Serving Mid, Western and Northern Michigan,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Your home is one of your most treasured possessions, and Steve’s goal is to help make it more comfortable, safe, and dry.
Steve completed extensive training in designing solutions for your waterproofing, foundation, and crawl space repair needs. This includes earning the Certified Waterproofing Professional designation through the Basement Systems International Network of Waterproofing Contractors.
He brings a comprehensive, personalized approach to every job. Steve will give you a custom solution based on your goals and exactly what’s going on in your home. His customers recommend Steve and the Ayers Team to their family and friends.
Steve has an extensive background in construction, having owned home improvement companies in Michigan and Nebraska. He has experience with mold and radon mitigation with basement remodeling being an area of expertise.
“Basements and crawl spaces are an important part of every home,” shares Steve. “I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping families transform their damp, unpleasant areas into clean, useable spaces.”
A native of Nebraska, Steve is a long-time resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area, currently living in Hickory Corners, Michigan. He enjoys music, reading, and fishing.
A crack in the garage foundation was the reason behind the call from these Grass Lake, MI customers. The before photo shows the crack running vertically down the garage from the outside, but the damage of the spreading foundation wall could be seen on to the inside of the garage as well. Having already used our services for foundation repairs in the past, they knew they could trust us for this job as well.
To seal these cracks permanently, the crew used our CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcement system. Based on the innovative technology of aerospace engineers that is now used to support bridges, skyscrapers, and bomb shelters, CarbonArmor strips are a fast repair product that offers both a permanent solution and peace of mind. Once the soil was excavated, the wall cleaned and a high strength epoxy resin applied, the strips were placed over the crack to pull the wall together and keep it that way. After giving the strips time to dry, the crew replaced the soil that missing in the after photo and assured these customers that their damaged foundation problems were over for good.
This homeowner in Jackson, MI contacted us inquiring about services we could offer her to help her save money on her energy bills each month. After visiting the home, we identified several areas that could be improved, including the crawl space. Often times the floors above a crawl space will be cold if the crawl space isn’t properly insulated. We added TerraBlock insulation to the floors and SilverGlo to the walls to reflect heat back into the space, making it warmer. The last step was to add the CleanSpace liner to block water vapor and lower humidity in the space. By fixing up her crawl space, this homeowner is sure to save on her energy bills.
To pump out all the water caught by the newly installed WaterGuard system, Ayers installed a SmartSump sump pump equipped with a Zoeller 1/3-hp cast-iron pump. In the photos, you can see the inner workings of the new pump.
A crack on this basement wall had started seeping water into the basement. The water seepage was even worse because it was leaking right into the partially finished side of the basement. Since the owner had already put the house on the market, the leaking wall presented a real problem. As you can see in the before photo, the large crack ran all the way down the wall and could produce a lot of water.
The FlexiSpan system in the after photo is perfect for large cracks like this. It’s a two-layer system that both plugs the cracks and creates a drainage route for any water that penetrates the seal. The secondary drainage layer leads water down the wall and into the drain well at the bottom of the photo. This leak won’t cause any more problems and certainly, won’t delay the sale of the home. Note: the drain well in the after photo was covered with concrete before the job was completed.
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!
Our customer called with a combination basement and crawl space that both had water problems. Encapsulating the crawl space first necessitated regrading it due to the large amount of dirt and debris that made it impossible to move through the space.
After grading, we used CleanSpace vapor barrier to encapsulate and protect the crawl space from moisture in the future, and added spray foam insulation to the walls to ensure total sealing.
Here we can see the damage that large cracks can have on basement walls. It’s very common for cracks like these to appear where plumbing pipes connect and for those cracks to later spring leaks. After noticing the size of these cracks, the owner of this Bellevue, MI home became very worried about his foundation. Once the crew reinforced the wall, they got to work on waterproofing the cracks to guarantee that this type of water damage wouldn’t happen again.
To do so, they used the BrightWall Rigid Panel System. BrightWall panels can be attached in front of almost any wall with plastic drilled-in fasteners, making the installation quick and smooth. Brightwall is made of mold resistant, waterproof material so the water stains seen in the before picture won’t ever appear on the panels. Also part of the BrightWall system is a drainage area that sits at the foot of the wall. Water that leaks through the cracks will flow behind the panels and into the system for discharge. As you can see, not only did BrightWall solve the leaking issue, the white plastic proved to be the perfect component to improve the look of this unfinished basement.
