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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 Benzie County, MI.
The basement of this Frankfurt, MI cottage was built without any footers, meaning the foundation was anything but stable. The owners, Sally and Ken, had recently found that there were large cracks running through the basement and knew it meant bad things for their structural integrity. Having recently redone the upstairs, they would prefer for it not to fall into the basement. With that fear in mind, they gave us a call looking for a solution.
The crew used the SmartJack system to give Sally and Ken’s cottage floor the support it was missing. The jacks can be adjusted to almost any height, so they were perfect for lifting up the floor and balancing out the foundation. First up was adding steel supplemental beams to the floor joists. These beams stretched across the ceiling in the places that were in the most need of additional support. Before the SmartJacks could be installed the crew needed to guarantee they’re stability. To do so, the jack bases were placed into partially excavated sections of the floor and then covered with poured concrete to hold them in place. Lastly, all 11 jacks were raised to the appropriate height that would level out the floor above. Now Ken and Sally’s foundation is fully equipped to handle the pressure of the freshly redone cottage above.
These homeowners called because they were looking to encapsulate their crawlspace and install a dehumidifier in the basement that would drain into their existing sump system.
The first part of this project was to install the CleanSpace liner to fully encapsulate their crawl space. The plastic liner is both waterproof and vapor proof to prevent any type of moisture from entering through the walls or the floor in the space. The material is extremely durable and the inorganic materials used prevent mold growth. The liner was cut for the dimensions of the crawl space and then laid out to cover the floor and the walls. We then securely fastened it to the walls to prevent it from falling down.
The next issue we took care of was the high humidity levels in the basement. We installed a SaniDry XP, which is an effective dehumidification system. This system includes a large cold coil that air entering the system passes through. The moisture is removed from the air and then filtered to remove any particles. Next a powerful blower ensures dry air is distributed throughout the whole basement. The SaniDry automatically drains collected water into the home’s sump pump, which then pumps the water outside of the home.
This homeowner wanted to have the crawl space in his winter cottage home encapsulated and insulated. The cottage was on a sand hill, so there were no major water issues but the homeowner did notice the floors located above the crawl space were often cold.
To begin this installation, we sealed the crawl space off from outside air by covering the vents with CleanSpace vent covers. These vent covers were sized to fit the specific vents located on the home and were then securely attached, which immediately created an airtight seal to prevent anything from entering the space.
In order to combat cold floors in the home, the crawl space needed to be insulated. To insulate the floor we installed TerraBlock foam insulation. Not only does it provide the homeowner’s knees with a cushion if he chooses to use the space, but it also has a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering and completely insulates the floor at the same time.
FrothPak insulation was used to ensure all small openings in the crawl space walls were fully insulated. This insulation is different from fiberglass insulation because it doesn’t absorb ambient moisture and is resistant to mold growth.
The final part of this project was encapsulating the entire crawl space, including the piers, with the CleanSpace liner. This waterproof and vapor proof liner ensures unwanted moisture is unable to enter the space. The plastic liner is mold resistant and extremely durable to ensure it lasts as long as the house does. CleanSpace was placed on the walls and floors within the crawl space and securely attached to the walls to prevent it from falling down.
Kristin S. of Lake Ann, MI had standing water in one room of her basement after hard rains prior to calling us. Water like this in a basement can prove to be a serious issue in a home, so Kristin called on the professionals.
To remedy this problem of standing water we installed a customer favorite: the SuperSump premier sump pump 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.
Bethany F. of Lake Ann, MI has a crawl space that was constantly being filled with water and needed it sealed off. Thus, she called us.
We installed a customer favorite: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that successfully seals off crawl spaces from their surrounding elements. Say goodbye to the dirt, cold air, and water that previously lived in the crawl space -- nothing can get through the CleanSpace. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth, giving you a clean crawl space.
John W. called because the block foundation wall in his basement was bowing inward. He was looking for a permanent solution that would stabilize the wall and potentially shift it back to its original position over time.
We decided to install the Geo-Lock wall anchor system that uses steel anchors to stabilize failing foundation walls. We first installed steel earth anchors into stable soil outside of the failing wall and then connected it to the wall with steel wall anchors. The anchors were secured to the wall with steel rods and tightened to hold the wall in place. The system can even be tightened over time to potentially pull the wall back to its original position- before the bowing occurred.
Wayne C. from Lake Ann, MI has a basement that had been flooded for quite some time. He put in a sump pump that ran constantly but there was still water coming up through the floor. He wanted a permanent solution so he can eventually finish the basement. So, he gave us a call.
We installed one of our most popular products: the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard is installed beneath the basement floor and above the foundation footing. The drain is positioned here in order to collect water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once the water is collected it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Douglas C. of Lake Ann, MI has a high water table in his neighborhood that allows for water to enter his basement. Water in a basement can cause a myriad of problems, so Douglas gave us a call to find a professional and long-lasting fix.
We installed our patented TripleSafe sump pump system. 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.
The small porch outside of this Frankfort, MI home was settling and the homeowners were looking for an effective solution.
We used the specialized polymers in the PolyLevel system to lift and level the slab. We drilled small penny-sized holes in the slab and filled them with lightweight, high-density polymers. The polymers expanded and lifted the slab back to its proper level and prevented the porch from sinking again in the future.
Richard B. of Thompsonville, MI was getting between one and two inches on water in the basement of his summer home due to the high water table and thawing in the spring. Resting water like this can cause deterioration of fixtures in the basement, mold and mildew, and bad odors. For these reasons, Richard reached out and gave us a call for a solution.
We installed two of our products that have been tried and tested for years: the WaterGuard French drain system and the TripleSafe sump pump system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters into the basement from the walls. This water is then redirected in the drain to go to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
The TripleSafe sump pump system 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.
These two systems work in perfect harmony to create a waterproof barrier for Richard's home.