Winter humidity can wreak havoc in your home. Here's how humidity can impact the health of your crawl space.
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The Drainage Matting laid down underneath the CleanSpace vapor barrier allows for water to drain to the sump pump, instead of pooling and causing damage.
Geo-Lock wall anchors strengthen and stabilize foundation walls by connecting two steel plate together with a galvanized steel rod. In the before picture, you can see the hole drilled out for the rod to connect the two plates.
The settled concrete slab along the walkway to this homeowner's front door was a major tripping hazard. Because it was in such a visible location, PolyLEVEL was used because it raises settled slabs with virtually no mess.
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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 Rockford, MI.
Dan V. from Rockford, MI was dealing with gallons of water pouring into his crawl space for prior to calling us. A wet crawl space can create moisture issues in the home itself and is something to be taken care of as soon as possible. Thankfully, we had a solution.
We installed two of our patented waterproofing products for this job. First, we installed the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. 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, on top of incorporating anti-microbial components to guard against mold.
Then, we installed the TripleSafe sump pump system. 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.
These installments will be sure to prevent against water in Dan's basement so he can live peacefully again.
Carol M. of Rockford, MI had a dirt crawl space that she wanted to be encapsulated. We had the perfect product for her.
The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. No water, cold air, or dirt can get through this stuff. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial components that prevent mold growth.
Nick F. of Rockford, MI has a home that was built in 2000 with poured concrete walls. He was experiencing water entering the basement -- he noticed a wet spot in the carpet near the couch. With this being said, he gave us a call.
Our fix? The WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. Once that water is collected it is redirected to the sump pump to be pumped up and out of the home, keeping the basement dry and usable.
Water problems? Ha.
Erika K. of Rockford, MI has an addition on the front of her house that they made into a porch. Under the porch there is a MI basement that is the size of a one car garage. With this beings said, she was having structural issues, so she gave us a call.
To remedy this situation, we installed helical piers. A helical pier owes its name to the helical plates welded to the pier shaft. These plates help to pull the pier into the soil during installation, and provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation or structural element is transferred to the pier. Additional sections can be added to the pier until it reaches the necessary depth. Helical piers have a great deal of versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements.
Doug B. built a home in Rockford, MI and during the build, a crack developed. They repaired it with hydraulic injection but that only held until last Fall. Water was coming in through the wall and he patched it with cement, and it was becoming damp there. So, he gave us a call.
We used our FlexiSpan polyurethane sealant to fix the crack. FlexiSpan will never crack or dry and is flexible, giving it the ability to move with the natural shifting of the wall. This provides a complete waterproofing seal.
Chad B. of Rockford, MI just moved into his house 5 months ago. Sadly, when it rained hard he was getting some water seeping in through the floor and the wall. The floor was damp and puddles formed in big downpours. His home is near a lake, as well. With this being said, he gave us a call to have some waterproofing done.
Our fix for this situation was the amazing duo of WaterGuard and the SuperSump. We started by installing the SuperSump premier sump sump 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, this beast is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
Once that was installed, we moved on to the WaterGuard French drain system. WaterGuard rests below the floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. After that water is collected, it is redirected to the sump pump -- in this case, the SuperSump.
No more water problems for you, Chad!
Charlotte and Jeremy’s home was built almost an entire century ago, and for the most part, it had held up pretty well. At least, until a small remodeling job 20 years had somehow resulted in their basement remaining permanently damp. One of the main parts of the remodel was boarding up a set of cellar stairs that led outside. Unfortunately, afterwards, the boarded up area had started to seep water inside. It wasn’t just that area, either. Opposite of the old stairs, Jeremy and Charlotte could actually see water coming in on the walls. They finally decided to do something about the basement last spring.
When the crew arrived in Rockford, MI, they got straight to work on a solution that would deal with Charlotte and Jeremy's damp basement troubles once and for all. A system design specialist had already visited the home and came up with a plan to keep out water out, no matter where it was leaking in. That was all taken care of by the WaterGuard perimeter drainage system. The system sits in the foot and wall joint to collect water that leaks through and direct it to a sump pump. While WaterGuard handled the damp feeling of the basement, the crew also needed to take care of the visibly leaking wall. To do so, BrightWall panels were snapped into place in front of the old leaking wall. BrightWall panels are waterproof and impenetrable by moisture. The rigid plastic acts like a barrier between the leaks and the rest of the room. Water can run down the original wall, but it won’t be seen. That water will enter the WaterGuard system at the foot of the wall and then be pumped out by the SuperSump, along with the rest of the leaking water. Thanks to the hard work of the crew, Charlotte and Jeremy can finally have the waterproof basement they’ve wanted for the last 20 years.
One thing we hear a lot of at Ayers is genuine surprise. Many of our customers don’t recognize problems in their homes until they’ve seen the solutions. That’s why Carol from Rockford, MI called us. She had 3 crawlspaces in her home and none of them were really causing her problems. They didn’t have mold, or water leaking in. In fact, other than a few typical complaints, Carol didn’t even mind the look of her crawl spaces. At least, not before she saw what CleanSpace could do.
After seeing one of our crawl space before and after pictures on a flyer, Carol knew she had to have a CleanSpace encapsulation. The only thing close to a problem she had with her crawl space was that one had a dirt floor, so she thought it would be the perfect place to see CleanSpace in action. Our production team encapsulated both the crawl space floor and walls with the durable liner. The fresh white plastic makes the area seem bright and clean. And as an added bonus, neither humidity or water will pierce through CleanSpace, so the crawl space will continue to be well protected.
We hope that CleanSpace was everything Carol imagined it to be. If you’d like to see how CleanSpace could brighten up your crawl space, then give us a call today!
Last winter, we received a call from David and Jan in Rockford, MI concerning their back deck. The deck stuck out from the second floor of the house and hung over a steep slope in the backyard. Unfortunately, the ground underneath the deck’s support beams had begun to settle, so both the deck itself and the concrete slab were resting at an angle. To raise foundations, our production teams need access to the soil, so David and Jan were forced to wait until spring for the ground to thaw.
Going in the team knew they would have to level out two different surfaces. Raising the concrete slab would only require a simple PolyLevel injection below the slab until the concrete leveled off. The deck would prove to be more difficult. The first step in leveling the deck was determining what height the pillars would need to be for an even surface. While using steel beams to support the deck, the team measured and cut the bottom portion of the pillars to make room for SmartJacks. Once the SmartJacks were laid into the concrete, the team attached the pillars to their new base and adjusted the jacks’ heights.
David and Jan are thrilled to be able to use their deck again without worry.