These Hudson, MI customers were in the middle of a serious remodel. The groundwater around their home was causing a host of problems to the basement and crawl space. In an effort to save their lower levels from a watery grave, they had excavated the worst areas, added in a drainage system to the basement, and filled in as many of the leaking cracks as they could. The plan seemed to have worked for the basement, but the constant dampness had really affected the crawl space, as seen in the before photo. Not only were the floor joists starting to rot, the insulation was also coming down. That’s when the crew introduced the customers to our CleanSpace Vapor Barrier System. Dirt floors allow moisture easy access to the crawl space, but with the CleanSpace system covering both the floors and the bottom portion of the walls, there is no entryway for moisture.
As you can see in the after photo, CleanSpace wasn’t the only product we installed. The SilverGlo Wall Panels will act as insulation and create another barrier that keeps leaking water from coming through the walls. With neither walls nor floor allowing water inside, this crawl space won’t have any more trouble with dampness.
This customer contacted us because his crawlspace was giving off a strong mildew smell. This issue occurred because of the high water table in the area that was letting water and moisture into the space, causing it to become humid and damp.
We first installed dimpled drainage matting on the floor of the crawlspace that helped move intruding water easily across the floor to the sump pump. Next, we installed the plastic CleanSpace liner that sealed off the crawlspace from outside elements such as dirt, water, moisture and cold/hot air. This liner was extremely durable and prevented mold growth as well.
This crawl space was giving off an awful musty, mildew odor that was coming up into the house. Usually, a bad smell is a sign of a wet crawl space and a lot of times that means mold. We were able to install our CleanSpace system to fix this unpleasant smell. CleanSpace encapsulates the entire crawl space so no outside elements can get in. It also is great because the material is super sturdy so it call still be walked on and you can even store boxes on top. Not to mention it also makes your crawl space look bright and appealing.
After a questionable foundation repair to this Cement City, MI home, the owners began to notice that they’re basement didn’t look quite right. There were cracks in the foundation and front porch. Not to mention, both the floors upstairs and porch seemed to be sagging and uneven. In other words, the foundation was starting to settle. The owners wanted to keep their basement separate from the upstairs for a little while longer, so they made a call to the basement and foundation experts, Ayers Basement Systems.
To fix this settling foundation, the crew used SmartJacks. The jacks are usually used to repair the floor above sagging crawl spaces, but thanks to their adjustability, the jacks were perfect for this low basement ceiling. Similar to the installation process for crawl spaces, the SmartJacks were attached to previously installed reinforcement beams in the ceiling and lodged into the concrete slab at floor level. The SmartJacks will reduce the amount of stress on the foundation and stabilize the ceiling back to its original position.
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A crawl space moisture problem called us out to this Cement City, MI home. The owner thought there might be moisture in the crawl space, but he wasn’t sure. He did know that he wanted to waterproof the entire area and his basement, too. After completing the waterproofing, the team installed 3 vent covers for the new crawl space. The benefit of a cover is that things are kept out. Critters, moisture and air, hot or cold, can enter through an open vent at any time. Our vent covers create an airtight seal that will keep this newly encapsulated crawl space clean and protected.