Serving Mid, Western and Northern Michigan,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
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.
Christopher & Christine, homeowners and past clients of ours from West Branch, MI had been struggling with a constantly wet crawl space. They knew that living right near a marshland and having an old unreliable sump pump was not helping their crawlspace concerns. After having their cement Poly-Leveled by Ayers the couple was highly impressed and began planning for our return trip to address their crawl space.
Upon scheduling an appointment and assessing Christopher & Christine’s crawl space needs, we recommended our CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system to help resolve the issues in their crawl space. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a super thick durable plastic lining that fully seals off the crawl space from the harsh elements it faces below. To supplement the CleanSpace, we also installed the CleanSpace drainage mat to ensure maximum water drainage to the sump pump. With the couple having a broken sump pump, a Triple Safe sump pump was also highly necessary. TripleSafe is a safeguard feature that includes the use of three pumps to ensure this basement will stay dry, even in power outages and severe weather events. In the case of heavy water or primary pump failure, the second and more powerful pump will kick in, if there is a power outage the battery powered UltraSump will take over.
Additionally our friends elected for us to install SilverGlo wall paneling. SilverGlo panels are constructed very differently than other types of insulation. These panels contain tiny graphite particles that permeate its foam insulation; this is what gives the panel that silver shine. These tiny particles serve a functional purpose besides just looks; they reflect heat and lower the material's conductivity for superior R-value insulation. Thanks to this complete crawl space renovation, living near a marshland is no longer a sweat for Christopher & Christine.
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.
Mark and Monique, a couple from Alpena, MI have dreaded large rain storms and the spring thaw for several years. The thought of having several inches of water in their crawl space would keep them awake at night. Finally, a convenient opportunity arose, that’s when Mark & Monique gave us a call. We sent one of our System Design Specialist to their home. Our expert created a personalized solution that fit our friend’s needs and budget. We suggested the application of our unique CleanSpace encapsulation product. This product provides a thick plastic barrier that completely seals off the crawlspace from the elements it faces below. Additionally, we sprayed FrothPak rim joist foam insulation to enhance the energy efficiency of their home. Finally, our friends elected to tackle the relative humidity in their crawl space with the SaniDry Sedona. The SaniDry will promote dry breathable air throughout the couple’s home. No more water troubles means no more worries for these friends.
This homeowner in Alpena, MI called us because he had multiple problems with his foundation. The porch had caved in, the floors are no longer level, and as you can see in the “Before” photo, cracks were beginning to form on the outside. What you cannot see however, is that cracks were also forming on the inside of the house.
This foundation needs to be stabilized, and our Helical Piers are just the right application for this type of job. These are long steel shafts, placed deep into the ground of the soil. The footing of the home sits on top of these shafts using a heavy-duty steel anchor. Typically, like in this case, we install these anchors by excavating soil around the exterior of the home down to the footing and advancing the piers. These piers have the ability to help raise foundations back to their original position, and the installation is very fast and effective.
If you feel that you are beginning to have foundation issues in your home, please do not hesitate to call us. and we can come out for a free inspection.
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.
Rick R., from Hillman, MI began experiencing cracked and uneven floors in his man-cave. Just like with the Michigan roads, cracks are something that many of us simply can't avoid. With our friend putting in long hours in his workshop, his worries of tripping one night began to grow. Seeking an effective and affordable concrete repair option, Rick gave us a call.
Our experts carefully assessed the failing floors in Rick’s beloved workshop. We proposed the option of using our patented product Poly Level to return the floor to its original position. Rick agreed that Poly Level was indeed the right choice for him. PolyLevel raises concrete through unique qualities of expanding polyurethane foam, making it: environmentally safe, affordable, waterproof to prevent future erosion, quick and mess free! Poly Level provided our friend Rick with a lasting solution, and it can do the same for you. Call us today for your free estimate.
This Hillman, MI home’s basement has been having issues with its wall. It had previously buckled, and to fix it, the homeowners tried to fill the empty space with sand. This worked, but only for a small period of time. The wall had now begun to bow, and moisture is seeping in through a crack.
To fix this problem, we installed our PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System. Consisting of steel I-beams that are secured to the joists above the wall with steel brackets, PowerBrace works by adjusting your walls slowly and carefully over time to make sure floor joists do not crack or break from the adjustments.
You also don’t have to worry about deterioration of the beams because PowerBrace is coated with zinc to ensure no rusting or deterioration occurs.
If you have issues with bowing, buckling, or cracked foundation walls like this home, Ayers Basement Systems has the solutions you need to stabilize your home's foundation. Call us today for a free inspection and we can send someone out to take a look!
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.
