Winter humidity can wreak havoc in your home. Here's how humidity can impact the health of your crawl space.
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John had one wall with huge cracks running the length of the wall and another wall that was bowing inwards. He was worried about the foundation problems in his basement so he called our team. We installed SmartJack, a system that uses steel columns, threaded rods and a solid base to address stabilization issues. Rooms above crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the moisture and soils in crawl spaces. However, SmartJack is placed inside the crawl space to secure the rooms above. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization.
John had huge cracks running the length of one wall and another wall that was bowing inwards. He was worried about the foundation problems in his basement, so he called our team. We installed the GeoLock Anchor system that permanently stabilizes walls. In most cases, it can eventually straighten the wall back to its original position. The system is installed by putting heavy anchors in stable soil away from your foundation wall. This system is ideal because it involves minimal disturbance to your lawn and home.
Water was flooding into Brenda’s crawl space. When in her crawl space, you could see light, therefore it was not properly sealed. So she called our team and we installed CleanSpace. CleanSpace is a plastic sheet material used as a vapor barrier to restrict all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. Not only does this system create an energy-efficient crawl space, but it also gives your crawl space a clean finish. This material will be applied to your floors and walls to create a sleek look and an uninterrupted barrier.
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Cristy gave us a call after noticing that mold was growing on the walls outside of her crawl space. Our system design specialist took a trip to Big Rapids, MI to locate the source of the mold. What he found was that the even though the sand floor of the crawl space was very moist, there was no standing water. It was apparent to him that the crawl space needed a vapor barrier to protect itself from moisture.
Sand and dirt floor crawl spaces allow moisture to permeate through the ground and into the rest of the home. Our energy savings package, which includes SilverGlo walls and CleanSpace plastic liner, creates a vapor barrier for the entire crawl space. The CleanSpace liner was laid over the sand floor, and thanks to its durability, the plastic won’t rip or tear during maintenance, keeping the crawl space protected for years to come. SilverGlo walls were installed over the previous walls and provide the added benefit of wall insulation. Neither of these inorganic products will support mold growth, so the other walls depending on the crawl space in Cristy’s home won’t either.
Brian was working as the realtor for this Big Rapids, MI home. And like most realtors, he was excited to have an accepted offer on the table. Unfortunately, that was right before he discovered the basement walls were leaking. Obviously, Brian wanted this issue solved as quickly and effectively as possible. The current owner wasn’t exactly thrilled to pay for repairs on a College Rental home that he wouldn’t even see. But once Brian explained that small problems like these can lead to long delays in the selling process and money lost, the owner was on board to meet with our system design specialist and develop a plan that would put this sale through.
There were no visible cracks in the basement, but the design specialist did notice that water had been puddling on the floor. To treat those unseen cracks, wherever they might be, the crew installed WaterGuard. WaterGuard is a perimeter drainage system that sits in the floor and wall joints of the basement, which is exactly where the leaking water of this basement was flowing to. The next step to keeping the basement dry was the addition of a SuperSump sump. Once installed, the pump is capable of pushing out over 2,000 gallons of water an hour. After traveling through a discharge line and out of the basement, the leaking water will reach its final stop, a lawnscape outlet that allows water to drain into the yard at a safe distance from the house.
We hope the future owners will be just as happy with our services as Brian and his client were!
Amy’s basement would start to leak whenever it rained. Even though three of her walls would appear damp after the rainfall, only one had a visible crack. Amy thought that the crack was most likely from an old tree root that had been removed years back. Regardless of how the problem began, she knew she needed a solution to it soon. The Ayers crew was more than willing to provide her with one.
After arriving in Big Rapids, MI, the crew got right to work on providing a drainage and discharge system for the basement. Since the water was leaking in through the walls, the most effective drainage would come from a WaterGuard perimeter drainage system that rested in the floor and wall joint. Once the leaking rainwater reaches the foot of the wall, it will enter into the WaterGuard system that sits below the three leaking walls. Next up was installing a sump pump and discharge line. The SuperSump also sits below the flooring, so with part of Amy's foundation already excavated for the WaterGuard installation, it was the perfect time for the crew to begin work on the sump pump. Any water that is in the WaterGuard system will be pumped out by the SuperSump and led to a LawnScape outlet in the backyard for disposal. Lastly, the crew got to work on patching up the crack that had first drawn Amy’s attention. Using the two-layer polyurethane FlexiSpan sealant, the crew was able to not only plug up the crack, but also provide a drainage layer – just in case some water found its way through the original seal. FlexiSpan provides a flexible seal that will stand up to wall movement and provide the type of waterproofing this basement needed. Rain or not, Amy won’t have to worry about any more leaks in her basement.
