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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 Alpena County, MI.
Tim was having major crawl space issues when he reached out to us. Lack of a vapor barrier had turned the crawl space into a safe haven for high humidity, moisture, and mold. The mold covered organic materials were beginning to rot, which presented a huge threat to the house’s foundation. As if the problem could get any worse, one of the dual entries to the crawl space had turned into a doggy door for whatever creatures felt like nesting under Tim’s home for the day. Clearly something needed to be done.
A project of this magnitude called for a full crawl space repair system. The team would need several different products to get this Alpena crawl space back into serviceable shape. First, a SmartSump was installed to pump any water out. There was no standing water when the crew arrived, but it was clear that this crawl space had dealt with flooding in the past. The drainage matting that the crew put over the floor would direct any flow of water to the sump for disposal. While the drainage matting will prevent flooding, it does little to protect against water vapor and humidity passing through. That’s where the CleanSpace vapor barrier comes into play. The plastic liner is laid across the entire crawl space floor and up the walls to act as a barrier. Not only will CleanSpace keep moisture out of the crawl space, the inorganic plastic won’t allow mold growth. Even if humidity does somehow rise, the newly installed SaniDry CX humidifier will quickly take care of the problem. Lastly, the crew made sure that no animals would be allowed in to mess with Tim’s new encapsulated crawl space. There is no need for two entry ways, so the team installed an EverLast door over the outside access. The inorganic cover will not only keep animals out but also moisture, outside air, and humidity.
It was a big project for a single crawl space, but we’re confident that Tim’s crawl space is now well protected from any problem that may come its way.
Keith called us out to his Alpena basement when he realized that his Sump Pump wasn’t getting the job done. The basement had a history of dealing with seepage, but Keith was hoping all of that was over, now that he finished his basement and installed a sump. It turns out his improvements weren’t enough. The sump was pumping out 24 gallons of water per hour, but there was still standing water in the basement. For Keith to fix his flooding problem once and for all, he was going to need a different, proven waterproofing system.
After our sales rep took a look at the situation, he and Keith spent the next four hours coming up with a system design for the basement. What they came up with was a mix of different drainage products and 2 new, more reliable sump. When water pools up, like what was happening in Keith’s basement, it makes its way toward lower elevation: places like the floor and wall joint or a dip in the ground. Knowing this, the team decided to install the perimeter water drainage system WaterGuard. The pipes sit in the floor/wall joint under a portion of removed concrete to collect water that flows from leaks in the ground or walls. An interior trench drain will accomplish a bit of the same but in a different area of the basement, usually near hallways, doors and entrance ways. Both of these drainage systems were then routed to one of Keith’s new TripleSafe sump pumps. The water collected by the systems would be directed to the sump and pumped out of the basement. Best of all, Keith doesn’t have to worry about the TripleSafe sumps keeping up. The sumps come with 2 different back-ups: one for power failure and one for when the load gets to be too much.
Thanks to the Ayers waterproofing system, Keith’s finished basement is the way it should be: fully protected
Scott and Angela recently purchased this fixer-upper next door to their lake home in Irons, MI with the intention of cleaning the place up. After a few grueling months, they had almost accomplished their goal. All that was left was everyone’s favorite room to clean, the basement.
Armed with several of our waterproofing systems – WaterGuard, TripleSafe, IceGuard, and BrightWall panels – the Ayers crew stepped in and took the project over. Unsurprisingly, beautifying and waterproofing go hand in hand here at Ayers. Our rigid plastic BrightWall panels were attached in front of the older walls and helped to capture that partially finished appeal that Scott and Angela were looking for. The panels also offer another layer of separation between the basement and the drainage that will take place behind the panels. As water leaks through the old block wall, it will flow into the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system and follow the below-floor pipes to the sump pump for discharge. So any flow of water will happen behind the scenes of the basement. Our TripleSafe sump pump and IceGuard systems are ideal for cottages and homes that aren’t used year round. The TripleSafe sump comes with two additional backup pumps, one designed to prevent the system from failing because of overload and another to stand up to power failure. We’re guessing the last thing Scott and Angela want to do during a storm is frantically drive to their cottage just to make sure the basement isn’t flooding. IceGuard will help ease their worries while they’re away, too. The shield is designed to expel water away from the foundation if the discharge line should freeze or clog because a waterproof basement should also come with peace of mind.
