This customer gave us a call after noticing long cracks across the walls and ceiling in their sun room. The room was held up by wood pillars installed into the deck area outside. The weight of the room became too much for the pillars to hold and the room began to shift. This was evident to both the homeowner and our crew because of the uneven floor and cracked walls. It was a different problem, but not out of our wheelhouse.
Lifting failing foundations and floor joists is nothing new to us over at Ayers. In fact, it’s pretty common. To treat this problem and ensure that it won’t return, we use SmartJacks. The great benefit of using SmartJacks for this job, instead of the already in place wood pillars, is that they were designed for heavy duty use. The support system is mostly used to repair crawl spaces and raise the above floors back to their original position, so there was no doubt that the SmartJacks could handle the weight. The team used 6 steel SmartJacks and installed them deep into the soil with a concrete fill. This way the homeowner can rest assured that the support system won’t fail, even if the ground does. If you’re looking for an expert solution to your sagging floor and a team that will have fun while installing it, then give us a call and ask if the SmartJack support system could help you.
Sharon had a partial basement waterproofing system installed by another company several years ago. Now she was looking to have a system installed throughout so that the basement can stay completely dry. Our team installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system along the walls, tying into the existing system to create one continuous protective unit. WaterGuard is a french drain system that sits on the home's footing and gathers moisture along the base of the wall and directs it inconspicuously to the sump pump system.
Joan called about a wet area of her basement. It was just a small area a few feet in width that was seeing water coming in. With an existing sump pump the fix was quite simple. Along the wet wall, we installed our WaterGuard drainage system. This required a small portion of the drywall, about 2 feet up from the ground, to be removed. We then removed some of the concrete floor to reveal the home's footing. The drain was set in place right on the footing and conrete was replaced over top. WaterGuard will collect moisture from the walls and from the seam where the floor and walls meet. The drain is then tied into the sump pump system to allow for that moisture to be removed from the home. The drywall was replaced and now the basement is safe from the puddles that had been plaguing it for months.
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When Damian purchased his Westphalia, MI home, the previous owner told him that a French drain system had been installed in the basement not long before. Damian and his family were glad to hear that they didn’t have to worry about waterproofing and for two years that belief held up. Then one day in May, he went downstairs to find that the basement was soaked from rain the previous day. The system had worked well up to this point, so Damian did his best to repair it by snaking the drain to look for clogs. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. Only adding to the list of troubles, was the exterior discharge drain that was leaving water too close to the home. Not wanting the problems to persist, Damian called us for a solution.
The crew replaced the existing French drain with WaterGuard. Much like the previous system, WaterGuard covers the perimeter of the basement to collect water that leaks in. But as an improvement, the crew also installed 6 different inspection ports to make checking for plugging easier on Damian. To pump the water out in a more effective way, the crew also replaced the sump pump with a 1/3 horsepower Zoeller pump. After adding a trench drain in front of the steps that led to the basement, the crew connected it, the WaterGuard drainage system, and the new sump pump to a discharge line to lead the water to a safe distance from the house. Thanks to the quick action taken by Damian, his home was saved from what could have been a lengthy and expensive post-flood fix; and this time around, his waterproofing system comes with the Ayers stamp of approval.
This was the second time in the last few years that Brandi’s basement walls had started to bend inward. The first time was three years ago when she had to repair a wall that was caving in a full 3 inches. Once the repair was complete, she thought the problem would stay in the past. Unfortunately, a few months ago she went into her basement only to discover stair step cracks on the walls, a common sign of bowing foundations. Fed up with foundation problems, Brandi gave us a call for a permanent solution.
Our system design specialist arrived in Fowler and found that Brandi’s walls were once again bowing. The bowing wall phenomenon is caused by expanding soil putting extra pressure on the foundation walls. To counteract the pressure of the soil, our crew installed two different wall repair systems. One being our PowerBrace system, the other was Geo-Lock Wall Anchors. PowerBrace beams span the entire height of the wall and are attached to the floor joists in the ceiling and bracketed into the foundation floor. The beams stop the inward movement of walls and can even be tightened to help push them straight again. Geo-Lock Wall Anchors do the opposite; they pull the walls outward against the soil pressure. The anchors of the system are placed into stronger, more dependable soil about 15 feet from the home, and with the help of wall plates on the interior side of the basement and steel rod tiebacks, the system holds the wall in place against soil pressure. Both systems will fight to resist the pressure on Brandi’s walls and in time, hopefully, return them to their original position.
One of the reasons we suggest egress cover lids is to keep rainwater from pouring in. Jim’s new egress window well had been dealing with that exact problem. The water would then leak through the window sill and pour down his wall. Our crew’s solution was to direct the leakage down to a perimeter drainage system and attach that system to an existing sump pump. To lead the leaking water to the perimeter drainage system below, they used a window duct drain. By placing the duct drain under the window sill and attaching it to the drainage system below, the water will flow in a direct path behind the duct pipe to the Waterguard system. Jim won't have to worry about water leaking in through the window or any well else in the basement.
