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An effort to finished this basement in Osceola, IN turned into adding in a basement bedroom. Unfortunately, the bedroom wouldn’t be too inviting the way it was. The only window was a small rectangular block high on the wall. To make the room feel more homelike and less “basementy”, not to mention meeting safety codes, the owner had decided to upgrade that rectangle to an egress window and well.
First, the crew removed the original window and filled in the hole with block wall material. Then came the installation of the egress. An egress window will benefit this basement in more than just adding light; the well and window are made of inorganic plastic material so they won’t erode or leak. The comparison between the before and after photos shows just how much of an effect a one-day installation can have for a basement.
This customer had recently finished the basement in their home. It was being used as an office space and bedroom. Unfortunately, those submarine style windows were making it unsafe. According to building codes, when using your basement as a living space, it is a requirement to have an additional exit aside from the entrance. Egress windows are the solution! They not only provide a large and safe exit, but they also allow additional light in the space, making it more lively.
Robert G. contacted us because he was looking to have his sidewalks and driveway leveled. They had sunk about 3-4 inches due to a weak soil issue below the slabs, but luckily our team of experts knew the perfect solution.
We used the PolyLevel system to raise and level out the uneven slabs. We started by drilling small, penny-sized holes into the concrete. The holes were then injected with a specialized polymer material that expanded to immediately lift the slabs. This system used dense and lightweight polymers level out the slabs and deal with the weak soils below that were no longer strong enough to hold the concrete in place. To fill in any cracks or gaps between the slabs, we used the NexusPro Joint Sealant that seals off the gaps and prevents them from expanding over time.
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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 St Joseph County, IN.
Brian and Carla recently noticed their poured concrete foundation was letting water into the basement. The problem would typically show up after long rains. One of the bright spots was that the water only showed up in the half of the basement that was unfinished. So when our system design specialist visited Brian and Carla, he proposed a solution that would waterproof only the affected area. The crew laid a perimeter drainage system, WaterGuard, around the half side of the leaking basement. With a drainage system to catch any water that flowed through the foundation in place, they moved onto installing a sump pump system. The SuperSump is one of our more powerful sumps and is capable of pushing out over 2,000 gallons of water per hour. The water then travels through the sump discharge line to a lawnscape outlet in the yard. Along the way, the water will pass by an IceGuard protective shield that will expel the water if the lines freeze over. Brian and Carla now have a fully protected basement.
Larry had a finished basement that started to develop a wet area. A large puddle was forming consistently in an space with drywall and carpet. Not good. Larry started cutting away drywall and pulling up the carpet and found that a small amount of mold was beginning to develop. He needed the wet area to be waterproofed while the damage was minimal.
Fortunately, we had a solution for him for that would impact only a very small area of the finished basement and would be relatively simple. We pulled away the drywall over the impacted wall cavity to reveal the foundation wall crack that was leaking. We then injected the crack with a sealant as a primary defense. Next, came the backup defense because sealants are not generally a reliable fix over time, although they can help. A small area of concrete at the base of the wall beneath the crack was excavated and a drywell about 3-5 gallons in size was dug out. We then filled the drywell with stone and replaced the concrete on top all except for a small gap. This allows any incoming water to run down the wall and into the drywell beneath the foundation. To keep the finished basement from being impacted by water, the crack is covered with our durable mold and mildew-resistant CleanSpace material. Between the CleanSpace and the wall, a foam layer provides a space for the water to flow freely. The crack is permanently waterproofed. Behind the finished walls, Larry will never notice the crack again and any leaks will go unnoticed. He can rest easy knowing that his finished basement will be free of puddles in the future, at least from this pesky crack.
Maria H. of South Bend, IN has a crawlspace that was experiencing moisture. The walls are cement block and the height of the crawlspace is 3 feet. The home was made in the early 1900's and has a dirt floor and it has a smelly musty odor. This said, Maria called us.
To remedy this issue, we installed one of our favorite products: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the surrounding elements. Water, dirt, moisture, and cold air do not stand a chance at getting in with this system. As a bonus, CleanSpace is made with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
Tisha M. of South Bend, IN has a home that was experiencing some water damage issues from a flood last summer. The home was built in the 1940's with cement block. There were cracks in the walls causing the basement to be flooded to the main floor. This said, Tisha gave us a call.
Our solution? BrightWall. BrightWall basement wall panels are white panels made of a rigid plastic that is completely waterproof and washable. These panels also provide a vapor barrier for the basement that blocks out water vapor and humidity.
Lan H. of South Bend, IN wanted to make sure her basement was water tight before she had it finished off and added a recreation room. This being said, she called us.
Finding small cracks in the walls, we decided the best waterproofing solution would be our FlexiSpan polyurethane sealant. FlexiSpan is 100% waterproof and is flexible enough to stretch with the natural movement of the foundation wall and keep being waterproof.
