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After a questionable foundation repair to this Cement City, MI home, the owners began to notice that they’re basement didn’t look quite right. There were cracks in the foundation and front porch. Not to mention, both the floors upstairs and porch seemed to be sagging and uneven. In other words, the foundation was starting to settle. The owners wanted to keep their basement separate from the upstairs for a little while longer, so they made a call to the basement and foundation experts, Ayers Basement Systems.
To fix this settling foundation, the crew used SmartJacks. The jacks are usually used to repair the floor above sagging crawl spaces, but thanks to their adjustability, the jacks were perfect for this low basement ceiling. Similar to the installation process for crawl spaces, the SmartJacks were attached to previously installed reinforcement beams in the ceiling and lodged into the concrete slab at floor level. The SmartJacks will reduce the amount of stress on the foundation and stabilize the ceiling back to its original position.
If you’re interested in a foundation repair, then give us a call for a free estimate!
This WWII veteran in Okemos, MI wanted to solve his waterproofing issues before he put his home up for sale. The basement was dealing with leaks in the floors and wall, and even though he had a sump pump, standing water was still building up. Our crew installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system that would lead any leaking water to the sump pump for easier discharge. WaterGuard systems sit inside the floor and wall joints to collect any water that leaks down the walls or through floor cracks; In the after photo you can see the top of the drainage pipe sticking out above the freshly poured concrete. Also seen in the after photo is an inspection port, where the homeowner or future residents can check the system for clogging and other issues. This home is now dry, protected and ready to sell.
WaterGuard is just one example of our perimeter drainage systems. Give us a call to find out what system is right for you and your home.
Our customer was experiencing water seeping into their basement where the floor and wall meet. The water coming has caused damage to the walls. After we waterproofed this customer’s basement we installed our Everlast Panels. Our Everlast Panels helped to cover up the damaged walls and make sure that any additional water that seeped through would drain to the WaterGuard system and goes into the Ultra Sump sump pump. The Ultra Sump sump pump will be pump any water that entered the basement.
We had taken a trip out this Lansing, MI home last year to install a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The owner called us back out a few weeks ago to see if we could do something for her block walls, as well. While the leaking water was no longer puddling on the floors, the walls that the water ran down had definitely seen better days. Ayers has the perfect product to get rid of old water stains and make sure they don’t reappear on the next set of walls either.
The crew attached our BrightWall rigid plastic panels in front the stained stone walls. BrightWall panels are made from inorganic, mold resistant plastic and can be put in place without a lengthy or invasive installation. Once the panels are set up, any leakage will happen behind the walls and out of sight. The water will then be directed to the WaterGuard unit that sits at the foot of the wall. It’s the perfect product to give your basement full protection from leaks without being distractingly ugly.
The before photo of this basement shows how the leaking water caused water stains and damage to the walls. Water would leak in, flow down the wall, and puddle on the floor. Luckily, the basement was still unfinished, so the leaking water didn’t cause any damage to the carpet. Even better, the BrightWall panel solution in the after photo goes along great with unfinished basements. The panels are made of rigid plastic and create a moisture barrier for the basement, meaning the water damage that occurred to the concrete walls won’t occur again. As water leaks down the walls, it will stay behind the panels - unseen by anyone in the basement - and flow to a perimeter drainage system at the foot of the wall. You can see in the after photo where fresh concrete was poured to cover the drainage system. This basement will be fully protected and looking great for years to come.
Sump pumps are one of the most important features of a waterproofed basement. A sump pump you can depend on is key to not having to redo your waterproofing. As you can see in the before photo, the sump pump in this St. Johns basement was doing everything it could to keep the basement above water. Sadly, it wasn’t enough. When we received the call, there was standing water in the basement, so the homeowner wanted us to come out and check for clogging in the line. Our system design specialist presented the owner with 3 repair options that would solve the discharge problem. Eventually, the owner settled on a new sump pump liner and a perimeter drainage system.
Think of the sump pump liner as the bucket seen in the after photo. The liner will prevent the pump from clogging up in that muddy hole while also allowing water from both the perimeter drainage system and the ground to be pumped out. For a new perimeter drainage system, the team went with our WaterGuard. WaterGuard sits in the foundation and wall joint and will collect any standing water from the basement. Included in the system were 4 inspection points, so the homeowner can check the system for clogging whenever he wants. The two systems were then tied to the preexisting discharge line for disposal.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your sump pump as well, then give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your options with you.
After the heat from a steam cleaner damaged the floors in this home, the homeowners were forced to replace them. They called Ayers to install ThermalDry tiles, which is the only and best option for inorganic, water resistant flooring. Also resistant to water vapor and mold, these tiles are raised slightly off the floor with small pegs, so water won’t get trapped in them. They come in a variety of finishes, including a Parquet wood look as shown in this home.
Our customer called with a flooded finished basement. Or at least it used to be finished before it went underwater. She'd had one of our competitors out a few years ago. and they installed half of a system and then never came back to finish or fix what they'd improperly installed.
We installed a perimeter waterproofing system, including replacing the overwhelmed sump pump with two new pumps that covered the breadth of the basement.
A customer in Battle Creek, MI needed a solution to freezing and bursting pipes in their home that was causing their basement to be wet. Our solution? IceGuard. IceGuard is a grated discharge line protector for your sump pump line that can still function with a frozen underground pipe. It allows for water to leave your sump pump and be dumped outside even in freezing months. No need to worry about water in your basement in the winter with IceGuard!