Jenny and Joseph had been living in their home for 5 years and never had any problems with leaks in the basement. However, after the last 2 heavy rains, they started to notice water coming through the floor, forming a puddle in one corner of the basement. The current drainage system that was in place from the previous owner was also starting to flood. That’s when these homeowners decided to give Ayers a call.
After meeting with a system design specialist, the couple decided that the WaterGuard system would be their best bet at combating any future basement leaks. This drainage system will prevent water from pudding in this basement by catching water from leaks and rerouting it. WaterGuard is unique in that it sits on top of the footing instead of along it like other drainage systems do. This special design prevents wet dirt from clogging the drain, allowing water to effectively flow to the sump pump. Installing a new and improved drainage system will ensure that Jenny and Joseph can enjoy a dry basement for years to come.
The owners of this crawl space stayed away from the area as often as possible. Not only was it uninviting, but it smelled! The mustiness was a tell tale sign that there was moisture in the crawl space. Not only does a damp crawl space smell bad, but also it can be an indicator that mildew is present, posing a serious health risk to those who live in the home.
Sealing off the space with a CleanSpace moisture barrier was the first step in improving the atmosphere of this crawl space. CleanSpace is durable, a multi-layer plastic liner manufactured with a antimicrobial additive. This prevents mold growth on the liner, helping make the space healthier.
To help eliminate moisture in the air, our system design specialists also installed a SaniDry CX dehumidifier. This high-efficiency dehumidifier can take up to 100 pints of water per day out of the air in the crawl space. This helps keep the air dry, and eliminates any musty, damp smell.
SaniDry and CleanSpace are both effective solutions to combating a damp, smelly crawlspace. Not only do they make the space healthier, but brighter and cleaner, turning this space into an area the homeowners won’t be afraid to enter.
A leaking wall crack is a vicious cycle. Water comes in through the crack, which degrades the wall and widens the crack, which lets more water in, and so on and so forth. That's what was happening in Heather's basement when she called us.
Originating at the point where the water line entered the foundation, there was a crack 3-4 feet tall that allowed water in any time it rained or snow melted - basically, any moisture outside quickly made its way inside.
We used FlexiSpan to seal the wall crack, ensuring that it will stay sealed due to FlexiSpan's design. Instead of creating a rigid seal, the material moves with the crack as the wall shifts with changes in the weather, keeping everything sealed and dry.
Shortly after buying her home, Patricia realized that the basement walls were leaking. The leaks were severe enough that puddles formed on the basement floor, and they seemed to be concentrated on the wall under an area added on by the seller - an area they knew had no waterproofing but did not disclose.
Understandably upset, Patricia called us to have the semi-finished basement waterproofed before the water wreaked even more havoc.
We installed a full perimeter of WaterGuard below-floor drainage system and a Zoeller sump pump to take care of the incoming water, and used the CleanSpace wall system on the walls to protect the rest of the basement from any influx of water.
We touched base with Patricia recently to schedule her annual maintenance appointment, and she let us know that she had sold the house but told the new owners to contact us and make sure they kept us on the schedule for further annual maintenance, since our system had worked so well eliminating the water problems.
Jennifer called because one room in her basement started flooding. Her family had lived in the house for five years and never noticed a problem, but suddenly any time it rained water would come through the floor. The basement was partially finished, but not in the room that was flooding - red flag. To top it all off, there was a drain system from another company in the room, but it clearly wasn't working.
We tracked the water not only to the floor, as the customer said, but also to a window well. We installed WaterGuard in the affected room and also put in a window well duct to direct water from the leaking window to the WaterGuard.
With an effective drainage system in place and the sources of the water targeted, this basement should remain dry.
Herschel R. from Lansing, MI had his basement fully finished -- or so he thought. He noticed mold and mildew in one corner of the basement. He holds weekly pool games in the basement and he wanted to resolve the problem so he could continue to hold pool games at his home. Another company has done work at his home in the past but he was very dissatisfied with them.
We first installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps in through the walls. WaterGuard then redirects the water to the basement's sump pump.
Following that, we installed our EverLast finished wall restoration system. EverLast adds insulation to the basement and works perfectly with WaterGuard, keeping the basement a dry, clean, finished environment.
Dirk D. called because his 1965 cement block foundation was cracking and bowing inward. The original wall that was bowing was remedied by creating a second block wall to support it, although both the walls began to bow and moisture was entering the home.
To support the bowing wall we installed the PowerBrace system. For this installation we sized steel-I beams for the height of the basement that were secured in the floor at the base of the wall and then connected to the joists above the wall with steel brackets. We tightened the system, which immediately supported the failing basement wall. These beams can be tightened over time to completely shift the wall back to its original position. A joist reinforcement method is also used for PowerBraces, which ensures the weight of the wall is evenly distributed across the ceiling to prevent damage to the floor above.
