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This Winamac, IN customer was interested in having a new Egress window installed for a basement bedroom. The crew installed one of our energy efficient EverLast windows and accompanying well and cover. These products are made from inorganic plastic that promises not to rot, rust or crack like traditional metal windows and wells. Not only will this basement have a much brighter look to it, the window is also waterproof, making sure this room stays dry. Because after all, waterproofing is what we’re all about here at Ayers.
Jim's basement walls were bowing and cracked on the inside and outside of the foundation. He called our team and asked about possible solutions. 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.
A customer in Union Pier, Michigan came to us with a crawlspace that was overdue for some protection from the outside enviornment. We upgraded this crawlspace 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, this homeowner won't hace to worry about a wet crawl space ever again.
This Petoskey, MI resident was tired of water in their basement, so they called us. We determined they would be suited best to have us install our patented Supersump sump pump. The SuperSump includes a powerful Zoeller® ⅓ horsepower cast-iron sump pump that can pump 2,220 gallons of water per hour at an 8-foot head out of your basement. This is the perfect solution for homes that have heavy water intrusion and want to stay dry. This customer can now happily use their basement without having to worry about water.
Dirty, damp crawl spaces don't stand a chance against our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system! That's why this family in South Bend, IN called us here at Ayers. CleanSpace completely sealed off their crawl space from the earth, preventing moisture or cold air from entering. In addition, the anti-microbial component in CleanSpace adds an extra barrier against mold growth. This family can now have peace of mind knowing that their crawl space is clean and dry.
Our customer called in with a basement that was steadily leaking. It wasn't "a lot" of water, but it was enough to fill up a shop vac each week. That...sounds like a lot. Well, any water at all sounds like a lot, especially considering the leak made him have to pull up his carpet.
After installing a full perimeter of WaterGuard, we added a TripleSafe sump pump, extended discharge lines with IceGuard, and a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to make sure any ambient moisture in the basement wouldn't collect.
Keith and Jan had water entering their basement so they called our team. In order to prevent water from flooding their basement, we installed the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System along with a few other systems. IceGuard 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, IceGuard is totally automatic so Keith and Jan won’t have to worry about when they should turn it on or off.
A mobile home had heavy water intrusion in its crawl space which was also causing frogs to enter the crawl space. So our team installed SilverGlo, a set of waterproof foam panels used on the walls of your crawl space in order to insulate it. Uninsulated crawl spaces cost you money each year by increasing your heating and cooling bills. In addition, SilverGlo blocks all moisture and is made of inorganic material which prevents mold, rot or mildew from forming. Overall, it will keep your crawl space dry and insulated which will save you lots of money over the years.
CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system does wonders for a crawl space that is in the dumps. This customer in Syracuse, IN had a damp, dirty crawl space -- well, not anymore. CleanSpace seals off crawl spaces air-tight from the earth, disallowing moisture or cold air to enter. The anti-microbial component in the material also completely and safely prevents mold growth. This customer can now be safe and comfortable in their home and use their crawl space for clean storage.
Kristine called our team because she was experiencing settlement issues in her home. Our team installed SmartJack to stop her sagging floors. Due to the moisture and soils in your crawl space, floors above crawl spaces are vulnerable. The SmartJack system is a permanent fix to these issues and provides immediate stabilization. It uses steel columns, threaded rods and a solid base to address any issues your crawl space may introduce to your floors.
This family cottage sits right on the beach and they wanted to make sure their beloved cottage was going to last another 100 years, for generations to come. The homeowners noticed the floor was starting to sink and were not level throughout the home and most of the windows and doors were sticking, all signs that the foundation is settling.
We were able to fix the settling floors and sticking windows and doors by installing out SmartJack crawl space stabilizers. The SmartJacks are made of galvanized steel so they won't rust and will remain solid for years to come. These jacks can withhold more than 60,000 pounds. This is more than enough to transfer the weight of your home to the SmartJacks, leaving you with a level floor.
After noticing large cracks in his basement walls, Don became concerned about his foundation and rightfully so. The stair step cracks running below the window of the before photo are one of a few key signs that a basement wall is bowing inward from pressure. This type of structural problem can mean the destruction of a home’s foundation if it isn’t properly and timely addressed. So when Don gave us a call, we rushed over to help him out.
