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The CleanSpace system is perfect for dirt crawlspaces. Moisture and water vapor can easily evaporate through the moisture of dirt in the crawlspace and create a whole list of problems for the homeowner. This basement also has block walling, which is typically installed because it is the cheapest and easiest option. These block walls allow air and water to seep into the home with ease due to all of the joints and hollow air gaps within the blocks. The CleanSpace system creates a vapor barrier that solves these problems with a near impossible to rip durable plastic liner.
This East Lansing home installs the TripleSafe sump pump system to keep their basement completely dry! The TripleSafe offers the least amount of sump pump problems you will ever experience.
In the before picture, you can see the old fiberglass insulation batt falling out of the hole and weighed down to the floor. An advantage of SilverGlo insulation is that it is a sturdy, thick insulation that is applied directly to the wall so it will not fall down.
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This homeowner called because his 70 year old home had a block wall crawl space that he wanted to get encapsulated. He didn’t find any specific issues in the past with the crawl space but he wanted to clean it up a bit.
To begin this installation we installed CleanSpace drainage matting that has a dimpled surface to prevent water located underneath a crawl space liner from getting trapped and unable to make its way to the perimeter drain. We first cut the matting to fit the dimensions of the crawl space floor and then laid it out right on top of the ground.
Next we installed the CleanSpace liner to encapsulate the crawl space. This liner is waterproof and vapor proof to prevent moisture from entering through the walls or floors, which drastically lowers humidity levels in the space. The liner is made of inorganic materials that prevent mold growth from occurring and is extremely durable to prevent ware and tare over time. The homeowner was looking to clean up the space and this liner did just that. The bright white color transformed the look of the crawl space and kept any dirt, debris, animals and insects out. We sized the liner and covered the crawl space from head to toe and then securely fastened it to the walls.
These homeowners had a crack in their basement wall facing the backyard. Water was entering the home during times of heavy rain. The basement was partially finished and the leak was in the unfinished portion. Coeta and Ken H. wanted to get the problem fixed before it started to cause further problems in the finished part of their basement. The home had an existing sump pump and they liked the idea of a perimeter system that will capture water and run it to the sump pump.
For this project we installed WaterGuard, which is an effective perimeter waterproofing system. To begin, we removed sections of the flooring closest to the wall around the perimeter of the basement. Next we placed specially designed pipes into the dug out trench that will capture intruding water. Next we filled the void in the floor with crushed stone and topped it off with cement to restore the flooring. A section of system closest to the wall was left uncovered to give incoming water room to filter into the pipes. The water from the pipes drains directly into the sump pump, and then exits the home.
In order to address the crack in the wall, we installed the FlexiSpan sealant. This product seals the crack and helps water easily drain into the WaterGuard system. For this installation we removed a section of the flooring right under the crack to place crushed stone with a floor drain on top of it. The water will filter into the drain and then exit into the WaterGuard system to be discarded from the home.
These homeowners called because they had a beam that was sagging in their basement. This caused the floors in their living room to start sagging toward the middle of the house. There were no wall cracks found in the basement or other levels of the home, although the bedroom doors were sticking.
To stabilize the sagging beam and lift the floors, we installed the SmartJack system. To begin, we removed cubes of soil at the location of each jack. We then filled the hole with crushed stone and placed a specially designed structural footing that will hold the columns. Next we sized and cut galvanized steel columns and assembled them within the footing and connected them to the sagging beams above. The system was tightened and the floors and beams above were immediately stabilized.
Nate and Pat L. were interesting in a crawl space solution that would eliminate the cold floors within their home. We didn’t find any major water issues, although the space was humid and a section underneath the poured wall had rotted out, which was contributing to their issue even more.
For this project we first filled the rotted out void with crushed stone and capped it off with hydraulic cement.
Next we needed to take care of the crawl space that was contributing to the home’s cold floors. First we installed CleanSpace vent covers to seal the space off from the outside. Our team first sized and cut the covers to fit the dimensions of the vents and then securely attached them to the home, which immediately created an airtight bond.
