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The call we received from Mike and Janet was definitely unique. They had already taken the necessary steps to waterproof their crawlspace but now they were facing a different kind of problem. After the crawl space began to flood, Mike discovered that the pump was draining directly into their sewer line.
The Ayers team knew the solution was to add in a new discharge line that would carry the water out of the home and to a LawnScape outlet. All LawnScape outlets are placed at a safe distance from the home, so the discharged water won’t back flow to the foundation. This Elk Rapids home had the perfect location for this. The discharge line was extended enough for the water to exit through an outlet and then flow into the lake at the edge of the yard. The team also installed an IceGuard to keep the home protected even if the line freezes over and the water doesn’t make it all the way to the lake.
Mike and Janet’s plumbing problem was solved after a one-day installation and now they are free to enjoy their beautiful lake home.
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.
Doug was in the process of selling his home and had come to an agreement with a potential buyer. The terms included Doug solving the waterproofing issue in his basement. With water puddling in several different spots, it seemed like a fair agreement. Luckily, the leaking water didn’t reach the basement's partially finished area. At Ayers, we understand how the delay of solving a housing issue can affect a sale. So when we’re called out to help prepare a house for the final sale, we focus on giving the house exactly what it needs to be reliable.
To correct the problems of this house, a simple perimeter drainage system would do the trick. The WaterGuard system sits in the floor and wall joint of basements and collects any water that runs down the walls. That water is directed to either a sump pump or another drain for discharge. Because the system is below ground, it doesn’t hurt the look of the basement. At the same time, below ground pipes can be harder to check for obstructions and clogging. It’s for this reason, that the crew also included 4 inspection ports where Doug or the prospective buyer can investigate the system and make sure that everything is functioning properly.
If you’re in a crunch to fix a waterproofing or foundation issue before a sale, give Ayers a call. Our system design specialist will work with you to make sure that your house gets what it needs to meet inspection codes, without pushing you to break the bank on a system that you won’t be able to enjoy.
Jeff’s deck in Hale, MI was dealing with some structural issues. His home is located on a hill above a lake, and the deck had been secured to the hill with support beams. Unfortunately, those beams had been damaged by the elements and lake. The constant freezing of the lake and ground had moved the support beams and caused a slant in the deck. To keep his deck out of the Lake below, Jeff gave us a call.
For leveling out slanting foundations, our crews use piering systems. The piers work by shifting the support of the structure to more stable soil. The first step was excavating the top soil where Jeff’s support beams were and then placing 2 helical piers into deeper, stable soil. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough to just add in piers. The original wooden support beams had taken quite the beating over the years and needed to be replaced. Once new posts were installed, the crew connected them to a support beam that ran across the sagging front of the deck and boosted it back to a leveled position. Jeff won’t have to worry about his deck or its support again.
Ann and Steven noticed that the crawl space support beams in their lake cottage were starting to sink. They suspected that the lake next to the cottage had started to wet the sandy clay soil. In turn, the clay settled and the crawl space forced the soil down further. They were terrified that the cottage might completely collapse if the beams weren’t replaced. After talking to the rest of the family, Ann and Steven gave us a call and requested for a crew to visit them in Rapid City, MI with a solution.
The crew knew the solution to supporting and stabilizing the cottage would be with helical piers, but before they did so, they wanted to guarantee that the clay soil wouldn’t continue to settle. So before they began the pier installation, they added in a curtain drain between the sinking side of the cottage and the lake. The curtain drain will catch water before it has a chance to affect the soil below the cottage. To use the piers, the crew drove them into the deepest layers of the soil and attached them to the bottom of the crawl space. The piers created a more stable base for the cottage and leveled out the floor. Ann and Steven won't soon sink again.
Daniel and Elaine had recently purchased a new lake home. During the sale, the past owners let them know that the two crawl spaces took in water seasonally. So when they moved into their new home, Daniel and Elaine immediately called a contractor out to install a vapor barrier in one of the crawl spaces. They knew they would have to do something to keep water out of the other crawl space as well, but before they could, they had to deal with another water issue on the other side of the home. Shortly after moving in, they discovered that water would flow down their driveway and into the garage. Hoping to kill two birds with one stone, they called up the waterproofing experts.
