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Basement Waterproofing & Crawl Space Repair in Cincinnati, OH

Over the past 30 years, Basement Systems has waterproofed the basements and encapsulated the crawl spaces for hundreds of thousands of homes, including in Cincinnati, OH. The Basement Doctor of Cincinnati is our local Basement Systems contractor. They have extensive experience, training and certification.

If you are looking for permanent waterproofing solutions and professionals service, Basement Systems is the answer. Call us today at 1-800-638-7048 for a free home inspection and no-obligation cost estimate. 

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Our Experienced Waterproofer serving Cincinnati:

The Basement Doctor of Cincinnati
7825 Redsky Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249

All contractors in Cincinnati are not the same. When you have a contractor visit your home make sure to ask about their certifications. Check their history and their experience. What about their past customer reviews? The Basement Doctor of Cincinnati is a fully licensed and certified contractor providing basement waterproofing and crawl space repair to homeowners and businesses in Cincinnati. They have hundreds of positive reviews from customers throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Basement Waterproofing Contractor in Cincinnati, OH

Basement Systems has its own patented basement waterproofing system that we have been developing and tweaking for over 30 years. We have a host of waterproofing products designed specifically for basement waterproofing and crawl space repair. No other contractors in Cincinnati can match the quality and craftsmanship of our waterproofing products. 

Basement Waterproofing Before and After

Our Basement Waterproofing System

Basement Waterproofing System in Cincinnati

Our patented basement waterproofing system consists of three parts: an interior drainage channel, a high-volume sump pump and exterior French Drain. The first part of the system, the interior channel is installed around the inner perimeter of the basement. The channel is laid in a jackhammered trench which is then back-filled with loose rock and covered with cement. When installed the drainage channel is completely hidden.

Any water that enters your basement through wall cracks, leaking windows or porous concrete is collected inside the hidden drainage channel. The water drains to a sump pump (also hidden) in the basement where it is pumped out of your home. Outside your home the water runs through a hidden french drain and is expelled safely outside. Your basement is kept permanently dry and the waterproofing system is hidden from view. 

We also recommend installing our energy-efficient, basement dehumidifier. We designed and patented this dehumidifier. It cannot be matched by either our competitors or over the counter vendors. It captures excess water in the basement air and drains it into the sump pump. By controlling the relative humidity in the basement your home is protected from mold growth, dust mites and rot. Our goal, at Basement Systems is to keep your Cincinnati permanently dry and protected. 

Dry Basement, Lifetime Warranty

As mentioned, the basement waterproofing products we use in your home have been designed, tested and patented by Basement Systems. All these products together form our proprietary basement waterproofing system. Over the decades we have continued to innovate and make improvements to the system. We are very proud of what we have created. We are also proud that our products are a much higher quality than our competitors and DIY solutions. 

We did not cut any corners when developing our waterproofing products. Rather than use a cheap, corrugated pipe as the drainage channel we built a custom steel structure. (drainage channels are also called french ditch, blind drain, perimeter drain, rubble drain, sub-soil drain). Instead of a cheap sump pump bought off the rack at a hardware store we created our TripleSafe sump pump. The TripleSafe has two cast-iron pumps as well as a battery back-up pump.

Since we have control of our products, from design to installation, we unabashedly provide a transferable, lifetime, dry-basement warranty. We are extremely confident in our product and work. Our tools and decades of experience make us the right choice for basement waterproofing in Cincinnati.

Incorrect Methods of Basement Waterproofing

Interior basement waterproofing is the best choice for homeowners and businesses dealing with completed structures (not a new home). Unfortunately, it is not the only technique that contractors in the waterproofing industry use. Here are some of the other methods you will run into (and why they are the wrong choice).

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

Exterior basement waterproofing is an excellent method of waterproofing. Unfortunately, it should really only be used on homes and buildings in-construction. This is because it requires working on the exterior foundation walls of your Cincinnati. While these are easily accessible in new home construction, digging them up after construction is problematic. 

