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Greg began his career at Ayers in February 2015. His favorite part of each project is seeing the finished project and knowing he was able to help someone fix their basement problem. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, dog and cat.
The homeowners in Williamston, MI were noticing that one of their walls in their basment had horizontal cracks near the top of the wall and was starting to bow. Horizontal cracks are one of the first signs of a bowing wall. The cracks need to be fixed right away because they start out small, but they will increase in width over time as the soil outisde continues to put pressure on the wall.
To fix the bowing wall out professional team installed the GeoLock Wall Anchor system. Galvanized steel earth anchors are embedded into the soil out away from the foundation wall. Steel wall plates are installed inside the home on the problem wall. The earth anchors and steel plates are then connected together by galvanized steel rods. Once installed, wall anchors will hold walls in their current position without any further adjustment. They can be tightened during dry periods allowing for improvement and straightening of the wall over time.
The GeoLock wall anchor system stops the homeowners wall from bowing and allows the wall to be straightened over time.
This customer first called us years ago in need of a sump pump. They decided to go with another company at that time, but we heard from them again a few months ago. They didn't like the sump pump the other company had installed and were concerned that it wasn't working, putting their finished basement in danger.
We installed a TripleSafe sump pump to ensure that any incoming water would quickly be discharged, and upgraded the electrical panel so that the pump didn't interfere with the rest of the house.
Greg called us because he wanted his dirt floor crawl space cleaned up and insulated before winter. This crawl space is very small but our team can get in most tiny places with no problem. Our CleanSpace encapsulation is installed to cover the floor and the walls. It doesn't allow water/moisture in and can help reduce energy costs. CleanSpace is also very durable and can have boxes stored on it with no problem.
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.
This Haslett, MI home was built right next to a lake, and as a result, the crawl space had been dealing with a lot of moisture issues. The high water table caused the dirt floor in the before photo to be constantly moist, with occasional standing water depending on the season. The owner wasn’t sure how bad the crawl space had gotten because she hadn’t looked at it in quite a while. However, she did have a friend who helped install some insulation down there and thought that might be a small trace of mold there too. The CleanSpace liner in the after photo will do away with both moisture and mold. It is impenetrable by moisture, and since mold can’t grow without moisture, it won’t be a worry either. Even the damp dirt floor will be completely unnoticeable with the CleanSpace system installed.
A customer in Delhi Charter Township, MI called us about encapsulating/insulating their crawlspace. The floors of the home are cold and they were looking for a solution. We have a solution for them, CleanSpace. The CleanSpace is a white, durable liner that fixes to the walls and flooring. This is to provide a barrier from cold/moisture from entering your crawlspace. CleanSpace provided this family with their solution, it might help with yours.
We received a call from a customers crawlspace that was not well insulated from the outside environment. We drove to their home and gave them a free estimate. After inspection, we decided to install CleanSpace (info on CleanSpace here) along with FrothPak. FrothPak is a spray foam insulation used on rim joists and hard to reach areas. It does not absorb moisture, so it does a great job at sealing crawlspaces from the outside environment. Now that this homeowner's crawlspace is insulated, they won't have to worry about their home being affected by the outside environment any longer
After noticing a strong musty smell coming from their basement and crawl space, this East Lansing, MI homeowners began to be concerned. Their concern turned into disgust when they found out that turning the air or heat on would send the smell up through the home. Musty smells usually come from a combination of humidity and moisture entering the crawl space. The dirt floor and block walls in the before picture are notorious for letting in moisture and outside air, but neither can penetrate the CleanSpace System. The CleanSpace system is a moisture barrier that can cover just about anything, note how it drapes both the walls and floor in the after photo. With the barrier present in this crawl space, musty smells won’t be.
This home was built back in the late 1970s, but for the first time, the owners recently discovered that water had been coming into the basement. Not only was water coming into the basement, it was also causing mold and mildew for the basement. They found a large crack in the poured concrete next to the support beam and spanned from the floor to ceiling. In the after photo, you can see the FlexiSpan solution. FlexiSpan is a two-layer polymer solution that both plugs the leaks and directs any seepage to the drain well down below. The FlexiSpan is the perfect thing to keep water out of this basement permanently.
