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Brian O. contacted us because the floors above his crawl space severely sloped and needed to be leveled. He also was having a problem with the home being very humid which was happening becaues the crawl space was wet.
To fix the wet crawl space we installed our CleanSpace system to encapsulate the area. CleanSpace makes sure no outside elements can get in and it's very sturdy so it can still be walked on and had stuff stored on it. To fix the sinking floors we installed our SmartJacks. SmartJacks are installed and then the weight of the home is transferred to them so it's not on the unlevel, sinking soil.
The homeowners in Pierson, MI had a wet and damp crawl space. Because their crawl space was so wet, the entire house was humid.
Our professional team decided that the CleanSpace encapsulation system was the best option for these homeowners. The CleanSpace system covers your floors and walls with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. This vapor barrier keeps outside air, unwanted pests and moisture out of your crawl space and ultimately out of your home.
The before picture shows the original crawl space and the after picture shows the crawl space after CleanSpace encapsulation system was installed.
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Ayers Basement Systems has been fixing foundations and waterproofing basements for over 30 years. It is safe to say we know a thing or two. With a highly skilled team and access over 25 patented products we provide quality work for permanent solutions.
For foundation problems we will first send one of our specialists to inspect your home, sitting down with you to explain the best solution. Once you and our specialist agree on the best action we will repair the foundation with products that are warranted for 25 years.
We also fix sinking concrete slabs. By injecting a polyurthane foam, known as PolyLEVEL, we lift the slab back up to a level position. This is a much faster and more inexpensive method than replacing the concrete slab.
Perhaps the issue is not the foundation of your home but the fact that it is letting water in. We quickly install an interior drainage system complete with sump pump and energy-efficient dehumidifier. The crawl space is completely encapsulated and future mold growth or water damage is prevented. Best of all, our system comes with a lifetime dry-basement warranty.
Crystal grew up in this Battle Creek, MI home and had recently settled back there to raise her family. She knew the basement had struggled with leaks and water issues in the past, but she wasn’t sure what condition it was in now. The basement presented a unique challenge. The walls were made entirely of cobblestone. When water erodes cobblestone, it results in cracks usually towards the top of the basement near the rim joists, like what Crystal was seeing in her home. With no intention of suffering through more of the same, Crystal gave us a call looking for a permanent solution.
The crew knew the answer to Crystal’s problems would be located near the joists. First up was removing the old, and now wet, wall insulation. Wet or dry, insulation is essential to basement protection. So, after removing the damaged insulation, the crew replaced it with FrothPak, a waterproof foam insulation that can be sprayed just about anywhere. The foam would not only fill in where the previous insulation was, but also create a seal to prevent water from leaking back in. With the leaks a thing of the past, the team looked towards making the future conditions of the basement as comfortable as possible. Our SaniDry XP dehumidifier was just the product for that. The dehumidifier will keep the basement at a cool temperature and with the condensate pump add in, the system will stay well maintained for years to come.
Best of luck to you and your family in the “new” home, Crystal!
This homeowner gave us a call when he was trying to sell his home. He had an offer and things were moving along just fine until the home inspection. Unfortunately, the bowing wall in the basement was a deal breaker. This wall needed to be fixed so the home could go back on the market an get sold.
We came out and used a series of wall anchors along the affected area to help support the wall and provide an opportunity to straighten the wall over time with tightening. We excavated a small amount to soil on the exterior of the wall and removed the paneling on the interior. Geo-Lock earth anchors were buried in the ground away from the home and were connected to long steel geo-lock c-channels on the inside using steel rods. This provided strong even support across the wall and reduces the pressure that was causing it to move inward. The soil was filled back in on the exterior of the home and graded properly. Now this homeowner can refinish the wall and get his home sold. We look forward to seeing how it works out for him.
Phyllis called with a twofold problem in a commercial building she was managing. One, the walls were bowing. The foundation was comprised of block walls, which can be scary when they start bowing because it looks like the blocks might pop right out of place (and to be honest, they might). The mortar betwen blocks was also starting to erode, putting the stability into further peril.
And two, there was an old waterproofing system partially in place, but everywhere it wasn't installed had water issues. Gravity and grading play a major part in where water goes in a basement, so leaving parts of it unprotected just allowed the water to shift there. The result was a moldy, musty mess.