Instead of an additional vapor barrier, this time around Daniel and Elaine asked for a drain and sump pump in the crawl space to get water out. The drain was laid around the perimeter and middle of the crawl space to catch any water that leaked through the walls or floor. Once the drain was installed, the crew covered it with stones to protect it from potential clogs while allowing for easy passage of liquid. The sump will then direct the water to a lawnscape outlet outside. The water that had been leaking into Daniel and Elaine’s garage will meet a similar fate. Before reaching the garage, then water will enter a trench drain that sits in front of the garage and then flow to a different lawnscape outlet. With two brand new drain system, Daniel and Elaine won't have to worry about water entering any part of their new lake home.
The owners of this Fountain, MI cottage loved going spending time on the lake in the summer. However, last year when the couple visited the property to open it for the season, they noticed a terrible musty smell. They were frightened when they entered one of the bedrooms and noticed mold on their pillows. Not exactly something you want to cuddle up against at night.
John Conrad, a system design specialist, visited the property to examine the crawl space beneath the home, assess the situation, and explain what exactly was going on down there to the homeowners. What John found was a very damp crawl space that was inevitably the source of the smell—and the mold.
Dirt naturally holds some water, so when it dries, the water vapor is released. It’s also possible that water was entering the space from beneath the footing or through the brick walls. Not only does this vapor create a musty smell, but in an area with a relative humidity around 70%, mold starts to grow. It releases spores that float in the air, and this air moves upstairs.
To keep the moisture out of the crawl space, our team installed CleanSpace. Unlike other thin liners, CleanSpace is 20mil thick, making it durable and long-lasting. Installing CleanSpace, stops the water vapor from accumulating in the space, and since the liner is manufactured with an antimicrobial additive, it prevents mold growth.
This crawl space liner not only enhances the appearance of the crawl space, but by keeping the moisture out, the moldy smell is eliminated and so is the mold.
This home in Vicksburg, MI was located on a lake, and with a finished basement it was a great place to spend time—except for when the water level of the lake was high. With a higher water table, the finished basement encountered some water, soaking the carpets throughout the space. The owners decided to protect the space for the future by installing a waterproofing system in the basement.
Our team got right to work installing WaterGuard along the perimeter of the room. This subfloor drainage system collects any leaks from the walls and reroutes water to the sump, pumping water out of the basement before it can even think about reaching the carpet. Since the piping is placed on top of the footing rather than alongside, it won’t get clogged with wet dirt either.
The current sump pump in the space was upgraded to our SuperSump. This sump works together with WaterGuard and is able to pump 220 gallons of water per hour at an 8-foot head out of the basement.
In order to fully complete the waterproofing system, we recommend installing a dehumidifier to keep the air just as dry as the surfaces in the basement. Our crew members installed a SaniDry dehumidifier in this home to do exactly that. SaniDry is energy efficient and hard working, wringing the air dry and automatically drains the water to the SuperSump.
Once the basement was waterproofed, the homeowners decided to refinish their basement with waterproof materials as well. BrightWall and ThermallDry inorganic subfloor tiles finish off the space nicely.
With a fully functional, waterproofed basement, this family can enjoy their lake home without having to worry about a lake in their basement.
Margaret had water coming into her basement. The walls were covered with a white moisture blocking paint but it seemed like everywhere you looked, the white walls were stained along the bottom couple of feet from water intrusion despite the barrier. In one corner the paint was bubbling and falling off the wall, leaving paint flakes scattered all over the floor. Margaret needed a reliable solution. What we were able to do for her for no small transformation. Along the perimeter walls, we installed our WaterGuard drainage system by removing some concrete at the base of the walls to expose the footer. The drain sits right on the footer where it's able to collect moisture from wall cracks or from the seam between the walls and the floor where moisture commonly enters. Concrete was replaced over top of the drain so that it almost wasn't even noticeable. The drain directs water to her new TripleSafe sump pump which has a series of 3 pumps. One pump handles most of the work. A second pump acts as a backup to that pump. A third pump operates on a battery backup in the event of a power outage. Finally, Margaret opted to add a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to remove harmful water vapors from the air, improving the quality of the air she is breathing and preventing the growth of mold. Her basement is thoroughly protected and she will no longer have to worry about unreliable and inconsistent diy repairs.
