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"They provided the best fix for my concerns and problems. Looking forward to future and benefits gained by upgrading and..."
They provided the best fix for my concerns and problems. Looking forward to future and benefits gained by upgrading and insulating our crawl space. Doug was a good foreman, kept his crew moving and on task. The job was done professionally. The finished product looks great. Everyone was knowledgable, courteous, and friendly. No question was left unanswered. The installation crew was helpful and kept the job site clean.
"Great job all around!"
Great job all around!
"There are no basement services in the area so I looked online. We are very satisfied with the job. We have to wait to see how its..."
There are no basement services in the area so I looked online. We are very satisfied with the job. We have to wait to see how its going to work but I have been guaranteed that they're going to help us. We are hoping that after the service will be as wonderful as the job.
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I googled "waterproof basements" and your website URL was there and I clicked on it. I got a response within an hour, set up a time for the salesperson and he was excellent.
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We needed work done and got your free estimate. Very nice company from experience on the phone call. Very informative sales rep and literature given to us. Thank you for a great job!
"David and his crew of Larry and Ryan were extremely conscientious and careful around our property. This was an outside job and he..."
David and his crew of Larry and Ryan were extremely conscientious and careful around our property. This was an outside job and he was careful to walk the surrounding area and go over the project with his crew before starting to make sure the entire team understood what work was to be performed.
"David and his crew of Larry and Ryan were extremely conscientious and careful around our property. It was an outside job and he..."
David and his crew of Larry and Ryan were extremely conscientious and careful around our property. It was an outside job and he was careful to walk the surrounding area and go over the project with his crew before starting to make sure the entire team understood what work was to be performed.
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"Dennis James was excellent in explaining everything to us and did not pressure us at all. Matt Houghtaling did the install with..."
Dennis James was excellent in explaining everything to us and did not pressure us at all. Matt Houghtaling did the install with his crew and was very courteous and customer friendly. Very happy customers!!
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Your home is your pride and joy; Dennis’ goal is to help make it more comfortable, safe, and dry.
Dennis completed extensive training in designing solutions for your waterproofing, foundation, and crawl space repair needs. This includes earning the Certified Waterproofing Professional designation through the Basement Systems International Network of Waterproofing Contractors.
He brings a comprehensive, personalized approach to every job. Dennis will give you a custom solution based on your goals and exactly what’s going on in your home. His customers recommend Dennis and the Ayers Team to their family and friends.
Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Lake Superior State University. His diverse background includes 10 years as a real estate agent and more than 30 years in the home improvement industry. As a son of a masonry contractor, Dennis spent his teen years working with his dad building basements and crawl spaces.
“I’m happy to be able to offer homeowners the best products and services in Michigan to fix their basement and crawl space issues,” shares Dennis.
Originally from Williamston, Michigan, Dennis now resides in Alanson, Michigan, with his wife, Kathy. They have three sons and a daughter.
Dennis enjoys spending time with his children and working around the house.
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.
This crawl space in Rose City, MI would get lots of water coming in during those spring showers. We went through and installed our CleanSpace system and a sump pump. The CleanSpace will make sure that no outside elements can get in and the sump pump will pump the water out: the perfect combination to keep your basement dry.
After inheriting this Prudenville, MI property was from his father, the new owner decided it was time to say goodbye to the place and put the home up for sale. He was then blindsided during the sale process when he found out that the home was suffering from a terrible case of moldy crawl space syndrome (not a real diagnosis, but you get the point). The inspector informed the new owner that if he wanted to have any chance of selling the home, he would need to eradicate the mold and encapsulate the crawl space to prevent it from happening again.
Because the house was located next to a lake, moisture was very common and the crawl space would need a full system to make sure mold didn’t return. Beneath the CleanSpace vapor barrier seen in the after photo, is a drainage matting. The drainage matting is designed to keep water from puddling up and force the flow of water towards a newly installed Smart drain for discharge. Not pictured from the installation, but also designed to put a stop to mold were the SaniDry crawl space dehumidifier and vent covers. The CleanSpace barrier will prevent moisture from coming through walls and the floor, and the air tight vent covers will stop moisture and humidity from entering through the wide vent entrances. With all of these products working together, this home will be protected from mold growth for years to come.