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.
When these past customers of ours noticed the large horizontal crack in the before photo, they knew something was wrong with their home’s foundation. Cracks like these normally appear when soil puts extra pressure on walls and forces them to bend inwards. The inward bending or bowing of walls can lead to a lot of foundation problems, including structural failure. To keep that from happening to this Battle Creek home, our crew installed the Geo-Lock Wall Anchor system. Aptly named, the system anchors walls against any future movements to hold the foundation in place. The Geo-Anchors are placed in strong, dependable soil about 15 or 20 feet from the walls. They are then attached to the walls using the wall plates and steel rods that run through the middle of the plates in the after photo. Even as soils continue to expand, the anchors will keep the wall steady.
The crawlspace in the before photo had been dealing with quite a few moisture issues. Water would leak in through the concrete walls or through the dirt floor. Both are very porous and make it easy for moisture to cause foundation problems. The solution in the after photo is our CleanSpace system. CleanSpace is an impenetrable vapor barrier that won’t allow leaking water to pass through. CleanSpace is durable and can be used to cover both floor and wall, as seen in the after photo. The liner will prevent moisture from ever entering again.
When this crawl space first began to sag, the owners had tried to stop their floors from sloping using the stacked cinder blocks in the before picture. Originally, the makeshift support had worked. The floor joists were stable and the owners didn’t have anything to worry about. But after discovering moisture issues in the crawl space, the owners decided to have a full encapsulation done and figured it was as good a time as any for foundation repairs, as well. The new support system in the after photo is the SmartJack Crawl Space Stabilizer. Unlike the cinder block solution that was in the crawl space, the SmartJacks are adjustable and can be raised to whatever height will lift the floor back to its original position. Even if this crawl space runs into more trouble, the stability of the floor above will remain intact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
These Beaverton, MI customers called because they were interested in crawl space insulation and an encapsulation. As you can see in the before photo, they already had a system in place, but sadly, it wasn’t getting the job done. Many use plastic tarps like these to encapsulate their crawl spaces. The problem is they’re not guaranteed to keep water out, at least, not like our CleanSpace system. CleanSpace is a vapor barrier that is impenetrable by moisture.
Seen in the after photo, the liner covers the entire dirt floor, one of the most common places for moisture to enter crawl spaces. To give the customers the insulation they were looking for, the crew also installed the silver wall panels in the after photo. These panels are referred to as our SilverGlo Wall Insulation. The silver surface reflects heat back to its source, just like the radiant barriers placed behind car windshields. With these two systems in place, this crawl space is now protected from moisture and abnormal temperatures.
After the owner of this house passed away, her son in law decided it was time to say goodbye to the home as well. The only problem was the basement flood problems, twice in the past few years, the owner had gone downstairs to discover water pooling up to almost 4 inches. Determined to take care of the problem before he listed the home on the market, the owner gave us a call.
With a perimeter drainage system being installed to collect any water in the basement, it became necessary to provide a way for discharge as well. Based on the recommendation of our system design specialist, the homeowner elected to go with the SuperSump seen in in the after photo. Once the ground was excavated, both the sump pump and a WaterGuard Drainage system were installed. Water that floods into the basement will be directed to the SuperSump by WaterGuard and then pumped out. The SuperSump is extremely effective and capable of pumping out over 2,000 gallons of water per hour, making flooding a thing of the past for this home.
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.
This home in Blanchard, MI was over 100 years old, and the basement looked like it. With a mixed stone and brick walled foundation and a dirt floor, the space was letting in some water, and was far from inviting. The homeowners contacted us to waterproof the space and make it a more pleasant area.
We first addressed the sloped wall in the basement and stabilized and smoothed it with Shotcrete. Shotcrete is concrete that is applied by spraying it through a high pressure hose. This reinforces that wall and provides stability, while also creating a nice smooth surface.
Next, we installed a perimeter drainage system connected to a sump pump in the basement. This allows water to be collected and then rerouted to the SuperSump so that water can be pumped out of the basement. The final step of adding a poured concrete floor dramatically improves this space and makes it more functional and more inviting.
No one wants a wet basement -- this Blanchard, MI family agreed with us. Upon our professional inspection, we recommended our SuperSump sump pump to help solve their water problem. SuperSump is specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time, and is capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour. Water doesn't stand a chance.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Carol M. called because she received a pre-mailer from us and noticed a picture of a crawl space that was encapsulated with CleanSpace. Carol was unhappy with her dirt crawl space and wanted it to look like the one in the picture. Little did she know a dirt crawl space is more than just an eyesore, it is actually causing many unknown problems for the homeowner. The exposed earth in her space is letting a constant stream of water vapor to enter creating an excess amount of moisture, which can lead to mold and rot. Unfortunately, any mold spores and smelly, wet or humid air will flow upward into her home due to the “Stack Effect”. The installation of CleanSpace will fix both the aesthetic in the space and the actual harmful effects of a dirt crawl space. CleanSpace is durable plastic liner that is perfectly sized and fastened securely to your crawl space walls. The liner is water and vapor proof with a microbial additive to prevent mold growth. Another added bonus with this liner is the bright white color that transforms your ugly, dirty crawl space into a clean, bright space. Thanks to CleanSpace, Carol now has the crawl space of her dreams.