Shelly F. called because she had a basement wall that was cracked and bowing inward and there were also multiple cracks located on the other walls in the basement. She was looking for a solution to save her bowing wall and prevent the other walls from bowing in the future.
To prevent the bowing wall from continuing to shift inward, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. The soil outside of the failing wall was excavated in order to place a steel earth anchor into stable soil. The anchor was then attached the foundation wall with a steel wall anchor and secured into place with steel rods. Once the system was tightened into place, the wall was immediately stabilized and unable to shift any further. The system can also be tightened over time to potentially shift the wall back to its original position.
We also wanted to prevent the other cracked basement walls from bowing in the future, so we installed the PowerBrace system. These braces are installed at the base of the wall and to joists above the wall and then secured into place with steel brackets. After the system was tightened, the walls were stabilized and unable to move any further.
Jason M. had water seeping into his basement and a bowed foundation wall that he was looking to get fixed.
We first installed the effective PowerBrace system to stabilize the failing wall and prevent it from bowing any further. The specialized steel beams were installed at the base of the failing wall and to the joists above the wall, which was then attached securely in place with steel brackets. Once we tightened the beams into place, the wall was immediately stabilized and would no longer be a cause for concern.
Next, we installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system to collect and discard intruding water. Specialized drainage pipes were installed underneath the flooring around the perimeter of the basement in order to collect water that was entering through the walls. Any collected water was then automatically directed to the sump pump to be pumped outside of the home.
The effective SuperSump sump pump system was installed next to ensure water from the WaterGuard system was properly discarded from the home. This sump pump included an effective Zoeller pump, a sturdy liner and an airtight lid that would certainly protect the home from unwanted water seepage.
The IceGuard system was installed on the home’s discharge line to give exiting water an easy route outside of the home, even if the pipes become frozen. This system prevents exiting water from re-entering the home and causing a flood. We also installed a LawnScape outlet on the end of the discharge line to carry exiting water far away from the home.
Cathy M. called because she was looking to get a vapor barrier installed in her log home.
We installed the CleanSpace system to encapsulate both the crawl space floor and walls. The liner was waterproof and vapor proof to prevent any type of moisture from entering through the porous concrete walls and exposed dirt floor. We also made sure to wrap the piers in the space to protect them from ambient moisture. We also installed covers on the vents in the crawl space to prevent outside elements from entering and causing further issues for the homeowner.
Matt and Stacey live on a lake and after heavy rains they encounter water entering their basement through the perimeter. They have a cement block foundation and no sump pump, so they called our team for waterproofing solutions. Our team installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe, and IceGuard in Matt and Stacey's basement. Keeping their basement dry will require each of these systems. The WaterGuard system will catch any leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system with three pumps so that it can handle the highest pumping demands. In addition one pump is battery powered, so they won't need to worry about their basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen. Therefore no matter what weather their house encounters, Matt and Stacey won’t need to worry about water intrusion.
John and Margaret needed their concrete leveled so our team installed PolyLevel. PolyLevel is a system designed to fix concrete slabs that have sunk by using polyurethane foam. This foam expands and has a high density in order to raise the concrete back to its original position. The process is quite simple and is done by drilling small holes into the concrete and then inserting the foam into the holes. Also, the PolyLevel system is waterproof and long-lasting.
A customer called our team because he needed his crawl space encapsulated. So we installed CleanSpace, an uninterrupted vapor barrier. This material is applied to the walls and floor of your crawl space. It restricts all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. This system creates an energy-efficient crawl space, and it also gives your crawl space a clean finish.