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This customers garage wall was cracking and it was continuing to get worse and worse so it was time he got the problem taken care of. Shotcrete is mortar or concrete that is applied as a spray. It is sprayed through a high pressure hose application nozzle. Shotcrete offers the versatility to construct, repair and reinforce walls, bridges, tunnels and other structural elements.
A customer from Ada, MI called us about her basement and wanted a free estimate. We drove to her property and noticed that she needed a sump pump to pump the water out of the basement. So we installed our TripleSafe sump pump which is the best water fighting sump pump out there. TripleSafe is a sump pump with three different pumps in one liner.
The first being the 1/3 hp zoeller pump which does most of the pumping and is placed at the bottom of the liner. The second is the 1/2 hp zoeller that is placed slightly higher than the first. This pump is more powerful but will only be turned on when needed. The final pump is the battery-operated UltraSump DC which is used in case of a power outage, this pump can pump up to 24,000 gallons of water. Now this Ada homeowner will never have to worry about a wet basement.
Get rid of the water in your basement with our patented SuperSump sump pump! No home benefits by having standing water in its basement, and the SuperSump with prevent that from happening. The SuperSump includes a powerful Zoeller® ⅓ horsepower cast-iron sump pump that can pump 2,220 gallons of water per hour at an 8-foot head out of your basement. This is the perfect solution for homes that have heavy water intrusion and want to stay dry. This customer in Grand Rapids, MI had us install the SuperSump and now can enjoy all of the benefits that come along with it.
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Ayers Basement Systems has been serving homeowners in Kent for over 30 years now. From basement waterproofing to foundation repair we are your trusted home experts. Along with the years of experience we also have exclusive access to over 25 patented products for your home. Give us a call to get started.
If your foundation is giving you problems we can have one of our specialists inspect your home to identify the best, permanent solution. The foundation products we install come with a 25 year warranty.
Inside and outside your home we can also lift concrete slabs. Lifting the slab fixes hazardous cracks in your driveway, patio, etc. and is much cheaper than replacement services. We use PolyLEVEL which is a lighter, less invasive method compared to traditional mudjacking.
For basements and crawl spaces we provide waterproofing & encapsulation services. These waterproofing systems include interior drainage systems connected to a high capacity sump pump. That along with an energy-efficient dehumidifier will keep your home protected from mold and rot. We should probably also mention the system comes with a written lifetime warranty.
Glenn M. of Grand Rapids, Michigan had water coming into his basement for years before calling Ayers. The main source of the leak was around his fireplace, and it was ruining the brick and the wall. After having three basement waterproofing companies inspect the problem, Glenn chose Ayers because of our professional presentation and patented products.
The installation crew arrived two weeks after the proposal was signed and got the job done in one day. Forty feet of Waterguard was laid down around the perimeter of the basement walls. Waterguard works by collecting incoming water and funneling it to the sump pump.
Glenn was impressed with the speed and quality of the job. Now he no longer worries about flooding in his basement.
Kelly & Ron have lived in their home for two years now. They have been having problems with their basement letting in water for about the same amount of time. The main point of the water seaping in is the cove area where the floor slab meets the wall. Theyre biggest concern is not being able to properly use their basement.
To fix this they have decided to add a DryTrak drainage channel. This is designed to capture this water leakage before it reaches your basement floor. DryTrak is compatible with all foundation wall types, and it will perform equally well on basements of different sizes and shapes. Our well-trained crews are often able to complete a DryTrak installation in a single day.
Ron & Kelly were very satisfied with their new installments and are living with a completely dry basement!
Hidden Creek Apartments in Grand Rapids, MI is a previous customer to Ayers Basement Systems. This recent project was because of some water coming into the basement from the wall when it rained. They have a finished basement so it was important to keep it looking nice and smelling fresh! Ayers installed a Triple Safe Sump Pump to keep the water out. Also installed around the basement wall was WaterGuard to lead any extra water that comes in away from the floor and out to be drained. An IceGuard and LawnScape outlet were also included to make sure everything runs smoothly the next time a heavy rain comes around.
Stephanie had a huge crack in the foundation walls of her basement. Ayers was able to do more than just stop the water from leaking in through the crack. Ayers Basement Systems was able to fully stabilize the wall with a Geo-Lock wall anchor assembly on the exterior and interior wall and apply a fortress stabilization system that would tighten the anchors over time, returning the wall to its original condition.
Leslie was worried about her in-law’s home. For some reason, their unfinished basement had fallen victim to water seepage from heavy rainfall. There were large puddles on the ground, which she thought was strange since there was already a sump pump system installed. While she didn’t see any signs of mold, there was no escaping the musty smell or the damp feeling of the basement. Something needed to be done for the sake of her family, so she called us.
The Ayers team wanted to make sure that flooding wouldn’t be a problem in this basement again, so they covered all the likely problem areas. When water leaks into a basement, it tends to puddle on the floor near the floor and wall joint. To give that water somewhere to go, the team installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The system will collect any water that leaks down the walls or puddles on the floor. Another common place for leaks is the water heater. Preventing Leslie’s water heater from adding to the puddles was as easy as surrounding the heater with a ring. We call that ring a FloodRing. It is installed into the foundation and connected to the WaterGuard system. This way any water that leaks from the heater flows directly into the perimeter drainage system. The system will then be pumped clean by the new Super Sump, a more reliable alternative to Leslie’s current sump. The discharge lines from the sump will carry that water outside to the LawnScape outlet, and pass the IceGuard shield on its way (an alternative escape for when the line freezes over). Lastly, the team rid the basement of that damp feeling and musty smell. The SaniDry XP is an extremely energy efficient dehumidifier that empties directly into the drainage system. Even though the basement isn’t finished, it deserves to be tolerable.
Hat’s off to Leslie to for stepping in and taking care of this Alto, MI basement. It’s always nice to see someone helping out in-laws instead of complaining about them.
Will and Wendy were in the process of selling their Ada, MI home when they noticed that their basement walls weren’t exactly right, at least not upright. The walls appeared to be bending inward at the middle, there was even a horizontal crack running down one of them to prove it. Will and Wendy knew that selling a home with bowing basement walls would be difficult, so they called the people who would give them an efficient and reliable solution as soon as possible, Ayers Basement Systems.
The team wanted to make sure that this foundation problem was solved once and for all, and our PowerBrace system lets us. The PowerBrace system uses steel beams to support the structure while forcing the wall back to its original position. The beams span the height of the wall and were installed into the foundation floor at the bottom and bolted to the floor joists on the ceiling at the top. Will and Wendy can adjust the tightness on the system to push the wall straighter whenever it is necessary. The system’s adjustability means that the foundation walls will continue to improve no matter who the residing homeowner is.
We wish Will and Wendy the best of luck in their sales process. Be sure to let the new homeowners know that Ayers is here for them if they ever need anything “basementy”.
Ron began to notice a change the road near his house was widened. It wasn’t the difference in traffic that he was worried about, though; it was his basement. There were large cracks in the floor and walls, the foundation was leaking water, and walls were bowing. Ron knew that for a project this big he would need to call in experts.
The crew arrived in Ada, MI knowing they would be doing both foundation work and a full waterproofing. Solving the bowing foundation issue required 4 different helical piers. Foundation Piering is one of our more invasive installation processes, but it offers a permanent solution for foundation problems. Once the soil blocking access to the foundation was excavated, the piers were put in place on top of deeper, stronger soil than where the foundation was previously resting. Since the foundation was lifted back to its original position instead of being completely replaced, there were still cracks in the walls and floor that needed to be addressed. Our WaterGuard perimeter drainage system will collect any water that comes through those cracks and direct the flow towards the new TripleSafe sump pump. From there, it’s a short trip through the discharge lines out to the LawnScape outlet for disposal. The team also added in a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to rid the basement of any damp or musty air so that this basement would feel as clean and dry as it will now look.
We recently went out to Ada, MI for Ron’s annual maintenance check-up, and we’re proud to say there were no signs of issues in either the foundation or waterproofing. Ron and the team were both very happy with the results.
Tom and Sharon were at an expo when our Crawl Space Science info book grabbed their attention. They had been dealing with their own musty smelling crawl space, so they were immediately interested in finding out more about our work. After a looking through the book and a little research into the company, they decided that Ayers was the perfect place to help them.
When the crew arrived in Ada, MI, they quickly found out that there was more at work than just an off-putting smell. The original plan to encapsulate the area would definitely do away with water vapor and humidity, but something needed to be done about forcing out still water. The crew installed a SmartDrain sump, a smaller but just as reliable sump pump we use for crawl spaces. Water will reach the sump with the help of the drainage matting that was laid on top of the dirt floor. For the actual encapsulation, CleanSpace liner was installed over top of the matting and throughout the entire crawl space. CleanSpace is a plastic vapor barrier that is impenetrable by vapor and air. Since Tom and Sharon reported a musty smell, it’s likely that there was high humidity in the air running through the crawl space. Couple that humidity with the wood and dirt that was already present in this crawl space and you have the perfect combination for mold growth, but the plastic, inorganic material of CleanSpace makes it impossible for mold to live. Lastly, the team took care of the original problem. They had two main focuses: stopping the musty air from coming in and then giving it a place to go. They decided on four vent covers and Sandri CX to eliminate humid air once and for all.
It’s a good thing that Tom and Sharon were worried enough about the smell of their crawl space to do something. The conditions that create that musty smell are the same ones that lead to mold growth and with it - a damaged foundation.
Larry first called us in 2013 because his outside sump pump wasn't working as well as it should and the basement was occasionally flooding. He decided against waterproofing at that time, instead doing some work on his own.
But he called again last month with water coming in his basement still. He suspected that the culprit was standing water in the field outside of his home, and he needed a way to route any incoming water to his sump.
We installed WaterGuard inside of his basement to direct the water to the pump, and now that field is no match for his basement.
Kelly noticed that her basement closet seemed a little wet a few months prior to calling us. When it happened again she knew that she had to do something about it. She called up one of our competitors to receive an estimate for waterproofing. They informed her that the only possible solution was to dry out her basement and then redo it, a process that Kelly wasn’t too thrilled about because it would mean redoing a fully finished basement.
That’s when she decided to give Ayers a call. One of our systems design specialists went out to Ada, MI to have a look at the situation for himself. He decided that a waterproofing system could be designed that wouldn’t force Kelly to sacrifice her basement. The crew went out a few days later and got to work. The water was entering the home through vertical cracks along the inside and outside of the home. Our WaterGuard system and Super Sump were the perfect pair to use as a solution. After installing WaterGuard, a perimeter drainage system, any water that enters Kelly’s basement will wind up in the system. Once the water is collected in the drainage system, it will then flow to the Super Sump for disposal. The LawnScape outlet the crew attached to the end of the discharge line will be the final stop for water before it’s pushed away from the foundation.
If you’re starting to think your basement is beyond repair - like Kelly’s was - then give the waterproofing experts a call and see if there isn’t a better option.
When concrete begins to settle people tend to do the opposite. Seeing your foundation sink away isn’t exactly a comforting feeling. That’s why David called us. He noticed several signs of a sinking foundation at his Alto, MI home, and knowing that the Ayers crew are PolyLevel experts, he couldn’t think of a better place to contact. Unfortunately for David, he called us in the winter, a “PolyLevel downtime”. The ground needs to be relatively warm for a proper injection, so the installment was postponed until after Spring began.
When warmer weather finally rolled in, the crew set out to give David the lift he needed. PolyLevel was injected below the driveway without the need for an invasive digging. The foam was pumped in and filled the voids where the weight of concrete had been too much for soil to handle. The foam is waterproof without being harmful to soil or environment. PolyLevel was able to return David’s driveway slabs to their original position in a matter of minutes.
If you would like to learn more about how PolyLevel works or if you think it could help your home, then give us a call.
Sally was worried that there had been a mistake made when her drainage system was set up. All of the evidence seemed to agree with her. Her sump pump wasn’t keeping up with heavy downpours or when the snow melted. Further proof came when two different plumbers recommended she have someone take a look at the inside of her drainage pipe before clearing it out. Sally was starting to think that there was a crack in the pipe causing drainage to pool back towards the house, instead of emptying through the escape in her Grand Rapids, MI backyard. Looking for any sort of solution that would protect her house, she made a call to the waterproofing experts for help.
The crew arrived and immediately got to work on repairing the drainage system. Her open hole sump was upgraded to our trusty SuperSump premier sump pump system. The SuperSump is capable of pushing out over 2,000 gallons of water per hour. With this kind of power, it won’t matter how hard Sally’s home gets rained on. The crew then connected the SuperSump’s discharge line to an IceGuard fitting and LawnScape outlet for disposal. IceGuard fittings provide an alternate escape route if the lines freeze up. Between the IceGuard and LawnScape outlet, water will never pool back towards the house again.
If you too are noticing trouble with your drainage system, give us a call and we’ll happy to give you a quote, for free!
Last winter, we received a call from David and Jan in Rockford, MI concerning their back deck. The deck stuck out from the second floor of the house and hung over a steep slope in the backyard. Unfortunately, the ground underneath the deck’s support beams had begun to settle, so both the deck itself and the concrete slab were resting at an angle. To raise foundations, our production teams need access to the soil, so David and Jan were forced to wait until spring for the ground to thaw.
Going in the team knew they would have to level out two different surfaces. Raising the concrete slab would only require a simple PolyLevel injection below the slab until the concrete leveled off. The deck would prove to be more difficult. The first step in leveling the deck was determining what height the pillars would need to be for an even surface. While using steel beams to support the deck, the team measured and cut the bottom portion of the pillars to make room for SmartJacks. Once the SmartJacks were laid into the concrete, the team attached the pillars to their new base and adjusted the jacks’ heights.
David and Jan are thrilled to be able to use their deck again without worry.
One thing we hear a lot of at Ayers is genuine surprise. Many of our customers don’t recognize problems in their homes until they’ve seen the solutions. That’s why Carol from Rockford, MI called us. She had 3 crawlspaces in her home and none of them were really causing her problems. They didn’t have mold, or water leaking in. In fact, other than a few typical complaints, Carol didn’t even mind the look of her crawl spaces. At least, not before she saw what CleanSpace could do.
After seeing one of our crawl space before and after pictures on a flyer, Carol knew she had to have a CleanSpace encapsulation. The only thing close to a problem she had with her crawl space was that one had a dirt floor, so she thought it would be the perfect place to see CleanSpace in action. Our production team encapsulated both the crawl space floor and walls with the durable liner. The fresh white plastic makes the area seem bright and clean. And as an added bonus, neither humidity or water will pierce through CleanSpace, so the crawl space will continue to be well protected.
