Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Building code requires an egress window in a basement bedroom, but they are often a desired feature in any finished basement or even unfinished spaces because they let light into a normally dark room.
The homeowners had water coming into their basement through the floors. The water was getting so bad that it started pooling on the floor and damaging it.
Our professional team decided that the existing sump pump was not enough. They installed the TripleSafe sump pump to combat the water. The TripleSafe has three sump pumps in one so you have triple protection! The first pump will remove water from your home effectively. The second pump has a seperate discharge line and is more powerful. The second pump is there for you in the rare ocassions that you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries and is there for you if the power goes out.
The before picture shows the pooling water in the basement and the after picture shows the TripleSafe sump pump.
In Michigan, we deal with ravaging winters every year. Besides for it being bitterly cold, we definitely do not want a burst pipe to add to our dislike for the season. As a preventative measure, this Jackson, MI family had our team install the patented IceGuard grated drainage line protector for their sump pump. IceGuard allows water to escape your sump pump even in freezing months, avoiding a burst pipe. No need to worry about water or an unattractive discharge line; IceGuard will blend right in with the exterior of the home.
The homeowners in Albion, MI had a vertical crack on one of their basement walls going from ceiling to floor. When it rained, water would leak through the crack, get into their basement, and puddle on the floor. Foundation wall cracks can be a sign of structural issues so it is best to get the crack repaired right when you notice it is there to prevent serious, more costly damage.
To fix this vertical wall crack, our professional team installed FlexiSpan. FlexiSpan is a three part process beginning with flexible sealant being applied along the length of the crack. The second step is to put a a strip of flexible and porous foam over the crack. Lastly, an impermeable membrane is adhered to the wall on both sides of the foam strip. FlexiSpan invisibly moves water seepage from the crack down the wall and into the basements perimeter drainage system. The FlexiSpan system is not affected by slight movements in the basement wall meaning it works under all conditions.
In the before picture you can see the vertical cracking on the basement wall and in the after picture you can see the FlexiSpan installed over the crack and fixing the wall.
Homeowners in Lansing, MI were experiencing frequent water puddles in the corner of their basement. The problem? No sump pump!
We installed SuperSump. With the option of a backup pump, this system can pump out up to 2,220 gallons of water per hour. As this basement has occasional puddles and damp areas, this pump system was a perfect fit as it will work to keep the basement dry and healthy for extended periods of time.
The Before picture shows just how badly water was entering the basement when it would rain or the snow would melt. The homeowners were tired of dealing with this and were ready for a solution. Our team visited the home and got right to work installing the WaterGuard system. This sub-floor drainage system works to collect water from wall leaks and reroute it to the sump pump to be discharged from the basement. Special piping is laid on top of the footing of the foundation, instead of along, so it won’t get clogged with dirt or mud. WaterGuard ensures that all leaks are taken care of ASAP, so they don’t make their way to the rest of the basement.
We had completed a WaterGuard installation for homeowners in Lansing, MI, but the basement still felt like it was missing something: a wall upgrade. Over time, painted basement walls can chip or peel and give a basement a dark and dingy look. Not exactly welcoming. We suggested BrightWall, basement wall panels that easily install to current basement walls to brighten up the space and give it a more clean look. BrightWall panels are also waterproof, mold-resistant, and energy efficient. This after picture really shows the difference clean walls can make!
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.
Missy and Dan L. contacted us because they had unstable joists in their home that needed added support to eliminate sagging floors above. The block foundation wall in the basement was cracked and unstable, which was causing the floor joists to weaken and sag. We installed the PowerBrace system to stabilize the wall and support the joists. Steel I-beams that stretched the length of the wall were installed in the floor at the base of the wall and then attached to the joists above the wall. Once the system was secured into place with steel brackets, the beams acted as braces to hold the wall in place while potentially shifting it back to its proper position over time.
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.
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.
A lot of water was entering Terri’s basement so he called our team. Our team installed TripleSafe, a sump pump system, in addition to installing other systems. TripleSafe has three pumps so that it can handle the highest pumping demands. Also, one of the pumps is battery powered so it can continue to pump water even during power outages. Terri will no longer have to worry about his basement flooding even if his electricity goes out.
