The owners of this Traverse City, MI building first became aware of their foundation problem when they noticed one of the most common signs of a bowing wall: the large stair step cracks in the before picture. When expanding soils push on walls, the pressure can become too much for a foundation to handle and will force the walls to bend inward. Bowing walls can cause numerous problems for your foundation and in some cases, mean the end of the structural integrity altogether. The solution in the after photo is our Geo-Lock Wall Anchor System. By attaching the wall plates in the picture to Geo Anchors outside, the wall can no longer bend inward. Not only will the system of steel rods, wall plates, and anchors stop the bowing motion - given enough time, the walls may even return to their upright position.
We have probably all seen ugly sump pumps that just look like holes in the basement, just like the picture on the left, but that is not how its supposed to be, sump pumps should be clean, like the one on the right. We took this Traverse City sump pump and replaced it something that is loads better, the SuperSump. The SuperSump contains a pump stand (prevents clogging of any debris in the sump liner), pump alarm (for when the basement floods), and an airtight sump lid with a floor drain in it (helps water to go down but not air to come up). This homeowner should never have to worry about water problems in her basement ever again.
We received a call from a concerned homeowner in Traverse City, MI stating that she was starting to smell a musty odor coming from her crawlspace. Luckily for this homeowner, mold hasn't started to grow yet. However, to prevent things from escalating further, we need to install our CleanSpace liner.
CleanSpace can be used to both fix mold and moisture problems, and prevent them from happening. This encapsulation system covers the walls and floors with a thick, durable vapor barrier designed to permanently keep moisture, outside air, and unwanted pests out of your crawlspace. Whether you are fixing a problem or preventing a problem like this homeowner, CleanSpace is the way to go.
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Mike S. had a crawl space that needed some help in order to stay completely dry. After doing some searching on the internet Mike found Ayers Basement Systems.
Mike called and our office staff immediately set him up with Nino Lira to complete the job. In order to get the job started, drainage matting is put down to channel the water out. On top of that is the CleanSpace Crawl Space Vapor Barrier. The CleanSpace protects from mold and rot, and never supports mildew. Mike made sure he wanted his crawl space totally dry and added the SaniDry dehumidifier. This energy efficient system can remove up to 109 pints of water per day while using a powerful fan that keeps dry air circulating all over the space.
Mike was very satisfied with the work Ayers Basement Systems did. His crawl space is guaranteed to be totally dry for years to come!
Joan had water leaking into her home. Ayers Basement Systems was able to help waterproof her basement.
First, Ayers safely excavated all the water in her home. Then, a SuperSump pump system with cast iron pump, liner, airtight lid was installed along with an airtight floor drain. After that, a WaterWatch alarm system was prepared along with IceGuard to prevent floods from a frozen discharge line. At the end of the discharge line, a LawnScape outlet was placed to allow water to safely drain outside. Lastly, Ayers installed a WaterGuard inspection port for access to the system and a sub-floor drainage system.
Altogether, Joan was provided with a full waterproof system that would function efficiently and keep her basement dry.
When Randy and Codie of Grawn, MI first called us out to their home last June, they were already battling against a sinking foundation on one side of the home. Our system design specialist designed and quoted a piering job that he thought would save the foundation. However, Randy and Codie weren’t sure if they were ready to commit just yet, but they could definitely see the potential benefit. They were already dealing with the negative fallout from the settling foundation like uneven floors, doors sticking closed, and a toilet that had even started to turn in place. After a year passed and their problem continued to grow worse, Randy and Codie gave us a call for another inspection and an installation.
When our system design specialist completed his inspection of the home, it was clear that the problem had worsened. Repairing the sinking foundation would require more piers than the original plan had called for. In total, the crew installed eight different helical piers under Randy and Codie’s home, with six on the back side of the home and two more on the right. To install the piers, the crew first had to excavate the soil and gain access to the foundation. Once the soil was gone, the crew drove the piers deep into harder packed and more stable soil and then attached the foundation to the top of the piers. The idea is that the foundation sank because the soil it rested on wasn’t strong enough to support the house, but the deeper soil will be stronger and capable of handling more weight. After the piers were in place, the crew backfilled the soil around the foundation and cleaned up.
Though it was an extensive process, we think Randy and Codie would agree that the project was worth never having to worry about a sinking foundation again.
Don and Yvonne of Traverse City, MI had plans to sell their home within the next year. They were all set to move forward with the process, but they weren’t sure what role their out building - and more importantly the bowing walls inside of it - would play. Don and Yvonne noticed the problem after seeing multiple cracks in the building. They saw large stair step cracks, which is typically reason enough to suspect a bowing foundation, but the cracks in cement foundation on the outside also helped to convince them. The building was built into the side of a hill 30 years ago. When our system design specialist came out, he discovered that the walls had bowed about 6 full inches inwards since then. Foundations bow when the soil adjacent to them begin to expand and push against the walls. In this case, it was the soil in the hill that the building was built in. The crew wanted to do their best to guarantee that those walls wouldn’t crumble or affect the sale of the home. So, they used one of our most effective solutions against bowing walls – GeoLock Wall Anchors.
The Geo-Lock Anchor system works by attaching wall plates inside the building to Earth anchors in dependable soil. Using steel rods as tie backs, the system will halt the inward motion of the walls. The hill had taken quite a toll on Dave and Yvonne’s building, so much so that the crew had to use 10 different wall plates and anchors. Even though it was a tall order, the Geo-Lock System was able to put a stop to the bowing, and in time, may even return the walls to their original position.