We hope that CleanSpace was everything Carol imagined it to be. If you’d like to see how CleanSpace could brighten up your crawl space, then give us a call today!
Debbie and Richard had been thinking about fixing up their unfinished basement. They weren’t entirely sure of what they wanted, but one of their biggest concerns was sealing off any leaks in the attached crawl space. The way they saw it, sealing up the holes would solve several of their problems at once. For one, they were hoping to improve their energy efficiency. The basement had also been dealing with some unwanted guests who had crawled their way in through small holes. Besides the critters and outdoor air, mortar from the walls was also leaking in between stones.
The crew was able to accomplish all of Debbie and Richard’s goal with SilverGlo Walls and FrothPak sealant. Our SilverGlo walls were attached directly on top of their current crawl space walls. Once in place, the wall insulation system will radiate heat off its bright silver surfaces and prevent moisture from seeping through. FrothPak does a great job of sealing up multiple holes and cracks. The foam insulation can be sprayed anywhere, making it ideal for a situation like Debbie and Richard’s, where the production crew had to cover many different leaks in a small area. The combination of these two insulation systems will serve as a great first step in the finishing of this Grand Rapids, MI basement. We wish you the best of luck on the rest of your project!
Jon had given us a call last year about his repeatedly flooding basement. The flooding wasn’t a surprise, especially when you consider that the flooring of the old house was cracking so much there were spots where Jon could see tree roots and dirt. After meeting with one of our system design specialists, Jon decided to wait and see if he could solve the problem on his own. When the water issues showed no sign of going away, Jon knew he needed to ask for help.
Our system design specialist took another trip out to Grand Rapids, MI and immediately saw that the current solution – an old floor drain - wasn’t going to cut it. Water that leaks down walls will usually puddle at the floor and wall joints and Jon had even seen mold growing there. Our solution to this is to install a perimeter drainage system in that exact spot. One small difference between Jon’s basement and many of our other perimeter system projects was that he had a monolithic floor, meaning the most efficient way to capture that water was with an above floor system. Our DryTrak perimeter system is exactly that. The system sits above ground, and once water is captured into the pipes, it will be directed to Jon’s new SuperSump for discharge. The SuperSump system is one of our most reliable sump pump systems and will discharge the water at a safe distance away from the foundation through a lawnscape outlet.
Jon was very pleased to finally have his basement dry and protected.
The waterproofing of Sarah and Chad’s basement was a long time coming. They originally reached out to us several years ago when they noticed that heavy rains would cause water to pour through their basement walls. Only two years prior, Sarah and Chard had thought their basement was finally finished. That is until they discovered mold and had to demolish the room because of it. So you can imagine their frustration when a new waterproofing problem emerged. With so many recent and expensive changes to their basement, they just weren’t ready to schedule another project so soon.
Well, after a few years passed, we heard from Sarah and Chad again. They had recently met with a realtor and in preparation to sell their home, they knew that would have to address the crazy downpour that entered the basement. While they hadn’t scheduled an installation in their first contact with Ayers, they had formed a great relationship with one of our system design specialist; so when it came time to finally the trigger on the project, that’s exactly who they called. Our system design specialist was more than happy to head back out to Wyoming, MI and prepare a plan that would make selling this house a breeze. What he came up with was a combination of several different products: 2 different drainage systems to catch water as it enters through either the window or basement walls, a sump pump system to push the water to an outlet outside, and an IceGuard protective shield to help the discharge along the way.
First up for the crew was installing the drainage systems. A window well duct drain was added just below the window to direct the flow of any water to the perimeter drainage system below. That perimeter drainage system - WaterGuard - was placed into an excavated section of basement floor below all the walls to collect the run off from those heavy downpours. Once water enters the WaterGuard system, it will flow to the newly installed SuperSump for discharge. That water will then be deposited outside by either the IceGuard shield - designed to expel water in the event of frozen discharge lines - or through a LawnScape outlet.
We wish Sarah and Chad good luck on the sale of their home. We’re sure the new owners will appreciate your waterproofing efforts.
Kristina was in the process of selling her house when a home inspector informed her that the floor joists were sinking. Basically, the weight of the floor was too much for the foundation to handle and caused the floor to slope on one end. As you can imagine, sloping floors aren’t exactly an attractive home feature in the eyes of potential buyers. Since every other aspect of the house ready for the market, Kristina really wanted to get this problem taken care of in a hurry. So, she and her realtor reached out to Ayers looking for a solution.
Failing floor joists are actually a pretty common problem. It makes sense when you consider that floor joists and most support beams are made of an easily rotted material, wood. The fact that the joists and beams are set up in damp basements or crawl spaces doesn’t help too much, either. When dealing with failing floor joists like Kristina’s, we’ve found that the best solution is a two-step process. Step one is providing a more reliable base for the floor joists. By using galvanized steel beams, the team reinforced the rotting joists with material that wouldn’t be affected by the moist environment of the basement. Once the beams were attached, the crew moved on to step two and installed our SmartJack Floor Support System. SmartJacks work the same way a car jack would. They were placed under the steel beams and then raised to a height that would level out the sloping floor.
Kristina’s floor is now as ready to sell as the rest of her home, good luck!
Rebecca had noticed a few cracks in both her basement and crawl space walls but didn’t think too much of them. The crawl space was an add on to the much older house and had been holding up pretty well. That is until a visit from an inspector ended with his insistence that she have someone take a closer look at the crawl space. That’s when she requested the assistance of one of our system design specialists. Turns out, the crawl space cracks were allowing water to leak in - which can be a recipe for mold, structural damage, and humid temperatures throughout the home. Once aware of the possible problems that could be caused by the leaky crawl space, Rebecca immediately asked for a waterproofing solution.
That’s where the crew came in. To keep out both water and air, they filled in the leaks and gaps with FrothPak - a waterproof foam that can be sprayed just about anywhere to create a tough seal. By blocking the entry of moisture and humid temperatures from outside, mold will no longer threaten this crawl space. To really put this issue to rest, the crew also installed the CleanSpace vapor barrier to encapsulate all of Rebecca’s crawl space. Any moisture that enters through the wall cracks or the dirt floor, will stay outside of the impenetrable liner. With double the moisture protection of before, Rebecca shouldn’t have to worry about any more crawl space issues.
Most of the calls we receive here at Ayers are about waterproofing or foundation work. But every now and then we get a few calls from customer who genuinely just want to make their basement more presentable and livable. Mary and Clarence had been saving for a long time to make some improvements to their basement. Specifically, they were hoping for a smoother floor and walls that weren’t cover in water stains. Not an unreasonable request, so the crew headed out to Grand Rapids, MI to help fix up this basement.
Repairing the floor was as simple as pretending it never existed. The crew poured brand new cement over Clarence and Mary’s old floor and smoothed it out. To treat the stained walls, they installed CleanSpace liner. CleanSpace is the perfect look for unfinished basements. It hides the former walls but won’t allow water vapor or moisture to disturb the new look either. We hope Mary and Clarence are satisfied with what looks like a brand new basement.
Wendy purchased her Grand Rapids, MI home towards the end of 2014. Shortly after, it flooded. While trying to decide if the repairs were worth the money, she found a copy of a proposal made by Ayers for the previous homeowners back in 2010. Apparently, the leaks and flooding hadn’t gotten any better since then. Once she decided to keep the property, she gave us a call, and we sent out our system design specialist to see if the proposed installation was still valid.
Lucky for Wendy, there were no new problems in the basement – meaning the plan drawn up by the previous system design specialist would still solve her water issues, and the crew could get right to work. When the proposal was made up, the flooding was traced back to a leaky crack in the window. But before the crew could deal with the window, they had to take care of the water that was puddling on the floor. So, they installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. Any water on the floor will go into the system instead of puddling on the floor. Since the plan was for any water from Wendy’s leaking window to end up in the drainage system as well, they connected the two using a Window Well Duct Drain. The drain will guide water on a direct path from window to WaterGuard. Finally, to pump all of this water out of the home, the crew replaced the old sump pump with a newer, more reliable model to make sure everything ran smoothly.
We’re happy we could finally give Wendy’s home the protection the previous owners had denied it.
Our customer called having purchased a new house - yay! - with a finished basement - yay! - that didn't have egress windows. Booooo.
Finished basements are great, but if you ever want to turn them into anything other than a rec room, and sometimes even if it’s just a rec room, it’s important to install at least one egress window.
Egress windows are mandated by fire code if the basement is a bedroom or any other kind of dwelling (i.e. an apartment) because they create an escape route.
It’s also important to have a below-grade contractor - like Ayers - install them, because once you start cutting out parts of the foundation and digging around, there are very specific methods that prevent your house from developing a ton of new problems.
We installed a gorgeous new egress window to let in light and provide an exit point if necessary.
Joana was calling out of concern for her mother, Jane. There were cracks in the plaster around Jane’s basement, and she wanted to make sure that the cracks weren’t signs of a bigger problem. The initial inspection and call took place in 2015. During the inspection, our system design specialist discovered that Jane’s basement walls were bowing 1 inch inward. Unfortunately, before the crew could repair the wall, Jane and Joana had to reschedule. Jane had surgery and wasn’t able to move the furniture in front of the walls out of the way, so she asked to postpone the installation. We assured her it was no problem and that the crew could help her out with whatever she needed.
Once the crew moved the furniture out of the way, they got right to work on putting a stop to the bowing. To halt the pressure from the inside, the crew used 8 PowerBrace beams. The beams were placed against Jane’s walls and span from floor to ceiling, stopping the wall from moving inward. For additional support, the crew installed two wall anchors to pull the wall outward. The GeoLock Anchors were placed into dependable soil outside of the home and then connected to the walls using tiebacks. With the two different systems working together, Jane’s walls will no longer bend inward and in time may even straighten back to their original position.
Todd had recently purchased this Grand Rapids, MI home with the intent to do some renovations and flip it for a profit. At first, all was going well and he had even started finishing the basement. During the finish, him and his team laid down several 2x4s to create wall frames that would separate the basement into different rooms. Well, somehow the installation had resulted in water and condensation rising out of the concrete slab foundation and dampening the floor. Todd was in a rush to get this house finished and on the market, so he gave us a call looking for a solution that could guarantee the problem wouldn’t come back.
Our solution to the problem was a perimeter drainage system. When water rises through the ground, it has a habit of puddling up at the floor and wall joints, the lowest part of the basement. WaterGuard, the perimeter drainage system, sits exactly in these joints. Once water flows into the system, it will be directed to the sump to be pumped out. Todd wanted to guarantee that water wouldn’t be a threat in this basement, so he went with our most reliable sump pump system – the TripleSafe. With two backup pumps, the TripleSafe will discharge water even during power outages. Todd can now get back to his repairs and will be able to guarantee the next buyers that this basement is fully protected.
When Dennis from Caledonia, MI decided to replace his existing glass block window, he gave us a call. Typically, when we replace basement windows, we install egress windows and their accompanying wells, however, this particular window was a bit different because so much of the basement walls and foundation were above grade and exposed. To give Dennis a wider view than the small glass block windows in place, we installed a 4-foot by 4-foot window. Only a small part of the 4 feet would end up below grade. To do so, the crew first had to excavate the soil adjacent to the foundation and cut the drywall to make room for the window. Once that was done and the drywall cut, the window was installed and the dirt replaced. Dennis now has a full sized window in his basement with a view.
Chelsie’s Grand Rapids, MI home had water coming through both the walls and floor of the basement. The basement was divided into two different areas, partially finished and partially unfinished. The water was dampening the carpet in the finished area, and in the unfinished, water was puddling on the floor. Chelsie was planning on completing a remodel that would finish the whole basement, so when she called us, she was eager for us to get to work.
Before our crew could get to work, they needed to remove the carpet and tear everything out of the basement to make room for the products that would be installed. Once that was taken care of, the crew installed a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. As the water leaks through Chelsie’s walls and floor, it will typically flow to the perimeter of the basement. WaterGuard sits in the floor and wall joint to collect all of that leaking water. Once it's in the system, that water will flow to the ultra reliable TripleSafe sump pump system. The sump system continues to pump during power outages. That water will then be led to a Lawnscape outlet in the backyard for disposal. Chelsie is now free to continue her basement remodel.
Artie’s basement walls had been leaking for quite a while. The leaking moisture would come after extensive rains, and on its way to the floor, the water would discolor and leave water stains on the walls. Not only that but the foundation walls were also starting to crumble inwards. It looked like the basement couldn’t take much more when our system design specialist arrived in Grand Rapids, but our crew was ready to fix up the basement - no matter what condition it was in. So, once Artie approved the system design specialist’s plan, the crew headed out.
When the crew arrived, the first step was giving the water a place to drain. To do so, they first had to excavate part of the foundation floor to make room for a perimeter drainage system – specifically our WaterGuard system. The system sits in floor and wall joint to catch water that leaks through the foundation. With the perimeter drain in place, the crew moved onto installing our CleanSpace Wall Vapor Barrier. The barrier won’t allow moisture that leaks through the wall to enter the actual room. Instead, that water will flow behind the barrier, down the wall, and into the perimeter drainage system below. The key to getting the water out is our SuperSump system, capable of pumping out over 2,000 gallons of water in an hour. With a full waterproofing system in place like this, Artie’s basement won’t see moisture in it again.
Towards the end of the summer last year, Doug noticed that his hanging sunroom was starting to lean. The first clue was a few small cracks on the support beams that held up the outermost part of the room extension. Doug got further confirmation when his neighbor with the same condo design began to notice similar issues. With proof that the beams were sinking, he began talking to every company he could about a solution. Sadly, once he finally got in contact with Ayers, the winter months were rolling around. Our solution to Doug’s problem would require a soil excavation that can only be done during warmer temperatures. After the ground thawed out and Doug found time for us in his schedule, the crew headed over to Byron Center, MI to straighten out Doug’s room.
The crew decided to repair the leaning room by transferring the support for the structure from the sinking soil to a more stable base. We call this a piering system. The first step was gaining access to the soil underneath the support beams. Once the crew excavated the soil around the beams, they got to work on providing the beams with a new base. Two piers were forced deep into the ground until they reached stable and trustworthy soil. With the piers stabilized and at no risk of sinking deeper, the crew attached the support beams to the top of the piers and backfilled the soil around them. The sunroom’s support beams are now dependent on the piers, which in turn are relying on stronger soil that won’t give into the weight of the structure. After seeing the room return to its original and leveled position, Doug was thrilled. In fact, he was so happy with the work that he immediately recommended our services to his neighbors who were dealing the same issue.
