June 21, 2016
So we decided to ask our foreman who install our jobs to get as many happy homeowner pictures as possible. We love to show everyone photos of work we have done but also thought what we if we show them actual customers being happy with the work. We have gotten so many happy pictures but Adam had the most and we decided to treat him to a new TV for all the hard work he has done and continues to do. We LOVE our happy homeowners but we also LOVE our employees just as much! Here at OBS we are
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Springtime has sprung and so has a new PolyRenewal Truck!
May 5, 2016
We're ready to fix all your sinking concrete!
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Ohio Basement Systems on the News – Proper Way to Finish a Basement?
January 6, 2014
Wouldn’t you love to have your basement finished, so that it’s actually a space that you and your loved ones can enjoy? While most residents of Ohio would agree that finishing the basement would be a nice addition to their home, they are worried that by finishing it (or refinishing it) they’ll end up back where they started, with a wet and damaged finished basement…not anymore! With modern advancements in technology, there is now a system to finishing the basement that offers homeowners a warranted and waterproof solution that maintains a beautiful finish for years to come. The owners of Ohio
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Is My Wall Failing?
April 29, 2013
Wall failure signs will look different depending on whether the basement walls are built from concrete block or poured concrete.  At Ohio Basement Systems, our System Design Specialists are trained to look for all types of signs and to outline the most effective and long-lasting solution to repair failing basement and foundation walls. Here are some common signs: IN THE CASE OF A BLOCK FOUNDATION: Horizontal Cracking - Horizontal cracking near the middle of the wall is one of the first symptoms you will notice in the case of a bowing wall. Horizontal cracks usually start out small and increase in the width over
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Signs Of Foundation Settlement
March 15, 2013
Signs of Foundation Settlement Outside of Your Home Here are some common signs found typically on the outside of your home that might indicate that your foundation is settling: Stair-step cracking is often a tell-tale sign of foundation settlement and is very common in brick and concrete block walls. As your home continues to settle further, vertical cracks may widen, indicating that the wall is rotating outward. Chimneys One of the more scary and dramatic signs of settlement is a chimney separating away from the rest of the home. Sometimes chimneys are built on a foundation that is not connected to the rest of
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What Causes A Basement To Leak
February 28, 2013
Why do Basements Leak!? Basement foundations are built into large holes dug out of primarily clay soils creating “clay bowls”. These clay bowls hold water much like a pong holds water. Even after the foundation is backfilled, the bowl that the basement was built in will still hold water, because the backfilled soil is much less dense than the untouched soil around it. Water percolates through the soil and saturates the area in the bowl, and around the foundation. The result! a wet basement in need of waterproofing. What Causes A Basement To Leak - To prevent water from collecting around the foundation
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Sagging Floors Over A Crawl Space
February 21, 2013
Causes of Sagging Floors over a crawl space So you know the floors and sagging and can feel that the floor is not level, but what created the problem of sagging floors over a crawl space? 1) Existing block or brick columns are spaced too far apart. When a crawl space is built, block or brick (even wood) columns are located throughout the crawl space to support the weight of the structure above. If those columns are spaced too far apart, the beam or girder can become overloaded and sag between the columns. When the girder sags, so does the floor above
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The Truth About Basement Finishing
October 16, 2012
At Ohio Basement Systems, we offer expert basement finishing products and services designed to help homeowners gain a dry, useable and comfortable new living space in their basement. But before a basement remodeling project, it is important to make sure your basement is prepared for finishing. A finished basement will increase the living space in your home at a fraction of the cost of constructing a new addition, all the while increasing the value of your home. But before investing any money into remodeling your basement, you should make sure your basement is in good condition and properly prepared. If your basement
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Exterior Basement Waterproofing
March 15, 2012
At Ohio Basement Systems, we have studied the pros and cons of waterproofing a basement from the exterior vs. the interior.  After much investigation and many years of installing waterproofing products, we know that an interior system is far superior.  An exterior system is much more prone to clogging, and needing regular improvements and upgrades. There are many other factors to consider when using an exterior system. In order to waterproof a home's foundation through exterior excavation, you must dig all the way down to the bottom of the footing. This creates a large, unsightly hole! With this large and unsightly
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Why Should I Fix My Foundation?
March 5, 2012
Many people associate foundation problems with older homes. However, Consumer Reports found that 15% of new homes had serious foundation problems! These problems are found to have four causes: POOR CONSTRUCTION HOMES BUILT ON POORLY COMPACTED FILL SOILS EXPANSIVE SOILS DAMAGING THE HOME DETERIORATING / INADEQUATE SUPPORTS It's safe to say that foundation problems affect new and old homes alike. The decision to fix these problems - permanently - is an investment in your home that makes sense. DO IT YOURSELF FOUNDATION REPAIRS - BEWARE! A common DYI fix that homeowners attempt is tuckpointing exterior cracks. This is temporary, as the cracks will open back up as the
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Green Building Professional Certification
January 4, 2012
Twinsburg, OH 1/4/12 – Mike Rusk, Founder and Owner of Ohio Basement Systems has been recognized as a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP), one of only five in the Cleveland, OH area. The certification was the result of a 2-day training course and complements his well-known experience and knowledge in energy-efficient solutions. Rusk, who has more than 20 years in the basement waterproofing, structural repair, and finishing business. Since then, Rusk and his staff have helped homeowners understand their home performance issues such as heating and cooling as they relate to every level of the house. They provide long-term solutions that
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Five Routes To Achieving A Dry Basement
October 11, 2011
For most Ohioans, your home is your most valuable asset. It’s very important to make you’re your basement is fully protected against potential water damage including hazards like flooding, and the effects of leaks, mold, and mildew. There are a number of possible basement waterproofing solutions; each system can be tailored to your needs, climate, home, and budget. Continue reading to learn about five popular basement waterproofing systems, and how to determine which system is right for you! 1.    Sump Pump Sump pumps are one of the best basement waterproofing systems available for home- and business owners. If your basement lies beneath the
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