Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
After intermittent water issues in the crawl space - regularly occurring but usually negligible amounts of water - our customer looked into his crawl space to find four inches of standing water.
We drained the water (the before picture is the immediate aftermath, where everything is still nice and soggy) and installed a Smart Sump to help with any future water accumulation, before encapsulating the crawl space with the CleanSpace vapor barrier system and drainage matting.
Concrete settling creates a tripping hazard and takes away from the attractiveness of your home. Unlike mudjacking, PolyLEVEL uses a unique blend of polymers to raise slab to their original positions. It is also a very clean process. As seen in the after picture, the holes are less than a nickel wide and the slab can be walked on just 15 minutes after the project completion.
This homeowner called us because over time their basement wall had began to bow inward. This was a slow process and has horizontal cracks around the bowing. They weren't experiencing any water issues...yet. We assured them it was best to get it fixed before they did have a foot of water in the basement or before the foundation failed.
After a careful inspection and talking to the homeowners we both decided the best solution to the problem would be to install our Carbon Fiber straps. Carbon fiber is made of a very high tensile strength that is impossible to stretch. This makes it easy to adhere the carbon fiber to the bowing wall. This makes the wall stay where it's at without getting any worse over more time.
Six years ago Jess L. had concrete lifted at the meeting point between his garage and driveway. Recently he noticed that the concrete had settled about an inch around his garage door which made closing the door very difficult. We lifted the settled concrete in the garage/driveway intersection using our PolyLevel Injection. This is a great alternative to replacing cracked or settled concrete. This high-density foam fills any voids in soil particles, is waterproof and lightweight, and does not take long to cure.
Our concrete leveling specialist also recommended that Jess have the existing downspout extended to the yard to prevent water from washing out soil below the garage and driveway concrete which could lead to further settling.
Sometimes you just know something is wrong, even without obvious symptoms. This was the case with our customer in Ypsilanti, who called with a problem crawl space. But the culprit wasn't flooding, or mildew, or even cold floors. It was dust.
There were little signs of all the others, of course, but their major impetus for calling was the excessive amount of dust that seemed to be in the house at all times. They were concerned for their health and the health of their six dogs.
So we checked it out, and sure enough, the vented crawl space was the dust culprit. Dust (and water, and bugs, and who knows what else) would enter through the vents, then travel through the ducts to the rest of the house.
We encapsulated the crawl space with our CleanSpace vapor barrier system and installed SilverGlo insulation panels to protect the crawl space from the elements, and the house above from the crawl space. And to make sure the job was complete, we sealed off those pesky vents with our Everlast Crawl Space Vent Covers.