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We not only adhere to the highest industry standards, we strive to be the industry leader in the home improvement related services we provide. We also use state-of-the-art products and technology which are designed to fix your home. We are the authorized Basement Systems dealer in Allegan County, MI.
Glenn M. of Grand Rapids, Michigan had water coming into his basement for years before calling Ayers. The main source of the leak was around his fireplace, and it was ruining the brick and the wall. After having three basement waterproofing companies inspect the problem, Glenn chose Ayers because of our professional presentation and patented products.
The installation crew arrived two weeks after the proposal was signed and got the job done in one day. Forty feet of Waterguard was laid down around the perimeter of the basement walls. Waterguard works by collecting incoming water and funneling it to the sump pump.
Glenn was impressed with the speed and quality of the job. Now he no longer worries about flooding in his basement.
Michaeleen was preparing to sell her Allegan home when her realtor suggested she have the foundation inspected. The home was built in 1924 and its age was starting to show. Walls were cracking, windows and doors were sticking, and it seemed like the entire house had shifted.
Our team went out and confirmed that the realtor was right to want an inspection. The preexisting jacks were failing and the foundation had shifted because of it. The team went into the crawl space and installed 2 new SmartJacks. The jacks were attached to the sagging floor joists and then adjusted to a height that would straighten the foundation. Our SmartJacks are made from galvanized steel, so they won’t be damaged by the heavy moisture known to hang around crawl spaces.
The new stable foundation should make selling this home a lot easier. Good luck, Michaeleen!
Tom’s crawl space was having trouble when it rained. He recently had some work done and cuts were made in the floor to place deeper footings. Unfortunately, water started to seep through those cracks and flood the crawl space. There was already a sump pump and exterior discharge line in place. However, neither of these products were proving to be as reliable as Tom would’ve hoped.
The teams first task when they arrived in Allegan was to remove any standing water. They laid drainage tiles over the dirt floor to direct the flow of water. Next up was improving the ineffective materials. Our SmartSump is a sump pump system specifically designed for crawl spaces. The system comes with a sump alarm that will alert Tom if the crawl space ever begins to flood again. To guarantee the water is out of the house for good, an IceGuard shield was installed on the discharge line leading out of the house. IceGuard is an alternative escape for discharging water to take, in the event that the line begins to clog from ice build up. The previously installed discharge line was above ground, leaving it vulnerable to freezing over when temperatures drop. An IceGuard will make sure that the line does its job year round.
The last thing anyone wants after making home improvements is to have more work done. We hope that our replacement systems will keep Tom and his crawl space both dry and happy.
Larry and Julie began to notice something strange happening in their basement. Cracks that ran from the corner of the basement walls to the center had begun to develop. The couple didn’t know what these stair step cracks meant, but they also didn’t want to take any chances; So, they decided to give Ayers a call.
After an inspection with a qualified sales rep, Larry and Julie found out what was wrong with their basement. The walls had begun to bow inward due to pressure from the outside soil and ground water. The pressure was so great that one of the walls was bowing in over 7 inches.
The team set out to straighten the walls permanently using the wall anchor system. Using wall anchors requires the excavation of soil directly outside of the foundation. Once the team had exterior access to the walls, they installed earth anchors into the undisturbed soil and connected them to the foundation walls using steel rods and interior wall plates. The soil was then refilled, but only after steps were taken to prevent water from leaking through the exterior cracks with sentry seal, a waterproof membrane.
It was a good thing that Larry and Julie chose to call instead of ignoring the warning signs. Their foundation was at risk, but the wall anchor system will keep their walls and the rest of the house upright.
Jeff was dealing with leaks in his basement walls and window. The water was seeping through, puddling on the floor and causing water damage to the walls on the way down. His biggest concern was replacing the leaking window, but he had also been toying with the idea of finishing the basement.
After talking with the Ayers team, Jeff still wasn’t sure if he wanted to fully finish his basement; However, he did decide to make sure that leaks would never be a problem again. The team suggested a combination of a perimeter drainage system called WaterGuard and FlexiSpan to treat the wall leaks. WaterGuard pipes are installed at the floor and wall joint under a removed portion of the floor. Any water that leaks down the walls will drain into the system, instead of creating puddles on the floor. FlexiSpan works in a similar fashion. The flexible sealant is placed over cracks in the walls to stop water from passing through. Any water that does penetrate the seal will then be drained down to the WaterGuard system by the second layer of FlexiSpan. After improving the defense against wall cracks, the team moved on to install the egress window, well, and cover. The well is made from plastic, so it won’t erode or crack to make way for water. Not to mention, the cover will prevent water from building up near the window.