A basement flood is just about the worst thing that can happen to a homeowner who has valuable items stored in their basement. In order to prevent this from happening, a homeowner in Climax, MI gave us a call. At our professional and free inspection we recommended our patented TripleSafe sump pump to ensure that water will never see daylight in this basement. The TripleSafe pump provides three levels of protection against water leakage. Average water supply, heavy volumes of water, and pumping water in a power outage are all covered by this amazing sump pump. Stop stressing about your valuables becoming ruined or water damaged, and get the TripleSafe sump pump installed like this Climax, MI resident did.
The LawnScape outlet is an underground extension that enables downspout water to escape. The outlet can also be used for discharge lines on sump pumps. This family in Climax, MI had the LawnScape installed and it didn't even leave a sore spot on their lawn. A few decorative stones and the LawnScape outlet becomes an accessory that functions to help keep your home ( and more specifically, your basement) clean and dry.
This home on a lake in Vicksburg started to experience water in the finished basement when the water level began to rise. The carpet in their living space was soaked with water and needed to be removed— the homeowners knew that they never wanted to have this happen again. After installing a waterproofing system, they chose to replace their floors with a more durable alternative, ThermalDry flooring. The ThermalDry flooring Systems are the only inorganic subfloors in the world, making them resistant to water and mold. The floor comes in titles that sit on pegs which slightly raise them off the floor, so in the case that any water enters the basement, it can flow underneath the tiles to the perimeter waterproofing system. Not only is ThermalDry a smart choice, but the tiles come in a variety of colors and styles, like the wood ones shown in this after photo.
Scott H. of Vicksburg, MI, had just bought his home when he realized that his basement was leaky. Water leaking into your basement can cause a myriad of issues. Good thing for Scott, we had a solution.
We installed our WaterGuard French drain system. The WaterGuard drain rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting the water that sneaks into your basement. Once the water is in the drain, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home. To make sure that this product does not distract from the living space, we cover it with a fresh layer of cement so that it is barely noticeable but highly effective.
We want to revolutionize your crawl space -- and we can do it with our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. This Kalamazoo home had us install CleanSpace, providing a dry, air-sealed space that keeps out cold and moisture. Now this space is safe to be used for storage and has the ability to lower your heating bills.
Bryant R had ongoing issues with his bowing basement walls and realised that he could no longer ignore the evident damage to his walls. You could see the stair step crack on the inside and outside of his home. These cracks follow the mortar lines in a block wall as pressure on the wall increases. Stair step cracks are particularly dangerous because they cover a wide area of the wall. Bryant's wall was well on its way to wall collapse without reparing this crack.
We used CarbonArmor® to stabilize Bryant's basement walls. CarbonArmor is a wall reinforcing system with straps made from a fiber-reinforced polymer that’s ten times stronger than steel. CarbonArmor® stablised this home's walls and will now protect those walls from future bowing.
A customer from Ada, MI called us about her basement and wanted a free estimate. We drove to her property and noticed that she needed a sump pump to pump the water out of the basement. So we installed our TripleSafe sump pump which is the best water fighting sump pump out there. TripleSafe is a sump pump with three different pumps in one liner.
The first being the 1/3 hp zoeller pump which does most of the pumping and is placed at the bottom of the liner. The second is the 1/2 hp zoeller that is placed slightly higher than the first. This pump is more powerful but will only be turned on when needed. The final pump is the battery-operated UltraSump DC which is used in case of a power outage, this pump can pump up to 24,000 gallons of water. Now this Ada homeowner will never have to worry about a wet basement.
A cracking, bowing, tilting, or buckling foundation wall can mean serious trouble for not only your foundation, but for your entire home. To save their foundation wall, this Grand Rapids, MI family gave us a call. Upon a professional inspection, one of our specialists recommended our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. PowerBrace uses steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall, offering a great amount of support for foundation walls, and may have the power to bring back the walls to their original position. This family no longer has to worry about their safety in their home with PowerBrace.
The homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI had water seeping into their basement through the floor. Because of the heavy rains they were experiencing, that seeping water was turning into standing water in the basement. The homeowners did have an existing sump pump, but so much water was coming into the basement that it could not handle it.
Our professional team decided that a TripleSafe sump pump was the best option for these homeowners. The TripleSafe has three sump pumps in one giving you triple protection! Most sump pumps fail because of a broken pump, the pump can not handle the volume of water that is coming into the home, or power failure. TripleSafe sump pump assures protection from all three of these problems.