To prevent moisture from entering the crawl space through the floors, we installed the CleanSpace liner. This plastic liner is made of a waterproof and vapor proof material that is used to keep the outside environment from getting in through leaks or evaporation. The liner was cut to fit the dimensions of the crawl space, laid out to cover the floor and then fastened to ensure it will stay in place.
After the moisture in the space was taken care of we installed SilverGlo and FrothPak to ensure the space was properly insulated. SilverGlo is an insulation paneling that we sized to perfectly fit the crawl space and then adhered it to the wall. The panels are vapor proof to keep water vapor from entering the space, which prevents high humidity levels, mold and rot. SilverGlo also has a radiant heat barrier surface to reflect heat back into the crawl space, which saves the homeowner in energy bills. FrothPak is a spray foam insulation that seals off all of the small spaces air or moisture could enter through. This insulation does not absorb ambient moisture like traditional insulations and it is made from inorganic materials that will not mold or rot.
This East Lansing basement was covered with water after a large snowmelt. Without an effective system to gather intruding water and filter it outside of the home, the problem would continue to persist and cause problems for the homeowner.
In order to collect water that was entering the home we installed the WaterGuard system. For this installation we excavated the flooring around the perimeter of the basement in order to place piping. These pipes work protect the home from water intrusion by collecting incoming water and directing it into the sump pump to be discarded outside of the home. The remaining area left in the dug out trench was filled with crushed stone and then cement was poured over top of the system to restore the floors, leaving a small section of the system uncovered to allow water to enter. The WaterGuard inspection port was used for this project as well in order to give the homeowner and our team access to system if needed.
Next we installed a SuperSump sump pump for the water to drain into. This sump pump has an effective Zoeller pump to efficiently discharge water outside of the home and a sturdy liner with holes that accept water from the ground and from the WaterGuard System.
Lastly, we installed IceGuard and a LawnScape outlet to ensure water from the sump pump leaves the home effectively. We installed the IceGuard system on the home’s discharge line to make sure water can leave the home even if the pipes are frozen. The specialized holes on the system help water flow out automatically to prevent it from re-entering the home and causing a flood. The LawnScape outlet was installed underneath the ground to lead water away from the property. This product ensures water will not flow back toward the home and cause further issues.
When Jann had a perimeter drainage system put into her East Lansing, MI basement back in the 90s, she thought she would never have to deal with water issues again. As the years progressed, it seemed like she was right. But after some heavy rainstorms a few months back, the basement started leaking ground water through the walls and floor. To make matters worse, the company who originally installed the perimeter system had gone out of business and wouldn’t be able to troubleshoot the issue. With nowhere else to turn, Jann sought out help from the basement waterproofing experts.
After our system design specialist explored Jann’s basement, he found that the problem wasn’t as bad as she originally thought. Only one wall had leaked during the storms, and the crew wouldn’t need to replace the entire perimeter system, only about 30 feet of it. For the leaking wall, the crew installed our BrightWall system. The BrightWall panels were snapped in front of the old wall, and due to their rigid plastic material, they won’t be affected by rains or leaking water. In fact, the leaking water will flow down the walls behind the panel and into the perimeter drainage system at the foot of the wall. Neither Jann nor anyone else in the basement will have any idea that the wall is leaking. The crew upgraded the previous perimeter system to the WaterGuard drainage system. WaterGuard behaves like most drainage systems, but the crew included several inspection ports to go along with it. If the WaterGuard ever begins to act up like Jann’s previous systems, she can use the inspection ports to find and solve the problem quickly.
Jann’s new waterproof system will keep her basement safe for years to come.
Not long ago, Karen and Raymond began getting whiffs of a strong smell whenever they went into their basement. Eventually, they were able to trace the smell to their crawl space. Karen and Raymond knew that it was pretty common for crawl spaces to omit strange smells, so they weren’t overly concerned. But soon enough, they discovered the smell was rising upstairs. It became even worse whenever they turned on the air or heat. The ventilation systems would push the musty smell upstairs. Essentially, their options were to live without air and heat or embrace a house that smelled like a gym. Desperate for an alternative, they gave us a call.
