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Costs of Doing Foundation Repair

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When you discover that you have foundation problems, it can be a little stressful. Nobody wants to think about the cost of an expensive repair. Foundation problems are serious, and if you don’t repair them quickly, they can get worse fast.

Many other structural problems are caused by foundation problems that were not dealt with properly. Luckily, foundation repair costs aren’t as high as most people think. If you are nervous about the cost of foundation repair, consider the following.

Are Foundation Repairs Covered by Insurance?

In some cases, your home insurance may cover the cost of foundation repair. You should check your policy or contact your insurance company to determine what type of damage and repairs are included in your coverage. Most insurance policies do not cover the repair of minor cracks caused by settling. However, they will cover bigger problems. You might have to pay a deductible, as well. Most policies cover foundation repairs because insurance companies would rather cover a simple repair than a worse problem caused by the neglected foundation later on.

Are There Any Tax Benefits of Foundation Repair?

Since your foundation is the basis for your home’s structure, repairs are considered necessary. You can write off home repairs on your taxes if they are necessary and help your home maintain its value. Remember that repairs are different from renovations. Repairs are necessary, and renovations aren’t.

It’s important to save the receipts for foundation repair services. Your tax preparer might need to see them in order to help you get the appropriate credits. You might also need these records if you are audited.

Can Foundation Repair Increase My Home’s Value?

Foundation problems can greatly reduce the value of your home. They also can cause your home to fail inspections and prevent it from being sold or refinanced. Making foundation repairs can help increase the value of your home.

If you are planning on selling your home, you will need to disclose any foundation problems to the buyer. If the buyer chooses to have your home inspected, the inspector will find the problems. In addition, the buyer might decide that the damage is to too bad and back out of the purchase. Repairing your foundation problems will help you avoid a scenario like this.

How Much Do Foundations Repairs Usually Cost?

This depends on the severity of the problem. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $2,000 for repairs. The sooner you handle the problem, however, the more affordable it will be.

It is important to shop around and choose a company that not only is affordable but also can get the job done right the first time. You don’t want to have to pay to have someone come back to your home fix something that was missed the first time or that wasn’t done correctly.

If you are concerned about the prices, don’t be afraid to ask a company about it upfront.

Let an Experienced Company Handle Your Foundation Repairs

If your home needs foundation repairs, don’t put it off any longer. If you are worried about the cost, consider the facts above. In most cases, your insurance will cover the cost.

If you do have any out-of-pocket expenses, however, you might be able to write them off on your taxes. If you ignore your foundation problems, they will only get worse, and that could lead to more expensive repairs in the future. Hire a company that offers affordable repairs today

If you’re dealing with a foundation repair problem and what one of our experts to take a look, contact us today!

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The Basement Waterproofing Process Is Easier Than You Think

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If you are living in a home with a basement that floods, stays wet, or holds moisture, you could be putting your belongings and the structural integrity of your entire home at risk.

Moisture can ruin the support beams in your home and even your foundation. It can also ruin anything you store in the basement.

Mold thrives in dark, damp places, so a wet basement could have mold growing in every corner and could result in your home being contaminated.

A wet or damp basement can also cause your home to smell bad. Mold, mildew, and rotting wood all have strong smells. They can move up through your vents and floors and spread through your entire home. Bugs, rats, and other pets are often attracted to damp areas, too. So, your flooded basement could actually become a breeding ground for pests.

If you are tired of dealing with a wet basement, it may be time to consider waterproofing it.

The process is pretty simple.

Locating the Leak

When you call a waterproofing expert to your home, the first thing the professional will do is locate the source of the water. The leaks have to come from somewhere. It could be a water pipe or a hot water heater, or the walls may be allowing water to enter from the outside.

Once the site of the leak is found, the professional can evaluate it and determine how to repair it to stop more water from entering.

Water Diversion

One of the best ways to keep water from entering your home is to divert it elsewhere. With a water diversion system that includes a rubber seal, the water has more surface area to gather and is less likely to flood the basement.

