Winter humidity can wreak havoc in your home. Here's how humidity can impact the health of your crawl space.
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The owners of this Ludington, MI home had grown accustomed to water leakage from their walls and overflow in the drainage area. After all, it had been a regular occurrence in their basement during heavy rains and snow melt, and with all the construction that was happening to their home, they didn’t have a chance to do anything about it. But since the construction was finally complete, they wanted to put an end to the leaks once and for all. The after photo shows how our crew was able to do so.
The white liner covering the walls is the CleanSpace Wall Vapor Barrier. Impenetrable by moisture, the liner separates the leaking wall from the rest of the basement as it escorts water down to a drainage system at the foot of the wall. The drainage system, WaterGuard, sits in the foot and wall joint around the perimeter of the basement to collect water and direct it to the SuperSump system in the after photo. Capable of discharging over 2,000 gallons of water per hour, the SuperSump will be able to stand up to any rainfall or melting snow that the basement encounters.
BrightWall enhanced these brick basement walls by providing a smooth, clean finish. These panels are made of rigid plastic sheeting that's attached to your basement wall by drilled-in plastic fasteners. They're waterproof and washable, and provide a vapor barrier on the walls to prevent humidity and the growth of mold.
John G. contacted us because he noticed a musty odor coming from his crawl space that was located under his sun porch. There was mold found in the space in the past, and the homeowner wanted to encapsulate the area and prevent further issues. The open vents and sand floor in the crawl space was allowing moisture to easily enter, which was the cause of the high humidity levels, musty smell and mold growth. We used the CleanSpace liner to fully encapsulate the space. The liner was waterproof and vapor proof, which prevented excess moisture from occupying the area. We also installed vent covers to create an airtight seal between the crawl space and the outside world. To insulate the space we installed FrothPak spray foam. This spray foam insulation doesn’t absorb ambient moisture like fiberglass insulation and is made of inorganic materials that will not lead to mold growth.
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Ayers Basement Systems has been working in Ludington, MI for years fixing leaky basements, crawl spaces and more. We are experts in our field, and also provide our customers with fantastic customer service, to make the experience as painless as possible.
Some possible signs you may have a problem that needs to be waterproofed includes but is not limited to:
Ayers Basement Systems has expert foundation repair inspectors on hand also, to diagnose and fix foundation problems. So whether you have a sinking foundation, bowing foundation walls, a sinking front step, or cracked drywall in your home, Ayers Basement Systems can help fix your home's foundation issue.
Tom B. has a home in Ludington, MI that suffers from water seepage due to a high water table. Water seeping into a basement can create lots of problems beyond soaking the floor such as sticking windows and doors and musty odors. Thus, Tom gave us a call for a professional solution.
We installed two of our great, patented products for this job: the SuperSump premier sump pump system and the WaterGuard French drain system. The SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, it is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
The WaterGuard drain sits above the foundation footing but below the basement floor, collecting water that leaks into the basement from the walls. Once this water is in the drain, it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump, in this case -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Gary L. of Ludington, MI had to tear up carpet in his basement because it had been soaked with water. This was no water spill -- this was a leak from the exterior. Because of the damage that can be caused by water leaking into a basement, Gary gave us a call.
We installed one of our favorite duos: 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. After this water is collected it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the basement. The sump pump here, of course, is the TripleSafe.
These two systems work in perfect harmony to provide the best waterproofing for Gary's basement.
Elsa W. of Ludington, MI was subject to water issues in her basement and wanted a sump pump that would take care of these issues.
The product we felt would be best for Elsa is our patented TripleSafe sump pump system. The TripleSafe 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.
This all-around proactive pump will assure complete peace of mind against basement water issues.
Eric A. from Ludington was experiencing a floor in his home that was uneven and slanting toward the main support wall. He had horizontal and vertical cracks -- a couple that were 6" long and one that was 3" above a window. He also had water in his crawl space because the house in on a high water table.
To remedy this problem, we installed our SmartJack crawl space stabilizers. SmartJack is an adjustable support system for sagging crawl spaces. It not only offers support, but can often lift falling floor beams back to their original position.
Kathy B. of Ludington, MI wanted a way to prevent flooding in case something happened to her sump pump.
We provided her with the UltaSump battery backup system. In the event of loss of power the battery backup will automatically kick in and begin removing water from your basement, preventing a flood. The battery backup also comes with an alarm to alert you in case of power failure, sounding when the backup pump is running and silencing when power is restored.