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This crawl space had suffered some minor termite damage in the past and signs of some moisture in the crawl space were evident. We were able to help remedy the issues under this home by sistering some joists to ensure the strength of the structure. We also encapsulated the crawl space using our durable CleanSpace material. This material covers the ground and is carried up the walls and around piers to create an effective moisture barrier. We also installed SilverGlo insulation on the wall to reflect heat back into the crawl space during the cold months and increase energy efficiency. Lastly, we spray foamed the rim joists which are a common entry point for humid air. This helps to create a cleaner, dryer, brighter, and healthier space under the home.
Our customer called because his crawl space had become a real problem. It had mold that was causing breathing problems, the ground was uneven and dangerous, and the plastic sheeting in place as a barrier of sorts was torn and messy.
We installed the CleanSpace vapor barrier system along with SilverGlo insulation panels, and added SmartJack crawl space supports to reinforce the failing floor joists. To make sure that the crawl space stays protected, we also installed vent covers and a SaniDry dehumidfier.
Gene added an addition to the home and there is a basement/crawl space under the new master bedroom. One of the walls leaks water into the area during rainy seasons and heavy rain. We installed the WaterGuard to keep the water out of the house. The WaterGuard is a French drain system that is installed under the floor but atop of the foundation so it won't clog. The water collected gets drained to the sump pump which then gets drained outside the home. The system installs quickly and has a clean finish!
This Okemos, MI homeowner was dealing with water build up near his window well. Whenever it rained, the yard would get very damp and threaten to leak into the basement, but the water wasn’t coming from where you’d think. Sure, it was rain water, but it was flowing from his gutter downspouts. The spouts had been installed at an angle on the side of the house that led straight into the soil. It was only a matter of time until that water started to look for another place to go, like the home’s foundation.
The homeowner wanted an extension that would lead the water to his front yard. Ever accommodating, the Ayers crew stepped in and drew out a plan for a downspout extension and front yard LawnScape outlet. The discharge line was placed below ground and then connected to the two downspouts on the home. Think of the after shot as more of a “pre-final touches picture.” The crew later replaced the excavated soil and thoroughly hid the discharge line.
This problem could have been a lot more severe. Overflowing gutter water can easily leak into basements and cause serious foundation problems. If you’re worried about keeping gutter water away from your foundation, then give us a call and find out if a gutter downspout extension is right for your home.
Residents in Meridian Charter Township turned their crawl space into a clean space by having one of our professional teams install our patented CleanSpace encapsulation system. With this installment, the crawl space in this home is now protected from the elements, sealed air-tight, and preventative of any coldness or moisture entering into the home through the floor up.
This home was built in the 1940s and in recent years one of the basement walls had begun to develop a crack and bow about a half inch. To prevent further bowing and ensure that the wall will continue to hold for several years into the future we installed a series of CarbonArmor straps both horizontally and vertically. These CarbonAmor straps are fully epoxied and are stronger than cement and 10 times stronger than steel. The epoxy on these straps is a syrup-like consistency that penetrates deep into the pores of the wall to ensure a secure bond with the wall. When it comes to preventing any further bowing, these straps are incredibly reliable.
These East Lansing, MI customers were dealing with more than the traditional crawl space issues. For starters, there was a crack running down the foundation that was even visible from the outside. They assumed that this was the reason that water was leaking into their basement. On top of that, groundhogs had started using the crawl space as a home. The before picture shows that groundhogs weren’t the only crawl space visitor, either; spiders were turning the crawl space into their own home as well.
Our CleanSpace liner in the after photo will keep out both sets of creatures. The liner is strong enough for people to crawl across for maintenance without ripping, so the owners won’t have to worry about animals ripping it down to get inside. CleanSpace is also a vapor barrier that won’t allow moisture to pass through, so the basement leaks will also stop. And just in case water was leaking from somewhere else, the Froth Pak spray insulation in the after photo sealed the floor joists and wall joint, closing off all other possible entryways for moisture or pests.
A customer in Bronson Michigan needed to have their crawl space insulated from the outside environment. We came to the rescue and installed CleanSpace Technology. CleanSpace is a 20 mil thick plastic liner that fits to the crawl space to completely seal the home from the earth. Polyester cord reinforcement allows for a lot of durability, to make it last longer than the home will. This liner also contains an antimicrobial additive to prevent mold. Now this house will not have to worry about a gross, moldy crawlspace and home.