The water can then be diverted to a sump pump, which will remove it from your home. The water will be pumped far enough away that it won’t be able to run back into the home. For this system, we install a tile drain in the floor of the basement.

Water Evacuation

Another option for preventing water from entering a basement is the Hydraway system, which helps drain water from the area around the house before it has time to leak inside.

The system is virtually invisible and lasts for decades.

It blends into the walls and floor and can preserve the integrity of your home. We install the panel along the wall so that the water drained into a sump pump. With this system, you will never have to worry about moisture again.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are essential for protecting your home against flooding and water damage. Sump pumps are used with other systems to keep the water out. We install sump pumps that collect water and then pump it to an area away from your home.

Our water diversion and water evacuation systems transfer the water to the sump pumps, which then move the water away. Backup pumps can also be installed in the event the main pump fails.

Final Check

Once your home has been inspected, the leaks have been found and repaired, and the waterproofing system has been installed, we will do one last check of the area. Our waterproofing experts want to make sure the job is done right and that your basement is completely protected.

The process wouldn’t be complete without this final walkover and inspection.

When the waterproofing expert leaves, you can rest assured that your basement is completely protected and your flooding problems are in the past.

If this is something you may be interested in doing, take the first step and contact us today!

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Paying for Basement Waterproofing

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If you have a basement that is leaking or holding water, your main priority should be to repair it. Water damage can be severe, and it is not limited to what you can see.

While it can obviously damage your property, it could also be harming the structure of your home. Wet and leaking basements also attract pets and mold. If the cost of waterproofing your basement has stopped you from moving forward, you could be causing more damage to your home.

Paying for these services may easier than you think.

Insurance May Cover Basement Waterproofing

Not all insurance companies or policies will cover basement waterproofing, but many do. If you have flood insurance, there is an even better chance that these services will be covered.

In some instances, insurance will cover part of the service. If you don’t have flood insurance, but your basement floods often, you should consider buying a policy. In most cases, homeowner’s insurance will cover sump pump installation, storage tanks, cleanup costs, and supply costs.

If you are curious about whether these services will be covered by your insurance, review the policy or call your insurance agent to check.

It Can Increase Your Home’s Value

If you are tired of dealing with a flooded or damp basement, so are prospective buyers. Even if you aren’t trying to sell your home, it is important to increase its value when possible. By having your basement waterproofed, you are preventing damage and reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth.

This can help make your home worth more. A clean, safe, structurally sound home is more valuable than a home with water damage, weakened support beams, and toxic mold growing up the walls.

Waterproofing May Be Written Off on Your Taxes

While you may have to pay for these services up front, you could get all or some of the cost refunded when you get your tax return. The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act of 2009 allows qualifying homeowners to claim a tax credit of 30 percent of the cost of such repairs and renovation. This can make the service more affordable and a little less intimidating.

Check with your tax preparer to make sure these services can be written off. Be sure to save the receipts for your services so you can present them to the IRS if necessary.

Affordable Services

If you choose a company that has a great reputation and a professional attitude, you won’t overpay for these services. An inspector will check out your basement and help determine the cause of the leak or flooding.

Once you know what the problem is, you can get right to the point of fixing it. There is not guessing or trial and error.

Don’t make the mistake of attempting to waterproof your home yourself, as this could be costly. Hire an experienced team to do it right.

Don’t Let the Cost Scare You

Too many people let the cost of basement waterproofing intimidate them. There are affordable services available, and in almost every situation, the cost of this service is much cheaper than the consequences of a flooded basement.

You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on flood cleanup, lost personal property, mold remediation, and home repairs that were caused by a flood or major leak.

Take control of the situation now and think about the many options you have to help pay for this service. You will find that waterproofing your home can actually save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.

If you have any questions, or are ready to waterproof your basement, contact SafeBasements today!

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Benefits of a Sump Pump in Your Basement

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If your basement floods, you need to get the water out of it as fast as possible. Waiting for the water to subside on its own isn’t an option. The longer the water stays in the basement, the more damage that will occur.