We installed DryTrak drainage system and connected it right to the existing system to finish out the perimeter and keep the entire basement protected and dry. We then used wall anchors, which connect to the wall and then are anchored in the soil at a distance where the soil is stable, to secure the walls. In the future, we can tighten the anchor cable to hopefully straighten the walls.
WaterGuard is used to waterproof a basement by installing a system that collects water leakage in the home, filters it into specialized pipes and then discards it into the sump pump to be discharged from the home. For this installation we first had to remove sections of the concrete slab around the perimeter of the basement. The WaterGuard pipes were then placed on top of the footing and slightly away from the wall. We then placed crushed stone in the remaining space and we restored the floors by filling the void with concrete. A small section of the system closest to the wall was left uncovered to give incoming water space to filter into the system. An inspection port was also installed in this system to give us and the homeowner easy access to the system if needed in the future.
The WaterGuard system needed a proper exit location for the collected water so we installed the TripleSafe sump pump system. We first installed an effective liner that accepts water from the ground and through the WaterGuard system. Three effective pumps were then placed in the liner to ensure the home is fully protected. The first pump does the bulk of the work and the second pump is located higher in the liner that will turn on if the first pump cannot keep up with the amount of water coming in. The final pump is battery-powered to ensure water will still pump out of the home even if the power goes out.
An escape route for the water is the final step. We first installed the IceGuard system on the home’s discharge line where the line meets the home. This system has specialized holes that help water exit the home even if the pipes are frozen. This is beneficial because it prevents water from re-entering the home and causing a flood. The LawnScape outlet was installed underneath the ground outside of the home. It is used to lead water away from the home so that it can exit without going back toward the property.
Greg O. of Lakeview, MI gave us a call when he had had enough of the water problem in his basement. He told us that when it rained hard the bare walls would leak.
Our first step in fixing his problem and waterproofing his basement was to install our patented WaterGuard system. WaterGuard is a French drain system that rests below the floor but above the foundation footing, collecting any water that enters in through the walls. WaterGuard then guides that water to the sump pump.
After that was complete, we installed our BrightWall basement wall panels. BrightWall is a rigid plastic that is completely waterproof and washable, and works perfectly with out WaterGuard system. It creates a vapor barrier t o block our water or humidity from entering, as well.
These homeowners wanted to get a system installed that would waterproof their basement. The basement was partially finished with a crack on the north side and they were not sure if there was mold or mildew present.
In order to waterproof the basement we installed the WaterGuard system that uses drainage pipes to collect and discard water that enters through the walls or through the crack in the home. We removed flooring around the interior perimeter of the basement in order to place the pipes. We made sure to place the pipes slightly away from the wall so water has room to drain from the wall into the flooring and then into the pipes. The system was also installed on top of the footing to prevent dirt or debris from clogging the system. Once the water enters the pipes it is taken directly to the home’s sump pump and then discharged from the home. The end of this installation involved covering the dug out trench with cement to fix the flooring but a small section up against the wall was left uncovered so water could enter into the pipes. We also installed an inspection port in the system that gives us access if a problem occurs so we do not have to rip the flooring up again.
Tom B. of Lakeview, MI was dealing with crawl space issues before reaching out to us. The crawl space was moist, musty, and humid. Thus, we got a call from Tom for a professional solution.
We remedied this situation by installing the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off crawl spaces from the surrounding elements. No dirt, water, cold air, or moisture stands a chance at getting through this material. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties, making it mold resistant.
Say goodbye to your moist, musty crawl space, Tom. Say hello to CleanSpace.
Tosha M. of Lakeview, MI was not sure where the water in the basement was coming in from. It always appeared after rain. Tosha was concerned about the foundation, especially because the sump pump in the home has not caught all of the water.
Our fix? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once that water is collected, it is redirected to and filtered into the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
This homeowner called because he noticed his basement wall looked just like the one in the header picture located on our website. The block wall foundation was bowing inward and the homeowner was looking for a reliable fix.