We had been engaging in back and forth communication with this couple for a few months after they discovered their crawl space was damp and moldy. Due to worries caused by water issues in the past, they were determined to put an end to the leakage this time around. After meeting with our system design specialist for almost five hours, a plan began to take form on how to eliminate the water for good.
Though several different crawl space products were used – SmartSump, Vent Covers, SaniDry CX dehumidifier, drainage matting – the key to the new system was the barriers put in place that would keep moisture out. The concrete block walls seen in the before picture make for a great foundation, unfortunately, they also make for easily penetrable material for moisture. To seal up the walls, the crew attached SilverGlo insulation walls in front of the concrete blocks. The SilverGlo creates a barrier that moisture won’t be able to pass through, and it will even direct leaking water to the sump pump system. Our CleanSpace vapor barrier will have a similar effect on the dirt floor. Dirt floors don’t offer much protection from humidity or moisture, making them a big part of the mold and standing water problem that was in this crawl space. However, the inorganic plastic liner, CleanSpace, won’t allow mold growth or moisture to permeate. With the full system in place, the owners of this crawl space have no need to worry about floods or mold again.
Paul called when he and his siblings wanted to take care of the problems in their mom's crawl space. The crawl space had vents and didn't have a sump pump, so mold and moisture problems were pervasive.
We encapsulated the crawl space with CleanSpace vapor barrier and installed a Smart Sump pump and a SaniDry dehumidifier, as well as closing the vents and putting better doors on the entrances, in order to seal off the crawl space from ambient moisture issues.
Half of this home rested on a slab, while the other half was over a crawl space. The side over the crawl space was starting to sink, with floors sagging and support beams not so supportive.
We used SmartJacks and steel beams to stabilize and support the sinking floors, making the home safe and secure. (Note that the after photo is from a closer distance and in different light.)
It might be hard to tell in the before photo of this cottage crawl space, but the ceiling is starting to slope. The ceilings of crawl spaces are called floor joists, and they are directly responsible for the structural integrity of the floor above them, along with anything else that depends on that floor. While a sloping floor is by no means a good thing, it isn’t a death sentence for your house, either. It’s pretty common for the wood joists in a crawl space to begin to rot due to exposure to moisture and other crawl space conditions. That is exactly why, as foundation experts, we use a permanent solution to stop sloping floors. The added support in the after photo is the SmartJack system. As you can see, the SmartJacks were attached at the top to the wood support beam that holds up the floor joists and secured into the ground with a backfill combination of gravel and concrete. The SmartJacks won’t start to sink or slip away, so neither will the crawl space. SmartJacks are the perfect solution for all sagging crawl spaces.
Randall called to address a 3/4" crack in the block wall of his basement. When a wall starts bowing to the degree that cracks this large open up, you start to wonder just how long it well be before the wall completely fails. The good news for Randall was that there is an easy fix that will not only keep the wall from getting worse but can potentially straighten the wall over time.
With our wall anchor system, Geo-Lock earth anchors are burried in the ground away from the foundation wall on the exterior of the home and are then connected to low-profile steel wall plates on the interior of the home by a steel rod. This holds the wall in place and can even be tightened over time during dry periods to potentially straighten the wall until it reaches its original position. These anchors worked great for this basement because obstructions like pipes and conduits are not generally obstacles to the installation and the only impact on the interior of the home is a 1" hole that is drilled in the basement wall for the steel rods.
This basement had a WaterGuard perimeter drain system installed in the past and now were back installing Basement To Beautiful panels. These are a great addition for anyone looking to finish their basement. The Basement To Beautiful panels feature a foam SilverGlo insulation with graphit infused to drive up the insulation value to keep your basement warm. The panels have integrated metal studs that are fastened to the foundation walls. Metal studs won't rot or develop mold like wood studs which makes them a perfect choice for basement applications. These are not a finished wall. This is just studs and insulation but they're a great start and a great foundation for our other products like EverLast Wall Panels.
