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After this crawl space was penetrated by water back in the early spring, the homeowners gave us a call to find out more about their repair options. When our system design specialist arrived he noticed that there was no standing water, but the crawl space was extremely moist. To counter this problem, he drew up a plan for a SaniDry CX dehumidifier and a SmartSump sump pump. SmartSump is our solution for providing sump pumps inside of crawl spaces. The sump is smaller sized but powerful enough to keep any crawl space dry. SaniDry CX dehumidifiers are self-draining, so the moisture that was so prevalent in the crawl space when our design specialist visited won’t occur again. The dehumidifier can be seen hanging from the ceiling in the after photo with a hose connecting it to the SmartSump for discharge. Neither moisture nor standing water will be a problem for this crawl space again.
After noticing large cracks in his basement walls, Don became concerned about his foundation and rightfully so. The stair step cracks running below the window of the before photo are one of a few key signs that a basement wall is bowing inward from pressure. This type of structural problem can mean the destruction of a home’s foundation if it isn’t properly and timely addressed. So when Don gave us a call, we rushed over to help him out.
The beams in the after photo, along with the tightening bracket used to connect them to the floor joists, make up the PowerBrace Wall Repair System. Tightening the bracket will push back on the walls and put a stop to the inward pressure. With any luck, the PowerBrace beams won’t only stop Don’s walls from bowing, they may actually push them back to their original position, as well.
After a longstanding problem with water in the basement, our customer called to take care of it once and for all. Among the problems was a sump pump that just couldn't keep up. In addition to not being strong enough, the pump also didn't have a cover, and leaving it open made it vulnerable to damage or being clogged with debris.
We installed a SuperSump pump to efficiently discharge the water from the basement. In addition to its powerful motor, the cover protects the system.
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This perimeter drain catches water from leaking walls or floors.
Ayers Basement Systems specializes in basement waterproofing services that can uniquely benefit homeowners in Holland, MI. Situated near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, homes in Holland are subjected to precipitation from lake effect snow and rainfall in the summer months. Ayers Basement Systems has been providing wet basement solutions for Michigan homeowners ever since we opened our doors in 1981, and we understand the best options for any home.
Do you have water, musty odors, or humidity in your basement? All of these are signs of a more serious problem, and if left alone, they can cause mold an rot to develop. Basement water issues can stem from many places in your basement, from cracks in walls and floors to basement windows or hatchways. But the outcome will usually be the same – a harmful home environment and a basement that's not suitable for use.
Ayers Basement Systems specializes in basement waterproofing products to protect your home from this kind of harm. These include high-volume sump pumps, extensive perimeter drains, efficient dehumidifiers, and waterproof walls and flooring. Our systems even have options to make them suitable for all kinds of weather, including contingency plans for power loss and drain pipe freezing. We offer similar services for crawl space waterproofing and encapsulation.
As a Basement Systems, Inc. authorized dealer, we know that our warrantied products are made to last. If you're concerned about water in your basement or crawl space in Holland, schedule a free estimate today!
Are any of these symptoms of foundation disrepair present around your property? If so, Ayers Basement Systems is an expert foundation contractor trusted through Foundation Supportworks. We have warrantied products such as foundation piers, wall braces and anchors, and crawl space jacks to restore your foundation to stable ground. We also specialize in concrete lifting and leveling using the PolyLevel method, a polyurethane foam that is injected and expands underneath the slab to raise it.
But how do these kinds of foundation problems occur? Foundation and concrete slab settlement are a major cause. When the soils surrounding your home are not strong enough to support your foundation, your home will slowly sink into the ground - often at an uneven rate. This is what allows cracks to form.
No matter the cause of your foundation problems, Ayers Basement Systems has the expertise needed for long-lasting foundation repairs. We take the time to discover the true extent of your problems and only recommend the best solution. If you're interested in any of our services, call to schedule a free estimate today! We serve residential and commercial customers in Holland, MI and areas nearby.
Seven years ago Dennis and Blanca purchased a beautiful 1950’s home in Holland, Michigan. As time went on, the couple began to notice large puddles of water whenever it rained. While rain is great for growing the greenery outside of the home, water aides in growing mold and fungi inside as well.
After receiving expensive quotes from other companies, Blanca gave us a call to discuss her ideal basement. Among the requests she ultimately wanted a dry basement in hopes of finishing the space in the near future. She also mentioned that multiple members of her family suffered from severe allergies and asthma.
Our systems design specialist recommended a full basement waterproofing, including a SaniDry XP Air System and an egress window installation. The SaniDry XP Basement Air System is a powerful dehumidifier designed to remove 10 times the amount of water from the air as a regular dehumidifier. As a result, dry and clean air is produced and ultimately reducing the risk of mold growth. The egress window installation also allows more natural light in the home to eliminate mold and mildew growth.