Joe and Luann B. contacted us because they had a bowed basement wall. Their home was built in 1992 with poured concrete walls and although there were no known water problems, the homeowners did notice moisture issues.
The Geo-Lock wall anchor system was the best option to save this failing basement wall and to provide security for these homeowners. This system uses specialized anchors to securely stabilize the wall and includes a tightening kit that can be used over time to potentially straighten the wall back to its original position. The installation began with the excavation of soil outside of the home. The soil was removed so that we could place a steel earth anchor deep enough to reach stable soils. Next the earth anchor was connected to the foundation wall and was secured with a steel wall anchor and steel rods on the interior of the home. The system was tightened into place and the wall was completely stable. Hide-A-Way covers were also installed to cover the anchors and give the basement walls a clean look.
These homeowners found that during times of heavy rainfall, water would seep into the basement through the walls and they looking for an effective solution that would save the space.
Our team installed WaterGuard around the interior perimeter of the basement to guard the home from any type of water intrusion. The system was installed underneath the flooring, so our first step was to remove the dry wall in the home so that we could place specialized pipes at the base of the walls. The flooring was removed, the pipes were placed and the excess space was filled with crushed stone. The system was then covered with cement fill to restore the floors and cover up the piping. This system ensures this basement is safe by draining incoming water into the system and then exiting it into the home’s sump pump. We also installed inspection ports in the system that give us access if needed, so we don’t have to dig up the floors again if a problem occurs.
These homeowners reached out to us because they had moisture seeping into their basement through the walls. The seepage usually occurred during times of heavy rain and they were looking for a reliable solution to waterproof the space.
We installed the WaterGuard system in this basement to collect and discard water seepage. The system was installed under the floor at the base of the wall, so the first thing we had to do was remove the dry wall in the basement so we could excavate the flooring. Sections of the flooring, up against the walls were removed around the interior perimeter of the basement in order to install pipes. The pipes were placed in the floor and the excess space was filled with crushed stone and then topped off with concrete fill to restore the flooring. A section of the system was left uncovered so incoming water can enter the system. Any water that enters the piping is directed to the sump pump in the home to be discarded outside. An inspection port was also installed in the system so that we can have access to the pipes if we need to, without having to rip up the flooring again.
Cameron and Madelina C. had just moved into their new home but there were some issues they needed resolve. There was a 4th bedroom in the basement with cracked foundation that was allowing water to enter where the wall and floor join together. The carpeting needed to be ripped out due to water damage and a large amount of mold was found throughout the room.
To collect water that was entering the room, we installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The flooring up against the walls in the room was removed to place the specialized pipes that would be collecting the intruding water. The pipes were placed on top of the footing to prevent them from clogging with dirt and placed slightly away from the base of the wall so water has room to filter into the system. The flooring was restored with cement fill with a section of the system left uncovered directly in front of the wall so water can enter the and then drain into the sump pump.
A SuperSump sump pump was installed in the space that collects water from the WaterGuard system and from the ground through holes in the sturdy liner. A powerful Zoeller pump sits in the liner and is able to pump up to 2,220 gallons of water per hour! The system comes with an airtight lid to prevent water in the sump from evaporating into the space, which would contribute to the high humidity levels already found in the damp room. A floor drain is also included on the lid that allows water to immediately enter the system if a flood occurs so the homeowner’s basement will be completely protected.
IceGuard was installed on the home’s discharge lines to ensure water is able to easily exit even if the pipes freeze in the winter. The system has specialized holes that help water exit the lines instead of re-entering the home and causing a flood. A LawnScape outlet was installed at the end of discharge line that was installed underneath the ground. The outlet carries water away from the home to prevent it from flowing back and causing a re-occurring problem.
Ed Y. called because he had several horizontal and stair steps cracks that were located on his basement foundation walls.
We decided to install the PowerBrace system in order to save the failing walls and prevent them from cracking and shifting any further. To being, we reinforced the joists in the ceiling to remove some of the weight that was being exerted on the wall. Next we removed a section of the flooring at the base of the wall to place the steel columns that ran all the way up the wall and were then secured to the joists with steel brackets. The braces were tightened into place, which automatically stabilized the wall and prevented it from moving. The braces can be tightened even more over time to completely shift the wall back to its original position if possible.
There is a corner of this Bath, MI home that had some mold and mildew growing due to moisture seeping in. The basement was partially finished and there was drywall up, so the homeowner wanted the problem resolved before further damage to his basement occurred.
The WaterGuard system was installed to gather intruding water and discard it into the sump pump, rather then it flowing onto the floor of the home. The perimeter or the basement flooring at the base of each wall was removed to place specialized drainage piping. Water entering the home drains into the pipes and is then carried to the sump pump to be pumped out of the home. We also made sure to install an inspection port that gives us access to the underground system if we ever needed it.
We also installed BrightWall paneling to the walls to improve the look and feel of the basement and prevent moisture from entering the home with its waterproof and vapor proof qualities. This paneling also works well with the WaterGuard system we installed because it directs water coming in through the wall down into the system automatically.
