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Ayers Basement Systems is Ionia's trusted expert for basement waterproofing, foundation repair, concrete leveling and more. In fact we have been the trusted expert for over 30 years now. We are dedicated to providing quality work and permanent solutions to the challenges you are facing in your home.
We will send one of our foundation specialists out to your home to inspect the problem and explain the options that you have. Once a repair method is decided upon we will install the system using foundation products that are warranted for 25 years.
We also deal with sunken slabs. We inject a polyurethane foam, called PolyLEVEL, beneath the slab. The foam expands and raises the sunken concrete back up to a level position.
Water in your basement or crawl space quickly leads to mold growth and rot. We prevent this from ever happening by installing an interior drainage system complete with sump pump and dehumidifier. Our patented system has a lifetime warranty. We are the area's leader in basement waterproofing & crawl space encapsulation.
Roblee and Sally have lived in their home for 9 years and have had an issue with water leaking in their basement. They decided this year was the year to finally put an end to the problem for once and for all.
Mr. and Mrs. Holyfield called Ayers Basement Systems and we sent Roger Powell to assess the situation. The most water leakage they have had is enough to create puddles. During heavy rains the water comes in from the front corners and they are both on board with fixing the situation as quick as they can.
The WaterGuard drainage system circles the interior perimeter of a basement along the floor to capture any water seeping in. Roblee and Sally are very happy to have a dry basement every time it rains!
Kelly and Bill had quite an elaborate basement. In fact, the bottom layer of their home was actually made up of 3 adjoining rooms: a modern basement, an old fruit cellar and a crawl space that was bigger than both of the other two rooms. Unfortunately, as the years had passed by the three rooms had accumulated a list of problems. Water was seeping into the main basement through the walls, the walls in the cellar had started to rot and were no longer dependable, and the crawl space was lacking both insulation and stable support. For such a wide variety of problems, Kelly and Bill would need foundation work, a crawl space encapsulation, and a waterproofing system. Lucky for them, they found one company that could handle all their needs.
The crew had a tall order. They would need to make extensive repairs to all three rooms. But on the positive side, as separate repairs, the job didn’t pose that big of a problem. So they began with what would be the most time-consuming work: foundation solutions. Saving Kelly and Bill's old fruit cellar would require two new walls and an additional support beam across the center of the room. Our new Shotcrete service is a way to create new concrete support structures by simply designing a frame and then spraying the desired amount of concrete through a hose. The new walls made by Shotcrete are as stable as any form of foundation and can be accomplished without the risk of building a new wall from scratch. After repairing the cellar, the team got to work on the foundation ailments of the crawl space. The porch above was dependent on the floor joist ceiling in the room. After first adding in supplemental beams to give the floor joists extra support, the crew leveled about the porch by attaching the SmartJack system to the supplemental beams. Once the beams were raised to the appropriate height, the crew was ready for the next phase of the project.
With all the foundation work complete, the crew moved on to waterproofing. Specifically, curing the main basement’s weeping walls. The best fix for the seepage was a perimeter drainage system and sump pump for discharge. The WaterGuard perimeter drainage system sits underneath the foundation floor at the foot of the walls in the basement. When water seeps down the walls, it will flow into the system and be directed to Kelly and Bill’s new SuperSump sump pump for discharge. While the drainage system would solve the water issues of the main basement, the crawl space was dealing with moisture problems of its own. Using the CleanSpace vapor barrier the crew was able to guarantee that moisture and outside air didn’t affect the crawl space temperature or the floors above it. A spray foam insulation was used to seal the rim of the crawl space, as well. To guarantee that the crawl space really was protected from the cold temperatures it had been experiencing, the crew added in two new entrances to the other basement rooms that would help regulate air flow.
It was a long and extensive project but Bill and Kelly now have a solution to all their problems, and best of all, it’s a solution that will last.
Homes built near bodies of water are always quite susceptible to water problems in their basement or crawl space. This Lake Odessa home, built in 1989, had a crawl space that was partially insulated, but the owner, Doug, wanted it to be fully sealed.
Our solution? CleanSpace. We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system to completely seal off Doug's crawl space from all the elements surrounding it. No cold air, water, or moisture of any kind can enter with CleanSpace. The system is also made with anti-microbial properties, preventing any mold growth.
A wet crawl space is no surprise for a home that rests near a body of water. Moisture from the beneath the home can cause serious problems in a house, like sticking doors and windows. Tom Z. from Lake Odessa, MI needed a solution to this problem.
We installed our patented SaniDry dehumidifier. SaniDry is a self-draining dehumidifier, meaning it can collect up to 109 pints of water per day without its collection tray having to be emptied. SaniDry also has a revolutionary blowing motor that works extra hard to keep your crawl space dry.
