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A wet basement is something every homeowner dreads. Not only does a wet basement lead to mold growth and other problems, but it also drastically lowers the value of your home. Luckily, a wet basement can be fixed, and HomeSpec Waterproofing and Foundation Repair is here to help!
One of our highly trained inspectors can investigate your basement and identify the source of the excess water. Once we’ve identified the problem, we can install the ideal solution for you and your home. As part of the Basement Systems network, we have access to a wide range of proven products and will choose the ones that best fit your needs.
With waterproofing, this often involves the use of a Triple Safe Sump Pump and a perimeter drainage system. This will continually remove unwanted water from your basement and has a state-of-the-art, battery backup system to ensure you don’t have an unpleasant surprise one day if the main pump fails or your power goes out.
Ready to get started? Contact us today and schedule a free basement waterproofing estimate in Washtenaw County, MI!
Your foundation is essential to maintain the structural integrity of your home. This means that the upkeep of your foundation is crucial, including necessary repairs that may arise. Unfortunately, foundations can be vulnerable to a wide range of issues, including:
If you notice any of these problems, don’t panic! Just call your local experts at HomeSpec Waterproofing and Foundation Repair right away. With over 25 years of experience, we can investigate the problem, identify the source, and suggest the best solution for your particular issue. We offer a wide range of foundation repair solutions, including pier systems, crawl space support posts, spray concrete, and wall repair systems.
HomeSpec Waterproofing and Foundation Repair offers long-lasting crawl space repairs to improve indoor air quality and more in Washtenaw County.
Your crawl space is often out of sight and out of mind, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Problems with your crawl space can have wide-ranging and serious impacts on the rest of your home.
Many of these problems stem from the outdated practice of venting crawl spaces during construction. While this might sound good on paper, it winds up being a disaster. A vented crawl space means the air in the crawl space is always cold, moist, and drafty, leading to poor air quality and mold growth.
This, in turn, can lead to decreased energy efficiency for your home as cold air from your crawl space enters the home and heated air from your home dissipates into the crawl space. A dirty crawl space can also lower the quality of the air you breathe since most of the air in your home passes through the crawl space at some point, picking up mold spores and other contaminants.
HomeSpec Waterproofing and Foundation Repair can help turn your crawl space from a detriment into an asset with unbeatable crawl space repair products and services.
Sinking concrete can be a serious issue for a home, leading to tripping hazards, pooling water, and more. Unfortunately, the only solution in the past has been mudjacking or slabjacking, which come with a variety of downsides, notably their long cure times. Luckily, there’s a new solution: the PolyLevel® system.
Generally, concrete sinking is due to the soil beneath the slabs washing away, shrinking, or settling. This causes unevenness and cracking. With PolyLevel®, we inject polyurethane foam beneath the slab to fill these voids, leveling out the concrete. Not only is this method highly effective, but it also cures faster than most other methods and is waterproof.
Contact us today to learn more about any of our solutions and to schedule your free estimate for any of our services in Washtenaw County, MI!
The homeowner contacted HomeSpec about a vertical crack in his basement wall. He said the crack would leak water after hevay rain and during the spring thaw.
Our crew injected the crack with polyurtheane to prevent it from leaking.
A homeowner noticed water getting into her basement from under her stairs, so a neighbor referred her to HomeSpec.
Our crew found that the water was coming through a crack. We injected it with polyurethane. The repair comes with a lifetime transferable warranty to protect the home from future water leaks.
The partially finished basement of the home had a crack that was leaking, as well as several other cracks in the wall. Also, the cracked wall and another wall were pushed inward just over an inch.
To combat this foundation issue, steel I-beams were installed, a carbon fiber strap was used, and power grids were placed on the leaking crack to provide reinforcement and prevent further movement. To fix the cracks, our team injected some of the cracks with polyurethane and some of the cracks with epoxy.
A homeowner contacted HomeSpec because a crack he tried to repair was again leaking.
Our team injected the crack with polyurethane to stop further leaking. We also installed power grids to prevent wall movement.
A homeowner contacted us because multiple walls in his basement were leaking.
Our team installed an interior drainage system in the basement. We also encapsulated a crawl space at the home.
A homeowner contacted us about his 15-year-old home having vertical cracks in the basement foundation that would leak when rains were heavy.
Our team sealed the cracks to prevent any future water issues.
These homeowners contacted us about water seeping into their finished basement through rod holes.
Our crew repaired the rod holes to waterproof the basement and prevent more water issues in the future.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec about her basement leaking where the floor and the wall meet, especially when it rains.
Our crew installed an interior drainage system to fix this problem, which redirects any water into the sump pump and prevents future water issues.
These homeowners contacted us because their basement was damp and needed to be waterproofed. They were also having issues with the floor above their crawl space.
To solve these problems, HomeSpec installed an interior drainage system around the perimeter of the basement and encapsulated the crawl space to keep everything dry and clean.
This customer had water leaking into their basement and contacted HomeSpec about installing a sump pump.
Our crew installed the sump pump and also a backup battery. This comes in handy in the event that your power goes out, like in extreme weather, the backup will automatically kick in and start removing water from you basement.
This homeowner contacted us after finding some mold on the drywall in her basement.
HomeSpec installed an interior drainage system as well as a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels low and prevent any more mold issues in the future.
These homeowners contacted us because they were looking to sell their home, but the basement walls had several large cracks (as shown in the photo).
HomeSpec sealed the cracks with our durable polyurethane injection, and also installed a strap system that stabilized the wall. This is a quick and easy solution to reinforce your wall and won't get in the way of future remodeling.
These homeowners contacted us about rod holes in their basement walls that were leaking during heavy rain.
HomeSpec solved the problem by sealing the rod holes and installing an interior drainage system. Then we installed our CleanSpace wall system to prevent water vapor from passing through the walls, and instead directing it to the sump pump.
A previous customer of ours contacted us about water leaking behind her electrical box in the basement.
HomeSpec discovered upon inspection that rod holes were to blame, so our crew sealed them to prevent any more issues.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec after finding leaking cracks in the basement walls of her two-year-old home.
Our crew repaired the cracks, then installed a dehumidifier to control the moisture in the basement, and to keep the air dry and clean.
This homeowner has an old home with no sump pump and contacted HomeSpec after her finished basement was continuously leaking.
Our crew installed an interior drainage system and connected it to a new sump pump to prevent more leaks, then installed a dehumidifier to ensure the moisture in the basement will be kept under control in the future.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec because after heavy rains, the basement of her 78-year-old home was leaking where the floors and the walls meet.
After opening up the floor, our crew discovered problems with the wall, but they overcame any obstacles and installed an interior drainage system to prevent future leakage.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec to have their wet basement waterproofed.
Our crew did this by installing an interior drainage system and connecting it to a new sump pump, and installing our CleanSpace vapor barrier to the walls. This combination makes the ultimate waterproofing system--the vapor barrier prevents moisture from getting in, and the IDS collects any water and sends it to the sump pump.
These homeowners contacted HomeSpec because they had cracks repaired by another company, but they were leaking again. They also had water seeping in where the floor and wall meet.
Our crew repaired the cracks with our polyurethane sealant to waterproof them, and then installed a carbon fiber system to reinforce and stabilize the walls.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec because their crawl space had cracks and rod holes leaking and needed it insulated.
Our crew sealed the cracks and rod holes and reinforced them with power grids, and then insulated the crawl space with our SilverGlo insulation. This rigid foam stops air/water leaks, and can never be damaged by moisture.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec because he said the insulation in his crawl space was falling down, and was ineffective.
Our crew removed the old insulation, which doesn't actually insulate crawl spaces very well, and installed our CleanSpace encapsulation system instead. This seals off the crawl space from the outside, protects it from moisture, and helps your home use less energy.
These homeowners contacted HomeSpec because they had several vertical cracks in their foundation that were leaking. The previous owner of the home already had rod holes repaired.
Our crew repaired the cracks by injecting them with our waterproof polyurethane sealant that is flexible enough to move with your wall (yes, your foundation walls move!) We also reinforced the crack with a carbon fiber power grid.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec because he discovered cracks in his basement wall coming from an egress window (as shown in the photos). Over the summer, the cracks would leak after heavy rain, even after he extended the downspouts near the window.
Our crew sealed the cracks with our polyurethane sealant, and reinforced them with carbon fiber power grids. This ensures the cracks will not worsen or leak again.
While there, we also leveled the concrete walkway using our PolyLevel system, and sealed the joints. To do this, an expanding polyurethane foam is injected under the concrete slabs, which then raises and levels them.
This past HomeSpec customer contacted us again because this time he wanted new flooring installed in his basement. The homeowner wanted to renovate his unfinished basement into an extra living space. While on our website, he saw that we also offer flooring and wall products.
He decided on the ThermalDry® Elite Plank Flooring (faux-wood flooring) and BrightWall® Basement Wall Panels (white rigid plastic sheeting). Since he already had an interior drainage system and sump pump installed, he wanted to know how our flooring and wall panels worked with those products.
