Winter humidity can wreak havoc in your home. Here's how humidity can impact the health of your crawl space.
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The building code used to require that basements and crawl spaces have vents installed. Vents are not good as they let in hot, humid air in the summer and freezing, cold air in the winter. These vents can cause mold, rot, and wasted energy.
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The homeowners in Walloon Lake, MI needed a solution for their damp, wet basement. The basement had dirt floors and a musty smell was coming from the basement and getting into the entire house. The musty smell could be because mold was beginning to creep into the basement because of the moisture. If this is left untreated, it could cause health problems for the homeowners in the future.
Our professional team had the perfect solution for these homeowners. Our team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace system covers the floors and walls of your basement or crawl space with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. The vapor barrier prevents moisture, outside air, and unwanted pests from getting into the basement.
Thanks to the CleanSpace encapsulation system the homeowner's basement is now clean and dry!
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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 Charlevoix County, MI.
David and JoAnn had been dealing with water issues in their basement ever since they moved into their Boyne City, MI home. There were multiple leaking cracks in the basement ranging from the floor to the walls and coves near the ceiling. With no sign of the water letting up, they decided to give us a call and learn more about our waterproofing system.
After hearing about and seeing the problems that the couple was facing, our system design specialist came up with a plan that would take care of the issue once and for all. It seemed pretty apparent that water wasn’t going to stop trying to find its way into the basement, so he created a design that would get the water out immediately. The first step for the crew was giving the water somewhere to drain. That’s where WaterGuard, a perimeter drainage system, came into play. The system was installed at the floor and wall joint and will collect any water that leaks down the walls or on the floor. To treat the cracks and make sure that the water is directed to the drainage system, the team installed the two-layer sealant FlexiSpan system. The inner layer is used to get deep into the cracks and block the majority of water from entering. The outer layer is for drainage; any water that does penetrate the seal will be led straight to the WaterGuard system resting below. Unfortunately, FlexiSpan couldn’t be used to seal all of David and JoAnn’s cracks. For the other walls, the team used our BrightWall panels. The waterproof panels were attached to the previous basement walls and create a barrier that won’t allow vapor or seepage to permeate. Any seepage will follow the same path to the drainage system as the water leaking behind the FlexiSpan system.
While we can’t control the elements, David and JoAnn’s home will be well protected if and when water returns.
Lois was putting in a call for the sake of her family. They would use this Boyne City, MI property as a second home for family time and vacations. But as of late, they were just doing their best to keep it afloat.
Water was puddling all over the basement floor, and mold and mildew were about as well. They recently tried to solve the problem with an interior solution from another company. While the repair didn’t solve the issue, it didn’t convince most of the family that an interior solution was not the answer. It put our system design specialist in a rough spot. Luckily, he was able to explain to Lois and her family how our complete waterproofing system is different than other repairs and that it would be the best thing for their basement.
Once all the members of the family were convinced to give the Ayers waterproofing system a try, the crew got to work. The plan drawn up by our system design specialist called for a perimeter drainage system and sump pump to collect the basement water, a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to deal with the moldy conditions and keep the basement feeling as dry as it would look, and an exterior outlet for the water to discharge. A WaterGuard perimeter drainage system was placed in the floor and wall joint to collect water as it naturally flows to the perimeter of the room. In the hopes of making this solution a permanent one, the crew also installed several inspection ports so the WaterGuard system can be checked for clogging. Once in the WaterGuard, the water will be directed to our most reliable sump pump system, the TripleSafe. With backup systems that will continue to run during power outages or excessive loads, TripleSafe will keep Lois’ basement from ever flooding again. After the water is pumped out of the basement, it will be pushed to a lawnscape outlet where the water can exit without causing problems to the foundation.
Lois and her family are now free to go back to enjoying their Boyne City vacation spot and before the end of summer, too!
This Charlevoix, MI homeowner was interested in an effective French drainage system that would keep water out of her basement.
The first step to eliminating water in this basement was to install a TrenchDrain, which is used to collect any water from outside that could leak into the home through an exterior door. A section of the flooring was removed to place the drain, which has large openings to make sure water easily enters, rather than flowing out onto the floor.
WaterGuard was also installed, which is a perimeter drainage system that ensures any water that could enter the home through the walls or floors is collected and drained into the home’s sump pump. For this installation we removed a small portion of the flooring around the perimeter of the basement to place piping that water will filter into and then exit the home. Any water collected from the trench drain directly filters into the WaterGuard system to make sure the basement is completely protected.
These homeowners originally called because the crawl space in their home was creating cold floors in the area above. They hadn’t noticed any water problems, although the exposed dirt ground and block wall foundation allowed water vapor to easily access the space, which created high moisture and humidity levels.
In order to seal off the crawl space and prevent moisture from entering, we encapsulated the space with the durable CleanSpace liner. The liner was sized to fit the dimensions of the crawl space and then laid out directly on top of the dirt ground and up the walls, where it was then securely attached. This liner is waterproof and vapor proof to keep moisture out and has an anti-microbial additive to prevent mold growth. The piers in the crawl space were also wrapped to protect them from ambient moisture.