We received a call from these Fife Lake, MI customers because the joists in their cabin crawl space were rotting. When the cabin was raised years ago, the crawl space foundation was redone, and the joists hadn’t seen any repairs since. As you can see in the before pictures, time hadn’t been kind to the wood. The after photo shows where the crew reinforced the failing joists with galvanized steel beams. After the joists were fully supported, the crew installed our SmartJack system. The SmartJacks work just like normal jacks and were able to lift the sagging floor. Rotting joists won’t trouble this crawl space again.
Ron called because there was a 3x5 area in the crawl space - the area under the chimney - where the floor joists were rotting through. We added new supports to the existing joists and bolstered the whole area with two SmartJack crawl space support posts.
The problem with traditional basement window wells is the material they’re made of. Metal wells can be corroded, rusted or cracked by the weather and elements. The effects are only amplified when you consider that these wells are a few feet deep in soil. Once the wells have finally taken enough of a beating, water is able to push its way in.
These Gaylord, MI homeowners were dealing with that exact type of problem when we heard from them. Not only were the cracks allowing water to leak into the wells, the water had started to flood into their basement. Our replacement wells are made of plastic that won’t be eroded by the elements, so the cracks that let water seep in will be a thing of the past. Nor will they rust from the inside out; The wells come equipped with a plastic cover that won’t allow rain water or debris to build up. Replacing the rusted metal wells should be enough to solve the problem once and for all, but just in case leaks persist in another area of the basement, the team also installed a waterproofing system (including a window crack drain) to keep the house protected.
When heavy rainfalls happened, the owners of this basement would usually find puddles on the floor afterwards. Not wanting to ruin a finished basement for a repair, the system design specialist suggested our EverLast Finished Wall Restoration System as a solution. The EverLast system covers the bottom 32 inches of basement walls and drains water behind the panels. To make this happen, a perimeter drainage system was installed at the foot of the walls that would collect any runoff. Once the drywall of the original walls was cut away, a vapor barrier was installed that would direct any water to the perimeter WaterGuard system. Finally, after the vapor barrier was in place, the EverLast panels were attached using metal studs. The EverLast system makes this basement look great and stay dry at the same time!
These homeowners called as they were doing some new construction on their home and noticed a fairly significant horizontal crack in their basement wall. Upon inspection, we were able to observe some bowing in the wall. A level against the blocks showed a significant difference between the the crack and the top and bottom of the wall. We had definitely seen worse, but bowing walls are not something to wait on. Often the repairs become significantly more expensive over time and the walls become more dangerous. Now was the time to address it. We installed a series of wall anchors to support the wall. Steel wall plates on the interior of the home are connected to GeoLock Earth Anchors buried in the ground away from the home with long steel rods. Over time, the wall anchors can be tightened with the potential of improving the condition of the wall. This is a permanent fix that will prevent further bowing and will give these homeowners peace of mind.
Crawl Spaces can be an unpleasant view sometimes. We received a call from Elmira, MI in regards to cleaning up a crawl space and to insulate / vapor barrier it. The homeowners also wanted to warm up the floors above the crawl space in the winters as well. They called the right people for Crawl Space Encapsulation. We take pride in providing a clean, dry, and energy-efficient Crawl Space. The durable, bright white crawl space liner installed on the walls and floors make this Crawl Space clean, dry, energy-efficient and a pleasant view to look at.
A customer from Afton Michigan gave us a call referring to her crawlspace that was wet and smelly. We drove to her house to take a look for ourselves and figured out the best solution to waterproof this crawlspace would be to use 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. With CleanSpace, this Afton homeowner will no longer need to worry about her crawlspace.