Not only could the flooring, walls, and furniture be damaged by the water itself, but the moisture could also cause mold to grow in the basement and elsewhere in your home. A sump pump can remove the water quickly and effectively.

Here are some of the benefits of having a sump pump in your basement.

Eliminates the Need for Dehumidifiers

If you have a humid home, it could be because there is too much moisture. If your basement floods, leaks, or holds water, it could increase the humidity in your home. Instead of filling your home with bulky and expensive dehumidifiers, you can install a sump pump in your basement and get rid of your humidity problem.

Prevents Mold Growth

If your basement stays wet, there’s a good chance mold is growing in it or nearby. Molds thrive in damp, dark places, like basements.

When you have a sump pump in your basement, it reduces moisture and humidity and also helps the air circulate better in your home. This prevents mold from growing and spreading to other parts of your house.

Improves Air Quality

Mold, mildew, and other nasty things can live in moist air in your home. You and your family unknowingly breathe them in. Many of these things can cause health problems, like allergies, sore throats, respiratory problems, and infections.

A sump pump can help remove the moisture from the air and all of the toxins it contains. Once the air quality has improved, you will notice you feel better and are sick less often.

Protects Paint

If your home has too much moisture in the basement, you may notice that the paint on the exterior and maybe even the interior of your home is peeling. A basement that holds water or stays damp can allow humidity to escape.

When this happens, it can loosen paint and cause it to peel off. A sump pump reduces this humidity, so you don’t have to worry about your paint being damaged.

Repels Insects

Certain insects and other pests like the damp and wet environment that a basement can provide. Once these pests invade your home, it can be almost impossible to get rid of them. The best way to prevent an infestation is to make the basement unappealing to them.

When they find that the area is no longer habitable, they will move on to a different place. A sump pump will remove the moisture and humidity from your home and repel pests.

Prevents Flood Damage

One of the most beneficial uses of a sump pump is to prevent flooding. If your basement leaks and floods often, you can’t afford not to have a pump in your home. Your pump will help prevent the amount of water that gathers in your basement and get rid of any standing water that is currently there. In the event of a flood, your pump could help save your home and belongings from flood damage.

If you have a basement in your home, you need a sump pump in it. Without one, you are asking for flooding, water damage, structural damage to your home, and a lot of mold and mildew. If something as simple as a pump can help you protect your home and your belongings, why wouldn’t you have one installed?

If you think a sump pump might work for you, contact us today!

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How to Prepare Your Basement for Fall and Winter

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With cooler temperatures through fall and winter on the way, homeowners should begin preparing their homes for the season changes. While your basement may contain storage, your HVAC system or even your recreational room, it also helps your home structure retain heat.

Not addressing the damp, wet basement issues your home could potentially have major consequences to your home’s health including poor air quality, higher heating bills but also mold build up.

Here are some ways to avoid these issues with your home’s health and keep your basement warm and comfortable throughout the cold temperatures.

1. Outside Access

  • Check that your home’s basement windows and exterior doors are sealed and have secure closure.
  • Add weatherstripping or caulk any holes in the frame that may let in drafts.
  • Check your rain gutters and downspouts to ensure they are cleaned out from all the fal leaves or snow melt.

2. Sealing and Insulation

  • Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and check for any holes in the foundations. Double check for holes around pipes, electrical connections or cables that may be entering your home. (Not only will this keep your home free of moisture but it will also keep out the rodents)
  • Seal the area around the top of your foundation.

3. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System

  • Change the air filters to keep your HVAC running efficiently every three months.
  • Check to make sure there’s no limp deposits and that your humidifier wick is unclogged.

These are just a few of our recommended ways to ensure your basement is dry through the fall and winter months. Have additional questions or unsure about the health of your basement? Give us a call and ask the experts of SafeBasements of Ohio™.