Charlotte and Jeremy’s home was built almost an entire century ago, and for the most part, it had held up pretty well. At least, until a small remodeling job 20 years had somehow resulted in their basement remaining permanently damp. One of the main parts of the remodel was boarding up a set of cellar stairs that led outside. Unfortunately, afterwards, the boarded up area had started to seep water inside. It wasn’t just that area, either. Opposite of the old stairs, Jeremy and Charlotte could actually see water coming in on the walls. They finally decided to do something about the basement last spring.
When the crew arrived in Rockford, MI, they got straight to work on a solution that would deal with Charlotte and Jeremy's damp basement troubles once and for all. A system design specialist had already visited the home and came up with a plan to keep out water out, no matter where it was leaking in. That was all taken care of by the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The system sits in the foot and wall joint to collect water that leaks through and direct it to a sump pump. While WaterGuard handled the damp feeling of the basement, the crew also needed to take care of the visibly leaking wall. To do so, BrightWall panels were snapped into place in front of the old leaking wall. BrightWall panels are waterproof and impenetrable by moisture. The rigid plastic acts like a barrier between the leaks and the rest of the room. Water can run down the original wall, but it won’t be seen. That water will enter the WaterGuard system at the foot of the wall and then be pumped out by the SuperSump, along with the rest of the leaking water. Thanks to the hard work of the crew, Charlotte and Jeremy can finally have the waterproof basement they’ve wanted for the last 20 years.
Jim and Sarah were thrilled when they purchased their new home. They knew the home was built in an area with a high water table, so when there were no water issues in the basement they thought they had really lucked out. Sadly, after only a few months of living in Ada, MI, they started to discover damp cracks in the foundation. Then came the floods. Jim and Sarah immediately took action and rented a sump pump to get the leaking water out. The pump had done a good enough job preventing overflow, but it wasn’t enough. They needed a long lasting solution.
Ayers knew the best thing for Jim and Sarah would be a reliable sump pump, so they installed a top of the line model, the TripleSafe sump pump system. The sump has a 1/3 horsepower primary pump and two different backups that ensure the basement will never start to flood again, even during power outages. The crew then finished the project by attaching Jim and Sarah’s previous discharge line to an IceGuard protective shield and lawnscape outlet. The IceGuard will expel water away from the foundation if the line should ever freeze and water can’t make it all the way to the outlet.
We wish Jim and Sarah the best of luck with their new home! If any other troubles do arise, we’re always here to help.
Jill and Daniel’s home had foundation issues for several years. Their two-story garage was starting to sink and splitting away from the home. Three years ago they called a different company and asked them to level it off. All seemed to be going fine until the piers started to fail and the upper part of the garage itself began to lean. Jill and Daniel then began looking for a permanent solution that would guarantee their garage lasted.
Our crew gave them what they needed using SmartJacks, a PolyLevel injection, and piering system. The SmartJacks would solve the problem of the leaning upper level in the garage, while the PolyLevel injection and piering system balanced out the first floor and the foundation of the garage. All three installations were used on the leaning side of the garage – the side opposite of the home attachment. The SmartJacks were attached to the second level floor joists with a steel beam. The four helical piers were placed outside of the garage and lifted the foundation back to its original position. Lastly, the crew injected PolyLevel below 3 different concrete slabs to level out the floor with the new foundation. Jill and Daniel finally have the foundation solution they've wanted for the past few years.
Teresa was considering selling her home, but before she did, she knew she had to address the water in her basement. Twice a year, the entire basement would flood and an inch of water would cover the whole floor. This forced her to pull up the carpet in the space, and she was considering removing the paneling on the walls, too. She needed a solution to remove the water from her basement so she wouldn’t need to do that.
After researching waterproofing companies, she found that many offered a temporary fix to her problems. Unlike its competitors, Ayers provides an entire system of waterproofing products to keep your basement dry. Teresa decided to go with Ayers to provide her with a permanent solution.
The solutions we provided her with were a subfloor drainage system, WaterGuard and a sump pump. The drainage pipe sits on top of the footing of the foundation, catching the water from wall leaks. Since the piping isn’t along the footing, wet soil can’t clog the pipe, allowing water to efficiently be rerouted to the SuperSump pump. This sump pump then pumps all of the water out of the basement and away from the home through a discharge line.
This system is specially engineered to be long lasting and efficient, so Teresa and the new homeowners will have peace of mind knowing this basement will be dry for years to come
The owners of this home in Grand Rapids, MI complained about a musty smell in their home for years. When our experts arrived to check out the crawl space, they found it was very humid, there was no air circulation, and although they had a sump pump, it was wet.
Often times dirt-floored crawl spaces are damp, simply because the moisture in the dirt evaporates into the air. If there’s no dehumidifier or vapor barrier to keep the moisture out, it sits in the space, sometimes causing mold to grow. Since air moves up, this damp crawl space air makes its way to the upper levels of the home, as explained by the Stack Effect. Scientists say that up to 50% of the air breathed on the first floor is air from the crawl space. So, a musty smell downstairs means a musty smell upstairs.
One of the best ways to address this issue is to encapsulate the crawl space. Using CleanSpace, a durable liner that’s nearly twice as thick as most liners, we completely sealed off this crawl space from the earth. This fool-proof moisture barrier allows for drainage to the sump, and the antimicrobial additive in the liner prevents mold from growing.
Installing a SaniDry dehumidifier also works to eliminate the moisture in the air. It’s energy efficient, and automatically drains the water to the sump pump, so you don’t have to. With clean and dry air, this crawl space is a healthier, as is the rest of the home.
Casey H. called because he noticed cracks on his basement wall that would let water in with heavy rain. One of the first signs of wall failure in your home is stair-step cracking, which is very common in walls that are built from concrete blocks. Our team went in and found that his basement wall was bowing inward. This problem occurred because the soil surrounding his home was constantly putting pressure on the foundation walls, which eventually caused them to bow inward.
Our team decided that installing both the PowerBrace and Geo-Lock Anchor systems would correct the problem. Geo-Lock Anchors were placed in sturdy soil out away from the bowing foundation wall. These anchors were then connected with rods to steel wall plates that permanently hold the wall in place. The PowerBrace system was also installed in hopes to eventually straighten the failing wall. This system includes steel beams that are bolted to the floor joists. The beams hold the wall in place and stop it from bowing any further. The great thing about this system is that we can tighten the bolts over time, which can eventually straighten the wall back to its original position.
John first called years ago with water coming in through two walls in his basement. He decided not to move forward with the project at the time, but called again two months ago with a worsening problem.
The walls were still leaking, and had been for the entire interim since our first appointment, but now they were also bowing. Constant water influx can threaten the stability of a wall in addition to the problems caused by water.
We installed WaterGuard in the entire basement and covered the leaking walls with Brightwall panels, which are waterproof and inorganic and have the added benefit of a clean, bright appearance. They can also be tied into the WaterGuard system for extra waterproofing power.
After the Brightwall panels were installed, we used PowerBraces to stabilize the walls, and over time we will hopefully be able to straighten the walls by tightening the braces.
Sometimes your crawl space doesn't have to have an inch of water in it to be a problem. Sometimes it can just be...dingy. Proximity to water doesn't help (you've smelled lakes - now put that smell in your crawl space) and can cause mold problems that affect everything from your health to your home's structural integrity. And on top of it all, crawl spaces can be a huge energy suck, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime and your bills to skyrocket.
In the case of this crawl space, all of the above were occurring. We installed CleanSpace vapor barrier with drainage matting, which helps create just enough of a gap for any moisture present to drain away without pooling and sticking to the CleanSpace from below. We also insulated the crawl space using FrothPak spray insulation on the rim joist (that spot between the ceiling and your home) and SilverGlo panels on the crawl space walls. Both are waterproof and inorganic, which means they don't allow mold to grow and won't be degraded by water like fiberglass insulation. Finally, we installed a new Everlast crawl space door to ensure an airtight, protective entrance.
Derek called after he had started noticing his basement carpet getting wet near the wall whenever it rained or snowed heavily. He wondered what he could do to keep the water our and protect his finished space. Upon inspection, we peeled back the carpet to find that the carpet strips had begun to develop mold. It was obvious that water had been coming in and sitting. The solution for Derek was a new WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. We peeled back the carpet around the basement, removed a small amount of the slab foundation, and installed the drainage system at the base of the wall right on the home's footing. We then replaced the concrete. Water that enters the basement is captured by the drainage system before it can harm any building materials and it carries the water to the sump pump for removal. Here's where things got fun: In order to do the installation in this finished basement, we had to remove the bottom portion of the finished walls to put the system right against the cement walls. In the end Derek chose to refinish the walls with our EverLast wall panels and white trim. They are a cement board with a vinyl finish and white trim. They look great in a basement space and they won't ever develop mold. Derek now has a fantastic looking space and we were glad to be a part of creating it.
Peter called us about his wet basement. Much had been done in the past on the exterior of the home to prevent water from continuing to make its way in but nothing had been successful. Peter needed a solution that was going to be permanent and reliable. That's when we installed our WaterGuard perimeter drainage system, which sits on the home's footer beneath the concrete slab and catches water as it enters the home, directing it to a sump pump for removal from the home. Speaking of sump pumps, we also installed a SuperSump system in the home to effectively remove large amounts of water. The basement is now dry once and for all. The old fixes were in many ways a waste of time and money. With WaterGuard, the issue is reliably fixed.
This homeowner was looking to sell his home but he needed to deal with a basement water leak first. A large deck was built over his cement porch and during times of heavy rain, water was dripping into his fruit cellar below.
Our team of experts installed the WaterGuard system to waterproof his space so he could put the home on the market. WaterGuard is a perimeter drainage system that uses specialized pipes underneath the flooring to collect and drain intruding water into the home’s sump pump to be discharged from the home. For this installation, we first had to excavate sections of the basement flooring around the perimeter of the basement to place the specialized pipes. We sized the pipes for the dimensions of the basement and then placed them in the floor. The excess space was filled with crushed stone and then we filled the trench with concrete so its like the system was never even installed. Water entering the home will be directed into the system through a small opening closest to the foundation walls and then drained into the sump pump.
To further address the intruding water and dress up the unfinished basement walls, we also installed BrightWall paneling. BrightWall is a white, plastic wall paneling that we sized and securely fastened to the basement walls by drilling in white fasteners. This paneling is a perfect option for this homeowner because it guides water leaks behind the paneling directly to the WaterGuard system.
Roger H. now has a move in ready basement for his potential buyers.
This homeowner called because her kitchen floor located above the crawl space in her home was very cold. The porous block concrete walls and concrete flooring were not sealed from air leaks and the space had no type of insulation.
To insulate the space and seal off any air leaks we installed SilverGlo and FrothPak spray foam insulation. The SilverGlo wall panels have graphite particles in them that reflect heat and lower conductivity to effectively insulate the space. The panels also serve as a radiant heat barrier to reflect heat back into the space, which helps save in energy bills. We first sized and cut the panels to perfectly fit the walls of the crawl space and then we fastened them to the walls. We also used FrothPak spray foam insulation, which we sprayed in all of the small nooks and crannies in the space. This insulation does not absorb ambient moisture and is made from inorganic materials that prevent mold growth.
After the crawl space was properly insulated, we also needed to deal with moisture that was entering the space. To conquer this we installed the durable CleanSpace liner that we used to encapsulate and seal the space off from the outside environment. This liner is waterproof and vapor proof, so it prevents water and water vapor from entering the space, which can create excess moisture.
This homeowner can now enjoy a warm kitchen floor.
Etta D. called because she wanted a reliable fix for her sinking sidewalk and garage floor. Cracks were beginning to form in both areas due to the settlement, which was both an eyesore, safety concern and could cause future damage to the property.
To fix the settled cement we installed the PolyLevel system that easily lifts and permanently fixes sinking concrete. For this installation, we first had to drill out several small penny-sized holes throughout the slab where the settlement was occurring. Next we filled the holes with high-density polymers that expand to lift the slab back to its original position. This problem originally occurred because the soil underneath could no longer hold the concrete slabs, causing it to settle. The polymers in this system are lightweight, which addresses the weak soils. We also used NexusPro joint sealer, which seals the cracks in the cement and prevents them from shifting any further.
Jamie M. called because the cement slabs that make up the walkway to her home were sinking and needed to be lifted. Cracks also began to form due to the settlement and the homeowner wanted an efficient solution that would fix the problem properly.
To lift the cement we used the PolyLevel system. To begin, our team drilled multiple small holes in the concrete that we then filled with high-density, lightweight polymers. After the holes were injected, the polymers expanded to lift the slab back to its original position. The slab had settled because the soil below was too weak to hold the weight of concrete, which is why this system uses lightweight polymers that lifted the walkway and addressed the weak soil issue. We also used NexusPro joint sealer to fill the cracks and prevent them from spreading any further.
Michael O. called because he wanted to fix a water leak that was entering his home’s block foundation wall. This homeowner was planning to put the home up for sale but wanted to ensure the problem was fixed before doing so.
In order to collect the intruding water and discard it from the home we installed the WaterGuard system. This system uses specialized pipes that are installed underneath the flooring, placed slightly away from the wall in order to collect incoming water and drain it into the sump pump. To begin this installation we excavated sections of the flooring around the perimeter of the basement. The WaterGuard pipes were then placed in the sections and the remainder of the area was filled with crushed stone. We then restored the floors by covering the open trench with concrete, making sure too leave a portion of the system closest to the wall uncovered to leave room for water to flow in. This system will now make sure any incoming water will filter into the system rather than into the home.
This home was showing sings of serious wall failure and the homeowner was looking for a permanent fix. The block wall had horizontal cracks and it was beginning to bow inward. The issue was severe enough that one of the doors in the basement was unable to close.
In order to stabilize the wall and prevent it from shifting any further we installed the Geo-Lock Wall Anchor System. Our team first removed sections of soil out away from the home to place steel earth anchors into stable soil. The anchors were then attached to the bowing wall with wall anchors and fastened with galvanized steel rods. Next we tightened the system, which immediately held the wall in place and prevented it from shifting in the future. The homeowner was also given a tightening kit, which allows the wall to be tightened over time to hopefully shift it back to its original position. When the installation was finished, we restored the landscape outside of the house and the homeowner was then worry free.
Ron N. of Lowell, MI was suffering from a cracked, unstable foundation wall before he gave us a call. This can pose a serious threat to the home and its inhabitants, so this issue needed to be resolved.