Homeowners in Bath, MI were experiencing water leaks in their crawl space. It's common for concrete block and cinder block walls to experience this, as they are porous, leaky, and known to have low water resistant properties.
To block any more water from entering the crawl space, we wrapped the area and piers in CleanSpace, a liner that acts as a tough barrier making it impossible for moisture to get through. CleanSpace is durable, mold resistant and completely seals off the home from the earth. Ta-da! Crawl space transformed.
Joan F. from Lansing, MI had a grungy crawl space beneath her home that was letting cold air into her home, on top of being dirty. This was causing her heating bill to skyrocket in the winter and she needed a fix.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. No more dirt, water, or cold air with can enter the crawl space with this installment. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
The best thing about CleanSpace is it can easily be installed around objects in the basement such as pipes. CleanSpace works to encapsulate the entire area. It makes sure moisture, dust, dirt, and unwanted insects stay out of your crawl space. If a crawl space becomes damp this can transfer to the living areas above it. Moisture can cause mold and no one wants mold in their home.
Don't you hate it when you are walking inside, and the floor boards make sounds? Well this homeowner from Delhi Charter Township had that same issue, and he called us for our professional help. We drove to his property and installed SmartJacks. The SmartJack is a support system used to stabilize and level the floor joists in a crawl space. This system can support up to 60,000 pounds. The SmartJack system is placed on strong concrete fillings that have replaced the soil in that small location underneath the SmartJack. Now that these SmartJacks are installed, this homeowner won't have to worry about floor problems ever again.
Homeowners in Charlotte, MI were sick of having a musty, dirty, crawl space that was filled with dirt and bugs. Our Ayers crew visited the home and decided that CleanSpace and a SaniDry dehumidifier would make their crawl space dreams come true!
To start, we installed a SaniDry dehumidifier that will work to circulate the air throughout the space. With this system, it will keep humidity low to block out moisture and stop mold growth. We then covered the crawl space with CleanSpace, shown in the after picture. The white plastic liner is durable, and it too works to prevent humidity and moisture from passing through the space while also sealing away odors and blocking out pest and insects.
This home built in the 1800’s never had issues with water in their basement until recently. The old stone walls on one end of the basement started to leak just below the ledge in the wall. The perfect solution for this was WaterGuard. This drainage system consists of specially designed piping that is laid on top of the footing of the foundation with the purpose of catching wall leaks. The water that’s collected is then rerouted along the perimeter of the room to the sump pump where it’s pumped out of the basement. Who knows how many more years this house can stick around now that its basement is dry!
After buying this house from his parents, this Grand Ledge, MI customer began to notice something strange happening to the crawl spaces. Water was building up behind the walls and leaking into the dirty crawl space. He gave us a call asking about a complete encapsulation to dry out his crawl space and keep it that way. Since there was already standing water in the crawl space, the crew needed to give it a way to escape. Our crew installed drainage matting to handle the issue. Drainage matting rests on the floor of the crawl space and will keep water from having a chance to puddle up by directing the flow to a drain. Once the matting was in place, the crew went about encapsulating the entire crawl space – floor, walls and all – with the CleanSpace. The plastic liner won’t allow moisture or humidity to permeate back into this crawl space.
One afternoon we received a call from Dave, a homeowner in Grand Ledge, MI. He informed us that he was experiencing water seepage through the foundation walls in his crawlspace. This became a major concern for Dave as it led to significant moisture issues throughout his home. Dave had seen Ayers Basement Systems commercials on TV and had personally seen crawlspaces encapsulated by our crawl space experts! This made him very motivated to have his crawlspace encapsulated by us. After assessing Dave’s crawlspace needs, we installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system to address the current issues being faced below his home. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the harsh elements it faces below. To supplement the CleanSpace, we also installed FrothPak rim joist foam insulation. This will increase the energy efficiency of Dave’s home and help lower his energy costs. With this CleanSpace encapsulation system in place, we were able to turn this wet crawlspace into a healthy, dry and usable space.
