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Roger’s basement connects to his crawl space, so he is concerned about unwanted pests entering his basement. To give Roger peace of mind our team installed CleanSpace. In addition to being worried about pests, Roger should also be concerned with preventing moisture and humidity from entering his basement. Therefore CleanSpace, a plastic sheet material used as a vapor barrier is a perfect solution. CleanSpace restricts all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. This system creates an energy-efficient crawl space and it also gives it a clean finish.
The TripleSafe Sump Pump is a crucial element to a drainage system that keeps your basement flood free. This top of the line system contains three pumps within one pump liner. The first pump handles the majority of drainage water, the second pump is slightly higher than the first and turns on only if the first pump can not keep up or fails, and the third pump is battery operated and operates only if the power fails.
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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 Newaygo County, MI.
Glenn M. of Grand Rapids, Michigan had water coming into his basement for years before calling Ayers. The main source of the leak was around his fireplace, and it was ruining the brick and the wall. After having three basement waterproofing companies inspect the problem, Glenn chose Ayers because of our professional presentation and patented products.
The installation crew arrived two weeks after the proposal was signed and got the job done in one day. Forty feet of Waterguard was laid down around the perimeter of the basement walls. Waterguard works by collecting incoming water and funneling it to the sump pump.
Glenn was impressed with the speed and quality of the job. Now he no longer worries about flooding in his basement.
Scott had only been in his new home for six months when he first noticed the floors were sagging. There were no cracks inside or outside and no leaky water, either. Scott might not have even noticed the tilt, had it not been for the way that his doors would swing open or closed in the direction of the sagging. Letting this problem manifest for longer could have turned into a real disaster, but lucky for Scott he had seen the problem and contacted us immediately. In turn, we were able to give his home straight and stable floors before he hit the 1-year mark. In fact, once the crew went out to Kalkaska, MI, they had the problem solved in just 2 days.
To do so, the crew used 11 different helical piers. Our piering system works by treating the real problem that causes sinking foundations: the soil. When foundation weight become too much to handle, soils will start to give in and cause the floors above to slant. The first step in solving these slanting floors is excavating the soil around Scott’s foundation to grant the crew access to the problem area. Then, the crew was able to force the piers into deeper, more stable, and untouched soil. After the piers were driven deep enough to not move, the crew attached the foundation on top. The idea is that with a stable base that won’t sink under pressure, the foundation will remain leveled and safe.
Thanks to his quick reaction, Scott saved himself from a big project in the future and an even bigger headache. We hope the rest of Scott’s transition into his new home goes as smoothly as the pier installation.
Sally and Mike had a major decision to make. Their Newaygo, MI cottage was falling apart and starting to sink from under their feet. The real problem came because they had no intention of staying in the cottage. When we received their call in April, they had already made plans to list the home by May. Sally and Mike were torn between paying for repairs to a cottage they wouldn’t even use or selling it as is and hoping for the best. After meeting with a prospective buyer, they came to an agreement to split the cost of the repairs and all that was left to do was choose the company would handle the installation. Once Sally heard a few testimonials from past customers, she was sold. We moved forward with the installation a few weeks later.
Sally and Mike first became aware of their problem when they noticed large cracks in the cement wall foundation, both inside and outside of the home. The cracks were signs that the foundation of the home had started to press down on the soil below and sink. It’s a common problem and one that we handle with our piering system. Our Helical piers work by transferring the support of the structure from weak, failing soil to deeper, untouched soil or bedrock. Once the soil around the foundation was excavated, the piers were driven deep down. After the piers were attached to the foundation, the crew repacked the soil around the foundation and cleaned up. While Sally and Mike won’t be able to enjoy the newly leveled cottage, the new owners can rest assured that this cottage’s foundation will be safe for years to come.
Shelly had just purchased her new home in Fremont, MI when she discovered some water damage on the basement walls - this wasn't exactly a warm welcome. Luckily, there was no sign of actual standing water in the basement but, she did have a suspicion that mold was present. Not wanting to take any chances with the new house, Shelly gave us a call looking to make sure whatever had damaged the walls didn’t come back to cause more problems. The crew eased her worries with a full waterproofing system.