Exterior basement waterproofing consists of applying a sealant, like a rubber epoxy, to the outside of the foundation wall. Any ground water that comes in contact with the rubber epoxy is repelled and cannot enter your basement. For already built homes, getting to the foundation wall requires excavation around the entire perimeter of the home. This may require digging up gardens, patios, sidewalks, driveways, etc. to reach the foundation wall. With all of the additional work, exterior basement waterproofing quickly becomes prohibitively expensive. 

It also does not solve the problem of natural basement entrances. If you have windows in your basement or an external entryway, water will still enter your basement. You will need additional work, besides your exterior waterproofing. Our internal basement waterproofing system takes care of windows and entryways as well as wall cracks and porous concrete. So, if you have a new home under construction, pay for exterior waterproofing. Otherwise, it is best to skip this option. 

Interior Basement Sealing

Sealants work very well on the exterior basement wall, so you would think that they would work just as well on the interior (plus you avoid all the extra expense). Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many contractors will offer some variant of this solution. They will apply a coat of rubber, tar, hydraulic cement, etc. to the interior wall of your basement. They may even offer 'injection' of the sealant into wall cracks. 

With time, all of these options will fail. This is because ground water constantly exerts pressure against your foundation walls. With exterior waterproofing, the pressure presses the rubber epoxy tighter against the foundation wall, creating a better seal. With interior waterproofing, the ground water also presses against the sealant. But, there is only air behind the sealant. So, it slowly (but surely) peals off your basement wall and becomes a useless mess. 

The hydrostatic pressure of ground water makes interior basement sealing one of the worst methods of basement waterproofing. It is generally much cheaper than a comprehensive waterproofing solution. This is especially true of DIY products you will find in hardware stores. Please, don't be fooled. You may be momentarily excited that the sealant is keeping your basement dry, but as the months pass by it will begin to fail. You will be back to where you started, but now with pealing rubber all over your Cincinnati basement walls. 

Drainage Channels without a Sump Pump

With exterior waterproofing being too expensive and interior sealing being ineffective, we are left with interior basement waterproofing. The idea behind internal waterproofing is to stop fighting the losing battle. Ground water will constantly try and enter your basement. Instead of stopping its entrance, we control its flow. Water can enter the basement but is captured inside an invisible drainage channel and pumped out of the home.

One variation of this system is an internal waterproofing system without a sump pump. An interior french drain is still installed along the perimeter of your basement. But, instead of draining the water to a sump pump, gravity is used instead. A long french drain is connected to the interior channel. The drain runs underground in a slope out of your home and into the yard. Water is meant to travel down the pipe and be expelled outside. 

This system may save you a bit of cash by eliminating the sump pump but it has some problems. First, you need to have enough property at a sloped angle to run such a long french drain pipe. Also if this drain ever becomes clogged it can be a pain to clear it. If you are going to invest in an interior basement waterproofing system for your Cincinnati, make sure to include a sump pump.

The Causes of Basement Leaks & Flooding in Staten Island

Flooded BasementBasement Wall Leaks

So far we have covered our waterproofing system and other waterproofing methods. But, we should answer the question, "where all this water is coming from?"

The biggest culprit is generally your basement walls. Your basement is a large vacuum of space surrounded by soil and ground water. Water naturally attempts to enter this empty space, but it is impeded by your basement walls. 

Given time and an excess of water, (rainstorms) the pressure in the groundwater surrounding your basement builds. The water slowly finds its way through small cracks in the concrete, expanding them in the process. Basement windows and entryways are also prime targets for entering water. 

You can partially fix this problem by making sure the soil surrounding your foundation slopes away from the house. This causes water to flow away from your basement instead of into it. However, even with proper grading some water will make it into your Cincinnati basement. A basement waterproofing system is needed regardless.

Water Seeping through Basement Floors

Basement floors and walls are separate slabs of solid concrete. The walls are placed on the foundation footing making a joint. This joint is another weak target for water to enter. The pressure builds up at the footing of your basement wall and eventually seeps in.

Rather than two separate slabs you may have a monolithic foundation. This is where the floors and walls were poured without pause, creating one solid piece of concrete. Your basement should be protected then, right? No. Concrete has tiny air bubbles throughout it, which makes it porous. Given time, water will slowly make its way through these air bubbles until it permeates the basement floor. Preventing water from entering your basement really is a futile effort, but controlling its flow is completely possible. 