Joan F. from Lansing, MI had a grungy crawl space beneath her home that was letting cold air into her home, on top of being dirty. This was causing her heating bill to skyrocket in the winter and she needed a fix.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. No more dirt, water, or cold air with can enter the crawl space with this installment. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
This home in Lansing, MI was experiencing some excess water in their basement. We went through and installed our WaterGuard system to redirect the water to the proper place and a properly working sump pump. Once the more invasive work was done it was time to restore the basement. This customer had many of our inorganic and waterproof materials installed such as EverLast wall panels and Elite Plank faux wood flooring. This made the basement look fabulous while also making sure it would last a long time.
This foundation was leaking in some of the corners. The hope was to eventually finish the space but this wouldn't be an option until the water seepage was dealt with. The answer in this wet area of the basement was a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system along the wet areas of the basement. WaterGuard sits right on the the footing of the home and collects water at the base of the wall and directs it to the sump pump for removal from the home. The SuperSump system installed in this home has a 1/3 hp Zoeller pump and also features an airtight lid with floor drain and an alarm that alerts the homeowner if the pump isn't keeping up or fails. This homeowner will no longer need to worry about incoming water puddling in the basement and the space can be finished.
This homeowner had been dealing with water seeping in for several years. It was entering in such large amounts that even when we did our inspection, one whole area of the basement was just a large puddle under the egress window. The owner was tired of dealing with the mess and wanted to know what could be done to stop it. Our production team came out a few short weeks later to install his new WaterGuard drainage system. This system requires the excavation of concrete along the perimeter walls to expose the home's footing. The drain system is put in place and the excavated area is leveled off with stone before replacing the concrete. This system captures the water along the base of the wall and diverts it to a sump pump for removal from the home. In this system, where a large amount of water was flowing through it, we installed several 4" pvc access ports. These ports allow us entry into the system to service and clean it out. This would be especially helpful in an area where iron ochre was present and had a tendency to muck up the drain over time. The finished walls that were cut out at the bottom for installation can now have the framing repaired and new drywall screwed in place. This former puddle should now stay dry, no matter the weather outside.
You have to have a downspout that gets the excess water away from your foundation, but who said it has to be clunky and annoying? Typically these discharge lines are a tripping hazard and have to be moved to mow the lawn in the summer. In all reality, they're just a big pain in the butt. We now offer a way to bury these lines, if you place our LawnScape outlet at the end. The cover can also be unscrewed to remove any debris that might get in the way of water being able to drain. The LawnScape outlet is very inexpensive and can really clean up the look around your house.
Don't you hate it when you are walking inside, and the floor boards make sounds? Well this homeowner from Delhi Charter Township had that same issue, and he called us for our professional help. We drove to his property and installed SmartJacks. The SmartJack is a support system used to stabilize and level the floor joists in a crawl space. This system can support up to 60,000 pounds. The SmartJack system is placed on strong concrete fillings that have replaced the soil in that small location underneath the SmartJack. Now that these SmartJacks are installed, this homeowner won't have to worry about floor problems ever again.
Cinder block walls in crawl spaces are known for their lack of water and air resistant properties. Their porous and leaky features lead to water seeping in which was what we found in this Marshall, MI crawl space.
With CleanSpace wrapped around the walls, this liner will act as a vapor barrier to keep moisture out of the house. CleanSpace is durable and mold resistant and transformed this area from wet to dry.
Windows can give a basement a more homey and comfortable look while brightening up the space. But it's not all fun and games...poorly installed windows can lead to huge air leakages causing bills to skyrocket, as well as potential future water problems.
We installed a window for homeowners in Marshall, MI that is energy efficient and rot and mildew-resistant. It will keep warm air in in the winter and cool air in in the summer, something we all know is necessary for the weather conditions we get here in Michigan. Nothing like a little natural light to quickly improve a basement and make it more inviting!
A wet basement is no beauty -- as seen in the picture of this basement in Olivet, MI. However, we have a solution: WaterGuard. The WaterGuard French drain system rests below the floor and on top of the foundation footing, collecting the water that drains through your basement walls. The water is then filtered into your sump pump. This is a great way to avoid a water issue in your basement.