Installing a perimeter drainage system to collect and lead out any water in the basement was the first step in the process. The WaterGuard perimeter system sits in the floor and wall joint directly below where the water damage had occurred. To pump the water out once it was inside the system, the crew gave Shelly our most reliable sump pump system - the TripleSafe. The two backup pumps (one battery operated) included in the system mean that the sump will never be overpowered by water. Once the system has pumped out the water, it will be lead to a lawnscape outlet in Shelly’s backyard for final discharge. Lastly, the crew got to work on guaranteeing that mold would never show up in the basement. They installed a SaniDry XP dehumidifier and attached it to the WaterGuard system, so Shelly won't have to worry about draining it herself. It took some time, but Shelly finally has the water-free and protected home she had hoped for when she first moved in. Good luck with the new house!
Jason H. of Newago, MI had a hole in his basement floor that water rapidly rushed through every time it rained. It was wet and humid in the basement, as well, and Jason needed a fix.
Our solution? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the floor of the basement but above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps in from the walls. Once this water is collected in the drain it is redirected to the sump pump in the home to be pumped up and out. This keeps the basement free of leaks and puddling.
A dirt crawl space can cause a myriad of problems in a home. So, to prevent any further problems from occurring, Susan F. of Newaygo, MI gave us a call to have her crawl space encapsulated.
We used one of our favorite products: the patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the outside elements. No cold air, water, dirt, or moisture will get through this stuff. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties, making it mold-proof.
Jeanine T. of Newaygo, MI had large cracks in her foundation. According to inspectors, the failing wall was considered a safety issue -- this is a big deal. So, Jeanine called us for a professional solution.
We installed our patented PowerBrace system. PowerBrace is a foundation wall repair system that stabilizes tilting, cracking, bowing, or buckling basement walls. The system uses steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall. This system is so powerful that it can even eventually bring the foundation wall back to its original position if used with the adjustment kit.
This home was previously built as a single story home, but after an addition was made, the foundation began to settle. The home was built on a slab and the walls and floors were starting to slope. There were also multiple cracks on the walls at the joints and a large crack in the concrete flooring.
We used the PolyLevel system to level the settled floor and stabilize the foundation in the home. We first drilled multiple small holes into the floor in order to inject them with specialized polymers. After the holes were filled with the polymer material, they expanded to lift the foundation back to its proper level. This installation caused minimal disruption to the home and ensured the foundation was completely stabilized.
The basement wall in this Fremont, MI home was cracked and shifting. The homeowner wanted an effective solution that would permanently hold the wall in place and prevent it from worsening over time.
We installed the PowerBrace system to stabilize the wall. We started the installation by reinforcing the joists in the home to take some of the pressure off of the wall when the braces were installed. We installed the steel I-Beams in the floor at the base of the wall and then connected them to the reinforced joists above. Once tightened into place, the system immediately held the wall in place and prevented it from continuing to crack and shift. We provided the homeowners with a tightening kit as well so they can tighten the system over time to potentially pull the wall pack to its proper position.
John L. recently purchased a cottage in Newaygo, MI and is worried that the cold air coming into the crawl space will freeze the pipes in the winter. Because of this, he reached out to us to have his crawl space encapsulated.
We installed one of our favorite products: our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that does a great job at sealing off crawl spaces from their surrounding elements. No dirt, water, moisture, or cold air has the ability to pass through this stuff. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
This crawl space is staying clean, dry, and cold-air-free with the CleanSpace encapsulation system.
Marsha B. of Newaygo, MI has a very old home. The house has always been leaky, wet, damp, and stinky. These characteristics can obviously make a home unpleasant to live in. Thus, Marsha gave us a call to get a professional and long-term fix.
We installed the fantastic duo of our products: 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 above the foundation footing, collecting all the 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 home. In this case, of course, the SuperSump is the sump pump we speak of.
Tom L. of White Cloud, MI had moisture on his basement walls throughout the year, making his home uncomfortable to live in. Because of this, Tom gave us a call to get a professional solution.