Attached are pictures of the egress window installation. Call us today to find out how we can transform your home into an allergy and asthma friendly area!
Larry T. called us because he was concerned that his home had settled a bit and wanted to see about getting it lifted back up. The foundation is made of block and there was no issue with sticking doors or windows but he did have sagging floors. We took a look at the issue up front and had the perfect solution.
Our trained specialists installed helical piers to stabilize this home once and for all. Helical piers are designed to permanently stabilize your structure regardless of the weight. They can be used for an entire house or for even a lighter structure such as a deck. The overall goal with these piers is to bring your home back to its original position with no worry of it sinking again.
This homeowner called us here at Ayers because his basement had over an inch of water throughout it. He had a sump pump but it was only working on half of the basement and there was tons of water coming in. After an inspection is was determined that the water was coming up through a crack in the ground. We were able to get our WaterGuard system installed to direct the water coming in and give it a path to get to the sump pump. We also installed cross tiles to ensure this basement never floods again. On top of our WaterGuard system we installed a new state of the art sump pump. Our TripleSafe is exactly what this basement needed. All three of its pumps work to make sure your basement stays dry. One of the pumps is even there for backup in case of a power outage and theres an alarm to alert you in case it can't keep up.
Ruth, a homeowner in Holland, MI noticed that one of the block walls in her basement was bowing. She and her son smartly decided it was time to promptly take action and called us to handle this foundation challenge. We were welcomed into her home and found that PowerBraces would remediate her wall challenges. Our professionals installed the PowerBrace system in her home. The PowerBrace is a patented foundation wall repair system that's designed to stabilize this failing basement wall and provide the potential to straighten the wall over time. Ruth can now rest assured, knowing her foundation challenges have been put to rest.
This Holland, MI home sat on a poured crawlspace, which was causing the floors to settle and become uneven. The homeowner was looking to even out the floor and our team of experts had the perfect solution.
To lift and level out the slab, 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 level out the foundation slab. The installation was quick and caused little disruption to the home.
This homeowner had a crack in her block basement wall that was a cause for concern. The wall was also starting to bow inward, and the customer wanted the issue resolved before further damage occurred.
We installed the effective carbon armor system to stabilize the wall and help shift it back to its proper position. This installation began by removing any residue on the wall in order to paint on a strong epoxy resin at the location of each CarbonArmor strap. The carbon straps were then adhered to the epoxy and anchored in place with steel wall anchors. This stronger than steel system ensures this homeowner will no longer have to worry about a failing foundation wall.
These homeowners contacted us because they had water issues in their basement. Water was continuously entering the home through an outside crack in the foundation wall.
Thankfully, our team of experts used the effective SentrySeal system to seal off the crack and keep water out of the home. This specialized membrane was installed on the outside of the foundation wall, which required us to excavate the surrounding soil to expose the foundation cracks. Once the sealant was applied, the crack was completely sealed off from all outside elements and the landscaping was put back in place.
This customer contacted us because the wall up against the driveway was bowing and had multiple horizontal cracks as well. The homeowner was looking for an effective solution to stabilize the wall and prevent it from continuing to shift over time.
We installed the PowerBrace system that used steel I-beams that were secured to the base of the wall and to the joists above the wall. Once installed and secured in place, the effective system immediately provided stabilization for the once unstable wall. An added bonus to this system is that it can be adjusted over time to help pull the wall back to its proper position.
This customer had a hairline crack in the basement foundation that has gotten progressively worse. The homeowner was looking for a solution that would stabilize the wall and potentially pull it back to its proper position.
The Geo-Lock Wall Anchor system was installed to hold the shifting and cracking wall in place. The first step in the installation was to excavate the soil outside of the failing wall to embed steel earth anchors into stable soil that would be able to hold the weight of the home. The earth anchors were then connected to the wall and secured into place with a steel wall plates and rods. Once the anchor system was tightened into place, the wall was immediately stabilized.
Walter and Christy S. had water seeping into one of the bedrooms in their home. They were looking for a solution that would properly collect and discard intruding water before the situation continued to worsen.
Our team of experts installed the WaterGuard system, which used drainage pipes located underneath the flooring to collect and discard intruding water into the home’s sump pump.
These homeowners contacted us because they were experiencing water issues in the basement due to a crack in their foundation wall. The effective SentrySeal membrane was the best solution to keep water out of this home. We first had to excavate the soil outside of the cracked wall. Insulation panels were then installed on the wall and the waterproof SentrySeal membrane was applied on top.
These homeowners contacted us because they had water seeping into one of the bedrooms in their home through the base of the wall. In order to collect and properly discard intruding water, we decided to install the WaterGuard system. We first removed the finished walls in the room in order to place the WaterGuard system at the base of the wall. Sections of the flooring were removed to place the specialized pipes and the ground was then restored with concrete fill. A small section of the system was left uncovered so water entering through the wall could flow into the underground pipes and then discard outside of the home.