When these homeowners purchased their Potterville, MI home they thought that the basement water issues had been solved, at least, that’s what they were told. 3 years later, the walls were still leaking and the sump pump that came with the home couldn’t keep up. What these residents needed was a system they could depend on, something like our TripleSafe sump pump. With our most trustworthy sump in the home, these homeowners could be sure that reliability wouldn’t be a problem again. The TripleSafe system – seen in the after photo – has 2 different backup pumps inside. One of those pumps will kick in if the original has too much to deal with and the other turns on in the event of a power failure. The two different discharge lines coming out of the TripleSafe make it possible for the sump to push out water through different pumps without overflowing or back loading the system. This home now has the type of protection it was assured of 3 years before.
One of the newest products we have here at Ayers is shotcrete, and it’s pretty awesome. If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you check it out. This new process gives us the ability to create new concrete foundations almost anywhere, and a lot of customers have been taking advantage of it.
We received a call from a customer in Charlotte, MI where we had installed a waterproofing system last year. She had heard about our new service and was interested in having a new, slightly wider front porch. The first step for the team was removing the worn out concrete. Once the frame for the new slab was laid out and the support for the roof ensured, it was as simple as shooting concrete out of a fire hose. Which, as it turns out, is actually a pretty quick process. The after photo was taken when the slab was finished being poured. The crew would later return when the concrete was drier and reinstall the column supports.
If you’re interested in enjoying the summer breeze from a brand new front porch as well, then give us a call to find out more about our Shotcrete services.
This customer called us out to have a look at his crawl space. The problem with using common plastics as a floor barrier is that they aren’t guaranteed to last. Systems like these tear easily, leaving the space unprotected and looking like a mess. If only there was an energy efficient solution that would make this crawl space good as new while also improving the home…
Our complete crawl space repair system uses a combination of different products - SilverGlo walls, TerraBlock floor insulation, and CleanSpace vapor barrier - all working together to make your crawlspace the best it can be. The SilverGlo walls and TerraBlock floor act as insulation to improve the energy efficiency of your home and provide another layer between the crawl space and outside world. The CleanSpace liner is the icing on the cake. It is attached to the walls and covers the entire floor to encapsulate the area with a durable, mold resistant material. With the entire crawlspace insulated and protected, this homeowner will now save himself from heat loss and future repairs. Let us know if your crawlspace could use saving, too.
This half-finished basement was dealing with water seeping through the cracks of the basement walls and damaging the wood panels. When a finished basement begins to leak – especially one that uses wood material – not only does it damage the wall, it also means that mold isn’t far behind. To solve this homeowner’s waterproofing issue without sacrificing the finish of his basement, the owner gave Ayers a call.
Our EverLast Wall Restoration System is designed specifically for finished walls. The panels are made from inorganic materials making them mold resistant and durable enough to not be affected by water damage. Once the crew put in a perimeter drainage system at the foot of the wall and removed the wood panels, they installed a vapor barrier to direct moisture to the system below. The EverLast panels were then attached in front of the vapor barrier to create a permanent solution for this waterproofing problem.
Kathy had a crawl space with a dirt floor. She was hoping to make the space look neater, cleaner, and warmer. We were able to add TerraBlock insulation on the ground and SilverGlo insulation on the block walls to help reflect heat back into the home and our CleanSpace material provides a long-lasting and durable mositure barrier that is resistant to mold and mildew. Spray foam in the rim joists helps to seal any other cracks that may exist to keep unwanted cold air and moisture out. This crawl space is much brighter and more inviting now and the floors above should be noticeably warmer.
Unattractive, water damaged, unfinished, or mold-covered walls can be permanently repaired by our patented EverLast finished wall restoration system. This system adds insulation and creates a clean, finished look to your basement or other living space. The surface is also washable, and EverLast even comes with a 50 year warranty. This family in Battle Creek, MI had us install EverLast and can now fully enjoy their home.
This family needed their basement finished and to better insulate their home. They went with our Basement to Beautiful Panels that are shown in the after picture. These panels are not a finished wall but we offer many different options to finish them. The Basement to Beautiful panels are made of foam with graphite infused throughout them. This drives up the insulation value compared to regular foam insulation by 24%. The panels also eliminate the conventional wood stud framing commonly found in basements. Wood in a basement can rot and grow mold, and this family told us they had found mold. The panels are sure to make your basement warm and help make the rooms above the basement warmer too.