Good Luck with the sale Don and Yvonne!
We first heard from this customer in spring of 2015 - first they had replaced a sticking door, then they saw that a toilet in one of the bathrooms seemed to have tilted so much that it turned in place. They knew their house was settling.
Sure enough, we performed an inspection and found that an entire side of the house was sinking. They were not ready to have work performed, though.
We heard from them again this spring - the house was still settling and they wanted another inspection. The problem was the same, but it had spread; where they once needed seven helical piers to stabilize the foundation, they now needed eight. These problems only get worse.
This time they were ready, and we installed the helical piers along the sinking side of their home to raise the house to its previous position and stabilize it against further sinking.
Leslie was getting ready to sell her home when she noticed a large amount of standing water in the crawl space. There were about 4 inches of water in the crawl space, and it wasn’t helping with the sale. Luckily, there was no mold, mildew, or rotten wood from the moisture. But without a sump pump system in the crawl space, the water wasn’t going anywhere, either. Leslie needed a solution that would get the water out and soon.
Since Leslie was planning on selling the home anyway, she asked the crew for a system that would handle the problem as efficiently as possible. The crew put in a perimeter drain and covered it with stones to allow for easy drainage. Then they gave Leslie what she had been lacking for a long time, a sump pump. The SmartSump is the perfect sump pump system for a crawl space. It's capable of pushing out 2,000 gallons of water in an hour, meaning this crawl space will be dry for whoever owns the home. That water will then be lead to a lawnscape outlet in the backyard. Good Luck with the rest of the sale, Leslie!
Bob called to have us look at a house he was interested in purchasing. The house was 100 years old and had some pretty nasty spots in the basement. This was due to groundwater seepage, which is common in older homes.
In addition to the ambient moisture putting the basement at risk for mold, the water seeping through the walls also made everything look just plain ugly. To take care of the water, we installed WaterGuard below-floor drain system in the floor under the affected area and extended the discharge line far from the house to prevent the discharged water from seeping right back in. We also put in a new sump pump and a SaniDry dehumidifier.
To spruce up the look of the basement a bit, we covered the nasty walls with CleanSpace vapor barrier. Not only will the CleanSpace give it a bright, clean look, but it will also help protect the basement from ambient moisture.
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.
June R. of Traverse City, MI has a finished basement, but stated water was coming in through a cove under the basement stairs. This has been an ongoing issue for years and with melting snow and rain, more water than ever before was coming in and soaking her carpet. So, she gave us a call.
Our fix? The SuperSuper 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.
After we installed that, 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 walls. This water is then redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home -- in this case, our customer favorite the SuperSump fills this role.
Water problems? That's a joke!
Sojourn Church of Traverse City, MI was having water leak into its basement from the walls. This being said, we received a call.
Our fix? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting all the water that seeps into the basement from its walls. Once this water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the building.
No more water problems with this installment, Sojourn Church!
David H. from Traverse City, MI has a home that was built in the 1940s. With this being said, the crawlspace is damp and musty, causing the home to smell. So, David gave us a call.
Our solution? The SaniDry CX crawl space dehumidifier. The SaniDry CX is self-draining and can collect up to 109 pints without its collection tray having to be emptied. This makes for a convenient way to keep your crawl space dry and keeo your home free of musty odors.
James J. of Traverse City, MI was having moisture issues in his crawl space before he reached out to us. Having moisture reside in a crawl space can provide a great environment for mold to grow as well as cause moisture issues in the home itself.
Our fix? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that does a great job at sealing off crawl spaces from the outer elements. no dirt, cold air, water, or moisture is able to pass through this material. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
Bob V. of Traverse City, MI owns a home that is over 100 years old. Due to its age and the old foundation that the home is built upon, water often leaks into the basement. Having water reside in your basement can cause serious structural and comfort issues. Water can rot away and your belongings, cause congestion, make paint start to peel, and cause door and windows to stick. This said, Bob needed our help.
The two main products we installed for this job were the WaterGuard French drain system and the SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier. We started out by installing the WaterGuard. The WaterGuard drain rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. This water is then directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
After that installment we moved onto the SaniDry XP. This dehumidifier is a master at its job -- it can take up 109 liters of water per day despite its compact size. This machine will be sure to rid the basement of any lingering moisture.
Robert B. of Williamsburg, MI called us with a problem: the first step and sidewalk section at his home had settled two inches from the top front porch and had caused a tripping hazard of unequal risers for two steps.
Our fix? Our patented PolyLevel injection foam. PolyLevel is lightweight yet durable, making this a perfect solution for providing a long-lasting solution. We begin a PolyLevel project by drilling small, penny-sized holes in the slab at hand, making access points for which the PolyLevel foam can be injected through. After we inject the foam and raise the slab, we refill the holes so they are barely noticeable. In the end, the slab can be walked on within about 15 minutes after the holes are refilled.
Tom S. of Williamsburg, MI had a crack in his basement wall that would leak water. His basement walls are poured concrete and his home was built in 1999. This combination creates an environment that could and did lead to a wall crack. This said, Tom called us to have this issue resolved before more problems occurred.
