Winter humidity can wreak havoc in your home. Here's how humidity can impact the health of your crawl space.
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Michelle’s home was located on clay soil and a high water table. After having a tree removed in her yard, the soil shifted, and her foundation started to slope. She planned to have the landscaping corrected to prevent the sloping, but in the meantime, she needed to remove water from her basement that was coming in through a crack in one of the walls. Since the floor was slightly sloped, water wasn’t able to reach the drains to leave the basement. What’s worse is that the homeowner had 3 drains in the basement to help water escape, but only 1 actually worked.
Our team evaluated the situation and decided that WaterGuard would be a great option to help collect the water from the crack in Michelle’s wall. WaterGuard is a subfloor drainage system that sits on top of the footing of the foundation, collecting water from leaks, and rerouting it to the sump pump. Since it runs along the perimeter of the room, water from any spot is easily collected.
We also installed a new sump pump to help this process. The SuperSump has a durable liner, and holes to collect water directly from the ground and a larger hole that collects water from the WaterGuard system. After collecting water, the sump pumps the water out and away from the basement through a discharge line on the side of the house.
WaterGuard and the SuperSump work hand in hand to collect and remove water from Michelle’s basement.
The owners of this Fountain, MI cottage loved going spending time on the lake in the summer. However, last year when the couple visited the property to open it for the season, they noticed a terrible musty smell. They were frightened when they entered one of the bedrooms and noticed mold on their pillows. Not exactly something you want to cuddle up against at night.
John Conrad, a system design specialist, visited the property to examine the crawl space beneath the home, assess the situation, and explain what exactly was going on down there to the homeowners. What John found was a very damp crawl space that was inevitably the source of the smell—and the mold.
Dirt naturally holds some water, so when it dries, the water vapor is released. It’s also possible that water was entering the space from beneath the footing or through the brick walls. Not only does this vapor create a musty smell, but in an area with a relative humidity around 70%, mold starts to grow. It releases spores that float in the air, and this air moves upstairs.
To keep the moisture out of the crawl space, our team installed CleanSpace. Unlike other thin liners, CleanSpace is 20mil thick, making it durable and long-lasting. Installing CleanSpace, stops the water vapor from accumulating in the space, and since the liner is manufactured with an antimicrobial additive, it prevents mold growth.
This crawl space liner not only enhances the appearance of the crawl space, but by keeping the moisture out, the moldy smell is eliminated and so is the mold.
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.
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.
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.
Tom T. of Scottville, MI used to get water in the springtime when the snow would thaw. Then, he gave us a call.
We installed the dynamic duo of 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 rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that finds its way into the basement. After this water is collected in the drain, it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped up and out of the house.
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.
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.
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.
Abigail B. of Scottville, MI was having a leaky basement issue in her home before she got our help. There was water leaking in from the southern wall, damaging the basement and its contents.
We had a solution for her, though. We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard sits below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected in the drain it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the basement for good.
This Branch, MI cabin had cracked basement walls that were beginning to bow inward. The homeowner contacted us to find an effective solution that did not involve removing and rebuilding the foundation.
Luckily, our team of experts knew the perfect solution. We installed the Geo-Lock wall anchor system to stabilize the failing foundation walls. We excavated the soil outside of the home in order to place steel earth anchors deep into stable soil that would be able to anchor the wall in place. The anchors were then attached to the failing wall with a steel wall anchors and tightened into place with steel rods. Once completed, the wall was stabilized and would no longer shift or crack.
Io S. of Scottville, MI was having some serious issues with water leaking into his basement. He originally thought that the water was coming from a burst pipe in his plumbing, but after calling a plumber, discovered the water was coming into his basement from the outside. Good thing for him, we had a solution.
We installed our customer favorite patented WaterGuard French drain system. The WaterGuard French drain system rest below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting the water that creeps into the basement. After this water is collected, it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
With this system in place, Io no longer has to spend nights worrying that his home is going to be water-logged.
Mark K. of Scottville, MI was dealing with some serious water issues before he reached out for our help. Water was leaking into the basement, which can cause mold, rotting, and bad odors, as well as congestion. Thankfully for Mark, we had a solution.
For this project, we decided to install our patented WaterGuard French drain system. The WaterGuard drain rests below the basement floor yet above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the outside in. Once this water is in the drain, it is guided to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Now Mark can be comfortable in his home and is ret assured that water will no longer be a problem for him.
The homeowners were noticing a musty odor coming from their crawlspace and leaking into their home. The odor is most likely created when there is a damp and humid environment in the crawl space. This damp and humid environment allows for elements such as mold, dust mites, pests, rodents and decaying building material to exist.