We hope that Jeff is happy with his new waterproof basement. And if he ever is ready to make the jump to fully finished, he knows exactly who to call.
Jeanette gave us a call because she was in the process of selling her Allegan home. She wanted to get an estimate for foundation work before she met with potential buyers. Specifically, she wanted to know the price of fixing her bowing basement walls. She still wasn’t sure if she was ready to schedule an actual project, and then she met with a prospective buyer a month later.
At Ayers, we know that the most cost effective method to fixing bowing walls is with our PowerBrace system. The PowerBrace system is a permanent solution, as it can continue to be adjusted and will improve your wall’s condition over time. The team installed 9 steel beams into the basement. The goal of PowerBrace is to take pressure off of the walls without compromising the foundation. To do this, the floor joists need to be in good shape. PowerBrace beams are put in place directly against the wall and held there by a floor joist attachment at the top and foundation concrete at the bottom. Not ones to leave anything to chance, the team also brought along several joist reinforcements to secure the beams. The decision paid off with the team also needing to install 5 joist reinforcements to guarantee success.
The new PowerBrace system should ease the mind of both Jeanette and any potential buyers. This basement foundation is now protected and secure for years to come.
For over 6 weeks, Glenn and Joyce’s sump pump had been discharging water out of their basement. It had all started when they went downstairs and discovered 5 inches of water puddling in the basement. They weren’t sure why their basement had recently started taking in so much water, but it was happening to their neighbor, as well. And strangely, it all started right after construction on a nearby road concluded. Ready to solve the problem once and for all, Glenn and Joyce gave Ayers a call.
The main culprit of the leaks were the cracks in the floor. When water leaks through the basement floor, it flows to the floor and wall joints. To help solve this, the crew installed a perimeter drainage system. Once the water reaches the floor and wall joints, it will flow into the system and then be directed to the sump pump for discharge. Though Glenn and Joyce’s previous sump pump had put up a valiant effort, they decided it was about to replace it. The crew installed a SuperSump, one of our more reliable sump pumps, to handle discharging the water from the perimeter drainage system. One of the leaky cracks was right at the foot of the stairwell, so the crew also put in a TrenchDrain and connected it to the rest of the discharge system. With this combination of waterproofing products, this Muskegon, MI basement can return to the dry, protected space it was only a few months ago.
Bowing walls, failing retaining wall, and stairstep cracks, oh my! These Hopkins, MI homeowners weren't kidding when they said they had "all kinds of problems." Major foundation problems were evident: several basement walls were bowing and stairstep cracks marked the rest. Not to mention a retaining wall that was almost buckled...
While this might seem like a hopeless situation, Ayers had a solution. Our foundation specialists visited the home and got to work. They first installed 10 PowerBraces along the basement walls to help straighten and support the cracked walls. These steel beams are zinc-coated, making them resistant to corrosion and are fixed using a joint reinforcement system to evenly distribute the weight of the home, stabilizing it.
Geo-Lock wall anchors were also installed to several walls. Thes earth anchors are attached to galvanized steel rods that are embedded in the soil around the foundation, holding walls into position immediately. These anchors can also be tightened over time to help straighten the wall in addition to stabilizing.
Ensuring that this home was structurally stable was a goal met thanks to the PowerBrace system and Geo-Lock wall anchors. These homeowners can have peace of mind knowing that their house is now literally safe and sound.
Sindy contacted Ayers when a foundation problem started affecting life upstairs. Since the house was starting to fall down in one corner, the doors and counters upstairs were pulling away from the wall, leaving cracks in the wall, too.
Foundation problems that go overlooked for too long can cause serious damage, so that’s why our team quickly go to work. We installed a series of SmartJacks, steel support beams, in the basement. These beams are connected to a girder that runs along the ceiling, and then are tightened into place. This helps stabilize and levels the girders and floor joists, immediately lifting the floors above. SmartJacks are the best solution to support the weight of the home, addressing sagging floor and walls.