We installed our WaterGuard French drain system and used our FlexiSpan polyurethane crack sealant for this job. The WaterGuard French drain system rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the (cracked) walls. After this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the house without you ever seeing it.
The FlexiSpan foundation crack sealant provides a waterproof seal that will withstand even the natural shifting of the wall over time.
The homeowners in Traverse City, MI had a crawl space door that was made of wood. Having a door made of wood can lead to problems for you and your crawl space. The wood could warp or crack because of weather causing you to need to replace it more frequently than you would prefer. Another problem with the wood door is that it fits loosely enough to let insects, rodents and fridgid winter air into your crawl space. The door can also let leaves, debris and water into the crawl space leaving you with a mess.
Thankfully, Ayers Basement Systems has a solution to this problem. The Turtl crawl space access well. The product is sized to protect most crawl space doors, the Turtl Crawl Space Entry System consists of a reinforced shell made from plastic and a hinged plastic top that seals down securely and can be locked to prevent entry. The system is a permanent solution and is durable enough to withstand harsh weather environments. There is no painting or maintenance required and is a great way to keep your crawl space clean, safe and secure and your home exterior looking good.
Charles has cement block basement walls. They began to crack and he wanted to resolve this issue before it caused him bigger problems. Charles had vertical cracks in various walls in the basement. We used FlexiSpan to seal the cracks in the walls. FlexiSpan seals the cracks of and has a built-in secondary strategy in case the first one fails. This flexible material protects your basement in the case those cracks ever begin leaking. As the wall moves over time, FlexiSpan moves with it to keep it your walls from leaking again.
Gloria decided to she wanted to encapsulate her crawl space. We began by installing our CleanSpace Liner. The CleanSpace Liner is made of a durable plastic, similar to a pool liner, that separates your crawl space from the earth.
This is an inorganic material that helps prevent mold and bacteria growth that could be detrimental to your family’s health. Additionally, with this durable material you don’t have to worry about tearing it if you need to enter your crawl space. We then installed the Everlast entry door. This door locks smoothly and fits snugly to keep any outside air and moisture from seeping into your crawl space. The combination of moisture and organic materials is a prime environment for mold. We finished this crawl space off with the SaniDry Sedona. The SaniDry is a dehumidifier and combined with the rest of these products will keep your crawl space dry and prevent mold growth.
Our customer has a house that was built in 2004 with cement block walls. Their walls were beginning to bow. Bowing walls are a result of wall failure. This wall failure is caused by pressure that is built up in the soil and then begins exerting that pressure against your basement wall. The pressure can be from water, frost, or the expansion of clay soil.
We installed our PowerBrace System in this customer’s basement. The PowerBraces are designed to support basement walls. They allow for potential straightening over time using our patented system. The zinc coated beams create a non-toxic surface and make the entire system resistant to corrosion, reduces wear, and provides a clean -cut appearance in your basement.
Don't let bowing walls keep you up at night, Quality 1st has the solutions and we're waiting for you to call us and schedule your FREE estimate today!
Sagging floors sometimes leave you wondering how much longer they can support the weight that is placed on them in your home. Floors above your crawl space can sag for many reasons: the existing columns are spaced too far apart, the floor joists have weakened from moisture/wood rot, or existing coumns have settled due to weak soil. No need to worry though, there is a solution to your sagging floors that will give you peace of mind.
This apartment complex noticed not only sagging floors, but the doors were sticking and walls were beginning to crack, all signs of foundation problems. Our experts looked into this and figured out the best solution to this problem would be to install our crawl space SmartJacks.
SmartJacks are made of steel so they won't rust from moisture. They are also very strong and can support loads of more than 60,000 pounds. You're probably wondering how they work. Before each jack is placed a 2 inch cube of soil is excavated and the hole is filled with concrete or a type of engineered fill. Then the steel column is cut to your crawl space height and the jack is assembled and tightened into place. The immediately stabilized the floor joists and lifts the floors and walls back to their original position.
We received a call from Lesley in Traverse City, MI stating that there was standing water in her crawlspace that went all the way up to her calves. Her entire crawlspace obviously needed to be waterproofed. For this particular project, we installed a SmartSump sump pump and our IceGuard Discharge Line System. For waterproofing crawlspaces, our SmartSump is the best option. The SmartSump is specifically designed for crawl spaces and can provide all the protection you need from leaks and floods. The SmartSump comes equipped with a cast-iron Zoeller primary pump with the option of adding an UltraSump Battery Backup Sump Pump.
In order to ensure that your sump pump discharge lines don’t freeze in the winter months, we have our patented IceGuard system. IceGuard is combined with the sump pump and is installed outside of your home ejecting water away from the foundation in the event that the sump pump discharge lines freeze or become clogged. In this scenario, IceGuard is installed with the SmartSump, but its versatility allows it to be installed with all of our sump pumps.
Despite how rough of shape Lesley’s crawlspace was in when we first arrived, it is now completely waterproofed, and she won’t have to worry about her discharge lines freezing in the winter thanks to IceGuard.
