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These homeowners called as they were doing some new construction on their home and noticed a fairly significant horizontal crack in their basement wall. Upon inspection, we were able to observe some bowing in the wall. A level against the blocks showed a significant difference between the the crack and the top and bottom of the wall. We had definitely seen worse, but bowing walls are not something to wait on. Often the repairs become significantly more expensive over time and the walls become more dangerous. Now was the time to address it. We installed a series of wall anchors to support the wall. Steel wall plates on the interior of the home are connected to GeoLock Earth Anchors buried in the ground away from the home with long steel rods. Over time, the wall anchors can be tightened with the potential of improving the condition of the wall. This is a permanent fix that will prevent further bowing and will give these homeowners peace of mind.
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Judith and Jim had started noticing water issues in their basement about 3 years ago. They assumed that the problems would start to disappear and didn’t think much of it, as the basement and crawl space were both recent additions to the old farm house. After the water issues showed no sign of getting better, they started to get worried and gave Ayers a call.
When our system design specialist arrived in Rapid City, MI, he quickly identified the source of the water issues: cracks in the floor, wall joints and on the basement floor. The water would leak through these cracks and start to puddle at the perimeter of the basement. To capture this water, he drew up a plan to install a WaterGuard drainage system and a sump pump for disposal. The WaterGuard system sits underneath the foundation floor at the foot of the walls, ready to collect any water that flows to the perimeter of the room. Once the water is in the system, it will be pushed to Judith and Jim’s newly installed TripleSafe sump pump. A TripleSafe is our most reliable sump pump system and has two different backup pumps to keep the system working even if one becomes overwhelmed or the power goes out. Once that water was pumped out, it was carried through a discharge line to an exterior Lawnscape outlet. With this type of reliable system working in their basement, Judith and Jim won’t have to worry about their basement leaks again.
Scott gave us a call because he was facing serious waterproofing issues in his basement. Water was coming in through the stairwell, cracks in the floor and down the foundation walls. Scott was in a pretty tough situation, and it didn’t improve much when he called two different companies looking for situations. Neither could offer a solution to the problem due to Scott’s foundation being made of two different materials. That’s when he called us.
At Ayers, we’ve seen just about every type of waterproofing issue there is, and we’ve installed products into every possible foundation. Our system design specialist drew up a plan to run a drainage system throughout the basement and then pump out the water using a sump pump. Collecting the leaking water would be a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system and TrenchDrain. WaterGuard sits in the floor and wall joints around the edge of the basement to collect any water that leaks down the walls. The TrenchDrains were set up at the foot of the stairs and outside of the doorway leading to the stairwell. Any water that would damage the stairwell will have to make it past both drains to do so. Once installed, both the TrenchDrain and WaterGuard were connected to a SuperSump system that would pump the water out. All the water will travel through sump’s discharge lines and to a LawnScape outlet for final disposal.
If you’re struggling to find a solution to tricky waterproofing issue like Scott was, give Ayers a call. Our crews are willing to do whatever it takes to protect your basement.
Scott had only been in his new home for six months when he first noticed the floors were sagging. There were no cracks inside or outside and no leaky water, either. Scott might not have even noticed the tilt, had it not been for the way that his doors would swing open or closed in the direction of the sagging. Letting this problem manifest for longer could have turned into a real disaster, but lucky for Scott he had seen the problem and contacted us immediately. In turn, we were able to give his home straight and stable floors before he hit the 1-year mark. In fact, once the crew went out to Kalkaska, MI, they had the problem solved in just 2 days.
To do so, the crew used 11 different helical piers. Our piering system works by treating the real problem that causes sinking foundations: the soil. When foundation weight become too much to handle, soils will start to give in and cause the floors above to slant. The first step in solving these slanting floors is excavating the soil around Scott’s foundation to grant the crew access to the problem area. Then, the crew was able to force the piers into deeper, more stable, and untouched soil. After the piers were driven deep enough to not move, the crew attached the foundation on top. The idea is that with a stable base that won’t sink under pressure, the foundation will remain leveled and safe.
Thanks to his quick reaction, Scott saved himself from a big project in the future and an even bigger headache. We hope the rest of Scott’s transition into his new home goes as smoothly as the pier installation.
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.
Brian and Jennifer had just purchased their home last year. They were hoping to use the home as a rental property in the future, but upon looking through the home, they noticed a few problems. Luckily, the previous owners had finished the basement. Sadly, all of that was almost ruined when the basement flooded and an inch of water leaked in. They assumed the cause of the flooding were the vertical cracks running on the inside and outside of the basement. Only making matters worse was the fact that the back wall was bowing inward. Hoping to get the property rental ready as soon as possible, they gave us a call.
The first step for the crew was stabilizing the foundation and stopping the bowing motion. For this, they installed the GeoLock Anchor system. The anchors were placed into the soil outside several feet away from the foundation and connected to the wall using steel tie backs. Thanks to the anchor’s pull on the wall plates, the hydrostatic pressure won’t cause the walls to bend any further. In fact, the anchors can even be tightened to hopefully restore the walls to their original position. This also means that fresh cracks won’t appear on the wall. The solution for the leaking water was the perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard sits at the foot of each wall and collects water as it drips down the wall. Once in the system, that water will be carried to a SuperSump sump pump for disposal. Brian and Jennifer can now begin renting their place with no fear for their occupants.
