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Your home is your biggest investment, and Roger’s goal is to help you protect it.
Roger has spent decades working in all facets of the home industry. He has a builders’ license as well as a real estate license, and uses his experience at every point in the journey of home ownership to help his customers with reliable, permanent solutions.
Since joining the Ayers team in 2008, Roger 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.
Roger was born in Cheboygan, Michigan and currently lives with his wife in Lansing. He enjoys golfing, gardening, and doing anything that takes him back to northern Michigan.
Problems in your home can be frustrating and scary, but when you work with Roger and Ayers Basement Systems, you don’t have to do it alone.
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Sagging floors sometimes leave you wondering how much longer they can support the weight that is placed on them in your home. Floors above your crawl space can sag for many reasons: the existing columns are spaced too far apart, the floor joists have weakened from moisture/wood rot, or existing coumns have settled due to weak soil. No need to worry though, there is a solution to your sagging floors that will give you peace of mind.
This apartment complex noticed not only sagging floors, but the doors were sticking and walls were beginning to crack, all signs of foundation problems. Our experts looked into this and figured out the best solution to this problem would be to install our crawl space SmartJacks.
SmartJacks are made of steel so they won't rust from moisture. They are also very strong and can support loads of more than 60,000 pounds. You're probably wondering how they work. Before each jack is placed a 2 inch cube of soil is excavated and the hole is filled with concrete or a type of engineered fill. Then the steel column is cut to your crawl space height and the jack is assembled and tightened into place. The immediately stabilized the floor joists and lifts the floors and walls back to their original position.
These home owners wanted their crawl space to be encapsulated. Our CleanSpace system works well for many issues that could happen in your crawl space. The system completely closes off your crawl space from any outside elements such as dirt, rodents, water, and any kind of moisture.
The CleanSpace material is also made of inorganic materials so no mold can grow on it, because lets be real no one wants mold in their home. The material is also super durable so it can still be walked on, have items stored on it and you don't have to worry about anything happening to it.
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.
A complete waterproofing system called us out to Okemos, MI for this project. The core of the job was a new sump pump to discharge the water out. Our SuperSump is one of the most reliable sump pump systems we offer. Depending on your preference, it comes equipped with either a 1/3 or 1/2 horsepower pump. The pumps are capable of pushing out more than 2000 gallons of water per hour, making it more effective than most sump pumps on the market - like the one seen in the before picture. As you can see in the after photo, the SuperSump comes with an airtight lid designed to keep water inside the sump and debris or other clogging items out. It’s critical to avoid clogging as much as possible when dealing with a basement like this where iron ochre sludge is already common and threatens your system. With the SuperSump and the other products included in this waterproofing, the residents of this home will be well protected against flooding for years to come!
Just by looking at the basement walls in this before picture, you can see where water has leaked through the cinderblock, leaving traces of efflorescence—the mineral buildup that’s left once water evaporates from a surface. Installing WaterGuard along the bottom of the wall, on top of the footing, we provided a drainage system to collect water from the wall leaks. Finally, BrightWall paneling drastically improves and brightens the space. These panels also stop water vapor and allow for wall leaks to drain behind them. Now this basement not only looks brighter, but is dry, too!
The fieldstone walls in the before photo were allowing water to easily come into this basement. Since he was concerned about the possible effects of the saturation, the owner gave us a call for a solution. Our cure for all things moisture or water vapor related is the CleanSpace vapor barrier. CleanSpace is a plastic liner that won’t allow mold to grow or moisture to pass through. As you can see in the after photo, at the foot of the wall there also sits a perimeter drainage system. Before the installation was completed, the crew covered the system with concrete. While CleanSpace won’t stop the wall from leaking completely, it will direct the water from those leaks into the Waterguard drainage system for discharge. Neither water or its vapor will reach the inside of this CleanSpace system.
Our customer called with water in the basement that was wrecking the floors and the walls. They wanted to take care of the water problem, of course, but at the end of the day they also wanted the basement not to be an eyesore.