Chuck H. contacted us because he had a crack in his basement wall that he wanted taken care of. The crack was not allowing any water to enter the home, but it was a sure sign of foundation failure that needed to be handled before the problem worsened.
For this project we installed the PowerBrace system to stabilize the wall and prevent it from shifting or cracking any further. We used steel I-beams that were installed in the flooring at the base of the failing wall and then connected to joists above the wall with strong steel brackets that hold the beams in place. The beams have a zinc coating to prevent corrosion and the system uses a joist reinforcement method that evenly transfers the bearing weight across the ceiling to make sure the system doesn’t affect the floors above.
We also provided this homeowner with a tightening kit. This kit can be used to tighten the beams over time to potentially straighten out the wall completely.
Atilay T. had a crawl space that was an addition on the house and the floor above the space was very cold. She was looking to the get the space insulated and encapsulated from outside air and moisture.
Before we installed the crawl space liner to encapsulate the area, we needed to fully insulate the space. To insulate the dirt floor and prevent moisture from entering through the exposed earth, we installed TerraBlock insulation. This insulation shields the space from moisture with its vapor barrier surface and insulates at the same time.
The poured concrete walls in this crawl space allowed moisture and the outside air directly in, which created a damp space and the cold floors in the room above. SilverGlo wall panels were cut to fit the space and then adhered to the wall to provide effective insulation. This paneling is made out of a graphite material that prevents sporadic temperature spikes and reflects heat back into the crawl space, which provides the homeowner with substantial energy savings. This insulation also has vapor proof qualities to prevent moisture from coming in through the walls. FrothPak spray foam insulation was also applied to the walls to further seal off the small openings in the wall. Unlike fiberglass insulation, FrothPak will not absorb ambient moisture and fall off the walls and it is resistant to mold growth because of its inorganic make-up.
To encapsulate the crawl space we used the CleanSpace liner. This liner is extremely durable and was sized to fit the crawl space walls and floor and then securely attached to the wall to prevent it from falling down. The liner is waterproof and vapor proof to stop outside moisture from getting in and the antimicrobial additive in the plastic prevents mold growth.
This homeowner called because he wanted an effective way to insulate his crawl space to prevent cold air from entering other areas of the home. Fiberglass insulation is the traditional insulation type people choose, although it absorbs moisture in the space, which can cause it to fall and makes it extremely susceptible to mold growth.
To begin, we wanted to insulate the crawl space floor and prevent moisture from entering through the exposed dirt ground. First we placed TerraBlock insulation right on top of the floor. This insulation has a moisture barrier on both sides and is made of a durable material that is resistant to ware and tare.
On top of the TerraBlock insulation, we installed the CleanSpace floor liner. This liner gives the crawl space extra protection from intruding water and water vapor. The liner is made of a durable plastic material that was sized and cut to fit the dimensions of the floor and then securely fastened.
To insulate and prevent moisture from entering through the walls, we installed SilverGlo and FrothPak insulation. SilverGlo serves as both a radiant heat and vapor barrier. The small graphite particles lower the conductivity and reflect heat back into the space to save the homeowner on energy bills. FrothPak foam insulation was sprayed on the small spaces of the wall to further seal the crawl space off from outside air and moisture. The inorganic materials in this insulation resist mold growth and do not absorb ambient moisture like fiberglass insulation.
Rich and Marcia N. called because one of the walls in their basement was bowing inward and they wanted a permanent fix. There were two cracks on the inside walls and the damage was happening slowly over a long period of time. The homeowners had a large tree removed right outside of the house and they believed the roots may have had something to do with the condition of the wall.
In order to stabilize the wall, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. This system uses steel anchors to stabilize the wall and address problem soils. To begin this installation we excavated the soil out away from the foundation wall, making sure we removed enough to place steel earth anchors in stable soil. Next we connected the earth anchor to the failing foundation wall and secured it with an interior steel wall anchor and steel rods. Next we tightened the system, which immediately stabilized the wall and will prevent it form shifting any further. The system can be tightened over time to possibly lift the wall back to its original position.
Ashton C. called because water was leaking through his wall on the southeast section of the basement. The home was built in the 1960’s and had block wall foundation.
In order to collect intruding water and discard it from the home, we installed the WaterGuard perimeter waterproofing system. Sections of the flooring around the interior perimeter of the basement were excavated in order to place piping. Crushed stone filled the remaining space around the piping and the floors were restored with cement fill. Water that was seeping in through the wall was directed down the wall and into an opening in the floor where it then drains into the piping. The water then makes its way to the sump pump to be discharged from the home. All of this was done under the flooring so even though the homeowner can’t see it, the system is always hard at work.