We informed him that they both install easily over the waterproofing products, and they are both made of 100% inorganic materials - making them waterproof and mold-resistant. The wall panels specifically block water vapor from entering the basement, and direct the moisture down into the drainage system. Plus the bright white color provides a clean, fresh look in the basement. The flooring comes in four different colors, and this homeowner chose "dark walnut."
The homeowner and his family were so happy with the finished results - they now have a waterproofed AND finished basement thanks to HomeSpec. With double the living space, they have added way more value to their home!
This homeowner was experiencing water pooling around their foundation. He was afraid that the water would eventually make its way into his basement after seeping down into the soil. He contacted HomeSpec, and our inspector saw that their downspouts were spitting water out right at the foundation. On top of that, the ground was pitched toward the foundation.
Our crew went out and installed The RainChute EZ® to all of the gutters and graded the ground to slope away from the foundation. After a heavy rainfall, the homeowner reported no water pooling around the foundation, and a dry basement!
Water was leaking into this homeowners basement through old, rusted windows every time it rained. She attempted to seal the window with DIY hacks, but nothing worked. Another company tried to convince her that she needed a full waterproofing system, but it wasn't in her budget. Finally, she made the right decision and called HomeSpec. Although a full waterproofing system would completely prevent water issues, replacing the old windows were enough to solve the homeowners problem.
Luckily, HomeSpec has EverLast™ basement windows perfect for replacing old, leaky windows. They looked much nicer than the older ones, and they prevented water from entering the basement. The homeowner was so happy to save money and have a dry basement!
These homeowners dealt with a wet basement for a very long time. As soon as they moved into their home, they were finding water downstairs. The sump pump that was installed barely worked, and they desperately needed a new one - it couldn't be put off any longer. That's when they called HomeSpec.
One of our project managers went out to the home to inspect the problem. He discovered that the sump pump was simply too old and unreliable to handle the high amounts of water. This basement needed something to properly drain the water away from the home to prevent flooding - so a TripleSafe sump pump was recommended. There's 3 pumps for 3 levels of protection - including one battery-operated pump in case there's a loss of power. For the first time since moving into their home years ago, these homeowners can finally rest assured that there's no water in their basement.
50% of the air in a home comes up from the crawl space. So if there's high humidity in the crawl space, there's high humidity in the rest of the home. If there's cold air in the crawl space, there's cold air moving through the rest of the home. If there's mold in the crawl space, there's mold spores in the rest of the home. Whether you like it or not, you're breathing crawl space air. That's the problem this Manchester homeowner was facing when he decided to call HomeSpec.
This homeowner had all of the usual problems in his home: musty smells, aggravated allergies, humid summers, cold floors in the winter. Only, he didn't know his crawl space was to blame. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the crawl space was vented and allowing in air and water. The dirt floors allowed water vapor in. There was mold on the joists and the insulation was in poor condition as a result. So this homeowner decided to have HomeSpec encapsulate the crawl space with a CleanSpace vapor barrier. To encapsulate means to "enclose" something, which is what we do to the crawl space. It's completely sealed off from the outside so that nothing can pass through. A dehumidifier and sump pump control the water in the ground and the moisture in the air to keep it dry.
These homeowners contacted HomeSpec to repair their crawl space. It was always wet and muddy, and caused nasty smells to waft up to the home. In the winter, the floors above the crawl space were very cold.
A project manager conducted an inspection, and decided on the best way to waterproof and encapsulated the crawl space. He proposed a sump pump to control the water, a dehumidifier to control the humidity in the air, and a vapor barrier to seal out moisture from the walls and floor. This would solve the water problem, eliminate the smells, and prevent the cold floors.
The homeowners are very pleased to not have a wet or smelly crawl space anymore, and thanked HomeSpec for providing great communication and service from beginning to end!
After having HomeSpec waterproof their basement, these homeowners contacted us again but to install basement finishing products this time. After showing them all of their options, the homeowners chose the sandstone gray ThermalDry® basement floor tiles and paired them with the Everlast™ Finished Wall Restoration System.
The floor tiles increase the temperature of the basement floor and provide a clean look. The wall restoration system installs to the bottom half of the drywall. This is because water damage only occurs to the bottom of the wall if water seeps in, so this system prevents that since its made of inorganic materials - it won't rot or grow mold.
This homeowner's downspouts were not extended away from the home whatsoever, and water from the gutter was pooling around the foundation after heavy rainfall and snow melts. This water was then leaking into his basement, so he called HomeSpec.
Our crew extended the downspouts by 10 feet (at least 5 feet is recommended, but the further, the better). We also buried them to prevent tripping hazards and unsightly pipes getting in the way.
The homeowner reported that water had stopped pooling around his home near the downspouts, and his basement was no longer leaking! Problem = solved!
Todd G. from Whitmore Lake, Michigan contacted HomeSpec after heavy rains and a severe flood left him with damaged basement wall panels. He was very interested in our EverLast Finished Wall Restoration System.
These wall panels only install to the bottom half of the wall since that's what is damaged during a flood. Being made from inorganic materials, the wall panels will not be damaged by water or mold. They are also insulated and provide a very nice, finished basement look.
He was also interested in our waterproof flooring options, such as our ThermalDry® Elite Plank Flooring. They are waterproof because they're made from 100% inorganic materials (faux wood) that also prevent them from being damaged by water or mold.
The homeowner chose these because if something happened and water got into his basement again, he knew he wouldn't have to tear up the carpet and wall panels again. Once was enough for him!
This Ypsilanti, Michigan homeowner contacted HomeSpec because he wanted a Battery Back-Up System installed with a new sump pump to prevent flooding even if a power outage occurs due to bad storms.
Over the weekend, heavy rainfall and severe flooding hit Michigan hard. It made many Michigan homeowners realize that they need to protect their basements against water intrusion. That's why this homeowner wanted to install a new sump pump with a battery back-up system – his pump failed and water filled his basement, causing tons of damage.
With our battery-back up, your pump will keep running even if you lose power, meaning you won't have to stress about a pump failing or the aftermath of a wet basement. It even sounds an alarm when it turns on in order to alert you.
This homeowner in Saline, Michigan contacted HomeSpec after experiencing a flooded basement. The carpet and drywall in the finished basement was ruined by the water, so everything had to be torn up and removed. They wanted to install waterproof flooring and wall products to make sure this didn't happen again.
HomeSpec informed the homeowners of their options. In the end, they decided to waterproof the finished basement with an interior drainage system and a sump pump before anything else. Then they wanted our ThermalDry Elite Plank Flooring installed. This is a faux-wood flooring that is made of inorganic materials as to not be damaged by water or mold.
Now the homeowners don't have to worry about another basement flood, or having to rip up the flooring and start again because of damage.
This Ann Arbor, Michigan homeowner contacted HomeSpec because he was experiencing water seeping through cracks in his basement walls. He informed us of the many signs of water intrusion that he was experiencing – cracks in the floor and walls, paint bubbling and chipping off, and water pooling on the floor.
The homeowner was worried that the items stored in his basement would become ruined, and he wanted to use the basement as a home office. This is why he ultimately decided to install a full waterproofing system, including an interior drainage system, sump pump and waterproof basement flooring.
The homeowner was so happy with the results, and happy that the system protected his basement from all of the recent summer rains!
This concerned homeowner in Manchester, Michigan reached out to HomeSpec because the floors above their basement were sagging. But the issue was that tree trunks were being used as support posts in the basement – which are not sturdy or reliable – which is what was causing the sagging.
HomeSpec has seen this issue before in older homes so it's not as rare as you think! To solve the problem, the tree trunks were removed and SmartJack Support Posts replaced them. The SmartJack posts are much more sturdy and reliable, and they were able to lift and level the floors above. They not only stabilized the structure, but they will also prevent future sagging!
A family in Ann Arbor Michigan had recently moved into a new home. Their previous home had experienced repeated wet basement problems and water damage due to faulty sump pump situations. The new homeowners wanted to ensure that something like that wouldn’t be an issue in their new home. Noticing the HomeSpec work log left by their sump pump, they realized their new home had previously been worked on by the company. The homeowners decided to reach out to HomeSpec to discuss their upkeep options and discuss their concerns stemming from their previous homeowner experiences.
HomeSpec in turn sent out Keith Brown to sit down with the family and talk over all their concerns. During their discussions, the family revealed that part of the reason for some of their previous basement water problems was whenever power would go out during a heavy storm, the pump would be left nonfunctional.
Keith informed them of the best possible solution to put their worries at ease. That being the UltraSump Battery Backup System. This system would automatically kick in if there was any loss of power, with a small alarm to notify owners that something went wrong in the first place. This powerful battery system can help pump out in excess of 11,500 gallons of water on a fully charged battery.
The family’s mind was able to be put to ease after the installation, knowing they now had a solution to all their previous stress. The new pump could outlast other styles many times over, and with the battery backup ready to go in case of emergency, they no longer had to worry about their basement flooding.
A property management company in Ann Arbor, Mi recently bought a new property to rent out. However, once the previous owners had removed their furnishings, rod holes became clearly visible, as well as stains running down the wall showing signs of past water leaks. Knowing how this could affect their property value, they recalled previously having basement crack repair work done by HomeSpec on a different property.
