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This customer had a story we're very familiar with: Any time there was heavy rain, water would seep into the crawl space and...stay there. The standing water led to mold, which led to a soft spot in the floor above. They needed to do something quickly. So they called Ayers.
We installed a new SmartSump system to drain the water from the floor, a SaniDry CX Air System to remove water from the air and eliminate the mold problem, and encapsulated the crawl space to seal it off from the floor above and protect the rest of the house from any humidity and mold damage.
This Coloma, MI homeowner was all packed up and ready to move. She was just waiting on one thing, a crawl space encapsulation. Worried about past moisture issues, she wanted to make sure nothing would hinder the sale or burden the next homeowner. For crawl space encapsulations, our crews use a plastic liner called the CleanSpace System. The CleanSpace system is an inorganic vapor barrier that won’t allow moisture to pass through or mold to grow. As you can see in the after photo, CleanSpace was used as a barrier for both the floor and walls, meaning there are absolutely no entry points for water vapor. Whoever does buy this home, will enjoy a moisture free crawl space.
Ever since the sidewalk outside of this Coloma, MI home was redone, cracks had started to show on the basement walls. The owners didn’t know what to make of the problem, but they wanted to make sure it wasn’t a threat to their foundation. When our system design specialist took a trip out to advise them, he saw the slight curve in the middle of the wall (seen in the before picture) and immediately recognized the problem as bowing walls. Walls start to bow when the pressure from expanding soil pushes the wall inward.
To stop the inward pressure before it causes the wall to completely collapse, the crew anchored the wall to outside soil with our GeoLock Wall Anchors. The anchors pull the wall back outward using steel rod tie backs, which then connect to wall plates on the interior side. The wall plates are behind the white hide-away-covers in the after photo. While not necessary for the repair, they’re a nice option for those who want to keep their walls protected and looking good at the same time.
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Ayers Basement Systems has been serving Coloma, Berrien County, MI friends, neighbors and family since 1981. We know that fixing a home is more than just a home to them. It's where their family lives and memories are made. Which is why we take our jobs seriously, and treat our customers as we would want to be treated.
So whether you have leaking cinder block walls, cement slab with water coming through it, bowing foundation walls, or a humid crawl space, we can help fix it. We've worked in Coloma, MI for years and years, and would be honored to fix your home too.
Ayers Basement Systems is also an expert at fixing foundations and uneven concrete that may need to be lifted back into place.
These can all be signs of a foundation problem within the soils of the home.
The good news is, there's a way to fix it. Our team of foundation experts uses a slew of products made specifically for fixing foundation problems. They've been tested and proven to last to simplify your life and let you get back to the things you enjoy doing instead.
Contact Ayers Basement Systems today to find a solution for your home's foundation problem in Coloma, MI. Contact us today!
Joanna was excited to get started on creating a 2nd floor for her home. After the original contractors said the supportive works of the home weren't strong enough to support an extra floor.
Wanting the best contractor for the job, she contacted Ayers. Our resident foreman Blade was able to inspect the area and decided Helical Piers would be the best solution.
Helical Piers are a tool trusted by Ayers due to their non-intrusive nature compared to other foundational repair systems. The piers are long screw-shaped drives that are driven deep under the home at an angle. The drives keep going till they pass the weak soil and find new firm ground. The tops of the piers are capped with load-bearing caps that provide a flat surface for the home to rest upon.
Pat noticed a pungent smell coming from her crawl space. By glancing in, she could see that water had begun to collect and mold could be the culprit of the smell. It wasn't until Pat gave us a call that she noticed how severe the problem was. Luckily with our Clean Space liners and drainage matting we were able to leave her with a dry and clean crawl space.
Falling walls in a basement is not a matter to take lightly. Your basement is literally the foundation to your house, and you don't want your entire house crumbling down. Matt and Stephanie called us in time to fix their home before anything bad happened.
We installed our PowerBrace system in this home which works over time to straighten and stabilize a wall. It's perfect for homes that don't have room on the outside for digging, so another system can't be installed. The PowerBraces are also zinc-coated so that they won't rust and there's no excavating required.