This home in Vermontville, MI has a dirt floor crawl space that was an addition built underneath a porch. The homeowners contacted us looking to insulate and encapsulate the area. Both of these are very beneficial to the home to keeping the home comfortable year-round—with encapsulation providing a vapor barrier and insulation to prevent mold and moisture problems.
SilverGlo insulation was installed in this crawl space to provide a radiant barrier. Made with tiny graphite particles that reflect heat, this lowers the material's conductivity, reflecting heat back into the space. This not only keeps the cold out of the space, but also maximizes energy savings.
After our team insulated the crawl space, we installed a CleanSpace liner across the floor. Since the liner is 20mil thick made from many layers of polyester cord reinforcement, it’s durable and can be walked on. Installing CleanSpace provides a barrier for water vapor, and its antimicrobial additive prevents mold growth.
Leola called us after hearing our ad on the radio and realizing that the musty smell in her basement might not be normal. She stored a lot of stuff down there and she was worried about it being damaged in addition to just not wanting to deal with the smell anymore.
As it usually is, the musty, mildewy smell was due to ambient moisture in the basement. She didn't have water leaks or standing water, but enough humidity was present on a regular basis to create problems. In addition to possibly ruining the items in the basement, humidity is one of the necessary components for mold growth, and mold can cause breathing problems and exacerbate allergies and asthma.
We installed a SaniDry dehumidifier, which will keep the ambient moisture controlled and Leola's possessions -and health - safe.
Glenn called when most of the insulation in his crawl space had begun falling down. Fiberglass insulation is common in crawl spaces but is also a bad idea - it soaks up ambient moisture and then falls, leaving the crawl space unprotected. It also harbors mold via its paper backing.
We installed SilverGlo insulation panels, which are inorganic and waterproof, guaranteeing reliable insulation without mold problems, and sealed any gaps with FrothPak spray insulation.
This homeowner called us because he had water coming into his basement through the floor and walls. The home has block wall foundation with drywall, which he had to end up removing due to water damage. The home did have a sump pump, although it was not working properly to ensure all water coming into the home was being pumped out.
Our team of experts decided it would be best to install WaterGuard, which is an effective waterproofing system that is installed around the interior perimeter of a basement to make sure any way leakage coming into the home will filter into the specialized pipes and then exit into the sump pump to be discharged from the home.
We also installed a SuperSump sump pump with a sturdy liner that accepts water from the ground and the WaterGuard system and then pumps it outside of the home. This system includes an airtight lid to prevent water in the sump from evaporating into the basement air and a sump pump stand to prevent the pump from getting clogged with dirt or debris. We also used the UltraSump battery backup system to make sure the sump pump continues to work even if the power goes out. This battery will automatically start discharging water from the basement so a flood does not occur.
To ensure water efficiently and effectively exits the home, we installed the IceGuard system and a LawnScape outlet. IceGuard is used to prevent water from re-entering the home in case the discharge lines freeze. The specially designed holes in the system allow water to leave the home automatically even with a frozen pipe. The LawnScape outlet was installed to lead water from the drainage pipes away from the home.
Fred C. called because he was experiencing high humidity levels in his basement. The basement is fully finished with paneling, so humidity was a large concern because it can lead to mold growth, odor and deterioration of the paneling.
To combat this problem we installed the SaniDry dehumidifier. This effective dehumidification system ensures any water in the air is removed and drained outside of the home. This system also has a powerful blowing motor that circulates dry air throughout the basement.
Humidity will not longer be a problem for this homeowner!
These homeowners called because they were concerned about their bowing basement wall. The home had block foundation walls, once of which had stair-step cracks and was leaning inward about seven inches.
Our team of experts wanted to find a way to stabilize the wall and prevent it from bowing inward any further, so that these homeowners will no longer have to worry about the condition of their home. In order to do this, we installed the PowerBrace system. This system uses steel I-beams that we secured to the base of the wall and to the joists above the wall. The system was secured to the joists with steel brackets that were tightened into place to stabilize the wall. Because this system attaches to the joists in the home, it is important that the floor and walls above are not interfered with. To tackle this, PowerBraces have a joist reinforcement method that transfers the weight of the wall evenly across the ceiling to prevent any further damage to the home.
In order to seal off the cracked wall from any moisture or water, we installed SentrySeal. We started by excavating the soil around the home because the sealant was installed on the outside of the foundation wall. The black membrane was then adhered to the wall permanently, and will prevent water from entering through the crack.
