Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair in Eastlake, OH
Lakefront living is desirable, but Eastlake homes can experience foundation damage from significant precipitation and unstable soil. Ohio Basement Systems has the best tools to keep your home dry and stable for years to come.
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Ohio Basement Systems, a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete lifting needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service throughout Northern Ohio. With fully trained staff, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, Ohio Basement Systems is here to restore your foundation or basement.
No homeowner wants to deal with foundation repair, but foundation problems can affect your home’s safety, appearance, and value.
Have you ever looked under your house? Do you know where to look and what to look for? It could affect your health and safety and your family’s well-being.
If you’ve dealt with water in your basement, you need a basement waterproofing system that will provide an effective, long-lasting solution.
Why Homeowners Choose Ohio Basement Systems
Since 1999, Ohio Basement Systems – a Groundworks Company – has been the premier source for innovative, quality foundation repair and water management solutions. Whether it is a settling foundation, wet basement, moldy crawl space, or uneven concrete that is causing problems, Ohio Basement Systems is the go-to for thousands of homeowners throughout northern Ohio.
Our experienced team knows your house is more than just four walls and a roof. It’s where you feel comfortable and enjoy making memories with your loved ones. We understand how much your home means to you, and it’s important to us, too. Trust us to install the very best foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling solutions for permanent repair and protection.
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Basement Waterproofing in Eastlake
Many Northeast Ohio communities like Eastlake have homes with basements because of the area’s 3-foot frost line. These below-ground areas are also functional as bedrooms, storage, and more. But they are useless and harmful if they are damaged by water intrusion. Water can easily leak inside basement floors, walls, and windows because of the city’s constant yearly precipitation (37 inches of rain and 65 inches of snow), and drainage and sump pumps that can’t keep up. Flooding, unpleasant odors, mold, efflorescence, and other issues can result and impact your home’s structural supports and your family’s health. Protect your basement and keep water out for good with trusted interior drains, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and more from Ohio Basement Systems.
Foundation Repair in Eastlake
Just as you depend on your Eastlake home to be a safe haven, your house relies on its foundation for stability. However, the foundation can fall victim to damage from varied unstable underlying soils. Sand and silt loam can wash out, and clay expands and pushes on the foundation. These circumstances then lead to sinking, settling, heaving, inward bowing, and visible internal problems like wall cracks and sagging floors. Ohio Basement Systems has tested numerous repairs over the years, and we are proud to provide permanent solutions that bypass unstable soil to give your foundation the stability and protection it deserves. Some of the products we’ll install include helical piers and other pier systems, wall anchors, wall beams, wall reinforcements, and crawl space supports.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Eastlake
While basements reign supreme throughout Northeast Ohio, some Eastlake homes may have a crawl space to lift them off the ground instead. This may sound like a good idea to help protect against flooding from 65 inches of annual snowfall and 37 inches of annual rainfall, but many crawl spaces are flawed in their design. Water, humid air, and bugs get inside through open vents. With nothing to actively prevent or remove these nuisances, they only lead to further problems like mold, wood rot, sagging floors, infestations, nasty smells, and more. Permanent crawl space repair and encapsulation solutions like vapor barriers, waterproofing measures, dehumidifiers, and support posts will create a less desirable area for pests and mold, and a healthier environment for your family.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Eastlake
Concrete structures around your Eastlake property can become damaged from the effects of frost, too little moisture, or too much water (such as from more than 100 inches of annual precipitation). Without just the right conditions, the underlying soil, which varies to include silt, sand, and clay, can wash out, shrink, settle, or heave. Any conditions that leave concrete slabs without the proper support can result in cracking, sinking, pitting, flaking, staining, and other damage. To make your concrete slabs even again, Ohio Basement Systems offers a state-of-the-art concrete lifting and leveling system. Our polyurethane foam injections are light but durable, quick curing, more effective than mudjacking, and can be used on a variety of areas – from your driveway and sidewalk to exterior steps and interior slab floors.