Doug and Julie R. had a finished basement that was leaking in the cold storage area under the front porch. There were large puddles of water from under the porch during times of heavy rain and the homeowner was looking for an effective solution that would permanently solve the problem.
To protect this home from further water damage, we installed the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard is a perimeter drainage system that was installed around the interior perimeter of the basement. Sections of the flooring at the base of each wall were removed in order to place the specialized drainage pipes. Water entering the home drains into the system and is carried to the sump pump to be discharged from the home. The excavated flooring was restored with concrete fill and the installation was complete!
Tonya M. contacted us because she was looking for a waterproofing solution that would keep her basement dry. Thankfully, our team of experts knew just what to do.
We installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system to collect and discard intruding water. The system was installed underneath the flooring around the interior perimeter of the basement. Water entering the home flows down into the specialized pipes at the base of each wall and is then directed to the home’s sump pump to be pumped outside of the home. Because the system was installed underneath the flooring, we also installed inspection ports that give us access to the drainage pipes if needed.
Chad L. contacted us because he wanted to encapsulate his damp, wet crawl space.
We installed the CleanSpace liner on the floor and the walls of the crawl space to seal the space off from the outside environment. The waterproof and vapor proof liner is extremely durable, resistant to mold growth and eliminates any type of moisture that could enter the space through the walls or the floor. We also made sure to wrap the piers in space to protect them from ambient moisture.
This older Fowler, MI basement had puddles of water occupying the space due to rainwater seeping into the home through the walls. We installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system in the home to remove intruding water.
We removed sections of the flooring around the interior perimeter of the basement to place specialized drainage pipes. Water that was entering through the wall flowed down into the pipes and was then drained into the home’s sump pump to be discarded from the home. When the installation was finished, we restored the flooring with cement fill and made sure to install an inspection port that gives us access to the underground system if ever needed.
Brandi S. called because two of her basement walls were bowing inward about two to three inches. There were also multiple stair-step cracks found on the walls, which is a sure sign of wall failure.
The PowerBrace system was installed on one wall and the Geo-Lock wall anchor system was installed on the other. The PowerBrace system used specialized steel beams that were installed directly on the basement wall. One end of the brace was placed at the base of the wall and the other end was attached to the joists above the wall with steel brackets. We also made sure to reinforce the joists above to alleviate some of the weight on the wall. The wall anchor installation began with us excavating the soil outside of the failing wall in order to embed steel earth anchors into stable soil. The earth anchors were the connected to the failing wall and attached with steel wall anchors, which were then secured into place with steel rods. Once both systems were tightened into place, the walls were permanently stabilized and would no longer crack or shift.
Ruth B. of Saint Johns, MI had small puddles of water in a couple spots in her basement, especailly after heavy rains. This can cause problems not only in the basement but upstairs as well. So, she gave us a call.
Our solution? The TripleSafe sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system.
The 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 WaterGuard rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, collecting the water seepage that enters the basement. Once this water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home. The sump pump, in this case, would be the TripleSafe.
Luke M. of Saint Johns, MI has a sidewalk that was sinking before we made a visit. A sunken sidewalk can present not only an unsightly appearance, but also a major tripping hazard. This said, Luke gave us a call.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to raise this sidewalk. We began by drilling small, penny-sized holes into the concrete and we then injected the foam through those holes. After the injection we refilled the holes, making this project very non-invasive.
Luke can now enjoy a sidewalk that is back at its original height that has a long-lasting fix.
Thomas J. of Saint Johns, MI had terrible water problems in his basement -- especially after it rained. This water would cover the floor, causing damage that no one wants to deal with. This said, Thomas gave us a call.
We installed two of our favorite products: the SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain 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.
The WaterGuard system rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected, it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Iyla S. of Saint Johns, MI has a concrete approach to her garage. This slab has sunk, creating a severe drop from the garage floor. Thus, she gave us a call.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to raise this slab back to its original position. We drilled small, penny-sized holes into the slab and then injected the PolyLevel through them. Once the PolyLevel did its job at raising the slab, we refilled the holes, making them barely noticeable. At the end of it all, Iyla could walk on her slab after only about 15 minutes.
These homeowners had water entering their home around the perimeter of the basement. There was about two to three inches of standing water and the basement was gutted due to water damage.
We installed WaterGuard around the interior perimeter of the basement in order to collect and drain intruding water into a sump pump system. Specialized drainage pipes were installed underneath the flooring at the base of each wall and the floors were restored with concrete fill when the installation was complete.
Next we installed the TripleSafe sump pump system. This system included a sturdy liner and three powerful pumps. The first pump handles the bulk of the work and the second pump automatically starts if the first pump is unable to keep up with the amount of water entering the system. The final pump is battery powered to ensure the home is safe even if the power goes out.
