Your home is your biggest investment, and James’s goal is to help you protect it.
Before coming to Ayers in 2018, James was a district sales manager for many years and focused on customer service and training others to meet customer needs – a skill he brings to his work as a system design specialist.
James has completed extensive training in waterproofing, foundation, and crawl space repair needs, and is a Certified Waterproofing Professional through the Basement Systems International Network of Waterproofing Contractors. No matter what problem you’re experiencing with your home, he will design a custom solution using proven processes and the best products in the industry.
James grew up in the thumb area of Michigan and now resides in Grand Rapids with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.
Problems in your home can be frustrating and scary, but when you work with James and Ayers Basement Systems, you don’t have to do it alone.
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David gets water into a corner of his partially finished basement every time it rains. To fix his problem, we installed the WaterGuard drain system. This system collects water that seeps into the area and drains it to the sump pump. We also installed a new sump pump, the TripleSafe Sump Pump. This sump pump provides the home with three levels of protection in case of pump malfunction or a power outage and gives the homeowner peace of mind that their home is safe.
Sandy and Terry B. had a large crawl space covered in fibre glass insulation that was beyond it's usefulness and that had begun to drop from the ceiling. This crawl space had a dirt floor that was uninsulated and allowing cold air and moisture to enter the space. We removed the bad insulation and added a CleanSpace crawl space liner that acts as a water barrier. We also added a drainage mat to capture any water that may gather under the liner and then funnel it to the sump pump.
A wall was cracking and bowing inwards in David and Mabel’s basement. Also, the floor near the bowing wall had sunk about 4 inches. So our team installed PowerBrace, a foundation repair system created to secure basement walls in place. Often outside pressures can 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.
Dan does not have water issues in his home but his basement walls were flaking due to effervescence. He wants to finish the space but was unsure how to go about it so we installed Brightwall Basement Wall Panels. These wall panels are plastic sheets that are attached to the walls with drilled-in plastic fasteners. The bright, white color of the wall paneling maximizes the light in the basement which creates a clean and fresh look. They are also waterproof and create a vapor barrier to block out water vapor and humidity to protect from mold and rotting.
This Grand Rapids homeowner has linear cracks on the basement walls. When there is heavy rain, water enters through the cracks. He does have a perimeter drain and sump pump, but he can not finish his basement until the walls are fixed and water is not entering the area. We installed the PowerBrace Wall Repair System to stabilize the walls and possibly straighten the wall. The system is made up of steel I-beams that are secured to the joists above the wall. This system doesn't involve any exterior excavation and installs quickly with minimal disruption to your basement space.
Josh's front porch is shifted and it is moving away from the home. The brick column at the edge of the porch is cracking and the area around it is settled. Josh is worried that the porch will pull on the house and make more issues than there already is. We helped them out by installing Helical Piers which can have sections added to reach the hard soil it anchors into. The pier will stabilize the porch as well as possibly returning it to the original position. The pier system has fast year-round installation too so the homeowners will not be disturbed.
Our wonderful client Helen from Grand Rapids, MI had water entering into her crawl space with each rain storm she endured. Living in her dream home was slowly turning into a nightmare. Helen’s worry about mold growth became an eye opener to our friend that she needed to address her neglected crawl space. Helen’s trusted friend’s Sarah & Dan told her that they knew just the right contractor to help guide her, Ayers Basement Systems. That day we received our new friend’s call for help, and the journey to a dry crawl space began.
Upon examination of the issues at hand, our professionals sat down with Helen and addressed our concerns. One key concern was the lack of a sump pump. Together Helen and our team devised a dry crawl space solution consisting of our CleanSpace encapsulation system and a Smart Sump pump. The CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth, so Helen could be sure mold will not form on the encapsulation system. After the first few storms with her new system, Helen went down to see if the system had solved her problems. After seeing not a single drop of water had entered her crawl space, she went back up the stairs with a smile on her face. Like Helen, you don’t have to face your crawl space issues alone. Call us for a free estimate today.
Kerri from Rockford, MI was struggling with a constantly wet crawl space. Living near the lake, a high-water table was causing water to come up through the floor. Kerri met one of our System Design Specialists at a local trade show and quickly became our friend.