The homeowners in Battle Creek, MI had water coming into their basement through their floors. There were heavy rains in the area and the water coming into their basement started to get worse.
Our professional team decided that the TripleSafe sump pump was the best option for these homeowners. The TripleSafe has three sump pumps in one giving the homeowners triple protection. The first pump will remove water from the home efficiently and effectively. The second pump has a separate discharge line and is more powerful than the first pump. The second pump is there for you on the rare occasions that you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries and is there for you if the power goes out.
Thanks to the TripleSafe sump pump the homeowners basement is now clean and dry!
The homeowners in Battle Creek, MI had a lot of water coming into their basement through their floors after experiencing heavy rains. The water was so bad that it started pooling on their floor and causing water damage.
Our professional team decided that the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system was the way to go. The system sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud and debris. WaterGuard works by capturing water seepage from the floor and walls before it has time to damage the homeowners basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is immediately sent to the basement sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from the home!
The before picture shows what the WaterGuard system looks like before it is covered with a layer of concrete and the after photo shows the finished product!
Our customer called with a flooded finished basement. Or at least it used to be finished before it went underwater. She'd had one of our competitors out a few years ago. and they installed half of a system and then never came back to finish or fix what they'd improperly installed.
We installed a perimeter waterproofing system, including replacing the overwhelmed sump pump with two new pumps that covered the breadth of the basement.
A homeowner from Battle Creek contacted us about a free estimate on her basement. We drove to her home and noticed some issues with her waterproofing. We installed a SuperSump Sump Pump which is perfect for getting all of the water in the basement pumped out. The SuperSump contains a pump stand (prevents clogging of any debris in the sump liner), pump alarm (for when the basement floods), and an airtight sump lid with a floor drain in it (helps water to go down but not air to come up). Now this homeowner won't have to worry about a wet basement ever again.
Humidity problems in two large crawl spaces below this old farm house were creating real issues. Sometimes visitors to the home were even suffering from allergic reactions. Rooms were also very cold in the winter. In order to insulate the walls, we used a spray foam so that we could effectively seal in all the nooks and crannies. Then we put our durable CleanSpace vapor barrier over the top and sealed the top and bottom in order create an effective encapsulation and keep humidity levels down. Finally, a SaniDry XP dehumidifier helped to keep humidity levels in a safe range.
An 8-foot-long horizontal crack in a basement wall caused this Battle Creek, MI homeowner to seek us out. Long horizontal cracks like these are usually a common sign for bowing walls. He had already tried to mend a small part of the crack with spray foam, but it wasn’t doing the job. Knowing that he was planning on selling the home in the next few years, he wanted a solution that would move the walls back to their original position by that time.
The PowerBrace system was just the product for this type of situation. Not only will the PowerBrace beams stop the walls from continuing to bow inward, over time, it can also shift the wall back to its original position. The beams were bracketed to the floor joists, or occasional joist reinforcement pieces, in the ceiling and offer the unique ability to be tightened again whenever deemed necessary. As you can see in the after photo, the beams are right up against the wall to relieve the pressure caused by holding up the foundation. With a 25-year warranty, this homeowner can rest easy knowing his basement walls are will stay protected through the sale of his home and long after.
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.
Christine was buying a new home with a basement. Her one major concern with the space was that a horizontal crack in the block walls served as a sign of some significant bowing. She was looking for a way to ensure that the walls were permanently supported and possibly straightened. We had the cure. PowerBraces are a zinc-coated steel I-beam that support the home above, prevent further bowing, and use a unique tightening feature to potentially improve the condition of the wall over time. PowerBraces generally extend from the floor to the floor joists above. In this case, the PowerBraces were installed on the cement shelf so a uniquely shorter PowerBrace was used.
The customer called because their crawl space had all of the usual problems - smelly, damp, making the floors above it cold - but they were concerned that it was too small to really be able to fix it.
While it's true that the access point and crawl space were only about two feet high, that's plenty of room for us! Just make sure to let us know in advance and we will send one of our smaller guys. It was no problem to install the CleanSpace vapor barrier system and we even put a new, better door on the crawl space.
A leak with no drainage system leads to standing water, which leads to mold and a host of other problems.
Our customer called because her basement's water problems had led to ruined walls and carpet, as well as mold. We got rid of the carpet and walls, applied a product to eliminate the mold, and installed a TripleSafe sump pump and WaterGuard drain system around the perimeter of the basement.