Having a dehumidifier in your basement or crawlspace is incredibly important in the fight to keep your house dry. We received a call from Jason in Traverse City saying that there was moisture seeping through the walls of his basement and mold was beginning to form. There was one major problem: he didn’t have a dehumidifier. If you are in the same situation as Jason, don’t just go out and get any dehumidifier, because nothing compares to our SaniDry Sedona. When installed in your basement or crawl space, the Sedona will help prevent all mold growth and reduce musty odors, giving you healthy air and total comfort. Although the Sedona is small in size, it is still more than powerful enough to lower humidity in the dampest of environments. The best thing about our Sedona is that unlike other dehumidifier systems, you don’t have to worry about emptying it every day. The Sedona instead has a pump that connects directly to the sump pump which takes care of emptying the dehumidifier, and it works 24/7. To ensure that your basement or crawlspace has the best appliances around it to help keep it dry, getting your hands on the SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier is a great place to start.
We got a call from Mark in Traverse City saying that he had begun to notice the walkway outside of his starting to become uneven. After going out for our free inspection, the answer was clear to us that Mark’s walkway was in need of some PolyLevel injections. PolyLevel is by far the best solution for situations like Mark’s because it has the capability to lift settled slabs and slab foundations. Our PolyLevel is extremely strong, but also very light, as it weighs only 4 lbs. per cubic ft., compared to 120 lbs. per cubic ft. for standard fill material. It’s also waterproof. Once the PolyLevel is cured, it will not wash away in the rain or snow. Speaking of curing, it has an extremely quick curing time of 15 minutes. If you have any issues with sinking or unlevel concrete slabs, then our PolyLevel injections are the way to go.
Codie, (our soon to be new friend) in Grawn, MI unknowingly began facing severe foundation issues. First a couple of doors began sticking in her historic 130-year-old home. She replaced them thinking it was just a sign of their age. Codie thought she had solved her problems until the floors started to become uneven in multiple areas of her home and several doors started sticking again. This is when it became clear that there was a larger cause to all of this.
Unsure of what direction to turn, Codie contacted her dad for help. He guided her to the proven foundation expertise of Ayers. Before long, our System Design Specialists were at our new friend’s home calculating a proposal plan to lift the unstable portions of her home back to their original position. Fully satisfied with our plan, Codie chose to go forward with the project. We revisited her home and stabilized it using a series of eight helical piers. When the soil around this home settles in the future, the foundation won’t because of the support rooted in competent soil deep below. Thanks to a team effort, Codie’s home will remain a sturdy historic icon for decades to home. If your foundation is cracking or bowing, call us for a free estimate.
Glen and Kate W., homeowners in Kingsley, MI noticed that they had multiple basement walls bowing outward. The couple’s foundation walls slowly began developing stair step cracks. As the problem continued to grow, so did the couples worry. While at church one Sunday, Kate was talking to a couple of her friends and mentioned her wall problems. One of the friends told Kate that her and Glen should call Ayers out for a free in-home inspection. Kate went home and discussed the recommendation with her husband, before we knew it our phone was ringing, and it was Glen and Kate calling for our professional guidance.
We hurried to their home and our Design Specialist created a solution proposal consisting of 11 wall anchors. Wall anchors are perfect for returning a wall back to its original position and reinforcing the entire foundation. After hearing another solution proposal, Glen and Kate confidently chose us! We carefully chose a time that fit their schedule and returned to put our solution in place. A short time after we left the couple’s home, they were already beginning to observe movement of the wall toward its original position. Wall troubles at home? Let us help you! Call us for a free estimate.
Agnes has cinder block walls in her basement and 3 sump pumps. However, she is still encountering flooding in her basement due to water intrusion through the bottom of the wall. She called our team and we installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe, IceGuard and SaniDry to prevent future flooding in her basement. WaterGuard is a drainage system that catches leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered so that Agnes won't need to worry about her basement flooding during power outages. The IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen. Lastly, the SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically. Also, it is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers. Therefore, all these systems will help give Agnes peace of mind no matter what weather his house encounters.
Paul wasn't experiencing any moisture issues in his crawl space, but he called our team to ask us to encapsulate it. He knew how much money he could save on his heating and cooling bills with a sealed off crawl space, 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.
Dave has a finished basement and no sump pump. He has standing water in his basement that is coming through the joint between the wall and floor, so he called our team to discuss waterproofing possibilities. Our team installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe, and IceGuard in Dave’s basement in order to waterproof it. Keeping his basement dry will require each of these systems. WaterGuard is a drainage system that will catch any leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system with three pumps so that it can handle the highest pumping demands. In addition one pump is battery powered, so Dave won't need to worry about his basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen. Therefore no matter what weather their house encounters, Dave won’t need to worry about water intrusion.
Rob called our team because he was looking for a sump pump system, so our team installed TripleSafe and IceGuard. TripleSafeis a sump pump system that’s main goal is to keep your basement dry. This system provides ultimate protection because it has three pumps within this system in order to handle your highest pumping demands. In addition, one of the pumps is battery powered so that the system will continue running even during power outages. The IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when the line is frozen. Therefore, this system connects to TripleSafe and prevents flooding even in freezing temperatures.
Wendy had a musty smell lingering in her house from her crawl space. Her son is allergic and the smell from the crawl space is making his allergies act up. So Wendy called our team and we insulated her rim joists. Small cracks and seams can exist around rim joists, but after insulating them all of those cracks are sealed off. Now flow is restricted keeping moisture and unwanted allergens out. Therefore, musty smells won't be drifting around Wendy's house and her son's allergies will be better.
