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After being told by an adjuster that water was leaking into his crawl space, this customer put in a call for help to a company he knew he could trust. We had done some work on the basement of another one of his properties a few years back and he was extremely satisfied with our services. Our system design specialist went for a visit and found that the issue was worse than the owner originally thought. Not only was the leaking water hurting his crawl space, it was affecting the basement, as well. The water would leak in through the crawl space walls and then flow down to the basement.
To put a stop to the leakage, the crew encapsulated both the walls and floor with the CleanSpace vapor barrier. CleanSpace is impenetrable by moisture or water vapor. Underneath the barrier is a drainage matting designed to keep water from pooling and direct it to the drain for discharge. If any water does make it through the crawl space walls, it will flow behind the vapor barrier and then be directed out by the drainage matting.
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Water in the basement or crawl space leads to mold, rot, musty odors and structural issues. Save yourself the headache and let us fix the problem. Our trained experts are available to permanently fix the problem. Ayers Basement Systems has patented products that can rid water from your basement or crawl space!
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Foundation problems destroy the value of your Barry County home’s. This can also be a safety hazard your family and home. Our in-house team of structural and geo-technical engineers are here to help. Ayers Basement Systems designs and installs the right solution and usually has the project finished in less than a week. You will have peace of mind as we provide a 25-year written warranty against defects on our foundation products.
The sunken and cracked concrete around your Barry County home is both an eyesore and a safety hazard. This problem will only get worse as time goes on. Ayers Basement Systems uses an advanced lifting technology called PolyLevel! Polylevel is a light weight foam that lifts your concrete back into place and won't wash away! Mudjacking is heavier, require larger holes in the concrete and does not last as long as PolyLevel. Call us today to learn more.
Ayers Basement Systems has the skills and technology to protect your home from further damage. If your house as leaks, cracks, mold, odors,and more, you should contact us today for your free estimate!
You may think that because you don't have a "traditional" stick-built home, we can't help you. But you're wrong. It doesn't matter how the home is structured; if there's a basement or crawl space involved, we're in.
Donna called because her double-wide mobile home sat on a basement that was half-finished, and on the finished side, the ceiling was collapsing and paneling was buckled, while the unfinished side had horizontal cracking.
We installed Geo-Lock Wall Anchors to stabilize and straighten the bowed wall that was causing the problems on the finished side, which will solve that problem.
The unfinished side threw up signals that there was a water problem, and upon further investigation, our suspicions were confirmed. We installed a full perimeter of WaterGuard below-floor drain system, with Lawnscape outlets and IceGuard covers, as well as a new TripleSafe sump pump to proactively remove the water from the basement rather than waiting for it to evaporate or drain.
This Hastings, MI couple thought they were done finishing their basement— until they noticed water seeping in through the walls. With no sump pump in the basement, any water that leaked in the space had nowhere to go. Our system design specialist emphasized that not only was it necessary to install a drainage system, but a sump pump, too.
The crew installed DryTrak, an interior drainage system, along the perimeter of the room. The narrow opening at the top edge of the drain allows any water seepage from the wall to flow into the drainage channel. The next order of business was connecting the drainage system to the TripleSafe sump pump. The only one of its kind, TripleSafe contains 3 sumps in one liner, allowing water collected by the DryTrak system to be pumped out of the basement fast and effectively. Once the waterproofing was done in the basement, the last order of business was sprucing up the walls. The wood paneling in several areas of the basement was upgraded to EverLast wall panels.
Not only are these aesthetically pleasing, they’re made of washable cement board so they’re more durable than regular drywall. With a new drainage system, sump pump and wall panels, this basement is sure to be as dry as it is beautiful!
This homeowner called because water was entering where the wall meets the floor in a basement bedroom. The room was finished, but after removing the bottom section of the drywall, we found two specific areas where water was leaking in.
To solve this problem, we first installed the WaterGuard system to two of the walls in the bedroom where the water was entering. This system involved taking out a portion of the flooring to install specially designed pipes on top of the footing. The pipes were placed slightly away from the wall to make sure any water leaks will have room to filter into the pipe and exit into the sump pump. The drilled portion of the flooring was then restored with concrete fill. A WaterGuard inspection port was also installed to make sure we have easy access to the system if needed.
Next we installed cross tile, which involved drilling out a portion of the floor to place a pipe that will direct water from the WaterGuard system directly to the sump pump. After the pipe was placed, we filled the trench with gravel that will allow the water to move easily toward the sump. After the pipe and gravel were installed, concrete was poured to fill the drilled trench.
