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When this building was moved to Okemos, MI, the owner thought that it would be a fresh start for his company but the foundation had other plans. The soil that the building was placed on wasn’t strong enough to stop the crawl space from sinking and threatening to bring the whole foundation with it. Luckily, there’s a place in Lansing, MI that knows everything there is to know about crawl spaces and foundation repair.
When the crew arrived they saw that the crawl space was being held in place by several wood planks trying their best. Our SmartJacks are galvanized steel jacks designed to raise sagging structures. Unlike wood, the steel beams won’t decay from the elements or humidity that commonly occur in crawl spaces. The crew had to do more than just lift the crawl space, they also had to reinforce and stabilize the worn floor joists. All in all, it took 6 different smart jacks and 28 supplemental support beams to keep this foundation from giving in.
If your crawl space is sinking, don’t wait to call. The structural integrity of your home depends on it.
This home in Lansing, MI was experiencing some excess water in their basement. We went through and installed our WaterGuard system to redirect the water to the proper place and a properly working sump pump. Once the more invasive work was done it was time to restore the basement. This customer had many of our inorganic and waterproof materials installed such as EverLast wall panels and Elite Plank faux wood flooring. This made the basement look fabulous while also making sure it would last a long time.
PowerBraces will stabilize the wall in its current position without any further adjustment. Over time, the PowerBrace™ System can be tightened to make bowing or tilting walls straighter and more vertical.
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East Lansing, MI resident, Donald has lived in his home for about three years. Within the past year he started noticing that water was leaking into the basement. With intentions to live in this home for another 15 years or so, Donald decided to contact Ayers in hopes to solve this problem.
The installation crew arrived just a few short days later to complete the job. The crew installed CleanSpace, a SuperSump, and an UltraSump. The number one reason for basement flooding is due to sump pump failure. The UltraSump backup battery will kick on in the event that the main pump fails for whatever reason, preventing a possible wet basement in the future. Donald was more than satisfied with the work that Ayers did to his basement and now he no longer has to live in fear of a wet basement.
Carol’s basement in her building had cracks in the walls and water was starting to leak in. It was a clutter, damp space and the foundation was settling. She quickly called upon Ayers Basement Systems to help her excavate the water in her basement and waterproof it.
Ayers Basement Systems installed Canyon Beige basement finishing floor tiles with a section of Parquet Tiles and finished the job with BrightWall basement wall paneling to keep the space dry and bright. They also finished the ceiling to complete the whole project.
Overall, the basement was turned into a dry, usable space that Carol is able to utilize for whatever she pleases. Her basement waterproofing job was also completed in just one day, leaving her with no time constraints on being able to use her basement.
Mark had significant water coming into his basement. He scheduled an appointment with sales representative, Phil K. from Ayers Basement Systems to have his leaky basement fixed.
Ayers was able to install a 4" IceGuard and LawnScape Outlet for his basement sump pump with a brand new lid and discharge line. This effectively drained the water from his basement to the discharge line outside, keeping him protected from water damage in the future.
The waterproofing job was completed in one day, with a lasting solution to a dry, healthy, usable basement.
In only two days, Ayers Basement Systems was able to transform Carl's damp, musty, and moldy basement into a dry, usable space.
Carl's basement was having trouble draining water properly, and instead it would just build up inside his basement space.
Ayers Basement Systems installed WaterGuard inspection ports, a WaterGuard XL drainage system leading to a LawnScape outlet and a 4" IceGuard all easing the strain on the SuperSump sump pump system. The Supersump is designed to pump the water from the basement out through the drainage lines to the drain in the yard, where the water safely distributes throughout the space provided outside.
"I bought a house two years ago," Jonathan said. "And the biggest problem is the poorly built crawl space. I'm not in a hurry, just figuring out how much it's going to cost me to deal with this."
For something you barely ever see, crawl spaces have quite the ability to wreak havoc on our lives. And this one was quite a piece of work, as poorly built as Jonathan said. Although he had originally said he was in no hurry, after having one of our System Design Specialists out to assess the problem, he decided to go ahead and schedule the work and get it off of his plate and his mind.
We had to do a ton of debris removal in the space, as you can see from the attached photo. After we were working with a level surface, we installed not only the trusted CleanSpace vapor barrier system, but also two new sump pumps to take care of the ambient moisture problems and an EverLast crawl space door to seal the space from the elements outside.
Sometimes taking the first step to solve a problem ends up being the only step you need.
Art called during that February thaw we had in Lansing, realizing that every time it rained or the snow melted, one corner of his basement was flooding.
We installed WaterGuard on the affected side of the house, including marking out a space to install a sump pump in the future if the basement needed it and the homeowner decided to upgrade. Thinking ahead like this helps us avoid extra work and headaches later, so all he'll have to do is call us and the plans are already in place.
It's a good thing Art took care of the problem when he did, with all of the snowstorms and subsequent thaws we've had since February.
Jon had given us a call last year about his repeatedly flooding basement. The flooding wasn’t a surprise, especially when you consider that the flooring of the old house was cracking so much there were spots where Jon could see tree roots and dirt. After meeting with one of our system design specialists, Jon decided to wait and see if he could solve the problem on his own. When the water issues showed no sign of going away, Jon knew he needed to ask for help.
Our system design specialist took another trip out to Grand Rapids, MI and immediately saw that the current solution – an old floor drain - wasn’t going to cut it. Water that leaks down walls will usually puddle at the floor and wall joints and Jon had even seen mold growing there. Our solution to this is to install a perimeter drainage system in that exact spot. One small difference between Jon’s basement and many of our other perimeter system projects was that he had a monolithic floor, meaning the most efficient way to capture that water was with an above floor system. Our DryTrak perimeter system is exactly that. The system sits above ground, and once water is captured into the pipes, it will be directed to Jon’s new SuperSump for discharge. The SuperSump system is one of our most reliable sump pump systems and will discharge the water at a safe distance away from the foundation through a lawnscape outlet.
Jon was very pleased to finally have his basement dry and protected.
Maria and Monell from Lansing, MI gave us a call because they had been dealing with basement issues. Other than the wet basement floor, their home was dealing with a unique problem: each room was a different temperature. All in all, Maria and Monell were looking for both a waterproofing and an energy efficiency solution.
First up for the crew was tackling the water issue on the basement floor. Maria and Monell weren’t able to locate the source of the leak when they checked the basement themselves, but they could see water puddling. Our system design specialist knows all the typical spots of water leakage and was able to determine that the water was leaking in through the walls. The typical solution for this is a perimeter drainage system that will sit in the floor and wall joint and collect water. Once inside of the drainage system, the water needs a place to go for discharge. In this case, it’s our most reliable sump pump system, the TripleSafe sump, which the crew installed. The crew was able to trace the cause of the temperature differences to humidity, most likely from the moisture leaking in. Our SaniDry XP dehumidifier operates in temperatures much lower than most dehumidifiers, meaning it can continue to manage and control moisture when other systems could not. With better control over humidity comes better control over temperature. Thanks to the wide range of the SaniDry the temperatures of these rooms won’t only be even, they’ll be ideal.
Jeffrey and Sherry had a new addition put on the back of their home almost 20 years ago. Sadly, the installation didn’t go over as smoothly as they would have liked. They had begun to notice foundation issues on the walls opposite of where the addition was added and the floor of the addition. After booking an appointment with us to solve their waterproofing problem a few weeks before, Jeffrey and Sherry called us back out to see if we could also give their foundation the boost it needed.
When the addition was installed on the back of the home, the new foundation was placed in weaker soil than the rest of the house. While it wasn’t noticeable at first, the soil had begun to settle from the weight of the foundation. The sinking foundation was the cause of the cracked concrete floor and walls. To repair the sinking foundation, the crew went out to Potterville, MI with five SmartJacks and steel reinforcements for the floor joists. After using the steel beams to create a new base, the SmartJacks were laid in the crawlspace on top of a concrete fill and used to boost the entire addition upwards. Since the Smartjacks are now resting on top of concrete rather than unreliable soil, the foundation will remain leveled.
