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Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Youngstown, OH

Wet basements and settling foundations are common because of Youngstown’s consistent rain and problematic soils. Ohio Basement Systems can help you protect your home with trusted basement, foundation, crawl space, and concrete repair solutions.

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Youngstown Local Office

Ohio Basement Systems

8531 Market St.
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 400-3783

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm


Ohio Basement Systems, A Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service to the greater Cleveland area. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, Ohio Basement Systems is here to restore your foundation or basement.


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One of our contact center representatives will reach out to you to determine your problem and set the best time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home.

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Our certified field inspector will visit your home to observe the problems in your home and inspect other areas of your home that may have been impacted.

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Our professional production crew installs patented, American-made solutions in each home with care and strives to leave the area better than we found it.

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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 Youngstown

Trickles of water, musty smells, and general dampness are problems many homeowners think simply come with the territory of having a house with a basement. Even though these issues are common, it is crucial to have them promptly inspected and repaired. They are not healthy for your family or safe for your home, and will only worsen over time. With the presence of water and humidity in your basement comes the risk of mold growth, flooding, and structural damage. These issues are typically rooted in Youngstown’s silt and clay soil and consistent annual precipitation (38 inches of rain and 40 inches of snow), and how the two interact with your home. We can’t control the weather or soil, but we can control how your home responds. Ohio Basement Systems’ interior drains, wall vapor barriers, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers will keep your basement dry for years to come. 

Foundation Repair in Youngstown

Your home’s longevity is crucial whether you plan on living there for a short time or a lifetime. That also means having a sturdy foundation. If your home’s foundation is compromised, you’ll notice wall cracks, leaning chimneys, bowing walls, uneven floors, and other issues. The reasons behind foundation damage are external forces like Youngstown’s soil and weather conditions. Almost 80 inches of annual precipitation (38 inches of rain and 40 inches of snow) keeps the silt and clay soils wet. Silt can easily erode and leave the foundation without support, clay will expand and push against the foundation, and even aggressive tree roots can lead to movement. Solutions like wall anchors, helical piers, crawl space supports, and more will bypass the soil and put your home back on solid ground for good. 

Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Youngstown

A crawl space, while not as common in Youngstown homes, functions in lifting the house off the ground and keeping essentials like plumbing, wiring, and HVAC ductwork out of sight. This area can be full of problems, however, mainly due to its design. Youngstown’s cold winter winds, humid summer air, runoff from 40 inches of snow and 38 inches of rain annually, and pests get inside through open crawl space vents. This leads to infestations, rotting wood, sagging floors, mold, musty odors, and high energy bills. The best way to protect your crawl space and home is with Ohio Basement Systems’ permanent crawl space repair and encapsulation solutions such as drainage, sump pumps, thermal insulation, vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, vent covers, and support posts

Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Youngstown

Just as your foundation can be damaged by environmental factors, other concrete areas on your property can follow suit. The primarily silty Youngstown soils can easily wash away and erode due to the area’s yearly precipitation of 40 inches of snow and 38 inches of rain. Clay in the soil also can expand, push up on concrete, heave, sink, and settle when exposed to precipitation. Unstable soil leads to cracking and uneven concrete slabs in your driveway, garage floor, sidewalk, patio, outdoor steps, and pool deck. Instead of outdated and invasive concrete lifting and leveling methods, Ohio Basement Systems uses cutting-edge polyurethane foam injections to support the slabs and underlying soil all while restoring the appearance and function of the damaged concrete. 

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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

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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