This homeowner was concerned about the sidewalk leading to his home that had settled. He wanted to find an effective solution that would level the concrete to improve the look and safety of his home.
To address weak soils that could no longer hold the weight of the sidewalk, we installed the PolyLevel system. Unlike mudjacking that uses heavy cement fill to raise the slab, PolyLevel uses lightweight polymers that expand to lift the concrete while addressing the weak soils. This installation began by drilling several small holes in the sidewalk at each area of settlement. Next the holes were filled with the high-density polymers that expanded to lift the slab with a short cure time of about 15 minutes. The slabs were then permanently stabilized with minimal disruption and the neutral colored polymer material gives the sidewalk a clean finish.
Cracks were also found on the sidewalk due to the settlement and we wanted to ensure they were properly sealed. We caulked the cracks with NexusPro joint sealed which permanently sealed the cracks and prevented them from expanding any further.
John T. from Portland, MI was suffering from a water problem before he gave us a call. Water was coming into the basement from the side of the house, and he noticed it when the snow melted. Water was coming in from the Northeast corner.
Our duo of a solution? The WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. We started 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.
Next, we installed the WaterGuard. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that comes into the basement from the walls. That water is then redirected to the sump pump -- or in this case, the SuperSump.
Wet basement? I don't think so.
Charlsie A. of Portland, MI noticed water in her Michigan basement for the first time in the 8 years she has owned her house. She had a temporary sump pump installed that was removing the water that appeared to be coming in through the ground, but she was looking to have a permanent solution done as soon as possible.
Well, good thing we had a solution -- the WaterGuard and TripleSafe. We started off by installing the TripleSafe sump pump system. 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.
Next, we installed the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting the water that seeps in from the basement walls. WaterGuard then directs that water to the TripleSafe to be pumped out of the home.
Creg L. from Portland, MI experienced his basement walls leaking water during heavy rains -- water would puddle on the floor. The home was built in 2005 with poured concrete walls. Where the down spouts are, in the corners of the basement, there was some mold due to moisture.
Our fix? The SaniDry XP standing dehumidifier. The SaniDry XP can be stored in a closet or corner as not to take up space and still function at full capacity. It can collect up to 109 liters of water per day has the capability of removing particles as small as 2 microns.
Moisture no more.
Larry and Wanda G. of Portand, MI have a 50 year old house. There was a wall under the porch that leaked water before they gave us a call, happening usually after a heavy rain. It was a bit moldy and the basement is not finished.
What did we do to fix this? Well, we installed a few of our favorite patented products: the WaterGuard French drain system and BrightWall basement wall panels. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. Once that water is in the system, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped our of the home.
After installing WaterGuard, we put up some BrightWall panels. BrightWall is composed of a rigid plastic material that is completely washable and waterproof. It fits perfectly with WaterGuard, making this a system that is unstoppable when it comes to protecting against water damage.
Judy H. from Portland, MI had water coming into her basement through her tiles. She wanted a solution as soon as possible, so she gave us a call.
After a complete inspection, we determined the main system that needed to be installed was the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, successfully collecting the eater that seeps into the basement. That water is then redirected to the sump pump to be pumped out of the house.
Brian H. had a front step to his home that sunk about an inch and he was looking for a reliable solution. The settling had also caused part of the walkway leading to the step to crack, which also concerned the homeowner.
To raise the step with minimal disruption, while providing the homeowner with an effective solution, we used the PolyLevel system. Several small holes were first drilled into the step and the walkway right in front of it in order to inject specialized polymers. The high-density and lightweight polymers were injected into the drilled holes so they could expand to immediately lift the concrete. This system addressed the weak soils that caused the slab to sink and the entrance to the home was completely restored. The polymers are a neutral color, which helped the installation blend in with the concrete so the look of the home was not disturbed.
Rich and Lynn F. called because their settled, back porch slab needed to be raised because the door that leads out to the porch was sticking. The concrete also had several cracks in it that they wanted fixed as well.
To raise the slab we used the PolyLevel system. This system uses high-density and lightweight polymers that lift the slab while addressing the weak soil issue that caused the slab to sink. The installation was very minimal and only required us to drill small penny-sized holes in the slab. The holes were filled with the polymers that expanded to raise the slab back to its original position. This project was fast and efficient with a cure time of only about 15 minutes.
The cracks were sealed with NexusPro joint sealer that prevents them from shifting any further. The sealant also fills the void in the cement that the cracks created, which improved the look of the porch.
Robert S. from Lake Odessa, MI has a crawl space in his home. Before calling us, the crawl space had dirt, water, moisture, and mold infesting it. Robert had a vapor barrier installed but it had quickly dissolved and the problem persisted.
