Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Your home is your biggest investment, and Michael's goal is to help you protect it.
Prior to becoming a System Design Specialist, Michael was a valuable part of the Ayers Team as a production crew member, installing all the patented products Ayers offers for basement, crawl space, and foundation repair. The knowledge he gained gives him unique insights into solving below-grade issues. Michael also has extensive customer service experience.
Michael has completed extensive training in waterproofing, foundation, and crawl space repair needs, and is a Certified Waterproofing Professional through the Basement Systems International Network of Waterproofing Contractors. No matter what problem you’re experiencing with your home, he will design a custom solution using proven processes and the best products in the industry.
Michael lives in Dimondale, Michigan with his wife and two dogs. He’s a big movie buff and likes to spend his free time watching all genres of movies or going camping.
Problems in your home can be frustrating and scary, but when you work with Michael and Ayers Basement Systems, you don’t have to do it alone.
Let's be real no one ever thinks they're house is going to catch fire, or flood, or have something tragic happen. BUT, it does happen all the time. An egress window is a great idea to have in your basement because it allows a second way out in case of an emergency. The building code now also requires that every new home have two exits.
We installed this egress window in this family's partially finished basement so they can have peace of mind that everyone is safe and can escape if needed.
Clean air is essential to living a healthy lifestyle and Julie C. needed a way to ensure that her family would be able to comfortably breathe in her Leslie, MI home. In an effort to create a crawl space that lacks mold, pests, and moisture, Julie contacted us at Ayers Basement Systems.
We began by installing CleanSpace liners that make sure to seal outdoor air and bacteria. Our state-of-the-art liner is engineered with an inorganic material that protects not only your basement but your family as well. CleanSpace liners are made from thick plastic that when combined without drainage matting, combat bacteria and mold from entering while allowing water to flow to the SuperSump pump.
This homeowner had water issues in her crawl space and wanted the area sealed off. We first put down drainage matting which has small dimples in it to allow water to flow under to the sump pump. We then installed the CleanSpace liner which is a thick durable liner. The liner prevents water vapor from passing through into the area and by keeping the crawl space dry, you are protecting your structure and insulation from mold and rot. Pests and bugs are deterred by the plastic barrier s well so you won't have animals in your crawl space.
Gene added an addition to the home and there is a basement/crawl space under the new master bedroom. One of the walls leaks water into the area during rainy seasons and heavy rain. We installed the WaterGuard to keep the water out of the house. The WaterGuard is a French drain system that is installed under the floor but atop of the foundation so it won't clog. The water collected gets drained to the sump pump which then gets drained outside the home. The system installs quickly and has a clean finish!
Gene just recently added an addition to her home that has a separate basement area than the rest of the home. This area gets water in it during Michigan's wet seasons and then during heavy rain as well. The water enters where the floor and wall meet so it doesn't flow towards the sump pump that they already have. We installed the WaterGuard system to help with the water issue in her home. The WaterGuard is a system that contains a French drain installed under the floor to collect water that is leaking into the area. The collected water is sent to the sump pump to be discharged outside the home.
Jack is trying to sell his home but there is water leaking through the wall into the basement. They wanted a soltuion before the home was sold. We installed the WaterGuard System to collect and drain the water to the sump pump. The system is a French drain that is installed under the floor but above the foundation as to not clog.
Our customer called to have an egress window installed. The home's previous owner had improperly installed basement windows, causing leaking and drafts. This isn't uncommon when working below grade - that's why it's important to have a basement company install basement windows.
The homeowners in Holt, MI had a dirty and nasty crawl space that they wanted cleaned up. There crawl space was letting outside air in and was causing the home to lose energy.
Our professional team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace system covers the floors and walls of your crawl space with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. The vapor barrier protects your crawl space from moisture, unwanted pests, and outside air. The system keeps your crawl space cleana and dry and is a bright white color making the area look like new!
Kristen in Holt, MI wanted her crawlspace encapsulated, despite the fact that there was no apparent moisture. There is absolutely nothing wrong in doing this, in fact, this is what we would recommend! Preventing future issues from happening is always a better option than trying to fix something that has already caused a great deal of damage
In terms of encapsulation, there simply isn't a better option than our CleanSpace Vapor Barrier. This durable, bright white crawl space liner installs on the walls and floors, preventing water vapor and humidity from passing through. It also halts any unwanted critters from sneaking in, because there simply aren't any cracks or holes where even the smallest of critters could fit into.
With a 25-year warranty against rips and tears, this durable liner will convert what was once an unusable crawlspace, into a legitimate storage area. And with its mold-resistant additive "UltraFresh", CleanSpace will never support mildew or mold growth on its surface.
So in terms of encapsulating your crawspace, whether you are preventing future problems from happening, like Kristen, or you are in need of current crawlspace problems to be fixed, the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier is the best option.
Liam just moved into his home when he notcied that during heavy rain, a steady stream of water was coming through some cracks in the basement. There was no standing water, it had drained but he didn't want water coming in at all so he called us. We installed CarbonArmor to stabilize the wall. The CarbonArmor System is made up of flexible carbon fiber fabric straps that are up to 10 times stronger in tension than steel. These straps are bonded to the wall using high strength epoxy resin. This system requires no exterior excavation, installs quickly, and won't impact future basement finishing.