The final installation for this project was the SuperSump system. This sump pump is both extremely efficient and cost effective. Because this home experienced occasional water issues and not any severe floods, this pump is a perfect option. A Zoeller pump is placed in a sturdy liner that accepts water from the WaterGuard and cross tile systems and can pump 2,220 gallons of water per hour!
This Delton, MI crawl space was dealing with structural issues that the homeowner wanted to address ASAP. The floors above the crawl space were sagging due to ineffective and deteriorating floor joists that were unable to hold the weight of the home above.
For this job, we installed the SmartJack system that is used to stabilize the ceiling of the crawl space. We first installed new beams in the crawl space to replace the old deteriorating ones. Next we cut out a small cube of soil that we filled with concrete and a specifically designed structural footing was leveled on top. A steel column was then sized and cut to fit the crawl space height and was attached to the girder above. The system was then tightened, which stabilized and lifted the floors back to its original position.
Joyce C. called because the foundation in her lake home was sinking about 7 inches. To lift the foundation walls back to their original position we installed steel push piers.
To install this system, we first removed soil from the areas we wanted to install the piers. A steel bracket was then placed underneath the foundation and a pier was pushed through the bracket into stable soil. Next the weight of the home was transferred through the pier to the stable soil and the system was lifted to raise the foundation. Lastly, the soil surrounding the home was replaced and the home is stable from now on!
Janean L. contacted Ayers to find a solution for her settling foundation. The foundation in the crawl space was wood, and the girders and floor joists in the space were no longer able to hold the home above.
To stabilize the foundation, we installed the SmartJack system, which helps to support the girders and floor joists in the home. To complete this installation we first excavated several cubes of soil and filled them with crushed stone. Next structural footing was placed in the stone to hold the steel columns. The galvanized steel columns were then fitted to the height of the crawl space and then connected to the girders above. The system was then tightened to immediately lift the foundation.
SmartJacks can hold more 60,000 lbs and works well even with weak soul. The steel columns are coated in zinc to prevent mold and deterioration.
This homeowner needed our help with her leaky, wet basement. They originally thought the water was coming in from the furnace, although it was actually entering the home through a crack in the basement wall, behind the furnace. The reoccurring leak left the home with a damp, mildew-like smell and these homeowners were looking for an effective way to waterproof their space.
To collect and drain water coming in through the crack, we installed the WaterGuard system. We started the installation by taking out portions of the floor around the interior perimeter of the basement. The trench was then filled with gravel and a pipe was placed on top of the footing to allow water to drain into the system and prevent it from clogging with dirt. The pipe was also placed away from the wall to make sure water coming in through the wall has room to enter the pipe and drain into the sump pump.
The water from the WaterGuard system needed a place to exit in order to be pumped outside of the home, so we installed the effective SuperSump sump pump system. This system has a sturdy liner that accepts water from the ground and from the WaterGuard system. An airtight lid is included to prevent water in the sump from evaporating into the basement air and a pump stand to make sure the system does not clog with dirt or other debris.
To ensure water from the home has an efficient way to exit, we installed the IceGuard system and a LawnScape outlet. IceGuard was installed on the home’s discharge line to help water move through the pipes and exit the home even if they are frozen. Specially designed holes in the system automatically lead water out of the pipes, which prevents the water from reentering the home and causing a flood. The LawnScape outlet was attached to the end of the discharge line away from the property to lead water away from the home and prevent it from coming back.
After we got the leaks in the basement under control, we needed a way to eliminate moisture in the air. To do this we installed the SaniDry XP dehumidifier, which wrings the air dry and uses a powerful blower to circulate dry air through the basement.
This block wall crawl space was allowing water to leak in and cause problems for the homeowner. There were two sump pumps and a dehumidifier in the crawl space, but water was still an issue. In order to update this space and eliminate water, we installed CleanSpace, drainage matting, a SmartSump and the IceGuard system.
For the first part of this project we installed drainage matting on the floor of the crawl space. This matting has a dimpled surface that helps water on the floor easily make its way to the sump pump. The matting was sized and cut for the crawl space and was put in place before the CleanSpace liner was installed.