Our solution? The SaniDry CX and the CleanSpace. The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system is a thick plastic lining that seals off crawl spaces from the surrounding elements like dirt, water, and air. And as an added bonus, the CleanSpace system is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
The SaniDry CX is a little beast of a dehumidifier. It can collect up to 109 pints of water per day without its collecting tray needing to be emptied, and is small enough to fit in even the tiniest crawl spaces.
Bev and Ray B. called because they were looking to insulate the skirting underneath their trailer. They had problems with their pipes freezing in the past and our team of experts had the perfect solution to their problem.
We decided to install SilverGlo wall panels to fully insulate the space. These panels are made up of tiny graphite particles that reflect heat back into the space. The panels serve as both a vapor barrier and a radiant heat barrier to fully insulate the space, keep moisture out and can even help save the homeowners money on their energy bills.
Brian S. of Pewamo, MI had 5 inches of water in his basement when he called us. Obviously, this is a huge issue, because anything in the basement sitting on the floor was being drenched.
The fix for this job? 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 drain rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump -- or in this case, the TripleSafe -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Tom T. of Pewamo, MI has always had water problems in his basement. Every year the water seemed to get worse and worse, so he gave us a call.
Our fix? The SuperSump premier sum pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We began 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.
Next we moved onto the WaterGuard. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the floor. Once this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Archie M. had water continuously entering his basement and wanted to know what it would take to solve the problem.
Luckily our team of experts knew the perfect solution. We installed the effective WaterGuard system to gather intruding in order to discard it into the home’s sump pump. We excavated sections of the flooring around the perimeter of the basement to place specialized drainage pipes that would collect water entering at all points. After the installation was complete, we restored the flooring with concrete fill, making sure to leave a small section of the system at the base of each of wall uncovered so water can enter the pipes.
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!
Kara A. of Saranac, MI had heavy water intrusion before he gave us a call.Water intrusion in a basement can create not only serious issues within the basement, but issues upstairs as well. Doors and windows can begin to stick, paint can peel, things can start to smell musty.
Our solution? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing. This way, the water that seeps into the basement can be caught in the drain. Once this water is captured, it is redirected to the sump pump in the home to be pumped up and out of the basement.
These homeowners had leaks in their basement for about three years that they had taken care of but they still had a weird odor due to the extremely damp air in the space.
We installed the effective SaniDry XP dehumidifier to wring the basement air dry, therefore removing the musty smell the homeowner mentioned. The dehumidification system collected the damp air, filtered it and then distributed dry air throughout the entire basement with its powerful blower. Water from the system drained directly into the home’s sump pump, which is why we decided to upgrade the ineffective sump pump found in the home with the TripleSafe system.
The TripleSafe sump pump included a sturdy liner with three effective pumps to ensure water was being efficiently discarded from the home. The first pump does the majority of the work while the second pump takes over if the first pump cannot keep up. The third pump is battery powered to ensure water is always being pumped out of the home even if the power goes out. We also installed the IceGuard system on the home’s discharge line to ensure water is able to exit the lines even in the event they freeze in the wintertime. The specialized holes in the system discharge water out of the pipes to prevent it from re-entering the home and causing flood.
The homeowner in this Ionia, MI home called us because he was looking for a waterproofing solution that would keep is wet basement dry. The water was entering the home through the foundation walls and without a way to collect and discard it, the home would continue to experience water damage.
We first installed the perimeter waterproofing system called WaterGuard. We excavated small sections of the flooring at the base of each wall in order to install the specialized drainage pipes. Water entering the wall drained into the pipes and was then carried directly to the home’s sump pump.
Speaking of sump pumps, we also installed the TripleSafe sump pump system. This system included 3 effective pumps all within one sturdy liner, one of which was battery powered to ensure the home was always safe from intruding water- even if the power went out.
Lastly, we installed the IceGuard system on the drainage lines where the lines met the house. The system had large holes that immediately allowed water to exit the sump pump, which was extremely important if the lines were to freeze in the wintertime.
The homeowner in this Belding, MI home had a crack on his basement wall that was allowing water to enter the home. He tried to fix it himself, which the leak down but did not completely stop it.
Thankfully, our team of experts knew a solution that would permanently fix the issue. We installed the FlexiSpan wall system to seal the crack and deal with any leaking water. We started by removing a small section of flooring at the base of the crack in order to place a drainage gate that would accommodate any water that was able to still enter through the crack after being sealed. Next, we sealed the cracks off with the FlexiSpan material that shifts with the wall as it moves to make sure the crack does no expand any further.
Dave T. of Orleans, MI had a crawl space that was being beaten up by the outdoors. He needed it to be encapsulated. So, we helped him out.
We installed our CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off crawl spaces from their surrounding elements. This means that no dirt, water, cold air, or moisture stands a chance at getting through this material. Along with that, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
Dave, you're welcome.