For this project we actually installed a product of our usually used for crawl spaces: our CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the basement (in this case) from the surrounding moisture. By having this barrier, no water or water vapor will be able to get into the basement and then up into the home. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
Kim D. of White Cloud, MI gave us a call when she had water leaking into her basement and it was beginning to cause problems. Water leakage in basements can cause mold growth, musty odors, peeling of paint, and sticking of windows. Good thing for her, we had a solution.
We installed our patented WaterGuard French drain system that has been tried and tested for years. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor but above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected in the drain, it is sent to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
This system will keep Kim's basement free of unwanted water and prevent its unwanted effects.
Tom L. of White Cloud, MI was experiencing water leakage in his basement in the spring when the snow melted before he reached out for our help. When water leaks into a basement like this, mold can growth, musty odors can develop, and these things can cause congestion and even asthma. For these reasons, Tom gave us a call.
We installed two of our favorite products: the 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 the water is in the drain, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
The sump pump we installed for this project was the SuperSump sump pump. 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.
With these two systems installed, Tom can be rest assured that water will not be causing problems for him next spring.
The homeowner's house was built in 1950 and had a basement with a lot of moisture and mold. To add onto that, when it rained water was leaking into the basement and the crawl space. The moisture and mold leads to poor quality air and allergens from the mold spores and can affect the homeowner's health if not taken care of properly.
To stop the moisture and mold from causing serious problems, our professional team installed the CleanSpace encapsulation system and the EverLast crawl space door. The CleanSpace encapsulation system covers the floors and walls of your crawl space with a thick, durable, plastic vapor barrier. The vapor barrier permanently prevents moisture, outside air and pests from getting into your crawl space. The EverLast crawl space door is made out of plastic that is just about indestructable. The door further protects the crawl space from unwanted pests, moisture and outside air.
The team also installed a TripleSafe sump pump. This sump pump is three sump pumps in one. The first pump will do most of the pumping effectively. The second pump is more powerful and has a separate discharge line that will be there for you if the first pump fails. Lastly, the third pump is equipped with batteries in case the power goes out. The TripleSafe sump pump is the best option because it automatically adjusts when needed and keeps your basement dry with triple protection.
WaterGuard Long-lasting interior perimeter basement drainage system was also installed. The drainage system sits on top of the footing in the basement as not to get clogged with mud. WaterGuard captures all water seepage from the floors and walls and directs the water to the sump pump, which then effectively removes the water from the basement.
Lastly, our team installed the SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. The SaniDry Sedona is the most efficient, high-performance dehumidifier and filtration system. The Sedona helps prevent mold and reduce musty odors, giving you dry healthy air and total comfort.
All of these products give the homeowners a peace of mind that their basement and crawl space are waterproofed and mold free!
This customer had two stone wall and sand base crawl spaces that the homeowner wanted us to look at. There was no standing water, mold or wood rot at the time, but we wanted to seal of the space before these issues occurred.
We started by installing the CleanSpace plastic liner, which is a waterproof and vapor proof liner that keeps all moisture out of the space. Next, we installed FrothPak insulation to the crawlspace walls to seal and insulate the area. This insulation is made of inorganic materials and doesn’t absorb ambient moisture, which prevents rot and mold growth. Lastly, we installed the SaniDry dehumidification system to wring the damp air dry and circulate dry, filtered air throughout the space.
This bowing basement wall was in need of some serious help. Stair-step cracks were found, which is a common sign of wall failure in block foundation walls. This often means that the problem is worsening because as the wall continues to bow, the corners have to rely on adjacent walls to hold it up, creating the stair-step cracks.
We installed the PowerBrace system to support this basement wall. This system involves steel beams that are secured to joists above the wall with steel brackets. These beams are coated in zinc to prevent corrosion and the braces use a joist reinforcement technique to transfer the weight of the wall evenly across the basement ceiling so the floor above does not sink or crack.
We received a call from one of our customers in Fremont who needed our help with leveling out concrete in his garage. We drove to his property to install PolyLevel whcih is an advanced polymer injection foam that we blast into the concrete through small holes. After injection, the slab of concrte becomes level again and stronger than ever. PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.