The CleanSpace vapor barrier dramatically reduces humidity in your crawlspace, creating an environment that resists mold growth.
Once installed, this 20 mil vapor barrier completely stops moisture from passing through to the home, including moisture from the dirt below and water vapor from dirt and concrete walls.
BrightWall's white color maximizes the available light in your basement, creating a cheerful, clean-looking space.
In addition to reducing humidity, the CleanSpace vapor barrier also acts as a passive radon mitigation system.
One customer in Kalamazoo had a Foundation that was not so strong in their crawl space. This problem can easily lead to sagging floors, which is a huge safety hazard. As you can see, thsi previous foundation is not safe at all. So we replaced it with the best solution, SmartJacks. SmartJacks are adjustable, strong support systems that are perfect for girders and floor joists. It can hold over 60,000 pounds! This long-term solution made the foundation stronger than ever before.
We sent a system design specialist out to this home in Kalamazoo because the foundation walls had horizontal cracks and it seemed as if the wall was almost tipping inward. Our system design specialists do a complete inspection inside and outside the home to ensure we offer the best advice and solution. After inspecting everything and talking it over with the homeowner, we both decided that our GeoLock Wall Anchor System would be the best fix to the cracking foundation.
GeoLock Wall Anchors are connected to earth anchors that are embedded into the soil out away from the foundation. The most unique benefit to Wall Anchors is their ability to be tightened over time which gives the wall the best chance at straightening back to its original position. Wall anchors can fix very severe bowing and leaning walls. They also solve the problem once and for all so no more worrying about your weakening foundation.
Our customer called for an estimate on installing an egress window in their basement. Egress windows are necessary to convert a basement into a bedroom and add light to other habitable space options.
This Middleville, MI resident was in the process of preparing to sell her home when she gave us a call. Worried that water seepage through a small crack in her wall would hinder the sale, she sought us out looking for an effective solution that wouldn’t break the bank.
FlexiSpan was just the thing for her. The flexible polymer was plugged into the crack to create a durable seal that will hold back water. After the sealant was in place, a drainage layer was added in front of the seal. If any water should penetrate the first layer, it will flow down the wall behind the drainage layer and into the newly installed drainage system at the foot of the wall. Hopefully, the rest of this sale goes as smoothly as the installation of the FlexiSpan system.
An effort to finished this basement in Osceola, IN turned into adding in a basement bedroom. Unfortunately, the bedroom wouldn’t be too inviting the way it was. The only window was a small rectangular block high on the wall. To make the room feel more homelike and less “basementy”, not to mention meeting safety codes, the owner had decided to upgrade that rectangle to an egress window and well.
First, the crew removed the original window and filled in the hole with block wall material. Then came the installation of the egress. An egress window will benefit this basement in more than just adding light; the well and window are made of inorganic plastic material so they won’t erode or leak. The comparison between the before and after photos shows just how much of an effect a one-day installation can have for a basement.
This customer in Mattawan, MI had a cracked block wall in his 40-year-old ranch style home. The 3rd block down the wall was bowing in and cracking. After doing some landscaping, the cracking became worse and a solution is desperately needed.
We installed out CarbonArmor system. CarbonArmor uses the same technology as the Army Corps of Engineers designed to reinforce bomb shelters to stabilize your basement walls. The system consists of fiber reinforced polymer that is 10 times as strong as steel, maximizing the utility of the product. And as a bonus, no excavation is needed.
When a potential buyer asked if there was anything that could be done about this Edwardsburg, MI crawl space, the current owner and real estate agent called us out for help. The dirt floor in the before picture makes for an easy passageway for moisture to enter the crawl space and cause problems. However, the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier that was installed would put a stop to that. The CleanSpace barrier, seen in the after photo, is impenetrable by moisture or vapor. It’s the type of long lasting encapsulation that future owners know they can depend on. And if the vapor barrier wasn’t enough on its own, CleanSpace wasn’t the only thing added to the home. The yellow lid in the after photo is our SmartSump. Our SmartSump system is a sump pump designed specifically for crawl spaces that will discharge any water that does enter for maximum crawl space protection. Whoever ends up buying this home will be lucky enough to also receive a full crawl space encapsulation system.
The SmartSump sump pump can keep up with any amount of water it receives. But sometimes the power goes out at the worst possible moment and your crawlspace is left with no power and no sump pump! This is where the UltraSump battery backup comes in handy. On a single charge, the UltraSump can pump out 11,500 gallons of water.