Charles called us about his basement wall. Large horizontal cracks could be seen running from one end of the wall to another, a sure sign of a wall that was beginning to bow. If left alone, Charles' yard would eventually be relocated in his basement. Fortunately, we had a permanent fix for Charles. The answer was in a GeoLock Wall Anchor System. Large steel GeoLock earth anchors are placed in the ground away from the home and are connected to wall anchor plates on the inside along the bowing wall using long steel rods. These anchors hold the wall in place and keep it from bowing any further. Another unique feature of these wall anchors is that they have a tightening system included that allows the walls condition to improve over time. Charles will no longer have to worry about a basement full of dirt. A quick easy installation was the difference between between worry and confidence.
A homeowner from Battle Creek needed help with the basement foundation walls because she noticed that they were beginning to bow. We drove to her property and installed PowerBraces among many things. Power Braces are an adjustable vertical beam used to help correct uneven foundation. The PowerBrace is placed up against the walls and attached to the floor joists above it. Foreman will come in and tighten them over time in homes in order to correct the wall over time. The Power Brace is much better than I-Beam styles because it continuously improves the wall. This system is zinc coated so it is fully resistant to corrosion. Now, this homeowner should never have to worry about a weak foundation ever again.
Cheryl T. called us because she had some water leaking in her basement and after inspection from one of our system design specialist it was evident that a couple of the basement walls were bowing. This can happen when the soil on the outside starts pushing on the foundation. With the homeowner we decided the use the solution of Carbon Fiber Straps to fix the walls. Carbon fiber is a very high tensile strength material which means it is literally impossible to stretch. Carbon fiber straps are a great option as long as the wall in only bowed in the middle and hasn't started sliding at the top or bottom. They also work great for those of you that have limited access on the outside of your home because of neighbors or a barn etc.
Cheryl from Battle Creek, MI was having issues with the walls in her basement bowing outward. With extended observation, she could tell the walls were continuing to move. The crack that formed in one of her walls grew to a horizontal distance of more than twelve feet! Cheryl became noticeably frightened about her wall and called us in search of professional help. We went to her home and devised a complete solution consisting of 15 Carbon Armor straps. The Carbon Armor wall reinforcement system is a state-of-the-art solution for bowing and cracking foundation walls. These straps are made from a fiber reinforced polymer that's ten times stronger than steel and is specifically designed for this purpose. Using high strength epoxy resin, the straps are attached the wall and secured with heavy duty steel brackets. Carbon Armor straps improve the condition of bowing and cracked walls by reversing the forces of nature and allowing them to move back to their original position. The best part is that this system requires no exterior excavation, installs quickly, and won't impact future basement finishing. With this cutting-edge solution in place, Cheryl can remain calm knowing her walls will eventually return to their proper position.
This customer in Battle Creek, MI called us about a crawlspace that needs to be cleaned up and lifted. After our professional free inspection of the crawlspace, we recommended our patented CleanSpace encapsulation system and our SmartJack crawlspace stabilizer. CleanSpace keeps the crawlspace dry and prevents any cold air from coming in. The SmartJack provides supplemental support to your failing structure and can often lift failing floor joists or beams, putting them back into their original position.
When these Westphalia, MI residents started noticing a strange odor in their kitchen, they set about to locating the source. They found the answer in their crawl space and weren’t too happy with the discovery. They had already known that the crawl space was dealing with previous issues. Specifically, no matter what the temperature of the house was, the crawl space remained cold. The bad odor gave them another reason to finally address the issue. On arrival, one of our system design specialists confirmed their suspicions. The crawl space was letting in damp air causing adverse temperatures and that delightful moldy smell that was traveling through their home. Luckily, both of these problems would disappear with a crawl space encapsulation.
Our Ultimate Energy Saver package was the perfect thing to cure this crawl space’s smell and temperature problem. Included in the package, are several different types of insulation: The SilverGlo wall insulation and spray foam are both seen in the after photo, and a Terrablock foam insulation rests on the floor underneath the vapor barrier. With these products working together, the crawlspace temperature should no longer be an issue. All of these items have another role in the project, as well. That is their ability to stop outside air - the main culprit for humidity, mold and bad odors - from coming in. As a package, the Ultimate Energy Saver will protect these homeowners from moldy smells and overspending on heating costs.