Ruth, a homeowner in Holland, MI noticed that one of the block walls in her basement was bowing. She and her son smartly decided it was time to promptly take action and called us to handle this foundation challenge. We were welcomed into her home and found that PowerBraces would remediate her wall challenges. Our professionals installed the PowerBrace system in her home. The PowerBrace is a patented foundation wall repair system that's designed to stabilize this failing basement wall and provide the potential to straighten the wall over time. Ruth can now rest assured, knowing her foundation challenges have been put to rest.
No one enjoys having to go into their crawlspace, or even having to deal with it for that matter. Here at Ayers, we understand that, but we also understand how important it is for home owners have a healthy crawl space.
Bruce in Fremont, MI called us saying that he felt it was time to get his two crawl spaces taken care of. There was no mold or water build up yet, but there were a couple of little critters that had managed to get in. So in order to deal with his current problem and prevent future problems from occurring, he knew it was time to give us a call.
We installed a few different things for Bruce: Our CleanSpace Liner, a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier, and some FrothPak Spray Foam.
CleanSpace is a plastic liner that is designed to permanently keep away any moisture and air. It is placed completely over the walls and floor, creating a constant blockage to anything outside of it. This will also prevent future critters from sneaking in through cracks or holes.
Our SaniDry Sedona is a dehumidifier designed specifically for crawl spaces. With a self-draining design, it can remove up to 95 pints of water per day in your crawl space, without ever needed to have its collection tray emptied. It can empty to a sump pump or drywell, or a special condensation pump can be added to discharge the water outside. A normal dehumidifier is hardly ever running because if you only are able to manually drain it once a day, there’s really only going to be a few hours each day where it’s actually running. With the SaniDry Sedona, it is constantly running making sure your crawl space maintains a dry, healthy environment.
Last but not least, we have our FrothPak spray foam. This is an insulation system that it used to seal off any cracks that may be in your wall. It is foam that is sprayed onto the wall, and what really sets it apart from other systems is that it does not absorb moisture, and mold cannot grow on it because it is made from inorganic materials.
Don’t let problems pile up in your crawl space, because eventually, they will start effecting your entire home. Be like Bruce and get it taken care of before you have an enire list of things that need to be fixed.
Dan in Newaygo, MI gave us a call saying that he would like his dirt crawl space encapsulated. One huge step in encapsulating a crawl space or basement is making sure we keep the environment dry and healthy. An essential application to make sure this comes to fruition is our SandiDry Sedona dehumidifier.
The SaniDry Sedona is the most efficient, high-performance dehumidifier and filtration system, without a bulky heat exchange core. With its small size, it takes up less space in a basement and easily fits in small crawl spaces, like Dan’s where the height is only two feet. One enormous benefit to our SaniDry is that it runs 24/7 without you having to try and remember to empty it once or twice every day. It comes with a drain hose where the water can run to a sump pump, constantly and automatically pumping it out. This feature allows it to remove 95 pints of water out of the air every day.
This is such a crucial feature because Dan isn’t home enough to be able to empty his dehumidifier every time it fills up, and even if he emptied it once a day, there’s still all that time during the day where it’s just sitting there full, allowing moisture to build up in the crawl space. This is why having the SaniDry Sedona is so crucial to having a dry, mold-free crawl space or basement, because if issues are forming from those environments, at some point they will travel up and throughout your entire home.
Over time, any structure that is built, whether its a regular building or a home, is bound to feel the pains of settling. The earth beneath a structure is slowly yet, constantly moving throughout time and changing from season to season. Soil expands when it freezes, causing disturbances in a foundation as well as when it loosens and soil slips away from under a foundation in the summer. This small gradual change is what leads to the crumbling or sinking of our homes.
To provide a permanent solution, we installed the helical pier system that not only stabilizes a home but, puts it back to its original, upright, position. The piers are long steel cylinders with two round blades wrapped around the end of the tube-like fan blades. Our foremen then excavate the footing of the house showing the home's foundation. The piers are pushed through the ground down into the most sturdy soil, called load-bearing soil, using pressurized water (or hydraulic system). The piers can reach nine or more feet down into the soil.
