Your home is your biggest investment, and Ty’s goal is to help you protect it.
Before transitioning into his role as a system design specialist, Ty started as a member of the Ayers production department, installing projects. He also worked as a foreman and field supervisor in production, and now trains our other system design specialists.
Since joining the Ayers team in 2011, Ty 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.
Ty lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife and two children, as well as a menagerie of animals. Ty and his family like to do projects together in their free time.
Problems in your home can be frustrating and scary, but when you work with Ty and Ayers Basement Systems, you don’t have to do it alone.
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After intermittent water issues in the crawl space - regularly occurring but usually negligible amounts of water - our customer looked into his crawl space to find four inches of standing water.
We drained the water (the before picture is the immediate aftermath, where everything is still nice and soggy) and installed a Smart Sump to help with any future water accumulation, before encapsulating the crawl space with the CleanSpace vapor barrier system and drainage matting.
This customer called because their discharge line was redirecting water back into their basement. The end result was that the basement flooded and without a sump pump system, there isn’t an effective way for the water to exit the home.
We redirected the discharge lines and installed both the TripleSafe sump pump system and the WaterGuard system to begin waterproofing their basement.
The TripleSafe sump pump system supports three sump pumps in one liner to ensure water is efficiently pumped out of your basement. The first pump is an effective pump that will do most of the work. The second pump is higher in the liner and automatically turns on if the first pump cannot keep up. The third pump is a battery-powered pump that will ensure the sump pump is working even if the power goes out.
We also installed the WaterGuard system that is used to further waterproof a basement by ensuring any water leakage will filter into the pipe and exit into the sump pump. The system is installed in the perimeter of the basement and is placed slightly away from the wall to ensure any water from wall leaks will have room to filter into the pipe and exit into the sump pump.
These owners can be assured they will have full protection against flooding in the future!
Crawl spaces can be a horrible sight and have a horrible effect on your home. If crawl spaces are open to the earth, moisture is guaranteed to enter into your home from the floor up; the same thing happens with cold air. To stop this from happening in their home, a family in Jackson, MI gave us a call. We were able to transform their dirty, damp crawl space into a crisp, clean area by using our patented CleanSpace encapsulation system. CleanSpace sealed off their crawl space completely from the earth, preventing any moisture or cold air from entering. Along with that, the antimicrobial property built into the material of CleanSpace counteracts mold growth. Say hello to a happier crawl space with CleanSpace!
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.
Cracks in basement walls can be difficult to waterproof when conventional sealants don't stick well and cracks move and expand. We've helped many homeowners who have tried to waterproof cracks on their own with no success.
Our team does inject sealants into the crack but this is only a first line of defense. We also excavate a small area under the crack creating a drywell a few gallons deep that water will eventually flow into and leach back into the soil. The drywell is filled with crushed stone and the concrete on top is replaced aside from a small gap at the base of the wall where the water is allowed to seep in. The crack is covered with a foam followed by a mold and mildew resistant layer on top. The foam creates a space between the wall and mold resistant layer where water can flow freely into the drywell in the event that the sealants begin to fail. The homeowner will never have to worry about puddles. They'll likely not even know whether the crack is leaking or not. The shop vac can now have a much needed break.
We received a call from a customers crawlspace that was not well insulated from the outside environment. We drove to their home and gave them a free estimate. After inspection, we decided to install CleanSpace (info on CleanSpace here) along with FrothPak. FrothPak is a spray foam insulation used on rim joists and hard to reach areas. It does not absorb moisture, so it does a great job at sealing crawlspaces from the outside environment. Now that this homeowner's crawlspace is insulated, they won't have to worry about their home being affected by the outside environment any longer
This house had just recently been put up for sale, but shortly after, the owners discovered water in their two crawl spaces. While one crawl space had block walls, the other was protected by insulation. As the water came in, it caused stains to the block walls and puddled on the floor of the other. The before photo shows where the water leaked on the floor. Both crawl spaces were solved using the CleanSpace system, shown in the after photo. CleanSpace is a vapor barrier that is impenetrable by moisture. Neither the current seller nor the future buyer will have any moisture issues to worry about in either crawl space.