Barb had water in her crawl space so she called our team. We installed CleanSpace in order to encapsulate her crawl space. CleanSpace is used as a vapor barrier to restrict all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. It gives your crawl space a clean finish because the material is applied to your floors and walls to create an uninterrupted barrier. In addition, it creates an energy-efficient space by keeping outside air out and inside air in.
Diane and Chris had water entering 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.
Mike was getting water in his basement where the wall and floor meet. So he called our team and we installed WaterGuard, SuperSump and IceGuard in his basement. WaterGuard is a basement drainage system created to keep your basement dry. Unlike many other drains, WaterGuard is installed inside your basement in order to avoid it being clogged. The SuperSump Premier Sump Pump System will alert you when water levels are too high and has an airtight lid to prevent any unwanted moisture or pests from entering. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen.
Frederick wanted his crawl space encapsulated so he called our team and we installed CleanSpace. CleanSpace is an uninterrupted vapor barrier. This material is applied to the walls and floor of your crawl space. It restricts all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. This system creates an energy-efficient crawl space, and it also gives your crawl space a clean finish.
A customer had water entering her crawl space so she called our team. We installed SilverGlo, a set of waterproof foam panels used on the walls of your crawl space in order to insulate it. Uninsulated crawl spaces cost you money each year by increasing your heating and cooling bills. SilverGlo blocks all moisture and is made of inorganic material which prevents mold, rot or mildew from forming. Overall, it will keep your crawl space dry and insulated which will save you lots of money over the years.
A customer wanted her crawl space totally sealed off so she called our team and we insulated her rim joists. Small cracks and seams can exist around rim joists, but after insulating them all of those cracks are sealed off. Now flow is restricted keeping moisture and unwanted allergens out.
Water was coming through a customer's wall so he called our team for help. In order to waterproof his basement we installed the CleanSpace Basement Finishing Wall System to prevent more water intrusion. This system utilizes a poly sheet material to completely cover basement foundation walls and act as a vapor and moisture barrier. The material is waterproof, stain resistant and can be applied over many different types of surfaces. This system was perfect for this customer and put a stop to all water intrusion into his basement immediately
A homeowner had heavy humidity in her crawl space so she contacted our team. We installed the SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier. This dehumidifier never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically. In addition, it is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers. The conditions in your basement will greatly improve by removing water vapor because it will prevent the growth of mold and decrease the humidity.
Keegan contacted our team because he needed his basement waterproofed as soon as possible. We installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe and IceGuard to prevent any further water intrusion in his basement. These three items will each play a large role in keeping Keegan's basement dry. The WaterGuard system will catch any leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered so Keegan won't need to worry about his basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen.
Mike's home is setlling causing doors to stick and one side of his house to sink. So our team installed helical piers to stop the settlement. Also, overtime this system should bring the foundation back to its original level. We installed the helical piers deep into the soil underneath the foundation for a quick installation and permanent solution.
Dave has water in his basement coming through the floor/wall joint. So he called our team for waterproofing solutions. We installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe and IceGuard in his basement. Each of these three items play a large role in keeping basements dry. The WaterGuard system catches any water leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered to prevent flooding even during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen.
Jennifer had a leak running down the wall of her basement after heavy rains. So she called our team and we installed WaterGuard and IceGuard. WaterGuard is a basement drainage system that 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. The IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when the line is frozen. Therefore, this system prevents flooding even in freezing temperatures.
After heavy rains, Jennifer had water dripping down her basement walls. She called our team for help and so we installed TripleSafe. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that’s main goal is to keep your basement dry. This system provides ultimate protection against all basement leakage and any moisture problems. It has three pumps within this system to protect your basement from the three most prevalent issues. One of the pumps is battery powered so even during power outages Jennifer won't need to worry about water flooding her basement.
Jennifer's floor was somewhat ruined by the water intrusion in her basement. So our team installed the ThermalDry Elite Plank Flooring in her home. Made completely from inorganic material, it is not vulnerable to mold or water damage. In addition, this flooring works perfectly with our waterproofing systems. This flooring will allow Jennifer to have nice wood flooring in her basement without having to worry about it being ruined by water damage.
A customer had water leaking into his basement from his window so our team installed a WellDuct Window Well Drain. These drains prevent flooding in your basement by transporting water in your window well directly to your drainage system. This customer will no longer need to worry about the water entering his basement now that we have installed this well drain
Susan's front stoop had shifted and sunk about 6 inches, so she called our team for help. We installed PolyLevel, a system designed to fix concrete slabs that have sunk by using a new product to lift the concrete slabs back to their original level. The new product used is a polyurethane foam that expands and has a high density in order to raise the concrete. The process is quite simple and is done by drilling small holes into the concrete and then inserting the foam into the holes. Also, the PolyLevel system is waterproof and long-lasting.
Paul had some concrete slabs that were sinking in the front of his house so he called our team and we installed PolyLevel. PolyLevel is a system designed to fix concrete slabs that have sunk by using a new product to lift the concrete slabs back to their original level. The new product used is a polyurethane foam that expands and has a high density in order to raise the concrete. The process is quite simple and is done by drilling small holes into the concrete and then inserting the foam into the holes. Also, the PolyLevel system is waterproof and long-lasting.
Brooke and John's basement was flooding because their outdoor drain had overflowed. Each of these three items play a large role in keeping basements dry. The WaterGuard system catches any water leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered to prevent flooding even during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen. Installing these three pieces will keep their basement dry no matter what weather their house encounters.