Kathleen and Richard B. were moving into their lakeside cottage but needed to address some issues with their crawl space first. Richard noticed that the space was damp and had a musty smell. He also found white mold, which was very concerning. The couple wanted to resolve these issues before moving in and looked to Basement Systems for an effective solution.
The crew decided that installing CleanSpace and a SaniDry CX dehumidifier would solve their crawl space issues. The reason for their damp and moldy crawl space is that water vapor and any other source of water from the earth is present within the space. This creates the ideal home for mold to thrive in. Cleanspace is a durable plastic liner that is placed in a crawl space to keep the outside environment from getting in. The liner is waterproof so it will prevent water from getting in through leaks or evaporation. SaniDry CX is an efficient dehumidifier that replaces the wet air in a crawl space with filtered dry air. This will further dry the space and make the damp smell and feeling go away.
Kathleen and Richard can now move into their cottage without worrying about the effects of an unmanaged crawlspace.
Margaret had water coming into her basement. The walls were covered with a white moisture blocking paint but it seemed like everywhere you looked, the white walls were stained along the bottom couple of feet from water intrusion despite the barrier. In one corner the paint was bubbling and falling off the wall, leaving paint flakes scattered all over the floor. Margaret needed a reliable solution. What we were able to do for her for no small transformation. Along the perimeter walls, we installed our WaterGuard drainage system by removing some concrete at the base of the walls to expose the footer. The drain sits right on the footer where it's able to collect moisture from wall cracks or from the seam between the walls and the floor where moisture commonly enters. Concrete was replaced over top of the drain so that it almost wasn't even noticeable. The drain directs water to her new TripleSafe sump pump which has a series of 3 pumps. One pump handles most of the work. A second pump acts as a backup to that pump. A third pump operates on a battery backup in the event of a power outage. Finally, Margaret opted to add a SaniDry XP dehumidifier to remove harmful water vapors from the air, improving the quality of the air she is breathing and preventing the growth of mold. Her basement is thoroughly protected and she will no longer have to worry about unreliable and inconsistent diy repairs.
Lou Ann H. called because she needed a solution for her damp basement. She noticed a mildew-like smell even though there was no actual visible water. Without an effective way to eliminate moisture in the basement air, the humidity levels will remain high and create a damp space. The excess moisture creates an ideal environment for mold to grow and rot to form, which can often create the smell she described.
To eliminate moisture in the air, we installed the SaniDry XP. A SaniDry is an effective dehumidifier that wrings the air dry of any moisture. The system has a powerful motor that blows dry air throughout the basement while filtering the air from any unwanted particles. The installation of this dehumidifier will certainly help eliminate the high humidity levels in this basement. This system will also help diminish indoor allergens and will lower energy bills because it costs less money to heat or cool dry air.
This crawl space had quite a few problems with it that needed some attention. To start, the open vents and insufficient crawl space door were allowing water and water vapor to enter, creating a damp and humid environment. The second problem was the sagging support beam that was creating uneven floors and cracks in the plaster walls located above the crawl space.
To deal with the moisture in the space, we installed crawl space vent covers that create an airtight seal to prevent any outside air and water from coming in. Next we installed an EverLast Crawl Space Door. This door is made of inorganic plastic that will never rot or rust like other wood or metal doors. We first sized and cut the door to perfectly fit the crawl space opening. Next we securely attached the door to the home, which immediately created a waterproof and airtight seal from the outdoors. To wring the damp crawl space air dry, we installed a SaniDry CX dehumidification system, which is made specifically for damp crawl spaces. The moisture in the air was immediately removed and filtered to eliminate any unwanted particles. Next a powerful blower distributed dry air throughout the space.
To stabilize the sagging beam in the crawl space we first installed a new supplemental beam to replace the rotted and unstable old beam. Next we installed the SmartJack Crawl Space Stabilizer System. We first removed several sections of soil in the space and filled them with crushed stone. A specialized structural footing was then placed in the stone and was used to hold the SmartJack steel columns. The columns were fitted for the size of the crawl space, placed in the structural footings and then attached to the beam above. We tightened the system and the floors above were lifted and the foundation was immediately stabilized.