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.
These customers contacted us because the floor in their living room was sagging toward the middle of the house. There were no cracks on the basement or upstairs walls but the homeowners found that the bedroom doors were sticking. Thankfully, our SmartJack system was the perfect solution to their issue. The SmartJacks acted as supports for the sagging beams in the basement. They were installed and secured into place in the basement floor and attached to the sagging ceiling joists. Once tightened into place, the floors were stabilized and lifted back to their proper level.
Mark D's basement floor tiles was unsightly and cold. We installed our Thermal Elite Plank Flooring that mimjics hardwood flooring but they are waterproof!
Sharon had a partial basement waterproofing system installed by another company several years ago. Now she was looking to have a system installed throughout so that the basement can stay completely dry. Our team installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system along the walls, tying into the existing system to create one continuous protective unit. WaterGuard is a french drain system that sits on the home's footing and gathers moisture along the base of the wall and directs it inconspicuously to the sump pump system.
Amy, who recently purchased her home in Lansing, MI began experiencing water seepage through the stone walls in her crawlspace. She grew extremely concerned and called us to seek professional help.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system in Amy’s crawlspace. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the elements below. With this encapsulation system in place, Amy must no longer worry about water or cold air entering her crawl space.
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!
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.
With the installation and air sealing of the basement complete, the last step to finishing this basement was to put up the Everlast wall panels. These panels are sturdy enough to hang even the heaviest TV and are easy to wash.
The SuperSump premier sump pump system is perfect for keeping a basement dry and healthy for extended periods of time, even in times of heavy water intrusion. The SuperSump has a ⅓ horsepower cast-iron sump pump, capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour at an 8-foot head out of your basement. This complete system provides total protection, and that is why this Charlotte, MI family had install the patented system. Thi family no longer has to worry about water in their basement with the SuperSump.
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.
Jewell C. needed to waterproof her basement. She had a sump pump, but that wasn’t enough. The house was built in 1962 and made of block walls. Houses made of block walls often allow moisture to seep through the cracks. This moisture can be a factor making your basement cold and allowing for mold growth. We not only installed Waterguard to ensure all the water is flowing to the sump pump but we installed BrightWall Paneling. BrightWall brightens your basement, giving it a finished look while protecting it. It keeps water vapor from coming through the walls and drains the water to the WaterGuard system.
Lastly, we installed our ThermalDry Floor System. The ThermalDry Floor System is made of inorganic materials: this means that water won’t ruin them and mold can’t grow. The tiles are also not sitting right on top of your concrete floors. They have raised pegs that make sure water doesn’t damage them and keeps your new floor warmer. In addition, if one or two tiles ever get ruined in one of those high traffic areas, you won't have to replace your entire floor, but just those few tiles.
This home in Battle Creek already had our SuperSump sump pump installed in the basement for waterproofing but wanted their basement finished. They decided on our EverLast wall panels and ThermalDry parquet flooring. Both of these products are inorganic and waterproof, so they won't allow mold growth or moisture into the basement. The EverLast panels are very durable and hard, so it's almost impossible to dent. You can also hang anything on them without having to find studs. The ThermalDry Parquet flooring looks like real wood, but won't absorb water and swell up from water vapor. Both of these options are great for keeping your basement dry and they look amazing when completed.
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.
Unattractive, water damaged, or mold-covered basement 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. The surface is also washable, and EverLast even comes with a 50 year warranty. This family in Richland, MI had us install EverLast and can now fully enjoy being in their basement.