A customer had water coming through his basement walls and it was flooding his basement. He already had to remove the carpet so he called our team for help. We installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe and IceGuard to fully waterproof his basement. These three items will each play a large role in keeping his basement dry. The WaterGuard system will catch any leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered so Cassie won't need to worry about her basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen. Installing these three pieces will keep your basement dry no matter what weather your house encounters.
Marvin's old sump pump would overflow during heavy rains and flood his basement. So our team installed TripleSafe, a sump pump system that’s main goal is to keep your basement dry. This system provides ultimate protection against all basement leakage and any moisture problems. There are three pumps within this system including one battery powered pump. Therefore, it can handle the highest pumping demands.
A customer had a musty odor coming from his crawl space so he called our team for help. So we installed the SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier which is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers. In addition, it never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically. Therefore, this dehumidifier is easily able to get water vapor out of your air and prevent any mold growth.
Nichole has had water in her crawl spaces in the past so she called our team in order to prevent all future water intrusion. We installed WaterGuard, a basement drainage system that unlike many other drains, is installed inside your basement in order to avoid it being clogged. This drainage system 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.
Jay just simply wanted his crawl space encapsulated. If it goes without encapsulation it can change the temperature of his house, and he runs the risk of inviting in mold and other unwanted moisture. Our team installed CleanSpace, an uninterrupted vapor barrier that restricts all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. This system creates an energy-efficient space by restricting air movement and controlling the temperature and also gives it a clean finish. After taking this preventative measure, Jay won’t have to worry about what future problems his crawl space might cause.
Nate had some severely bowing walls in his basement. This is a threat to the stability of his home and only gets worse with time. Our team came out and installed the PowerBrace system. PowerBrace is a foundation repair system created to secure basement walls in place and eventually straighten them. Often outside pressures can cause your basement walls to crack, tilt, or bow, this foundation repair system counteracts these pressures by keeping your basement walls in place. Over time, the system can be tightened to not only secure the walls in place, but to also straighten them. Nate will have reassurance that her walls will be supported now and can be adjusted in the future for a straighter and more stable home.
Andrew had a dirt floor crawl space that needed to be encapsulated. With encapsulation, we also needed to make sure that any water leaking into the space, was taken care of.
Our team installed the SuperSump Sump Pump. This system is top-rated with a reliable and fast working sump pump. With a built-in alarm system, homeowners will not have to worry or guess when water levels are too high, the sump pump will sound to let them know. They also installed the IceGuard System which makes sure water is expelled from the house in freezing temperatures. This ensures that homeowners do not have to worry about frozen water blocking the pipes and drainage system.
To encapsulate the space, our team installed CleanSpace, a vapor barrier to restrict all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering the crawl space. It is applied to the floors and walls creating that uninterrupted barrier to restrict air movement and control the temperature of the space, which is helpful for controlling the temperature of the whole house. Controlling the temperature creates an energy-efficient crawl space and carefully placing the CleanSpace gives it a clean and refreshed look.
Andrews's space will be dry and protected from any unwanted elements. On top of that Andrew can now use his space for storage as it is clean and covering the dirt floor.
Bob was having some trouble with unwanted water in his basement. Our team installed WaterGuard, a drainage system that is installed inside the home that catches water that falls from higher up on the walls and elsewhere in the basement. Waterguard is easily installed and is nearly invisible once the concrete is replaced and dries. We Also installed the SmartSump sump pump and IceGuard. The IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when the discharge line is frozen. Therefore, this system prevents flooding even in freezing temperatures or when the snow is piled up high. This system is totally automatic so Bob won’t have to worry about when he should turn it on or off. With all three systems working together Bob shouldn't have any problems with water in his basement as it will all be automatically drained and sent far away from his home.
Nathan and Allie had just purchased their forever home but they ran into an issue in the crawl space. There was standing water, with some areas pooling more than others. They knew that if the home was going to last, they needed a solution to their flooded crawl space. We started by laying down Drainage Matting which has dimples in it to allow for the flow of water towards the sump pump to be expelled out of the area. Then we installed the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier which is a thick, durable liner similar to that of a pool liner. This liner prevents water vapor and humidity from passing through which keeps the space dry. Next we installed a new sump pump, the TripleSafe, which gives 3 levels of protection in case of pump malfunction or a power outage. Lastly we put in the SaniDry Sedona, a humidifier that continues to blow dry air around the area to dry it out. It also has a small size so it fits perfectly into the crawl space.
Nathan and Allie just bought a home to start their lives together and planned to keep the home forever. They knew for it to last, they would need to fix some issues with the crawl space. They wanted to have a vapor barrier installed because there was standing water pooling in the space and it had a musty smell. We knew just the products to solve the problem. We started by laying Drainage Matting which has dimples in it that allow the flow of water in the crawl space towards the sump pump to be discharged out of the space. We then installed the CleanSpace Liner which is a vapor barrier that keeps out humidity and water vapor, keeping the crawl space dry. When the crawl space is dry, the musty smell is gone and the space is protected from mold or rot. Next was the TripleSafe Sump Pump System which has three levels of protection in case of a pump malfunction or power outage and provides the homeowners piece of mind that the space is dry. Lastly, we installed the SaniDry Sedona to continuously blow dry air throughout the space as an added protection that the space would remain dry and the smell would be gone.