Next we installed BrightWall panels on the basement walls. This white paneling is made of plastic sheeting and adds a bright, clean look to your basement. The paneling is waterproof and vapor proof to prevent moisture from entering the home and its inorganic materials prevent rot and mold growth. An added benefit to BrightWall is that any water coming in through the wall, behind the paneling, is immediately directed to the Waterguard system to ensure water never enters the basement.
After fixing the bowing wall in their basement with the PowerBrace system, in hopes that it would not only address the structural problem, but prevent water from entering their basement. While the wall was steadied and straightened, Dan and Becky contacted us again to help further waterproof the space.
To prevent any water that entered the space from paddling on the floor, our team installed WaterGuard. This subfloor drainage system sits along the footing around the perimeter of the room. This collects any water from the walls, and reroutes it to the sump pump. Since it sits on top of the footing, it won’t get clogged with mud once the dirt becomes wet.
CleanSpace was installed over the basement walls to brighten the space, but also provide a moisture barrier. This durable plastic liner allows wall leaks to drain behind it into the WaterGuard drainage system. It’s manufactured with an antimicrobial additive, so mold won’t grow on the inside of the liner.
Where does all of the water collected go? The sump pump. Installing a SuperSump in this basement ensures that all water is pumped out of the basement and is discharged through a line away from the home. SuperSump is unlike many pumps that sit in a muddy hole in the floor, exposed. It has a sturdy liner with holes in it, allowing it to be covered with an airtight lid, while still collecting water directly from the ground. Its larger inlet hole accepts water from the WaterGuard system.
Words can’t explain how happy we are to now offer Shotcrete services. Our new favorite toy that shoots concrete out of a hose has been keeping the production crews busy ever since it arrived. Here’s the story of customers who, after hearing about the new service, asked that Shotcrete be used for a project they had already scheduled .
Randy and Jean had already faced their fair share of moisture problems in their Holland, MI home. The garage had a few leaks in the past and, as a result, the floor was damaged. After fixing up the garage floor, Jean and Randy realized something they hadn’t thought of before: their storage unit, which sits directly below the garage, was also probably damaged from the leaks. Sure enough, checking on the storage room confirmed that the ceiling had taken quite the beating. They were sure that the water damage would threaten the support beams in the storage unit and the structural integrity of the house as a whole.
A meeting with our system design specialist resulted in the couple choosing to patch up the affected areas with our CarbonArmor system, a technological marvel itself that is used by the Department of Defense and aerospace engineers. The crew was all set to go when they received another call from Jean asking if the new Shotcrete would be a viable option for the job. After some consideration and a few talks with Randy and Jean’s system design specialist, the crew packed up the Shotcrete machine and headed out. Once a new ceiling frame was completed, the crew sprayed on Shotcrete across the storage unit. With a new concrete ceiling, Randy and Jean won’t have to worry about their foundation again.
If you’d like to know more about the revolutionary Shotcrete, check out this informational blog explaining the process.
Linda is the proud owner of a cottage in Holland, MI. The large sidewalk connected to her home is slanted, causing water to pool toward both the front and back of her home. Eager to preserve the livelihood and history of her beloved home, she need a permanent concrete repair solution.
Linda decided to reach out to Ayers Basement Systems. After consulting with a knowledgeable sales representative, Jason, she decided PolyLEVEL would be the perfect solution for her sinking concrete.
Being the busy woman that she is, she wanted a quick response and fast and efficient results. PolyLEVEL would be applied surrounding the house, being completed in several stages. Ayers began the project on 5/18 and finished it 10 days later.
The PolyLEVEL method not only raised the sidewalk back to its original position, but it also firmly stabilized the concrete slabs all around Linda's cottage. There were no more gaps between her home's foundation and the concrete beneath it, and the water would no longer slope towards her home or yard. PolyLEVEL made a drastic difference for Linda.
Ken and Eileen needed a solution to their damp, musty basement. They wanted a dry, usable space that they wouldn't have to worry about flooding or being succumbed to moisture damage.
Ayers Basement Systems was able to install a full waterproofing system for the couple. We installed a SuperSump kit with TripleSafe liner and UltraSump backup. We also installed a WaterGuard drainage system and supplemental beams to keep the basement foundation strong and stable.
The couple can now utilize their basement however they please without the fear of their belongings being damaged by water or moisture.
Howard needed a new sump pump. His had been unreliable, causing water to leak in several times. It was unable to keep up with the amount of water two times in the past year.
Ayers Basement Systems installed a Zoeller sump pump with the parts necessary to help it run and function efficiently, all the time.
Howard's home will no longer flood with water because the pump will be able to safely drain it. The whole project was completed in a day, and now Howard can rest assured his home won't suffer from water damage.