This homeowner has water in the crawl space and it smells musty. He wants to water out and for thee area to be sealed off so it will be dry and clean. We first laid down drainage matting which has dimples in it so water can flow under it and be directed to the sump pump to be discharged. Next we installed the CleanSpace Liner which is a thick durable liner similar to a pool liner. This liner prevents water vapor and humidity from passing through. It also helps to keep your structure from rot and mold since the basement is kept dry. We also installed the SmartSump Crawl Space Sump Pump System. This is the ideal solution because it was designed for crawl spaces and can provide all the protection you need from leaks and floods. To help keep the moisture out of the crawl space, we installed the SaniDry Sedona which is a small dehumidifier that is the perfect size for a small crawl space. It keeps dry air circulating throughout the area to ensure the crawl space is protected, leaving you with a clean, dry space.
You probably have seen basements with stone walls, because they are very popular in Michigan and Indiana. Well, unfortunately that is terrible for your foundation, they are hard to fix once they crack and crumble. So we used Shotcrete on this home in Nappanee. We start by connecting the old wall to a framework that will help support the concrete being sprayed on the wall. We just build the new wall right on top of the other wall. This has fewer risk than lifting the entire house does and it is quicker and cheaper, making it easy for you. You won't even need to leave your home. This concrete will strengthen this home for many more years to come.
This Hastings, MI home was suffering from bowing walls. The initial tell for the owner was the stair-step cracking seen in the before picture. Once the system design specialist confirmed the inward bowing walls, the owner called on our crew to solve the problem.
After selecting to use our Geo-Lock Wall Anchor System as the solution, the homeowner was forced to wait until the ground thawed for production to occur. Once the soil was no longer frozen solid, the crew was able to excavate next to the wall and place the earth anchors into hard-packed distant soil. The anchors were then attached to the wall using steel tie backs and Geo-Lock wall plates, like those pictured in the after photo. Essentially, the anchors will stabilize the foundation while pulling the collapsing wall back to its original position.
We were called when Jim saw that a portion of his home was settling. He noticed a large crack in the stone outside his house and knew it needed to be fixed. It was December and the homeowner was worried that the solution would have to wait. We installed Helical Piers to support the failing foundation. Helical Piers can be installed year round so you never have to worry about pushing off fixing your foundation issue. These piers not only stabilize foundations but can potentially lift the foundation back to the original position.
This extreme makeover is what we like to call our CleanSpace system. CleanSpace is an extremely thick plastic line that is fitted to your crawl space. And don't worry it does a lot more than just make the appearance of your space look better. Let's take a look at all the benefits to installing CleanSpace.
1. CleanSpace was designed with an antimicrobial additive that prevents the growth of mold
2. It stops water vapor from entering the crawl space
3. It's so durable it's almost impossible to pull down
4. You can still use the space for storage and whatever else you do with your crawl space
5. There is also no way for critters to enter anymore since the area is completely encapsulated
These are all reasons that our customers love CleanSpace. Let us come in and give your crawl space a makeover, it'll look nicer, no more water issues, and lets get rid of those unwanted critters.
Mike called us becuase he notcied that there were leaks in the basement walls and during heavy rain there were puddles. We installed the WaterGuard system to keep his basement dry. The WaterGuard is a French drain that is designed to be installed below the floor slab so that it is out of the "mud zone" and won't clog. The system collects water as it seems in from the walls and drains it to the sump pump. It installs quickly and has a clean finish.
Foundation wall cracks are nothing to take lightly. That's why this family in Culver, IN called us. Their foundation walls were showing "staircase" cracks, indicating bowing or buckling walls. We determined that our patented PowerBrace system was perfect to fix this. PowerBrace is made of steel I-beams that are connected to the joists above the foundation wall to offer maximum support. After the installment of PowerBrace, this family can now feel safe in their basement and, more importantly, their home.
This bowing basement wall was in need of serious help. Stair-step cracks were found, which is a common sign of wall failure in block foundation walls. This often means that the problem is worsening because as the wall continues to bow, the corners have to rely on adjacent walls to hold it up, creating the stair-step cracks.
We installed the PowerBrace system to support the basement wall. This system involves steel beams that are secured to joists above the wall with steel brackets. The beams are coated in zinc to prevent corrosion and the braces use a joist reinforcement technique to transfer the weight of the wall evenly across the basement ceiling so the floor above is not disturbed.