Burst Pipes & Leaking Water Heaters

This last water source is often overlooked. Internal water leaks. Your water heater, washing machine, and plumbing amount to hundreds of gallons of pressurized water inside the home. If any of these devices fail, you have a basement flood. Exterior basement waterproofing won't help. Interior sealants won't help either. An interior waterproofing system sans sump pump may become overwhelmed or backed up. The good news is that our patented basement waterproofing system can protect your Cincinnati home if this happens.  

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Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Staten Island, NY

Not all Cincinnati homeowners have basements. If you are dealing with a damp or wet crawl space, we have solutions. Give us call today, 1-800-638-7048. Do not postpone taking care of your crawl space. If left unfixed mold, rot, dust mites and structural issues will only continue to worsen. Our crawl space encapsulation system can permanently protect your Cincinnati home.   

Crawl Space Repair Before and After

Our Crawl Space Repair system

Crawl Space Repair System in Cincinnati

To waterproof your crawl space, we first need to seal the area from outside are. Outside air can be humid and warm. This air is perfect for mold and rot, something we are trying to avoid. We take our vent covers and seal the crawl space vents. We can also install a sealable crawl space entranced. 

After the crawl space is tight, we lay down a think layer of rigid foam insulation on the crawl space floor and walls. The insulation helps regulate the temperature inside the space. Then a thick, vinyl vapor barrier is laid on top of the insulation and sealed on the walls. The vapor barrier prevents water or moisture from entering through the floor and walls. Your crawl space is now 'encapsulated'. No outside air or water can enter. 

Two final items complete our crawl space encapsulation system. First, we install a crawl space sump pump. Any water from upstairs that finds its way into the crawl space is pumped outside. A crawl space dehumidifier is also placed in the space. The dehumidifier is custom designed and built by Basement Systems. The dehumidifier keeps the relative humidity of the crawl space low enough to prevent mold, rot and dust mite growth. 

With our complete crawl space repair and encapsulation system installed in your home you finally have peace of mind. No more mold or rot. No more smells or dust mites. Our system has a 25-year warranty. The system has successfully protected hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, including in those in Cincinnati. 

The Causes of Damp, Wet Crawl Spaces in Staten Island

Wet, Damp Crawl Space in CincinnatiThe Crawl Space Building Code

The biggest cause of crawl space issues is shocking. For decades, Cincinnati crawl spaces were built according to code. The problem was the building code stated that open crawl space vents were needed. 

The logic behind this was that circulating air entering the crawl space would keep the space dry. In reality, it did the exact opposite. In the summer, air entering the space was often warm and humid. The humid air led to condensation on the cool floor (above the crawl space) of the air conditioned home. This condensation led to mold and rot.

In the winter, cold, frigid air entered the space making the floors over the crawl space cold. The warm air from upstairs would also escape into the cold crawl space, increasing homeowner energy costs.  

Basement Systems provides a warranted, crawl space repair and encapsulation system to fix these problems and protect you Cincinnati crawl space. 

Seeping Ground Water

Water can permeate the concrete floor of a basement. It can much more easily enter through the dirt floor of a crawl space. Ground water can directly enter your crawl space. As the temperature in the crawl space rises in summer, the water evaporates and then condenses on the wood flooring above your crawl space. Heat and moisture is exactly what mold needs to begin growing. 

Burst Pipes & leaks

The last issue does not originate directly from the crawl space. Water from leaks upstairs from piping, dish washers, etc. will eventually move down into the crawl space. As the water builds your problems will become worse. With the installation of crawl space repair system, including the crawl space sump pump, any water entering the area is quickly removed. 

Most Cincinnati homeowners we speak with have not been down inside their crawl space for years. If you are experiencing cold floors in the winter, a moldly smell coming from the crawl space or buckling or bowing walls we can help. Our crawl space encapsulation system is tested, proven and warrantied. If you live in Cincinnati or nearby, give us a call today, 1-800-638-7048 so we can get started. 

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