Remembering the positive experience with the basement waterproofing company, they had prior, they asked to meet with representative Brian by name. Brian was delighted to meet with them again and sat down to discuss what their concerns were with this new property. After a thorough inspection to ensure no more problems were hiding just out of sight, Brian outlined the steps that would be taken towards resolving the problem at hand.
When the foundation of the basement was originally poured during construction of the home, metal rods were used to hold the forms together until the concrete had cured. At which point the rods were removed, leaving holes to be filled with balls of hydraulic cement. These fillings, however, are prone to wear and tear, and often can lead to leaks during rainy weather over time.
HomeSpec wants to make sure we provide long-lasting, reliable solutions. Our crew began by using a water swelling hydrophobic polyurethane grout made from materials that absorb and repel water, before filling the gaps with Seal-Boss foam as well (a hydrophobic water stop foam injection), and another hydrophobic polyurethane grout to top it off flush against the walls surface. Finally, surface bonding material is smoothly applied to give the whole project a cosmetically appealing finish.
The company was satisfied knowing they retained their value and could rely on HomeSpec as the best company for basement waterproofing, home foundation repair and cracked concrete repair, with outstanding service, and reliability.
An Ypsilanti, Mi homeowner bought a house in 2021 she described as:
“…a bit of a Frankenstein situation with the original foundation from 1870, multiple additions, multiple crawl spaces, and partial Michigan basement.”
They had an initial inspection done at the time of purchase that didn’t reveal any major foundation issues, however, more recently they began noticing more and more basement cracks and chips. Wanting to be appropriately cautious they called our specialists to take a closer look.
HomeSpec’s Elon was undeterred by the situation. Sitting down and talking through the homeowners concerns before beginning a thorough investigation. The investigation process for this particular job was far more involved. The house was a two-unit property that was combined into a single unit with four different basement types total due to expansion over time. Some parts of her foundation were discovered to have been pulling away, which raised a concern about structural issues for the home. Crawlspaces were currently used for junk storage, but no basement area was useable in its current state for a living space. Elon had discovered multiple further issues throughout the different avenues he explored, the homeowner was taking in water from multiple areas and sources, there were varying pests infesting different crevices, they would need pest control, crack repair, foundation repair, and more.
Elon made sure to periodically check back in with the homeowner with status reports, and openly communicate his findings throughout the process as well as what that would mean for the owner. He proposed a solution set including encapsulating her crawlspaces and explained the need for a custom drainage system that would be plausible for her unique housing situation. There would be no possibility for a “cookie-cutter” fits all solution here. Thankfully, HomeSpec’s WaterGuard drainage system had multiple customizable configurations that could help adapt to the varying circumstances presented.
The recap of the found issues were that the basement and crawlspaces were both leaking water from varying sources, crack repair was needed, foundation repair was needed, pest control, crawlspace encapsulation, and perhaps most importantly, a proper customized drainage system throughout.
The homeowner was so impressed with Elon, and their experience working with him to understand their problem that she’d remark in a review:
“He really had his work cut out for him here and he did a great job, honestly give this man a raise! I'll definitely be calling him back in the next 6-12 months to move forward with some repairs and waterproofing.”
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In Saline, Mi this homeowner had noticed flaking at the base of the block foundation walls for about ten years. It wasn't until her weeping tiles towards the front of the house as well as the sump pump both failed, that she realized she needed help. Help came in the form of HomeSpec's Mark Buhr.
Mark sat down with the homeowner and their partner to discuss all the signs and details they've noticed over their years living in this home. He talked them through every step of his inspection process to determine the best fit solution for their specific situation. A closer inspection revealed that most of the damage in turn was most likely caused by water leaking through the area where the walls and basement floor met via hydrostatic pressure. That is, that water was accumulating in the soil near the house, and being pushed down the heavier it got, until it found crevices to push through in the house. Short version, this house needed basement waterproofing around the perimeter of their walls.
The WaterGuard drainage system would be the perfect fit solution for this problem. WaterGuard is a customizable piping system engineered specifically to solve basement water problems without worry of clogging. WaterGuard has a special wall flange that creates space between the floor and wall, allowing wall seepage to drain away seamlessly to the designated basin, where the crew would install the TripleSafe sump pump. As the name suggests, this system uses 3 pumps, a powerful primary 1/3 hp pump to handle traditional needs, a secondary 1/2 pump to help offset extreme cases of rising water levels as well as to serve as a backup should the first fail, and the third pump as a battery powered backup system in case of a power outage or other emergency that could hinder the first two while being capable of discharging up to 11,500 gallons of water on a single charge. A proven and long-lasting solution for basement water problems.
The family had let this problem go unchecked for a long time, with things only worsening each year. Now they had a waterproofed basement and new sump pump that would last them the foreseeable future without worry.
The Ann Arbor, Mi family found not one, but four vertical cracks in their basement's concrete walls that needed to be repaired. A coworker of theirs referred them to HomeSpec Basement as a specialist in basement crack repair and basement waterproofing near Ann Arbor. After initial contact, we sent our representative, Erik, to meet with the family and conduct an inspection of the problem at hand. These vertical cracks were a bit more damaging than originally inspected, but still easily handleable by our crew. We had our crew fill them with a high-pressure urethane crack injection (This seals the crack and prevents water from leaking through. The process is quick, easy, and permanent) to fill out the cracks before installing fiber power grids along dug out slants through the cracks to prevent any future spreading of the cracks from the wall’s natural movement over time. The entire process was quick, thorough, and provided a long-lasting solution.
A family in Ann Arbor, Mi had been starting to smell what they believed to be dampness or mildew spreading through their 1942 home. They believed the smell was likely a result of unseen wet basement problems but weren't entirely certain where water could be leaking into the basement from. Nevertheless, they felt a basement waterproofing specialist near Ann Arbor should be contact, especially since they wanted to convert the basement to a home office down the line as well.
Project Manager Chris met with the family, and understood their concerns, beginning an inspection process that turned out to have surprising results. Chris couldn't find any indication of water damage, or leakage in the basement, but the smell the family mentioned was readily apparent. The actual cause turned out to be the crawl space below, unkept for many years with a bit of evident standing water. Chris explained his findings to the family and proposed having the crawl space cleaned out and encapsulated properly to address the situation.
Our crew began by removing the mess of debris that spread sporadically throughout the crawl space and draining the standing water immediately, there wasn't a lot of room to work with, but our team persevered. The main task here was the installation of the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system; a 20 mil-thick-liner manufactured in 7 layers consisting of a mix of both low- and high-density polyethylene blends for both durability and flexibility. With its antimicrobial additive woven into the material, it ensures no new mold growth and less pests.
The homeowner was happy to have contacted HomeSpec for an expert opinion, rather than getting unnecessary basement work done, which could've cost them quite a bit before addressing the actual problem.
This Ann Arbor, Mi couple found themselves in need of a basement crack repair contractor, when unattended vertical cracks along their walls were allowing increasing amounts of water in with the rainfall. A family member of theirs would refer them to HomeSpec because of his satisfaction with our previous Basement Waterproofing done. This would put the homeowners in touch with project manager Dave, who would conduct a thorough inspection throughout the house and problem areas alike, to identify the cause, best solution set, and any other possible concerns.
David began his proposal by addressing the original reason for his visit, the cracks. The cracks could be addressed with a high-pressure urethane crack injection which seals the crack and prevents water from leaking through. The process is quick, easy, and permanent. However, it was also recommended to install a carbon fiber power grid along slits that would be dug into the cracks to prevent them from spreading more with the wall’s natural movement. Dave also noted that part of the reason for the water damage was that the sump pump wasn't properly installed, so it was best to have it reinstalled properly, have its plexiglass sump cover resealed and extend the discharge farther away from the house to ensure water would be less likely to seep in through walls and windows.
The couple was left satisfied, and happy to have had Dave inspect things properly and address issues before they became potential problems, agreeing to having the work done in October. The best part being, since they were referred using our referral program, they would get a discount on the work, and their family member would receive a $50 bonus reward as well. Good reliable work done, money saved, and a bonus incentive all for a happy client.
This long time Ypsilanti, Mi homeowner had been very attentive to her home’s needs, wanting this to be the only home she'd ever need. To that end, a recent home inspection made her aware of the need to replace her crawl space insulation. Currently, she was using standard fiberglass insulation like most people. Fiberglass insulation is the most standard and economical option, but it also has many flaws that accompany it. Fiberglass insulation absorbs water and loses its R-value when wet, and also promotes mold growth when dirty, beyond that air passes through fiberglass batts, contributing to uncomfortable rooms upstairs, cold floors, and high energy bills. Her insulation was failing; that much was obvious with the constant chill in her home in recent years, the insulation had aged out.
After explaining the situation to our project manager Erik, it was recommended that for a more efficient and longer-term insulation solution to consider SilverGlo over fiberglass. SilverGlo is made of expanded polystyrene insulation with graphite infused into it. The tiny particles of graphite reflect heat and lower the material's conductivity for superior R-values. This type of crawl space insulation helps keep warmth in the winter throughout the house and can even help reduce heating bills with their heat reflective material.