Terry L. of Saugatuck, MI had water puddling in his basement. This can not only cause serious water damage in the basement , but it can also cause moisture in the upper levels of the home, making for an unsavory environment. So, Terry called us.
Our fix to this unfortunate situation? The WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. We started off by installing the SuperSump. The SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep basements dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, this beast is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
After that was installed, we moved on to the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters the basement through the walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped outside of the home.
Allison L. of Stanwood, MI had some water seeping in through the basement wall and cove of her home. The floor of the basement is concrete and the walls are wood. The basement is partially finished -- because of this, Allison gave us a call.
Our solution? We installed three of our favorite patented products: the SuperSump premier sump pump system, the WaterGuard French drain system, and the EverLast finished wall restoration system. We began by installing the SuperSump. 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.
Next, we installed the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard sits below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. Once that water is collected, it is filtered to the sump pump -- the SuperSump, in this case -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
The last step in this project was to install the EverLast system. EverLast adds insulation to a basement and is perfect for covering up and preventing any further water damage to the basement. EverLast also works perfectly with both the SuperSump and WaterGuard, making this trio unstoppable.
Chad M. of Mecosta, MI had a moisture-filled crawl space prior to calling us. It had a heavy musty smell and a solution needed to be found.
Our solution? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick white plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. Cold air, water, dirt, and water vapor are prevented from entering the crawl space. And thanks to the anti-microbial properties found in CleanSpace, so is mold.
John and Kay R. of Rodney, MI had water all over their basement floor before they gave us a call. This can obviously damage the items resting on the floor, but can also cause mold growth, sticking windows and doors, and asthma.
Our solution to rid this basement of standing water? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting the water that has seeped or is seeping into the basement. When this water is collected it is directed to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Eileen P. called about a possible crack in her basement foundation wall that was allowing water to continuously leak into the home. She wanted a waterproofing solution that would take care of the intruding water before the problem caused more damage to her basement.
We first installed the WaterGuard system to collect water seepage and discard it from the home. Using specialized perimeter drainage pipes, water entering the wall drained down into the pipes and was then carried to the sump pump to be automatically pumped outside of the home. The pipes were installed underneath the flooring at the base of each wall to ensure water seepage from any point in the basement was addressed.
Next, we installed the SuperSump sump pump system. This system included a powerful Zoeller pump and a sturdy liner that effectively collected and discarded water from the WaterGuard system. We also installed an UltraSump battery backup to make sure the system was constantly able to protect the home, even if the power went out.
Lastly, we wanted to ensure water from the sump pump had an efficient route outside of the home at all times. An additional discharge line was installed, which was accompanied by the IceGuard system and a LawnScape outlet. IceGuard was installed on the line to ensure water was able to exit the pipes even if they became frozen in the wintertime, which prevented water from re-entering the home and causing a flood. A LawnScape was installed at the very end of the discharge line to take water away from the home and prevent it from flowing back.
Linda H. of Stanwood, MI had a dirty, damaged, moist, crawl space that needed to taken care of -- for good. So, she gave us a call.
We installed one of our top favorite products: our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. No dirt, moisture, or water will have a chance at getting this system. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth in the crawl space.
Now Linda can rest easy knowing that her crawl space is dirt and moisture free.
When William T. of Mecosta, MI gave us a call he told us he had had a wet basement for years. This obviously isn't something that a person wants to live with, so we helped him out.
We installed two of our patented waterproofing 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 rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing. This strategic placement is important for catching all the water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected it is directed to the sump pump -- the SuperSump -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
These systems are foolproof and work together in perfect harmony to keep your basement dry.
Larry L. of Mecosta, MI had a bowing foundation wall before he reached out to us. This can pose a serious threat to the home itself as well as its residents, making a fix very important.
We installed our patented PowerBrace foundation wall repair system for this job. PowerBrace stabilizes tilting, bowing, or buckling basement walls. The system uses strong steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall, ensuring a lasting solution. PowerBrace is so strong that with continued tightening using the at-home kit, foundation walls can often be brought back to their original position.
There is no need to worry about the dangers of a bowing wall with this system in place.
Brian S. had a large water leak that was entering his home through the basement wall. There were multiple puddles that formed due to leak and no visible cracks, but the homeowner wanted the issue fixed before further damage occurred to his home.