Bob had a large crack where the driveweay and garage connect. The concrete slab of the driveway sunk and Bob was afraid that it would get much worse. We injected PolyLevel to fix the settling issue and to make sure the driveway was level with the garage. PolyLevel is a lightweight foam that is strong enough to hold up the weight of vehicles. The foam is water proof and stable so it won't wash away or react with soil. PolyLevel has a quick curing time of only 15 minutes so it wont impact your day.
The homeowner wanted their crawl space to be sealed off and waterproofed. With heacy rain, they got water in their crawl space and didn't want that to happen again.We installed drainage matting to allow the movement and drainage of water uner the CleanSpace liner. We also installed the CleanSpace Liner which is a thick durable liner that looks like a pool liner. This liner keeps water out of the crawl space as well as mold and odors.
Kathy M. of Lansing, MI had drastic cracks in her basement walls before she called us for help. Cracks such as this provide a serious threat to the structural integrity of the home. Good thing for Kathy, we had a solution to this problem.
We installed our patented CarbonArmor wall reinforcing system for this job. CarbonArmor uses the same technology as the Army Corps of Engineers designed to reinforce bomb shelters to stabilize your basement walls. The system consists of fiber reinforced polymer that is 10 times as strong as steel, maximizing the utility of the product. And as a bonus, no excavation is needed to install this product.
With this installment, Kathy can live in her home without worrying about the cracks beneath the home.
In order to keep her basement dry, Laurie needed to find a superior option for her sump pump. That's why we installed a TripleSafe sump pump, because there simply is not a better option than this. With the TripleSafe system installed, Laurie's basement will be safe from water in extreme conditions like power outages. Thanks to the battery-powered backup pump, the system will continue to operate even if the rest of her house is without power!
The homeowners in Charlotte, MI had so much water coming into their home that it started pooling in certain areas of their basement. The pooling water was causing damage to their things and they needed a way to get it out of their home.
Our professional team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The system sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud or other debris. The system works by trapping floor and wall seepage before it has a chance to damage the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is immediately taken to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from the home!
The before picture shows the WaterGuard system right after it was put in place and the after picture shows what the product looks like after it is all installed and covered with a clean layer of concrete.
This Grand Ledge home was up forsale but there was a bowing wall in the basement. The prospective buyers wanted it to be fixed so they called us to see what we could do to save the wall. We installed GeoLock Wall Anchors for them to halt further movement of the wall. These wall anchors are made of galvanized steel and work by extending from your wall into the hard, stable soil beyond your home. They brace the stronger soil to stabilize the foundation wall. Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space.
The homeowners in Bellevue, MI had water leaking into their garage. The water was coming from the two back corners of the garage because of a crack in between where the walls met. Most people would think that a patching mortar or a masonry sealant would get the job done, but unfortunately, this rarely works long term because of the poor adhesion.
Our FlexiSpan crack repair system will do the job right the first time. FlexiSpan is a three-step process. The first step is to apply a flexible sealant along the full length of the crack. Next, a strip of porous and flexible foam is installed over the crack. Lastly, an impermeable membrane was adhered to the wall on both sides of the foam strip. This treatment allows any future seepage of water through the crack to move invisibly down the wall and into the basements perimeter drainage system. The FlexiSpan crack repair system is flexible enough to move with your wall allowing it to work under all conditions.
Vent covers come in 3 colors, black, gray and red brick to match the foundation of your home. Vents in a crawl space usually do more harm than good. Vents allow in water, moisture, bugs, dirt and everything else you don't want in your home. These vent covers permanantly seal your vents closed so you don't have to worry about any of these problems again.
This home in Portage, MI had some stair-step cracks in the foundation wall. Most of the time this happens from the soil outside your foundation walls expanding. This home had a special case where a tree root was actually causing the wall to bow inward and create the cracks they were seeing inside their home.
To take care of the cracks we installed our PowerBrace system. PowerBraces can be tightened to allow for improvement of the wall over time. They are also zinc coated so you don't have to worry about them rusting out. These are also a good option if you don't have room for excavation on the outside of your home.
Jim P. contacted us because there was a crack in his basement wall and was concerned that during a heavy rainfall there might be water that would come through. The house was built with a block foundation in the 1950's and there is no existing sump pump if water to go leak in.
Our team of experts viewed the situation and realized the wall was actually starting to bow inward. We used our Carbon Fiber straps to fix this problem. Carbon fiber is a very high tensile material that is literally impossible to stretch. The straps are actually glued to the wall and can hold the center of the wall in place so it can't bow anymore. Carbon fiber should not be used if your wall has started to slide in at the top or bottom, but our team will help you figure out the best solution to your problem.
This home had cracks showing on the outside retaining walls that were attached to the foundation walls. This had been going on for a few years but was starting to become more serious as some of the bricks were shifting. We sent a system design specialist out to check out the cracks and offer their best advice and solution to the ongoing problem. Both the home owner and specialist agreed on installing Wall Anchors to stabilize the cracking retaining walls.
GeoLock Wall Anchors are connected to earth anchors that are embedded into the soil out away from the foundation. The most unique benefit to Wall Anchors is their ability to be tightened over time which gives the wall the best chance at straightening back to its original position. Wall anchors can fix very severe bowing and leaning walls. They also solve the problem once and for all so no more worrying about your weakening foundation.