Next we installed the CleanSpace liner that is used to encapsulate the crawl space with its waterproof and vapor proof material. The liner was sized to fit the dimensions of the space and was installed on the floors and walls. The system was securely attached to the walls so it will stay in place and the material is extremely durable to protect it from any type of damage. This liner was used to keep water or moisture from coming in through the ground or block walls.
To update the ineffective sump pumps in the space, we installed one powerful SmartSump sump pump. A SmartSump is designed for crawl spaces and provides the homeowner with full protection from water. The system has a sturdy liner that collects water and a cast-iron Zoeller pump to effectively pump water out of the space.
To combat potential frozen pipes, we installed the IceGuard system. We installed this on the home’s discharge line to help water from the sump pump immediately exit the home through specially designed holes, even if the pipe is frozen. This will prevent the water from reentering the home and causing a flood or large leak.
Ryan J. now has a dry crawl space that is protected from any type of water leakage.
Kayla from Middleville, MI used to get water in her basement when it would rain or when the snow would start to thaw. Then, she called us.
We first installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water and redirecting it to the sump pump. WaterGuard is covered with a new layer of cement after it is completely installed, disguising the drain altogether.
Next, we installed the SuperSump premier sump pump system. The SuperSump is perfect for keeping a basement completely dry even in times of heavy water intrusion. It includes a powerful Zoeller ⅓ horsepower cast-iron sump pump, capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour at an 8-foot head out of your basement.
Kayla, you're good to go!
Wayne W. of Middleville, MI had a crawl space that was always dusty and dirty, and he wanted a fix.
Our solution was to install our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace completely seals off crawl spaces from the surrounding elements, leaving the space clean and dry. No water, cold air, dirt, or moisture has a chance of entering the crawl space. Plus, as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent against any type of mold growth.
Wayne can now enjoy a clean crawl space that can be used for storage.
Rob and Carol M. called because they needed a solution for their bowed foundation wall. Horizontal and stair-step cracks were found on the basement wall, which are both sure signs of wall failure that needed to be addressed before the problem worsened.
To stabilize the wall and potentially pull it back to its original position, we installed the CarbonArmor system. The fiber-reinforced polymers that make up the straps in this system are 10 times stronger than steel to ensure this home was properly stabilized. We first coated sections of the wall with a strong apoxy resin at the location of each CarbonArmor strap. We then adhered the strap to the resin on the wall and secured it with steel brackets to permanently hold the wall in place.
This homeowner was trying to sell his home but the settled, cracked corner of his garage was turning off buyers. The former tenants had a hot tub in the corner of the garage that caused the slab to sink and the block walls to crack.
In order to stabilize the settled foundation slab we used helical piers. For this installation we excavated the soil just outside of the garage to place the piers. The piers were installed at the base of the slab and securely fastened with steel brackets. The piers were then screwed down into the soil, deep enough to reach stable soil that would be able to hold the weight of the slab and anything on top of it. After the system was tightened into place, the slab was completely stabilized and the weight was transferred directly to the pier to sufficiently hold the garage floor and prevent it from sinking again.
This homeowner called because he was looking for a solution that would fix his bowing foundation wall that also had multiple stair-step cracks that were continuing to worsen over time. The homeowner had another company come out to fix the issue, although the wall continued to bow and crack.
To provide this homeowner with a system that would permanently stabilize his failing wall, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. We began by removing the soil outside of the property, directly outside of the foundation wall. We then placed steel earth anchors into the ground, making sure to embed them in stable soil that would be able to hold the weight of the wall. Next the earth anchors were attached to the foundation wall with interior earth anchors and then secured with strong steel rods. We tightened the system into place and the wall was immediately held in place to prevent it from shifting. The anchors can also be tightened over time to potentially pull the wall back to its original position.
Lisa B. called because she was looking for solution for her wet crawl space. The space had a dirt floor base that sloped to a V and was always wet, even though water was constantly being pumped out through the sump pump in the space.
The first thing we installed was a SmartSump sump pump to replace the ineffective sump pump that was previously located in the space. SmartSump is an effective sump pump system that was designed specifically for wet crawl space needs. This system includes a sturdy liner, airtight lid and a pump alarm.
Next, we installed drainage matting directly on top of the dirt floor. The matting has a dimpled surface that helps water underneath a liner easily flow into the sump pump. The CleanSpace liner was installed on top of the drainage matting and on the walls of the space and is both a waterproof and vapor proof plastic liner used to seal the crawl space off from unawnted water and moisture.