Lastly, we installed the IceGuard system and a LawnScape outlet. The IceGuard system was installed on the home’s discharge line to ensure water is able exit the home even if the pipes freeze in the cold winter months. The LawnScape outlet was placed at the end of the discharge line to lead water out away from the home.
Jim S. of Saint Johns, MI has had water leaking into his basement during heavy rains. This water leakage can cause serious damage to a basement, so Jim gave us a call.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system to keep water out of Jim's basement and off his floor for good. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Thomas B. of Westphalia, MI had water coming into his basement and his sump pump could not take care of the issue. Water in a basement can cause great problems such as mold growth, sticking doors and windows and asthma. Because of this, Thomas gave us a call.
We installed two of our patented products: the WaterGuard French drain system and the SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier. We began by installing the WaterGuard. The WaterGuard drain rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected it is redistributed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
After that, we moved onto the SaniDry XP. This dehumidifier can collect up to 109 liters of water per day and is compact enough to be placed in a closet or corner of a room and not take up a large amount of space. The SaniDry XP will remove any lingering water vapor and keep the air free of moisture to attain the greatest level of comfort in your home.
Michelle F. of Westphalia, MI terrible odors coming from her crawl space before she reached out to us. These odors were drifting up into her house -- especially into her kitchen -- and creating a horribly unpleasant environment. These odors were most likely caused by heavy water and moisture in the crawl space that lead to mold growth.
Our solution? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. Michelle needed a product that would prevent water from getting into her crawl space, and this was it. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off crawl spaces from the surrounding elements. No dirt, water, cold air, or moisture will be able to get through this material. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial components that ward off mold growth.
Michelle, CleanSpace will keep your crawl space dry and odor-free.
Damian S. of Westphalia, MI had a French drain installed in his home two years ago and it has stopped working. The French drain is meant to collect water and keep it out of the basement, and his, from another company, has failed to do its job. This said, Damian gave us a call to get a long-term fix.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system to end Damian's water problem once and for all. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. After this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home. The WaterGuard is positioned at the perfect height to collect water and keep it out of the basement so as to make sure you never even see it.
These homeowners called because they were looking for a solution to the settled sidewalk leading up to their Bath, MI home.
We used the PolyLevel system to lift and level the crooked sidewalk slabs. We drilled multiple holes in the slabs in order to inject them with specialized polymers that expanded to lift the sidewalk back to its proper level. The polymers addressed the weak soil issue below that caused the slabs to sink in the first place and have a quick cure time.
Neal M. from Saint John, MI noticed that when there were heavy rains or when the snow would melt water would get into his basement! The water was coming into the basement from under the porch where the floor and wall meet. It was starting to damage his basement floor and walls. The homeowner knew something needed to be done, so he called Ayers Basement Systems!
Our professional team installed our IceGuard antifreeze system. IceGuard allows the water to escape through the sump pump discharge line if the pipe freezes or gets clogged in any way. Even if the pipe outlet is buried by snow, the water will still be able to escape, keeping your basement dry! IceGuard antifreeze system is perfect for homeowners who see increased moisture in their basement during the winter months.
Next, our team installed the WaterGuard drainage system. The WaterGuard system is designed to capture water seepage through walls and leaks along the wall and floor joints. The drainage system is an interior perimeter drainage system that sits on top of the footing in your basement. Becuase WaterGuard sits on the top of the footing it won't be sitting in mud which could clog the drain. The water that drains into the system is taken to the sump pump, which effectively removes the water from the home.
Thanks to IceGuard and WaterGuard the homeowner doesn't have to worry about any more water in his basement!
This customer is actually a real estate agent who likes to refer us to her customers who are trying to sell their homes. She said that it really helps with the resale value of the home and for a quicker sale. For this home in Dewitt, MI there were two foundation walls that were bowing in the center and buckling at the top. A bowing wall can be very scary so we recommend getting it fixed sooner than later so it doesn't cause more damage.
We went through and installed our PowerBrace system on the two walls that were bowing. This system is an I-Beam system but when installed by professionals it can be one of the best ways to fix this kind of foundation issue. The beams are made of steel and zinc coated, so they are very strong and won't rust out. These beams also work great if you don't have room on the outside of your home for digging as everything is done inside. PowerBraces can be tightened as the wall moves back to its original position over time.
Brad was experiencing cracks in his basement walls. He had both horizontal and stair-step cracks. He explained they had been worsening over time. These cracks are signs of wall failure and that Brad’s was beginning to bow.
Horizontal cracks are usually the first sign of wall failure. They begin small and increase with size with added pressure against the wall causing it to bow. When the problem worsens you begin noticing those stair-step cracks forming from the corners of the wall. To stabilize Brad’s walls we installed CarbonArmor. CarbonArmor is substantially stronger than concrete and 10 times stronger than steel. It is specifically designed to be flexible in order to contour tightly and adhere to basement walls. The low-design also allows for it to be installed in tight spaces and behind obstacles.