To do so, we installed our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. PowerBrace is made of steel I-beams that attach to the joists above the basement wall to offer maximum support. PowerBrace is even strong enough to potentially move failing walls back to their original position.
This homeowner had lived in her house for 27 years and never had anything done to the crawl space and wanted an opinion on what she should do. Our team of experts visited the space and found that it had block and poured concrete walls, a cement floor, and fallen insulation. The problem with cement walls and flooring is that it allows water vapor to easily enter, which creates high humidity levels and allows moisture to accumulate.
In order seal off the crawl space from the outside environment we installed the CleanSpace liner. The liner was sized and cut to fit the dimensions of the crawl space and then securely attached to floors and walls. The liner is both waterproof and vapor proof, so moisture will not be able to enter the space. Preventing moisture from entering will prevent mold growth, rot and high humidity levels from occupying the space and from disturbing to other areas of the home.
Next we needed to remove the ineffective fiberglass insulation and replace it with FrothPak spray foam. This insulation does not absorb ambient moisture like traditional insulation does and its inorganic materials prevent mold growth. This foam was used to spray the crawl space walls to seal off the small openings that let air and moisture in.
Jackie and Michael D. called because they noticed the bedrooms in their home located above the crawl space were cold. The space was dry, had a concrete slab floor and blocks walls.
In order to seal the space off from the outside environment and from other areas in the home, we installed SilverGlo and Froth Pak insulation.
The SilverGlo wall panels were sized and cut to perfectly fit the dimensions of the crawl space and then securely adhered to the walls. The panels have a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering the space and radiant heat barrier that reflects heat back into the crawl space. The small graphite materials found in this insulation give the walls in the crawl space complete R-11 insulation.
FrothPak is a spray foam insulation that was sprayed in all of the nooks and crannies of the crawl space walls to make sure every inch was insulated. The foam does not absorb ambient moisture like other insulations, so it will not become saturated and fall down. It is also made of inorganic materials that prevent it from becoming susceptible to mold growth.
This homeowner had recently purchased her home and wanted to get the crawl space encapsulated with a vapor barrier. Our team of experts also decided that installing CleanSpace drainage matting and a SmartSump sump pump would further protect the space.
The SmartSump sump pump is specifically made for crawl spaces and is extremely effective at collecting and discarding intruding water that could damage the home. The system has a sturdy liner that accepts water from the ground, a powerful Zoeller pump to eliminate water and an airtight lid that prevents damage to the pipe from debris and stops water in the sump from evaporating in the crawl space.
The dimpled drainage matting was placed directly on top of the crawl space floor to ensure any water located underneath the liner is able to easily flow to the sump pump. The CleanSpace liner was then used to cover the floors and walls of the crawl space to prevent water and water vapor from entering and occupying the space. The durable material is resistant to rips and tares and was fastened securely to the walls to prevent it from falling down.
Will and Wendy I. had a cinder block wall with a horizontal crack and 3 inch inversion of the blocking. They wanted I-beams installed to support the wall because they were trying to sell the house.
The PowerBrace system was used to stabilize the bowing wall to get the home ready for the market. For this installation we used specialized steel I-beams that were secured on the floor at the base of the wall and to the joists above the wall using steel brackets. We tightened the system to hold the wall in place and prevent it from bowing inward any further. There was no excavation needed for this project so the installation was fast and easy and we are able to tighten the beams over time to possibly push the wall back to its original position.
Chad B. of Rockford, MI just moved into his house 5 months ago. Sadly, when it rained hard he was getting some water seeping in through the floor and the wall. The floor was damp and puddles formed in big downpours. His home is near a lake, as well. With this being said, he gave us a call to have some waterproofing done.
Our fix for this situation was the amazing duo of WaterGuard and the SuperSump. We started by installing the SuperSump premier sump sump 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, this beast is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
Once that was installed, we moved on to the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. After that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump -- in this case, the SuperSump.
No more water problems for you, Chad!
Doug B. built a home in Rockford, MI and during the build, a crack developed. They repaired it with hydraulic injection but that only held until last Fall. Water was coming in through the wall and he patched it with cement, and it was becoming damp there. So, he gave us a call.
We used our FlexiSpan polyurethane sealant to fix the crack. FlexiSpan will never crack or dry and is flexible, giving it the ability to move with the natural shifting of the wall. This provides a complete waterproofing seal.
Erika K. of Rockford, MI has an addition on the front of her house that they made into a porch. Under the porch there is a MI basement that is the size of a one car garage. With this beings said, she was having structural issues, so she gave us a call.
To remedy this situation, we installed helical piers. A helical pier owes its name to the helical plates welded to the pier shaft. These plates help to pull the pier into the soil during installation, and provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation or structural element is transferred to the pier. Additional sections can be added to the pier until it reaches the necessary depth. Helical piers have a great deal of versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements.
Nick F. of Rockford, MI has a home that was built in 2000 with poured concrete walls. He was experiencing water entering the basement -- he noticed a wet spot in the carpet near the couch. With this being said, he gave us a call.
Our fix? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. Once that water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home, keeping the basement dry and usable.
Water problems? Ha.
These homeowners called because they noticed puddles of water on their floor underneath the carpeting during heavy rainfall. They had to pull out the carpet because of the seepage and they found large chips in the concrete slab where puddles of water were located. The excessive moisture and humidity levels in the basement resulted in mold growth in their newly finished basement and these homeowners were ready for the proper waterproofing solution.
Because water was entering the home through several corners at the cove joint, we installed a perimeter drainage system called WaterGuard. This system includes piping that we installed underneath the flooring in the home, up against the walls, around the entire basement. The pipes were placed in the excavated flooring and the excess space was filled with crushed stone before we restored the flooring with concrete fill. WaterGuard ensures any water intrusion filters directly into the system and then drains into a sump pump to be discarded from the home.
Next we installed the SuperSump sump pump system that will collect water from under the ground and from the WaterGuard system. The sturdy liner holds a powerful Zoeller pump that ensures any unwanted water is automatically pumped outside of the home.
Water from the sump pump exits the home through discharge lines, which can often freeze during the cold winter season. The IceGuard system was a must for this project because the specialized holes in the system ensure water has a passageway to exit the lines even if the pipe is frozen.
A LawnScape outlet was attached to the end of the home’s discharge line, out away from the property, to ensure exiting water will not flow back toward the home.
David H. had an older single-story home that was built on a slab foundation. One corner of the home showed signs of settling due to the weak soils underneath that were unable to hold it. There were cracks in the drywall, sunken flooring in the area and the doors were sticking.
In order to effectively fix the foundation settlement in that area we installed helical piers.
We first removed the landscaping and soil at the base of the home where the settlement was occurring. We then attached the piers to the home with steel brackets that permanently held the piers in place. Next, we screwed the helical piers down into stable soil that will hold the weight of the foundation and prevent it from settling once again. Once the system was secured into place and the slab was stabilized, we restored the landscaping outside and the project was finished!
Courtney P. of Sparta, MI had two inches of water in her basement. There are 2 small windows that water was seeping in from. On top of that, the drain tile system was not pulling water away from the home. Hence, she gave us a call.
Our solution? The SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We started out 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, this beast s suitable for heavy water intrusion.
Following that installment, we moved onto the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement through the walls, etc. Once that water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump, in this case -- to be pumped out of the home.
Courtney, say goodbye to water issues in your basement.
Shirley V. of Wyoming, MI had three small areas on her driveway that had sunken. She stated that she was made aware of PolyLevel through a Facebook post by a friend and it looked like the best solution to her problem. Thus, she gave us a call.
The PolyLevel injection foam process is quick and fairly painless. We begin by drilling small, penny-sized holes into the slab(s) that needs to be lifted. We then use those holes to inject the foam in through. After all the foam is in place, we refill the holes and the slab can be walked or driven on within about 15 minutes.
Gorden R. of Wyoming, MI was having water issues in his basement. He wanted to be able to store items in his basement but dealt with the concern that they would be ruined by water in the basement. This being said, Gorden called us for an inspection.
Our solution? The TripleSafe and WaterGuard. 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, a power outage, this sump pump will keep your basement dry. For normal water supply, the Zoeller ⅓ horsepower pump functions. At a heavier level, the Zoeller ½ horsepower pump activates. In the case of a power outage, the UltraSump backup sump pump will pump water on a backup battery.
The WaterGuard French drain system works perfectly with the TripleSafe. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water seepage coming from the basement walls. Once that water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump -- the TripleSafe -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Gary D. of Wyoming, MI has a 35 year old house that had cracks in the poured foundation. One was small and one was vertical that was getting larger with time. Water was coming through the 3" - 4" cracks. The basement is finished, but Gary pulled off the carpets and took down the drywall in efforts to find the leak. This said, Gary reached out to us for professional help.
Our solution? FlexiSpan. Our customer favorite FlexiSpan is a polyurethane crack sealant that will never dry or crack and has the ability to flex with the natural movement of the foundation wall. This ensures a long-term waterproof seal for small cracks like Gary had.
Brenda G. of Wyoming, MI dealt with a leaky basement prior to calling us. She first noticed the water problem when she saw the carpet in the basement was damp. She saw dampness on the floors during heavy rains, causing the carpets to get moldy and filled with mildew.
Our fix? The WaterGuard French drain system and FlexiSpan polyurethane sealant. WaterGuard is a drain that rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water seepage from the basement walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
After that installment, we incorporated the FlexiSpan cracked wall sealant. FlexiSpan is flexible and guaranteed to stretch with the natural movement of you foundation wall, ensuring in a waterproof seal. This way, no water can leak in through the cracks it has been applied to.
These homeowners had a musty crawl space with a stone wall base and sand floor that was allowing water vapor to easily enter. There was direct access to the space from a closet located in the home, which is where the musty smell was first found.
In order to seal the space off from the outside environment we installed the CleanSpace liner to fully encapsulate the walls and floors and vent covers to prevent outside elements from occupying the area. The durable, white liner was cut to fit the floor and walls of the space and then securely attached to the walls to prevent it from falling down. The liner is waterproof and vapor proof to prevent any type of moisture from entering and its durable material prevents it from damage with use over time.
CleanSpace vent covers were also installed on this home to create an airtight seal and prevent any outside air, water or moisture from making its way into the crawl space.
Heather and Michael M. had a concrete retaining wall that was slanting and cracking. He wanted a permanent fix to his problem and we knew the perfect solution.
To stabilize the wall and prevent it from shifting any further, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. The installation began with the excavation of soil located outside of the foundation wall. Steel earth anchors were embedded into stable soil and connected to the failing wall with sturdy wall anchors and secured with steel rods. We then tightened the system into place and the wall was immediately held in place and prevented from slanting or cracking any further. We also installed wall anchor covers to restore the look of the wall while providing the homeowners with an effective stabilizing system.
Chris V. of Lowell, MI used to deal with a flooded basement every time in rained outside. After having enough, Chris gave us a call.
Our solution? The TripleSafe sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We began this project 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.
After that installation we moved onto the WaterGuard. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from its walls. Once this water is collected it is transferred to the sump pump -- the TripleSafe -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
This system is fool-proof. Chris, say goodbye to basement water problems.
Ken T. of Lowell, MI has a partially finished basement with poured concrete walls. This said, there were three cracks in the unfinished portion that would leak water in the springtime. So, Ken gave us a call for a professional solution.
We used our FlexiSpan polyurethane sealant to remedy this cracked wall. FlexiSpan is 100% waterproof, making leaks into the basement from these cracks impossible. On top of that, FlexiSpan, like expressed in the name, is ever so flexible and will move with the natural shift of the basement wall without letting in water.
Sandy S. from Lowell, MI has an old house that was constructed with block walls. Over the years, cracks have formed in these black walls, allowing water to leak in. Sandy wants to eventually finish basement, and wanted the basement to be waterproofed.
Our fix? The SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. The SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, it is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
After we installed the SuperSump we moved onto the WaterGuard. WaterGuard sits below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that comes into the basement from the walls. This water is then redistributed to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Linda M. called because she had water entering her basement through the wall and through cracks in the cement flooring. She was looking for a reliable solution that would solve her issue once and for all.
For this project we decided to install WaterGuard, which is a perimeter drainage system. We began by removing parts of the drywall in the home to make room for the specialized pipes that were placed underneath the flooring at the base of each wall in the basement. Water entering the home drained into the system and emptied into the sump pump to be discharged from the home, so standing water was no longer an issue for the homeowner. Excavation was needed for this project since the pipes were installed underneath the flooring, but not to worry, we filled in the removed flooring with concrete fill so it’s like we were never even there!
Brian S. called because he was looking to finish his basement but a crack in the foundation wall was allowing water to enter, which created multiple puddles of standing water on the floor.
In order to address the crack in the wall and prevent water from flowing out onto the floor, we installed the FlexiSpan system. FlexiSpan is a sealant that prevents water from leaking into the home due to cracks in a foundation wall. The flexible material in the sealant helps it move with the wall to ensure it’s completely sealed off and will not re-crack if the wall continues to shift. A section of the flooring at the base of the wall was also removed in order to place a floor drain that collects any intruding water and discards it, rather than allowing it to leak out on the floor. The flooring was restored with concrete fill and the homeowner no longer had to deal with water issues.
These homeowners called because one of the foundation walls in their basement was bowing inward and another wall was showing signs of possible wall failure, which they were looking to get fixed before it worsened.
To fix the wall that was already beginning to bow, we installed the PowerBrace system. To start the installation process, we removed a small section of the flooring at each brace location. The braces were then installed in the floor at the base of the wall and to the joists above the wall and secured into place with steel brackets. Once the braces were tightened, the wall was immediately stabilized and could potentially shift back to its original position by tightening the system over time.
To prevent the other wall in the home from bowing in the future, we installed the CarbonArmor system. A strong epoxy resin was first applied to the wall at each CarbonArmor strap location. The specialized straps are made out of a fiber-reinforced material that is 10 times stronger than steel, which makes it perfect for holding an entire wall in place. The straps were then adhered to the resin and secured, which automatically held the wall in place and prevented it from shifting in the future.
Chris V. of Lowell, MI dealt with a wet basement for years. Every time it rained the basement would flood, creating a myriad of problems. This said, Chris gave us at Ayers a call.
Our solution? The TirpleSafe and WaterGuard. We began this project by installing the TripleSafe. 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.