We’re proud to say that Jeffrey and Sherry were very happy with both our foundation and waterproofing work.
In a case of a bad situation that could have easily been much worse, we received a call from David, the homeowner of this basement, about a leaking crack in this Charlotte, MI basement wall. When our system design specialist arrived, he recognized the problem for what it really was – a bowing foundation. Horizontal cracks that run along the length of walls are one of the tell-tale signs of exterior soil pressure forcing walls inwards. And if you couldn’t guess, bowing walls can lead to serious foundation problems, like a collapsed foundation.
To combat the expanding soil and force the walls back to their original position, the system design specialist created a plan that would involve Geo-Lock Anchors pulling the walls out and the PowerBrace system forcing them straight. The two systems working together should restore the walls back to their original position. And thanks to both systems ability to be tightened, the conditions will continue to improve over time.
Alec’s Bellevue, MI basement wall was dealing with a few problems. For one, the wall was beginning to crumble, as evident by the giant horizontal cracks in the photos. Not only were these cracks threatening the foundation of the house, they were also allowing water to leak in and puddle on the floor. When Alec called us, he was mostly concerned about the structural integrity of the home. But after meeting and talking with a system design specialist, he decided that a waterproofing product would also be in his best interest.
First up for the crew was dealing with the crumbling wall. Our innovative and revolutionary CarbonArmor technology provides a durable and trustworthy reinforcement for walls. Once the crew cleaned the surface of any residue, they applied an epoxy resin to both the 8 strips of CarbonArmor and the wall. The seal created by the strips and resin will put to rest Alec’s worries about a failing foundation by holding the wall in place. Next up, the crew got to work on solving the leaking water issue. Even though the cracks would no longer threaten the structure of the home, they weren’t exactly an appealing feature of the basement. With BrightWall panels, the crew could hide the cracks and create a waterproof system at the same time. The first step of installing BrightWall panels is excavating the floor to make room for a drainage system at the foot of the wall. Once installed, the drainage system will collect water runoff from the leaking cracks. BrightWall panels were then snapped directly in front of Alec’s old wall to hide the cracks and the water seepage. After flowing into the drainage system, the water will be discharged safely away from the home. Thanks to the hardworking Ayer’s crew, Alec’s basement is now foundationally sound and fully protected from leaks.
Sue and Rick gave us a call to get a quote for an exterior drainage system. Their Sunfield, MI home already had a sump pump to keep the inside of the house dry, but they were looking for something that would keep the rest of their property protected as well.
After meeting with Sue and Rick, our system design specialist came up with a plan that she thought would handle all of their needs. By installing and connecting an exterior drain tile to the barn, home and storm drain, the crew could guarantee that water wouldn’t threaten any part of Sue and Rick’s yard. Since the crew would already be excavating part of the soil to lay the drain tile, Sue and Rick figured they might as well improve on the sump pump discharge, as well. Using a separate line, the crew created a discharge system that would connect both the sump pump and gutter downspout to the storm drain. Why a separate system? Well, if the crew would have just used the drain tile line, they would have run the risk of overwhelming the system and pumping water back into the home. With these two systems running through Sue and Rick’s property, they should never have to worry about any type of drainage again!
Colleen recently noticed that her Lansing, MI home had water coming through the basement walls and her floor was damp. She gave us a call to hear about her options, and we sent out a system design specialist to help her out.
The most efficient fix for leaking walls in multiple places is a perimeter drainage system. Once in place, the system will collect any water that leaks down the walls and discharge it outside. When our crew arrived, they found out that there would need to be a slight tweak to the perimeter drainage system. For most basement perimeter systems, we use the below ground WaterGuard system. However, since Colleen’s floor was monolithic (the footing and floor were poured together), attempting to install a WaterGuard system would be lengthy and create quite a mess. Instead, they put in a DryTrak system, which is a perimeter drainage system that sits above the floor but acts the same way. The system was then connected to a newly installed SuperSump. It’s one of our most reliable sump pump systems, capable of discharging over 2,000 gallons of water an hour. Colleen’s basement is now permanently protected from leaks and dampness.
We had already completed several jobs on Kate’s Charlotte, MI home when she called us for a final finishing product. When we first started, Kate had needed a full waterproofing system, windows, and a yard drain. Now that all of that was completed, she was ready for her basement to have a finished look.
The wood panel walls in the basement had taken a lot of abuse and water damage before the waterproofing system was installed. Wood panels don’t typically stand up well to water. The organic material is very easy for mold to grow on and they can rot very easily. Kate was hoping to replace the damaged wooden walls with one of our inorganic wall systems. Our BrightWall system is made of rigid plastic and is perfect for giving basements a more polished, finished look. Not only will the plastic material of BrightWall prohibit mold growth, once the panels are installed, they will actually help with the drainage. The crew snapped the BrightWall panels into place over the current walls and then connected to them to the perimeter drainage system we had previously installed for Kate. If water does continue to enter through the walls, it will leak down behind the panels and into the drainage system for discharge. Kate’s home now has the look to go along with her protection.
Carol’s basement was a disaster. It was damp, smelly, and she was pretty sure she there was mold down there, as well. It had become too much to deal with. Not that anyone wants to live above a moldy basement, but Carol’s grandchildren would regularly visit the home, and the last thing she wanted was for the mold to affect them, too. She originally called us back in September of last year for a solution but decided to back out before the installation took place. After a few months passed and the basement’s conditions continued to worsen, she knew that she had to do something about the problem.
One of our system design specialist met with Carol at her Lansing, MI home and spent the day going over the possible solutions to eradicate the mold from her home and keep it out. What they settled on was a full waterproofing system. The system would include DryTrak, a perimeter drainage system, to collect water that ran through the cracks, the very reliable SuperSump sump pump system to discharge water, and lastly, an IceGuard protective shield and lawnscape outlet to give the water somewhere to go. The water that was causing the dampness and mold in the basement was leaking through Carol’s walls and then flowing down to the floor. DryTrak sits around the perimeter of the basement and will catch any water that follows this pattern. Once water is in the system, it will flow to the SuperSump, capable of discharging over 2,000 gallons of water per hour, and be pumped out. As the water flows through the discharge line, it will have 2 options for disposal. The goal is for all water to make it to Carol’s lawnscape outlet and be deposited into the yard. But if the lines freeze over during one of those Michigan winters, the IceGuard protective shield will spray the water away from the foundation as soon as it exits the basement. The complete system took two days to install, but it will protect Carol and her grandchildren for years to come.
Victoria’s basement windows had been leaking water down to her carpet floor. Water can dampen and destroy carpet floors, sometimes even causing mold. All the damage couldn’t be traced back to the windows, though. The poured concrete walls below the windows were also leaking. Our system design specialist went out to Lansing, MI to create a plan that would help do away with Victoria’s leaking water and protect her finished basement.
First up for the crew was cutting away the damaged and leaky drywall. Once the crew had access to the drywall, they attached the ducts to the wall below the windows. The ducts will then funnel the leaking water to the drainage system below the foundation floor. For the other cracks in the walls, the crew installed our FlexiSpan system. With two flexible layers of polyurethane that stand up to water, wall leaks won’t threaten Victoria’s home anymore. The first layer plugs up the leaks and the other creates a drainage layer that leads to the perimeter drainage system just like the window well duct. The perimeter drainage system the crew used was our WaterGuard. It sits in the floor and wall joint around the entire basement and collects any water that runs down. Once all of the water is in the WaterGuard system, it will then be pumped out by one of our most reliable sump pump systems, the SuperSump. Victoria’s finished basement is now fully protected from leaks and floods.