This homeowner called us because over time their basement wall had began to bow inward. This was a slow process and has horizontal cracks around the bowing. They weren't experiencing any water issues...yet. We assured them it was best to get it fixed before they did have a foot of water in the basement or before the foundation failed.
After a careful inspection and talking to the homeowners we both decided the best solution to the problem would be to install our Carbon Fiber straps. Carbon fiber is made of a very high tensile strength that is impossible to stretch. This makes it easy to adhere the carbon fiber to the bowing wall. This makes the wall stay where it's at without getting any worse over more time.
Brad has a home that was built in the 190s made with block walls. He noticed horizontal cracks in his basement walls. Horizontal cracks are usually the first sign of wall failure. The cracks start off small and increase in size as added pressure is exerted against the wall causing it to bow. This pressure can come from various sources including hydrostatic pressure, the pressure from water filling the soil and exerting it against the wall. Our team of experts installed CarbonArmor in Brad’s basement. CarbonArmor is substantially stronger than concrete and 10 time stronger than steel. Its flexible design allows it to adhere tightly to the wall, even when bowing, and has a low profile design enabling it to be installed in tight spaces and around obstacles.
A customer from Dewitt told us about his driveway at his home. We were told that one slab of concrete was a totally different angle than the rest, which leads to a very bumpy drive and a very trip hazard for anyone in the neighborhood. This homeowner wanted us to fix it any way that we could without getting a new driveway, so we installed our advanced PolyLevel technology on the driveway.
PolyLevel is a polymer injection foam that allows the concrete to level out and be stronger than ever. PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.
Looking for ways to cut your electricity bill? If your basement walls are surrounded by those tiny, virtually useless windows consider having them replaced with egress windows. Their large frame provide over 50% more sunlight than the original windows, allowing you to cut back on the electricity used to light the area. Other benefits include access to fresh air, emergency exit capabilities, and an increase in home value.
Homeowner Marc contacted us to install two egress windows in his basement. System design specialist and CEO Virgil gathered all of the important details and handed the job over to Blade, foreman and egress window expertise. Blade and his team were able to replace Marc's windows with ones that are now both beautifully crafted and energy efficient.
Attached are pictures of their personalized window transformation. For more information on how we can transform your home contact us today!
This bath homeowners noticed that the crawl space had some water damage on the walls but they suspected it had been happening for a while. There was no standing water on the floor and we found out that the water was coming in from the walls. We installed Drainage Matting on the floor of the crawl space to allow water to flow and be directed to the sump pump to drain. We then installed the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier which is a thick durable liner similar to a pool liner. This liner prevents water vapor and humidity from passing through it. By keeping your crawl space dry, you are protecting your structure and insulation from mold and rot.
This family had bought a home that was repurposed from a train depot and had some additions added. There have been some water problems in the crawl space and rain gettign in. They called us to find a solution for them so they can have a dry home. We installed CleanSpace Vapor Barrier in their crawl space to keep it dry. The CleanSpace system is a thick durable liner that is similar to a pool liner. This keeps water vapor and humidiity out of the area. By doing this, it keeps your area dry as well as protecting your structure and insulation from mold and rot.
We also installed the SaniDry XP humidifier in the crawl space. This dehumidifer keeps dry air circulating throughout the space, aggressively drying out your basement or crawl space. Collected water can be drained into a sump pump pit, a section of your perimeter drain, or away via a condensation pump. This system does not take up a bunch of space or produce loud noises so it won't disrupt the home.
A customer called our team because he had water entering his basement. He was tired of worrying about water intrusion so we installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe and IceGuard. The WaterGuard system will catch any leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered so the customer won't need to worry about his basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen.
This Fowler homeowner didn't have any water issues in his crawl space but he wanted it closed off to make it cleaner. We installed Drainage Matting in case of water issues later. The Drainage Matting has dimples in it which gives the water a channel underneath to be directed to the sump pump or crawl space drain. We also installed the CleanSpace liner overtop the drainage matting. The CleanSpace line is a very thick, durable liner that keeps out moisture, mold, and critters.
Francis had a bowing wall in his basement. The basement is finished and the crumbling wall was in a bedroom. To save his foundation wall and give the owner peace of mind, we installed the GeoLock Wall Anchor System. The anchor system is made of steel and work by extending from the wall to the stable soil beyond the home. These are installed with minimal disturbance to your lawn, won't damage the basement, and it doesn't take up space.
A customer needed their crawl space encapsulated so our team installed CleanSpace. CleanSpace is a plastic sheet material used as a vapor barrier to restrict all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. Not only does this system create an energy-efficient crawl space, but it also gives your crawl space a clean finish. This material will be applied to your floors and walls to create a sleek look and an uninterrupted barrier.
Elizabeth had a cracked wall with the crack being about 8 feet along the wall. She wanted the wall supported and the cracks to not get any worse. We installed the GeoLock Wall Anchors to stabilize the wall. The anchors are made of steel and work by extending from your wall into the stable soil beyond your home. They anchor into these stronger soils and brace the foundation wall which prevents further movement. Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to the lawn, won't damage the interior of the basement, or take up any usable space.