This Coloma, MI crawlspace had standing water in it and the homeowner came to us to figure out how to solve the problem once and for all. There were already 2 sump pumps in the space, but water was still an issue. Luckily, we knew just what to do.
We first installed a SmartSump sump pump system that was specifically made for wet crawl space needs. The system ensured water or moisture within the crawl space was efficiently collected and pumped outside of the home.
Next, we installed the CleanSpace liner. This liner was used to encapsulate the entire space, including the floor and the walls. The porous block walls and concrete floor was allowing water to leak into space. The waterproof and vapor proof liner protected the space from any type of moisture or water that otherwise would have occupied the area.
To control the high humidity levels, we installed a SaniDry Cx dehumidification system. This specialized dehumidifier eliminated moisture in the air and in return, blew dry, filtered air throughout the entire crawl space. An added bonus to this system is that collected water is automatically discarded into the sump pump and then pumped outside of the home.
Lastly, the IceGuard system was installed on the home’s discharge line to ensure water was being automatically discharged from the lines even if they were frozen.
The basement wall in this home had multiple cracks that began to form after the homeowners had work done on the sidewalk outside. There were sure signs of wall failure and the homeowner was looking to get the issues resolved before the problem worsened.
Our team of experts installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to restore the failing wall and prevent it from shifting or cracking any further. We started the installation be excavating the lawn directly outside of the failing wall in order to place steel earth anchors into stable soil, deep in the ground. The anchors were then connected to the foundation wall with steel wall anchors and secured into place with steel rods. The specialized anchors ensured the wall was secure and would no longer shift and crack. We also installed Hide-A-Way covers to give the anchor system a sleek look.
We installed a SaniDry XP dehumidification system to remove the high humidity levels in the basement. The system wrings the air dry of any moisture and then distributes dry, filtered air throughout the entire area.
The owner of this Coloma, MI home contacted us to figure out a reliable solution to fix his failing foundation wall. The wall had several large stair-step and horizontal cracks and was beginning to bow inward.
Thankfully, our team of experts knew the PowerBrace system would stabilize and potentially pull the wall back to its original position. The specialized steel braces were installed at the base of the wall and securely attached to the joists above the wall with steel brackets. Once tightened into place, the wall was stabilized and would no longer crack or bow any further. The system also used a joist reinforcement method that transfered the weight of the wall evenly across the basement ceiling to ensure the braces did not interfere with the floor above. The system can be tightened overtime to shift the wall back to its original position if possible.
This 4ft, poured concrete crawl space had a substantial amount of standing water. There were two sump pumps located in the space but they proved to be ineffective because water was still an issue.
The SmartSump sump pump system was first installed in the crawl space to collect and discard any intruding water that was causing problems for the homeowner. With its sturdy liner, powerful pump and airtight lid, the space was certainly safe from unwanted water.
Drainaing matting was installed next on the floor of the crawl space. The matting has a dimpled surface that helps water flow toward the sump pump instead of getting stuck underneath the crawl space liner. CleanSpace was installed on top of the matting and on the walls of the crawl space to seal the space off from the outside environment. The white, plastic liner is both water and vapor proof to ensure moisture is unable to access the space.
To eliminate humidity, the SaniDry CX crawl space dehumidifier was installed. The damp air in the space enters the system, passes through a large cold coil, enters a filtration system and then a powerful blower circulates dry air throughout the entire crawl space.
The last installation for this project was the IceGuard system that combats frozen discharge lines. When discharge lines freeze, water from the sump pump is unable to exit, causing it to re-enter the crawl space and create a flood. IceGuard was installed on the home’s discharge line and has multiple holes that let water exit the lines even if they are frozen.
Kelly & Ron have lived in their home for two years now. They have been having problems with their basement letting in water for about the same amount of time. The main point of the water seaping in is the cove area where the floor slab meets the wall. Theyre biggest concern is not being able to properly use their basement.
To fix this they have decided to add a DryTrak drainage channel. This is designed to capture this water leakage before it reaches your basement floor. DryTrak is compatible with all foundation wall types, and it will perform equally well on basements of different sizes and shapes. Our well-trained crews are often able to complete a DryTrak installation in a single day.
Ron & Kelly were very satisfied with their new installments and are living with a completely dry basement!
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