We first installed the WaterGuard system to collect and discard intruding water. We excavated the flooring at the base of each wall in order to place specialized perimeter drainage pipes at the base of each wall. Water that entered the home at any location in the basement would drain down into the pipes and discard into the sump pump. We also installed inspection ports that give us access to the underground system if ever needed.
Next, we installed the effective SuperSump sump pump system that had a sturdy liner and effective Zoeller pump to ensure the home was always protected from intruding water.
We also installed IceGuard on the home’s sump pump that makes sure water is able to exit the home through specialized holes, even if the pipe becomes frozen. Without a system like this, water attempting to exit the home would flow back into the basement and cause a large leak or flood. Lastly, we installed a LawnScape outlet on the end of the discharge line to guide water out away from the home.
Sally C. of Rodney, MI has an addition on her home that was built on above a crawl space. Because the crawl space was not insulated, Sally and her fiancé were getting constant drafts in the addition. This can be a real issue in the wintertime because the drafts can get to very low temperatures. We had a solution for Sally.
For this project, we installed a customer favorite of ours: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a thick plastic lining that keeps crawl spaces dry, free of dirt, and shields the crawl space from the outside air and wind. Air leaks are sealed to prevent cold air from coming into the home rom the floor up. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with antimicrobial properties that disallow mold growth.
With this installment, Sally and her family can be comfortable in their home.
Charles G. of Rodney, MI was having some issues in his basement before he reached out to us. Water was seeping into the basement between where the foundation wall and the basement floor met, causing potential mold growth and odors. If the vent was on, as well, water would seep in even more. Charles gave us a call and we had a solution.
For this project, we chose to install our patented WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and yet above the foundation footing, collecting all the water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected in the drain, it is transported to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
Dry basement? No problem.
Alison L. of Stanwood, MI has a finished basement that was being destroyed by water leakage before she reached out for our help. Water was seeping in from the wood walls, which can cause mold growth, odors, and congestion.
For this project, we installed our WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. The WaterGuard system rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, catching all the water that seeps into the basement from the walls. After this water is collected in the drain, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
The SuperSump premier sump pump system 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.
These two systems work in perfect harmony to prevent any water from ruining Alison's basement any longer.
Greg B. was noticing multiple signs of foundation settlement. There were cracks on the inside and outside of the home, the floor is rising, and doors sticking. This often means the soils under the home are not competent enough to hold the home up. The piers take on the weight of the house and transfers that weight to more competent soils that can handle it. Piers attempt to lift the home back to its original position requires minimal disturbance and is quickly installed compared to other solutions.
Joe J. in Norton Shores, MI was noticing water getting into his basement every time it rained. The water was damaging the floors and the sump pump he had in his basement was not removing water effectively. Our professional team knew something needed to be done!
Our team first installed our SuperSump sump pump. The SuperSump sump pump system is a full-featured system that includes the best components available. The SuperSump system removes water from your basement into a drainage system that takes the water outside your home. It includes the SuperLiner, which is an airtight lid that keeps pests out and eliminates safety hazards of an open sump pump. It has a floor drain in case an unforeseen accident puts water on your basement floor. The system includes a WaterWatch alarm, which alerts you if the water level rises above the sump pump intake. It has a CleanPump pump stand that elevates the sump pump to prevent clogging. Lastly, it has an improved float valve to ensure long-term performance.
Next, our team installed the WaterGuard long-lasting interior perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard sits on the top of the footing in your basement to prevent it from getting clogged. The system traps floor and wall water seepage and directs it to the sump pump. The sump pump then removes the water from the home effectively!
Lastly, our professional team installed the IceGuard system. The Iceguard system allows water to escape from a sump pump discharge line if the pipe freezes or becomes clogged for any reason. Even if the pipe outlet is buried under a foot of snow or ice, the water can escape, allowing your sump pump to keep your basement dry!
Thanks to SuperSump sump pump system, WaterGuard system, and IceGuard the homeowners basement is now nice and dry!
This home was built in the 60's but had an addition put on in 2003. The old part of the home was built on a cement slab and the new part was built with a 3' crawl space. The new addition over time had started to settle and caused some problems for the crawl space.