Charlotte and Jeremy’s home was built almost an entire century ago, and for the most part, it had held up pretty well. At least, until a small remodeling job 20 years had somehow resulted in their basement remaining permanently damp. One of the main parts of the remodel was boarding up a set of cellar stairs that led outside. Unfortunately, afterwards, the boarded up area had started to seep water inside. It wasn’t just that area, either. Opposite of the old stairs, Jeremy and Charlotte could actually see water coming in on the walls. They finally decided to do something about the basement last spring.
When the crew arrived in Rockford, MI, they got straight to work on a solution that would deal with Charlotte and Jeremy's damp basement troubles once and for all. A system design specialist had already visited the home and came up with a plan to keep out water out, no matter where it was leaking in. That was all taken care of by the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The system sits in the foot and wall joint to collect water that leaks through and direct it to a sump pump. While WaterGuard handled the damp feeling of the basement, the crew also needed to take care of the visibly leaking wall. To do so, BrightWall panels were snapped into place in front of the old leaking wall. BrightWall panels are waterproof and impenetrable by moisture. The rigid plastic acts like a barrier between the leaks and the rest of the room. Water can run down the original wall, but it won’t be seen. That water will enter the WaterGuard system at the foot of the wall and then be pumped out by the SuperSump, along with the rest of the leaking water. Thanks to the hard work of the crew, Charlotte and Jeremy can finally have the waterproof basement they’ve wanted for the last 20 years.
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.
This home in Vermontville, MI has a dirt floor crawl space that was an addition built underneath a porch. The homeowners contacted us looking to insulate and encapsulate the area. Both of these are very beneficial to the home to keeping the home comfortable year-round—with encapsulation providing a vapor barrier and insulation to prevent mold and moisture problems.
SilverGlo insulation was installed in this crawl space to provide a radiant barrier. Made with tiny graphite particles that reflect heat, this lowers the material's conductivity, reflecting heat back into the space. This not only keeps the cold out of the space, but also maximizes energy savings.
After our team insulated the crawl space, we installed a CleanSpace liner across the floor. Since the liner is 20mil thick made from many layers of polyester cord reinforcement, it’s durable and can be walked on. Installing CleanSpace provides a barrier for water vapor, and its antimicrobial additive prevents mold growth.
Kathleen and Richard B. were moving into their lakeside cottage but needed to address some issues with their crawl space first. Richard noticed that the space was damp and had a musty smell. He also found white mold, which was very concerning. The couple wanted to resolve these issues before moving in and looked to Basement Systems for an effective solution.
The crew decided that installing CleanSpace and a SaniDry CX dehumidifier would solve their crawl space issues. The reason for their damp and moldy crawl space is that water vapor and any other source of water from the earth is present within the space. This creates the ideal home for mold to thrive in. Cleanspace is a durable plastic liner that is placed in a crawl space to keep the outside environment from getting in. The liner is waterproof so it will prevent water from getting in through leaks or evaporation. SaniDry CX is an efficient dehumidifier that replaces the wet air in a crawl space with filtered dry air. This will further dry the space and make the damp smell and feeling go away.
Kathleen and Richard can now move into their cottage without worrying about the effects of an unmanaged crawlspace.
The customer called with water coming in at the wall/floor meeting point around the entire perimeter of the basement. Adding a wrinkle to the problem was the thickness of the concrete slab floor, which he was concerned would affect our ability to install a drainage system. But he thought wrong!
We were able to remove the necessary portion of the concrete slab in order to install a full perimeter of WaterGuard below-floor drain, as well a TripleSafe sump pump to help the existing pump remove the influx of water. A Lawnscape outlet and IceGuard on the discharge line finished off the system, which will keep the basement dry.
Even if you think your basement has special circumstances or challenges that will prevent waterproofing, call us. Our system design specialists are trained to come up with a solution no matter the circumstances.
Nathaniel called us in late 2014 hoping to get a quote to fix his foundation. The beams in his crawl space had definitely seen better days and upon inspection he determined that some Smart Jacks and some supplemental beams would be necessary. Nathaniel shopped around and thought about it for a while but a year later, he called us up again. These problems only get worse. Enough was enough. It was time to deal with it. We were able to install 4 SmartJacks below some supplemental beams. When these SmartJacks are installed, we dig out a cube of soil underneath and fill it with heavily compacted stone. This helps to distribute the load deep into the ground to strong competent soil so that these jacks will be sure to work for the homeowner for years and years to come. They are also adjustable and offer a great opportunity to lift floors to their original position. Nathaniel is now glad that the work is completed once and for all and for years to come he can be confident in the support that the SmartJacks provide.
Emily called us after noticing an excessive amount of dust in the entire home. They had installed a new furnace and AC unit, cleaned the ducts and cleaned the fireplace with no luck. They wondered if maybe they had some leaky ducts that might be contributing to all the dust. We came out to help determine where the problem might be. In the process of inspecting the crawl space, we discovered areas of moisture and a plastic barrier that was inefficient with rips and tears. With CleanSpace we were able to kill two birds with one stone. Our CleanSpace encapsulation system was able to provide a moisture barrier that was strong and durable to seperate any vents and duct work from the earth below as well as any incoming moisture that might lead to mold or rot. We also put spray foam in the rim joists to close any gaps and finally, we installed SilverGlo insulation on the walls of the crawl space, replacing the inefficient, old, and dirty fiberglass insulation between the floor joists. The crawl space is now dry, clean, and completely closed off. This should greatly reduce the dust in the home, lead to cleaner air, and warmer floors in the winter. When the job was done, Emily conveyed an appreciation for the work that we had done, and we were glad to do it.
Jenna called about her basement. She told us that they were experiencing significant water issues since they had moved into their home six years ago. Whenever there were heavy rains or thawing, standing water became present in the basement. There was no sump pump to drain the water. The walls were dry so the water seemed to be coming in at the base of the walls. The answer for Jenna was a WaterGuard drainage system. WaterGuard is a french drain system that is installed below the slab along the perimeter of the basement. The system creates a small gap at the base of the walls allowing water to enter the system and direct it to a sump pump system which we also installed to remove the water from the home. Now Jenna is protected from the water that had been plaguing them for years and she can enjoy the sound of summer rain rather than stressing out over it.
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.
This homeowner had water seeping into the basement between the blocks in the block wall foundation. She had a partial system installed by another company, although the two sump pumps were running every 20 seconds year round, and water was still occupying the basement.
The first thing we needed to do was fill the old crocks with concrete and install a TripleSafe sump pump in the proper location. TripleSafe is an effective sump pump system that has three pumps in one liner to fully protect the home from water intrusion. The first pump in the system is placed lowest in the liner and will do most of the work and the second pump is higher in the liner and kicks on if the first pump cannot keep up. The final pump is battery powered, so this homeowner will be safe from incoming water even if the power goes out.
Next we installed the WaterGuard system to collect water seeping in through the wall and then direct it to the sump pump. The flooring around the perimeter of the basement walls was excavated to place the WaterGuard piping. The remaining space was filled with crushed stone and system was covered with concrete so its like we were never even there. Part of the system closest to the wall was left uncovered so water coming in trough the wall can empty into the system instead of on the floor.
Lastly, we needed to ensure water has the proper escape route. IceGuard was installed on the home’s discharge line where the line meets the home. The system has custom holes that guide water outside even if the pipes are frozen. If the pipes freeze, water from the sump will re-enter the home and cause a flood, which is why IceGuard is perfect for cold winter months. The LawnScape outlet was installed underneath the ground outside of the home and was used to lead water away from the property.
Leila W. had just purchased a new home and she was concerned with the condition of the crawl space. Although there were no water or odor issues associated with the space, she was still worried about insects and mold growth. Little did she know, we also found high humidity levels caused by water vapor entering through the dirt floor and the walls.
