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Ayers Basement Systems has been serving Manistee homeowners for over 40 years. Our locally owned and operated businesses provides professional basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, concrete leveling and foundation repair. If you need help with your below-grade service, we are Manistee's trusted contractor.
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Water in the basement or crawl space means eventual mold growth and rot. If left ignored, over the years the damage to your home can become extreme. To prevent that from every happening we install a waterproofing system in the basement and an encapsulation system in the crawl space. We protect your Manistee home.
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Ayers Basement Systems is a member of Basement Systems, the international network of basement & crawlspace waterproofers. As part of the network, our waterproofing specialists receive advanced training in waterproofing techniques. They also receive access to exclusive, patented waterproofing products. All these products together form a complete basement waterproofing solution. We install an interior drainage channel along the inner perimeter of your basement. Any water entering through the basement walls is collected into the channel and runs to a sump pump. The pump evacuates the water out and safely away from your home. The systems is completed with a energy-efficient basement dehumidifier. By removing the water and controlling the humidity in the basement mold and rot are prevented.
If you have a crawl space rather than a basement, we can protect the area with a similar system. An insulating mat is laid on the crawl space floor and then a thick, vinyl vapor-barrier is placed on top running up the crawl space walls. The vapor-barrier prevents water from seeping into the crawl space. The crawl space vents are close and a sealable entrance is installed. A crawl space dehumidifier and sump pump are added to complete the system. Any entering water is immediately removed and the space is insulated and sealed. No mold, no rot and no cold floors over crawl spaces.
Foundation issues are much more serious than basement waterproofing problems as they can permanently damage your home. Foundation problems need to be corrected quickly and professionally. Ayers Basement Systems permanently repairs foundations for business and homeowners throughout Manistee.
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We use a number of different foundation piering solutions to correct sinking or settling foundations. These include helical piers, push piers, slab piers and helical deck piers. These piering systems drill down to a stable soil base capable of lifting and supporting your home in its original position. Whatever your foundation issues, we have the right solution.
Updated Mudjacking Techniques
If your home has sunken concrete slabs in your driveway, patio, sidewalk, etc. we use an updated variation of mudjacking to correct the problem. Mudjacking or slab jacking traditionally involves pumping a mudslurry beneath concrete slabs through holes drilled through the slab. Rather than using a heavy mudslurry we use PolyLEVEL, an expansive polyurethane foam. The foam expands to fill all the gaps beneath the slab, lifting it back to its level position. The foam is also much lighter than mudslurry putting less stress on the underlying soil. PolyLEVEL also cures within hours rather than the days that mudslurry takes. Ayers Basement Systems is Manistee's trusted concrete lifting and leveling contractor.
Healthy Crawl Space in Manistee, MI
The crawl space in any building is often ignored yet, it affects your home's air quality, temperature, and foundation. Those smells, uneven floors, and cracks in the wall could stem from an under-supported and wet crawl space. Taking care of your crawl space can restore and uplift the overall quality of a home.
In this home, we installed Clean Space technology and the Smart Jack system. Clean Space is a 20-millimeter thick plastic lining that is water and mold resistant. The before photo shows a crawl space covered with a generic plastic cover; this "fix" does not prevent outside air from getting in or reject the growth of mold spores. However, our Clean Space technology provides an airtight seal that stops moisture from getting in.
To support the foundation of the home, 3 Smart Jacks were strategically positioned in the crawl space. Smart Jacks are needed when the soil, that a home sits on, can no longer support the weight of the home and or the foundation has been eaten by mold. Clean Space provides a permanent solution to the water damage while the Smart Jacks permanently fix the issue of weak soil because they dissipate the weight of the home by using more surface area (soil) to hold up the home.
Stabilizing the Foundation in 2 Ways at This Manistee Home
Sheryl lives in an old farmhouse that had some basement walls that were starting to settle in the far corners and a cracked, bowing wall. There were no cracks, stuck windows or doors, and no sloped floors upstairs. Helical Piers and GeoLock Anchors stabilized the foundation of the home and helped to raise the walls back up the original position.
Helical Piers can have sections added to them to reach the desired depth to assist in stabilizing the home. The installation is fast, effective, and can be done year-round. GeoLock Anchors stabilize the bowing and cracked basement wall. They anchor into hard , stable soil to brace the foundation and prevent the wall from any further movement. GeoLock Anchors are installed with minimal disruption and they don't damage the basement wall.
Waterproofing a Manistee Michigan Basement
This Manistee home is a summer cottage, only occupied for about half of the year, but it gets some water into the basement. It creates a small amount of standing water, small enough amount that can be taken care of with a mop, but Carl just wants to have a waterproofing system installed. We started with the WaterGuard drain which is a perimeter drain installed under the floor. It collects the water and sends it to the sump pump to be discharged outside the home. The SuperSump Plus is great for occasional water intrusions, provides total protection for the home, and works perfectly with the drain system. To keep the space dry and protect it from mold or rot, we installed the CleanSpace Wall System and the SaniDry XP. The CleanSpace keeps out humidity and water vapor. It also gives a clean bright look to the space. The SaniDry dehumidifier blows dry air throughout the basement, works with the drain system, and filters the air.
This 1800s home had an addition that was built in the 1960s. Since then, some of the blocks in the foundation wall began to fail. This led to sagging...