Upon scheduling a free inspection and inviting us to her home, Kerri worked with our experts to devise a solution that met her budget and solved her wet crawl space problems. Through the use of CleanSpace Drainage Matting and the CleanSpace encapsulation system this was achieved. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Kerri and our team, living near a lake is no longer a sweat for our friend. Call us today, to schedule your free estimate.
We were called when this homeowner noticed a crack in their basement wall. The buckling wasn't too bad so we installed CarbonArmor to stabilize the wall. CarbonArmor is made of flexible carbon fiber straps that are secured to the wall with a high strength epoxy resin. The carbon fiber straps are 10 times stronger in tension than steel so that your walls will not have anymore movement.
Evan has a wall in his basement that had a horizontal crack that is 3-4 feet long causing the wall to bow. We used the CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System to stabilize the basement wall. The System is made of flexible carbon fiber straps that are stronger in tension than steel. The straps are bonded to the interior face of the wall using a high strength resin. The CarbonArmor does not require exterior excavation, it installs quickly, and they won't impact future basement finishing.
Jennifer called us becuase she noticed cracking outside her house. Upon insepction, it was determined that the corner of the home was settling. We installed Helical Piers to support the cracking foundation. Helical Piers are great becuase they stabilize the foundation but can also lift settled foundations back up to the original position.
Mike noticed cracking in multiple places of his basement. He called us to fix the problem before it got worse. We installed CarbonArmor to the walls to keep them from moving even more. We chose this becuase the CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System is a great solution for cracking foundation walls. CarbonArmor is made up of carbon fiber fabric strips that are 10 times stronger in tension than steel. These fabric strips are bonded to the wall with a high strength epoxy resin. There is no exterior excavation involved and they are installed quickly, and they wont impact the future of basement finishing!
Jen was moving but during the first open house, there were concerns about the foundation of the house. She wanted to fix the problem before the house was sold. We found that the foundation was settling in one corner of the home and we had the perfect solution. We installed Helical Piers to not only support the sinking home but also iift it back to the original position. The piers have have a quick, year-round installation so we can save your home in any season!
Mike and Julie had a basement wall that was cracked and starting to bow so they called us for a solution. We used the CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System to stabilize the wall. The system is made up of flexible carbon fabric straps that are 10 times stronger in tension than steel. The straps are are then bonded to the wall using a high strength resin. This system requires no exterior excavation, installs quickly, and won't impact future basement finishing.
Jennifer and her family had a corner of their home that was settling and had cracks that were visible inside the home as well as outside. They wanted to sell the home but there were concerns about the cracked foundation so they called us. We used Helical Piers to not only stabilize the foundation but to also lift the foundation back up to the original position. The piers can have additional sections added to it to reach the stable soil which they anchor in. They can be installed year-round and the process is fast and effective.
Does your home have a crawlspace? And does that crawlspace seem safe? Well this Lakeview home had a very unsafe crawlspace, so the homeowner gave us a call. We came to their home and fully insulated their crawlspace from the outside environment. CleanSpace is the ultimate insulating 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's crawlspace is so much safer and will improve his health and his energy bill.
We received a call from these South Haven MI, residents saying that they were having flooding issues in their basement pretty frequently. After going out for our free inspection and assessing their situation, we decided the best course of action was to install our WaterGuard Below Floor Drain.
Our WaterGuard is an interior waterproofing system that is more efficient and lasts much longer than other perimeter systems. Unlike other systems where it is placed alongside of the footing, WaterGuard is placed on top of the footing. This is important because now since it’s on top, mud will not get in the drain and clog it simply because the drain is not sitting in the mud.
The WaterGuard system collects water that seeps through basement walls and drains it to your sump pump. The system installs quickly and has a clean finished appearance, meaning you don't have to worry about having an unsightly drain around the basement.
This Stanwood couple wanted to have their crawl space encapsulated due to dampness and cold air in the crawl space. They were also worried that snakes, spiders, and rodents would get into the home from the crawl space without it being "sealed off." We installed Drainage Matting and the CleanSpace Liner to keep out pests, water vapor, and humidity from the crawl space as well as the home.
This Allendale Charter homeowner bought this house as a rental property. A distracted driver hit the house and as a result, the foundation wall was pushed in. This wall is now weakening and not supporting the home. The homeowner wanted it fixed as soon as possible because he was worried about the structure. We used GeoLock Channel Anchors to stabilize the wall. Steel earth anchors are installed and steel rods are joined to them through the wall where channel anchors are secured to the floor and the other end of the rod inside your foundation wall. These anchors will permanently stabilize your wall and could return it to its original condition.