The first issue we needed to fix was the walls and the floors that allowed moisture to enter the space. The waterproof and vapor proof CleanSpace liner was the perfect option for this homeowner. The liner is made of a durable, plastic material that we sized to perfectly fit the dimensions of the space and was securely fastened to the walls to prevent it from falling down.
To take care of the humidity, we installed a SaniDry XP, which is an efficient dehumidification system. This system wrings the air dry and uses a powerful blower to distribute filtered, dry air throughout the crawl space. Unlike other dehumidifiers, this one automatically drains collected water into the drainage system in the space so the homeowner will never have to deal with emptying the bucket.
The last part of this project was to properly insulate the walls to prevent the outside environment getting in. FrothPak spray foam was used to seal all of the nooks and crannies on the crawl space walls and is different from fiberglass insulation because it doesn’t absorb ambient moisture. The foam is made of inorganic materials that prevent mold growth, which was a main concern for the homeowner.
Amber S. of Olivet, MI had water in basement near/under her water heater. She thought it was water heater so she had it replaced, but was still getting water. Hence, she called us.
We determined she would do best with a couple of our favorite products for waterproofing: the TripleSafe sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We started by installing the TripleSafe. 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. If Amber's home ever loses power, the UltraSump backup sump pump will pump water on a backup battery.
The WaterGuard was installed next -- WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters into the basement from the walls. That water is then redirected to the TripleSafe and pumped out of the home.
With the installment of these products, Amber can be assured she will never again face the water issues she once did.
Billy W. of Olivet, MI had a fine leak in his basement wall. He tried some "DYI" repair material but it didn't do the job. The home was built in 2006 and has a sump pump. With this being said, Billy gave us a call.
To remedy this problem, we put to use our patented FlexiSpan polyurethane crack sealant. FlexiSpan will never dry or crack, and will adjust to the movement of Billy's foundation wall, ensuring a completely waterproofed seal.
Say goodbye to that "fine leak," Billy!
Michelle S. from Olivet, MI had water coming up from the drain in her basement floor. She did not have a sump pump, but she had two water drains that were supposed to take the water out of the house. However, there were cracks on the floors that water was coming in from.
Our fix? Well, we decided that the best duo for this situation would be the WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time. It is capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, so it is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
WaterGuard, on the other hand, is a French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters into the basement through the walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump -- or in this case, the TripleSafe.
Michelle, say goodbye to your basement water problems.
These homeowners called because they had a leak in their basement wall that they wanted repaired. They had cut out a piece of drywall and found a puddle that showed water was entering through the cove in the home. The poured foundation had a small crack that was never noticed and they never had water issues until the last big thaw.
In order to permanently seal the crack and prevent water from entering the home, we used the FlexiSpan sealant. This sealant is flexible and moves the wall to make sure the crack is sufficiently sealed and stays that way even if the wall continues to shift. Next, we removed a section of the floor underneath the crack to place a floor drain that will collect and drain intruding water to prevent it from entering the basement. These homeowners will no longer have to worry about water seepage ruining their finished basement.
Chris D.'s front patio slab had sunk almost two inches when he called us. This makes for a serious tripping hazard and simply an unsightly appearance.
Our solution? PolyLevel injection foam. PolyLevel is lightweight yet extremely durable foam that has a quick and easy installation. We start by drilling penny-sized holes into the slab for the PolyLevel to be injected through. Once the PolyLevel is injected, we refill the holes, making this a very noninvasive project. 15 minutes after the job is finished, the slab can be walked on!
Susan M. had water entering her basement through a crack in the foundation wall located on the south side of the home. There was less than an inch in puddled water coming in, but she wanted to fix the problem immediately before it got any worse.
The first thing we needed to do was properly seal the crack. In order to do that we used FlexiSpan, which is a sealant that repairs water leaks due to wall cracks. The crack was caused because the basement wall shifted over time. FlexiSpan is extremely flexible and easily moves with the wall, which makes sure the crack is permanently sealed and prevents it from re-cracking over time. A drain was placed underneath the flooring directly under the crack to collect water that could enter the home and immediately filters it into the home’s drainage system.
The home was in desperate need of a drainage system, so we installed the WaterGuard system. We removed the flooring closest to the wall around the interior perimeter of the basement to place drainage pipes. The excess space in the removed flooring was filled with crushed stone and the entire system was covered with concrete to repair the floors. The system works by leaving a small section of the system uncovered so water coming in through the wall is able to drain down into the pipes underneath the ground and then exit into the sump pump.
A SuperSump sump pump was installed to collect water from the WaterGuard system and pump it outside of the home. SuperSump is an effective system that has a sturdy liner and a powerful Zoeller pump to ensure the home is always safe from water intrusion.
The last part of this project was dealing with the discharge lines in the home. IceGuard has specialized holes that help water exit the discharge lines instead of re-entering the home if the pipes happen to be frozen. A LawnScape outlet was installed at the end of the discharge line to lead exiting water away from the home.
This Grand Ledge homeowner was in the process of cleaning out his crawl space and wanted to get the exposed earth and stone walls sealed off from the outside environment.
The dirt ground and stone walls allowed moisture to enter the space, which created high humidity levels that could lead to rot and mold growth in the future. Not to mention, air from the crawl space rises and could cause various problems in other areas of the home. To seal the space off and create a clean atmosphere for the homeowner, we installed the CleanSpace liner. The waterproof and vapor proof liner was cut to fit the crawl space walls and floors like a glove and was securely fastened to the walls. The liner is extremely durable to prevent damage over time and should last as long as the home.
To remove the high humidity levels we installed the SaniDry CX dehumidification system. This effective dehumidifier wrings the air dry and then distributes dry, filtered air throughout the space. The water collected through the SaniDry system drains directly into the sump pump so the homeowner never has to empty a heavy bucket of water.
The crawl space did have a sump pump, but we decided to replace the previous liner with a SmartDrain liner. This liner collects water from the ground and from the WaterGuard system to make sure the crawl space is fully protected. An airtight lid was also included to prevent dirt and debris from entering and to stop water in the sump from evaporating into the space.
Mindy R. had mold and a musty smell in her home for a while prior to us visiting. The home had a Michigan basement with a partial dirt floor and cement slab along with a crawl space. She had the ducts sealed to see if it would help with the smell, but it did not. She also purchased a dehumidifier to use in the basement, but the problem continued to persist.
Moisture, humidity and mold occupied the crawl space and then made its way up into other areas of the home, bringing the unwanted musty smell with it. To deal with any type of moisture that was entering through the crawl space walls or floors, we installed the CleanSpace liner. We first cut the liner to fit the dimensions of the crawl space and then covered it completely, making sure to fasten it securely to the walls. The liner is water and vapor proof and is made of a durable plastic that is resistant to damage and has an anti-microbial additive to prevent mold growth. Underneath the liner, we laid down dimpled drainage matting that helps water flow underneath the liner and exit the crawl space.
This home’s walkway to the garage had one slab that was sinking and the homeowner wanted to get it fixed before the problem worsened.
In order to raise the sunken slab and prevent it from settling again in the future, we installed the PolyLevel system. To begin this project we drilled multiple small holes on the settled walkway that we then filled with specialized polymers. These high-density and lightweight polymers were injected into the holes and then in a short amount of time they expanded to lift the slab back to its original position. This system is extremely effective because it addresses weak soils underneath the slab to ensure the problem will not persist. Two sections of the sidewalk leading from the driveway to the front entry of the home were then caulked to divert any surface water away.
Tim M. of Potterville, MI wad dealing with a sunken slab before he called us. A sunken cement slab can cause for a tripping hazard and unsightly appearance. Good thing he came to us.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to lift his slab back to its original place. PolyLevel is lightweight and proven to be better than mudjacking. First, we drilled penny-sized holes into the slab, providing any entryway for the PolyLevel. After injecting the foam, we refilled the holes, making the project very non-invasive.
