Serving Mid, Western and Northern Michigan,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Building code requires an egress window in a basement bedroom, but they are often a desired feature in any finished basement or even unfinished spaces because they let light into a normally dark room.
These Hudson, MI customers were in the middle of a serious remodel. The groundwater around their home was causing a host of problems to the basement and crawl space. In an effort to save their lower levels from a watery grave, they had excavated the worst areas, added in a drainage system to the basement, and filled in as many of the leaking cracks as they could. The plan seemed to have worked for the basement, but the constant dampness had really affected the crawl space, as seen in the before photo. Not only were the floor joists starting to rot, the insulation was also coming down. That’s when the crew introduced the customers to our CleanSpace Vapor Barrier System. Dirt floors allow moisture easy access to the crawl space, but with the CleanSpace system covering both the floors and the bottom portion of the walls, there is no entryway for moisture.
As you can see in the after photo, CleanSpace wasn’t the only product we installed. The SilverGlo Wall Panels will act as insulation and create another barrier that keeps leaking water from coming through the walls. With neither walls nor floor allowing water inside, this crawl space won’t have any more trouble with dampness.
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We not only adhere to the highest industry standards, we strive to be the industry leader in the home improvement related services we provide. We also use state-of-the-art products and technology which are designed to fix your home. We are the authorized Basement Systems dealer in Lenawee, MI.
This Cement City, MI home had settled foundation with uneven floors on one side of the property. The homeowner had questionable work done on the issue in the past, although the problem still existed.
To stabilze the sagging beams and raise the uneven floors we installed SmartJacks. We first removed sections of flooring at each SmartJack location and then filled the area with crushed stone. We then placed a structural footing in the stone that ensured the columns were held tightly in place. Next we installed new support beams in the ceiling of the basement to replace the old, sagging ones originally found in the home. After that we size and cut galvanized steel columns to perfectly fit the height of the basement and attached them to the footing in the floor. The top of the columns were securely attached to the beams above and we tightened the system to immediately stabilize the floors and walls above
The driveway and porch step on this Cement City home had sunk down several inches from its original location. The homeowner wanted to level the sunken slab and lift the settled porch to improve the look of the home and prevent any safety issues.
We used the PolyLevel system to level the sunken concrete. Several holes were drilled into the concrete slabs, which were then filled with specialized polymers. These polymers expanded to lift the slabs back to their proper level. The polymers were dense and lightweight to ensure the slab was lifted effectively while dealing with the weak soil issue below the slabs that caused them to sink in the first place.
Justin K. in Onsted, MI noticed the brick at the corner of his home dropped about a half inch. This means that the foundation is settling. Foundation settlement is never a good thing. The soil below his home could no longer support the weight of his home causing the foundation of his home to sink.
Our professional team knew something had to be done in order to avoid further damage to the home. Helical piers were installed to combat the sinking foundation. Helical piers are a steel piering system that can be installed from the exterior or interior of the home. The main job of the piering system is to lift the home back to its original position. In order to install helical piers, the soil is removed from the area where the piers will be installed. Once proper depths are achieved, heavy-duty foundation brackets are positioned below the footing. The weight of the home is then transferred through the helical piers to deep, competent soils. Lifting the home back toward its original position is attempted, and the soil around the installation is then replaced.
Justin's home is well on its way to being lifted back to its original position!
These homeowners have owned their home for about 3 years and noticed water coming in their basement. They had their eaves troughs cleaned out which ended up not helping. They called us in for our expertise advice and found out that the water was coming in through the floor. We then got to work and installed a WaterGuard system. WaterGuard is a perimeter floor system that collects any water that comes in through the floor or walls and directs it to the sump pump. Sometimes we will also install cross tiles to go through the center of the floor to ensure any water entering the basement gets back outside and doesn't ruin your house.