We also installed the Geo-Lock Wall Anchor system for extra security. For this installation we excavated sections of the ground outside of the foundation wall to place steel earth anchors in stable soil out away from the home. The anchor was then attached to the foundation wall with a steel wall plate and was secured with steel rods. We then tightened the system, which immediately stabilized the wall.
David S. was closing on a house that had water problems.The seller disclosed that during rain storms the wall would get very wet. After having an inspector come take a look, they found that the moisture was in more than one spot. So, they gave us a call.
For this situation, we installed our SuperSump premier sump pump system. It is engineered to help keep the basement dry and healthy for extended periods of time, even in times of heavy water intrusion. This complete system provides total protection, and is sure to keep David's basement dry.
Doug B. wanted to finish his basement, but needed to make sure it was waterproofed before doing so. The basement had a crack in the foundation where water was entering.
To seal off the crack and deal with intruding water we installed FlexiSpan. For this installation we first removed a section of the flooring underneath the crack to place a drainage gate that will collect incoming water to prevent it from flowing onto the floor. Next the crack was sealed off and covered with the FlexiSpan paneling, which will prevent the crack from shifting any further and prevent water from entering the home.
To deal with the high humidity levels in the basement, we installed a SaniDry XP. SaniDry is an effective dehumidification system that wrings the basement air dry. After the air passes through the large cold coil, it is then filtered to remove any unwanted particles and a powerful blower distributes it throughout the basement.
This home had a cracked basement wall with some water seepage. The house was vacant and the real estate company wanting to the put it on the market knew very limited information about the overall condition of the house and wanted an expert opinion on what to do next.
CarbonArmor reinforcement strips were installed to stabilize the basement wall and possibly shift it back to its original position. The system uses fiber reinforced polymers in its strips that are 10x stronger than steel. The strips were cut to fit the height of the wall and then adhered to the wall with strong apoxy resin and fastened tightly with steel brackets.
Kris G. of Plainwell, MI was dealing with a sunken slab issue before he gave us a call. His driveway had sunk, especially in front of the garage -- it had dropped 1-2 inches down. He had it mud jacked several years ago but it has sunken back to where it was before.
To remedy this situation, we used on patented PolyLevel injection foam. When using this product, we drill penny-sized holes in the cement slab and inject the PolyLevel under the slab through those. Afterward, the holes are filled, making the intrusion barely noticeable. What is noticeable, though, is the quick raise to the slab. The slab can be driven on 15 minutes after the installation, making this a great, convenient fix.
Pat C. of Pullman, MI had a basement that was very musty even though it had drain system and a sump pump. If a dehumidifier is not running constantly, moisture will develop on interior walls. With this being said, she needed a real solution.
To remedy this problem, we installed our patented SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier. The SaniDry XP can collect up to 109 liters of water per day and has a filter capable of removing particles as small as 2 microns -- making this dehumidifier top of the line.
With this installment, Pat doesn't have to deal with moisture again!
Terry L. of Saugatuck, MI had water puddling in his basement. This can not only cause serious water damage in the basement , but it can also cause moisture in the upper levels of the home, making for an unsavory environment. So, Terry called us.
Our fix to this unfortunate situation? The WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. We started off by installing the SuperSump. The SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep basements dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, this beast is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
After that was installed, we moved on to the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters the basement through the walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped outside of the home.
John K. from Saugatuck has a block foundation and a shallow crawl space. There is outside access to the crawl space. Before calling us, John said there was a musty damp smell in the home.
Our solution? SmartSump, CleanSpace, and the SaniDry CX. The SmartSump crawl space sump pump system is specifically designed for crawl spaces and can provide all the protection you need from leaks and floods. The SmartSump system comes with a reliable Zoeller 1/3 horsepower sump pump capable of pumping 2,500 gallons per hour at a 5-foot head. This is what we decided to install first.
After that, we installed a customer favorite: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm plastic lining that completely seals off crawl spaces from the surrounding natural elements -- goodbye, water, cold air, and dirt. As a bonus, CleanSpace is also produced with anti-microbial components to prevent mold growth.
The final step in the project is installing our SaniDry CX crawl space dehumidifier. This beast is self-draining and can collect up to 109 pints of water a day without its collection tray having to be emptied. This dehumidifier is sure to eradicate any moisture in the air of a crawl space.
John can be happy with his crawl space when he has these systems in place!