The owners were able to fix the settling and wanted us to come in to insulate and seal the crawl space. We installed Cleanspace, a Sanidry Sedona and drainage matting. All 3 of these systems work to keep wind, moisture, mold, out of the crawl space. This will overtime reduce the energy costs and keep the house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
John had one wall with huge cracks running the length of the wall and another wall that was bowing inwards. He was worried about the foundation problems in his basement so he called our team. We installed SmartJack and GeoLock Anchor. SmartJack uses steel columns, threaded rods and a solid base to address the stabilization issues. Rooms above crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the moisture and soils in your crawl space, but SmartJack is placed inside the crawl space to secure the spaces above.. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization. The GeoLock Anchor System system permanently stabilizes walls and in most cases it can eventually straighten the wall back to its original position. The system is installed by putting heavy anchors in stable soil away from your foundation wall. This system is ideal because it involves minimal disturbance to your lawn and home.
Brenda's crawl space was filling with water so she called our team. When in her crawl space, we could see light, therefore it was not properly sealed. So we installed CleanSpace, a plastic sheet material used as a vapor barrier to restrict all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. Not only does this system create an energy-efficient crawl space, but it also gives your crawl space a clean finish. This material will be applied to your floors and walls to create a sleek look and an uninterrupted barrier.
Water intrusion in Brenda’s crawl space was causing her insulation to fall. Many problems can occur due to a poorly insulated crawl space, but mostly it increases your heating and cooling bills. In order to insulate her crawl space, our team insulated her rim joists. Small cracks and seams can exist around rim joists, but after insulating them all of those cracks are sealed off. Now airflow is restricted keeping outside air out and inside air in. Brenda will no longer have to worry about her crawl space being poorly insulated.
Justin and Kimberly noticed mold growth and a musty smell in their finished basement. They called our team asking how they could prevent the mold and musty smell. We installed the SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier. This dehumidifier never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically. In addition, it is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers. Justin and Kimberly’s conditions in their basement will greatly improve by installing SaniDry. It will remove all water vapor in the air preventing the growth of mold and decreasing the humidity.
Justin and Kimberly had water coming into their home through their basement floor. No matter what they tried, water continued to seep in so they called our team. We installed ThermalDry Elite Plank Flooring in their home. This flooring is made completely from inorganic material which means it is not vulnerable to mold or water damage. In addition, this flooring works perfectly with our waterproofing systems. This flooring will allow Justin and Kimberly to have nice wood flooring in their basement without having to worry about it being ruined by water damage.
Joyce was having moisture issues that she could not control. She was tired of trying to keep water out, so she called our team to discuss waterproofing options. We installed WaterGuard and IceGuard in her basement. WaterGuard is a basement drainage system that is installed inside your basement in order to avoid it being clogged. This drain will catch any leakage from higher walls or floors before it reaches your basement floor. The IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when the line is frozen. Therefore, this system prevents flooding even in freezing temperatures.
A homeowner had water entering her basement through cracks in her walls. She called our team and we installed the CleanSpace Basement Finishing Wall System to prevent any more water intrusion. Using a poly sheet material to completely cover your basement foundation walls, this system acts as a vapor and moisture barrier. The material is waterproof, stain resistant and can be applied over many different types of surfaces. This system was perfect for this homeowner and put a stop to all water intrusion in her basement immediately.
A homeowner wanted to use her basement as a living space, so she called our team to install an Egress Window Well. Egress Window Wells are required because they are big enough to provide a safe exit in case of emergency. In addition to having a safe exit in your basement, these windows provide lots of natural light. Lastly, most windows offer minimal protection against outside air entering the home due to poor insulation around the window. Egress windows will help ventilate your indoor areas and prevent unwanted allergens from entering your house.
A customer had flooding issues in her crawl space so she called our team. We installed TripleSafe and IceGuard to waterproof her space. TripleSafe is a sump pump system that’s main goal is to keep your basement dry. It is powered by batteries which allows it to protect your basement from floods even during power outages. 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.
Kristine's home needed some foundational help so she called our team. We installed SmartJack, a system produced to halt your sagging floors. Floors above crawl spaces are vulnerable due to the moisture and soils in your crawl space. The SmartJack system is a permanent fix to these issues. It uses steel columns, threaded rods and a solid base to address any issues your crawl space may introduce to your floors. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization.
Will had a small leak in the basement where the floor meets the wall that caused small puddles. The basement was not finished and there was a sump pump but not where the water was coming in. We installed the WaterGuard system wish is made up of a French drain. The drain is installed under the floor but above the foundation to keep it out of the area where the drain could clog. The drain collects water that seeps into the basement and sends it to the sump pump to be discharged outside of the home.