The beams in the after photo, along with the tightening bracket used to connect them to the floor joists, make up the PowerBrace Wall Repair System. Tightening the bracket will push back on the walls and put a stop to the inward pressure. With any luck, the PowerBrace beams won’t only stop Don’s walls from bowing, they may actually push them back to their original position, as well.
Deborah wanted her crawl space encapsulated because her floors would be cold in the winter. So she called our team and installed CleanSpace. CleanSpace is 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.
Henry called about some cracks between the blocks in his basement walls. Upon inspection, we found some stairstep cracking but even more prominent was a large horizontal crack where the wall was bowing quite extensively. If allowed to continue, the wall would eventually cave in. At that point, you're obviously looking to do a total wall replacement. Instead, by acting early, we were able to properly support the home and prevent any further bowing with galvanized steel PowerBraces along the wall. The Braces are essentially a steel I-beam that extend from the floor to the joists above. At the top they actually feature a unique tightening system that allows the homeowner or our service team to adjust the braces over time, potentially improving the condition of the wall little by little. These PowerBraces are a permanent fix that the Henry can put his trust in.
In 2014 Christine had us make her crawl space more energy efficient with some SilverGlo insulation and frothpak in the rim joists. Now a few years later, we're back to help with a crawl space encapsulation using our CleanSpace vapor barrier which helps to as much harmful water vapors out of the crawl space as possible. Also, we're laying TerraBlcok insulation on the ground to add greater energy efficiency. Finally, we added a SmartDrain to help remove any moisture from the space without harming the building materials and a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier to keep the space as dry as possible so that Christine is breathing good clean air on the floor above and mold is not an issue.
A customer had heavy flooding in her basement so she called our team for help. In addition to other systems, we installed TripleSafe. 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. This customer will no longer have to worry about her basement flooding even if her electricity goes out.
These Kalamazoo customers were suffering from a bowing wall and wanted to put their house up for sale. The crew originally thought of using power braces to correct the failing wall, although pipes within the basement were an issue. The basement wall had vertical and horizontal cracks, which are some of the first signs of wall failure. To prevent the wall from cracking and bowing any further, the crew decided to install CarbonArmor.
The CarbonArmor system is used to reinforce bowing walls. The Fiber Reinforced Polymers are 10 times stronger than steel and have a flexible design that allows it to tightly contour your bowing wall. This system allows you to reinforce your failing wall without having to drill, which was a perfect option for these homeowners.
These customers will have their home ready to sell in no time!
Brian had a wall in his basement that was collapsing so he called our team for help. Our team installed PowerBrace, a foundation repair system. It secures basement walls in place and overtime it will straighten them. Outside pressures can cause damage to your basement walls lick cracks or tilting. 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.
As you can see in the before photo, this Kalamazoo, MI crawl space had definitely seen better days. So much moisture was leaking in, it was causing the wood foundation to rot. And only making matters worse is the fact that moisture and organic material – like wood – are two of the prime ingredients for mold growth. To put a stop to the moisture leaks and give the crawl space some much-needed protection from mold, the crew installed our Energy Savings Package.
The package comes with two products perfect for the fight against mold and moisture: CleanSpace Vapor Barrier and SilverGlo Wall insulation. Our CleanSpace Vapor barrier is exactly what the name implies, a plastic liner that won’t permit entry to moisture or water vapor. The liner is not only impenetrable to moisture, it’s also made of inorganic material, meaning mold can’t grow on it. While CleanSpace protects the crawl space floor, SilverGlo Wall insulation will keep out any moisture that tries to enter through the walls. The panels were attached in front of the previous block walls and will also help regulate temperatures throughout the home. This crawl space can now say goodbye to mold and moisture for good.
A customer in Hudsonville Michigan came to us with a crawlspace that was due for some TLC. We hooked this basement up 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 in the entire crawl space. Now this home has no worries about mold in their crawlspace.
When wall starts to leak, it can mean a big mess for your basement - especially if your drywall also begins to rot. That’s why this Georgetown Township, MI customer immediately removed the affected drywall and gave us a call. He had worked with us a few months back, so he was familiar and comfortable with our services. For small wall cracks like these, our crews use FlexiSpan – a two-layer polymer sealant. While one layer plugs the cracks, the other provides a drainage route for any water that does leak through. The owner won’t have to worry about that seepage puddling on his basement floor, though. Below the wall, a drainage system was also installed into the foundation floor to catch any leaking water. Rotting drywall will no longer be a problem in this basement.