After that installation we moved onto the WaterGuard. The WaterGuard French drain system rests below the basement floor and above the foudation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls -- especially when it rains. Once this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump, the TripleSafe, to be pumped up and out of the home.
With these systems in place, Chris has no reason to worry about a wet basement ever again.
Ken T. from Lowell, MI has a partially finished basement with poured concrete walls. Before having us come out, there were three cracks in the unfinished portion of the basement that would leak water in the spring.
Our fix? FlexiSpan polyurethane crack sealant. FlexiSpan is 100% waterproof, keeping the water out for good. On top of that, FlexiSpan is flexible and moves with the natural shift of the foundation wall --yet again, keeping the crack free of water.
Sandy S. of Lowell, MI has an old house with block walls. Over time, the block walls began to form cracks, letting water leak into the basement. Because Sandy eventually wants to finish the basement, she needed it waterproofed. Thus, she called us.
Our solution? The SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. We started out by installing the SuperSump. The SuperSump is 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. The WaterGuard drain sits below the basement floor yet above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters into the basement. This water is then directed to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
These systems work in perfect harmony, letting their owners have complete peace of mind.
This Alto, MI home had a section between the house and garage that was settling. The homeowner was noticing signs of foundation settling before calling us, so he knew the problem needed to be addressed before it got any worse.
Thankfully, the PolyLevel system provided the home with much needed security. Several holes were drilled into the concrete and were then filled with specialize polymers that expanded to push the slab back up to its original position. The polymers were light enough to keep excess weight off of the weak soil below the slab and dense enough to ensure the weight of the concrete slab was stable.
Charles M. had a crack in his basement foundation wall that originated at the sewer line and was leaking water into his home.
To resolve his issue, we first installed the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The WaterGuard pipes were placed at the base of each wall around the interior perimeter of the basement. Water coming in through the wall flows down into the system and is then directed to the sump pump to be discharged from the home. Excavation was needed for this installation because the piping was placed underneath the flooring, but not to worry, it was restored with concrete fill.
Next we installed BrightWall paneling on the basement walls. This paneling cleaned up the look of the basement and was made from a waterproof and vapor proof material that prevents moisture from entering the home through the walls. BrightWall also worked well with WaterGuard because it directed any water coming in through the wall down behind the paneling and into the drainage system.
This homeowner had water in his basement that was coming up from the foundation. When the carpet in the area was removed, they found mold that was beginning to grow there due to the untreated moisture.
The goal of this project was to collect intruding water and discard it into the home’s sump pump so it doesn’t flow out onto the floor. The efficient WaterGuard system was able to do just that. Specialized pipes were installed underneath the flooring in the home around the entire interior perimeter of the basement. Water entering the home can drain down into the pipes and is then carried to the sump pump and exited from the home.
Philip M. called because he was concerned about a crack in his basement foundation wall. He believed the tree roots outside of his home were causing the cracks and although he made and installed his own version of wall anchors to stabilize the wall, the problem still persisted.
In order to stabilize the failing wall and prevent it from shifting even further in the future, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. The installation began with us excavating the soil outside of the wall to embed steel earth anchors into stable soil that would be able to support the weight of the wall. The earth anchor was then connected to the wall with a steel wall anchor and tightened into place with steel rods. Once the system was secured into place, the wall was immediately stabilized and would no longer shift or crack.
The homeowner also received a tightening kit that is used to tighten the anchors over time to potentially pull the wall back to its original position.
These homeowners had a concrete retaining wall that was slanted and had a large horizontal crack. It was important that the problem was fixed before the wall continued to bow inward and we knew a system that would do just the trick.
We installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to help stabilize the wall. Earth anchors were embedded in stable soil outside of the home and attached to the retaining wall with steel wall anchors. The system was tightened and secured into place with steel rods, which immediately stabilized the wall and prevented it from shifting any further. We also installed wall anchor covers to give the walls a sleek look and a tightening kit that can potentially help the wall shift back to its original position over time.
The chimney on this Ada, MI home was settling and pulling away from the rest of the house. The homeowner was looking for a reliable solution and our team of experts knew helical piers would permanently fix the issue.
The helical piers were securely attached to the base of the chimney with steel brackets and then driven down deep into stable soil that would be able to support the chimney and prevent it from shifting any further.
Kevin and Jane C. had a bowed block wall in their basement with horizontal cracks. The wall was bowed bad enough that one of the doors in the basement could not close.
To prevent the wall from bowing any further and potentially shift it back to its original position, we installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system. Specialized earth anchors were embedded in stable soil outside of the home and attached to the failing foundation wall with steel wall anchors, which were secured to the wall with steel rods. We tightened the system into place and the wall was permanently held in place and stabilized. We also provided the homeowner with a tightening kit that can help pull the wall back to its original position over time.
Megan K. contacted us because she wanted to fix the floor to ceiling crack in her basement wall that was allowing water to enter the home.
The FlexiSpan wall system was installed to seal the crack and address any intruding water. We first removed a section of the floor at the base of the crack to place a drainage grate. This grate was used to collect any intruding water that was able to enter through the FlexiSpan sealant and then ensured it was efficiently discarded from the area. Next, we sealed the wall crack with the FlexiSpan sealant that is able to shift with the moving wall, which ensured the crack was completely sealed and would not grow any further as the wall moved.
This Ada, MI home had a bowing block foundation wall that was also causing mold and moisture issues in the basement due to water seeping in through large cracks.
The PowerBrace system was installed on this basement wall to prevent it from bowing inward any further and to potentially help shift the wall completely back to its original position.
We first installed joist reinforcements in the home that the braces attached to, which helped to alleviate some of the pressure that was being exerted on the wall. Next, we installed the PowerBrace system, which was set into place at the base of the wall and securely attached to the reinforced joists above the wall with steel brackets. After tightening the system, the wall was immediately stabilized and would no longer be able to shift or crack. The PowerBrace system can also be tightened over time to potentially pull the wall back to its original state, which was a major plus for this homeowner.
These homeowners had just bought their house when they noticed water was entering their basement whenever it rained heavily. There was no sump pump system installed and the home had mold issues due to the space being extremely damp. The basement was partially finished and the homeowners were looking for an effective solution that would save their home.
We installed the WaterGuard system that collected water entering the home through the walls and then immediately drained it into a sump pump to be discharged from the home. The home did not have a sump pump for water from the WaterGuard system to drain into, which is why we installed a SuperSump sump pump. This system included a powerful Zoeller pump that could pump up to 2,220 gallons of water per hour and an airtight lid that prevented water in the sump from evaporating into the basement, which would further contribute to the high humidity and moisture levels.
Next we installed the IceGuard system on the home’s discharge line. This system has specialized holes that guide water from rhe sump pump outside of the home, even if the pipes are frozen. This ensured the homeowners that water would not re-enter the basement and cause a flood. To lead water out away from the home and prevent it from flowing back toward the basement, we installed a LawnScape outlet on the end of the discharge line.
Gary and Kathy D. contacted us because they had a buckled basement wall that needed to be fixed. There were also several stair-step and horizontal cracks found on the wall, which are both signs of wall failure.
The PowerBrace system was installed to stabilize the buckled wall and prevent it from shifting any further. The steel beams were installed in the ground at the base of the wall and connected to the reinforced joists above the wall, which were then secured into place with steel brackets. Our team tightened the system, which automatically held the wall in place and prevented it from buckling any further. We can also continue to tighten the braces as time goes on to potentially pull the wall back to its original position.
Susan and Joe W. contacted us because the cement around their pool was cracked and unleveled. They were looking for an effective solution that would address the issue and prevent it from sinking again in the future.
To lift and level the settled pool deck, we installed the PolyLevel system. This system used specialized polymers that were injected into the concrete until they reached stable soil, where they then expanded to completely lift the concrete slabs back to their original position. The neutral color of the polymer material was made to match most types of concrete to ensure the look of the home was not compromised and the polymers cured in about 15 minutes.
This Grandville, MI basement was damp and had extremely high humidity levels that the homeowners wanted taken care of.
The SaniDry XP dehumidifier was installed to wring the basement air dry and distribute dry, filtered air throughout the entire area. The homeowner never had to worry about emptying a heavy bucket of water with this specialized system because water was automatically directed into the home’s sump pump through drainage pipes.
Carol M. of Rockford, MI had a dirt crawl space that she wanted to be encapsulated. We had the perfect product for her.
The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. No water, cold air, or dirt can get through this stuff. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
Tim H. of South Haven, MI had a pipe burst a couple of years ago and had 44,000 gallons of water dump into the utility room in the crawlspace. Since then, he has been trying to rid the cottage of the damp musty smell. The crawlspace has a dirt floor. He had two dehumidifiers running but nothing would get rid of the musty smell. Thus, Tim gave us a call.
We installed one of our favorite products: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the outside, surrounding elements. No dirt, cold air, water, or moisture will be able to get into the crawl space with this in place. And as a cherry on top, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth -- no more musty smell for this crawl space.
The foundation in this Caledonia, MI home was partially concrete and partially wood with large cracks that were allowing rainwater to enter. The issue had been happening for about 10 years and the homeowners pulled the wet drywall off the walls and noticed a musty smell in the area.
We decided to install SentrySeal on the cracked wall prevent water from entering the home by sealing it off from the outside. We first had to excavate the soil outside of the wall in order to apply the specialized SentrySeal membrane that sealed off the external foundation cracks. After the membrane was applied, we replaced the soil and the homeowners no longer had to deal with chronic water issues.
Ben L. from Sparta, MI was in serious trouble before he reached out to us: he had a bowing wall. A bowing foundation wall can put the home and its occupants in danger. This said, Ben gave us a call for a professional solution.
We installed our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. PowerBrace stabilizes tilting, bowing, or buckling basement walls. The system uses steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall to offer maximum support. The PowerBrace system is even strong enough to bring foundation walls back to their original position with continued tightening.
Tim K. of Sparta, MI has some seriously bad luck with the cement slabs at his house. His front porch, sidewalk, and back patio had all been sinking deeper and deeper into the earth, created a tripping hazard for his family and his guests. This said, Tim gave us a call.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to raise these three slabs for Tim. PolyLevel is inserted underneath the slabs by drilling small, penny-sized holes and using those as access points. After we are done raising the slab, the holes are refilled and barely noticeable. In the end, the slabs are ready to walk on again within about 15 minutes!
This homeowner had water entering her basement and was looking for an effective waterproofing solution. Part of the basement was unfinished and the other part was finished with wall paneling and carpet.
We installed the WaterGuard system to eliminate intruding water automatically. This system included specialized drainage pipes that collected the incoming water and then directed it to the sump pump in the home. We first had to remove the carpeting in the finished space in order to excavate a small section of the flooring around the interior perimeter of the basement. The pipes were placed in the removed flooring and the excess space was filled with crushed stone and topped off with cement fill. Water that entered the wall was directed down into the pipes and then immediately discarded from the home.
The homeowner no longer had to worry about water invading her home.
This Coloma, MI crawlspace had standing water in it and the homeowner came to us to figure out how to solve the problem once and for all. There were already 2 sump pumps in the space, but water was still an issue. Luckily, we knew just what to do.
We first installed a SmartSump sump pump system that was specifically made for wet crawl space needs. The system ensured water or moisture within the crawl space was efficiently collected and pumped outside of the home.
Next, we installed the CleanSpace liner. This liner was used to encapsulate the entire space, including the floor and the walls. The porous block walls and concrete floor was allowing water to leak into space. The waterproof and vapor proof liner protected the space from any type of moisture or water that otherwise would have occupied the area.
To control the high humidity levels, we installed a SaniDry Cx dehumidification system. This specialized dehumidifier eliminated moisture in the air and in return, blew dry, filtered air throughout the entire crawl space. An added bonus to this system is that collected water is automatically discarded into the sump pump and then pumped outside of the home.
Lastly, the IceGuard system was installed on the home’s discharge line to ensure water was being automatically discharged from the lines even if they were frozen.
An office building in Wyoming, MI had a slab that was tilting and sinking in toward the building, allowing for deep puddles of water to form when it rained. This situation also provided a serious tripping hazard for patrons and office workers. Thus, we got a call.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to remedy this issue. PolyLevel is a lightweight yet extremely strong foam that is far better at lifting sunken slabs than mudjacking. To inject the PolyLevel we have to drill small, penny-sized holes into the concrete. Once we have injected the PolyLevel, we refill the holes to make them nearly invisible. After this is completed, the slab is ready to walk on in about 15 minutes.
Crystal D. of Kent City, MI had water coming in from her basement wall and was sick of it. Three inches of water would pool in the basement when it rained, ruining items in the basement and the basement itself. This said, Crystal gave us a call for a solution.
We installed two of our most favored products: the TripleSafe sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. The TripleSafe is a sump pump that provides three levels of protection against water leakage. Whether it be normal water supply, heavy volumes of water, or in the case of a power outage, this sump pump will keep your basement dry. For normal water supply, the Zoeller ⅓ horsepower pump functions. At a heavier level, the Zoeller ½ horsepower pump activates. In the case of a power outage, the UltraSump backup sump pump will pump water on a backup battery.
The WaterGuard drain 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 -- the TripleSafe -- ot be pumped up and out of the home.
Name a more iconic duo.
Sandy V. of Lowell, MI had a crawl space that was entirely dirt before she reached out to us. She wanted her crawl space to be encapsulated -- and we had the perfect product for her.
We installed our unique, patented crawl space encapsulation system: the CleanSpace system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off crawl spaces from their surrounding elements. No dirt, water, cold air or water vapor can get through this stuff. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
It doesn't get much better than this.
This Alto, MI home was in need of an effective wall stabilization system. The brick wall along side of the garage was attached to a cement foundation wall, although a large opening formed above the brick portion and was beginning to lean and detach from the foundation wall.
We used the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to completely stabilize and anchor the wall in place. We installed heavy-duty earth anchors in the soil outside of the wall and then connected them to the failing wall with specialized wall anchors. The anchors were secured into place with steel rods and tightened to prevent the wall from leaning or shifting any further.
James H. contacted us because he wanted to get his cracked basement wall repaired. The crack was the full height of the wall and was allowing water to enter.
The FlexiSpan wall system was installed to repair the crack and prevent water from entering. We started by removing a small section of the flooring at the base of the crack in order to install a drainage pipe to collect and discard any water that was still able to enter through the crack after being sealed. We then sealed the crack with FlexiSpan, which is an extremely flexible sealant that moves with the wall to ensure the crack does not expand any further.
This Caledonia, MI home had a crack in its basement foundation wall that was allowing moisture to enter the home. The owners were looking for a reliable solution that would seal the crack and prevent any further damage to the home.