These homeowners had a home built in 1990 with poured concrete walls that were allowing a great deal of water to enter the home during big storms. The water was making its way in through a crack in the foundation wall and even though the basement had a sump pump, water accumulation was still an issue.
In order to collect water that was entering the basement to then empty into the sump pump, we installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. Pipes were placed underneath the flooring slightly away from the wall to ensure any water seepage had room to empty into the pipes and they were placed on top of the footing to prevent the system from getting clogged with dirt. Small sections of the flooring around the interior of the basement were excavated in order to place the piping, but the floors were restored with cement fill. A small section of the system was left uncovered so water could filter into the pipes and then exit into the sump pump. Because the system was installed under the flooring, we also installed an inspection port that gives us easy access to the system is we ever needed it.
The next step in this project was to repair the crack in the wall that was allowing water to enter the home. For this we used NexusPro joint sealer, which seals the crack off and prevents it from shifting any further over time.
The BrigthWall wall paneling was installed directly over the cracked wall to further address the water intrusion. The paneling is waterproof and serves as vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering through the concrete walls. This system works great with WaterGuard because it directs water leaks behind the wall directly down to the system to then be removed from the home.
These homeowners called because they had water leaking into their basement after the snow outside thawed. The water was entering through the wall and where the window was located on the wall. The block wall foundation was also cracking and bowing inward.
To address the intruding water we installed WaterGuard, which is a perimeter waterproofing system. To install the system we removed sections of the flooring around the perimeter of the basement to place specialized pipes that collect and drain water into the home’s sump pump. The floors were restored with concrete fill, but a small section at the base of the wall was left uncovered so water entering the home had room to filter down into the pipes and then exit into the sump pump to be pumped out of the home.
The PowerBrace system was installed to stabilize the bowing wall and potentially shift it back to its original position over time. This system uses steel I-Beams that were installed at the base of the wall and to the joists above the wall. The beams were securely attached to the joists with steel brackets and the system was tightened into place, which immediately stabilized the wall and prevented it from shifting any further. The beams were also coated with zinc to prevent corrosion over time from moisture or water damage.
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.
Becky's home had a crack in the basement floor that was allowing water to flow through it and flood the basement. There were two sump pumps and both were running continuously. This was no new problem. It had been like this for 24 years. She was fed up, especially after one particular heavy rain in April when she vacuumed 250 gallons of water! When she called she explicitly asked us to bring our A-game and only send the best of the best. She had been abandoned by contractors in the past that never returned her call or wouldn't do the work. We weren't going to be another one of those contractors. We worked with her budget and came up with a solution that worked for her. We installed WaterGuard along the perimeter of a portion of the basement to capture water along the base of the wall and direct it to the sump pump for removal from the home. In addition, we added a crosstile along the area where water was coming through the floor crack. This collected water under the home and directed it safely to the sump pump for removal from the home. Finally, we added a TripleSafe sump pump that ensures that the home will stay dry at all times, even when the power is out. For years, Becky felt like she couldn't leave home because of the flooding. Now she can have a whole new life free from the same worries of basement disasters that she had before.
Jackie and Jim V. have a home in Vermontville, MI that was built in 1989. Water was coming into their basement in many spots via the wall (top of the wall, running down the wall). They had an issue mainly when it rained heavily. They have a block basement that did not have a sump pump, and the basement was not finished due to leaks.
Our solution? WaterGuard, the TripleSafe, and the SaniDry XP. The TripleSafe sump pump system was installed first. 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.
After that was installed we moved onto the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing collecting water that seeps into the basement from the exterior. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump. The WaterGuard system works perfectly with the TripleSafe, in this case.
To finish this project, we installed the SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier. This beast can collect up to 109 liters of water per day, keeping the air moisture-free. This is the perfect finished touch.
Karen G. of Vermontville, MI is selling her home but she has a Michigan Cellar basement. Some block, some poured and some stone on the basement walls. The basement was wet, which was highly deterring customers. That said, Karen gave us a call.
Our fix? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard sits below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that comes into the basement from the walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
With this installment, Karen will not be held back by her basement.
This home had a block foundation wall that was in need of help. The wall had a large horizontal crack located at the top near the ceiling and it was beginning to bow inward.
In order to stabilize the wall and prevent it from shifting and cracking even further, we installed the CarbonArmor system. CarbonArmor uses specialized fiber reinforced polymers that are 10 times stronger than steel, which makes this system a viable solution for this home.
The walls were first coated with a strong epoxy resin, which we used to adhere the carbon straps to. After the straps were attached to the wall, the system was secured into place with steel brackets. The system will ensure the wall is immediately stabilized and will continue to shift the wall back to its original position over time.
This homeowner called with two main problems he wanted fixed. The first problem was that he had drain tile installed in that past that was ineffective. The second problem was that the foundation wall in his basement was beginning to bow.
To take care of the ineffective drain tile, we installed the WaterGuard system. To begin, we removed portions of the flooring at the base of each wall in the basement in order to place a perimeter drainage system. After the pipes were placed in the flooring, the excess space was filled with crushed stone and cement was placed over top. A small part of the system up against the wall was left uncovered so water entering the home through the wall could filter into the pipes and exit into the sump pump.
Next we installed Geo-Lock Wall Anchors to address the failing foundation wall. This system works by embedding steel earth anchors into stable soil outside of the home and connecting them to the bowing wall with a sturdy wall anchor. The anchors were secured with steel rods and the system was tightened into place, which immediately stabilized and held the wall in place. The owner can even have the anchors tightened over time as the soil shrinks in order to fully pull the wall back to its original position.
The foundation walls in this Charlotte, MI home had multiple stair step cracks that were concerning the homeowners. Stair step cracking is a common sign of wall failure and without a proper fix, the wall would continue to shift and crack even further.
In order to stabilize the failing wall and prevent it from shifting any further, we installed the CarbonArmor system. CarbonArmor uses specialized straps made from a fiber reinforced material that is ten times stronger than steel. A heavy-duty epoxy resin was first painted onto the wall and then the straps were adhered and secured in placed with steel brackets. Once the system was installed, the wall was immediately stabilized and has the opportunity to shift back to its original position.
The foundation wall in this Eaton Rapids, MI home had a severe horizontal crack that spanned almost the entire width of the wall. The wall was also bowing inward at the location of the crack and needed to be stabilized before it continued to shift and bow any further.
The CarbonArmor system was installed in order to stabilize the bowing wall and potentially shift it back to its original position over time. A strong epoxy resin was first applied to the wall to hold the CarbonArmor straps in place. The straps were then adhered to the epoxy and the wall was held in place, making it unable to move any further. These specific straps are made specifically for failing basement walls and are composed of a material that is 10 times stronger than steel!
This homeowner called because a section of his basement, furthest from the sump pump location, was constantly wet. The basement had also flooded the year before and he wanted the problem fixed before the problem worsened.
We first needed to remove the ineffective sump pump in the home and restore it with a TripleSafe sump pump system that has three effective pumps in one sturdy liner. The first pump does the majority of the work, the second pump is placed higher in the liner and will take over if the first pump is unable to keep up and the third pump is battery powered to ensure your home is covered if the power goes out.
Next we installed the IceGuard system that ensures water is able to automatically exit the discharge lines in the home if they freeze in the wintertime. 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 also installed on the discharge line to carry water away from the home and prevent it from flowing back toward the property.
Angela D. had a partially finished basement that was in need of a proper waterproofing system. Water was seeping into the basement during heavy rainfall and she had the problem for the last 3 to 4 years.
We first installed the WaterGuard system to collect the intruding water and drain it into the home’s sump pump. WaterGuard is a specialized perimeter drainage system that was installed underneath the flooring at the base of each wall. Water entering the home through the wall is directed down into the system and then carried to the sump pump to be discarded from the home. We also installed an inspection port in the system that gives us access if ever needed in the future, since the system is installed underneath the flooring.