Jeff’s home was experiencing bowing walls in the basement. Bowing walls are a sign of an unstable foundation and need to be taken care of quickly so Jeff called our team. Our team came out and installed the PowerBrace System. PowerBrace puts any bowing, buckling, or tilting walls back in their place. The system will stop any further damage. The steel I-beams are secured to the joists with steel brackets above the wall. This system is installed quickly with no exterior excavation and installs quickly with minimal disruption in your home. This system will ensure that any further bowing is stopped and any future bowing won’t happen. Jeff is protected from now on and can let go any stress an unstable foundation might be causing.
Elizabeth had water intruding into her basement that was starting to cause damage. She needs a waterproofing system that she can rely on. Our team came out and installed the DoubleSafe Sump Pump System, IceGuard, and the SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier.
The DoubleSafe sump pump system offers two different levels of support when it comes to pumping water out of your basement. There is one pump for everyday normal levels of water, one and one more powerful pump for heavier volumes of water. This is exactly like the TripleSafe sump pump but without the battery backup. The IceGuard System makes sure water is expelled from the house in freezing temperatures like the ones we have in Michigan winters. This ensures homeowners do not have to worry about frozen water blocking the pipes and drainage system. The SaniDry Sedona is more powerful than any other dehumidifier and drains automatically so you don't have to worry about emptying the water yourself. It will control the humidity and make sure to stop mold growth, kill dust mites, and make your whole house healthier.
Elizabeth will no longer have to worry about intruding water or water related damage. A huge weight can be lifted off her shoulders especially during this particularly rainy summer we are having in Michigan this year.
Andrew had a dirt floor crawl space that was letting in lots of outside moisture. He needed a solution for both pooling water and keeping the water vapor and humidity from entering his crawl space. To fix this our team installed CleanSpace, the SuperSump Plus, and IceGuard.
CleanSpace is an uninterrupted vapor barrier designed to keep out any unwanted pests, moisture, and mold. This barrier restricts airflow and therefore makes controlling the temperature of the home much easier. CleanSpace is applied to the floors and walls and wrapped around pillars and piers carefully to ensure that the space looks clean and refreshed.
The SuperSump Plus Sump Pump has a unique lid design so that water can drain down but the damp air will not sneak back up into the space. When there is an indication of flooding an alarm will sound to alert you so you have plenty of time to take action and additionally, the plus part means that Andrew will have a battery-powered backup installed so his pump will work in power outages.
The IceGuard System makes sure water is expelled from the house in freezing temperatures like the ones we have in Michigan winters. This ensures homeowners do not have to worry about frozen water blocking the pipes and drainage system.
All these products combined will ensure that Andrew takes care of both pooling water and dampness in his space. Having a dirt floor will no longer affect the foundation and humidity in his home and the fix was a lot cheaper than finishing the space.
This Kingsley home has a crack in one of the support beams in the crawl space that is causing the middle of the floors to sink. The owners recently bought the home and wanted the problem to be fixed. We used SmartJacks to stabilize the beam and support the floors. SmartJacks will keep the floors from sinking any further and also raise the floors back to the original level!
Brandon and Michele have lived in this Traverse City home for 5 years and are ready to make some adjustments. The basement is partially finished but they plan to finish it and create rooms for their kids. Before they can do that, they wanted to add egress windows for safety and encapsulate their crawl space to keep it dry.
Egress windows and egress window wells provide a safe exit from a basement room in the event of an emergency. The well has a ladder or steps to climb up to ground level. Aside from being essential for safety, egress windows allow more natural light into the basement which makes the space look larger and more inviting!
To keep the crawl space dry, we used Drainage Matting and the CleanSpace liner. Drainage Matting has dimples in it to direct the flow of water to the sump pump. The CleanSpace Crawl Space Vapor Barrier is a thick, durable liner that keeps humidity, pests, and water vapor out. By keeping the space dry, you are also protecting the home's structure from mold and rot.
Elizabeth and Jim want to take care of their crawl space, they have no issues but it could be in better condition. We laid down Drainage Matting so that if there was water issues, the dimples in the matting would allow the floor of water and direct the water to the sump pump to be expelled outside. We then laid down the CleanSpace liner which prevents humidity, water vapor, and pests from entering the crawl space. There is also an additive that prevents mold growth to keep the home safe. Lastly, we installed the SaniDry Sedona which is a small dehumidifier that helps to keep the area dry. It blows dry air continuously throughout the crawl space and filters the air for mold spores, dust, and other particles.
Allen called us to stabilize his sloping floors and foundation. We used SmartJacks to keeps the floors from getting worse and putting more pressure on the foundation. These supports are made of steel and attach to the floor joists with steel brackets and a sturdy base at the floor. They are also adjustable to lift the floor back up and provide a permanent, stable solution to the issue!
This 130 year old home up north has a basement that turns into a crawl space where half is concrete and half is exposed dirt. One of the owners has severe allergies and the dust is not helping. Since the home was bought as a forever home, they really wanted a solution to keep dust out of the ducts to keep the family safe. We used the CleanSpace liner to encapsulate the crawl space side to keep dust out and the basement clean. The liner keeps out water vapor, pests, humidity, and prevents mold growth. We also installed the SaniDry XP dehumidifier which can be stored in a corner or closet to not take up a lot of space. This dehumidifier has a powerful motor that keeps dry air blowing throughout the area to keep it dry. On top of helping to keep the crawl space/basement dry, it also filters the air for mold, dust, and other particles.