Raymond and Karen made a good choice. Our crews deal with musty crawl spaces all the time and knew exactly how to handle the problem. Most smelly crawl spaces can be traced back to unwanted moisture and humidity. Raymond and Karen were at a high risk of this already because their crawl space had a dirt floor and porous block walls. The moisture was the crew’s first concern. To dispose of any water that may leak in, the crew installed a SmartSump. The SmartSump system is the perfect sump pump option for crawl spaces. It is small enough to be installed without a hassle, but it contains a pump capable of draining 2,500 gallons of water per hour. While the pump will push out water, the goal for Raymond and Karen was to keep water from coming in at all. The CleanSpace moisture barrier will keep out moisture that tries to enter through the floor or walls. Lastly, the crew tackled the humidity issue. With the addition a SaniDry CX dehumidifier and a FrothPak seal around the rim of the crawl space, humid air won’t be welcome in this crawl space.
Raymond and Karen’s crawl space is now smell free and fully protected.
This East Lansing, MI homeowner gave us a call after he noticed that water was puddling on the floor of his basement. Ali, the owner, was eager to repair the leaks and solve the issue. The only problem was the existing wall finish hid the cracks, so he didn’t know where to begin.
Our crew was willing to do whatever it would take to fix Ali’s problem. Since the cracks couldn’t be found, they installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system that would collect water no matter where it was leaking in. WaterGuard sits under the footing of the foundation, so any water that would normally puddle on the floor will enter the system instead. The crew also connected the drainage system to a TripleSafe sump pump. The TripleSafe is our most reliable model, so Ali won’t have to worry no matter how much water comes leaking into the basement.
Matt was regularly dealing with 2 or 3 inches of water flooding his crawl space. Water was even puddling in the East Lansing, MI property during the dry season. When he first purchased the house, the inspector had mentioned looking into installing a basement sump pump. Tired of dealing with the constant floods, Matt gave us a call to follow up on that suggestion.
The cement crawl space was turning into a giant tank. Water would flow in through the cracks and fill up the space because there was nowhere else to go. That made providing a place of escape the biggest concern for the crew. They agreed with the original inspector that the home needed a sump pump and installed the ever reliable SuperSump to discharge the water. They even included a water watch alarm for Matt, designed to keep him from playing the guessing game by alerting him if there is ever water in the crawl space. A newly installed drainage matting will make sure that water doesn’t have the chance to puddle up and will direct the flow of any leakage to the SuperSump for discharge.
Thanks to a great job by the Ayers crew, Matt won’t have to worry about crawl space floods again.
After Bob noticed a few cracks and a little water on his walls where the discharge line exited the basement, he started to get concerned about his sump pump system. He knew that the system ran to the front to his home and thought there was a possibility that the line had disconnected. To put his mind at ease, he asked if one of the crews could come out to East Lansing, MI, dig up the line, and check it out.
The crew was more than happy to be of service. Luckily, the excavation revealed no problems with the sump or the line. Unfortunately, that meant something else would have to be done to help Bob out. For smaller interior wall cracks like these, we’ve found that the best solution is our FlexiSpan Sealant System. The two-layer sealant works by first plugging up the crack and then providing a drainage route for any water that does penetrate the seal. Bob doesn’t need to worry about the drainage, though. Before the FlexiSpan polymer was used, the crew installed a drainage system at the foot of the wall, underneath the foundation floor. Any leakage that does happen will take place behind the second layer of FlexiSpan and will enter into the drainage system out of sight. Bob’s leaky crack problem is now a thing of the past.
East Lansing, MI resident, Donald has lived in his home for about three years. Within the past year he started noticing that water was leaking into the basement. With intentions to live in this home for another 15 years or so, Donald decided to contact Ayers in hopes to solve this problem.
The installation crew arrived just a few short days later to complete the job. The crew installed CleanSpace, a SuperSump, and an UltraSump. The number one reason for basement flooding is due to sump pump failure. The UltraSump backup battery will kick on in the event that the main pump fails for whatever reason, preventing a possible wet basement in the future. Donald was more than satisfied with the work that Ayers did to his basement and now he no longer has to live in fear of a wet basement.