In order to combat humidity in the crawl space, we installed the SaniDry dehumidification system. This dehumidifier wrings the crawl space air dry and distributes filtered, dry air throughout the space.
To ensure collected water is able to easily exit the sump pump, we installed the IceGuard system and a LawnScape outlet. IceGuard is installed on the home’s discharge lines and has specialized holes that discharge water outside of the home even if the lines become frozen in the winter. IceGuard is installed at the end of the discharge lines and is used to direct water out away from the home.
Jennifer B. had a Michigan basement with block walls that were falling apart. The area was also extremely damp and had a musty smell due to moisture being able to enter through the walls.
To prevent moisture from being able to enter the home, we installed the CleanSpace wall system. This wall liner is vapor proof to stop water vapor from entering through the walls and has an antimicrobial additive that prevents mold growth. This was both an economical solution to keep moisture out and it spruced up the look of the basement walls as well.
To further remove humidity from the space we installed a SaniDry CX dehumidifier. This effective dehumidification system works hard to remove moisture from the air and keeps the space dry by distributing dry, filtered air throughout the entire basement with its powerful blower.
Beth K. of Middleville, MI had a musty odor coming from her basement. That said, she did not have any standing water or dampness anywhere. Thus, she faces a humidity problem.
And we had a solution: the SaniDry XP dehumidifier. The SaniDry XP can collect up to 109 liters of water per day, keeping your basement as dry as ever. On top of that, the SaniDry XP is compact enough that it can be placed in a closet or against the wall to avoid taking up living space.
A cracked, leaky basement wall can put a real downer on a home. Lindsey H. from Middleville, MI had a cracked wall that allowed for water to enter into the basement and needed a solution. So, she called us.
We used our patented FlexiSpan polyurethane sealant. FlexiSpan is, like it sounds, very flexible, and will move with the nautral shift of the basement wall. This ensures a total waterproof seal for the long haul.
Lindsey, you can now rest easy with this product.
Rick S. from Middleville, MI dealt with a sunken front porch before he reached out to us. The loose soil underneath the porch had caused a wash out, leading to a falling slab.
Our solution? PolyLevel foam injection. PolyLevel is a lightweight foam that raises slabs for the long-term. We start by drilling penny-sized holes in the slab and inject the foam through them. When the PolyLevel is in place, we reseal the holes, making the project very non-invasive.
Woo-hoo! Go PolyLevel!
The garage in this Delton, MI summer home was uneven due to settlement issues. The homeowner wanted the issue resolved before the cement slabs started to crack and we knew just what to do.
The PolyLevel system was installed to lift the garage floor and deal with the weak soils below that originally caused the settlement. Lightweight, high-density polymers were injected into the slab through drilled holes in the concrete. After the holes were filled, the polymers began to expand and lifted the garage floor back to its original position. The 15-minute cure time and minimal disruption to home makes this an extremely efficient solution!
These customers had bought a bank-owned property that was vacant for about a year. They were in the process of remodeling the area and although there was no water present in the basement, there was still a bad, musty smell.
The reason the basement had was damp and had a musty smell was because of the high humidity levels in the space. We decided to install a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to fix the issue. This dehumidification system wringed the basement air dry, filtered the air to remove unwanted particles and then distributed dry air throughout the entire basement with its powerful blower.
Mark G. of Watervliet, MI has had three different floor drains installed over the years to try and rid his basement of the water that always leaks in after a rainfall -- and none of them have done their job. The water would come into the basement form the corners and puddle, creating a musty, uncomfortable environment. So, Mark gave us a call.
To remedy this situation, we installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing -- in a perfect position to catch all the water that leaks into the basement form corners and walls. Once this water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the basement.
David and Stephanie D. contacted us because their home had a void underneath the foundation slab that caused the floor to sink and become unleveled.
To lift the slab and fill the void underneath, we installed the effective PolyLevel system. We started by drilling multiple small holes into the slab, which were then injected with lightweight, high-density polymers. These polymers expanded to fill the void and lift the slab back to its proper level. The installation caused little disruption to the home and had a fast cure time of about 15 minutes.
Caitlyn and Nick B. contacted us because they wanted to fix their bowing basement wall before the issue worsened. Thankfully, our team of experts knew just what to do.