Jordan had a basement crack that had some water seepage as well as some water seepage from the area immediately below his sump pump discharge. With the water seepage confined to these 2 small areas, we were able to use FlexiSpan to solve the problem. The slab foundation was excavated immediately below the cracks and a dry well a few gallons deep was dug out. This is a space where the water will flow and work its way back into the the ground. The well is filled with stone and the concrete is replaced. A gap along the base of the wall remains open to allow the water seepage to flow into the well. Finally the cracks are covered with a foam layer followed by a layer of our mold and mildew resistant CleanSpace material. The foam creates a space for water to move freely down the wall and the CleanSpace material creates a vapor barrier and allow the water to flow without being seen or noticed, plus it looks great on the walls. Jordan's problem is solved.
The musty smell in this crawl space alerted the owner to its poor conditions. The main causes of musty smells like these are humidity and moisture leaking in. To stop these smells, most will install a vapor barrier system that prevents water from entering. In the after photo, you can see the solution our company provided - the CleanSpace system. The liner was pulled tight to both the floor and walls preventing any possible entry. The CleanSpace vapor barrier is impenetrable by moisture or humidity, meaning that neither of the main causes of that musty smell will be present in the newly protected crawl space.
These Boyne City, MI homeowners found us at a trade show. After flipping through our Crawl Space Science book and talking with one of our representatives, they knew they wanted one of our energy efficient encapsulations. At the time, their dirt crawl space was filled with debris and various types of insulation they had used to cover the vents. Our system design specialist offered them a much a better alternative.
The Ultimate Energy Saving combination utilizes three different products designed to insulate both the floor and walls, all the while keeping the crawl space protected from moisture and humidity. The dirt floor of this crawl space was perfect for moisture and humidity to permeate. Our drainage matting, when laid across the floor, will prevent water from becoming trapped in the crawl space and adding to the humidity. The actual floor insulation came from the waterproof foam TerraBlock. To insulate the walls, the team used SilverGlo insulation panels. The walls were attached over the previous stone and will reflect heat back into the crawl space while keeping the cold out. After encapsulating the entire area with our ultra-durable CleanSpace vapor barrier, this crawl space was good to go.
After moisture started leaking into the crawl space in the before photo, it resulted in the hanging and wet insulation in the before photo. The plastic tarp in the photo was meant to keep moisture from passing through the dirt floor. If it was working, it wasn’t enough for the rest of the crawl space. Some of the moisture could be traced back to a broken pipe, but after it was repaired, the crawl space was still damp. Our system design specialist traced the leaks back to the block wall foundation. The CleanSpace Vapor Barrier System in the after photo is able to replace the previous tarp barrier and keep moisture from leaking through the walls. It's impenetrable by moisture so water won't affect it again.
Brian H. noticed some cracks in his garage. Unfortunately, the slab outside of his garage was beginning to sink. We used PolyLevel to raise the slab. It has a lifting force that ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 pound per square foot. PolyLevel requires fewer holes than mudjacking, has a quick cure time, is waterproof, and environmentally friendly.
The flagstone foundation on this home was crumbling, leaving the home above it on unsteady footing. The homeowner wanted to repair it for both their current safety and the possibility of selling the home in the future.
We installed 3ft and 7ft SmartJacks throughout the basement, strengthening the beams and stabilizing the home above.
The building code used to require that basements and crawl spaces have vents installed. Vents are not good as they let in hot, humid air in the summer and freezing, cold air in the winter. These vents can cause mold, rot, and wasted energy.
We have vent covers that will fix your problem. Usually vent doors are made of plywood and don't look very appealing. The ones we offer are made of plastic so they won't rot, warp or need paint. They come in 3 different colors and work great to help you start saving on your energy bills.
PowerBraces are designed to permanently stabilize your homes foundation. This home had some water coming in and it was quite obvious the wall was bowing inward. These beams are zinc coated so they will not rust and they are made of steel. The system can be tightened over time as the wall moves. These braces also require no extensive digging or drilling so it's a great option.