Allen's home is over 100 years old and he was concerned that the crumbing concrete on the outside would affect the home. His floors were unlevel so he wanted to fix the foundation and floors to keep the home standing. We installed a supplemental beam in the basement to support the floors as well as SmartJacks. SmartJacks are support posts that are made of steel that attach at the floor joists and have a study base being cemented into the foundation. The posts are adjustable to raise the floors back to the correct level and can be adjusted anytime they need it.
Mr. Templeton needed major work done on his crawl space and foundation. His home was showing clear signs that the structure was suffering from settling foundational soil. Our foreman Randy and his team at Ayers were able to devise a list of treatments to bring stability back to the structure.
among the treatments was a TripleSafe sump pump paired with a WaterGuard draining system to handle the water and a set of helical piers to reintroduce stability to the home's foundation.
The TripleSafe pump is equipped with 3 levels of security to ensure the system does not get overworked during heavy water flow. Along with the main engine are a backup motor and a battery on reserve that keeps the pump working at all levels of flooding. If the crawl space floods faster than the TripleSafe can pump then the WaterGuard system takes over. The channels divert any access water outside of the home, preventing the TipleSafe from being overwhelmed.
The helical piers are large steel rods with screw-shaped ends that are strategically placed along the outer parameter of the home. The rods are pressed into the ground with hydraulics until they find stable ground. The rods are capped with concrete blocks that create a flat surface that can carry the weight of the structure. The piers are a permanent stabilizer for any home's foundations and less invasive than most methods.
Cy and Teresa want more room for their family so they are finishing the basement in the home. They want to make sure their kids are safe, especially when they are not at home. To create a safe, fun area for the family in the basement they wanted an Egress window installed. Egress windows are larger in size than most windows which allow for a safe exit in case of emergencies. The window well that is installed along with the window has a ladder or steps in it to assist in the exit. On top of providing safety, the window lets more natural light into the room which make the space look larger, cleaner, and more welcoming!
Marianne lives in a beautiful home that is over 120 years old. The home struggles with frozen pipes and wanted an extra layer of security against water. This is a valid concern on the homeowner's part and our foreman Bruce was happy to do the work that gives the owner peace of mind.
Water is a major danger to a home's foundation. Water invites bacteria that eat organic material like wood in support structures and crawl spaces. The bacteria generate mold spores which consume and corrode more wood till the home's support integrity is dangerously compromised. Mold spores can also get in the air and pose a risk to the residents' health, causing breathing risks and other potential complications.
Using the best in water and moisture control, Bruce and his team fitted the home with the necessary tools to fight water permanently.
The area at risk was fitted with a CleanSpace lining. The lining acts as an antimicrobial barrier, preventing any moisture from penetrating and affecting the surfaces underneath. CleanSpace is placed on every flat surface and encapsulates the area.
Micki had some unlevel concrete in the garage that is starting to crack. He just wanted to get the concrete back to a level position and have the cracks filled. We used PolyLevel is an injectable foam that goes under the sinking concrete to raise it back up to the original level. It is lightweight so it will remain at a level position even with added weight on it and it is waterproof so it won't get washed out. To seal the cracks, we used NexusPro. This silicone-based filler is designed to withstand harsh weather so it won't dry out, crack, or bubble. Drying time for both PolyLevel and NexusPro are a fraction of the time as other fixes so it is not an inconvenient fix.
Brooke and John were experiencing some water issues in their 100 year old Traverse City home. The outdoor drain had overflowed which caused the basement to flood and left the couple with an inch of standing water. The basement was mostly finished with the area having the most issues being a 4 year old addition to the home. They wanted their home to be dry and safe as well as wanting to finish the basement entirely. We had just the waterproofing solution for them!
We installed the WaterGuard drain system to collect the water and send it to the sump pump to be expelled outside the home. This drain is installed under the floor but atop the foundation footing to keep it from clogging. All concrete is restored after installation so there is not an unsightly drain in the space. We also installed the TripleSafe sump pump system. This sump pump has 3 levels of protection to keep water out of the home, even in cases of pump failure and power outages. We installed a new discharge line to make sure that the water stayed out of the home. With the discharge line we installed the IceGuard which provides water a secondary escape route. In the winter months, pipes can freeze causing the water to back up and the sump pumps stop working correctly. The IceGuard allows water to flow through the slotted openings to keep a backup, or flood, from occurring!
Christopher and Emily bought a new home about a year ago and the master bedroom is in the basement. The couple were worried about egress in the event of a fire. We installed an egress window, in order to provide Christopher and Emily with safety and beauty in one.
Building codes require that basement living spaces must have a large enough window to safely evacuate in case of emergency. After installing their egress window, their master bedroom is safe, letting in more light, and increasing the value of their home.
Fred wanted his crawl space sealed off from the outside and called us for the solution. We first laid down Drainage Matting which has raised dimples in it to create a channel for water to flow through if any gets in the space. We then installed CleanSpace which is a thick durable liner similar to a pool liner. This liner acts as a vapor barrier to keep humidity, water vapor, and pests out of the crawl space as well as the home. By encapsulating the area, you keep the inside of your home protected from the outside and your crawl space clean.