We used the PowerBrace system to completely stabilize the wall and potentially shift it back to its proper position. The system used a joist reinforcement method to transfer the weight of the wall evenly across the basement ceiling, which prevented unintended damage to other areas in the home. We installed steel I-Beams at the base of the wall and connected them to the joists above the wall. The system was secured in place with steel brackets and once tightened into place, the wall would no longer continue to bow. We also provided the homeowners with a kit that can be used to tighten the beams over time to potentially push the wall back to its original position.
This home was built in the 1940's and the customer believed that the foundation was sinking. There were cracks on the outside and inside walls and the doors and windows were sticking. These are all signs that the foundation is in fact sinking. A sinking foundation is not something to wait and fix. It makes it almost impossible to resell your home, the foundation holds up your entire house and if it were to fall it could be dangerous.
We installed our SmartJack crawl space stabilizers to fix this foundation. SmartJacks are made of steel and have been tested to support loads of more than 60,000 pounds. The SmartJacks work so that after they are installed the weight of the home is transferred to the jacks.
David was having problems with his foundation and thought it may be sinking. After evaluating his issue, we found his floors were sagging. His sagging floors were caused by weakened floor joists. Other elements that can cause sagging floors are columns, block or brick, are spaced too far apart or beginning to settle.
Common resolutions to sagging floors are to install concrete columns. Concrete seems strong but it is time-consuming to wait for the concrete to cure and the columns can later settle into the soil again. If the columns begin to settle, you would, unfortunately, have the same issue again. We installed our SmartJack stabilizing system. SmartJacks are steel support systems we use to stabilize and level the floor joists. They are capable of holding more than 60,000 pounds and address weak foundation soils so they will not settle in the future. SmartJacks provide the best opportunity to lift your floors and walls back to their original position.
Joyce S. had water coming through her basement through a crack in poured concrete walls. We used FlexiSpan to fill the cracks in the walls. FlexiSpan seals the crack and provides a built-in secondary repair strategy in case the first one fails.It is made of a flexible material so that as the concrete walls move over time the crack stays sealed.
Our customer called with a basement that never had full on leaks or standing water, but was constantly damp. It was easy to ignore until he realized that the dampness in the basement was actually starting to ruin the hardwood floors on the first floor of the home.
We installed a full perimeter of our WaterGuard below-floor drain system to take care of the water issues. Then, to control the mildew that he just couldn't keep up with from the pervasive humidity, we covered the walls in CleanSpace vapor barrier and installed a SaniDry dehumidifier to control the ambient moisture.
Now the basement - and the home - are safe and dry.
Dale B. called us because he had a huge crack, almost 4 feet long, in his basement wall below the egress window. The walls are made of poured concrete and the home was built in 2006. There was a puddle where the water leaked in and it needed to get fixed.
Since there was only 1 crack that was allowing water to come in, we were able to use our FlexiSpan system to seal the crack in the concrete wall. FlexiSpan is designed to move with the wall unlike other solutions. FlexiSpan is a permanent solution and is a neutral color that will blend in with your concrete wall or you can choose to use a finiishing product over it.
This customer had two stone wall and sand base crawl spaces that the homeowner wanted us to look at. There was no standing water, mold or wood rot at the time, but we wanted to seal of the space before these issues occurred.
We started by installing the CleanSpace plastic liner, which is a waterproof and vapor proof liner that keeps all moisture out of the space. Next, we installed FrothPak insulation to the crawlspace walls to seal and insulate the area. This insulation is made of inorganic materials and doesn’t absorb ambient moisture, which prevents rot and mold growth. Lastly, we installed the SaniDry dehumidification system to wring the damp air dry and circulate dry, filtered air throughout the space.
This home was built around the 1940's and was showing some major signs of age and the soil around the foundation had settled. Some of the block foundation walls had actually fallen and needed to be completely replaced. The homeowner also noticed that the doors and windows in the home were sticking which is a sign of the foundation settling. The floor on the first level needed to be lifted back up to its original position. There were also some very old windows that needed to be replaced as they were allowing moisture and unwanted outside elements into the basement.
This home needed some of its foundation and other problems taken care of and they definitely called the right people for the job. We installed SmartJacks to lift the foundation back it's original position. We also replaced the block wall that had fallen and sprayed foam insulation where the ceiling and walls meet to make sure this basement is completely sealed off. Lastly, we were able to replace all three of the windows in the basement with our Everlast Slider windows.
A homeowner in Delton Michigan was having problems with his foundation and he wanted professional help, so he gave us a call. We drove to his property and installed SamrtJacks in his basement. 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, this homeowner has a very strong foundation so he won't have to worry any longer.