Once the steel cylinders with the rounded blades reach competent soil, that can lift the house's structure, we attach the piers to the home using a bracket. The bracket is like the lego piece that snaps the pier to the home. After this, the foremen work together from inside and outside the home to lift the home to its original position.
Finally, we put the soil back and assure that you now have a stable foundation.
Roger has a partial basement that connects to his crawl space. His crawl space isn't sealed off and he is concerned about unwanted pests entering his basement. So our team installed CleanSpace because not only should he be worried about pests, but also preventing moisture and humidity from entering his basement. CleanSpace is a plastic sheet material used as a vapor barrier to restrict all moisture, outside air, and pests from entering your crawl space. This system creates an energy-efficient crawl space and it also gives your crawl space a clean finish.
Kelvyn had two walls in her basement that were bowing. Her home is very old and so she called our team to discuss foundation repair options. Our team installed CarbonArmor and GeoLock Anchor. CarbonArmor is a wall reinforcing system constructed to repair damaged and bowing foundation walls. It fixes your foundation walls by preventing inward movement and reducing the cracks in your walls. This system can easily be concealed for your basement to have a sleek, finished look. The GeoLock Anchor System which permanently stabilizes walls. In most cases it can eventually straighten the wall back to its original position. It is done by putting heavy anchors in stable soil away from your foundation wall. This system is ideal because it involves minimal disturbance to Kelvyn's lawn and home.
Cindy and Warren called our team asking about crawl space encapsulation options. They did not have any water intrusion, but they wanted their crawl space insulated to reduce their heating and cooling bills. So our team 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.
Phil and Jane's deck slopes towards their house which was causing water to enter their basement. They called our team and asked us to waterproof their basement. We installed WaterGuard, TripleSafe and IceGuard. These three items will each play a large role in keeping their 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 they won't need to worry about their basement flooding during power outages. Lastly, the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System allows water to leave even when it is frozen.
Janna has a partially finished basement that has been experiencing heavy water intrusion. It seems to be coming through the walls, so she called our team to ask about waterproofing solutions. We installed WaterGuard, a basement drainage system. Unlike many other drains, WaterGuard 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. 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.
A customer had water entering her crawl space so she called our team. We installed the SmartSump Crawl Space Sump Pump which was perfectly designed for crawl spaces. It prevents flooding by reducing moisture in the crawl space and by removing any water quickly. The drain connected to the pump takes the water out of your crawl space while not allowing any damp air to enter.
Rachel called our team to inspect her crawl space. Along with other systems, our team installed IceGuard. So our team installed the IceGuard Sump Pump Discharge Line System. This 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 Rachel won’t have to worry about when he should turn it on or off.
Concrete slabs in Ken's garage were sinking even after he tried to fix them himself. He wanted a permanent solution that he could trust so he called our team. We installed PolyLevel, a waterproof and long-lasting system designed to fix concrete slabs that have sunk. It uses a polyurethane foam that expands and has a high density in order to lift the concrete slabs back to their original level. The process is quite simple and is done by drilling small holes into the concrete and then inserting the foam into the holes.
Tracie's house was settling which was making her floors uneven. So our team 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.
A customer had water entering her crawl space. She wanted to totally waterproof her crawl space so 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.
Cynthia bought a house that she noticed was lower on one side than the other. So she called our team and we installed helical piers. Helical piers to stop the settlement and overtime bring the foundation back to its original level. The helical piers were installed deep into the soil underneath the foundation for a quick installation and permanent solution.
A customer had many different foundational issues in the home she just bought. For example, the concrete slabs in her driveaway and garage were cracking and uneven. So our team installed PolyLevel, a waterproof and long-lasting system designed to fix concrete slabs that have sunk. It uses a polyurethane foam that expands and has a high density in order to lift the concrete slabs back to their original level. The process is quite simple and is done by drilling small holes into the concrete and then inserting the foam into the holes.