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When finishing your basement, especially if you're turning it into a bedroom or otherwise habitable living space (i.e. an apartment), it's important to be aware of building code. You must have a properly sized window, like the egress windows we install.
While finishing their basement, our customer had us install a new egress to take the place of their small, outdated basement window. You'll have to look closely to even see it in the before picture. The difference is dramatic.
Jason noticed stair step cracks in the mortar of his brick walls and immediately called us. He was lucky in doing so beacuse the cracks were still in the early stages. Stair step shaped cracked are a clear sign of foundation issues.
Since the cracks were not fully developed, our team determined that wall anchors would be the best solution for Jason. Wall anchors are plates the are drilled into the wall and geo locked by piers underground, the piers are placed in solid soil where they are less likely to slip. Wall anchors can only be used to prevent the problem from getting worse, which only works in cases like Jason's where the issues are in early stages.
Egress windows are an integral part of a finished basement, particularly if you want to use the space as a bedroom or other living space. By having windows installed by a basement company, you can be sure that they are water-tight and code-compliant.
This customer callled us becuase they noticed that their foundation wall was bowing and water was leaking through the cracks. You can see from the before picture that the bowing wall was pushing on the pipes and if this problem was not fixed then the pipes would burts.
We came to the rescue and installed a GeoLock Channel Anchor System. The GeoLock Channel Anchor System consists of steel rods stabilized in solid soil in the yard. The rods are connected to a steel plate in the ground and the channel anchor that is inside the foundation wall. The channel anchor is secured to the floor, as well as the rod in the ground, for extra strength. This stops the inward movement of the wall and could return the wall to its original position.
The homeowners in Williamston, MI were noticing that one of their walls in their basment had horizontal cracks near the top of the wall and was starting to bow. Horizontal cracks are one of the first signs of a bowing wall. The cracks need to be fixed right away because they start out small, but they will increase in width over time as the soil outisde continues to put pressure on the wall.
To fix the bowing wall out professional team installed the GeoLock Wall Anchor system. Galvanized steel earth anchors are embedded into the soil out away from the foundation wall. Steel wall plates are installed inside the home on the problem wall. The earth anchors and steel plates are then connected together by galvanized steel rods. Once installed, wall anchors will hold walls in their current position without any further adjustment. They can be tightened during dry periods allowing for improvement and straightening of the wall over time.
The GeoLock wall anchor system stops the homeowners wall from bowing and allows the wall to be straightened over time.
This Okemos, MI homeowner found us at a local trade show and was immediately impressed by our offered services. She decided then and there that she wanted to have an Egress Window installed. As you can see in the before picture, her previous window didn’t offer a lot in terms of lighting. The 4-foot window that the team installed most likely won’t have this problem. Our replacement egress windows are designed to allow light to actually permeate into the basement. Since the project was done by the waterproofing experts here at Ayers Basement System, homeowners can rest easy knowing that any product we install will have a waterproofing function. The inorganic well included with our egress windows won’t decay or allow water to leak in. For even more protection, ask about our plastic lids, designed to let sunlight in through the window while keeping water, dirt and critters out of the well.
This customer called because he noticed his wall was caving inward and he was afraid it was going to collapse. His home was built with block foundation and was experiencing horizontal cracking, which is a common sign of wall failure in this type of foundation wall. In order to save the wall our crew decided that installing Geo-Lock wall anchors would be the best bet.
The Geo-Lock wall anchor system will stabilize the wall and prevent it from continuing to bow inward. Steel anchors are installed in the soil away from the home and are then connected to steel wall plates located on the foundation wall. These anchors ensure the wall is stabilized, with the capability to tighten the anchors during dry seasons to straighten the wall over time. This customer will no longer have to worry about the possibility of his wall collapsing.
We had done a waterproofing job for these East Lansing, MI customers a few months back. Apparently, they were happy with the work because they got in contact with us again when they started looking for a replacement to the small rectangular window seen in the before photo. While that block window is much larger than most basement windows, this finished pool room would look even better with a larger window that let in more natural light. As you can see in the after photo, that’s exactly what we gave them. Through the new replacement window is a Sunhouse Egress Well. The well will keep the window protected from the elements and water and also provide a way out of the basement in case of an emergency. It's always great to hear from past customers, and we're happy to help them out as they start new projects.
This home has used our team of experts in the past for a flooding basement where we installed our WaterGuard system and a sump pump to fix the issue. Over time, another problem has occurred and the window began to leak. To fix the leaking window our team installed a window duct drain to collect the water and direct it to the sump pump.