Next we installed the effective SuperSump sump pump system. This system has a sturdy liner and an effective Zoeller pump to efficiently collect and discard up to 2,220 gallons of water per hour!
The last part of this waterproofing solution was to make sure water is able to easily and efficiently exit the home. The IceGuard system was installed on the home’s discharge line to help water from the sump pump exit even if the pipes freeze and a LawnScape outlet was installed at the end of the discharge line to direct water away from the home and prevent it from flowing back toward the property.
Anglea and Mark B. called because they had water entering their basement. The home did not have a sump pump and there was about an inch or two of standing water in the space.
We decided to install the SuperSump sump pump system to waterproof the basement. This system includes a sturdy liner and an effective Zoeller pump that efficiently collects and pumps water out of the home. The system also has an airtight lid that prevents water in the sump from evaporating into the basement and a floor drain that allows water to immediately enter the system if there was ever a flood or leak. To prevent the pump from getting clogged with dirt or other debris, the system also includes a pump stand that lifts the entire sump pump off of the ground.
Next we installed the IceGuard system to help water exit the home’s discharge lines even the pipes freeze, which prevents water from re-entering the home and causing a flood or large leak. We also installed a LawnScape outlet on the end of the discharge line to carry water out away from the home.
Brandon W. contacted us to get his settled foundation slab leveled. The settlement caused a hairline crack to form in the slab and our team of experts knew the perfect solution to stabilize the slab and prevent it from worsening over time.
We used the PolyLevel system to raise the settled slab and address the weak soil issue that caused it to settle in the first place. We drilled multiple penny-sized holes into the slab and filled them with specialized polymers that expanded to completely lift the foundation. The cure time for this installation was about 15 minutes and there was minimal disruption to the home.
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.
Harmony G. of Potterville, MI used to have water coming into her basement through small cracks in the foundation wall. Thankfully, she called us.
We used our patented FlexiSpan polyurethane crack sealant for this job. FlexiSpan secures snuggly to the crack to provide a long-lasting, waterproof seal. And on top of that, this sealant is flexible enough to move with the nautral shifting of the foundation wall and stay waterproof as ever.
Al V. of Potterville, MI had a leaky, wet basement before he reached out to us. Water in a basement can cause great damage not only to the items on the wet basement floor, but to paint on the walls, etc.
Our solution? The SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We started out this project by installing the SuperSump. 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.
We then installed the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard is placed below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. This water is then directed to the SuperSump to be pumped up and out of the basement. This seamless process ensures a dry, comfortable basement.
Darl V. of Potterville, MI had wet spots all over his basement. Water was leaking in with no remorse, and Darl had to put a stop to it. So, he gave us a call.
We installed two of our favorite products: 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 works hand-in-hand with the TripleSafe. WaterGuard rests below the basement but above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected it is redirected to the TripleSafe to be pumped up and out of the home.
This Charlotte, MI home had a foundation basement wall that was tipping and pushing inward. The homeowner was looking for a solution that would save his failing wall and potentially help push it back to its original position.
The Geo-Lock Wall Anchor system was installed to stabilize the failing wall and prevent it from tipping any further. We excavated the soil outside of the wall in order to place steel earth anchors into deep soil. The anchors were then connected to the wall and secured into place with steel wall anchors and steels rods. After they were tightened into place, the wall was immediately stabilized and would no longer shift or crack. The system can also be tightened over time to potentially move the wall back to its original position.
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.
This home in Saranac, MI has a cement patio that has been sinking over the years. It had finally gotten to a point where the sinking had created a tripping hazard for the patio users. Thus, we received a call.
To fix this problem we used our patented PolyLevel injection foam. We drill small, penny-sized holes in the cement slab and use them as access points for which to inject the PolyLevel through. After we inject the PolyLevel and the slab is back to its proper height, we refill the holes will cement, making the project very non-invasive. In the end, the slab is ready to walk on in roughly 15 minutes!
Sharon D. of Sunfield, MI owns a home that was built in 1975 with a block foundation. Because of the weakness of a block foundation, water would come in at the corners whenever it would rain. So, Sharon decided to give us a call for a solution when she had had enough.
Our fix? 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 and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. This water is then redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Say goodbye to letting the rain ruin your basement, Sharon.
Elsie W. of Vermontville, MI was having a hard time with water in her basement. Water was seeping into an extra bedroom, causing mold growth and musty odors on top of the moisture. So, Elsie gave us a call for a professional solution.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system for this project. 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.
Eric P. of Potterville, MI had a sinking sidewalk on the front of his home that was affecting the front porch. On top of affecting the porch, a sinking slab makes for a unattractive sight and a serious tripping hazard, so Eric gave us a call.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam for this project. PolyLevel is lightweight yet durable and is much better at permanently raising a slab than mudjacking. We start by drilling small, penny-sized holes into the concrete slab and use those holes as access points for which to inject the foam through. After the foam is under the slab, we refill the holes and make the drilling look like it never even happened.
This Bellevue, MI home had several minor cracks in one of its foundation walls that were a sure sign of future wall failure. Moisture was also able to make its way into the home and the owners contacted us for a reliable solution.
To stabilize the wall, we installed the CarbonArmor system. This system utilizes fiber-reinforced polymers that are 10x stronger than steel to hold the basement wall in place. A strong apoxy resin was first painted onto the wall at each carbon strap location. The straps were then adhered to the wall and secured into place with steel brackets.
To improve the look of the basement walls and block out water and water vapor, we installed the BrightWall wall system. The plastic sheeting was cut to fit the dimensions of the basement and then attached to the wall with plastic fasteners. This wall system was waterproof and vapor proof to keep moisture and humidity out of the home.
Kate M. lives in a home over a 100 years old. She recently noticed her floors were sloping and creating a gap between the floor and interior walls. Moisture and wood rot in the crawl space can also attribute to sagging floors. The joists start to weaken under the weight of the house.
The most common solution for sagging floors is installing concrete footings. Unfortunately, it is not the best decision. Over time concrete footings can settle into the soil recreating the same problem. They are also unadjustable, if the floors need additional lifting there is no way for the footing to be readjusted without reinstalling new footings. This process can become very costly and time-consuming if repeated. Our team evaluated Kate’s problem and decided our heavy duty SmartJacks would be the best resolution. SmartJacks are used to transfer the weight to more competent soils and stabilize and level girders and floor joists in a crawl space. They provide the best opportunity to lift your floors and walls back to their original position.
Our customer owned a cottage built in the early 1900’s. The floors were beginning to sink. The home was beginning to show signs sagging floors such as the doors sticking. Common solutions to raise sinking floors are to place concrete columns underneath the floor joists.
This seems like a good solution because concrete seems pretty strong, but it is time consuming and can not be adjusted over time. The columns will settle into the troubled soils recreating the problem again.
Thats why we at Ayers Basement Systems installed our SmartJack stabilizing system. They can support more than 60,000 pounds and transfers that weight to more competent soils, addressing the actual issue. In addition, SmartJacks provide the best possibility for lifting floors back to their original positions over time.
The homeowners in Charlotte, MI had so much water coming into their home that it started pooling in certain areas of their basement. The pooling water was causing damage to their things and they needed a way to get it out of their home.
Our professional team installed the SuperSump sump pump to combat this pooling water. The SuperSump is a full featured system containing the best components available. 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.
The team also installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The system sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud or other debris. The system works by trapping floor and wall seepage before it has a chance to damage the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is immediately taken to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from the home!
Thanks to the SuperSump and the WaterGuard systems the homeowners basement is now dry!