Janet B has struggled with water issues in her basement for 30 years. In that time she finished her basement and those water issues persisted. Incoming water was absorbed by the installed carpet and the walls were constantly damp which may have introduced mold and mildew growth.
We installed a full perimeter system with a WaterGuard drainage system and a TripleSafe sump pump. The WaterGuard below floor drain is ideal for waterproofing as it captures water from the walls and floors and transports it to the sump pump. The WaterGuard systems works on block walls and poured walls and leaves a clean finished appearance. We also installed BrightWall wall coverings for the finished basement which are waterproof, washable and creates a vapor barrier on your basement walls to block out water vapor and humidity. These walls also connect to the drainage system and directs seeping water to your sump pump!
Edwin couldn’t figure out where the water intrusion was coming from in his basement. I could have been from where the wall and the floor meet but when your basement isn’t sealed off properly, it invites all sorts of outside elements into your house.
Our team installed WaterGuard, a drainage system that is installed inside the home that catches water that falls from higher up on the walls. Waterguard is easily installed and is nearly invisible once the concrete is replaced and dries. This will be carried away and drained out of the WaterGuard Port which once installed, isn’t a hazard to the lawnmower or people in the yard. They also installed TrenchDrain which solves the problem of surface water runoff.
Now Edwin does not have to spend time searching and worrying about where the water is coming from in his basement. He can relax and use his basement for anything he needs.
Colin and Jessica’s home was built in the 1860’s. It has supported many families and people over the last few centuries and finally, the foundation is starting to become a little bit worn. The main floor is starting to sag so our team installed SmartJacks, a reinforcement system for your foundation. Floors above basements and crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the damp nature of the lowest floor. The Smart Jack system is a permanent fix to these issues. It uses steel columns, threaded rods and a solid base to address any sagging your floor might have. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization. This 1860’s home will be as strong and good as it was in the 1860’s!
Matt and Carol had a crack in their wall that water was coming in through. Where they live they do run the risk of some excess water and flooding in the area so on top of repairing the crack, they need a good drainage system in their basement. Our team installed the WaterGuard Drainage System, the TripleSafe Sump Pump, and IceGuard.
The WaterGuard drain is a drainage system that is installed inside the home that catches the water that falls from higher up on the walls or through cracks in the wall like the one in Matt and Carol’s house. Waterguard is easily installed and is nearly invisible once the concrete is replaced and dries. This drains into the TripleSafe Sump Pump system that will pump the water out to the barely visible LawnScape Outlet and away from the house. The TripleSafe system is unique in that it is a battery-operated system with three pumps, one for everyday use, one for larger than average volumes of water, and one for when the power goes out to ensure drainage even in the dark. Lastly, the IceGuard system was also installed so that water can be expelled from the house even in freezing temperatures.
Matt and Carol can watch the flooding around them without worrying about their own home. Their own house will be warm, dry, and secure through the dry season and the flooding season.
Sandra was having problems with a sagging floor above his crawl space. Our team installed SmartJacks, a system produced to halt your sagging floors. Floors above basements and crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the damp nature of the lowest floor. The Smart Jack system is a permanent fix to these issues. It uses steel columns, threaded rods, and a solid base to address any problems your basement may have. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization. Sandra will have a stable home and level floors for years to come.
Diane’s basement needed a refresh. There was a slow leak on one end of the basement that comes and goes with rain and snowmelt, the severity depending on the volume of water coming in. She also noticed that one of her walls is bowing ever so slightly. To get ahead of the bowing wall before it gets worse, our team installed the CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System. To stop the leak in the wall, and ensure that the basement has a sound and solid waterproofing system, our team installed the WaterGuard drainage system, the TripleSafe sump pump, IceGuard, and an Everlast egress window.
The CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System uses fiber-reinforced polymers and high-strength epoxy resin to fix and support cracked and bowing walls. This system usually takes less than a day to install and is minimally invasive. Once the epoxy dries the strips can be covered with a coat of paint.
The WaterGuard drain is designed to capture water seepage through the walls and any leaks along where the floor and the wall meet. It’s large in diameter and is easy to get into making clogging extremely unlikely. On top of that, it is faster, easier, and less expensive than outdoor drains and will be nearly invisible once the concrete is replaced and dried. The WaterGuard Port is also nearly invisible in your lawn when installed and isn’t an obstruction while mowing the lawn or hanging out in the yard. The TripleSafe sump pump system offers three different levels of support when it comes to pumping water out of your basement. There is one pump for everyday normal levels of water, one, more powerful, pump for heavier volumes of water, and one battery-operated pump that will keep you protected in power outages. The IceGuard System makes sure water is expelled from the house in freezing temperatures like the ones we have in Michigan winters. This ensures homeowners do not have to worry about frozen water blocking the pipes and drainage system.