Waterproofing your property’s basement is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your home from the stresses of environmental factors and pressures. It is also an essential part of basement finishing for homeowners who are looking to convert their basement into a living or sleeping space.
When You Are Finishing Your Basement
Basement finishing and conversion are very common these days, as more and more people look for ways to make the most of the space in their homes. Waterproofing is a very important part of the process of finishing a basement. In fact, it is fundamental to the continued health of any space that is created inside a basement. Waterproofing as a matter of course when you convert a basement has many benefits.
Most obviously, this process will make the space far more comfortable and healthy to live and sleep in. Waterproofing lowers humidity, prevents mold formation, and makes the likelihood of pest infestation far less likely. This clean, dry, stable climate will also be easier to heat and cool, thereby keeping your energy usage to a minimum and even lowering your property’s energy bills as a whole. After all, your basement has an effect on your whole home.
Do Not Wait for Damage
Waterproofing is generally a part of any basement or foundation repair process because it can contribute to preventing the recurrence of the issues. However, we urge you not to wait until there is damage to your home before waterproofing your basement. You see, while there are benefits to pre-emptive waterproofing, there are also very serious drawbacks to waiting until your property is damaged to begin the process of waterproofing.
The most obvious issue, of course, is that by waiting for damage to take root before you waterproof your basement, you will leave yourself with damaged property and potentially hefty repair costs to grapple with. This will cost you far more money in the long run and could even impact your health and well-being, depending on the issues that develop in your home before you act. As such, it is best to pre-emptively waterproof your basement (even if you are not planning on using it as a living space).
Foundation settling often gets detected after the house is falling apart. If you’ve spotted the problem signs and have determined that your foundation is failing, you need to act fast. Settling only gets worse with time, which means that what you are seeing will become more of a problem later on. If allowed to go on for too long, the house may even become too structurally unsound to live in. Before that happens, call your local foundation experts for repairs.
Foundation problems are not something you can just DIY, like a paint job or hanging a painting. For the job to be done right, professional solutions are required. At Ohio Basement Systems, we provide the best foundation repair options for the homeowners of Youngstown, OH, such as helical piers and push piers. These pier support systems will permanently stabilize your foundation and completely stop the settling. The piers even have the potential to lift your home and even it out again.
After repairs are done, you can go about repairing any damage created by the foundation settling. If any door and window frames are warped, get them replaced. If any walls have cracks, get those patched up. It’s not worthwhile to repair your home when it’s settling, since anything that isn’t a support pier will not stop the damage caused by settling. If you haven’t already, also consider waterproofing your foundation, since some problem with the foundation drainage may have caused the settling.
Dealing with an exposed crawl space can take a number of forms.Preventing damage is ideal, but when it has already taken root, there are repair methods available.
Structural repairs will always take precedence when there is a professional involved. In fact, they should always take precedence over waterproofing measures and cosmetic repairs. That’s because if they are not completed before these processes, the issue could recur or grow in severity and scope. This will make the situation more dangerous and could increase repair costs overall.
Structural repairs cover a broad number of processes including foundation repair, concrete lifting, joist repair and replacement, and wall reinforcement. The nature of structural repairs required in each home will vary depending on a number of factors. This is why we recommend that you call in a professional as soon as possible.
Waterproofing and Encapsulation
If there are no structural repairs needed or the structural concerns have all been resolved, a professional will most likely suggest crawl space waterproofing or encapsulation. This will include covering exposed vents and crawl space access doors but goes much further and has many tangible benefits for your whole home.
Like structural repairs, encapsulation varies from home to home and is tailored to the confines of a specific situation. Generally speaking, however, structural repairs include drainage assessment and improvement, insulation, and the installation of a vapor barrier, as well as the covering of vents and doors. This will improve energy efficiency, reduce humidity, and even allow you to use your crawl space for storage.
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