This homeowner was happy to have a solution that not only helped prevent water leaks, but also helped reduce her heating bill!
A family in Ypsilanti, MI, recently noticed some water beginning to seep into the basement after a rainstorm from a large vertical crack in their basement foundation; this caused them to worry about possible flooding and secondary issues that could be present within the home. Aside from the water damage, they noticed more bugs and other pests also getting in through the same crack, which caused them to feel uncomfortable stepping into their basement. After setting aside some time to look into the problem, they searched for a home repair contractor nearby. This led them to choose HomeSpec BasementFix as the contractor of choice for the job.
Keith, a Project Manager, who was a veteran in foundation repair, was called out to do an inspection of the property and discuss the homeowners concerns. After expressing their need to stop further damage from happening, Keith began his detailed inspection of the foundation in order to confirm what was causing the leaks in the basement. While there, he found the large crack in the wall mentioned previously, which could be the reason for the water seeping in and the bugs getting access into the basement. While relieved this didn’t require full basement waterproofing, it was still a well documented sign of foundation damage. Realizing the urgency of the homeowners request, Keith proposed a solution that involved foundation repair, wall support, and crack repair.
The most effective way to seal this large crack is with a high-pressure urethane crack injection, which successfully fills the crack and provides a watertight seal. The next step was to use standard helical piers, a support system that is capable of transferring the weight of the foundation through the pier itself while anchoring it to new load-bearing soil. Helical piers get their name from the helical plates that are welded to the support shaft that digs into the ground like a screw, thereby strengthening the level of support given to the foundation. The helical pier support system is a permanent solution because the shaft can be extended or contracted to meet the needs of the foundation. In order to address the wall support issue, the PowerBrace Wall Support System was recommended. PowerBrace wall supports can help prevent walls from bowing and causing further damage by installing steel beams that are attached to the brackets above the foundation wall, providing structural support. These PowerBrace beams are adjustable to meet the needs of the wall and can be altered to fit the homeowners requirements. With minimal invasion of the basement, PowerBrace is an effective and durable solution to foundation wall problems.
Once the crack was sealed and the foundation restored to its original integrity, the homeowners fears of flooding or water seeping into the basement were put to rest. The family was happy to recommend HomeSpec BasementFix to friends for the excellent work done and professionalism displayed by the team.
After heavy rainfall in Ypsilanti, MI, a homeowner was shocked to find muddy water seeping into their crawl space. Having installed a “rat wall”, which is just a thin barrier of either steel or concrete around the foundation, a leaking crawl space should not be a worry for the homeowner. As this required some expert knowledge to find the leak, they contacted HomeSpec BasementFix for the crawl space repair.
This Ann Arbor, Mi homeowner was moving his furniture around to rearrange and make room for a new couch they were going to be ordering. However, as they began moving things around, they discovered multiple wet spots under the carpet near the walls in the basement. Becoming concerned of water leaking into the basement and the threat of mold growth under the carpet if this wasn't handled properly, they began looking for contractors specializing in basement waterproofing near Ann Arbor, Mi. A family friend who had previous basement waterproofing work done by HomeSpec referred the homeowner to us.
Familiar with the Ann Arbor area, we sent a project manager skilled in basement waterproofing needs to meet with the homeowner and discuss the situation in more detail. All of our staff are specialized in their fields, to provide a custom approach and ensure those we work with are truly taken care of. After hearing the homeowner recount their experience in more detail, our project manager begin a thorough inspection of the problem area to both determine the causes of the problem and help provide a customized solution that would best help them. After seeing the situation firsthand, a two-part solution set was proposed. We would want to catch the water leaking through the walls with a vapor barrier and then redirect it through a proper drainage system.
Our crew would install the water guard basement drainage system to help filter water discreetly to a designated basin or sump pump. Water Guard is designed with special modular wall flanges that allow a customized shape that follows the perimeter of the basement wall and collects the water to redirect. Set to sit along the foundation footing, this systems design prevents mud clogging and is easily concealed under the main concrete floor once finished. During the installation, our crew was careful to and temporarily remove some of the stairs to run the system all the way around the perimeter, which we had our crew of course, reinstall carpet and all once finished.
To ensure that the water was collected and prevent any more moisture problems, we used the CleanSpace basement vapor barrier along the basement walls. This specially designed material is both heavily tear-resistant, antimicrobial to prevent the growth of mold and pests, while remaining flexible and customizable.
With their basement waterproofing needs satisfied, the homeowner could continue to remodel and reorganize their home without worrying about any future basement water leaks or water damage.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI, was re-painting their basement when they came across a large puddle forming in a corner where the floor and the walls meet. Not wanting to damage anything of value in the basement, they began to move items to upper levels. Upon further inspection, a large vertical crack that went from floor to ceiling was also discovered. Having no experience with issues like this in the past, the homeowner began to search for possible causes of basement leaking and cracks in the foundation. In their search for basement waterproofing solutions nearby, they came across HomeSpec BasementFix, a foundation repair contractor best fit for the job.
A Project Manager who had experience with basement waterproofing systems was selected to perform a detailed inspection of the property free of charge. After consulting with the homeowner about their concerns, horizontal cracks in the basement floor were also brought to his attention during the inspection. This, along with the leaking basement, led him to believe the cause of the cracks in the foundation was due to expansive soils. When the foundation was built, soil was “backfilled” to replace the tightly packed soil that was dug out. Backfilled soil does not hold the same watertight properties as undisturbed soil, and when excess water accumulates, it exerts pressure on your foundation walls, causing it to crack, or bow inwards. The Project Manager explained that leaving this foundation repair unaddressed could cause it to fail. After proposing a custom solution that involved Helical Piers and a WaterGuard drainage system, our crew set out to work on the repair.
The first step in this foundation repair was to address the leveling of the foundation. The Helical Pier Support System is an ideal solution because it allows for the weight of the foundation to be transferred to newer load bearing soils through the piers. The helical plates welded to the shaft are advanced into the ground and adjusted to meet the requirements of the home; then the foundation is lifted back to its original level, providing a safe solution that offers peace of mind to the homeowner. The next step in this process was for our crew to waterproof the basement using our WaterGuard Drainage System. This basement waterproofing system is specifically engineered to intercept water at the perimeter of the basement and drain it away. WaterGuard is designed not to sit on the dirt, unlike other traditional piping systems, so clogging from soil, dirt, and debris is not an issue.
After having their basement waterproofed and the foundation raised back to level, this homeowner was satisfied with the quality and efficiency of our crew and was happy to recommend HomeSpec BasementFix to neighbors in need of foundation repair.
A homeowner in Chelsea, MI was approaching her home with an old friend visiting for the first time, when they mentioned noticing something didn't look right. Perplexed, they took a closer look and discovered that the house was sinking on one side, leading the homeowner to believe their foundation was failing. Sometimes we become so accustomed to our surroundings we don't realize somethings wrong until we get an outside perspective. In an attempt to prevent major structural damage, they consulted friends to find the best foundation repair companies nearby. HomeSpec BasementFix was recommended to them as the best fit for this repair.
Mark, a Project Manager with related experience in foundation settlement repair, was sent to the home to conduct a detailed inspection of the property and further address the homeowners concerns. Upon completing the inspection, Mark explained that over time, due to weather conditions, the soil dug out to build the foundation can become weaker due to excess moisture or a lack thereof. This can lead to weaker soils being unable to support the weight of the home and cause a void that the foundation sinks into. This process doesn't happen overnight, but if left unaddressed, can cause the foundation to crumble and destroy property value. After the homeowner was made fully aware of the situation, Mark recommended a solution that involved the Helical Pier Support System to bring the foundation back to proper level and restore the structural integrity.
The first step in this foundation repair was for our crew to dig out the soil around the foundation and install steel brackets for the Helical Pier System to attach to. Helical Piers are made of Galvanized steel to withstand corrosion and effectively act as a permanent solution. The helical plates welded to the shaft of the piers are used specifically to screw deep into the ground in order to reach more competent soils that can support the weight of the foundation. After the piers are adjusted to the appropriate height and screwed into the newer soils, the foundation is lifted back to level. Helical Piers the root cause of homeowners sinking foundation repair by providing a sense of reliable security and a clean final installation.
The homeowners found themselves relieved from the stress of a problem that they didn't even realize was prevalent at first. They were grateful both for their friend's honesty in what they saw, and the quality of service provided by HomeSpec BasementFix.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI was growing increasingly concerned with the condition of their basement. They were noticing over time that the floors in the basement had started to shift, and this was more pronounced when they tried to sit on the couch and realized they were not level with the other half of it. With the house being built in 1917, this homeowner understood some parts were older and would eventually need to be remodeled and this is what led them to contact HomeSpec BasementFix in order to start the process.
Chris, one of our Project Managers experienced in foundation repair services, was called out to the property to further discuss these homeowners concerns and address their sinking foundation. After explaining to the homeowner about how foundation settlement occurs, Chris began his detailed inspection and noted how the floors in the basement were shifting away from the walls, due to the void caused by the soil underneath completely washing out. Finding this homeowner a permanent solution to their troubles was exactly why he recommended the Helical Pier Support System to this homeowner.