How to Prevent Basement Flooding

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Regardless of what part of the country you live in, your basement can be susceptible to flooding. This can happen due to a heavy rainfall in your area, an overflowing washing machine or even a blocked gutter. Here are a few tips to prevent your basement from flooding and keep your home dry for years to come:

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  • Fix or seal any cracks in your foundation. With the help of SafeBasements of Ohio™, we can seal the crack to prevent any water from seeping into your foundation.

 

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  • Install drainage tiles around your property or repair current tiles that may be damaged.

    • Keep gutters clean of debris like branches, twigs or leaves.
    • Make sure your gutter downspouts point away from your home’s foundation.
    • Try using a downspout extension to funnel the water and run-off about three feet away from your home.
    • Inspect your windows and ensure the window well covering and seals are intact.

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  • Install a sump pump in your basement to remove excess water.

 

By taking these preventative measures you can help protect your home from water damage in the future. Any questions about these tips? Give us a call at (614) 715-4726 for more information or to talk to a basement specialist.

Buying a Home With Water Damage

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basement water damageYou stumbled upon your dream home in the perfect neighborhood with all the features and upgrades you are looking for but the only negative is that the home has had water damage. You don’t have to give up on your dream home just because of the water damage. However, there are a few things to consider or do before putting an offer on this home.

Schedule an inspection before buying.

The first step in making an offer on a new home is to schedule an inspection. Work with a certified home inspector who can provide a comprehensive water damage inspection that includes information about the extent of the mold issue in your possible new home. An inspector would be responsible for uncovering any water damage, structural issues, faulty pipes, foundation cracks, leaking windows and any other hidden damages.

Consult an expert.

Bring in an expert to assess the damages that were uncovered by the inspection. An expert can provide an estimate on the price to fix the damage and that will give you a better gauge to determine on the price for your offer on this dream home.

Evaluate the repair and remediation costs.

It’s important to weigh the costs of correcting the water damage in your dream home before putting in an offer. Water can seep into the walls of your dream home, soak into drywall or structural supports and even insulation. Basement water damage can create a significant amount of issues so it’s important to factor in the pricing of remediation before placing an offer on the home.

Check into your homeowner’s insurance and flood insurance policies.

Your insurance agent or carrier should be able to walk you through what amount is correct for your homeowner’s insurance policy based on the findings from your inspection. One thing to note – flood insurance is not commonly included in homeowner’s policies so it’s important to confirm and then add it on your policy depending on the region in which your home is located. FloodSmart.gov has information about how the National Flood Insurance Program works and it could really help when planning your future in a new home.

If your dream home does suffer from water damage, give our experts a call at SafeBasement of Ohio™ and let us help you act fast to assess the damage and install corrective methods.

How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage

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protect home water damageFrom leaks, pipe bursting or flooding, your home or business is at risk of water damage.

Protect your property from these disastrous occurrences by using these tips to protect your home through any season.

Keep your gutters cleaned and unblocked.

Your gutters are your homes main defense for water removal. Clean your gutters of leaves, branches and other debris as often as you can to ensure the water is able to flow freely.

Repair any leaks or holes to avoid excess water runoff, ice dams and water damage to your home or business’s foundation.

Get a sump pump installed in your basement.

Sump pumps are designed to send water away from your home and help to remove excess water. With our energy efficient sump pumps by SafeBasement™, you can control and monitor the amount of water that builds up in your home.

Prevent water from pooling near your home.

A build up of water around the perimeter of your home can lead to interior water damage if not controlled. Things like updating your gutters or installing ground drains can help to direct water away from your home’s foundation.

Keep pipes from freezing.

The winter can be a hazardous time for your home or office. Insulate your home’s outdoor pipes with a towel or faucet cover. On the coldest nights in the winter, you should open the faucets a bit to allow the water to drip into the drain and keep a flow of water in the pipes.

Our team is equipped to handle water damage in your home or business regardless of the cause. We are water remediation experts with years of experience in waterproofing. Let us help your home stay protected against water damage. Call us today!