Barry E. had a bowing basement wall that allowed water to leak into his home and he wanted an effective fix before the problem continued to worsen.
In order to stabilize the wall and prevent it from bowing inward any further, we decided to install the CarbonArmor system. This system uses fiber-reinforced polymers that are 10x stronger than steel, which makes them perfect for stabilizing a heavy foundation wall. To begin the installation, we painted apoxy resin onto the wall at the location of each CarbonArmor strap. Next, we adhered the strap to the resin and secured the system at the base of the wall with steel brackets. The wall was immediately stabilized and will work to pull it back to its original position.
These homeowners called because the support beams in their crawl space seemed to be damaged, which created an unstable main floor located above the space.
In order to stabilize the beams and prevent the floor above from sagging any further, we installed the SmartJack system. To begin, we needed to install several galvanized steel beams to take the place of the inefficient, unstable beams originally found in the space. Next, we installed four SmartJacks to support the beams above. We first excavated sections of soil at each jack location. The excavated area was then filled with crushed stone and steel footing was placed to hold the steel support columns. The columns were inserted into the footing, attached to the steel beams above and tightened into place, which immediately stabilized the crawl space ceiling.
Riley A. had a block foundation wall that was in serious need of help. A large horizontal crack was found on the wall, which a sure sign of wall failure. The wall was also beginning to bow inward at the location of the crack and the homeowner was looking for a permanent fix to save the wall before it got any worse.
To fix the bowing wall, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. To start the installation process we needed to excavate the soil located outside of the foundation wall in order to embed steel earth anchors. The earth anchors were then connected to the foundation wall and secured into place with steel wall plates and rods. After tightening the system, the wall was immediately stabilized and held in place.
These homeowners contacted our team of experts to see what could be done about their settled front porch and steps leading to the home.
We knew the PolyLevel system would do just the trick. PolyLevel uses specialized polymers that expand to level the steps and porch. The polymers were injected underneath the slab through penny-sized holes that were drilled into the concrete. The entire installation caused little disruption to the home and the cure time was only about 15 minutes. The polymer material was also designed to match the color of the concrete to ensure the look of the home was not compromised.
This basement had several areas where water was able to leak in, causing the space to be damp and musty smelling. The homeowner wanted a reliable solution to deal with the water intrusion and the overall moisture issue in the basement.
We first installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system that included specialized drainage pipes that were placed underneath the flooring to capture water entering the home. Water that enters the system is automatically directed to the sump pump and discharged from the home.
Next, we installed the SuperSump sump pump system to efficiently collect and discharge water from the WaterGuard system outside of the home. We also installed a SaniDry XP dehumidification system to remove moisture in the basement. The dehumidifier wrings the basement air dry of any moisture, filters the air of any unwanted particles and then distributes dry air throughout the basement with its powerful blower.
The last part of the project involved the installation of the IceGuard system and a LawnScape outlet to make sure water exiting the sump pump has an efficient route. IceGuard was installed on the home’s discharge line to ensure water can exit the home even if the discharge lines are frozen. The LawnScape outlet was installed to carry water away from the property and prevent it from flowing back toward the house.
Plainwell, MI resident Mark Z. has a crawl space under his lake home that was moist and moldy. This not only is unpleasant on the surface, but is also a health concern. This said, Mark called us for a professional fix.
We installed a customer and company favorite: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. Dirt, water, critters, cold air, you name it, doe snot stand a chance at getting through. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth from occurring.
Joyce B. of Plainwell, MI dealt with a sinking sidewalk and patio for years before she gave us a call. This caused a serious tripping hazard and a an unsightly appearance -- both things people do not want for their home. Thus, we came to help.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to raise her sidewalk and patio. PolyLevel is lightweight yet incredibly strong and can be walked on within around 15 minutes after the project is complete. We begin the project by drilling small penny-sized holes into the slabs and use them as access ports to fill the void through. After we inject the PolyLevel, the we refill the holes with cement, making them nearly invisible.
Brian B. of Plainwell, MI has an old basement with a stone foundation. Because of this stone foundation, water has been able to easily enter the basement and puddle of the floor. Thus, Brian gave us a call for a professional and long-lasting solution.
We installed our patented TripleSafe sump pump system, our WaterGuard French drain system, and our SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier.