Helical Piers are essentially steel beams with helical plates welded to the bottom in order to screw deeper into more competent soil. When the soil dug out for the foundation is compromised, and can no longer support the weight of the home, it washes out, leaving an empty space that the foundation settles into. This is what causes cracks in the walls and the floors to separate. The Helical Pier Support System is ideal for this homeowner because of its ability to transfer the weight of the home through the piers from weak soils to newer load bearing soil, or even bedrock. Our crew would then lift the foundation back to level, thereby solving this homeowner's sinking foundation problem.
With the homeowner reassured by the 25 year warranty on the Helical Pier Support System, they were ready to begin renovations while maintaining their peace of mind.
A homeowner in Ypsilanti, MI, was experiencing frequent flooding in their basement. They had begun to get increasingly concerned with the structural integrity of the home and the potential for mold growth. This led them to reach out to us in order to solve their basement waterproofing needs.
Upon arriving at the home, one of our experienced Project Managers, Chris, conducted a thorough inspection of the basement, including checking for cracks in the foundation and assessing the current sump pump system. He discovered that the existing sump pump was outdated and not powerful enough to handle the amount of water entering the basement. To solve the problem, Chris recommended the installation of an UltraSump sump pump.
He explained to the homeowner that the UltraSump sump pump was designed with a powerful motor that could quickly pump large volumes of water out of the basement, and that it was constructed of corrosion-resistant materials, making it a durable solution. He also made sure to mention how the UltraSump sump pump’s advanced monitoring and alarm system would alert them if there was a problem with the pump. The homeowner agreed to the installation and our crew got to work. They first excavated the area around the existing sump pump and removed the old pump. They then installed the new UltraSump sump pump, connecting it to the existing drainage system. Then they installed a new battery backup system, which would keep the pump running in case of a power outage.
Thanks to the UltraSump sump pump, This homeowner no longer had to worry about their basement flooding. They were happy they made the investment in the UltraSump sump pump and were confident that the basement would remain dry and safe for many years to come.
A commercial building owner in Ann Arbor, MI was having problems with water leaking under the foundation of their building. This issue had only started once they added 5 new stories to the building, in effect, this was causing mold to grow and health issues to arise for the building's occupants. The building owner knew that this was a serious issue that could have long term consequences and it needed to be addressed immediately. That's when they reached out to HomeSpec BasementFix in order to find a solution to their problems.
The first thing we did was send a Project Manager with experience in waterproofing to assess the property. The Project Manager arrived promptly and began a thorough inspection of the building. After assessing the situation, the Project Manager discovered that the cracks in the foundation due to the stress of the added weight was allowing water to leak into the building. The Project Manager then proposed a solution that involved installing the WaterGuard Drainage System to drain the water away from the foundation and the UltraSump Sump Pump to collect and carry the water away and prevent further damage to the building foundation.
Once our crew arrived on the scheduled day to install the systems, they first began by digging a trench around the perimeter of the building to install the WaterGuard Drainage System. This system would intercept the water that was seeping into the foundation and direct it towards the UltraSump Sump Pump. The crew made sure that the trench was deep enough to accommodate the WaterGuard Drainage System and that it was sloped towards the sump pump. Next, our crew installed the UltraSump Sump Pump in the lowest point of the building's foundation. They carefully dug a hole to fit the sump pump and connected it to the WaterGuard Drainage System. Our crew also made sure to install a battery backup system to ensure that the sump pump would continue to operate even in the event of a power outage.
Once the systems were installed, our crew cleaned up the worksite and also explained to the building owner how to maintain and operate the systems properly to prevent any future issues. The owner was more than impressed with our crew's professionalism and efficiency in completing the project. They were relieved that the problem was finally solved, and they could now have peace of mind knowing that their building was protected from water damage. In the end, the building owner was happy with the waterproofing solutions provided by HomeSpec BasementFix and would recommend them to anyone experiencing similar issues.
A homeowner in Ypsilanti, MI had been experiencing water leaking into their basement from the northeast corner where the wall meets the floor every time it rained. They had been monitoring the situation for weeks and were worried about the water damaging their vintage CD collection, which they kept stored in the basement. They had already tried various temporary solutions, such as placing towels at the base of the wall to absorb the water, but nothing seemed to be working. They knew it was time to find a permanent solution to prevent future leaks from happening. So they began their search for a solution by looking online and talking to friends and family, after discovering that many homeowners had similar problems and that installing a drainage system could be the solution, they reached out to us to complete this project.
When our experienced Project Manager arrived and inspected the homeowners basement, he noted how the large cracks were causing this homeowners drainage system to fail and pool water around the floor. After discussing possible solutions with the homeowner, he recommended we install the UltraSump and WaterGuard Drainage System to prevent the water from damaging their CD collection.
When our crew arrived at the home and assessed the situation, they determined that the WaterGuard Drainage System would be installed first, followed by the UltraSump. Our crew began by excavating the perimeter of the basement floor, creating a trench where the WaterGuard Drainage System would be installed. Our crew made sure that all seams were sealed to prevent water from entering the basement. The system was connected to the UltraSump, which was installed in the corner of the basement, and the crew made sure that the battery backup system was functioning correctly. The UltraSump battery backup system ensures the sump pump will continue to function even if there is a power outage, which gave this homeowner peace of mind that their basement would be protected even during severe weather.
This homeowner was grateful that we could save their CD collection from getting damaged and was happy to see that their basement was no longer leaking. This allowed them to utilize the space for more storage as well as provide them peace of mind that their belongings would not get water damage.
A new homeowner in Willis, MI had big plans for their unfinished basement. They wanted to transform it into a cozy TV lounge where they could entertain guests or just relax with the family. Unfortunately, their plans were put on hold when they discovered leaks in the basement walls. At first, they tried to ignore the problem, hoping it would go away on its own, but the leaks only seemed to get worse. Soon they realized it was time for professional help. They searched for a reliable contractor online and came across our company's website, where they found out we specialize in waterproofing and basement renovation.
When our Project Manager visited the home to assess the situation and recommend the best solution, he found that the leaks were caused by hydrostatic pressure in the soil outside the basement, which was pushing water through the cracks in the walls. He immediately recommended a SuperSump Plus system, which is designed to collect water that enters the basement and pump it out of the house, preventing any further water damage.
When our crew began installing the SuperSump Plus system, which included a sump pump, a drainage system, and a battery backup in case of a power outage, they also sealed the cracks in the walls to prevent any further water infiltration. After the installation, they made sure to test the system to ensure it was working properly.
With the SuperSump Plus system in place, the homeowner was finally able to start their basement renovation project. They were grateful to finally begin renovations to turn the basement into the TV lounge they had been waiting for.
A homeowner in Saline, MI had been struggling with water infiltration in their basement for several years and it was finally reaching a point where their daily life was beginning to get affected. They first called in a plumber to snake the storm drain, but the snake couldn't get through, and they were still having water coming in. Then they suspected that the drain tiles were broken, and they were worried because they wanted to fix it right, in case they decided to sell the house and get the maximum value out of it. They were also concerned about their health and safety, as well as the potential damage to their recently replaced furnace in case of another flood.
To address their concerns, we sent one of our experienced Project Managers to speak with them and recommend a custom solution that would best fit their situation. After a thorough inspection, he recommended installing the WaterGuard drainage system to collect water from the basement walls and floor, and direct it to the TripleSafe sump pump system, which includes three pumps to ensure the basement stays dry, even during power outages. He also suggested installing TrenchDrain, a basement drainage system, to collect water at the foot of stairs leading to the basement, which can be a common area for water to collect. Finally, for added protection, he recommended installing the CleanSpace Wall, a waterproof and mold-resistant wall liner.
On the day of install, our crew arrived and began by excavating a perimeter around the basement wall in order to install the WaterGuard, after the trench was dug, they placed the system on the foundation footing in order to prevent the drain from clogging. Next, the Waterguard was hooked up to the TripleSafe System in order to ensure the water could be removed from the property in the event of another flood. Lastly, our crew would install the CleanSpace Wall System around the perimeter of the basement to ensure the walls stayed dry and the basement free of any moisture.
By addressing these issues, these homeowners were able to maintain the value of their property and ensure that the next homeowner would not have to deal with the same problems they faced. They were grateful for the quick work done by our crew and were pleased with the outcome, recommending us to anyone in need of similar repairs.
A family living in Ypsilanti, MI was finally ready to address the water leaking into the basement through a crack where the basement wall and floor met. They had explained this was becoming enough of an issue where it was starting to damage their belongings and cause them health concerns because of the potential for mold growth.
Upon arriving at the homeowner's residence, the Project Manager we sent inspected the area and determined that the water intrusion was likely caused by hydrostatic pressure building up outside the basement walls, which was causing water to push through the foundation.