In order to stabilize the wall and prevent it from continuing to bow inward, we installed the PowerBrace system. This system uses steel support beams that hold the wall in place and can be used to eventually straighten the failing wall. A section of the flooring was removed at each brace location in order to install the steel support beams. The beams were then connected to the joists above the wall and secured with steel brackets. After the system was tightened into place, the wall was completely stabilized. The beams were coated with zinc to prevent corrosion and the system ensures weight is evenly transferred across the ceiling to prevent damage to the floors above.
Amy P. had an addition to her home that was not on the main foundation. The add-on was not done correctly and they had sinking beams that needed to be addressed.
We installed the SmartJack system to stabilize the sinking beam. We first installed multiple steel beams to replace the ineffective wood beams that were unable to hold the weight of the floor and home above. Next, we excavated cubes of soil at each SmartJack location, filled it in with compacted stone and then installed a structural footing that holds the system in place. The jack was then installed on top of the footing and attached to the steel beam above. The system was tightened into place to lift and stabilize the sagging beams.
Danny R. of Stanton, MI has had problems with his crawl space for a long time -- and lately it has been starting to cause problems. This said, Danny gave us a call.
After a complete inspection, we determined that this crawl space needed to be encapsulated. So, we installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that proves to keep everything you don't want in a crawl space -- out. No water, dirt, critters, or moisture is able to pass through this barrier. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
This Greenville, MI home had multiple areas affected by slab settlement that the homeowner wanted resolved. The sidewalk leading to the front porch, the slab coming out of the garage and one slab within the garage were all cracked and settled.
We used the PolyLevel system to raise the sunken slab and address the weak soil issue below that was the root cause of the settlement. We drilled small holes in strategic locations on each affected slab in order to inject them with specialized polymers. These polymers were dense and lightweight to hold the weight of the slab without putting too much pressure on the soil below. Once the holes were injected, the polymers expanded to lift the slab back to its proper position. We also sealed any cracks in the slabs with NexusPro joint sealer to ensure they did not spread or increase in size.
Lisa S. of Lakeview, MI had moisture on the ground of her crawl space before she gave us a call. On top of that, she was experiences intense mold growth in the crawl space, which can cause serious health problems.
Our fix? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that does a great job at sealing off crawl spaces from the surrounding elements. Dirt, cold air, water, and moisture don't stand a chance at breaking though this material. And as a vital bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
Lisa will not have a problem keeping moisture and mold out of her crawl space with our patented CleanSpace is place.
Jim S. of Lakeview, MI had so much leakage in his basement that water was puddling in areas. This water not only damages the basement and its contents, but the moisture from the water travels up into the home and creates more problems. Windows and doors begin to stick, the house starts to smell musty, the list goes on and on. So, Jim gave us a call for a professional solution.
We installed two of our most favored products: 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 French drain rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. No more puddling if WaterGuard has anything to say about it. Once the water is in the drain it is redirected to the sump pump -- the TripleSafe -- to be pumped up and out of the home.
Mary E. of Stanton, MI has dealt with a water riddled basement for years. The basement would flood when it rained and musty smells were protruding from the basement constantly. Thus, Mary called us to get a professional fix.
We installed two of our favorite products: 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 the water is in the drain, it is redirected to the TripleSafe to be pumped up and out of the home.
This Greenville, MI Church had a cracked and bowed basement wall that needed to be fixed to ensure the building was up to code. There were cracks on both the inside and outside of the wall.
We installed the effective Geo-Lock wall anchor system to hold the wall in place and prevent it from continuing to bow and crack. Strong earth anchors were embedded into deep soil outside of the wall and connected by a steel rod to a wall plate that held the shifting wall in place. Once the system was tightened, the wall would no longer bow or shift out of place. The system can also be used to potentially straighten the wall back to its proper position over time.
We also installed wall anchor covers to ensure the look and feel of the basement was not disturbed.
This basement wall was bowed inward and had a large vertical crack that was allowing water to leak into the home. The PowerBrace system was installed which used steel I-Beams and a joist reinforcement method to effectively stabilize the foundation wall without negatively affecting the floors above. The braces stretched floor-to-ceiling, with one end installed in the floor at the base of the wall and the other end attached to the floor joists above. After tightening the system, the beams acted a brace to hold the wall in place. A tightening kit was also provided to aid in the straightening of the wall over time.