The crawl space had vent covers that not only allowed water or vapor into the space, but it also let cold, drafty air in that was contributing to the cold floors in the home above. To combat this we installed vent covers that created an airtight seal from the outside environment.
The crawl space floor was insulated with TerraBlock that works to insulate the space and prevent moisture from entering with its vapor proof exterior. The walls in the crawl space were insulated with SilverGlo and FrothPak insulation. The SilverGlo panels reflect heat back into the space to save the homeowners on energy costs while combating the cold floors above. FrothPak is a spray foam insulation that does not absorb moisture and is made from inorganic materials to prevent mold growth if it got wet. FrothPak will stay put on the wall and has the ability to seal off any small spaces that could let outside air or moisture in.
This Dimondale, MI home had water seeping into the basement where the well company installed water pipes. The homeowner wanted a solution that would discard intruding water and prevent it from leaking into the basement.
We installed a perimeter drainage system called WaterGuard to gather and remove water that was seeping into the home where the water pipes entered the basement. This installation involved excavating the flooring around the interior perimeter of the basement in order to place drainage pipes that would collect water and drain it into the home’s sump pump. After the installation was complete we covered the system with concrete to restore the floor.
Settlement caused several large cracks to form along the garage in this Boyne City home. New garage doors were installed and they no longer sealed along the bottom due to the settlement, and the homeowner wanted the issue resolved before it worsened over time.
We used the PolyLevel system to lift the sunken garage slabs and prevent the issue from occurring again. This system also dealt with the weak soil issue below the slabs, which was the root cause of the settlement in the first place. We drilled small holes into the concrete and then filled them with a specialized polymer material. The high-density and lightweight polymers expanded underneath the slab to lift it back to its proper position. The installation was quick and caused minimal disruption to the home, plus the cure time was only about 15 minutes!
To seal the cracks, we used the NexusPro joint sealant. This sealant caulked the cracks and prevented them from continuing to shift or grow in size.
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.
The homeowners crawl space was nasty, humid, moldy and had unwanted pests living in it. If your crawl space has a dirt floor, humid, or moldy you could be paying expensive energy bills, not to mention the health risks for your family.
Our professional team fixed this nasty crawl space with our CleanSpace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace system covers the floors and walls of your crawl space with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. This vapor barrier isolates your home from the earth keeping it dry, keeping outside air away, and unwanted pests out!
For more added protection, our team also installed the EverLast crawl space door. Often crawl space openings are covered loosely by a piece of wood, which can warp, deteriorate over time, and lets unwanted pests inside. The EverLast crawl space doors are made from ½-in.-thick PVC plastic that is just about indestructible. Unlike wood crawl space doors, EverLast doors will never warp, crack, shrink or require maintenance or painting. An air and water tight seal is certain and once it is installed you can be sure that it is protecting your crawl space from the exterior critters and conditions.
The homeowners in East Jordan, MI had tons of water coming into their basement. The homeowner was not sure where the water was coming from so it made it difficult to solve the problem. They decided that they needed to call Ayers Basement Systems in order to fix this water problem!
Our professional team installed the SuperSump sump pump in the homeowners basement. The SuperSump is a full featured system that includes the best components available. The SuperSump removes water from your basement into a drainage system that takes the water outside your home. It includes the SuperLiner, which is an airtight lid that looks more attractive, keeps pests out and eliminates safety hazard of an open sump pump. It has a floor drain in case an unforeseen accident puts water on your basement floor. It includes a WaterWatch Alarm, which alerts you if the water level rises above the sump pump intake.
It has a cast-iron pump to prevent overheating and burnout. It has a CleanPump pump stand that elevates the sump pump to prevent clogging. It has a check valve to prevent pumped water from re-entering. Lastly, it has an improved float valve to ensure long term performance.
Next, out team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. 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 wall seepage before it has a chance to cause any damage to the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is immediately taken to the sump pump and the sump pump removes the water from the home.
For more added protection our team installed the IceGuard anti freeze system. The IceGuard system allows water to escape from a sump pump discharge line if the pipe freezes or becomes blocked for any reason. Even if the pipe outlet is buried under a foot of ice and snow, the water can escape, allowing your sump pump to keep your basement dry. When the discharge pipe thaws, the water will automatically run along its normal route, and no water will escape from the IceGuard.
Thanks to the SuperSump, WaterGuard and IceGuard the homeowners basement is now clean and dry!
Alfred called us becuase his driveway was sinking in multiple spots, and tree roots were lifting other spots. It was causing trip hazards and was only getting worse from driving on it.
We injected PolyLevel Foam to lift up and level the concrete slabs. PolyLevel is a very lightweight foam but it is strong enough to hold up concrete and heavy loads. It is also waterproof so that the rain won't wash it away. PolyLevel has a very quick curing time so you can drive or walk on it within about 15 minutes of it being injected!