To address this problem, he recommended installing our TripleSafe sump pump system. The TripleSafe is a powerful sump pump that includes a battery backup system to ensure that the pump continues to function even during power outages. This system also features a primary pump, a secondary pump, and a third backup pump, providing triple protection against water intrusion. In addition to the TripleSafe, he recommended installing our WaterGuard Flangeless XL system. This system is designed to collect water that enters through the basement walls and direct it to the sump pump. Unlike other drainage systems that have a flange that protrudes above the floor, the WaterGuard Flangeless XL is installed beneath the floor and has a larger diameter, allowing it to collect more water and provide better drainage.
Finally to further protect the basement from water intrusion, he recommended installing our CleanSpace Wall system. This system includes a durable, vapor barrier that is installed along the basement walls to prevent water from penetrating the walls and causing damage. The CleanSpace Wall system also has antimicrobial properties, preventing the growth of mold and mildew.
The installation process was quick and simple, with the TripleSafe sump pump, WaterGuard Flangeless XL, and CleanSpace Wall systems working together to provide comprehensive protection against water intrusion for this family.
A family in Ann Arbor, MI had noticed a large vertical crack in their basement foundation wall. Despite the fact that no water was coming through the crack, they had begun to experience the unpleasant effects of mold growth and musty odors in the basement. Concerned about the safety and integrity of the home and their children, they decided to seek our help to address the issue.
After we scheduled a consultation with the homeowner, we sent one of our Project Managers, Ted, to assess and conduct a thorough assessment of the family's basement and foundation. He determined that the cause of the mold and odors was likely due to the crack in the foundation wall, which was allowing moisture to seep into the basement. To address the issue, he recommended they install two systems - the Carbon Armor Wall System and the WaterGuard Drainage System. The Carbon Armor Wall System is designed to provide additional support to the foundation wall, preventing further cracking or shifting, while the WaterGuard System is designed to collect any water that may be seeping into the basement and direct it towards a sump pump, which then pumps the water out and away from the foundation.
The Carbon Armor wall system consists of carbon fiber strips that are adhered to the wall using a high-strength epoxy. Once installed, the Carbon Armor Wall System adds strength and stability to the foundation wall, reducing the risk of further damage. While the WaterGuard Drainage System is installed along the perimeter of the basement floor and is connected to the sump pump, ensuring that any water is promptly and efficiently removed from the basement, preventing mold from building up.
Not only did the systems eliminate the mold and musty odors in the basement, but they also provided this family with peace of mind, knowing that their basement was now stronger and more secure. These two systems worked together to prevent further damage, protect the structural integrity of the home, and improve the overall health and safety of their living environment.
A family in Saline, MI had been experiencing problems in their basement for a while - the basement wall was constantly wet and humid, making it uncomfortable and unlivable. They were worried that this problem might lead to serious damage to the house's foundation, and they needed a solution as soon as possible to fix it and maintain the value of their home.
We immediately sent one of our qualified Project Managers to the residence to address their concerns and provide them with a custom solution. After inspecting the basement, our Project Manager recommended we install the FlowWell Drywall system. He explained that the FlowWell System was designed to solve their problem by preventing moisture from building up and providing them with better air quality so they could spend more time in the basement without worrying about the potential side effects.
The installation of the FlowWell Drywall system was a simple and hassle-free process. Our crew first removed the existing drywall and insulation from the basement wall. Next, they installed the FlowWell Drywall system, which consists of moisture-resistant drywall, waterproof insulation, and a drainage system that directs any water away from the basement and into the sump pump.
The homeowners were happy the FlowWell Drywall system helped to protect and maintain the value of their house, while making it more attractive for the family to spend time in. They could now rest easy knowing they were protected from damage and moisture build up in their basement.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI had just moved into their new house. They were excited to finally begin a new chapter in their life, but soon realized that there was a major problem with the home. Every time it rained, water would leak through the walls of the basement, leaving large puddles on the floor and damaging some of their belongings. They were more concerned about the long term damage that could be caused to the basement, as well as the health risks associated with mold growth. They knew they needed to take action to solve the problem, but didn't know where to start. At first, they talked to neighbors and friends in hopes someone would have a solution, then they were advised to research some basement waterproofing companies nearby, which led them to setting an appointment with us.
When our Project Manager, who specializes in basement waterproofing, arrived, he conducted a thorough inspection of the basement and determined that the water was entering through cracks in their walls. Because of these vertical cracks he recommended a combination of the Carbon Armor and WaterGuard Drainage System as the best solution to solve this homeowners problem.
The Carbon Armor system is a high-strength carbon fiber material that is designed to reinforce foundation walls and prevent further cracking, while the WaterGuard Drainage System is an interior basement drainage system that collects water seeping in through the walls and channels it to a sump pump system that pumps it away from the home. Our crew got to work installing the Carbon Armor system first. They cleaned and prepped the walls before applying the carbon fiber strips, which were secured in place using a special epoxy adhesive. Once the Carbon Armor was installed, our crew moved on to the WaterGuard Drainage System. They began by excavating a trench around the perimeter of the basement floor. Then, they proceeded to install the WaterGuard drainage channel in the trench and cover it with a layer of clean stone. Our crew made sure to connect the drainage channel to a sump pump system, which would pump the water out of the basement and away from the home. After several hours, our crew finished the installation of both systems.The homeowner was amazed by the transformation of their basement. They no longer had to worry about water leaking through the walls, and could finally use the basement as additional storage space without fear of water damaging their stuff or mold growth.
In the end, the homeowner was thrilled with the results and grateful for the expertise and professionalism of our crew.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI had been eyeing a horizontal crack in their wall with water seeping through for some time. Despite having addressed the issue of sagging in the main floor before, they remained somewhat apprehensive about the situation. They voiced their concerns to us and we were determined to alleviate their concerns and provide an effective long term solution.
When our Project Manager arrived at the home, he began his assessment of the basement. Upon further inspection, he identified the horizontal cracks as a potential source of the water infiltration. He then consulted with the homeowner to discuss not only the crack repair but also prevent any future water-related issues. To accomplish this, he decided to employ a combination of the WaterGuard Drainage System, SuperSump Plus sump pump, and Carbon Armor Wall System to combat their basement waterproofing problem.
The first step when our crew arrived was to install the WaterGuard Drainage System. Our crew began by excavating a shallow trench along the perimeter of the affected area, then proceeded to lay the drainage channels along the trench. The WaterGuard also features a unique design that ensures it remains free from clogs caused by soil or debris. To address the issue of excess water buildup, our crew installed the SuperSump Plus. This sump pump system is designed to handle high pumping volumes, ensuring efficient water removal from the basement. Equipped with a powerful cast iron pump, the SuperSump Plus can effectively discharge water away from the property, keeping the basement dry and minimizing the risk of damage to the belongings or property. Finally, our crew would install the Carbon Armor wall system. Recognizing the importance of reinforcing the compromised wall, they utilized the Carbon Armor to provide additional support to the cracked wall, preventing further horizontal movement and potential structural issues. The Carbon Armor consists of strips made from high-strength carbon fiber, which are applied to the wall using a specialized epoxy resin. This technique creates a durable bond and significantly enhances the wall's stability, effectively resolving any of the concerns about sagging or structural problems.
With the installation of the WaterGuard Drainage System, SuperSump Plus sump pump, and Carbon Armor Wall System, we provided this homeowner with a comprehensive and reliable solution that not only addressed the immediate problem but also offered long-term peace of mind.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI had experienced water damage problems in their basement a few years ago, leaving them concerned about its long-term stability. Determined to protect their investment and create a secure living space, they reached out to friends and family for recommendations. The homeowner had no immediate concerns, but they were contemplating finishing their basement to add property value and maximize their living space. However, before investing thousands of dollars into a basement remodel, they wanted to analyze the foundation of their home. Understanding the significance of getting the project done right, they reached out to us for a solution.
When our Project Manager arrived, he began by inspecting the basement, taking into account the previous water damage and the age of the house, which was built in 1965. Once he had completed his inspection, he crafted a tailored solution that would not only address the existing water damage but also provide long-lasting protection to this family. He first recommended they install the WaterGuard Drainage System to address the waterproofing needs and then recommended the SuperSump Plus to ensure the water was being removed efficiently. The WaterGuard, a french drain system, is designed to capture water seepage and direct it away from the basement, preventing it from causing any damage. This specific system features a design that allows it to be installed without requiring any external digging or excavation. Furthermore, he proposed installing the SuperSump Plus sump pump system. This sump pump uses a powerful pump, a durable liner, and an airtight lid to ensure its collecting water and redirecting it away from the basement,
When our crew arrived to install the systems, they began by excavating a small section of the basement floor along the perimeter, creating a trench for the WaterGuard system. The drainage pipes were then installed, ensuring that any water entering the basement would be collected and diverted towards the SuperSump Plus sump pump. After the WaterGuard system was securely in place, our crew set up the SuperSump Plus. They positioned it at the lowest point in the basement, allowing it to collect the most amount of water.
Happy to have their concerns addressed, the homeowner now had a robust waterproofing system in place, safeguarding their basement from potential water damage and providing the foundation for a worry-free remodeling project.
A family in Ann Arbor, MI had been noticing water seepage and dampness in their basement for quite some time. The problem worsened during heavy rainfalls, leaving behind unsightly water stains and causing damage to the belongings they had stored in the basement. Concerned about the potential structural issues and the negative impact on their property value, they decided to seek professional assistance.