Lastly, a very important component to making sure your basement stays dry is having windows that aren't rotted, worn down, or leaking. The typical window well is susceptible to the wear and tear of everyday weather conditions that can cause these problems, unlike the EverLast Windows that are practically indestructible. The all-vinyl material will never wear down or corrode, it won't promote mold growth and it will never rot. In combination with the EverLast Window Well cover, you can be sure that no debris, critters, or moisture is trapped in your window well while still letting in the sun.
Diane can be confident that with this full remodel, her basement is fully protected and dry. She won’t have any issues to worry about and can always call our team for support if she needs it. We’re so glad we were able to provide Diane with not only waterproof support but foundation support as well.
This homeowner noticed some hairline cracks in the wall and another wall that had inward movement. We installed GeoLock Channel Anchors to stop any further movement. The GeoLock Channel Anchor installation process begins with boring holes in the yard for the earth anchors then drilling holes into the foundation. The earth anchors are made of steel and attached to steel rods which connect them to the channel anchors inside the basement. Then the steel channel anchors are secured to the floor for added strength and tightened into place. This system stabilizes the wall and could return it to the original position. After the system is installed, the landscaping and basement is restored the condition in which we found it.
Amy and Josh had a hard time keeping moisture out of their crawlspace. They were constantly battling leaks so we came out and previously installed some waterproofing systems. Moisture can also lead to foundation issues like weakening floorboards and joists. To help the foundation issues our team came out and installed SmartJacks. SmartJacks support sagging floor joists and beams. Floors above basements and crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the damp nature of the lowest floor. The SmartJack system is a permanent fix to these issues. It uses steel columns, threaded rods, and a solid base to address any problems your basement may have. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization. Now with both a waterproofing system and foundation support, Josh and Amy have no problems with the moisture or the foundation.
Sandra was having issues with stabilization in her 1800s home. It's getting worse and worse with every year that passes and she wants to get it stabilized immediately. Our team came out and installed SmartJacks. SmartJacks support sagging floor joists and beams. Floors above basements and crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the damp nature of the lowest floor. The SmartJack system is a permanent fix to these issues. It uses steel columns, threaded rods, and a solid base to address any problems your basement may have. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization. Sandra will be able to continue living in her historical home without worrying about stabilization now or in the future.
Gloria and Jeff’s Egress Window was leaking into their basement. It was a small trickle, but we know over time this turns into discoloration of the walls and other water damage no matter how small the amount of water. They called our team and we came out and replaced their egress window and installed a window well. Their new window doesn’t let in any water and provides so much more light than the old one. The window well is designed to hold up against weather as well so they don’t have to worry about erosion, damage, or maintenance. Now their basement is bright and water-free.
Zack's crawl space always seems to be damp and occasionally takes on water. He is looking to possibly sell the home in 2 years and wants the dirt crawl space to be encapsulated. We installed Drainage Matting to direct the flow of water to the sump pump and a new sump pump. The SmartSump is designed for crawl spaces and has an alarm so you are always aware of water in your space. We then installed the CleanSpace liner which keeps the humidity, pests, and water vapor out of the crawl space. The liner also has a mold-resistant additive that prevents mold from growing on its surface.
Rebecca had some severely bowed walls in the basement with multiple horizontal cracks. We installed the PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System. This system is made up of steel I beams that are secured to the joists above the wall. This is the ideal solution to stabilizing her bowing wall and potentially straightening it back to the correct position. The system is adjustable to allow for tightening, doesn't need exterior excavation, and installs quickly!
Jason and Katie have standing water in their basement. They want to sell the home in a couple years so they need a waterproofing solution. We used the WaterGuard Below Floor Drain to keep the basement dry. This drain goes along the perimeter of the basement and collects the water that seeps into the space. The water that is collected is sent to the sump pump to be expelled outside of the home.
Emily and Scott had puddles throughout their basement. It flooded every time there was heavy rain or snow. It had flood so bad last summer, that they had to gut the entire basement. After inspection, our crew determined that the combination of WaterGuard and the SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier would stop the water seepage dead in its tracks.
WaterGuard is a sub-floor waterproofing system that keeps water away from your foundation and mud away from your drains. The SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier automatically removes up to 100 pints of water a day from the air in your basement. This system circulates the now dry air through your basement and automatically removes the leftover water so you don't have to. These two products together will ensure Emily and Scott never have to worry about a basement flood ever again.
Autumn and Jonathan started to notice cracks in the walls and ceilings of their basement as well as a slight slope in the kitchen floor. They want to sell the house within the next year, so these issues needed to be addressed quickly. After inspection our crew determined that CarbonArmor would be the perfect solution for their foundation problems. CarbonArmor is a flexible, fabric like epoxy that is 10x stronger than steel. The epoxy adheres to the basement walls and penetrates into the surface to reinforce and stabilize the foundation. The couple were grateful the job was done in a timely manner and they can get on with selling their house.