This customer contacted us because they had a couple walls in their basement that were bowing. We all know bowing walls probably aren't a good sign and we wanted to get this taken care of as soon as possible. We offer many different solutions for foundation walls depending on the area outside your home, the results you are expecting, and how bad the wall is.
For this home we were able to install our PowerBrace system on one of the walls. PowerBraces are a great option because they allow the wall to be straightened over time as the system can be tightened as the wall moves back to it's desired position. This system has a very noninvasive isntall and will not disturb the lawn or anything outside the home. These also usually take less than a day to install, so it's a great option and gets the job done.
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Robert had been renting out this Rose City home for years. Now he decided he was going to start using the home as a hunting cabin. But before he could, he needed to repair the sagging support beam in the basement. Since Robert didn’t live near the cabin, he referred us to his mother to start making repairs.
When the crew entered the field stone and mortar basement, they found that the main support beam was being held up by two log columns. They determined the best way to the repair the sagging beam was with the SmartJack system. They attached four jacks across the length of the beam and raised them to a height that would level out the support beam completely. With a stable basement support, Robert should be able to use the cabin for hunting or anything else without any worries
This homeowner had experienced two basement floods since living in his Lupton, MI home. He had recently finished his basement when the second flood occurred and he looked to us for a reliable solution.
We first installed DryTak, which is an efficient waterproofing system that ensures any water leakage coming into the home will filter into the pipes and exit into the sump pump to be discharged from the home. The pipes were installed around the perimeter of the basement and placed slightly away from the wall to make sure any water coming in from the wall will have room to filter into the pipe.
This home needed an effective way to pump incoming water outside of the basement, which is why we installed the SuperSump sump pump system. This sump pump accepts water from under ground and from the DryTak system to ensure water will never be an issue for this homeowner. This system has a drain on the lid that immediately accepts water in case of a flood and a pump alarm that will sound if the pump fails to make sure you know of the problem immediately so you can deal with it before the basement floods.
The next part of this waterproofing job was to make sure water easily and efficiently exits the home through discharge lines. We added an additional discharge line and the IceGuard system that is installed on the discharge line that allows water to exit the home even if the pipe freezes, preventing water from re-entering the home and causing a flood. We also installed the LawnScape outlet that is installed at the end of the discharge line to lead water away from the house.
Jim Z. of West Branch, MI had water seepage in half of her basement before she gave us a call. This can create serous heath and comfort issues in a home, like mold growth and mildewy smell. However, we had a solution.
We installed two of our favorite basement waterproofing products: the WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. The WaterGuard drain rests above the basement floor but below the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home.
This sump pump is the SuperSump sump pump system. The SuperSump is 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 now protect Jim from any leakage in his basement, allowing him to have peace of mind and live comfortably in his home.
Jason M.’s crawl space filled with water each Spring. He was eager to seal and waterproof his crawl space. We came and installed our drainage matting, CleanSpace liner, and Smart Sump sump pump in Jason’s crawl space. We first began by sealing in any spaces that allowed outside air into his crawl space. We wanted to protect from any moisture that could possibly enter the space. Next, we installed our drainage matting. The draining matting separates the crawl space from the earth allowing any water that makes its way through the dirt floor to drain right to the Smart Sump sump pump. The matting acts as a barrier between the earth and the crawl space and prevents mold and bacteria growth. We then installed our CleanSpace liner. Unlike common plastic liners, the CleanSpace liner is a liner made out of material similar to a pool liner. It is durable, flexible, and tear resistant. The liner stops water vapor from seeping into the space and is easily installed around various obstructions in your crawl space. Lastly, we installed the Smart Sump sump pump. This pump is specifically designed for crawl spaces and ensures that any water entering the space will be immediately pumped out. The combination of all these products ensures that your crawl space will stay dry during the heavy rain of those spring months.
Christopher & Christine from West Branch, MI began witnessing their porch develop cracks. The porch cement became uneven and the couples worries began to grow. Their porch had become a safety hazard to themselves and their guests. The couple knew removing the concrete and rebuilding the porch would be an unimaginably costly and labor intense task. Upon beginning their search for a more effective solution to their growing porch liability, Christopher & Christine found us! We assessed their needs and recommended our unique product offering PolyLevel to return the cement porch to its original position. PolyLevel raises concrete through unique qualities of expanding polyurethane foam, making it: environmentally safe, affordable, waterproof to prevent future erosion, quick and mess free, and a permanent solution! PolyLevel not only results in a solution that looks better and lasts longer, it is also less destructive to the applied surface. PolyLevel was able to raise sections of this porch and make it level once again. Christopher & Christine are extremely glad they chose not to completely rebuild their porch, and we are glad to have two new highly satisfied friends.
Ernie & Katie, our loyal friends from Lupton, MI found themselves battling an issue with two of the walls in their basement. The couple’s walls began bowing outward near the top and developed a horizontal crack. Ernie & Katie chose to take a proactive approach and began asking friends and relatives if they knew of any reliable contractors to seek for help. One of Katie’s friends had crawlspace work done by Ayers and recommended us to her. After receiving a call, we joined Ernie & Katie in the challenge of straightening their walls and devised a tactical solution consisting of three PowerBraces. The PowerBrace system encompasses adjustable steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the foundation wall, offering revolutionary support. The PowerBrace improves the condition of bowing and cracked walls by reversing the forces of nature and allowing them to move back to their original position. Through a collaborative effort with Ernie & Katie, we were able to provide them with a permanent solution to their foundation troubles and give them a newly found piece of mind.
April had noticed her basement wall was drifting and saw cracks lining another foundational wall. Not wanting to take any risks, April contacted Ayers for a reliable solution. Our foreman Evan was able to inspect the area, hear out April's concerns, and provide a solution that would be permanent.
Evan and his team installed SmartJack piers and a PowerBrace system to correct the walls.
SmartJack piers are steel rods that are placed strategically along the crawl space support frame. The bottoms are anchored with poured concrete into the foundational floor. The tops are fixed with load-bearing joints that are secured ti the rim joist, and the height is adjusted till constant supportive pressure is present.
PowerBrace is a system of supportive steel rods similar to SmartJack, the difference being that they line the bowing wall and create a constant corrective force against the sliding wall.