When the project Manager arrived to assess the property, he began by conducting a thorough inspection of the basement, examining the walls, floors, and any visible signs of water intrusion. It was evident to him that hydrostatic pressure was causing water to seep through the foundation walls and collect on the basement floor. Based on his assessment, he determined the best solution to solve their water intrusion problems was to install the WaterGuard Drainage System.
When our crew arrived, the first step was to prepare the basement walls by creating a narrow trench along the perimeter, just above the foundation footing. With the trench prepared, our crew placed the WaterGuard drainage channel. This system features a durable plastic construction with a wall flange design that allows water to enter the channel while preventing debris from clogging it. Once the WaterGuard system was installed, and the trench resealed, the next step was to install the SuperSump Plus. The SuperSump Plus features a powerful pump, an airtight lid, and a built-in alarm system to alert homeowners in case of any pump failures.
With the installation of the WaterGuard system and the SuperSump Plus sump pump complete, this homeowner could finally bid farewell to their basement water woes.
A homeowner in Saline, MI had a persistent issue in their basement that was causing them problems for a number of years. There was a single vertical crack in the wall that seemed to be slowly leaking water, and they knew it was finally time to take action and address this to prevent any further damage to the home. That's when they reached out to us at HomeSpec to take charge of this project.
Upon receiving the homeowners call, we scheduled a visit with our Project Manager to assess the situation. He began by thoroughly examining the crack to determine its extent and potential underlying causes. After he completed his inspection, the Project Manager confirmed that the crack was indeed the source of the water leaking into their basement. To ensure a long-lasting solution, he proposed a multi-step approach to solving this homeowners problem. He explained to the homeowner that his plan involved installing the UltraSump Sump Pump, High Pressure Urethane Crack Injection, and the Carbon Fiber Power Grid.
The first step in the process was for our crew to install the UltraSump system. This sump pump was designed to remove any water that entered the basement and featured a durable, airtight liner that would prevent future leaks. Next, our crew moved on to addressing the vertical crack itself. They started by cleaning the surface around the crack to ensure a solid bond during the repair process. Then, to seal the crack and prevent any further water penetration, our crew utilized the High Pressure Urethane Crack Injection. This method involved injecting a specialized urethane material into the crack under high pressure, allowing it to fill and seal the entire length of the crack. This technique provided a watertight barrier, while also allowing it to flex as the concrete shifted over time. To reinforce the structural integrity of the wall and prevent any potential future cracking, our crew installed the Carbon Fiber Power Grid. This advanced solution involved bonding a series of carbon fiber straps directly to the cracked wall. These straps were incredibly strong and lightweight, providing substantial reinforcement while minimizing any added strain on the foundation.
With all three systems successfully implemented, our crew made sure to clean up any debris left by the installation and provide the homeowners with peace of mind that their basement would no longer be affected by water damage.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI had been experiencing a persistent issue for some time, more specifically, wet and damp walls in their crawl space, especially on one particular wall adjacent to her driveway were beginning to frustrate them. Finally realizing it was time to find a solution for the moisture issue they reached out to us for help.
When our Project Manager arrived and began inspecting the crawl space, he confirmed that the dampness and moisture issues were coming from the exterior wall next to the driveway. He explained to the homeonwer that water could seep into the crawl space through cracks or gaps in the foundation, especially if the area was not properly sealed and protected. To tackle the homeowners concerns, our Project Manager proposed a two-step approach. First, he recommended encapsulating and insulating the crawl space using our CleanSpace encapsulation. Then he recommended installing the SaniDry Sedona and SmartJack Support System to fully support the wall and ensure no moisture would penetrate the barrier.
Our crew began their work by clearing out any debris and cleaning the crawl space thoroughly. Then they installed a heavy-duty vapor barrier across the entire crawl space floor and up the walls, ensuring there was an airtight seal. This barrier would effectively isolate the crawl space from external moisture sources, keeping it dry and protected. Next, to combat the excess humidity within the crawl space, our crew installed a Sanidry Sedona dehumidifier. This energy-efficient dehumidification system would remove excess moisture from the air, preventing the growth of mold and mildew while maintaining a healthy humidity level throughout the crawl space. Finally, our crew introduced the SmartJack Support System to address the structural damage related to the wet wall near the driveway. They placed the adjustable steel jacks beneath the sagging areas, providing the wall with immediate stabilization and support to the foundation.
Now this homeowner could enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a dry and healthy living environment because of the encapsulation and structural support we provided.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI, who had a basement that was finished with carpet and drywall, was experiencing water seepage in multiple areas. Determined to address the issue before it caused further damage and mold growth, this homeowner reached out to us for assistance.
Upon arrival, our Project Manager inspected their basement and found that water was entering their basement from three different areas. The homeowner also made sure to mention that the previous owners of the home had installed an interior drainage system. Realizing this was most likely the cause of their persistent water seepage, our Project Manager came up with a custom multi step approach to solve this homeowners waterproofing problems.
The first step was to address the water seepage issues by implementing the WaterGuard system. This system is designed to capture water that enters the basement through wall cracks or other gaps. Next, our crew filled any existing cracks in the foundation walls using the High-Pressure Urethane Crack Injection. This flexible sealant is specifically designed to last a long time and shift with the concrete as it moves. Once that was completed, to reinforce the structural integrity of the basement walls and prevent future cracks, our crew installed the Carbon Fiber Power Grid system. This involves installing carbon fiber straps along the walls, providing additional strength and stability. Lastly, we recognized the importance of maintaining a dry and healthy environment in the basement. To achieve this, our crew installed the Sanidry - Sedona dehumidifier system. This dehumidifier ensures excess moisture from the air is removed, preventing mold and mildew growth in the living space.
With the installation of the WaterGuard system, High-Pressure Urethane Crack Injection, Carbon Fiber Power Grid, and Sanidry - Sedona dehumidifier, this homeowner could finally enjoy a dry basement.
In the end, the homeowner was grateful for the dedication of our crew, they could now fully utilize their basement without the worry of water seepage. The successful project served as a reminder to them of the importance in addressing and resolving such issues as soon as they come up, ensuring the long-term stability and functionality of their home.
A Family in Ann Arbor, MI had been living in their home for the past four years, happily raising three children. However, they were noticing puddles of water in the basement every time they went downstairs. The first few times, they mopped it up, but after doing this for a few months they got tired and realized the potential for damage was too great. They initially suspected that the drain tiles in their basement might be causing the leak, especially when the water table rose or heavy rains occurred. Ready to have professionals take a look, they contacted us to help solve their waterproofing problem.
Upon arriving at their home, our experienced Project Manager began by addressing the homeowners concerns, they explained their suspicion about the drain tiles, noting that they had noticed water pooling near the base of the walls during heavy rainfall. Once he had listened to everything they wanted to share, he began his free detailed inspection. After completing the inspection, he agreed with the homeowners initial assumption about the drain tiles. They were failing to divert the water away from the foundation, leading to the water pooling in the basement. To tackle this problem, he recommended a two-step approach. First, they would install the WaterGuard Drainage System, then, they would install the UltraSump sump pump. He explained to the homeowners that the WaterGuard system was designed to capture water at the base of the foundation walls and redirect it to the UltraSump, keeping the basement dry and preventing further water damage.
Our crew initiated the project by carefully excavating a trench along the perimeter of the basement, where the floor and wall met. They took extra precautions to protect the rest of the home from dust and debris while they dug the trench. Once the trench was cleared, our crew installed the System. This specialized drainage channel was securely attached to the basement walls and the unique design of the WaterGuard allowed it to capture water seeping through the walls and direct it to the next component of the solution: the UltraSump. The UltraSump, a powerful sump pump, was carefully installed in the corner of the basement. This pump would receive all of the water collected by the WaterGuard and pump it away from the home through a discharge line, keeping the basement completely dry and safeguarded against future water damage.
With the WaterGuard Drainage System and the Ultra Sump in place, the waterproofing crew proceeded to backfill the trench with gravel, restoring the basement floor to its original condition. Our crew explained to the homeowners the importance of regular maintenance and monitoring of the system. They provided detailed instructions on how to check the Ultra Sump and recommended annual inspections to ensure its optimal functioning.
Thrilled with the successful waterproofing project, the homeowners expressed their gratitude to the professional crew for their expertise, efficiency, and attention to detail. They were now confident that their basement would remain dry and protected, allowing their family to enjoy the space as a safe storage area.
When the sidewalk of a prominent church in Ann Arbor, MI sank nearly 2 inches, it posed a significant problem that required immediate attention. The elderly were constantly tripping over the unlevel sidewalk and parents had to make sure their kids watched their step. Finally realizing it was time to address this problem, the property manager decided it was time for a fix. Reaching out to local concrete repair companies, they came across us and selected us as the best fit for the project.
After carefully evaluating the sinking slab, our Project Manager determined that instead of re-paving the sidewalk, the PolyLevel injection and NexusPro Crack Repair would solve the problem they were facing and provide a long lasting and eco-friendly solution. PolyLevel, a polyurethane foam, serves as a high-density lifting agent that can raise and level uneven concrete slabs. Nexus Pro serves as a binding agent to seal the cracks in the sidewalk.