With this installment, Lan is ready to move on with her project!
Rick F. of Mishawaka, MI did not see any water in his crawl space but it was very humid before he gave us a call. This humidity is encouraging mold growth so he wanted to figure out why it is so humid and see if it could be resolved.
The answer is yes -- it could be resolved. We installed our SaniDry CX crawl space dehumidifier. The SaniDry CX is small and compact but very powerful, being able to collect up to 109 pints of water without its collection tray having to be emptied. This makes for an efficient way to rid crawl spaces of unwanted moisture -- and fast.
Todd P. of Mishawaka, MI was having foundation wall issues before he gave us a call. One of his foundation walls was cracked and tipping, creating a serious safety problem for Todd and his family.
Our solution? The PowerBrace foundation wall support system. PowerBrace stabilizes tilting, bowing, or buckling basement walls. The system uses steel I-beams that secure to the joists above the wall, offering a true, maximum support for the most important walls in your home. PowerBrace can also be installed with an adjustment/tightening kit that can be used to eventually bring the foundation wall back to its original state.
Stacie A. of South Bend, IL had water leaking into her basement from small, hairline cracks in the foundation wall. Because of the damage that can be caused by water being in a basement, Stacie reached out to us.
Our solution? FlexiSpan polyurethane crack sealant. FlexiSpan -- like expected with its title -- is very flexible and will move with the natural shifting of the basement wall. This will ensure a waterproof seal that will out live the home itself!
Kim P. of South Bend, IL has a home that was built in the 1920s out of block foundation. Over the years, water has started to get in through the cracks in the blocks, allowing for a wet basement floor, moisture in the air, and a musty odor. Thus, Kim gave us a call.
We remedied this issue by installing a favorite duo of ours: the SuperSump premier sump pump 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 beneath the basement floor but above 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, the SuperSump, to be pumped up and out of the home.
This family called because for over a year every time there was a heavy rain or the snow melted, the egress windows in the basement would leak. The standing water was causing a musty smell and they didn't want mold to start growing. They also told us they were only planning on living in the house for another 5 years so it was a good idea to start fixing things to increase the resale value.
Our team of experts were able to install a new egress window that was properly sealed so that there wouldn't be anymore water making it inside. The new window can also help to keep the basement warmer in the winter and reduce energy costs.
Our customer had a leaking basement window. Unfortunately, the window well would fill up with water, leak into the basement, and then water builds up in the basement. We installed our egress basement window. Egress windows are sealed keeping moisture and water out. The windows are energy efficient and resistant to rot and mildew.
Tracey began noticing signs that her foundation was beginning to settle. At the time she did not realize that is what the signs meant. Her floor was sagging, the doors sticking, and stair step cracks on the outside of the home. Settlement can happen for various reasons including the drying and shrinking of soil and the wetting and softening of soil.
Our team of experts decided to install piers for Tracey. Piers are used to support the weight of the home and transfer the weight to more competent soils capable of supporting the home. These piers provide the greatest chance to lift the home back to its original position, is a quick installation, and requires minimal disturbance to Tracey and her family.
Marka L. of South Bend, IN had an issue with leaking water in her basement after heavy rains. The home was built in 1942 and it was starting to show.
Our professional team had a solution for the water. We installed a Triple Safe sump pump to replace the existing one. The Triple Safe sump pump has three sump pumps in one. The first pump will do most of the pumping effectively. The second pump will be there in case the first one fails. And the third pump is designed using batteries so it will be there for you if the power goes out.
We also installed our WaterGuard system which is a long lasting interior perimeter basement waterproofing system. WaterGuard sits on top of the footing along the perimeter of your basement and drains the water that is leaking from up above.
A SaniDry XP dehumidifier was also installed in the basement. The SaniDry XP is designed to keep the air dry and clean and reduces the risk of mold growth. This dehumidifier removes 10 times the amount of water from the air as compared to a typical dehumidifier while using the same energy to run. The water also drains from the unit automatically so there is no need to empty it like a typical dehumidifier.
Lastly, our team installed BrightWall basement wall panels. BrightWall panels are designed to direct the leaking water down into the WaterGuard perimeter drain lines and then that water will be carried to the TripleSafe sump pump effectively waterproofing your basement! The BrightWall panels don't only waterproof your basement, they transform your damp ugly basement walls into bright, beautiful walls that never need painting or other maintenance!
After installing all of these waterproofing systems our team effectively turned this damp, ugly basement into a thing of beauty!
Tracey’s garage was beginning to sink. She was not sure what to do to resolve her issue. She called Ayers Basement Systems and we had just the solution. We used PolyLevel to lift and stabilize her garage floor. PolyLevel requires fewer holes, is a waterproof material, environmentally friendly, and can be driven on in fifteen minutes. Tracey was able to lift her garage floor without the inconveniencing her family’s entire life.