After installing WaterGuard, a new TripleSafe Sump Pump, WellDuct window well drainage, and LawnScape outlets with IceGuard, we went on to install our Basement to Beautiful panels, which provided a finished look without needing to complete a full basement remodel.
With soil and air temperatures rapidly changing, and a major influx of water from rain and thawing, spring is a huge time for wall cracks to appear, like they did in Sarah's East Lansing basement.
We used FlexiSpan to seal the wall cracks in her basement wall so they still have the freedom to shift with the ever changing soil but will remain sealed.
When water gathered in the yard outside after a rain or snow melt, it had a way of eventually leaking through this crack. Water would run down the wall and puddle on the floor. Fortunately, this is an easy fix; although not quite so easy that you can just paint over it or inject a basic sealant from the local hardware store. These fixes are only temporary. The permanent fix is FlexiSpan. We dig out a drywell at the base of the crack a few gallons deep, fill it with crushed stone, and replace the concrete. This gives the water somewhere to flow and work back into the soil. We then inject the crack with sealant as a first defense. The crack then gets a foam layer over top followed by a section of our BrightWall paneling. Water that flows through the crack can flow down through the foam layer and into the drywell without it ever being seen or noticed. No more puddles and no more worries.
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.
This was a classic foundation problem with a slight twist. One of the basement walls in this Lansing, MI rental homes was crumbling inward. The homeowner had installed a retaining wooden wall a few feet in front of the original to hold back dirt and other debris, but now, that wall was tilting inward as well. After a visit from a house inspector ended with a red tag, the homeowner knew he had to something about the wall.
Our PowerBrace system has been used to fix all types of different retaining walls and bowing foundations, so the crew was confident the system would get the job done here as well. The Powerbrace beams were installed the same way they always are, with the top of the beam being bracketed to the floor joists in the ceiling and the bottom of the beam securely installed into the foundation. The big difference between this and a typical PowerBrace installation was that the beams are usually in contact with the collapsing wall from top to bottom. Since the wooden wall was only half the height of the basement, that wasn’t a possibility this time around. Like with every other PowerBrace system, these beams’ tightness can be adjusted after installation, so the retaining wall will continue to stand strong even as time passes. While PowerBrace is a permanent solution for this retaining wooden wall, Ayers offers a variety of systems that could have prevented the original stone wall from failing. If you’re at all worried about your own foundation, then be sure to give us a call before it’s too late.
A customer from Lansing came to us with basement walls that were being damaged by mother nature. It was very easy for us to see that water was making its ways through the walls throughout the years. We were able to solve this issue with our 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 that the basement is protected from the outside enviornment, this homeowner will never have to worry about a wet and molfy basement ever again.
With two inches of standing water last Spring finding its way into the basement, this property needed to keep the basement dry to attract buyers for the following year. The WaterGuard french drain system will be used to catch the water and send it straight to the sump pump before it causes any damage. Additionally, BrightWall was installed along the walls to give the basement a clean look and lighten up the space.
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.
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.
The SuperSump pumps out an amazing 43 gallons per minute at an 8' discharge head.
Think of this as more of a "before" and "during," so you can see what WaterGuard installation looks like in progress.
The owners of the building that was once O'Rafferty High School in Lansing called us because the sump pump wasn't able to keep up with the water (and had a pretty nasty iron ochre problem) and the basement had a steadily increasing water problem.
After installing a new TripleSafe sump pump, it took almost 600 feet of WaterGuard, and another 100 feet of cross drainage and 200 feet of extra discharge line, to properly drain the water in this huge basement.
When WaterGuard is installed, it's necessary to take out some of the concrete floor, as well as cut back the walls at floor level in order to properly install it. This, along with the cross tile drainage, is what is pictured in the after. Post-installation, it's just a matter of pouring new concrete and replacing the removed sections of wall, and the basement is good as new.
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.
Discharge lines from your sump pump are inevitable, you have to have them to get water out of your basement. BUT...what if we told you we can bury them. We know how big of a pain they are to mow around or having to worry about people tripping over them and they aren't the most appealing landscape. Once the system is installed and we have all these discharge lines running through the yard to make sure the water is getting far enough away from your house we will bury them so you can't see them. This probably makes you wonder how the water is going to exit then, but at the end of the discharge line we will put on a LawnScape outlet. This will still drain the water and it's almost impossible to see in your yard.