Mike was experiencing water coming into his basement through his basement walls. His home was built in 1988 with poured concrete. He also began finishing his basement. He did not want the water coming in to ruin it. Our team of experts decided to seal the walls using FlexiSpan. FlexiSpan seals the cracks and has a secondary built in strategy, just in case the first one fails. It’s flexible material is made to move with your wall as it continues to move over time to keep your wall from ever leaking again.
A homeowner from Bellevue told us about a room in his new house that had an unlevel concrete floor, he didn't feel safe about designing the room if the room's floor would just have to be fixed later, so he wanted our help. We came in and installed our advanced PolyLevel technology which is a polymer injection foam that is blasted into the concrete to make it level and stronger than ever before.
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.
This home in needed a lot of work but we were able to complete the job and make it seem almost brand new again. There was both a crawl space and basement that needed our help and a sinking/cracked garage floor.
We were able to encapsulate the crawl space with CleanSpace, drainage matting, and SilverGlo insulation. All three of these work together to make your crawl space dry and easier to heat/cool so you can save on utilities. The basement needed SmartJacks to stabilize the sagging floors above and push piers to stabilize the entire foundation. We also installed new wall panels to give the basement a beautful finished look. The panels are waterproof and organic so no worrying about mold growth or them getting ruined if your basement were to ever flood. To prevent flooding though we also put in our perimeter WaterGuard system to direct any and all water to the sump pump.
This home needed many of our services and we were able to get everthing done. The home is now stabilized, waterproofed and safe for many years to come.
We know how much everyone hates having to go in their crawl space. It's dark, dusty, and even a little bit creepy and there's always a possibilty of those unwanted critters/insects. We think you should be able to enjoy or at least use every part of your home. That's why we will send a system design specialist in your crawl space or basement to take a look and see what we can to waterproof and make your space more liveable.
This crawl space is not visited often, there's a dirt floor and insulation hanging from the ceiling. I mean let's be honest what would be the point of going down there. We were however, able to revive this space and make it usable to the owners. We have never understood the point of a dirt floor in a crawl space, you wouldn't use dirt for your basement floor so why is your crawl space any different. Also when that fiberglass insulation gets moisture in it, it will become heavy and fall. We can fix all of this with CleanSpace though.
CleanSpace is a heavy plastic liner used to create the perfect vapor barrier in your crawl space. It is fitted to your crawl space to cover every post, the floor, the walls and anywhere we have to worry about water coming in. The best part for these homeowners now is that they can store stuff in their crawl space since that the floor isn't dirt anymore. It will keep moisture out and any critters.
Our customer recently met with Ayers last year for a sump pump installation and now have discovered a common occurence...walls bowing in. Walls that bow in are caused by moving soil that the house sits in. Soil actually moves a lot more than we think, everytime it rains, it shifts slightly. Using wall anchors called Geo-Lock, we are able to keep the walls stable by hooking it to the soil outside of the house. Our customer also chose to add Hide-A-Way anchor covers; Now the basement walls are stable as well as looking neat and clean.
Our friend from Grand Ledge, MI began experiencing water seepage on the floor of her crawlspace. She was concerned that this would eventually grow into more serious issues beneath her home. Octavia’s friend recommended Ayers Basement Systems and she gave us a call! Upon diagnosing her crawlspace needs, we installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system Octavia’s crawlspace. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a 20mm thick plastic lining that entirely seals off the crawl space from the elements faced below. We also installed SilverGlo wall paneling and Rim Joist insulation to better insulate our new friends’ home. With this innovative crawlspace system in place, the crawl space will forever be a safe and dry place.
Our great friend Shelley from Grand Ledge, MI is no stranger to the Ayers Basement Systems family. She believes in the quality work we do and has invited us back to her home several times to complete various projects. That’s why Shelley called us again when she became worried about the sagging beams in her crawlspace. Upon diagnosing her needs, we installed four Smart Jacks to stabilize her homes beams. The Smart Jack is a supplemental support system for crawl space applications. The Smart Jack effectively supports sagging beams and floor joists caused by, a length of span greater than spanning capability, floor load increased after construction, exceeding design values, and weakening over time due to high moisture and rot. With this innovative stability solution in place, Shelley’s home will forever be supported.
Chris & Pam, our friends from Charlotte, MI were experiencing water seepage through the poured walls in their crawlspace and grew they became concerned about mold growth. Upon diagnosing their crawlspace needs, we installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the elements below. No more water or cold air can enter the crawl space with this installment. CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth, so these residents can rest assured that their basement will not fall victim to mold.
To supplement the CleanSpace system we also installed the SaniDry Sedona, a high-performance dehumidifier and filtration system. In Chris & Pam’s crawlspace, the Sedona will help prevent mold and reduce musty odors, giving them dry healthy air and total comfort. With this encapsulation system in place, Chris & Pam’s crawlspace will forever be a safe and dry space.
One morning Nic & Thomas from Grand Ledge, MI called us with an urgent problem. One of the foundation walls in their basement was starting to bow outward. Rather than put it off and let their concerns grow, they decided to take a proactive approach and reached out to their local foundation experts! Upon diagnosing their foundation support needs, we installed a system of four PowerBrace beams. The PowerBrace system will permanently stabilize this home's unstable foundation wall. These zinc-plated steel beams can be custom-fit to any specific wall height and are then secured tight against the basement wall with brackets anchored to the floor and floor joists. The PowerBrace's unique, patented design allows the system to be tightened over time, potentially reversing wall failure without any invasive drilling or digging on the property. With the innovative stability solution, we put in place, Nic & Thomas’s foundation will forever be supported.
Our friend Joan, a homeowner in Grand Ledge, MI began observing water seepage in her basement where the floor meets the wall, it began destroying her finished basement walls. Without delay, she made the smart decision to address this water concern before it had the chance to worsen. Joan saw our TV commercials and knew we could help her. We came to her home, diagnosed the water issues in her basement and recommended the installation of WaterGuard to remedy her problem. To install the WaterGuard, we had to cut and remove the lower damaged portion of Joan’s drywall. WaterGuard was then installed along the home's footing, beneath the concrete, this installment collects water near the base of the perimeter walls and safely directs it to Joan’s sump pump for discharge from her home.
To make Joan’s walls look beautiful again, we installed the EverLast Finished Wall Restoration System. This paneling not only fixed the current condition of Joan’s damaged walls, but it also ensured her basement is safe from any type of water leak in the future. The paneling replaces the bottom 32” of the drywall and is extremely durable. It is also inorganic, meaning Joan will not have to worry about mold growth. The EverLast wall will work with the WaterGuard system that was installed to ensure water can efficiently exit her home. Not to mention, this paneling looks great and ties in well with Joan’s already finished basement! Thanks to this installment Joan’s basement is more beautiful then we found it, and the water issues that once plagued her basement will surely be a thing of the past.
Carl & Lorraine, our wonderful friends from Charlotte, MI had been experiencing severe water seepage and moisture issues in their crawlspace. Carl grew concerned that this moisture would promote mold growth below their home, provoking his wife’s allergy to mold. Carl & Lorraine saw an Ayers Basement Systems truck in their local community, wrote down our phone number and gave us a call!
Upon diagnosing their unique crawlspace needs, we recommended our patented CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system to resolve the current issues being faced in their crawlspace. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a thick 20mm plastic lining that entirely seals off the crawlspace from all of the harsh elements it faces below. With this system in place, no more water or cold air can enter Carl & Lorraine’s crawl space. Plus, the CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth, so Carl can rest assured that their crawlspace will not make his wife fall victim to her mold allergy. To supplement the CleanSpace, we also installed FrothPak rim joist insulation foam. This will increase the energy efficiency of Carl & Lorraine’s home and help lower their energy costs. With our advanced crawlspace encapsulation system in place, this local crawl space will forever be transformed.