Scott and Angela were so pleased with the crew’s waterproofing work that they have already contacted us about crawl space and foundation repair for the home, as well.
Tom and Barb M. called because they were concerned with the amount of water that was found in their crawl space. Not only was the air within the space extremely damp, there were also multiple puddles of standing water occupying the space. An ineffective crawl space barrier was found within the space that allowed ground water to leak in and water vapor to enter through the exposed earth. This high level of moisture creates the perfect atmosphere for mold and rot to occur, which can wreak havoc on your home and the people in it.
In order to combat this issue, our team of experts decided to encapsulate the space with CleanSpace and install a SmartSump sump pump and a SaniDryCX dehumidifier.
CleanSpace is a plastic liner that was placed in the crawl space to keep the outside environment from getting in, whether it is through water vapor or a ground water leak. The material is durable, fully waterproof and has an antimicrobial additive that prevents mold growth. The SmartSump sump pump was installed to ensure any water within the space is efficiently drained into the sump and then pumped out of the crawl space automatically. This system includes a durable liner, emergency alarm system, a pump stand and an airtight lid with a drain that allows water to exit if there is a flood. Lastly we installed a SaniDryCX that collects any moisture from the air and then drains it directly into your sump pump, which pumps the water out of your space.
Tom and Barb no longer have to worry about a wet crawl space.
Dennis M. of Ossineke, MI had two sump pumps in his basement but still was flooded in the spring and when it would rain. This said, he gave us a call when he had had enough.
Our solution? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once that water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Michigan winters are brutal, especially when you live in Alpena, MI. That’s why George T. gave us a call. One of George’s neighbors is a past crawl space client of ours and referred him to us. After going over to his neighbor’s home and inspecting our quality work George knew he could trust our Ayers Basement Systems team to provide him with the same high-quality work his neighbor had received.
After going into our new friends crawl space and assessing his needs, we recommended the installation of our CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system to reduce his home heating bills. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is an extremely thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the cold elements it faces below. In our assessment of his home we also found that his wooden foundation supports were weakening. George elected to have us install a new steel supplemental support beam and four Smart Jacks to stabilize his home. The Smart Jack is a supplemental support system for crawl space applications. The Smart Jack effectively supports sagging beams and floor joists caused by, a length of span greater than spanning capability, floor load increased after construction, exceeding design values, and weakening over time due to high moisture and rot. Thanks to our team, George’s home is now sturdier than ever and his heating bills have been cut by hundreds of dollars.
The Alpena Power Company in Alpena, MI decided it was time for a long overdue extensive remodel of their headquarters. From the sidewalk in front of the building to the floor in the conference room and call center; our new friends had no shortage of uneven concrete! Breaking up all this uneven cement up and replacing it seemed like an unimaginable process. Searching for the most tactical solution to their concrete concerns, these powerful professionals gave us a call. We used our unique product offering PolyLevel to return the organizations sidewalk and floors to their original positions. Think Poly Level can’t be used indoors? Think again! PolyLevel raises indoor and outdoor concrete through unique qualities of expanding polyurethane foam, making it: environmentally safe, affordable, quick and mess free, and a permanent solution. PolyLevel not only results in a solution that looks better and lasts longer, it is also minimally invasive to the applied surface. PolyLevel was able to put the cement in this conference room back into like new shape. Congratulation on finishing the remodel of your facility Alpena Power Company, it sure looks great.
Our customer George, called us with some issues he was having with his crawlspace. With high humidity and a sinking ceiling, we had to move quickly to solve and prevent future problems.
At Ayers, we recommended SmartJacks to help stabilize the ceiling above and reduce any risk of floor failure. For the high humidity, we recommend a vapor barrier known as CleanSpace. CleanSpace is a white lining that is placed on the ground and walls to combat any moisture that is entering the home. Reducing moisture reduces the risk of mold growth and will help to lessen energy bills as the house will become easier to cool.
With these two additions, George's crawlspace is now protected from any mold growth, dust mites, or humidity issues! Call Ayers today for a free inspection and estimate!