The owners of this Traverse City, MI building first became aware of their foundation problem when they noticed one of the most common signs of a bowing wall: the large stair step cracks in the before picture. When expanding soils push on walls, the pressure can become too much for a foundation to handle and will force the walls to bend inward. Bowing walls can cause numerous problems for your foundation and in some cases, mean the end of the structural integrity altogether. The solution in the after photo is our Geo-Lock Wall Anchor System. By attaching the wall plates in the picture to Geo Anchors outside, the wall can no longer bend inward. Not only will the system of steel rods, wall plates, and anchors stop the bowing motion - given enough time, the walls may even return to their upright position.
The owners of this home were looking to make an upgrade from their previous window and well. As you can see in the before photo, the old well was made from metal. Metal wells can be a disaster when it comes to erosion and allowing water to come through.
As a replacement, our crew put in the plastic SunHouse well in the after photo. It’s made from inorganic plastic that won’t rust or allow water to permeate through. Neither the crew nor the owners were sure which egress cover would be preferred. So, the crew took both a dome and flat lid with them and allowed the owners to decide. Both options are airtight and won’t allow water or any type of debris to pass through. As you can see, the owner’s elected to go with the dome option. Either option would have been great for the home and will stand tough to water.
We received a call from a customer in Traverse City referring to their crawlspace. They needed help insulating their crawlspace from the outside environment. We gave them a free estimate to help them out. After analysis, we suggested CleanSpace for their home. 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. This liner should also be combined with CleanSpace vent covers to insulate and seal the air out. Now that these homeowners have CleanSpace, they will have a safer home with a lower energy bill each month. Call us today to receive CleanSpace in your home.
This family cottage was recently passed down and the new owner decided her first change to the property would be to waterproof the crawl space. She noticed standing water was pooling and was concerned that the proximity of the cottage to the lake would cause it to happen again. Though when she called she was only looking for a sump pump, our system design specialist explained that if only a pump was installed the crawl space would still be at risk. That’s why when the crew went out they installed a full crawl space encapsulation to go along with the sump pump.
One of the great benefits of CleanSpace is its ability to be wrapped around everything in a crawl space. From walls to floors and piers, it doesn’t matter because CleanSpace can do it all. With a new SmartSump also installed, water will be swiftly discharged if it penetrates the dirt floor or the block walls. CleanSpace will keep that water and any moisture from reaching the structural integrity of the cottage. The plastic liner is ultra-durable and inorganic so mold won’t grow on it or the wooden piers as it was doing in the past. Thanks to CleanSpace, this family cottage is ready to be enjoyed once again.
Shifts in foundation occur naturally as soil moves, harsh weather conditions are experienced, there is flooding in your backyard, you name it. But bowing walls are something to take seriously as they directly impact the integrity of the foundation of your home.
This basement in Kewadin, MI was experiencing some bowing so we installed our PowerBrace system to fix the problem. The PowerBrace can counteract bowing and help walls straighten to their original position by gradually tightening over time. The beams are attached to the ceiling and the foundation of the floor, shown in the after photo. The steel I-beams are zinc coated and never rot, allowing the basement to maintain a clean and finished look.
This Mackinac City, MI was dealing with the-ever-so common leaky and moldy crawl space. To give the customers a solution that works and help their energy costs at the same time, our crew installed the Ultimate Energy Saver package. The package includes two different types of insulation: SilverGlo Walls and Terrablock foam for the floor. These products will help better regulate the temperatures of the crawl space and provide a waterproof solution at the same time. Both are made of waterproof material and won’t allow water or humid air (the key ingredients to mold growth) to leak into the crawl space. Don’t look too hard for Terrablock in the after photo. The key to keeping mold and water out is the CleanSpace encapsulation. That’s the white, plastic liner seen in the after photo and it covers every inch of the crawl space floor, including the Terrablock foam. Impenetrable by water vapor or moisture, a CleanSpace encapsulation is just what this crawl space needed to put a stop its leaking water and energy problems.