Kenneth B. from Kalkaska, MI was suffering from a cracked, bowing foundation wall. This presents a major issue for a home. If the foundation bowed and/or cracked any more, it could have collapsed. Because of this reason, Kenneth gave us a call.
We installed our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system to aide this situation. PowerBrace uses strong steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the foundation wall to offer maximum support for tilting, bowing, or buckling walls. The PowerBrace system is powerful enough that upon adjustment, could even bring the foundation walls back to their original position.
Ron D. had a property with rotting floor joists that he was looking to replace. The joists were located in the crawl space and were starting to cause the floors above to sag, due to their inability to hold the weight of the home above.
To stabilize the sagging floors we installed the SmartJack system that uses steel supports to stabilize the ceiling of the crawl space. To begin we sized and cut a galvanized steel beam to take the place of the ineffective, rotted beams. Next we removed a section of soil where the jack would be located, filled the hole with crushed stone and then installed a structural footing to hold the steel support columns. The steel columns were then attached to the footing and to the galvanized steel beam above. We tightened the entire system, which lifted and stabilized the floors above.
Kenneth B. of Kalkaska, MI was having foundation problems before he reached out to us. His foundation wall was bowing and cracked, causing serious structural issues.
Our solution? The PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. PowerBrace is built to fully stabilize tilting, buckling, or bowing foundation walls. The system uses steel I-beams that secure to the floor joists above the basement wall, providing maximum support. PowerBrace is also adjustable, making it possible to return the wall to its original position with adjustment over time.
Jennifer V. of Kalkaska, MI called us when she had had enough of her basement. Water had been flooding into her basement, topping off around one inch. This can be detrimental to flooring, walls, and possessions in a basement, so Jennifer wanted a quick long-term fix.
Our solution? The SuperSump premier sump 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.
After that installation, we moved onto the WaterGuard system. 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 directed to the SuperSump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Jim G. of Rapid City, MI has a 4' tall cement crawlspace. After the storms a few weeks ago, about 6 inches of water was in his crawlspace. Because his crawl space is made of cement, he could not tell where the water was coming from. So, he gave us a call to get a professional fix.
We installed our patented TripleSafe sump pump 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.
Jim M. of Rapid City, MI has a very old farmhouse with an addition that has a basement. He started to notice water issues about 3 years ago and it has been getting worse ever since. This said, he gave us a call in hopes of finding a long-lasting solution.
We installed two of our favorite products for this project: the TripleSafe sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We began the job by installing the TripleSafe. 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.
We then moved onto the WaterGuard. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the outside. This water is then redirected to the TripleSafe sump pump to be pumped up and out of the basement.
Amy M. of Rapid City, MI had a musty smell coming from her crawl space before she called us. This most likely is caused by a moderate to severe water problem in the crawl space.
Our solution? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system and the SaniDry CX self-draining dehumidifier.
CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. No water, dirt, or cold air is able to enter with this system in place. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth!
The SaniDry CX dehumidifier is small yet mighty, collecting up to 109 pints of water per day without its collection tray having to be emptied.
Matt K. of Rapid City, MI has several patio slabs around his home and over time the slabs have settled due to soil that was not compacted enough. This leaves room for a tripping hazard and for unsightly appearances -- neither of which does a person want at their home. So, Matt gave us a call for a solution.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to raise these slabs. PolyLevel is lightweight yet durable, and is proven to be a better solution for sunken slabs than mudjacking. We start out by drilling penny sized holes into the slabs and use these holes access points for which to inject the PolyLevel through. After the PolyLevel is injected, we refill the holes and call this project done. 15 minutes afterward, the slabs can be walked on again.
Norma M. of Rapid City, MI was having terrible problems with her basement: water was seeping in from the outside. Having water is your basement leaves lots of room for problems upstairs, as well. Doors and windows can start to stick and paint can begin to peel. This said, Norma gave us a call.
We installed our TripleSafe sump pump system to remedy this issue. 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.
No longer will water seepage bother Norma in Rapid City.
The homeowners had water coming into their finished basment. They just moved into the home and did not want the water damaging anything in their basement.There was no exisiting sump pump, which was causing the water to stay in the basement because it had no way of being removed once it got into the home.
Our professional team knew they had to waterproof the homeowners basment before any further damage was caused to their things. The first thing the team did was install a TripleSafe sump pump. The TripleSafe pump has three pumps in one. The first pump will remove water effectively from the home. The second pump has a seperate discharge line and is more powerful. The second pump is there for you on the rare occassions that you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries so it is there for you if the power goes out.
Next, the team installed IceGuard. The IceGuard system allows water to escape from a sump pump discharge line if the pipe freezes or becomes blocked for any reason. Even if the pipe outlet is buried under a foot of ice and snow, the water can escape, allowing your sump pump to keep your basement dry.
Lastly, the team installed WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The WaterGuard system sits on the top of the footing in your basement in order to prevent clogging. The WaterGuard system traps floor and wall seepage and directs the water straight to the sump pump. The sump pump then effectively removes the water from the home.
Claire contacted our team because she wanted her crawl space encapsulated. So we installed CleanSpace, 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.
Claire's basement connects to two crawl spaces that were causing her house to smell musty. 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. Therefore, musty smells won't be drifting around Claire's house.
Ryan had a wet crawl space so he called our team. We installed CleanSpace, an uninterrupted vapor barrier that 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.