The homeowners called us becuase they had critters and water coming into the crawl space. They also wanted the home to be warmer and felt he cold came from the crawl space. They called us wanting a solution to their problems.
We put Drainage Matting on the floor to allow for the movement of water under the liner and so that water can be directed towards the sump pump to be drained. Next we installed the CleanSpace Liner which is a thick durable white liner. This liner prevents critters, humidity, and water vapor from passing through. The CleanSpace Liner keeps your crawl space dry which protects your structure and insulation from mold and rot. By sealing your crawl space, you keep the summer heat out of your home and the winter cold away from your furnace, water heater, and other utilities.
There was a horizontal crack about fifteen feet long on Thomas’s basement wall. So our team installed the GeoLock Anchor System which permanently stabilized his wall. In most cases it can eventually push the wall back to its original position. It is done by putting heavy anchors in stable soil away from your foundation wall. This system is ideal because it involves minimal disturbance to Thomas's lawn and home.
Charles wanted his entire crawl space encapsulated so he called our team. We installed CleanSpace, an uninterrupted vapor barrier. This material is applied to the walls and floor of your crawl space. It restricts all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. This system creates an energy-efficient crawl space, and it also gives your crawl space a clean finish.
One of Robert and Katheryn’s walls was leaning against their water heater. They were worried about their water heater and their bowing wall, so they called our team. We installed PowerBrace, a foundation repair system created to secure basement walls in place and overtime it will straighten them. Often outside pressures can 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.
Due to settlement in her home, Tracie's floors were sagging, so our team installed SmartJack. SmartJack is a system that puts a stop to your sagging floors. Due to the moisture and soils in your crawl space, floors above crawl spaces are vulnerable. The SmartJack system provides a permanent fix to these issues by using steel columns, threaded rods and a solid base to address any issues your crawl space may introduce to your floors. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization.
Having a damp and dirty crawl space was worrying a homeowner. So he asked us to encapsulate his crawl space so he could have peace of mind. We installed CleanSpace, a vapor barrier that is made from a plastic sheet material. It prevents unwanted pests, moisture, and air from entering your crawl space. In addition, it gives your crawl space a clean finish while also creating an energy-efficient space.
Homeowners had water entering their basement so they called our team. In addition to installing other systems, our team installed the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System. This system allows water to leave even when the discharge line is frozen. Therefore, this system prevents flooding even in freezing temperatures or when the snow is piled up high. Lastly, this system is totally automatic so the homeowners won’t have to worry about when they should turn it on or off.
Lisa called our team because she wanted her basement to be turned into a liveable space so we installed an egress window and well. Most windows offer minimal protection against outside air entering the home due to poor insulation around the window. Egress windows will help ventilate your indoor areas and prevent unwanted allergens from entering your house. In addition, egress windows provide a safe exit in case of emergency so they are required in finished basement living areas. These windows also provide lots of natural light.
Homeowners wanted to turn their basement into a livable space. So they contacted our team and we installed an egress window and well. Regular windows offer minimal protection against outside air entering the home because they are poorly insulated around the window. Egress windows will help ventilate your indoor areas and prevent unwanted allergens from entering your house. Also, egress windows provide a safe exit in case of emergency so they are required in finished basement living areas. In addition, these windows provide lots of natural light.
Ed contacted us to look at his crawl space because he was concerned about the dampness and musty smells but didn't know what the options to fix the issues were. First we laid down Drainage Matting that has dimples in it which allow for the flow of water under the liner and directs the water to the sump pump system. We then installed TerraBlock Crawl Space Floor Insulation which includes a vapor barrier that keeps moisture from making its way up through dirt, stone, or concrete crawl space floors. On top of the TerraBlock, we installed the CleanSpace Liner which is a thick durable liner that prevents water vapor and humidity from passing through. The liner also protects your structure from mold and rot since it keeps the area dry. By sealing the crawl space, you also keep away odors and allergenic mold spores that would otherwise rise up through the floor and into your home. Lastly we installed SilverGlo Crawl Space Wall Insulation which contain tiny graphite particles that give it that silver/gray shine. This insulation reflects heat back into your crawl space for ultimate energy savings.