We used the FlexiSpan wall system to solve the issue. We caulked the crack with the specialized FlexiSpan material that sealed the crack off and shifts with the movement of the wall to prevent the crack from expanding. We also installed a drainage system at the base of the wall to collect any water intrusion that could still make its way into the basement through the crack.
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.
Heather C. was putting her home up for sale and noticed there was a crack in her wall that was allowing water to enter the home. We installed the FlexiSpan system to seal of the cracked wall and address the seeping water issue. We first installed a drainage grate at the base of the wall to collect and discard intruding water. We then sealed off the crack with the waterproof FlexiSpan material. As you can tell by the name, this specialized material is extremely flexible and is able to move with the shifting concrete wall while ensuring the crack stays sealed over time.
Leann K. from Sparta, MI was having water puddle in her basement before reaching out to us. Standing water, or any water at all, can lead to mold growth, bad odors, sticking doors and windows, and congestion in the home. For all these reasons, Leann gave us a call – and we had the perfect solution for her.
We installed two of our favorite patented products: the WaterGuard French drain system and the TripleSafe sump pump system. The WaterGuard French drain system rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from he walls. Once this water is collected, it is transferred to the sump pump (the TripleSafe) to be pumped up and out of the home.
The TripleSafe sump pump 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.
WaterGuard and TripleSaf work in perfect harmony to make sure that Leann's basement stays dry and free of issues.
Mike and Carol W. had two block basement walls that were bowing inward and had horizontal and vertical cracks. The homeowner was looking for a reliable solution that would stabilize the walls and hopefully pull them back to their proper position. We installed the PowerBrace and Geo-Lock Wall Anchor systems to properly stabilize the walls. The PowerBrace system used steel I-Beams that were installed to the joists above the wall and in the floor at the footing of the wall. The beams acted as a brace to hold the walls in place and possibly straighten them over time. We also provided a tightening kit that the customers can use to tighten the braces as the walls begin to shift. The Geo-Lock wall anchors were also installed to hold the walls in place and guide them to their original position. Steel earth anchors were placed deep into stable soil outside of the failing wall and were then connected to the wall with steel plates. The plates were secured into place with steel rods and the shifting wall was immediately stabilized.
This homeowner had a floor to ceiling crack on their basement wall that was allowing water to easily enter the home. Our team of experts installed the FlexiSpan wall system to seal off the crack and prevent water from entering. We started the installation by excavating a small section of the flooring at the base of the crack in order to place a drainage grate to remove intruding water that is able to enter through the crack. Next, we used the FlexiSpan material to seal off the crack. This sealant is extremely flexible and is able to move with the shifting wall to keep the crack sealed and prevent it from expanding.
Sue G. of Wyoming, MI was dealing with a foundation wall that had horizontal cracks, making it buckle towards the middle of the wall. This is a serious issue because buckling foundation walls are one step away from a collapsing foundation wall, destroying a home and potentially injuring its inhabitants. Thankfully for Sue, we had a foolproof solution.
For this project, we installed our patented PowerBrace wall repair system. The PowerBrace system stabilizes tilting, bowing, or buckling basement walls. The system uses steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall, providing the very best support for this situation.
Now Sue can rest easy knowing that her foundation wall will not be collapsing, and she is safe in her home.
Lakesha M. of Wyoming, MI was purchasing a home but the home had a bowing foundation wall. This can cause serious issues for homeowners because it provides the opportunity for the wall to collapse and the home itself to go down with it. For this reason, Lakesha gave us a call.
We installed our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. The PowerBrace system stabilizes tilting, bowing, or buckling basement walls using steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall. This system is sure to give the best protection against a bowing, buckling, or tilting foundation wall and can even be adjusted by homeowners to eventually bring the basement wall all the way back to its original position.
Amanda B. of Wyoming, MI had water leaking in on the north side of her basement before she reached out for our help. Water leakage like this can lead to health problems due to mold growth and can lead to peeling paint and sticking doors and windows. Good thing for Amanda, we had a solution.
We installed two of our best patented waterproofing products for this project: the WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump French drain system. The WaterGuard French drain system rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing collecting all the water that makes its way into the basement. Once this water is in the drain it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home. The sump pump is the SuperSump in this case.
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, this pump is more than suitable for heavy water intrusion.
With these systems in place, Amanda was take it easy.
Walter and Christy S. had water seeping into one of the bedrooms in their home. They were looking for a solution that would properly collect and discard intruding water before the situation continued to worsen.
Our team of experts installed the WaterGuard system, which used drainage pipes located underneath the flooring to collect and discard intruding water into the home’s sump pump.
Mike and Carol W. contacted us because they had 2 block basement walls that were bowing inward. They were looking for a solution that would permanently stabilize the walls and potentially help straighten them over time.
We used the PowerBrace and Geo-Lock wall anchor systems to stabilize the wall. The PowerBrace system used steel I-beams that were installed at the base of the wall and to the floor joists above the wall. Once tightened into place, the beams acted as braces to hold the wall in place. They can even be tightened over time to potentially shift the wall back to its proper position.
The Wall Anchor system used steel earth anchors that were embedded deep in the soil outside of the problem wall. The anchors were then connected to a steel wall plate and secured into place with steel rods. Once the system was tightened, the wall was immediately held in place and will no longer continue to bow.
Stephanie H. had some moisture issues in her basement and was interested in the SaniDry system to lower the humidity levels.
The SaniDry system was installed in the basement of this home to wring the damp air dry of any unwanted moisture. The large powerful blowing motor helps to keep the air dry by filtering and circulating dry air throughout the space. Unlike other dehumidification systems, SaniDry collects and drains water directly into the home’s sump pump so the homeowner never needs to manually discard it.
Judy P. had a cement block basement wall with multiple hairline cracks. There was no water entering the home, but the sturdiness of the wall was a concern for the homeowner.
Our team of experts installed the PowerBrace system, which is a system that supports basement walls by using strong steel I-beams to hold the wall in place. The beams were installed vertically on the wall, with one end placed in the floor at the base of the wall and the other end securely attached to the floor joists above the wall. Once the system was tightened with steel brackets, the wall was no longer able to shift out of place. Another added benefit to this system was that the beams were coated with zinc to protect them from corrosion, which ensures the effectiveness of the beams over time.
Sue R. has a home that was built in the 60s and made with concrete block. She had a bowing wall that she was concerned about. This is often a sign of wall failure that can continue to worsen over time.
We installed our Wall Anchor System that is designed to stabilize your basement by securing your wall in its current position. This system is the best solution because it has a tightening system, that, over time, provides the best opportunity to straighten your walls. Wall Anchors require minimal disturbance to your family’s daily life and solves the problem for good.
Herb V. was experiencing basement wall failure. His wall began bowing at the center but not yet at the top or the bottom. This situation makes it ideal to install our Carbon Fiber Straps. Carbon Fiber Straps don’t require any outside digging and are good for areas where there is limited access in the basement. The straps help resist any further bending of the wall. Lastly, Carbon Fiber Straps have a low profile design. They make it easy to install in tight spaces and be painted over.
Dan V. from Rockford, MI was dealing with gallons of water pouring into his crawl space for prior to calling us. A wet crawl space can create moisture issues in the home itself and is something to be taken care of as soon as possible. Thankfully, we had a solution.
We installed two of our patented waterproofing products for this job. First, we installed the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace keeps crawl spaces dry and free of elements surrounding your crawl space. CleanSpace also seals air leaks to guard your home against cold air coming in through your floor, on top of incorporating anti-microbial components to guard against mold.
Then, we installed 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. 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.
These installments will be sure to prevent against water in Dan's basement so he can live peacefully again.
Mike S. of Grand Rapids, MI wanted to finish off his basement but was having water issues that needed to be resolved prior to the construction. Thankfully for him, we had a solution.
We installed one of our favorite patented products: the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and on top of the foundation footing, collecting the water that drains through your basement walls. Once this water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
This installment will provide a waterproofing sure to keep the finished basement as it should be -- dry.
Eric called us because his house had a lot that needed done and it needed done right. The basement had signs of water so the first thing we had to do was go through and install our perimeter WaterGuard system. This system is underground and will direct any water coming in through the walls and floor to the sump pump so it can be pumped outside. Eric chose to have our SuperSump sump pump installed which is a great option and comes with an alarm to alert you if there is a chance of flooding.
The garage had cracks in the floor slab so we also installed our PolyLevel system. This system works great because it's not very invasive, does what its supposed to by lifting the concrete back to its original height and it only takes about 15 minutes to cure.
We also went through and installed Helical Piers and Push Piers to fix the sinking foundation. Push piers can be installed from the interior or exterior and are made of steel. Helical piers work very similarly to lift the home back to it's original position.
Gavin B. from Grand Rapids, MI was having water leak into his basement and needed a solution. Water in a basement can cause a handful of issues not only in the basement but in the house itself. Because of this, Gavin gave us a call.
We installed our WaterGuard French drain system. This patented system rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, catching all the 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.
Kate M. contacted us because the floors above her crawl space were starting to bow and weaken. The home was built in 1905 and an addition was put on in the 1940's. A lot of the sinkage in the floors was where the old part of the home meets with the addition. We were able to correct this problem by installing our SmartJack's beneath the floor. SmartJack's are made of steel and have been tested to hold more than 60,000 pounds. These jacks will stabilize your floors and all the walls on top of that floor.
Kate M. lives in a home over a 100 years old. She recently noticed her floors were sloping and creating a gap between the floor and interior walls. Moisture and wood rot in the crawl space can also attribute to sagging floors. The joists start to weaken under the weight of the house.
The most common solution for sagging floors is installing concrete footings. Unfortunately, it is not the best decision. Over time concrete footings can settle into the soil recreating the same problem. They are also unadjustable, if the floors need additional lifting there is no way for the footing to be readjusted without reinstalling new footings. This process can become very costly and time-consuming if repeated. Our team evaluated Kate’s problem and decided our heavy duty SmartJacks would be the best resolution. SmartJacks are used to transfer the weight to more competent soils and stabilize and level girders and floor joists in a crawl space. They provide the best opportunity to lift your floors and walls back to their original position.
The homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI had pooling water in one corner of their basement. The water was damaging the wood walls that the homeowner had in the basement. Ayers team knew what needed to be done!
Our professional team installed a TripleSafe sump pump to replace the original sump pump in the home. The original sump pump in the house was not doing the job that needed to be done.The TripleSafe sump pump was the perfect option for the home because it is three sump pumps in one. The first pump removes water effectively from the home. The second pump is more powerful and has a separate discharge line in the rare cases that the first pump fails. The third pump is equipped with batteries so it is there for you if the power goes out.
Next, the team installed the WaterGuard long-lasting interior basement drainage system. WaterGuard sits on top of the footing to drain the water. The system sits on the top of the footing in order to stay out of the mud so the drain does not get clogged. The system effectively catches wall and floor seepage before it hits the basement floor. The water caught in the drainage system is immediately directed to the TriplSafe sump pump, which then removes the water from the home.
The WaterGuard system and the TripleSafe sump pump will keep the basement clean and dry so the homeowner can use the space for storage, recreational purposes, or to finish for additional living space!
The homeowner had a crack in the basement wall going from the floor to the ceiling. The crack was allowing water to come into the basement. FlexiSpan crack repair system was the obvious solution!
FlexiSpan is a three-step process that starts with the application of a flexible sealant along the full length of the crack. Next, a strip of flexible and porous foam is installed over the crack. Finally, a waterproof membrane adheres to the wall on both sides of the foam strip. The crack repair system can flex in response to wall movement so it can be permanently sealed to the wall. The system also has a hidden drainage channel that directs any leaking water to the perimeter drainage system. The water is then directed to the sump pump to effectively be removed from the home.
Kenneth L. was experiencing wall failure. His basement has cement block walls that had both horizontal and vertical cracks. Horizontal cracks can be caused from a variety factors, but they all have one thing in common, soil. The soil around the home can begin to produce excessive amounts of pressure against your basement walls. This pressure can stem from fluids in the soil or frost. The cracks in Kenneth’s wall resulted in them bowing. Our team of experts decided to install our Wall Anchor System. The Wall Anchor System is designed to hold the walls in the current positions but allow for straightening over the wall over time and cause minimal disturbance during installation.
This customer of ours had a sinking slab at their home that was causing slanting in the side of the home. This can cause a dangerous structural issue and needed a fix, and fast.
We used our patented PolyLevel injection foam to lift this slab back to its original position. PolyLevel is lightweight and can be installed by drilling small, penny-sized holes in the slab and filling though those. The holes are then filled back in with fresh cement, making this project minimal in its intrusion.
The homeowners were noticing water coming into their home through a crack in their basement floor when it rained. The water was damaging their basement floors and some of their belongings.
Our professional team installed WaterGuard to stop the water from damaging the homeowner's basement any further! WaterGuard is a longlasting interior perimeter drainage system that sits on the top of the footing in the basement. The drainage system sits on top of the footing in order to prevent mud from clogging the system. The WaterGuard system collects any water seepage in the basement and immediately directs that water to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes water from your home effectively.
We also installed IceGuard for extra protection from water during the winter months. The IceGuard system allows water to escape from the sump pump discharge line if the pipe freezes or becomes blocked for any reason. Even if the pipe outlet is buried under a floor, the snow or ice the water can still escape! This system is the perfect solution to make sure your basement stays dry!
This customer contacted us because he had another company install a perimeter system to take care of his flooding basement. The system they installed was only a partial perimeter system and it wasn't doing the job. The water in his basement really concerned this customer because he had done a lot of work in his basement and didn't want it ruined.
We decided the best solution to this problem was to install an entire perimeter system and not just a partial. WaterGuard sits above the footing rather than alongside it so no dirt, sand or other debris can get in and affect the system. The system is installed within a day and we make sure to put new cement down where the old was tore out.
The homeowner had a horizontal crack in their basement wall. They thought nothing of it until they noticed that the crack was causing their wall to bow and was allowing water to seep in. Horizontal cracks in your wall are the first sign of a wall that is beginning to bow. The cracks usually start out small and begin to increase in width over time as the soil continues to put pressure on the wall.
To combat this problem our professional team installed the PowerBrace system. The system is designed to support basement walls and allow for potential straightening over time. The PowerBrace system is coated with zinc making the entire system resistant to corrosion, reduces abrasion and wear, and creates a non-toxic surface. The beam systems also have a clean-cut appearance making your basement look nice and clean.