Stacey C. of Crystal, MI was dealing with water problems in her crawl space. Whenever it rained, water would stream into the crawl space, creating a great place for mold to grow and odors to arise from. Good thing for Stacey, we had a solution.
We installed our patented crawl space encapsulation system for this job: the 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, water, cold air, or moisture will be able to get into the crawl space with this installment. And as an added bonus, the material that CleanSpace is produced with is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent the further growth of mold.
Our customer’s had sagging floors in their home. Sagging floors can be caused by columns being spaced too far apart, weakened floor joists, or existing columns settle. We installed our SmartJack stabilizing system. SmartJacks are used to stabilize and level girders and floor joists in a crawl space.This system distributes the weight of the house to more competent soils and can hold more than 60,000 pounds. SmartJacks provide the best opportunity to lift the floors to their original position solving the problem once and for all.
The owner of this cottage called us because he was noticing his cottage was very humid because the crawl space below was damp. He also has some problems with the floor sinking. We were able to suggest and install SmartJacks to fix the floor and install our CleanSpace system to fix the humiidty and dampness of the crawl space.
SmartJacks work great to stabilize the floor joists in a crawl space. Each smart jack can support loads of 60,000 pounds. So once the SmartJacks are installed the weight of the home is transferred to the jacks. This stabilizes and lifts the home back to its original position.
CleanSpace is the best way to keep moisture, mold and other elements out of your crawl space while also giving it a more appealing appearence. CleanSpace encapsulates the entire area. Its also very sturdy material so you can still store stuff and even walk on top of it without affecting the system.
Daden W. of Trufant, MI has a crawl space on his home that was exposed to being near a lake. This can create moisture problems in the crawl space and an encapsulation system was needed.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system for this job. CleanSpace keeps crawl spaces dry and free of elements surrounding your crawl space. CleanSpace also seals air leaks to guard your home against cold air coming in through your floor.
The homeowners wanted an Rockwell Egress window installed in their partially finished basement. Having an Egress window in your basement allows the area to have a lot of natural light coming in.
The Rockwell Egress window consists of several premium quality components. The oversize window well is a one-piece unit made from high-quality plastic that is reinforced for strength and durability. Mounting flanges on the well enable technicians to seal and fasten the well to the outside of your foundation, after the new window opening has been cut with a masonry saw.
It is also a good idea to have a clear plastic cover for your window well. The clear plastic cover protects from debris, weather and unwanted pests from being stuck in there. The cover also protects from people tripping or falling in the window well.
The homeowners in Pierson, MI had a wet and damp crawl space. Because the crawl space was so wet it was causing the entire house to feel damp and humid. The homeowners were also noticing that there was a slope in their floor right above the crawl space. That slope is a major sign of structural problems and that something needs to be corrected before further damage is caused.
Our professional team decided that the SmartJack crawl space stabalizers were the way to go to fix the floor. Sagging, bouncy floors indicate a serious structural problem that will worsen over time. The best way to permanently solve sagging, bouncy floor problems is to install SmartJack posts beneath the beam that supports your crawl space joists. The product is designed to raise the floor back to its original level. SmartJacks are protected with a thick galvanized coating preventing them from rusting.
To combat the wet, damp crawl space, our professional team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system. The CleanSpace system covers your crawl spaces floors and walls with a thick, plastic, durable, vapor barrier. This vapor barrier keeps unwanted pests, moisture and outiside air out of your crawl space! Keeping moisture out of your crawl space elimates humidity in the home and protects the structure of your home from damage.
Thanks to SmartJack crawl space stablizers and the CleanSpace encapsulation system the home is not longer damp and humid and the floor is fixed!
In the Spring, Joe’s basement floods with about 2 inches of water. His home was built in the 1890's and made of poured concrete. The constant water coming in was making anything Joe stored in his basement become wet and moldy. He had enough. He called our team of experts to help him waterproof his basement.
We installed the WaterGuard perimeter system. It is installed around the perimeter of the basement and makes sure any water that comes into the basement flows to the TripleSafe sump pump. The TripleSafe is three sump pumps in one liner. The first pump is what you would consider a normal sump pump , the second kicks on in the event that first pump can not keep up with the amount of water coming into your basement, and finally the third is battery operated and kicks on in the event of a power outage.