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.
Though she originally called for a basement waterproofing, this Wyoming, MI customer knew she had to have one of our basement egress replacement windows once she saw them. The basement windows she was previously using were rectangular glass block windows and didn’t offer much light. As you can see in the before picture, the siding of the house actually protrudes out over the window and blocks sunlight. In the after photo, you can see the difference and benefit of the window well. The well encircles the window but extends several feet away from the home to allow light to reach both the window and into the basement. And keeping with the customer’s original desire, the well is made from waterproof, inorganic plastic that won’t erode or let water into the basement.
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.
When this Grand Rapids, MI customer started to notice mold growing on his basement drywall, he knew he couldn’t wait any longer to patch up the leak. The crew went to his home armed with the FlexiSpan system. FlexiSpan is a two-layer waterproof sealant that won’t permit water to pass through or mold to grow. As you can see in the before photo, the water that leaked through would run down the wall and cause most of its damage at the foot of the wall. The darker portion of floor in the after photo is where concrete was poured after the team installed a drainage system to collect any leaking water. While the drainage system will dispose of water, it won’t stop the leak. But, the first layer of FlexiSpan will. Using the first layer of the sealant to plug the leak and the second for a drainage route, creates a system almost impenetrable by water. And on the off chance that water does make it through the seal, the drainage system will be there to carry it away.
This customer reached out to us because there was water coming in through their walls in their basement. To solve the problem, we installed our patented WaterGuard drainage system and CleanSpace encapsulation system. WaterGuard acts to catch all the water that enters into the basement and filter it into the sump pump. Our CleanSpace system, on the other hand, is normally used in crawl spaces to seal off the space from the earth and prevent mold growth. In this situation, though, we found it would be a good solution for this family's basement as well. With these installments, this home's lower level is now dry and safe to use.
This homeowner called because she noticed the floors above her crawl space were sagging. Our team visited her home and found that her floors were sagging down around 2 inches and the previous owner re-sided the house to cover up the bad foundation problems.
Thankfully, we knew just what to do. We decided to install the SmartJack stabilizer system to lift her floor back to the original position. This system works by taking out a cube of soil and filling it with concrete or compacted crushed stone, which will make sure weak soil is not an issue when installing the jacks. A structural footing is then placed on top of the fill and a galvanized steel column is installed and measured to fit your crawl space perfectly. The column is connected to the girders above and tightened into place to stabilize the girder and floor joists, which lift the floor back to the original level. This system is extremely effective because it can hold up to 60,000 lbs. and makes sure to transfer the weight beyond the weak foundation soil.
Get rid of the water in your basement with our patented SuperSump sump pump! No home benefits by having standing water in its basement, and the SuperSump with prevent that from happening. The SuperSump includes a powerful Zoeller® ⅓ horsepower cast-iron sump pump that can pump 2,220 gallons of water per hour at an 8-foot head out of your basement. This is the perfect solution for homes that have heavy water intrusion and want to stay dry. This customer in Grand Rapids, MI had us install the SuperSump and now can enjoy all of the benefits that come along with it.
A small leak capable of causing big puddles was the reason for this call. When snow would thaw or rain would fall, this basement would leak through a small crack in the wall. After the leakage would come the puddles, and with a big enough storm, those puddles could grow between 5 and 7 feet in diameter. Luckily, it was only occurring a few times a year, but that was more than enough to persuade this Grand Rapids, MI homeowner to look for a solution.
Our FlexiSpan system was exactly what he needed. The beauty of FlexiSpan is that it can treat small cracks like these without forcing owners into a full remodel. After the crew filled the crack with the flexible sealant, another drainage layer was added so that if water did permeate the membrane, it would flow down the original wall out of sight. The water will then enter the drainage system (located below the freshly poured concrete in the after photo) that the crew installed, keeping the basement dry and looking good at the same time.
BrightWall enhanced these brick basement walls by providing a smooth, clean finish. These panels are made of rigid plastic sheeting that's attached to your basement wall by drilled-in plastic fasteners. They're waterproof and washable, and provide a vapor barrier on the walls to prevent humidity and the growth of mold.