The first pump will remove the water from you home effectively. The second pump has a seperate discharge line and is more powerful. The second pump is there for you in the rare cases that you need it. Lastly, the third pump is equipped with batteries so it is there for you if the power goes out.
Thanks to the TripleSafe sump pump the homeowners basement is now clean and dry.
Buckling walls are never a good thing. "Staircase" cracks are a general indicator of buckling, and if you see these in your foundation walls, you should give Ayers a call like this Grand Rapids family did. Our professional team decided to use our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. Steel I-beams that are secured to the joists above the wall support buckling, bowing, and tilting walls. This support allows for a safe environment for this Grand Rapids residence, as it could yours.
A crawlspace in Rose City, MI was in need of a makeover. Panels, insulation, water, and mold can be found all over this crawlspace. With a call to Ayers, a change was in place. The Vapor Barrier that is used, makes this crawlspace look amazing while also getting rid of any water or dampness entering this crawlspace. This makeover was incredible and made a customer very happy.
The homeowners in Pierson, MI had a wet and damp crawl space. Because their crawl space was so wet, the entire house was humid.
Our professional team decided that the CleanSpace encapsulation system was the best option for these homeowners. The CleanSpace system covers your floors and walls with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. This vapor barrier keeps outside air, unwanted pests and moisture out of your crawl space and ultimately out of your home.
The before picture shows the original crawl space and the after picture shows the crawl space after CleanSpace encapsulation system was installed.
The homeowners in Pierso, MI were noticing that there was a slope in their floor right above the crawl space. That slope is a major sign of foundation problems and that something needs to be corrected before further damage is caused.
Our professional team decided that the SmartJack crawl space stabalizers were the way to go. Sagging, bouncy floors indicate a serious structural problem that will worsen over time. The best way to permanently solve sagging, bouncy floor problems is to install SmartJack posts beneath the beam that supports your crawl space joists. The product is designed to raise the floor back to its original level. SmartJacks are protected with a thick galvanized coating preventing them from rusting.
One customer from Pierson, Michigan came to us with a very wet and unsafe crawlspace. We came to the rescue and saved this crawl space from being destroyed by the outside enviornment. We were able to do this by installing CleanSpace technology. CleanSpace is a very durable mold-fighting liner. This liner fights mold very well due to its anti-microbial addditive. It also is reinforced with polyester cord to ensure that it will be protecting your crawl space from the outside enviornment for quite a long time.
A previous customer of Ayers called in wondering if we do work with Egress Windows. The customer has Egress already installed from 1997 but the wells were made from railroad ties. The railroad ties are badly deteriorating and would like to replace them.
Our Egress Window wells are made from galvanized steel meant to hold and never shift overtime. The steel well is a clear upgrade over the previous well that was there.
The homeowners noticed that lake water was getting into their crawl space at their cottage. Excess moisture in your crawl space supports the growth of mold, dust mites, insects and other unwanted pests. It may also cause structural damage to the frame of your home and degrade some forms of insulation.
Our professional team knew that something needed to be done! Our CleanSpace encapsulation system is the perfect solution to combat water in your crawl space. The CleanSpace encapsulation system covers your floors and walls with a think, durable, plastic vapor barrier. This vapor barrier reduces moisture and humidity in the crawl space and helps seal out cold drafts in the winter. With the CleanSpace encapsulation system, the homeowner's crawl space was transformed into a clean, dry, attractive and energy efficient space.
Would you feel safe in a basement where there are a bunch of cracks in the wall? Neither would I, those basement walls are holding the whole house up, so if they collapsed... that would be terrible. Here at Ayers we are committed to make homes safe. For Example, this home in Saint Joseph called us about their basement walls and how they noticed slight bowing. We came to the home and were able to fix the issue before it became it major problem (the homeowners made a very smart decision calling us). We were able to then install 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 afterwards, we have permanently stabilized the basement. So now the homeowner doesn't have to worry about an unsafe basement ever again.
This 80 year old home had foundation problems for a years but the problem was ignored. Eventually, the wall caved in. The good news is that it was fixable and we had a great solution for it. On the exterior, the wall was neatly built back up with blocks and sealed. On the interior, we used a product called Shotcrete to rebuild. Shotcrete is essentially concrete that is shot through a firehose at the wall and evenly applied. The structure is now strong and reliable once again.