The wall is stabilized and is now well on its way to straightening up!
Kenneth L. from Grand Rapids, MI had a home that was built in 1918. The basement had a bowed wall with both horizontal and vertical cracks along the wall. The cracks in the homeowner's wall indicated soil settlement which results in the wall bowing. A bowing wall indicates a weakened structure and should be fixed as soon as possible so the foundation is not weakened further.
Our professional team installed our GeoLock Wall Anchor system to stabilize the wall. Galvanized steel earth anchors were embedded into the soil out away from the foundation wall. Steel wall plates are put on the bowing wall inside the home. The two plates are connected together by galvanized steel rods. The wall anchors will hold the walls in their current position not allowing them to bow any further. The best part about the wall anchors is that it could straighten the walls over time.
The homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI had water seeping in though the floors in their basment. Because of heavy rains that they were experiencing that seeping water was turning into standing water causing damage to their floors and their belongings. They did have an existing sump pump, but since the volume of the water coming into the home was so great, the sump pump could not remove the water from the home fast enough. Something needed to be done!
The first thing our professional team did was install the TripleSafe sump pump. The main reasons why sump pumps fail is because a pump breaks, the volume of water is too great or the power fails. TripleSafe is great because it has three sump pumps in one assuring protection from all three sump pump problems. The first pump will remove the water effectively from the home. The second pump has a seperate discharge line and is more powerful. The second pump will be there for you on the rare occasions that you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries so it is there for you if the power goes out.
The second thing our professional team did was install the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The WaterGuard drainage system is installed inside the home along the perimeter of your basement. The system sits on the top of the footing in order to prevent clogging. WaterGuard catches wall and floor seepage before it does any damage to your basement floors. Once the system captures the water it carries it directly to the sump pump and then the sump pump removes it from your home.
Lastly, our team installed IceGuard anti freeze system. The IceGuard system is attached to the sump pump discharge line on the outside of the home. 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.
Thanks to IceGuard, WaterGuard and TripleSafe the homeowners basement is now clean and dry!
Justine R. had water coming in through her a crack in her wall. It was so much water coming through and dripping to the floor they had to change the towels every hour. The home was built in the 1950’s and the walls are made of poured concrete. Unfortunately, we know that concrete walls move over time and will eventually begin to crack. There is just nothing we can do about them. Our team of experts decided the best plan for Justine and her family was to use FlexiSpan to fill those cracks. FlexiSpan seals cracks and also has a built-in secondary strategy in case the first seal fails. It is also made of a flexible material so it moves as the wall moves over time, making sure those cracks don’t leak again.
The homeowners in Comstock Park, MI had water seeping into their basement through the floor. Their home is located near a lake so they have had problems like this before especially when it rains. They had an existing perimeter drain system, but that was not a permanent solution.
Our professional team knew they needed to find a more permanent solution for this customer. They started off by installing the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The WaterGuard system works by capturing floor and water seepage before it does any damage to the basement. The system sits on the top of the footing in the basement to make sure the drain does not get clogged by mud or other debris. Once the water is in the system, it is transported to the sump pump and removed from the home.
The homeowner had an exisitng sump pump that was doing its job so our team decided to install IceGuard to give it a little more protection. The IceGuard system is installed on the discharge line of your sump pump outside of the home. The system works by allowing water to escape if the discharge line 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.When the discharge pipe thaws, the water will automatically run along its normal route, and no water will escape from the IceGuard.
The homeowners basement is now clean and dry!
Keegan G. noticed water coming in through his basement walls. We decided to install our WaterGuard perimeter system and Triple Safe sump pump. The WaterGuard system is installed around the perimeter of your basement and guides in water seeping in through your walls to your sump pump. The Triple Safe sump pump is equipped with two back up pumps. The second is more powerful than the first and the third pump is battery operated in te case there is a power outage. Our Triple Safe sump pump is engineered to make sure your basement stays dry no matter the situation.
The homeowners had water pouring into their basement and they had no idea where it was coming from.
Our professional team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The system sits on the top of the footing in order to prevent clogging from mud or debris. The system captures water from the floors and walls before it has a chance to damage the basement. Once the water is captured in the system it is directed to the sump pump to be removed from the home.
The team also installed the TripleSafe sump pump. The TripleSafe has three sump pumps in one giving you triple protection! The first pump will remove water from the home effectively. The second pump is more powerful and has a seperate discharge line. The second pump is there for you on the rare ocassions that you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries so it is there for you if the power goes out.
Dorothee had basement walls made of poured concrete and noticed her walls were beginning to bow at the center. Our dedicated team installed our Wall Anchor System. Wall anchors are a versatile wall repair method because they can be used to stabilize bowing walls.
The Wall Anchor System uses galvanized steel earth anchors installed in the soil away from the foundation wall. They are then connected to steel wall plates, located on the basement walls, with steel rods.
These anchors will hold walls in their current position but allow for the ability for wall straightening over time. Wall Anchors help straighten walls because they can be tightened during dry periods. The Wall Anchor System can fix severe wall problems, be installed around obstacles including pipes and vanities, and causes minimal disturbance to the customer’s daily life.
Elenor B. from Grand Rapids, MI had heavy wetness in her crawl space and needed more than a dehumidifier tl solve the problem. Good thing we had a solution,.
For this project we installed the SmartSump crawl space sump pump. The SmartSump is a small but mighty sump pump perfect for shallow crawl spaces. It's Zoeller 1/3 horsepower pump can pump 2,500 gallons of water per hour at a 5 foot head, ensuring a completely dry crawl space.
The homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI had vertical cracks going down one of their walls in their basement. Vertical cracks on your basement walls are a sign of foundation and structural failure. Weakened foundation walls can have a significant impact on your home's stability and value, and it's essential to address these problems quickly and effectively.
Our professional team installed the GeoLock Wall Anchors system to fix this homes foundation. Wall anchors work by extending from your wall to the stable, hard packed soil beyond your home. They anchor into these stronger soils and brace the foundation wall, preventing further movement. Wall anchors are installed with minimal disruption to your lawn, and they won't damage the interior of your basement or take up usable space. These wall anchors are made of galvanized steel for a long-lasting solution that will prevent any further inward movement of your walls.
The homeowners in Wyoming, MI had water flooding their basement. The water was coming in through their floor and it needed to be stopped before it ruined their finished basement even further.
Our professional team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system in order to combat the problem. The WaterGuard system sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud and debris. Once the system is in place it will trap floor and water seepage before it has a chance to damage the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is directed to the basement sump pump and removed from the home.
Our team also installed the TripleSafe sump pump. The TripleSafe has three sump pumps in one offering you triple protection! The first sump pump will remove water from your home effectively and efficiently. The second pump is equipped with a separate discharge line and is more powerful. The second pump is there for you on the rare occasions that you need it. The third pump is equipped with batteries and is there for you if the the power goes out.
Thanks to WaterGuard and TripleSafe the homeowners basement is now clean and dry.
The homeowners in Grandville, MI had water coming into their basement through one wall. The water was so bad that they had 3 to 4 inches pooling on their basement floor. The homeowners had no existing sump pump so they had to manually remove the water from the home. This was not working for them so they called Ayers Basement Systems to fix the problem!
Our professional team installed our SuperSump sump pump into the homeowners basement. The SuperSump is a full featured system that includes the best components available. It includes the SuperLiner, which is an airtight lid that looks more attractive, keeps pests out and eliminates safety hazard of an open sump pump. It has a floor drain in case an unforeseen accident puts water on your basement floor.
It includes a WaterWatch Alarm, which alerts you if the water level rises above the sump pump intake. It has a cast-iron pump to prevent overheating and burnout. It has a CleanPump pump stand that elevates the sump pump to prevent clogging. It has a check valve to prevent pumped water from re-entering. Lastly, it has an improved float valve to ensure long term performance.
Our team also installed WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. The WaterGuard system sits on the top of the footing along the perimeter of the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud or debris. The system works by capturing water seepage from the floors and walls in its drain before it has a chance to damage the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is immediately directed to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from your home keeping your basement clean and dry!
The homeowners in Spring Lake, MI had a crawl space with a dirt floor and water was starting to pool in some areas. The added moisture in the crawl space can lead to mold and can bring unwanted pests to the crawl space.
Our professional team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system to combat this moisture. The CleanSpace system covers the floors and walls of your crawl space with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. The vapor barrier isolates the home from the earth controlling moisture, preventing mold growth, and stopping unwanted pests from coming in.
Our team also decided that the SmartSump sump pump was the way to go! The SmartSump is specifically designed for crawl spaces to help reduce moisture, remove water and prevent flooding.The SmartSump has a unique sump pump cover design, so water from a plumbing leak fills an alarm pocket on the lid first, sounding a WaterWatch alarm that will let you know there is a plumbing leak. From there, the water flows down a special airtight floor drain that will let the water down, but damp air cannot come up into your crawl space. The WaterWatch sump pump alarm also alerts you to pump failure for any reason, including power outages.
The homeowners in Sparta, MI had a humid, dirt crawl space. Dirt crawl spaces are bad news. If your crawl space has a dirt floor and is wet and humid you will have higher energy bills, mold and unwanted critters. A wet and humid crawl space is the perfect place for mold to grow and for pests to live in because of the warmth. To make matters worse, the humidity will travel up into the main floors of your home causing you to turn up the air conditioning in the summer giving you higher energy bills. Thankfully, our professional team at Ayers Basement Systems has a perfect solution for this homeowners nasty crawl space.
Firstly, our professional team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace system covers the floors and walls of your crawl space with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. This vapor barrier prevents mold growth, isolates your home from the earth combating moisture, and keeps unwanted pests away. The vapor barrier is also a bright white making your crawl space look nice and clean.
Second, our team installed the SuperSump sump pump. The SuperSump is a full featured system containing the best components available. It includes the SuperLiner, which is an airtight lid that looks more attractive, keeps pests out and eliminates safety hazard of an open sump pump. It has a floor drain in case an unforeseen accident puts water on your basement floor. It includes a WaterWatch Alarm, which alerts you if the water level rises above the sump pump intake. It has a cast-iron pump to prevent overheating and burnout. It has a CleanPump pump stand that elevates the sump pump to prevent clogging. It has a check valve to prevent pumped water from re-entering. Lastly, it has an improved float valve to ensure long term performance.
Lastly, our team installed the IceGard anti freeze system for added protection against moisture. The system is installed on the sump pump discharge line on the outside of the home. 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. When the discharge pipe thaws, the water will automatically run along its normal route, and no water will escape from the IceGuard. The product adjusts automatically so you will not need to worry!
The homeowners crawl space went from nasty to beautiful thanks to Ayers Basement Systems!
Our customer Michele, was experiencing groundwater coming in through her basement floor. Her home was built 20 years ago and she had the outside walls sealed and filled with dirt but it still didn’t do much to help. She constantly had three large puddles that would form in different areas throughout the basement. Michele began resorting to laying down towels each day to soak up the water.
Ayers Basement Systems came in and helped Michele waterproof her basement. We installed our WaterGuard System. We install this system around the perimeter of her basement to guide the water coming to the Super Sump sump pump. This sump pump is made to pump out larger than average amounts of water keeping her basement nice and dry.
Now that we have taken care of the inside of her home, we began installing products to protect it from the outside. We installed the Lawnscape Outlet to hide those ugly discharge lines and give the water a place to escape with virtually no pitch. Also, because we know in the winter those discharge lines to tend to freeze we installed IceGuard. IceGuard is engineered to eject the water from the house, keeping it from pumping back into the basement. The combination of all these products will protect Michele’s basement, inside and out, from being ruined by that water coming in.
Miriam's crawlspace is made with concrete walls. She decided to have Ayers Basement Systems encapsulate it for her. We installed our CleanSpace drainage matting and CleanSpace liner. The drainage matting separates the crawlspace from the earth to keep your crawl space dry from any water or moisture from the outside. It also protects against any mold or bacteria growth that results from moisture that may enter the crawlspace.
The CleanSpace Liner is made of a durable plastic liner similar to that of a pool liner. It stops moisture from seeping into the space and can be easily installed around various obstructions. The durability of the liner also makes it easy to enter the crawl space without worrying about whether or not you will risk tearing it.
The homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI had water coming into their basement through the floor. The water was so bad in a couple of places that it started to pool causing damage to the areas. To make matters worse, there was no sump pump in the homeowners basement so there was no way for the water to escape. The homeowners knew they needed to do something about the water so they called Ayers Basement Systems.
Firstly, our professional team installed the SuperSump sump pump. The SuperSump is a full featured system containing the best componentes available. It includes the SuperLiner, which is an airtight lid that looks more attractive, keeps pests out and eliminates safety hazard of an open sump pump. It has a floor drain in case an unforeseen accident puts water on your basement floor. It includes a WaterWatch Alarm, which alerts you if the water level rises above the sump pump intake. It has a cast-iron pump to prevent overheating and burnout. It has a CleanPump pump stand that elevates the sump pump to prevent clogging. It has a check valve to prevent pumped water from re-entering. Lastly, it has an improved float valve to ensure long term performance.
Next, our team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud or other debris. The system works by capturing floor and wall seepage before it has a chance to damage anything in the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is taken immediately to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from your home!
Last, but not least, our professional team installed the IceGuard anti freeze system. The IceGuard system attaches to the sump pump drainage line on the outside of the home. 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. When the discharge pipe thaws, the water will automatically run along its normal route, and no water will escape from the IceGuard.
Thanks to the SuperSump, WaterGuard and IceGuard the homeowners basement is now clean and dry!
The homeowners had water coming into their home through one of their walls. One one point they had 3 or 4 inches of water pooling into their basement and damaging everything in the area. They knew something needed to be done so they called Ayers Basement Systems.
Firstly, our professional team installed the SuperSump sump pump. The SuperSump is a full featured system containing the best componentes available. It includes the SuperLiner, which is an airtight lid that looks more attractive, keeps pests out and eliminates safety hazard of an open sump pump. It has a floor drain in case an unforeseen accident puts water on your basement floor. It includes a WaterWatch Alarm, which alerts you if the water level rises above the sump pump intake. It has a cast-iron pump to prevent overheating and burnout. It has a CleanPump pump stand that elevates the sump pump to prevent clogging. It has a check valve to prevent pumped water from re-entering. Lastly, it has an improved float valve to ensure long term performance.
Next, our team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard sits on the top of the footing in the basement in order to prevent clogging from mud or other debris. The system works by capturing floor and wall seepage before it has a chance to damage anything in the basement. Once the water is trapped in the drain it is taken immediately to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from your home!