James C. of Saranac, MI has dealt with problems in his basement for wuite some time. The basement floor were always wet and mold and mildew was always present. Thus, he gave us a call to have this issue remedied.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rest 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 house.
Pat S. was buying a cottage in Orleans, MI and the previous owners told her they had to constantly run fans in the crawl space to keep it somewhat dry. To avoid that as well as fix the moisture issue for good, Pat gave us a call.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system for this job. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. This means that no water, dirt, cold air, or moisture will be able to get through. And as a bonus, the CleanSpace material is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
Scott Q. of Pewamo, MI was trying to sell his home but there was one problem -- his basement was wet. This was a huge turn off for buyers and was preventing him from being able to even come close to selling his home. So, Scott gave us a call.
We installed our most popular waterproofing system: the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard sits below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected it is redirected into the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home for good.
This homeowner was trying to sell her house, but wanted to get the shifting basement foundation wall fixed before doing so.
We installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to stabilize the wall and prevent it from continuing to shift. The installation began with us excavating the soil just outside of the failing wall in order to place specialized steel earth anchors. The anchors were embedded in stable soil that would able to hold the weight of the wall. Those anchors were then connected to the wall with steel wall plates and secured into place with steel rods. We tightened the system into place, which immediately acted as an anchor to hold the wall in place and prevent it from continuing to shift over time.
Ben and Jamie W. of Saranac, MI moved into what they thought was the house of their dreams – until the flooding began. After living in their home for only two months, Ben and Jamie were faced with water seeping into their partially finished basement. This presence of water can lead to mold growth and musty, unhealthy lingering odors, on top of deterioration of a basement in general.
To solve this issue, we installed several of our patented products: the WaterGuard French drain system and the TripleSafe sump pump system. The WaterGuard Frend drain system 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.
Speaking of sump pumps, the TripleSafe sump pump system 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.
Ben and Jamie can have peace of mind that their basement is not going to flood with these system installed in their home.
Sue R. was experiencing sagging floors in her home. Her home is about 150 years old and had some weakened floor joists. Floor joists are often located in crawl spaces that are unsealed so moisture and humidity are able to get to them. That exposure to moisture, over time, causes them to become weak and our floors to sag.
A common solution people use for this issue is to install concrete columns. Unfortunately, this isn’t as good an option as it might seem. Installing concrete columns is very time consuming and they are not adjustable. We installed our SmartJack stabilizer to solve Sue’s problem. The SmartJack stabilizer are steel support systems used to stabilize and level floor joists. They can support loads over 60,000 lbs and are adjustable. SmartJack is the best opportunity to lift the floors and walls back to their original position.
The homeowner called Ayers Basement Systems after they found 14-16 inches of water sitting on their basement floor. Water was flowing in from everywhere and they needed a solution fast.
Our professional team immediately took action! The team installed a Water Guard interior perimeter basement waterproofing system. Water Guard sits on top of the footing, inside the basement, to drain the water. Becuase it sits on the top of the footing it doesn't allow mud to get into the drain, which could clog it.
Next, Bright Wall Paneling was installed in the basement. Bright Wall panels are designed to work with our waterproofing systems and give the basement a nice, clean look! Once the panels are installed, they will direct water seepage down to the Water Guard perimeter drain that carries water to the sump pump.
Next, the team installed a Triple Safe Sump Pump. This sump pump has three sump pumps in one for ultimate water removal. The first pump will do most of the pumping effectively. The second pump is more powerful and has a separate drainage line that is there for you if the first pump fails. Lastly, the third pump is designed using batteries so it will be there for you if the power goes out. The triple Safe sump pump is the best option because it adjusts automatically when needed and keeps your basement dry with triple protection.
Lastly, our professional team installed IceGuard on the pipes that are outside of the home for the water from your Triple Safe sump pump to travel through. The IceGuard stops the water from going back into the house during the winter months if the water in the pipe freezes because the ground is frozen.
Now the home is effectively waterproofed!
Mary Alice H. from Ionia, MI was having numerous water issues in her basement before reaching out to us. Having water intrusion in a basement can create humidity in the home and cause mold growth: both things you don't want. Good thing we had a solution.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system and the TripleSafe sump pump system. Beginning with WaterGuard, we laid the French drain beneath the basement floor but above the foundation footing. Once this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump (the TripleSafe, in this case) to be pumped up and out of the home.
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.
You wouldn't leave any other room in your home covered in trash and water so why accept that your crawl space has to? Our Clean Space liner is a thick, durable liner, similar to that of a pool liner, that traps moisture, mold and pests from permeating your crawl space floor. By limiting these factors, your crawl space will remain clean, dry and mold free.