Our client Robert M. from Rogers City, MI was experiencing water seepage that caused a wet crawl space below the porch of one of his rental homes. Concerned about the well-being of the tenants and his home, our new friend gave us a call. In visiting Robert’s rental property, our System Design Specialist devised a solution consisting of our highly efficient CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. The CleanSpace product is a cutting edge thick durable lining that fully seals off the crawl space from the grueling elements below. Next, we incorporated SilverGlo wall panels to make this crawl space more energy efficient. The panels silver color helps them reflect and hold in heat energy. To complete our solution for Robert’s rental home, we used spray foam insulation to supplement the SilverGlo wall panels. Since it’s transformation, the crawl space under Roger’s rental property has been completely dry. Robert’s tenants were thrilled because starting with their next heating bill they began seeing a cost decrease. Our new friend says he has plans to invite us back up to his personal home, and you should invite us to transform yours.
This Rogers City, MI basement had been having water issues for a while. Unfortunately, the water issue has now also turned into a mold issue. Mold growth is inevitable in your basement or crawl space if you don’t take care of water intrusion right away. Fortunately, with our SuperSump Premier Sump Pump System, we are able to keep this basement dry and avoid any future water dilemmas.
Our SuperSump is a great option if you’re looking for a more economical solution. It is engineered to help keep the basement dry and healthy for extended periods of time, even in times of heavy water intrusion. SuperSump also comes with the option of installing our UltraSump Battery Backup Sump Pump, which will pump out water in the event that your power goes out.
If you don’t have major flooding issues, but just occasional water issues, this might be the right fit for you. This system provides total protection, and like all of our sump pump systems, works perfectly with our drainage systems.
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!
Rick A. from Gaylord, MI began noticing that it felt bumpy like the Michigan roads when he would put his truck in the garage. This became stressful for our friend as he usually leaves for work early in the morning. Rick began looking at his options; removing the concrete and re-pouring it seemed like an extremely large investment of time and money. Searching for a more effective solution to his garage floor danger, Rick discovered that he indeed did have options.
We assessed the failing cement slab in Rick’s garage and recommended our unique product offering Poly Level to return the floor to its original position. PolyLevel raises concrete through unique qualities of expanding polyurethane foam, making it: environmentally safe, affordable, waterproof to prevent future erosion, quick and mess free! Poly Level is minimally invasive and provides a permanent solution. If you find yourself struggling with cement structure issues like our friend Rick, give us a call for a free estimate today.
This troubled crawl space was in desperate need of encapsulation. The homeowner Denise from Gaylord, MI, called us to see what her options were. We sent one of our System Design Specialist's to her home. Our expert created multiple individualized solution options that fit our new friend’s needs and budget. In the end, Denise chose our unique CleanSpace encapsulation product to seal off her crawl space from the elements it faced below. Additionally, our new friend elected to tackle the relative humidity in her crawl space with the SaniDry XP. The SaniDry will promote dry breathable air throughout her entire home. Denise gave her crawl space a much-needed makeover, when the spring thaw hits she will no longer have to sweat.
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.
Richard D., a homeowner in Elmira, MI began worrying about his wet and moldy crawlspace. He began searching online for crawlspace repair experts, but then his friend told him about Ayers and his search quickly ended. One afternoon, our appointment center received a call from Richard. He wanted to know how we could transform his crawlspace into dry, energy efficient space.
Upon sending a System Design Specialist to Richard’s home, we probed his crawlspace needs and prescribed our CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a 20mm thick durable plastic lining thatfully seals off the crawlspace from the harsh elements it faces below. Plus, the CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth, so Richard can be certain his mold problem has been permanently solved. To supplement the CleanSpace, we used spray foam insulation to ensure maximum energy efficiency and comfort in his home. Thanks to this crawlspace encapsulation system, our new friend Richard can rest assured knowing their crawlspace is a mold-free and dry environment.
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.
Ted and Charlotte P. own a cottage in Grawn, MI. This wonderful couple was struggling with a constantly wet crawl space. Living near the lake, a high-water table was causing water and moisture to come up through the floor. While at their main residence down state, Ted and Charlotte saw one of our TV ads about addressed a wet crawl space.
Upon scheduling a free inspection and inviting us to their cottage, our new friends worked with our guiding experts to devise a solution that met their budget and solved their wet crawl space problems. After seeking other proposals, the right one was clear for Ted and Charlotte. The couple elected to have us install our CleanSpace Drainage Matting and the CleanSpace encapsulation system. Along with these solutions, we installed a highly efficient sump pump to ensure the crawl space remains dry. Since the installation of the new system, having a cottage on a lake has no longer been a sweat for our new friends. Call us today, to schedule your free estimate.
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.