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These Tustin, MI customers noticed several different cracks running along on their basement walls, like the large horizontal one in the before picture. After examining it closer, they came to the conclusion that the wall was actually caving in. Our system design specialist went out for a visit and came to the same conclusion. The inward movement of walls like this is called bowing. It’s caused by expanding soil putting added pressure on the foundation and can mean disaster for the structure of homes.
The after photo shows our solution to the problem, the PowerBrace System. PowerBrace beams halt the inward motion by transferring the support of the above floor joists above from the foundation walls to the beams. The beams span the height of the wall, so the wall can no longer bend inwards. As you can see, the beams are placed into portions of excavated foundation floor and attached to the floor joists above with a special tightening bolt for stabilization (Note: before the job was completed, concrete was poured back into the excavated parts of the floor). Not only will this wall stop bowing inwards, given enough time, it may even return to its original position.
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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 Osceola County, MI.
Carrie was very optimistic that her Reed City, MI home was finally going to be back in working order after she replaced one of the walls. She knew it was time to do something when she noticed that the bottom portion of the drywall had started to soak through and rot. She was also hopeful that the replacement wall would put an end to the wet kitchen perimeter she experienced after rainfalls. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out that way. After the contractor replaced the old wall and installed a drain under the new wall, the perimeter of the kitchen was still getting wet. The contractor informed her that she would need waterproofing work to solve the problem. So, why not call the waterproofing experts?
To address the issue, the crew installed Sentry Seal along the length of the leaking foundation. Sentry Seal is usually used as a way to exteriorly treat large cracks. But for Carrie’s situation, the crew was going to use it to cover an entire foundation wall. To give the crew access to the foundation wall and apply the Sentry Seal membrane, the soil outside of the foundation needed to be excavated. The membrane was then placed along the wall to cover all possible leaks. Before replacing the excavated soil, the crew installed an exterior drain alongside the wall. The drain will collect the rainwater that would have previously dampened the perimeter of Carrie’s kitchen. After connecting the exterior drain to a discharge line that led to a small pond in the backyard, the crew replaced the excavated soil with a mixture of soil and gravel – allowing water to easily enter the drainage system.
Thanks to an amazing job by the crew, Carrie finally has the dry foundation and kitchen that she’d been hoping for.
Our customer called with a need for waterproofing, but no basement or crawl space. His home was on a slab foundation, and there was water accumulating at the floor/wall joint in a few different areas of the home.
We used a curtain drain system around the perimeter of the house to collect the water and send it to a discharge line, which we extended a full 90 feet to the top of the hill on the property and ended in a Lawnscape outlet, which allows us to bury the line but still discharge water without risk of clogs. This improves not only the aesthetics of the property (imagine looking at a 90 foot discharge line every day) but also eliminates the line as a trip hazard or landscaping obstacle.
June found herself in a sticky situation when one of her basement walls started pouring water. The problem? There were no plumbing pipes on that wall, so she didn't know where the water was coming from or how it was getting inside.
She'd had a new breaker box installed last year, and the stone wall had never been properly sealed around the installation. This is bad enough, but when you take into account that water was running in over the electrical panel? Bad news.
We used Sentry Seal, a powerful membrane used on the exterior of a building for waterproofing, on the outside of the foundation to protect against incoming water. We then used tuckpointing to seal the area around the breaker box inside the basement. Now the basement is dry and free from electrocution risk.
Jim T. called because his basement wall had a 25ft horizontal crack that was ¼ inch thick and he was looking for a reliable solution to permanently fix the problem. The wall was bowing inward and the crack was above the center of the wall.
Our team of experts assessed the situation and decided to install the CarbonArmor system to stabilize the failing wall. CarbonArmor uses extremely strong strips that are made of fiber reinforced polymers to hold cracked or bowing walls and have the potential to pull them back to their original position. To start this project we coated sections of the wall with strong apoxy resin that the straps would adhere to. The straps were then attached to the wall and fastened with steel brackets. After the installation, the wall was completely stabilized with minimal disruption to the home.
Before calling us, Linda B. of Marion, MI had a stream of water shooting into her basement making the floor soaked. She tried painting a DIY material on the walls to prevent the leakage but it still got in. Thus, she gave us a call.
Our solution? 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 system rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that enters into the basement from the walls. Once this water is collected it is directed to the sump pump -- the TripleSafe -- and is pumped out the home.
Joanne P. of Leroy, MI has a crawl space beneath her home that was giving her heartache before she reached out to us. She needed her crawl space encapsulated -- so that's what we did.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that prevents the surrounding elements from entering the crawl space. No dirt, cold air, water or moisture is able to pass through this material. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
With this system in Joanne's crawl space she will never need to worry about the side effects of a crawl space ever again.
Mark R. noticed a crack in his basement wall. He has cement block walls and the crack starts from the floor and ends at the top of the wall near the window. This is a common sign of wall failure in a basement. To solve Mark’s problem, we installed our PowerBrace System. The PowerBrace System is designed to support basement walls and over time allow potential straightening. They can improve the conditions of your walls over time and their zinc coating is resistant to corrosion.