Along with the interior products, we installed the Lawnscape Outlet and Iceguard. Lawnscape allows us to hide those ugly discharge lines underground. It provides an opening at the end of the line for the water to escape from your basement. Not only does it help the way your yard looks, it also prevents tripping hazards that usually occur from discharge lines just laying around. For those winter months we install Iceguard, we do not want that water that’s pumped out to back up into your basement due to freezing discharge lines. Iceguard safeguards your basement and gives the water a secondary location to escape keeping your basement dry all winter.
A customer called us because the walls in their basement were cracking and were very close to falling down. These walls were caving inward and needed serious attention. Our team of experts decided it would be best to use our Wall Anchors to bring the walls back to their original position over time. Wall anchors are one of the best options to fix a wall problem because they can fix very severe cracks/bowing and can withstand the test of time. They can be installed around obstacles such as pipes. Plus, it is a quick installation and at the end that restores property value. The only time someone would not be able to use wall anchors is if the house is very close to other people's houses because some digging on the outside of the home is required. However, this homeowner has basement walls that are stronger than when the house was brand new.
Springtime in Michigan has finally arrived and what better way to welcome the season change than with CleanSpace. This Pierson, Michigan crawlspace was in dire need of waterproofing, cleaning and dehumidifying when Tim decided to give us a call. He was concerned of mildew and mold growth after noticing how wet the area had become. Our System Design Specialist Alejandro and his team made it their mission to transform Tim’s crawl space into an odor-free and dry area and that’s exactly what they did!
We began by ridding the area of miscellaneous debris. When creating an odor-free space, making sure the area is clean is extremely important because it ensures that no moisture is able to linger behind. Next we placed our CleanSpace Drainage Matting. The matting rests directly on the crawl space floor to trap moisture and direct water to your drainage system. The matting is compatible with all of our crawl space products making it cost efficient and convenient.
Lastly, we cover the area with the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier Liner. The thick, durable, liner resembles that of a pool liner and is designed to trap anything from entering the crawl space floor; that includes, moisture, mold, and even pests! To ensure that Tim’s basement would remain dry for years to come, we installed our SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier. This powerful machine has the ability to remove 95 pints of water per day and the best part – it’s self-draining so you never have to worry about the hassle of emptying it.
In less than a day’s time, Tim was able to check off the first item on his spring-cleaning list and was happily left with a dry, hassle-free crawl space. For more information on how you can achieve your dream basement and crawl space needs, contact us today!
A church was experiencing water intrusion from the walls and cabinets in the basement. To address this issue, our team installed WaterGuard and IceGuard. 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.
Liam had just moved into his home when he notcied that during a heavy rain fall, a steady stream of water was coming through some cracks in the basement wall. There was no standing water but he didn't want water coming in at all so he called us for a solution.
We installed the CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System to stabilize the wall. The CarbonArmor System is made up of flexible carbon fiber fabric straps that are up to 10 times stronger in tension than steel. These straps are bonded to the wall using high strength epoxy resin. This system requires no exterior excavation, installs quickly, and won't impact future basement finishing.
Rick has a crawl space under his cottage that is constantly wet. He is tired of worrying about his crawl space so he called our team. 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.
A customer had so much water vapor in his crawl space that his current dehumidifier could not keep up. He called our team and we installed the SaniDry XP Basement Dehumidifier. The biggest perk of this dehumidifier is that it never needs to be emptied because the water drains automatically. In addition, it is ten times more powerful than typical dehumidifiers. This dehumidifier will greatly improve Pasty’s conditions in her basement by removing water vapor which will prevent the growth of mold.
David and Carrie had water entering their basement so they called our team. In addition to installing other systems, our team installed the SuperSump Premier Sump Pump System. This system will alert you when water levels are too high and has an airtight lid to prevent any unwanted moisture or pests from entering.
Andrew was tired of walking out to his little patio area attached to his basement and stepping in water or even ice in the cooler months. The walkout has some unlevel concrete slabs that are tilting towards the home causing water to pile up by the door. We used a light weight but very strong injectable foam called PolyLevel. This foam is waterproof so it won't wash away and it only takes about 15 minutes to cure so the homeowners can be back on it in such a short period!