Liam just moved into his home when he notcied that during heavy rain, a steady stream of water was coming through some cracks in the basement. There was no standing water, it had drained but he didn't want water coming in at all so he called us. We installed CarbonArmor to stabilize the wall. The CarbonArmor System is made up of flexible carbon fiber fabric straps that are up to 10 times stronger in tension than steel. These straps are bonded to the wall using high strength epoxy resin. This system requires no exterior excavation, installs quickly, and won't impact future basement finishing.
The basement in the before photo had just been redone to stop water from leaking into the finished area. The owners wanted to complete the repairs by giving the basement a window that would highlight the finished features. As you can see in the before photo, the old window was barely visible from the outside and certainly didn’t offer a lot of sunlight on the inside. The window in the after photo is our egress replacement window. Our crew had to excavate the soil to make room for the window and its accompanying well. The larger window will allow more light to enter the basement while the well protects it from water and the elements, so leaks like before won't happen again. Note: the soil around the well was filled back in before the installation was completed.
Walls in Walter’s basement were starting to bow, so he called our team. We installed PowerBrace, a foundation repair system created to secure basement walls in place. Outside pressures can often cause your basement walls to crack or tilt, this foundation repair system counteracts these pressures by keeping your basement walls in place. Over time, the system can be tightened to not only secure the walls in place, but to also straighten them.
A homeowner from Lansing contacted us referring to her basement that had a weak foundation wall. She did not know how to fix it, so she called us. We drove to her home and installed Wall Anchors. We install these by digging a tiny hole in that are a few feet away from the home. Then we drill a steel rod through a 1-inch hole in the basement wall. After that, the rod connects to an anchor that is placed in the hole of the soil. Once we place the plates on afterward, we have permanently stabilized the basement. So now the homeowner doesn't have to worry about an unsafe basement ever again.
Demeka's home has been giving her problems, such as having cracks and bowed basement walls. Eventually, she called us to assess her problem, it was determined by our specialists that her foundation is slipping. To fix this, our specialists determined that Powerbraces on the foundation walls of her basement would fix the problem permanently.
Marianne contacted us when she noticed that there were horizontal cracks on her basement walls. The homeowner wanted her walls stabilized and a peace of mind that the walls would last. We installed the PowerBrace Wall Repair System and GeoLock Wall Anchors to make sure her wall wouldn't get any worse.
PowerBraces are great for bowing or buckling walls because they stop further damage and could potentially straighten the wall. The system is made up of steel I beams that are secured to joists above the wall with steel brackets. The system doesn't involve any exterior excavation and installs quickly with minimal disruption to your basement space.
Geolock Wall Anchors are made of steel for a long-lasting solution that will prevent any further inward movement of your walls. These anchors work by extending from your wall into stable, hard soil beyond your home. They anchor into these stronger soils and brace the foundation wall, preventing further movement. Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn and they don't take up usable space.
The PowerBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system that's designed to stabilize failing basement walls and provide the potential to straighten walls over time.
Mark M. called because he noticed large cracks forming in his basement walls. It is important to know the warning signs for wall failure depending on the type of wall that is present in your home. As you can see in the before picture, his cinder block walls were showing signs of horizontal and stair-step cracking, which is a common sign for this type of wall. These warning signs show that over time the soil outside of his home was putting continuous pressure on the wall causing it to bow inward.
Our crew of experts decided to install Geo-Lock anchors to save the failing wall. This system consists of galvanized steel anchors that are placed in the soil away from the home and then connected to wall plates with steel rods. The installation of this system ensures your basement walls are stabilized and have the opportunity to straighten over time. An advantage of the Geo-Lock anchors is that you are able to tighten them during dry periods (a time when the soil isn’t putting as much pressure on the wall), which allows you to straighten the wall even further over time.
Mark can now check “failing wall” off of his to do list!
We got a call from this Lansing, MI homeowner when he noticed that the basement walls in his rental property were starting to crumble. Horizontal cracks running down the middle of a wall, like the one in the before picture, are one of the biggest hints to a bowing foundation. The foundation had been bowing inward for some time, and when it wasn’t addressed, things only became worse. With no sign of the walls improving on their own, the owner sought out help from the foundation experts here at Ayers.
The crew was able to save several of the walls with our Geo-Lock Wall anchors. However, the one pictured was beyond repair. To keep the foundation from completely giving in on itself, the crew excavated next to the wall and replaced the crumbling stone blocks with new ones. But before the crew could take away part of the structural integrity of the home, they had to stabilize the floor above. To do so, they used our PowerBrace system in a slightly different way than usual. PowerBrace is typically set up against bowing walls and spans from the floor to the ceiling to take pressure off of the foundation walls. In this case, it was set a few feet away from the crumbling wall, so that the floor joists remained supported while the old blocks were replaced. With all the walls stable again, the owner can go back to enjoying this property worry free.