The homeowners in Kalamazoo, MI noticed they had water coming through their back wall into their basement. The water was especially bad during heavy rains.
Having water seep into your basement is bad enough, but it is even worse when it is destroying a finished basement. The water came in so frequently that it started soaking the homeowners new carpet. They knew they needed to fix the problem before it ruined anything else in their basement, so they called Ayers Basement Systems.
Our professional team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The WaterGuard 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 in any way. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is taken directly to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from the home keeping your basement nice and dry.
The before picture shows the WaterGuard system once it is put in place and the after picture shows the system after it is covered with a clean layer of concrete.
The homeowners in Kalamazoo, MI noticed they had water coming through their back wall into their basement. The water was especially bad during heavy rains. Having water seep into your basement is bad enough, but it is even worse when it is destroying a finished basement. The homeowners did not have an existing sump pump so the water that was coming in had no way of escaping.
Our professional team installed the TripleSafe sump pump to keep this basement dry. The TripleSafe has three sump pumps in one giving you triple protection! The first pump will remove water from the home efficiently and effectively. The second pump has a seperate discharge line and is more powerful. The second pump will be there for you on the rare ocassions you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries so it is there for you when the power goes out. The TripleSafe adjusts automatically so you do not have to worry about it.
The before picture shows the new carpet rolled up and all their stuff pushed to one side of the basement so it could try to avoid all the water and the after picture shows the TripleSafe sump pump.
This homeowner contacted us because of the standing water in her crawl space. Whenever it rained, water would stream right under the home into the crawl space through the block foundation. Once mold started to appear, she knew something had to be done.
Our team visited the home, and after eliminating the mold, we installed CleanSpace. This durable liner covers the floor and the walls and provides a barrier to moisture, allowing water to drain beneath the liner to the sump. CleanSpace is manufactured with an antimicrobial additive, so it also prevents mold from growing on the liner.
The last step to making this crawl space dry, was to add a SaniDry dehumidifier. This dehumidifier sits in the crawl space and wrings the air of moisture and drains directly to the sump pump, so the homeowner will never have to go in the crawl space to empty it. SaniDry also blows the dry air around the crawl space to dry the entire space.
CleanSpace helped make this crawl space dry and SaniDry keeps the air clean. Now the homeowners don’t have to worry about standing water and mold, but instead, they can relax knowing that that space is dry.
The owners of this Beaverton, MI home were looking to sell the house. The buyer's inspection turned up some foundation wall cracks that they wanted addressed. We were well equipped to handle the problem so that the sale could continue as planned. We installed a series of 7 CarbonArmor straps. These straps are low profile with a 7 inch width and they're incredibly strong. CarbonArmor straps are stronger than concrete and they're 10 times stronger than steel. These fully epoxied carbon fiber straps prevent any bowing in the wall. ArmorLock anchor systems at the top of the straps help to prevent any inward movement at the top of the wall. Most carbon fiber systems like these don't offer that same level of protection making them one of the most reliable carbon fiber systems on the market. Now the sale of this home can continue as originally planned.
Tim M. from Grand Rapids, MI had lived with a stair step crack in his basement wall for 14 years before reaching out for our help. This type of crack poses a serious threat to the structural integrity of the home, and thankfully, 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.
As the winter season gets closer and closer, energy bills and temperatures for our homes start to come into play; one culprit is crawl space insulation. Poor crawl space insulation can affect us even without noticing it. Such effects include higher energy bills, higher relative humidity, the possibility of dust mites, and last but not least..being cold. Using a product called CleanSpace, we are able to setup a vapor barrier to bring down humidity from the ground and act as insulation. Doing this not only eliminates or reduces the effects of a poor crawl space, but it also helps to raise a homes value.
We received a call from a homeowner in Lakeview who had problems with wet basement walls. She didn't know what to do so she gave us a call. We drove to her house and installed WaterGuard. WaterGuard is a pipe that runs water underneath the floors. This system runs on top of the footing instead of alongside it. The WaterGuard has a big drain outlet to the sump. It also has a built in tiny gap between the floor and the wall so that it can drain any wall leaks. This system is designed not to clog by having holes in case of debris clogging the pipe. The WaterGuard collects the water from drains in the basement.