The homeowners had water coming into their basement where the floor and the wall meet. This water was particularly frightening for these homeowners because they had a finished basment and they did not want their belongings or their carpet to get ruined.
Our professional team installed the WaterGuard long lasting interior perimeter drainage system to stop the water from destroyer the homeowners finished basement. WaterGuard effectively captures wall and floor seepage before it damages your basement floor. The WaterGuard drainage system sits on the top of the footing inside the basement so the pipes do not get clogged by mud or anything else. Water enters the system via inlet holes and flows through the drainage pipe to the sump pump. The sump pump then effectively removes the water from the home.
The homeowners finised basement is now clean and dry thanks to the WaterGuard interior perimeter drainage system!
A customer from South Bend, Indiana had problems with water in their basement. They needed our help so they gave us a call. We drove to the house and decided to install a TripleSafe Sump Pump along with many other things. TripleSafe is a sump pump with three different pumps in one liner. The first being the 1/3 hp zoeller pump which does most of the pumping and is placed at the bottom of the liner. The second is the 1/2 hp zoeller that is placed slightly higher than the first. This pump is more powerful but will only be turned on when needed. The final pump is the battery-operated UltraSump DC which is used in case of a power outage, this pump can pump up to 24,000 gallons of water. Now this homeowner know that they will not have to worry about a wet basement ever again.
A customer from Granger, Indiana had some unlevel steps leading to her front door that she wanted to fix. She knew that we were the right people for the job so she gave us a call. We drove to her property and decided that PolyLevel would be perfect for her home. 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.
Imagine a small boat is sinking, and one person in the boat is scooping out the water with a bucket however he is dumping the water right back in the boat... he isn't really helping, is he? Well, that is what you're doing with your basement when you don't lead the water from your basement far enough from the home. Luckily, at Ayers, we can fix that without having a long pipe run across your lawn. We can do this with the LawnScape Outlet. This is a water dispersion outlet that is connected to a pipe placed underneath the lawn to allow any water collected in the gutters to be dispersed away from the walls of the home. This LawnScape outlet is removable as well, this is to empty out any collected leaves or other debris that may be blocking water from exiting. This is a great discrete replacement for the rain chute that covers up part of the lawn. Also, the LawnScape Outlet won't be a tripping or mowing hazard. Now the water from your basement will not re-enter your basement.
A homeowner in Granger, IN noticed that her porch had begun to develop crack spanning through the middle. Removing the concrete and building a new one seemed like an extremely costly and invasive fix. Searching for more productive solutions to her cement problem, this wise homeowner called us! We used 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. We are thankful we had the opportunity to beautify our new friends’ home!
This homeowner in Granger, IN began observing water seepage in his basement, where the wall meets the floor. Without delay, he made the smart decision to address this water concern before it gained the chance to worsen. Andrew picked up the phone and called the waterproofing experts, us! We diagnosed the water issue in his basement and installed WaterGuard to remedy the problem. WaterGuard was installed along the home's footing, beneath the concrete, the installment collects water along the base of the perimeter walls and safely directs it to the two sump pumps for discharge from his home. Thanks to this installment, the water issues that once plagued the basement should undoubtedly be a thing of the past.
When you first notice water leakage in your basement or crawl space, there a few things that you might do: you might panic, maybe you try to fix it yourself, or perhaps you will call an expert who specializes in these types of situations. Here at Ayers, we specialize in basement waterproofing, and we travel all throughout Michigan and even through parts of Indiana. We can assure you that if you want the best long-term solution to keeping your basement dry, Ayers is the place to call.
We received a call from a homeowner in South Bend, IN saying that water was beginning to leak into her basement. After going out for our free inspection, it was clear that her basement needed to be waterproofed in order to fix the issue, but also prevent it from happening again in the future. First and foremost, she needed a new sump pump, and luckily for her, we have the TripleSafe Sump Pump. TripleSafe is top-of-the-line when it comes to sump pumps. It has three sump pumps that fit all into one liner, and this becomes important because three pumps won’t become overwhelmed with higher pumping demands like a single pump system would. Also, if the power goes out in your home, the third pump serves as a battery-operated backup, meaning that it will take care of any business that needs to be handled until the power comes back on.
Another important piece that we installed in this home was our IceGuard Discharge Line System. This comes in handy throughout the winter months because the pipe that the sump pump in connected to can freeze up, leading it to be blocked with snow and ice. IceGuard is designed on the outside of the house and automatically removes any water from the outside wall in case the pipe freezes. We run into this issue a lot being in this region, but thanks to IceGuard, this homeowner will not fall victim to frozen pipes.