John began noticing stair-step and horizontal cracks in his cement block basement walls. Horizontal cracks are usually one of the first symptoms of wall failure you begin to notice. They start off small and grow over time as continued pressure is added to the wall causing it to bow. As the problem worsens, stair-step cracks begin to form at the corners of the walls. This bowing is caused by pressure being exerted from around the wall from the soil being saturated with water, frost, or expansive clay soil.
Our team of experts decided to install our Wall Anchor System. The Wall Anchors are made of galvanized steel that are embedded in the soil away from the foundation wall. They are then connected to steel plates, on your basement walls, by steel rods. Once, installed the anchors hold the walls in their current position. Although the walls are instantly stabilized, this patent system allows for additional straightening of your basement walls over time. The Wall Anchor System provides the best opportunity to straighten walls over time, can be installed around obstacles, and require minimal disturbance during installation.
Richard has a home that was built in the early 2000’s. He has a finished basement with water coming in from the walls. The water was beginning to ruin the basement and Richard wanted it sealed before causing any additional damage.
We used FlexiSpan to seal the cracks in Richard’s walls. FlexiSpan seals cracks and comes with a built in secondary strategy just in case the first one fails. FlexiSpan, as its name implies, is flexible. It will move with the wall as it moves over time. This ensures your walls will stay sealed and no amount of wall movement will make it leak again.
Larry’s home was built in the mid 1970’s and his walls are made of poured concrete. He was having issues with water coming into his basement from the floor and walls. Larry has been trying to keep up with the water but it has been ruining his finished basement. He finally had enough and decided to call Ayers Basement Systems. Our team of experts designed a plan to resolve Larry’s issues.
We began by installing our WaterGuard Perimeter system. WaterGuard is installed around the perimeter of your basement and guides any water coming in to the existing sump pump. We then installed our BrightWall Paneling. BrightWall is a set of plastic white panels that get installed on your basement walls. The paneling drains any water that comes in through the walls down to the WaterGuard Perimeter system to the sump pump. It also keeps vapor from entering your basement. Finally, BrightWall adds a bright and clean semi-finished look to your basement.
After protecting Larry’s basement from the inside, we moved outside and installed our Lawnscape Outlet. Lawnscape is installed underground to hide those discharge lines and avoid tripping hazards. Additionally, Lawnscape is engineered for the water to escape away from your home with virtually no pitch. Lastly, we installed Iceguard. Iceguard is used to protect your basement during winter months when your discharge lines freeze. It allows the water to escape by spraying it away from your home instead of flowing back into your basement because it has no place to go. This combination of indoor and outdoor products protects Larry’s basement from further damage.
Laura had water coming in to a small section in her basement. The water was seeping in through the walls. Her home was built in 2000 and the walls are made of poured concrete. We used FlexiSpan to fill the cracks in Laura’s wall. FlexSpan seals cracks and has a built-in secondary strategy just in case the first one fails. It is flexible and moves with your wall over time ensuring your walls don’t releak and your basement stays dry.
This customer noticed a crack had formed in his garage wall over the past few years. Stairstep cracks are a telltale sign that your wall is failing. A failing wall is not good for resale value and definitley not good for the saftey of you or your family. It's a good idea to get foundation issues addressed as soon as possible so it doesn't create more a problem.
For this wall crack in the customers garage we were able to install our Wall Anchors to fix the problem. Wall anchors are a very versatile repair method because they can fix: bowed walls, walls that are tipping, and walls that are pushing inwward. These anchros are installed independently of the floor system so they are a good choice to fix very severe problems. They can also be tightened over time to make sure your wall is getting back to its original position. Wall anchors can be installed around pipes, vanities, sinkes, toilets and so much more which make them a great minimal disturbing choice for repairing your walls.
PolyLevel is a very non-invasive technology that allows us to inject polymers below your cement slab to lift it back up to its correct height. The cure time for this system is less than 15 minutes, so it can be walked or even drove on almost right away. The holes drilled in the cement to inject the structural grade polymers are smaller than a penny.
Please give us a call if you need your driveway, garage, basement, sidewalks or even pool cement slabs lifted back up so you can have peace of mind. No more worrying if someone will trip over it, let's get it taken care of the right way and in a timely fashion.
At a home in Grand Rapids, a hazardous walkway worried the homeowner. The unlevel concrete slabs provided a serious lip in the walkway that could easily be tripped on. We see this far too often and know exactly how to fix it. We installed PolyLevel, which is an advanced polymer injection foam which is implanted into the concrete to level it out and make it stronger.
PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.
A customer from Wyoming, Michigan called us about their driveway and how bumpy and saggy it was. They hated driving on it going up into their driveway, so they wanted our help. So, we drove over there and decided to install our PolyLevel technology. PolyLevel is an advanced polymer injection foam that we blast into the concrete in order to level it out and make it stronger than ever. PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.
A homeowner from Alto, Michigan called in regards to their basement wall. They noticed that it was beginning to fail. So we drove over to their home to check it out for ourselves and figured that the best thing to do would be to install our wall anchor system. We install these by digging a tiny hole in that are a few feet away from the home. Ten we drill a steel rod through a 1 inch hole in the basement wall. Then, the rod connects to an anchor that is placed in the hole of the soil. Once we place the plates on afterwards, we have permanently stabilized the basement. So now the homeowner doesn't have to worry about an unsafe basement ever again.
Let's say your have an emergency and your house catches on fire and the only way out is the door to the upstairs. That could be very well where the fire is coming from and there is no other way out. We don't want this to happen to anyone which is why we offer egress windows and install them. It is now part of the building code that every home has 2 exits in the basement. So let us help you and give you peace of mind by installing an egress window in your basement. The glass is double paned so it wont be noisy, the outside edges are made of plastic so you never have to repaint it and plus what's better than knowing your family will be safe.
We were contacted by this customer because he noticed that his garage was starting to pull away from his home. This was concerning so we wanted to get this taken care of as soon as possible and permanently so this issue didn't arise again. After inspecting the situation our system design specialist and the homeowner decided the best solution would be to install helical piers. Helical piers are made of steel and can be installed inside or outside your home. These piers are designed to lift your home or in this case, the garage back to the original height/position. The best part about these piers is it is a permanent fix that takes care of the problem once and for all.
Our customers, Steve and Deanna called us with some bad news...their finished basement developed a water leak. This leak was coming from one of the basement walls. Leakage in walls is very common, cement and concrete tends to easily crack due to factors such as humidity and freezing. Luckily, with the help of a product called Flexispan, we are able to eliminate leakage, as well as prevent future leakage. Flexispan is able to not only provide a fix to the current leaking, but also prevents future leaking by creating a water well at the bottom of the wall that is able to drain water.
Basement safety is a topic that is often overlooked by a lot of homeowners. Egress windows are used in basements to allow more safety for people inside trying to get out. Being able to safely escape a house quickly can be the difference between life or death. So egress windows not only make your house safer, but in some cases they can even be required; for example cases when somebody lives in the basement, it could fall under building code. When it comes to egress windows, it's better to be safe than sorry!
As yet another Michigan winter approaches, cold feet and energy costs are coming along as well. Improper crawl space and insulation can costs hundreds of dollars in the span of a year; thousands over the life span of a home. To help save energy, reduce humidity, and reduce the amount of cold air entering your house, we recommend a crawl space upgrade with CleanSpace and SilverGlo. CleanSpace is a white vapor barrier that is used to reduce humidity and keep those creepy animals out of your home and crawl space. SilverGlo is wall insulation that helps keep any cold and humidity from entering your home. With these two additions, Michigan winters don't stand a chance.
As the dreaded Michigan winter starts taking a toll on our lives; our houses have some issues of their own as well. Our customers, Chuck and Mary called us with their home having some issues with water in their crawl space and one side of their floor sinking. Ayers was able to help fix those issues by installing a new sump pump and a crawl space vapor barrier, called CleanSpace. For the discharge of the sump pump, it is important that the water gets outside of your home and we recommend installing IceGuard. IceGuard attaches to your discharge pipe outside of your home to act as protection against frozen pipes that would otherwise cause a flood in your basement or crawl space. This cheap addition to your home allows for more protection against cold Michigan winters and will help to keep your space nice and dry.
Steve & Yolanda, our wonderful friends from Comstock Park, MI had been experiencing severe water seepage and moisture issues in their crawlspace. Steve began growing concerned that this moisture would promote mold growth below their home, provoking his wife’s allergy to mold. Steve & Yolanda saw an Ayers Basement Systems truck in their local community, wrote down our phone number and gave us a call!
Upon diagnosing their unique crawlspace needs, we recommended our patented CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system to resolve the current issues being faced in their crawlspace. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a thick 20mm plastic lining that entirely seals off the crawlspace from all of the harsh elements it faces below. With this system in place, no more water or cold air can enter Steve & Yolanda’s crawlspace. Plus, the CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth, so Steve can rest assured that their crawlspace will not make his wife fall victim to her mold allergy. With our advanced crawlspace encapsulation system in place, this local Comstock Park crawlspace will forever be transformed.
Ernie & Katie, our loyal friends from Lupton, MI found themselves battling an issue with two of the walls in their basement. The couple’s walls began bowing outward near the top and developed a horizontal crack. Ernie & Katie chose to take a proactive approach and began asking friends and relatives if they knew of any reliable contractors to seek for help. One of Katie’s friends had crawlspace work done by Ayers and recommended us to her. After receiving a call, we joined Ernie & Katie in the challenge of straightening their walls and devised a tactical solution consisting of three PowerBraces. The PowerBrace system encompasses adjustable steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the foundation wall, offering revolutionary support. The PowerBrace improves the condition of bowing and cracked walls by reversing the forces of nature and allowing them to move back to their original position. Through a collaborative effort with Ernie & Katie, we were able to provide them with a permanent solution to their foundation troubles and give them a newly found piece of mind.
Jody from Grandville, MI was enduring issues with the walls in her basement bowing outward. With several observations, she could tell the walls were continuing to move. Jody saw several of our commercials on TV and took action, scheduling her free home inspection.
We sent a foundation design specialist to her home and devised several solution proposals. Jody decided Carbon Armor straps would work best for her current situation. The Carbon Armor wall reinforcement system is a state-of-the-art solution for bowing foundation walls. These straps are made from a fiber reinforced polymer that's ten times stronger than steel and is specifically designed for this application. Carbon Armor straps prevent bowing walls from further bowing in the future. The best part is that this system requires no exterior excavation, installs quickly, and won't impact future basement finishing. Jody’s walls have been stabilized are now stronger than ever, by making one simple phone call your walls can be stabilized too!
Rolland W., from Caledonia, MI became annoyed with the large deep puddles that would form in the un-level cement squares of his driveway. In the winter he was reminded of his cement troubles each time it became necessary to shovel snow. Not wanting to replace the cement in his driveway, but still seeking equally effective alternative solutions, Rolland began exploring his options.
In his search he came across us and found out about the magic of Poly-Level. At his free inspection, our concrete leveling expert created a personalized solution to the problems our new friend was facing. After calling several other companies and receiving pricey proposals, Rolland chose us to fix his driveway. Through the expansive qualities of Poly-Level, we were able to make the cement in Rolland’s driveway look new again. After having the concrete in his driveway repaired, shoveling snow became a breeze once again and no more water has puddled in his driveway. Don’t let uneven cement defeat you, call us today for a free estimate.
Crawlspace protection is important and often mislooked by homeowners. To fully protect your crawlspace, Ayers recommends the combination of CleanSpace and a SaniDry dehumidifier to create a healthy environment for your crawlspace. The CleanSpace vapor barrier (white) blocks moisture coming in through the foundation while the SaniDry (not pictured) takes the moisture out of the air to prevent wood rot, mold growth and musty smells. SilverGlo is used on the walls to add further insulation. Together, these additions create an effective environment that will save energy bills as well as keep your home and you healthy.
A few concerning signs that show your foundation is weakening are cracks that look like stair steps in concrete foundation or brick wall, any slanted crack in your drywall, and tilting floors. You especially can't ignore your foundation problem when your floors begin to sink because it eventually becomes too obvious. In this home, we safely raised the floor by a quarter of an inch with our Helical Piers system.
How did we do that? In short - skilled foreman and science (helical piers).
Helical piers permanently stabilize the structure of a home with minimal landscape damage. The piers are like long steel tubes with half-moon blades attached to them. Our foreman take the piers and, meticulously, carve out space near the weak section of the home's foundation. Then, they insert the piers really deep into the soil, commonly known as load-bearing soil, that has the capacity to hold up the foundation of a house by using pressurized water.
Once the piers are in the ground, we connect these long steel tubes with the half-moon blades (helical piers) to the house. At this point, it's like connecting one lego piece to another using a bracket. The pier is now fastened to the home and the system is able to lift the home back to its original position. The neat thing about helical piers is that they can be installed from inside or outside your home, the steel is galvanized so it never rusts, and its a lot less invasive.
How does your crawl space affect you? In a lot of ways - sinking floors, cracks in the wall (foundational issues), moldy air, high heating and cooling bills etc.
One step in solving the issues in your crawl space is to address it's stability. Our Smart Jack assembly strengthened the beams that held up this home's flooring. By providing a solid foundation, we are able to ease the load off the decaying beams that could no longer hold up the house.
Charles has a finished basement that always has a temperature different from the rest of his home. He thought this was normal before he called us for a free quote. Our team showed hi that his basement window was allowing a lot of outside air in and recommended an Egress Window installation. Since the installation Charles has been able to enjoy his basement much more.
Everyone knows the saying, “you get what you pay for”. As cliché as it may sound, in many aspects of life, the saying holds true. When Christian gave us a call explaining that his basement ceiling was beginning to lean, we instinctively asked, “Are the beams made of wood?” and with his one-worded response, we knew Ayers Basement Systems had just the solution he was looking for.
When building a house, wood is the most commonly used material due to its inexpensive nature. However, over time wood begins to rot and crack if not taken care of properly. In Christian’s case, the wooden beams were cracking from too much moisture in the air. To combat the problem, our system design specialists installed the CleanSpace wall system, super sump pump, and Supportworks smart jacks.
The smart jack system is a foundation repair product that provides a permanent, adjustable solution. Made from galvanized steel, smart jacks will never rot or crack and can support more than 60,000 pounds. Once installed, the base of the steel is covered with concrete to provide additional stability. By waterproofing the basement as well, Ayers Basement Systems was able to provide a long-lasting solution for this West-Michigan family!