane injections fill the void to raise concrete sidewalks, driveways, patios, and pool decks quickly and effectively.
About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Columbus, OH
Your foundation will endure a lot of moisture issues over the years. Floods, melted snow, and even humidity can all negatively affect your home in a variety of ways. Of course, the soil surrounding your foundation will also take on far too much water than it can realistically hold because of this. Over time, all that added water weight can start to push up against your foundation and cause it to shift out of its original placement or crack altogether.
This phenomenon is called hydrostatic pressure, and it is unfortunately quite a common cause of foundation damage. Hydrostatic pressure can also take another form as well. Water can also become trapped within your concrete foundation’s pores. This itself is not much of a problem. When winter comes and that water freezes over, however, the expanding ice can then crack the foundation from within.
A common construction phenomenon known as the clay bowl effect can also negatively impact your foundation. When contractors first go about building a new home, they will dig a large hole where they plan to lay down the foundation and either a basement or crawl space. After these components are installed, there will be some space left around it that the contractors will backfill with the soil they dug up. This creates a much looser bowl of sorts surrounding the foundation. Of course, Cincinnati’s silt soil is already quite loose, which only makes this soil all the more prone to washing out during a storm. As a result, your foundation might settle into the remaining soil and even crack into pieces. A shifted or settled foundation can start to impact other structures in your home, so you must call an expert to repair it as soon as you can.
When you invest in regular crawl space inspections, you can get ahead of the worst of the damage that wood rot can do to your home. These inspections are typically quick and non-invasive. By the time area professionals finish looking over your space every year, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of condition your home is in and what means you need to invest in to protect it.
The Cursory Inspection
To kick a crawl space inspection off, the professionals serving Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, need to look over the entrance to your space. To be up to code, your entry point needs to be two feet wide and 18 inches tall. If an inspector cannot safely enter your crawl space, you will fail your inspection and need to have your entrance expanded or otherwise remodeled with modern safety requirements in mind.
As long as a professional can get into your crawl space without putting themselves in danger, they’ll move on to the superficial inspection. A superficial inspection lets professionals identify anything obviously wrong with your space, including wood rot, mold clusters, vapor barrier damage, standing water, and so on. If an inspector is able to identify any of these things in your crawl space, professionals will call off the rest of your inspection to start discussing your potential repairs.
In-Depth Crawl Space Assessments
You’re not out of the woods if you pass your initial and superficial inspections. Professional contractors serving Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, will also conduct full assessments of your crawl space if they believe your space may benefit from additional protections.
Crawl space inspectors, at this point, will take a closer look at the nooks and crannies of your crawl space. They’ll want to identify any early signs of rot or damage before those symptoms start to spread. Alternatively, if it doesn’t appear that your crawl space is suffering from even mild damage, they’ll want to identify any weak points that may need protection from external forces. This stage of your crawl space inspection is effectively preventive and designed to ensure your space remains secure in the months and years to come.
Efflorescence can be tricky to spot at first glance. However, there are a few ways you can identify if your basement is dealing with efflorescence or something else entirely.
- What Materials Make Up the Interior of Your Basement?
Because efflorescence is made up of water and water-soluble salts, it might help to know what kinds of salts in building materials can be affected. Calcium sulfate (found in bricks), sodium sulfate (found in cement-brick mixtures), sodium carbonate (found in mortar), and potassium carbonate (also found in mortar) are all salts found in building materials commonly used in basement construction.
Keep in mind that different materials in combination with these water-soluble salts may display different discolorations and effects, so you should be able to identify signs of efflorescence along different surfaces.
- How Fast Can Efflorescence Spread?
Efflorescence can spread fairly fast down your basement walls and along your floor. The name “efflorescence” does mean “to flower out” in French, so you can imagine how quickly this substance can spread around your basement once it settles inside.
According to the Masonry Institute of America, efflorescence can develop as quickly as one month after the initial construction of the building to up to one year after completion. It is a truly frustrating substance that builders have tried their best to prevent and avoid at all costs. If your efflorescence problem has cropped up long after your home has been constructed, however, then this is likely due to a hidden leak or flood dredging up the salts embedded within the very walls and floor of your basement.
All cracks, no matter how small, can present a threat to the surrounding concrete and your Dayton or Springfield 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!
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