We began this project by installing the TripleSafe. The TripleSafe is a sump pump that provides three levels of protection against water leakage. Whether it be normal water supply, heavy volumes of water, or in the case of a power outage, this sump pump will keep your basement dry. For normal water supply, the Zoeller ⅓ horsepower pump functions. At a heavier level, the Zoeller ½ horsepower pump activates. In the case of a power outage, the UltraSump backup sump pump will pump water on a backup battery.
Next we installed the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, gathering the water that leaks into the basement from the walls. Once this water is in the drain it is redirected to the sump pump (the TripleSafe, in this case) to be pumped up and out the home.
Lastly, we finished off the project by installing the SaniDry XP. The SaniDry can collect up to 109 liters of water per day and is small enough to be put in a closet of tight corner.
Eric Y.from Plainwell, MI had small cracks in his basement wall that were letting in water from the outside. So, he gave us a call for a solution.
We used our FlexiSpan polyurethane foundation crack sealant to remedy this issue. FlexiSpan is flexible so it will keep the cracks sealed even with natural shifting of the wall.
Eric no longer has to worry about a dripping wall with this product from Ayers.
Jamie S. of Pullman, MI had a terrible moisture problem in her basement. There was a musty smell, mold and mildew on the wooden furniture in the basement. This said, she gave us a call for a professional solution.
We installed our patented SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier. The SaniDry XP can collect up to 109 liters of water per day and is compact enough to be put in a closet if you wish to have it installed in one. This beast of a dehumidifier can absorb particles as small as 2 microns, making sure no moisture is left behind.
Thomas J. of Saint Johns, MI had terrible water problems in his basement -- especially after it rained. This water would cover the floor, causing damage that no one wants to deal with. This said, Thomas gave us a call.
We installed two of our favorite products: the SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. The SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, it is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
The WaterGuard system rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected, it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Kevin K. of Saugatuck, MI was having a lot of water seepage in his basement before he reached out to us for help. Because of the damage that water in a basement can cause, this was top-priority for Kevin.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system to solve this issue. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, sitting at a level just right for catching water that seeps into the basement from the outside. Once this water is captured, it is redirected to the sump pump in the home to be pumped up and out of the basement.
Dennis B. of Saugatuck, MI has a crawl space that was terribly musty before he reached out to us. The excessive moisture in the crawl space was causing the musty odor -- and this musty odor was being carried up into the home itself.
Our solution? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. Dirt, water, cold air, critters, etc. do not stand a chance at getting through this stuff. And as and added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
Say goodbye to a musty crawl space with CleanSpace!
Scott P. of Saugatuck, MI desperately needed his crawl space sealed off from the elements. Thus, he gave us a call for a professional installment.
After a free inspection, we decided the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system would be the best fix for Scott. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals of the crawl space. No cold air, dirt, water, or moisture can get through this beast of a lining. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
This house had damaged support beams in the crawl space that were causing the main floor to become unstable. The homeowners were looking for a reliable solution that would raise the sagging floor and prevent the issue from occurring again in the future.
We installed the SmartJack system to stabilize the ceiling of the crawl space. The jacks were installed in the floor of the crawl space and then connected to the beams above. Once tightened into place, the system immediately stabilized the floor, walls and any weight within the house. We also installed steel support beams to replace the ineffective wood ones that were unable to support the weight of the home above.
This home had water leaking into basement from bad drainage of eves. The homeowners wanted to take care of the issue before further damage to their basement occurred.
We installed the WaterGuard system around the interior perimeter of the basement to collect and drain intruding water directly into the home’s sump pump. Specialized drainage pipes were placed underneath the flooring in the basement so that water coming in through the wall is able to drain down into the system, rather than flow out onto the floor.
The home needed an effective sump pump to ensure water collected from the WaterGuard system was being discarded from the home properly. We installed the SuperSump sump pump system that included a sturdy liner and an effective Zoeller pump. It also included an airtight lid that prevents water in the sump from evaporating into the basement, which would cause further moisture problems. An added bonus to this sump pump system is that it comes with a pump alarm that sounds if the pump is unable to keep up with the amount of water entering.
The IceGuard system was installed on the home’s discharge line to ensure water is able to exit the home even if the pipes freeze in the winter. The specialized holes in the system help water automatically flow out of the lines to prevent it from re-entering the home and causing a flood. We also installed a LawnScape outlet on the discharge line to lead exiting water out away from the home.