The homeowner's crawlspace had a dirt floor and no sump pump which allowed for perfect conditions of a damp and humid area. To turn this old and smelly crawlspace into a dry and clean one our team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace encapsulation system covers the floors and walls of a crawlspace with a thick, durable plastic vapor barrier. The vapor barrier permanently prevents moisture, outside air, and unwanted pests from entering your crawl space. The CleanSpace encapsulation system also gives your crawlspace a bright and clean look with its bright white color.
To further combat the musty smell our professional team installed a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. The SaniDry Sedona is the most efficient, high-performance dehumidifier and filtration system in the world. When installed in the crawlspace the dehumidifier will help prevent mold and reduce musty odors, giving the homeowner dry healthy air and total comfort.
The CleanSpace encapsulation system and the SaniDry Sedona transformed the homeowners gross and smelly crawlspace into a dry, clean and odorless one!
Our customer George, called us with some issues he was having with his crawlspace. With high humidity and a sinking ceiling, we had to move quickly to solve and prevent future problems.
At Ayers, we recommended SmartJacks to help stabilize the ceiling above and reduce any risk of floor failure. For the high humidity, we recommend a vapor barrier known as CleanSpace. CleanSpace is a white lining that is placed on the ground and walls to combat any moisture that is entering the home. Reducing moisture reduces the risk of mold growth and will help to lessen energy bills as the house will become easier to cool.
With these two additions, George's crawlspace is now protected from any mold growth, dust mites, or humidity issues! Call Ayers today for a free inspection and estimate!
Bob and Nancy's basement was often damp or wet so they called our team. We installed WaterGuard, a basement drainage system. WaterGuard will catch any leakage from higher walls or floors before it reaches your basement floor because unlike other drains, WaterGuard is installed inside your basement. Other perks are that this system is almost invisible after it is set up and has a quicker and easier installation process than outdoor drains.
Homeowners were experiencing issues with water intrusion in their basement so they called our team. In addition to other systems, our team installed SuperSump and IceGuard. The SuperPump Premier Sump Pump System will alert you when water levels are too high and has an airtight lid to prevent any unwanted moisture or pests from entering. In the lid there is a one way floor drain, which allows water to drain into it if there is an accident in your basement. This will help the homeowners prevent future floods in their basement. The SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically. Also, it is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers.
Homeowners were experiencing cracking in their basement walls. They called our team and we installed PowerBrace. PowerBrace is a foundation repair system created to secure basement walls in place and overtime it will straighten them. Often outside pressures can cause your basement walls to crack or tilt, this foundation repair system counteracts these pressures by keeping your basement walls in place. Over time, the system can be tightened to not only secure the walls in place, but to also straighten them.
Bill has a poured concrete foundation and he is getting a lot of water in his basement. He called our team and we installed the CleanSpace Basement Finishing Wall System to prevent any more water intrusion. This system acts as a vapor and moisture barrier by using a poly sheet material to completely cover basement foundation walls. The material is waterproof, stain resistant and can be applied over many different types of surfaces. This system was perfect for Bill and put a stop to all water intrusion into his basement immediately.
Carol had water leaking into the basement through seams in her walls and floors, so she called our team. We installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe and IceGuard. These three items will each play a large role in keeping Carol's basement dry. The WaterGuard system will catch any leakage from higher walls and floors. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that is battery powered so Carol won't need to worry about her basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen.
Ed had a basement wall that was bowing. It was bowing about 3/4 of an inch into the basement so he called our team. We installed PowerBrace, a foundation repair system created to secure basement walls in place. Often outside pressures can cause your basement walls to crack or tilt, this foundation repair system counteracts these pressures by keeping your basement walls in place. Over time, the system can be tightened to not only secure the walls in place, but to also straighten them.
Scott had water coming up through the floors in his basement. He already had a sump pump, but it was unable to keep up with the amount of water entering his basement so he called our team. We installed WaterGuard and TripleSafe. WaterGuard is an indoor drainage system that protects your basement from water by catching any water leakage from higher walls or floors before it reaches your basement floor. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that has three pumps so it can handle your highest pumping demands. One pumps is powered by batteries which prevents flooding even during power outages.
We installed IceGuard in a homeowner's basement so that he did not have to worry about his discharge line backing up during freezing temperatures. The IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when the discharge line is frozen. Therefore, this system prevents flooding even in freezing temperatures or when the snow is piled up high. Lastly, this system is totally automatic so the homeowner won’t have to worry about when he should turn it on or off.