PowerBraces will stabilize the wall in its current position without any further adjustment. Over time, the PowerBrace™ System can be tightened to make bowing or tilting walls straighter and more vertical.
One of the walls in this Lansing, MI basement was bowing inward and had multiple cracks in the cinder block seams. The homeowners wanted to do some remodeling in the basement, so they wanted the issue resolved before doing so.
To stabilize the shifting wall, we installed the CarbonArmor system that used carbon fiber straps to hold the wall in place. The straps are 10x stronger than steel and are adhered to the wall with a strong epoxy resin. Once attached to the walls, the system was secured into place with steel brackets to prevent the wall from continuing to shift and crack over time.
These homeowners has some cracks in their basment wall and the wall was starting to bow. They wanted a solution to make sure their home was safe and to keep it from getting worse. We installed the GeoLock Wall Anchors to stabilize the basement wall. This system works by extending from your wall to the stable, hard soil beyond your home. They anchor into these stronger soils to brace the foundation wall. These anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space.
Paul complained that his basement was a little drafty. He noticed that draft was coming from the basement window. We helped by installing our EverLast windows. EverLast windows are energy-efficient and all vinyl windows. They are double-pane glass, will not let any wind in, and are rot and mildew-resistant.
Which came first: The wall crack or the leak?
It's hard to tell, since water can come in through cracked basement walls but water can also CAUSE wall cracks by weakening the structure, but either way, we can fix it.
These homeowners had a long horizontal wall crack on one of their basement walls (marked in both pictures by the gray tape), along with a leak. After we installed new discharge line and a set of LawnScape outlets to take care of the leak, we used six 8 foot PowerBraces to reinforce the failing wall.
Bob was experiencing a major foundation issue with the corner of his front porch. The corner of the porch was slowly sinking for quite sometime, but recently had accelerated sinking. Our professional foundation team stepped in and installed a few piers around the porch in order to help support and lift the corner back into position. The Helical Piers are the piers that we used in this project. To install the piers, we excavated a small hole around the outside of the porch to expose the home's footer. We then drill long steel piering shafts into the ground until they reach competent soil that can reliably support the weight of the home. This allows for the corner to be put back in its original position. The fix is permanent and incredibly reliable!
Denise had noticed stair step cracks on her basement wall and took the issue into her own hands. She filled the cracks with traditional sealant because it was advertised as a quick fix. Luckily, she called us because stair step cracks are a tell tale sign of foundation issues and there is no "quick fix" for foundation problems.
Our team determined that her basement walls were still in the early stages of cracking. This meant that our team could install Wall Anchors, which are braces that hold your wall still and will prevent the issue from getting worse. These wall anchors are a permanent solution for Denise's stair step cracks and our team even covered the the cracks to make her basement more appealing.
This homeowner wanted to get an egress window installed in their basement in place of one of the smaller windows. This is a safe and smart idea as they plan to build a few bedrooms in the basement. Due to building code, if you have bedrooms in your basement you need to have two ways to escape in case of an emergency. The first one being the door and the second is usually a window large enough to climb out of. We were able to install a nice, large egress window in this basement. It's now ready for bedrooms to be added and lived in safely.
A homeowners garage wall was being pushed inwards causing cracks with one crack being 1/8 of an inch deep. We installed the PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System to stop further movement. This system is made up of steel beams that are secured to joists above the wall with steel brakets. The beams stop damage from occuring and can potentially straighten the wall. Thei nstallation is quick and has very minimal disruption to your garage space.
This Grand Ledge home was up forsale but there was a bowing wall in the basement. The prospective buyers wanted it to be fixed so they called us to see what we could do to save the wall. We installed GeoLock Wall Anchors for them to halt further movement of the wall. These wall anchors are made of galvanized steel and work by extending from your wall into the hard, stable soil beyond your home. They brace the stronger soil to stabilize the foundation wall. Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space.
The PowerBrace System reshapes your walls to be in perfect alignment gradually over time. By correcting the bowing walls gradually, Ayers prevents any sudden cracks or collapse from over correction and sudden changes. The PowerBrace system is coated with a zinc layer that prevents it from weathering and rusting over time, making it a more reliable system in the long run. One of the most appreciated aspects of the PowerBrace system by homeowners is the fact that no outdoor excavation is required!
Bowing walls and stair step cracks are clear signs that a basement's foundation needs to be looked at. This Battle Creek, MI basement showed evidence of bowing wall damage and water leaks coming in through the cracks, so we installed our wall anchor system to help solve the problem. Wall anchors are secured in outside soil to provide strength in prevention of any more bowing in the future and straighten the walls over time.
After this anchor was installed, we placed a clean, white cover overtop to keep the system discrete and give the basement a more finished look.