This homeowner called because she was looking to get her cracked and bowed basement wall stabilized.
Our team of experts used the PowerBrace system to stabilize the wall and prevent it from continuing to shift over time. The joists above the wall were first reinforced to remove some of the pressure that the home was placing on the wall. Next we placed the steel braces directly onto the wall by installing them in the flooring at the base of the wall and then connected them to the joists above. The system was secured into place with steel brackets and the wall was held in place. The system also used a joist reinforcement method that ensured the weight of the wall was event distributed across the ceiling to prevent the floor above from being negatively affected. Lastly, the homeowner received a tightening kit that can be used to potentially shift the wall back to its original position.
Jill K. of Wayland, MI has had moisture issues in her crawl space for years. This moisture can cause lots of problems in the home itself, such as peeling paint, doors and windows that stick, and musty odors. This said, Jill needed a vapor barrier to prevent these problems from occurring. So, she called us.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off crawl spaces from their surrounding elements. No dirt, cold air, water, or water vapor is able to pass through this material. And as an added bonus, the CleanSpace system is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
This homeowner had a crawl space that was encapsulated by another company in the past, although high humidity levels and mold still filled the space.
We installed the CleanSpace liner to encapsulate the entire space. The liner is waterproof and vapor proof, which prevented moisture from entering through the dirt ground and porous concrete walls. The liner was cut to fit the dimensions of the crawl space and was secured in place to prevent it from falling down.
Next we installed a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier system to remove the humidity in the air prevent any further mold growth. This system is extremely efficient at wringing the air dry and distributing dry, filtered air throughout the space. It is also much smaller than other dehumidifiers, which makes it the perfect solution for small crawl spaces.
Lastly we installed an EverLast crawl space door to seal the crawl space off from outside elements.
Ken and Sandy H. contacted us because they were looking for a solution that would save their cracked and failing foundation walls. There was no moisture present in the basement at the time, but they wanted the issue resolved before it caused even more damage to their home.
We used Geo-Lock wall anchors to prevent the wall from shifting any further. We started the installation by excavating soil outside of the failing walls in order to embed steel earth anchors into stable soil. The anchors were then connected to the walls and secured in place with steel rods. Once tightened, the system acted as an anchor to prevent the wall from continuing to shift or crack.
This customer contacted us because she was looking for a solution that would keep her musty, damp basement dry.
The basement was damp due to high humidity levels, which caused the mildew odor in the space. We installed a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to eliminate moisture and keep the area dry. The dehumidification system efficiently collected and filtered damp air and then evenly distributed dry air throughout the entire basement. The system also drained any collected water into the home’s sump pump, which was a major bonus for this homeowner.
This Allegan, MI home had a bowed block foundation wall with multiple cracks. The homeowner was looking to sell the home, but wanted to stabilize the failing wall before doing so. The CarbonArmor system was installed to stabilize the wall and potentially shift it back to its proper position. In order to install the carbon fiber straps, we first had to paint on a strong epoxy material at the location of each strap. The CarbonArmor straps were then adhered to the wall and secured into place with steel brackets. This system ensured the wall was immediately held in place and would no longer continue to bow inward.
Barb F. of Wayland, MI was dealing with a cracked foundation wall in her basement before she gave us a call. A crack in a foundation wall can lead to water leakage, and thus, mold growth and musty odors, among other things. For these reasons, Bard reached out to us. Thankfully, we had a solution for her.
We installed our patented FlexiSpan cement sealant. FlexiSpan moves with your basement wall's natural shift and us waterproof extremely flexible. The FlexiSpan material was placed over the crack and thanks to this system installment, Bard no longer has to worry about the crack in her basement wall.
Jim called us with the summary, "My home on Gun Lake has a huge water issue and the crawl space is a mess." Say no more. Homes near a lake or other body of water have an especially high chance at having water problems due to the high water table. This home had a wet and humid crawl space that was leading to gross smells upstairs.
We used CleanSpace vapor barrier to encapsulate the crawl space, including drainage matting to help water move toward the drain. We also installed a SaniDry CX dehumidifier to control ambient moisture in the crawl space and prevent mold and moisture damage. Preventing mold growth and controlling moisture will keep the crawl space safe and eliminate those not so fresh smells.