Too often we see homeowner try to take it upon themselves to waterproof their basements and crawlspaces. This is never the proper solution because taking this into your own hands at best will only help in the short-term. The same problems will eventually come back, and chances are they will come back even worse than before. For the best long-term solution to your waterproofing needs, Ayers is undoubtedly the place to call.
Pam, a homeowner in Granger, IN began experiencing significant moisture in her crawlspace. She grew concerned that this moisture would promote mold growth below her home. Pam received an Ayers Basement Systems advertisement in the mail and gave us a call! After diagnosing her crawlspace needs, we prescribed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system to resolve the issues in Pam’s crawlspace. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a 20mm thick plastic lining that entirely seals off the crawl space from the elements it faces below. With this crawlspace encapsulation system in place, Pam’s crawl space will forever be transformed.
Debra in South Bend, IN called us saying that moisture was starting to seep into her crawlspace through the walls. After going out for our free inspection, we noticed that there were a lot of cracks that had begun forming in the wall, and the bricks were beginning to shift inward. Luckily for Debra, we have multiple solutions for a situation like this. Debra decided to go with our SaniDry XP dehumidifier. The SaniDry XP Basement Air System is a powerful and effective dehumidifier that's designed to perform in extremely damp environments, like basements and crawlspaces. The SaniDry XP removes ten times the amount of water from the air as a typical dehumidifier, while using the same energy to run. The water drains from the unit automatically so there's no need to empty it like a conventional dehumidifier. An additional benefit to the SaniDry XP is that is has a built-in defrost system which is designed to operate down to 40F. Therefore, it will not freeze in basement and/or crawlspace conditions.
We also installed our CleanSpace liner in Debra’s crawlspace. This 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. Also, with anti-microbial protection called UltraFresh built right in, no mold or mildew will grow on the CleanSpace!
With the combination of the SaniDry XP and CleanSpace liner, moisture and mold stand no chance at getting into Debra’s basement and crawlspace.
Mike J., from South Bend, IN had uneven sidewalk leading up to his home. He became worried about the safety hazard this would pose to his parents when they frequently came to visit. He would often greet them in the driveway to ensure they didn’t trip on his sidewalk. Removing the concrete and re-pouring it hardly seemed like an option.
At a tradeshow near his hometown, we met Mike and he learned about Poly Level, a better option than concrete replacement. We sent one of our Concrete Leveling Specialists to his home and together we devised a plan to make his sidewalk level once again. After having estimates done by other local companies, Mike felt our solution was the most cost-efficient and effective proposal to the problem he faced. Our friend invited us back to his home and we used Poly Level to return his sidewalk to its original position.
With Poly Level being a waterproof solution, Mike was able to rest assured knowing our solution would help prevent future erosion and cracks, even in the toughest weather conditions. Since having his sidewalk leveled, Mark smiles again as his parents approach his home.
Pat & Wendy from South Bend, IN slowly watched their home’s addition begin to sink. One day while coming home from work Pat noticed a stair-step crack in one of the brick foundation walls. The couple became extremely frightened about their growing foundation problem and gave us a call.
Our expert System Design Specialists calculated a plan to lift our friend’s home addition back to its original position and permanently support its weight through customized approach using nine helical piers. These piers are long steel shafts, that are advanced deep into the ground to competent soil. The footing of the home sits on top of these shafts using a heavy-duty steel anchor. We installed these anchors by excavating soil from around the exterior of the home until we reached the footing. We advanced the helical piers from there creating a solid and permanent solution, in finishing the job we replaced the removed soil. With these piers in place, we have allowed Pat & Wendy’s addition to regain its stability.
Sheryl noticed that a spot in her kitchen was lower than the rest of the surrounding area. She knew her crawl space was under her kitchen, so she called us to see if we could identify the problem. Our team determined that the reason her kitchen floor was sinking was because her crawl space was sinking.
To fix this issue our team determined that a SmartJack would be the best solution. The SmartJacks are used as a support beam for the crawl space and the kitchen floor. Each jack can hold up to 60,000 lbs, so Sheryl does not have to worry about them ever having to fail.
Tim's basement walls gradually became more bowed over time and he could not figure out the issue. Luckily, he called us to determine the issue and what was the best solution. Our team determined that the bowed wall was a result of his house slipping down due to weak soil underneath the foundation.
To fix the foundation issue we installed a 10-foot FlexiSpan wall along with lifting his home back into place. This solved his foundation issues, and he was very satisfied with the results. He was so satisfied he had our team waterproof his basement with WaterGuard.
We installed Helical Piers which are like long, huge steel screws to provide this home with a solid foundation. You would think that the foundation was the problem but, it was actually the soil. The ground that this home was sitting on was too weak so, we went deeper.
They provide long-lasting support by anchoring themselves to the strongest part of the Earth and then, getting fastened to your home.