Serving Mid, Western and Northern Michigan,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
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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 Manistee County, MI.
Our customer called with a dirty, musty, moldy crawl space. The floor was riddled with fiberglass insulation (which has no business being anywhere near a crawl space) and debris, and the plastic liner covering the floor was bunched up and acting more as large debris than anything protective. The crawl space had eight vents, which explains much of the problem.
It's not uncommon for homes near bodies of water to have moldy crawl spaces; the higher water table and proximity to the water, especially when the crawl space is vented, allows for greater water influx. Full encapsulation is the only way to protect your home from the effects of mold and get away from that musty smell.
We used CleanSpace vapor barrier to encapsulate the crawl space; CleanSpace forms a seal in the crawl space, protecting it, and by extension your home, from the elements. We also covered the vents to prevent air and water entry, and installed a SmartSump sump pump and SaniDry dehumidifier to keep moisture under control.
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.
Brian R. gave us a call because there were some cracks in the floors and walls of his basement. The home was built in the 1920's out of cement block, and is now cracking horizontally, vertically, and stair-stepping. The floors were uneven and they had sticking doors and windows.
Our solution? Helical piers. Helical piers provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation or structural element is transferred to the pier. They also have a great deal of versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements. Cracking foundation -- no problem.
Joe B. from Manistee, MI lives in a house that was built in 1910. It has a poured foundation, and the foundation had vertical cracks up and down the entire wall. The east wall was bowing and this problem had to be stopped before serious damage took place.
Our solution? The PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. Designed to repair tilting, bowing, or buckling foundation walls, PowerBrace is made of steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the foundation wall, offering maximum support. PowerBraces even have the strength to potentially take the foundation wall back to its original position, on top of supporting it. Joe can be pleased that his basement and home are now safe to enjoy with the PowerBrace system.
Pearl F. of Onekama, MI was experiencing a moist, humid crawl space and wanted a vapor barrier to be in place. Thus, she gave us a call.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that does a great job of keeping out water, dirt, moisture, and cold air. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent the growth of mold.
With this system, Pearl is getting not only a vapor barrier, but an everything barrier.
Craig P. of Onekama, MI had dirt and insualtion piled up in his crawl space and wanted it to be clean. After attempting to do the job himself and not being totally satisfied, he gave us a call for a professional fix -- and let us do what we do best.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace seals off crawl spaces from the surrounding elements -- making sure no dirt, water, cold air, or moisture will pass through. And as an added bonus, this 20mm thick plastic is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
Edward H. was looking to have a vapor barrier placed into his brand new, dirt floor crawlspace. We also wanted to deal with the high humidity levels and moisture that occupied the space to ensure the crawl space would not cause any problems for the homeowner.
To encapsulate the space we installed the CleanSpace liner, which is a durable, waterproof and vapor proof liner that ensures moisture is unable to enter through the floor or the walls. We also made sure to cover the piers in the crawl space to prevent damage from ambient moisture.
Next we installed a SaniDry XP dehumidification system. This dehumidifier effectively removed all moisture from the air, filtered it and then distributed it throughout the entire area to ensure the space was free of high humidity levels. The system automatically drains collected water in a sump pump, which is why we installed the effective SmartSump sump pump. This system ensures water from the dehumidifier is discarded efficiently and makes sure any other form of water intrusion is taken care of.
Lastly, we installed vent covers over the vents in the crawl space to keep the outside environment from getting in.
Gary O. from Manistee, MI had a wet basement before he called us. Water was spilling in relentlessly and he had tried to fix it himself with no prevail. Thus, he gave us a call.
Our solution? 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 French drain rests below the floor of the basement and the foundation footing, catching all the water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is caught, is it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home. In this case, the SuperSump does this job in perfect harmony with the WaterGaurd drain.
This Bear Lake, MI home had a cracked foundation wall that was beginning to bow. The homeowner was looking for a reliable solution that would stabilize the wall and prevent it from shifting any further.
We installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to hold the wall in place and potentially shift it back to its original position. Specialized earth anchors were placed deep into the soil outside of the failing wall and were then connected to the wall with steel wall anchors. The system was secured into place with steel rods and tightened to automatically hold the wall in place. The homeowner also received a tightening kit that can be used to tightened the wall over time in order to help pull it back to its proper position.
This customer called because his crawl space had some leaks, there was no major standing water but small puddles throughout the space. The home was built in 1995 and doesn't have an existing sump pump installed. Our team was able to install our CleanSpace system to encapsulate the crawl space. This system will not allow any outside elements in such as water and moisture. It is also very durable so that personal belongings can be stored on it. We also went in and installed a sump pump since the customer lives on the lake and says the water table is very high where his home is located.
Poorly taken care of crawlspaces, negatively affect the whole home whether you know it or not. It can make the air bad to breathe, raise air bills, all of that stuff. Well, this customer from Manistee called us about his crawlspace that we wanted insulated. We installed two things. 1) CleanSpace. CleanSpace is a 20 mil thick plastic liner that fits to the crawl space to completely seal the home from the earth. Polyester cord reinforcement allows for a lot of durability, to make it last longer than the home will. This liner also contains an antimicrobial additive to prevent mold.
We also installed Frothpak. This is a spray foam insulation used on rim joists and hard to reach areas. FrothPak does not absorb moisture, so it does a great job at sealing crawlspaces from the outside environment. Now this homeowner will have a perfectly insulated crawlspaces for years to come.
A customer from Arcadia needed help with waterproofing his crawlspace. He gave us a call, and we were able to keep the water out of his crawlspace. Among many products we installed our IceGuard technology. The IceGuard is most commonly used for homes that experience freezing winters (just like Michigan). This goes outside the home and automatically flows the water away from the exterior wall just in case the pipe freezes. The IceGuard allows any water to exit even when the pipe is frozen by having holes that direct the water out of the pipe when the pipe is frozen. When the pipe is not frozen, no water exits the holes. The purpose of the IceGuard on this project was to allow any water that the sump pump is pushing out of the crawlspace to exit the crawlspace instead of getting clogged in a frozen pipe. Now, this homeowner wont have to worry about any water accumulating in his basement.
Crawl spaces are taboo areas under a home that nobody pays attention to. Yet, these spaces hold a lot of power; the stability of a home, it's temperature, and air quality are all related to the crawl space we never go in.
Our foreman created a dry and supported environment that preserves the longevity of this house with Clean Space technology and Smart Jacks. We sealed the entire crawl space with a strong, durable lining that prevents mold and is waterproof. This liner is thicker and won't rip, unlike store-bought plastic liners. In addition, we armed the foundation of the crawl space with three Smart Jacks, a steel support system that stabilizes the sinking floors above. Smart Jacks spread the weight of your home to more stable soil which provides visible and long-lasting stabilization and lift.