The homeowners had a bowing wall in their basement. Bowing walls are a sign of a serious foundation problem. Even though bowing is sometimes hard to spot, any amount of bowing in wall is an indication of a weakened structure. The biggest signs of a bowing wall are cracks in the wall, floors that are not level, doors, cabinets, or windows that do not shut properly, cracking in the upstairs plaster or drywall, or leaning of outside porches or chimneys.
To combat this bowing wall our team decided to install GeoLock wall anchors. Galvanized steel earth anchors are embedded into the soil out away from the foundation wall. They are connected to steel wall plates with 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.
Frank H. had a puddle of water in his crawl space. His crawl space floor and walls were made of concrete. After a thorough inspection from our team of experts, we noticed the flooding was coming from cracks in the interior wall.
Over time, concrete shifts and begins to crack. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable. We used FlexiSpan so seal those cracks in the crawl space. FlexiSpan seals cracks and has built-in secondary strategy in case the seal fails. Additionally, FlexiSpan is made of a flexible material. This ensures that as your walls move over time, FlexiSpan moves with it so you don’t have to worry about your walls leaking again.
The homeowners had a vertical crack on the interior wall of their basement.
Our professional team decided that the FlexiSpan crack repair system was the best option for these homeowners. The first response to a cracked basement wall is often an application of patching mortar or masonry sealant. Unfortunately, this quick fix rarely works because of poor adhesion to the masonry or a slight movement along the crack that breaks the seal. The FlexiSpan system is a three part process. The first step is to apply a flexible sealant along the crack.
The second step is to put a strip of flexible and porous foam over the crack. The last step is to put an impermeable membrane adhesive along both sides of the flexispan. This fail-safe treatment allows any future seepage of water through the crack to move invisibly down the wall and into the basement’s perimeter drainage system.
The homeowners had water coming into their basement on one side of their basement. They did not know how the water was getting in, but they knew they needed to do something about it.
Our professional team decided that our WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system was the best option. The WaterGuard system sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud and debris. The system works by capturing floor and water seepage in its drain before it has time to damage the basement. Once the water is in the drain it directs it straight to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from the home.
Thanks to WaterGuard the homeowners basement is now clean and dry!
This customer contacted us because she had a bowed and cracked foundation wall in the basement and she wanted the issue resolved before it worsened.
We installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to stabilize the wall and prevent it from continuing to shift over time. We excavated the soil outside of the home in order to place steel earth anchors deep into stable soil that would be able to anchor the wall in place. The anchors were then attached to the wall with steel wall anchors and tightened into place with steel rods. Once finished, we restored the landscaping and the wall would no longer shift or crack.
Loren noticed her driveway was sinking away from her garage. She looked a little further and seen her sidewalk was sinking too. To resolve Loren’s issue, we used PolyLevel to raise her driveway and sidewalk.
PolyLevel is a state of the art, environmentally friendly material used to repair sinking concrete. It requires less hole than other options, lightweight, and has a quick cure time. You can drive over it 15 minutes after installation.
Jim had some work done on his home by Ayers previously. He remembered the great service and decided to have Ayers return to install a few egress windows. He explained his current windows had begun to deteriorate. He did not want to risk water getting into his basement as the Spring showers were beginning. We installed our EverLast windows. These windows are energy-efficient, don’t let wind in, have double-pane glass and never need to be painted. They are perfect for that damp area near the ground.
This family cottage sits right on the beach and they wanted to make sure their beloved cottage was going to last another 100 years, for generations to come. The homeowners noticed the floor was starting to sink and were not level throughout the home and most of the windows and doors were sticking, all signs that the foundation is settling.
We were able to fix the settling floors and sticking windows and doors by installing out SmartJack crawl space stabilizers. The SmartJacks are made of galvanized steel so they won't rust and will remain solid for years to come. These jacks can withhold more than 60,000 pounds. This is more than enough to transfer the weight of your home to the SmartJacks, leaving you with a level floor.
A customer in Plainwell had a driveway that was far from perfect. There were large cracks that were unsafe, and not flattering. They called us and we were able to give the treatment that their driveway deserved. We installed our PolyLevel technology which is an advanced polymer injection foam that levels the concrete slab will making it stronger than ever.
PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.
One of our customers in Glenn, Michigan called us about his concrete walkways and driveways and how overtime they have become very unsafe as you can see below. So we drove to his property and installed our PolyLevel technology which is an advanced polymer injection foam that relevels the concrete slab and makes it stromger than ever. PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.