A customer in Springfield, MI called about some water in the basement. There is a couple of inches of water in the basement in some spots and the floor gets wet. The current sump pump in this home runs nonstop. The customer stated that the problem is the underground spring, where the water comes up through the floor. They have been dealing with this issue for about 35 years now. They came to Ayers for a solution to the issue.
After our System Design Specialist assessed the issue, he suggested that we lay down our WaterGuard to help collect and protect from the water entering into the basement. After installing that, it was time to upgrade the sump pump. Our sump pumps provide reliable water removal in any basement. Allowing for this basement to be completely dry and waterproofed!
Water was leaking into this bank owned property through the basement walls and puddling on the floor. As you can see, the top half of the stone foundation was covered by the molding and failing fiberglass insulation which was offering little protection from the leaking walls behind it. The bottom half of the wall had a small retaining wall poured in front of it which was also allowing water to easily penetrate and leak down.
To create a barrier that would stop water from flowing into the basement, the crew removed the fiberglass insulation and replaced it with the foam spray, FrothPak. FrothPak is a waterproof insulation that can also be used to seal up leaks. For the retaining wall, the crew used the CleanSpace Wall Vapor Barrier The plastic liner was installed to cover both the ledge and retaining wall, and it will allow water to drain behind the barrier. If water does continue to enter through the stone foundation, it will flow into a newly installed perimeter drainage system below (not pictured). With a full system like this working together, this basement will remain dry and will no longer need that gross fiberglass insulation.
We received a call from a customer that lives in Richland, they told us about their sagging and creaky floors. We drove to their home to discover that there was not much support of the floors underneath. So we knew the perfect fix. SmartJacks. The SmartJack is a support system used to stabilize and level the floor joists in a crawl space. This system can support up to 60,000 pounds. The SmartJack system is placed on strong concrete fillings that have replaced the soil in that small location underneath the SmartJack.
A homeowner in Richland Michigan needed help waterproofing her basement because she kept noticing water collecting inside of it. She gave us a call so she could receive our professional help. We drove to her house to give her a free estimate and noticed the crawl was not properly insulated from the outside environment. To fix that we installed our advanced CleanSpace technology. CleanSpace is a 20 mil thick plastic liner that fits to the crawl space to completely seal the home from the earth. Polyester cord reinforcement allows for a lot of durability, to make it last longer than the home will. This liner also contains an antimicrobial additive to prevent mold. Now this homeowner will not have to worry about a wet crawl space ever again.
For the past few years, Annette and Thomas have had a drafty house. Their home is especially cooler in the winter because their crawl space isn't properly sealed off. So our team insulated their rim joists. Small cracks and seams can exist around rim joists, but after insulating them all of those cracks are sealed off. Now airflow is restricted keeping outside air out and inside air in. Annette and Thomas will no longer have to worry about their home being cold during the long winter months in Michigan.
The open hole sump is pretty common in basements. The only problem - besides a passageway to the depths of the black lagoon in your house - is the hole leaves your system vulnerable. Vulnerable to flooding, clogging, and general basement destruction. These problems are only amplified when your home is dealing with iron ochre issues, a rust-colored sludge that builds up inside of your pipes, as this Omer, MI homeowner could attest.
Iron ochre was coming through the pipes of his open hole sump and clogging up the entire discharge system. All Ayers crew members are familiar with iron ochre and know which type of products will be effective in the fight against sludge. First, the team went ahead and installed a WaterGuard IOS perimeter drainage system. This WaterGuard system was designed with large drainage holes to prevent clogging. Our TripleSafe (as seen in the after photo) sump pump’s reliability also makes it extremely effective against iron ochre. The two backup pumps included in the system make sure that the sump is continuously working, even if the main pump becomes overwhelmed or shutdowns from power failure. Extra pumps equal extra discharge and to actually get that water out, the system needed an additional discharge line. Lastly, an airtight lid was placed on top of the triple safe sump liner. It may seem simple, but it does a lot to ensure the proficiency of the system. This way, debris can’t fall in to mess up the system, not to mention the lid almost looks like art compared to an open hole sump.
If you have questions about iron ochre or the best products to use against it, give us a call, and we'll send a specialist your way.