Our crew prepared the area by clearing any debris or loose material to ensure proper adhesion between the foam and the existing concrete surface. Then, small, strategically placed holes were drilled into the sinking slab. Through these holes, they injected the PolyLevel foam beneath the surface. The foam expanded, exerting enough pressure to lift the slab to its original position. As the PolyLevel foam expanded, they made sure to monitor the process carefully, ensuring that the slab was lifted uniformly and leveled with the adjacent concrete. They did this by placing electronic levels on the adjacent slabs and constantly checking them to make sure it was raised to the appropriate height. Next, our crew applied the NexusPro Crack Repair, a flexible and weather-resistant sealant, to effectively seal the concrete cracks. Before applying the NexusPro, they thoroughly cleaned the cracks and removed any dirt, debris. This step ensured proper adhesion and a durable repair. This product is designed to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, minimizing the chances of future cracks in the church’s sidewalk.
Our comprehensive solution to this church’s sidewalk problem delivered lasting results that surpassed the church's expectations, reinforcing our commitment to providing exceptional services. Overall the churchgoers were able to experience a notable shift in the sidewalk and were pleased to have the slabs returned to a level safe for everyone.
A homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI who had been living in their house that was built in the 80’s was beginning to see issues in the basement. Water had been filling the floors, leaving the carpets wet and causing damage to the walls. The source of the water remained a mystery, and despite some previous attempts at fixing the problem, their situation seemed to be worsening.
Several years back, the previous homeowner tried to address the water issue by patching some rod holes and cracks. Additionally, they installed a small interior drain in the corner of the laundry room, adjacent to the sump pump. They also encapsulated the crawlspace, hoping to mitigate moisture-related issues. For a while, these measures seemed to have done the trick, until three weeks ago when water unexpectedly flooded the finished area of the basement, ruining the carpet and drywall. This was the room where their 5-year-old son played and watched TV, raising concerns about mold growth and potential health risks for him.
Their desire was to avoid the complexities of dealing with multiple contractors and the prolonged timeframe that would entail. To make matters more pressing, the homeowner had an upcoming vacation planned, and they were keen on having the basement renovated and safeguarded before they left. This led them to research the best basement waterproofing companies in the area and they came across us and scheduled an inspection.
When our Project Manager, who had years of experience in basement waterproofing arrived, he immediately knew this homeowner would need a full waterproofing solution that involved the WaterGuard, Sanidry - Sedona and the Everlast Wall Restoration System.
The first step was to install the WaterGuard system along the perimeter of the basement floor, this would capture any water seepage and channel it towards the sump pump. Its design ensures that it remains out of sight, discreetly tucked beneath the floor but above the foundation footing to prevent cogging. Next, our crew would install the Sanidry - Sedona to address the air quality and humidity. This would improve the overall air quality within the basement and prevent mold from growing while reducing the musty smell often associated with damp basements. Finally, to address the water-damaged walls, our crew installed the Everlast Wall Restoration System. This system consists of durable, washable, and mold-resistant panels that are installed directly over the existing damaged drywall, providing a clean and polished finish while preventing any future water damage.
Upon the completion of the renovation, the homeowner was more than happy with the outcome. The basement was now a dry, safe, and welcoming space, free from any signs of water damage or potential health risks for their son. Now they could enjoy the vacation they had plans without the stress of coming back to a flooded basement.
A homeowner in Ypsilanti, MI who had recently purchased a home built back in 1939 was facing a recurring problem in the basement that was frustrating them and causing concern. . Water has been making its way into the basement, seeping through the floor, a few feet away from the walls, and causing damage to their belongings they had stored. It's evident that the water infiltration has taken a toll on the basement, and the homeowner had enough of the constant leaks and the damage they were bringing. They reached out to us for a solution and we scheduled a free inspection for the following week.
Upon inspecting the basement, our Project Manager quickly identified a potential source of the problem. On the same side of the basement where the water was making its unwelcome appearance, there were pooling water issues outside the house. The correlation between the exterior pooling and the interior leaks indicated that the root cause of this homeowner's basement woes lay in water seepage through their foundation. To provide this homeowner with a lasting solution and peace of mind, he proposed the installation of the WaterGuard. This waterproofing system was designed to keep basements dry and drain water away from foundation walls and floors.
So, how does WaterGuard work its magic? Unlike traditional methods that involve messy exterior excavations, WaterGuard is an interior drainage system that acts as a reliable barrier against water seepage. It collects water that enters the basement and directs it away from the foundation walls and floor, channeling it to a sump pump system for disposal. The installation process began with our crew carefully assessing the perimeter of the basement. They excavated a shallow trench around the interior foundation walls, making sure not to cause any damage to their belongings or the interior structure. Next, our crew placed a specialized drainage channel, the WaterGuard system, into the excavated trench. This PVC channel features unique wall flanges that sit flush against the foundation walls, allowing water to flow into the channel while keeping debris and soil at bay. With the WaterGuard system in place, our crew sealed the edges and joints, ensuring a watertight fit that prevents any water from escaping the channel. The sealed system was then covered with clean backfill, providing a stable base and allowing a natural filter.
With the system in place, the pooling water outside their house will no longer find a way inside, and they can bid farewell to the stress of having their belongings damaged by a wet basement.
In the heart of a quiet neighborhood in Ypsilanti, MI a concerned homeowner, found themselves facing a daunting issue. Water had begun infiltrating their basement, seeping in where the floor met the wall. To make matters worse, there was a small but ominous crack on the basement floor. Their daughter, equally worried, had raised concerns about the presence of black mold. The need to address these issues was paramount, and this homeowner sought a solution that would guarantee a dry and mold-free environment. Little did they know that the key to alleviating their worries would be two products: WaterGuard and TripleSafe.
The homeowners first noticed the problem when they ventured into the basement one rainy evening. They had spotted the unmistakable signs of water intrusion, with damp spots along the base of the basement walls. Alarmed, they decided to investigate further and discovered a small crack in the floor. This discovery prompted them to consult with their daughter, who had heard about the potential health hazards associated with black mold. It was at this point that they decided to take action and reach out to us.
WaterGuard is a drainage system designed to capture and redirect water away from the basement, preventing it from causing damage. The homeowner recognized that this system would address the issue where water was seeping in. WaterGuard, with the way it's designed, effectively collects water and directs it to a sump pump, ensuring a dry basement even during heavy rains. To tackle the crack in the basement floor, our crew decided to complement WaterGuard with the TripleSafe sump pump system. The TripleSafe provides not one, but three layers of protection against water intrusion. It includes a primary pump, a secondary pump, and a battery backup system. This means that even in the event of power outages or pump failures, the homeowners basement would remain safe from water damage.
With the installation of WaterGuard and TripleSafe, this homeowner and his daughter witnessed a transformation in their basement. The WaterGuard system channeled water away from the problem area, ensuring that the floor and wall junction remained dry. Meanwhile, the TripleSafe sump pump system provided an extra layer of security, preventing any future water-related disasters.
In the realm of home improvement, there are stories of homeowners facing challenges and seeking solutions to enhance their living spaces. This story narrates the journey of a homeowner in Superior Twp, MI, with an unfinished basement and water intrusion issues. The homeowner's desire to finish the basement while addressing the water problem serves as the central focus of this story. We will explore how the use of WaterGuard, CleanSpace Wall, and TripleSafe helped resolve these issues, making the basement a safe and comfortable area for the homeowner's family.
The homeowner had an unfinished basement with a unique challenge: water infiltration through a vertical crack and the intersection of the floor and wall, primarily on the garage side of the house. This prevented them from utilizing the basement in the way they wanted to. The looming threat of mold growth compounded their concerns, as they planned to stay in the home for only three more years. Their ultimate goal was to finish the basement and create a functional living space that could be enjoyed without the constant worry of water damage and mold.
1. WaterGuard: A Barrier Against Water
To address the water intrusion issue, our homeowner opted for the recommended WaterGuard system. WaterGuard is an unobtrusive interior drainage system designed to capture and redirect water away from the basement. It sits below the floor and along the foundation walls, preventing water from seeping through cracks.
2. CleanSpace Wall: Moisture-Resistant and Mold-Preventing
To combat the concern of mold growth, we recommended the CleanSpace Wall for them. CleanSpace is a durable and moisture-resistant wall system that acts as a vapor barrier. It effectively seals off the basement walls, preventing moisture from entering and discouraging mold formation.
3. TripleSafe: Sump Pump Protection
To further bolster the basement's defense against water intrusion, the homeowner invested in the TripleSafe sump pump system. The TripleSafe sump pump is equipped with three pumps, ensuring operation even in the most challenging conditions.
In the quest to transform their unfinished and water-troubled basement into a functional living space, our homeowner found success through the use of WaterGuard, CleanSpace Wall, and TripleSafe. These solutions mitigated the water issues, prevented mold growth, and ensured a safe and comfortable environment. With these improvements in place, our homeowner can now work towards finishing the basement, enhancing the value of their home, and enjoying their newfound space without the worry of water damage.