After placing a bid on this St. Johns, MI home the prospective buyers noticed the slight curve the wall in the before photo. A bend like this, no matter how small, is usually a sign that walls are dealing with pressure from expanding soil and starting to bow. Before they purchased the home, the new homeowners wanted to guarantee that they would be safe.
Our PowerBrace system gave them the peace of mind they were looking for. The beams in the after photo are a large part of the system. As you can see, the PowerBrace beams expand from ceiling to floor. Once the beams are tightened with a special bolt that connects them to the floor joists, they will stop the inward bowing motion. Given enough time, PowerBrace may even straighten the walls back to their original position.
Water leakage from behind the wood paneling was ruining this family's carpet and valuables. The installation of WaterGuard around the perimeter of the basement will catch all the water and keep it away from the living area.
This crawl space was seeing some moisture periodically so the homeowner was hoping to get the space encapsulated in order to protect against mold, rot, and variety of other potential problems down the road. We were able to help with just that, installing our CleanSpace vapor barrier throughout. This 20mil material is incredibly strong and difficult to tear, making it incredibly reliable. We also installed SilverGlo insulation the wall to increase energy efficiency spray foam in the rim joists to eliminate common entry points for moisture and humid air. Finally, we covered the vents with air tight vent covers eliminating a final access point for moisture and humidity. This crawl space should now be warmer, dryer, brighter, and safter in the years to come.
We use CleanSpace, a durable plastic liner - like a pool liner - for lining dirt crawl spaces. It is perfect as a basement wall solution for stone wall basements. Because stone walls are not flat, they are not candidates for BrightWall paneling. The CleanSpace provides a vapor barrier, drains water behind it, and dramatically brightens the basement. It will have little waves in it because it comes off of a roll rather than in panels, but the CleanSpace is very durable and nearly impossible to rip.
We received a call from a customer in Pewamo, Michigan. They told us that his basement had some water problems on the floor. We came to their property and gave them a free estimate, and decided to install many things including a SuperSump which will drain water out of the basement much better than their current waterproofing system. 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).
The customer called us because their water softener emptied directly into their crawl space, with the water then pumped out by the sump pump. This was causing a lot of problems, from a damp and gross crawl space to mold appearing on the baseboards in the house above.
In addition to installing a new sump pump and water discharge system, we encapsulated the crawl space with the CleanSpace vapor barrier system. We also installed SmartJacks throughout the space to reinforce the support beams compromised by all of the moisture in the crawl space.
When our customer called wishing to install a sump pump in her crawl space to escape the endless cycle of the water softener draining into the space and causing problems, we didn't know that we would come across much worse problems.
Supports such as the ones shown in the "before" picture are unreliable and can be dangerous. When coupled with a moisture problem, the crawl space can wreak havoc on the floor of the home above the crawl space.
We replaced the unstable supports with the SmartJack assembly, which provides support and reinforcement to beams and the home's floor.
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.
Homeowners in Kalamazoo, MI were experiencing several inches of water throughout their entire basement. The problem? No sump pump!
We installed the TripleSafe sump pump system. TripleSafe is a safeguard feature that includes the use of three pumps to ensure this basement will stay dry, even in power outages and severe weather events. In the case of heavy water or primary pump failure, the second and more powerful pump will kick in, if there is a power outage the battery powered UltraSump will take over.
The customer contacted us with a story we've heard many times in the past - a damp, dank, musty crawl space was a thorn in their side. It was also vented, which should never happen. Think about it - how can you control the environment in a crawl space if there's a VENT?
Our customer called for help with their wet crawl space. Long term water issues had caused mold to grow and spread throughout the space, making it unpleasant and unsafe.
We installed the CleanSpace vapor barrier system to protect the crawl space from ambient moisture. We also included a sump pump to take care of any influx of water, and a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifer to control humidity.