Eileen from Charlotte, MI began observing water puddles in her basement, where the wall meets the floor. She ignored the problem for a little while but began seeing it worsen. Eileen knew she needed answers, so she picked up her phone and began an online search for local waterproofing experts. With over 35 years of waterproofing experience, Eileen’s search ended with us! She invited us into her home, where we diagnosed the current water issues and installed WaterGuard to remedy the problem. WaterGuard was installed along the home's footing, beneath the concrete, the installment collects water along the base of the perimeter walls and safely directs it to the sump pumps for discharge from her home. With an aging sump pump in her basement, Eileen elected to have us install a SuperSump. The SuperSump is a sump pump system that contains an air tight lid, floor drain, pump stand, and a pump alarm. These are the essential features needed to help keep a basement dry! Thanks to the efforts of our company’s founder Virgil and the rest of our team, the water issues that once plagued Eileen’s basement will no longer be a sweat.
Our friend Matt from Battle Creek, MI noticed that his patio had begun sinking in the middle. He became worried about this growing liability as he frequently invites company over to his home. Matt knew removing the concrete and rebuilding the patio would be an extremely costly and laborious task. Searching for more a more effective solution to his cement chaos, Matt found us! We used our unique product offering PolyLevel to return the cement porch to its original position. PolyLevel raises concrete through unique qualities of expanding polyurethane foam, making it: environmentally safe, affordable, waterproof to prevent future erosion, quick and mess free, and a permanent solution! PolyLevel not only results in a solution that looks better and lasts longer, it is also less destructive to the applied surface. PolyLevel was able to raise the middle of this patio and make it level once again. We are glad Matt chose Ayers, and he was glad we went above and beyond to meet his needs.
Nancy had an unsightly crawl space that had lots of moisture and effloresence on the concrete walls. Effloresence is the white powder you see on concrete, which is a clear sign that water has began to wash some of the minerals and salt out of the concrete. This is not healthy to have in your home because the moisture is a homebase for mold and could eventually compromise the whole home if the damage advanced.
Our team fixed the unsightly crawl space by insulating it with SilverGlo wall and rim joist insulation to keep moisture out and heat inside. The SilverGlo wall helps by keeping heat inside and moisture outside and it also makes your crawl space look like more than just some scary hole.
We installed Helical Piers which are like long, huge steel screws to provide this home with a solid foundation. You would think that the foundation was the problem but, it was actually the soil. The ground that this home was sitting on was too weak so, we went deeper.
They provide long-lasting support by anchoring themselves to the strongest part of the Earth and then, getting fastened to your home.
Diane noticed her heating bill had increased significantly and called us when she saw that the insulation in the crawl spcae of her home was falling. We knew just the thing to get her crawl space insulated and clean!
We installed drainage matting to keep water out of her crawl space. The matting allows for the proper draining of water from under the liner in the crawl space. We then installed the CleanSpace liner to keep the crawlspace dry annd clean. This is a thick durable liner, similar to a pool liner, that prevents water vapor and humidity from entering the crawl space. By having a clean crawl space, you are protecting your structures agains mold and rot. Lastly we installed SilverGlo insulation to keep Diane's energy costs down.
This homeowner called us because their backyard sloped towards the house and was pushing against the walls. The pressure was causing horizontal and vertical cracks in their house. We installed GeoLock Anchors to the home to stabilize the walls. The GeoLock Anchors include steel rods that extend from the house and anchor into hard stable soil to prevent further movement. They cause minimal disruption and don't take up space in your basement.
A homeowners garage wall was being pushed inwards causing cracks with one crack being 1/8 of an inch deep. They didn't want things to get worse so they called us to fix it. We installed the PowerBrace Foundation Wall Repair System to stop further movement. This system is made up of steel beams that are secured to joists above the wall with steel brakets. The beams stop damage from occuring and can potentially straighten the wall. Thei nstallation is quick and has very minimal disruption to your garage space.
The homeowner wanted their crawl space to be sealed off and waterproofed. With heacy rain, they got water in their crawl space and didn't want that to happen again.
We installed drainage matting to allow the movement and drainage of water uner the liner. We also installed the CleanSpace Liner which is a thick durable liner that looks like a pool liner. This liner keeps water out of the crawl space as well as mold and odors.
Matt had cracks in his basement and thought the wall was bowing. We installed GeoLock Wall Anchors to stabilize the wall. These anchors are made of steel and work by extending from your wall to the stable, hard packed soil beyond your home. GeoLock Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space.
This Grand Ledge home was up forsale but there was a bowing wall in the basement. The prospective buyers wanted it to be fixed before they made a decision so they called us.
We installed GeoLock Wall Anchors for them to halt further movement of the basement wall. The wall anchors are made of steel and work by extending from your wall into the hard, stable soil beyond your home. They brace the strong soil to stabilize the foundation wall. Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space.
This homeowner lives in a very old home and wanted his foundation looked at because he was nervous it was failing. The floors are uneven, the driveway is uneven, and the basement gets condensation in it during heavy rain and spring months. We went to take a look at the house and decided there were a couple things we could do to help.
We installed the CleanSpace liner which is a bright durable liner, similar to a pool liner, that seals off the crawl space. This liner prevents water vapor and humidity from passing through and by keeping your crawl space dry, it protects your structure and insulation from mold and rot.
We also installed the the SmartJack crawl space support system. These are stable, strong, and level steel beams that are installed in your crawl space to your floor joists. These support the floor and raise back to the original position so your floors can be level again.
Lastly we installed the SaniDry XP Air System because even with a great waterproofing system, concrete walls and floors continually absorb moisture from the soil and release it into the air in your basement. It 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 or your perimeter drain.
After heavy rains Steve and Bernita were finding water in their crawl space. They called our team to discuss encapsulation options and so we 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. Now Steve and Bernita no longer need to worry about water intrusion in their crawl space.
A husband and wife were struggling to keep water out of their basement, so they called our team. We installed WaterGuard, a basement drainage system. Unlike many other drains, WaterGuard is installed inside your basement in order to avoid it being clogged. This drain will catch any leakage from higher walls or floors before it reaches your basement floor. Other perks are that this system is almost invisible after it is set up and has a quicker and easier installation process than outdoor drains.
Katherine called our team looking for a dehumidifier system. So our team installed the SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier. This system never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically and it is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers. Katherine’s conditions in her basement will greatly improve by removing water vapor because it will prevent the growth of mold and decrease the humidity.
These homeowners has some cracks in their basment wall and the wall was starting to bow. They wanted a solution to make sure their home was safe and to keep it from getting worse. We installed the GeoLock Wall Anchors to stabilize the basement wall. This system works by extending from your wall to the stable, hard soil beyond your home. They anchor into these stronger soils to brace the foundation wall. These anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space.
Carol wanted to sell her home but there was settling in the walkway to to front door. She wanted to fix the trip hazards before she put the house on the market. We used PolyLevel to lift the concrete slabs. PolyLevel is a light but strong foam injection that raises concrete back to the original position. It is stabke and waterproof so it won't wash away or react with soils. It aslo has a very quick curing time of 15 minutes so that you are not inconvenienced.
Marvin H. was in dire need of a solution for his leaking basement walls when he called us. Heavy rains and outside water pressure made the problem worse. Although he has a sump pump installed, water kept seeping in through the basement walls. He found out about Ayers Basement Systems through his own network of friends who recommended our work to Marvin.
As part of his waterproofing solution, we installed a WaterGuard system in the basement to collect seeping water from his basement walls and drain it into the new TripleSafe sump pump and a TrenchDrain™ to catch water that may enter the basement from an outside entryway. Our products are designed to work together to keey your basement dry.
Marvin H. also opted to install our new ThermalDry Elite Plank flooring with a beautiful walnut finish in his newly waterproofed basement. Our flooring is inorganic and waterproof, which means he doesn’t have to worry about the floor harboring mold. Installation is also much quicker because all of our flooring products easily interlock without grout or adhesives.
Marvin can now enjoy his new healthy and dry basement for years to come!