Mike has an extensive understanding of the basement and crawl space industry having over 10 years of experience as a Mortgage Broker. He loves helping our customers solve problems and making their home healthier, safer, more durable, and more energy-efficient. His previous experience as a Mortgage Broker greatly increases his passion for helping homeowners.
In his spare time, he loves attending music festivals and going to live theater with his wife, Kay. Before moving to Evansville, Mike managed a band in Austin, TX for 4 years. Now, they've also owned Zesto on Franklin since 2009 and Mike enjoys being able to help Kay in the restaurant.
Fun Fact: Mike has been a HAM Radio Operator since 1976 and has talked to other amateurs in 219 countries. He also has written 8 plays!
Bob V., from French Lick, IN was living in the 1973 home that was handed down to him from his in-laws. After their first flood in the home, Bob discovered mold behind the drywall in one of the bedrooms in the basement, as well as cracking on the floor. The window wells also fill up with water, and water gushes in through them while it's raining. Once this happened, he decided to reach out to Healthy Spaces for a free estimate.
Design Specialist, Mike McAtee, was called out to help Bob determine what would aid his issues best. After Mike made a thorough inspection of the issues, he advised starting with a WaterGuard system and TripleSafe. This system would ensure that any water in the basement would run straight to the new TripleSafe sump pump. From there, it would flow through discharge lines and be returned outside. To prevent the window issues, Bob would also have new SunHouse Window Wells installed. These enclosures feature a sturdy, clear cover that fits nicely and a bottom that prevents weed growth, keeps leaves, debris, and rain out.
When Dane H. from French Lick, IN would walk across his floors upstairs, he knew they were uneven. Every time he walked across them, they creaked. Dane had been putting them off, but finally decided that enough was enough. He decided to call Healthy Spaces to see what the best solution would be.
Design Specialist, Mike McAtee, came out to do a thorough inspection of Danes basement. To stabilize the floor upstairs, 4 SmartJacks were installed. These SmartJacks are a steel support system that is used to permanently stabilize and level the girders and floor joists. They don't replace the existing columns and piers but add strength and stability to what is there. After these are installed, they lift the above floors and walls back toward their original position.
Since the work was completed, Dane hasn't heard his creaking floors.
Dennis E. from Montogmery, IN called Healthy Spaces because water had been taking over his basement. When it would rain, he would be waiting for water to creep in, while the uncertainty of how much would enter his basement kept him worrying. He had a shopvac ready to soak up all of the water, as well as fans to help everything dry up quickly. Dennis and his family were ready to have their life back.
Design Specialist, Mike McAtee, was called to the job. After completing a thorough inspection of the basement, he decided that a WaterGuard system would best conquer the issues the basement was having. This is a drainage system installed around the perimeter of the basement that collects any water that may leak in. From there, the water runs to the sump pump, which is then disposed of out of discharge lines. Mike also inspected that GeoLocks were needed to help the basements foundation become stable. This system will hold the walls in their current position and can be tightened over time if needed. This will allow for improvement and straightening of the wall. Lastly, CleanSpace was installed to be a wall covering, but also a moisture control barrier just in time for the hot summer months.
When the work was finished, Dennis was very pleased with the work that was done and was happy that there won't be any more leaking water in his basement.
Homeowners from Otwell, IN would notice water seeping in their basement every time it rained. Not only was water a problem, but they were also having mold growth. They knew that it couldn't be healthy for their family. They finally got tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed, so they reached out to Healthy Spaces for a free estimate.
Design Specialist, Mike McAtee, assisted the homeowners in deciding all of the necessities for a dry, healthy basement. They began the process with a fungus remediation process to make sure the spores were gone which meant clean air for the home. Secondly, they installed a WaterGuard System. This drainage system takes water straight to the sump pump and out of the basement through discharge lines. Lastly, CleanSpace was installed to give the basement a finished look on a budget.
These homeowners are so happy with the finished project and now have the peace of mind they've always dreamed of having.
This old and outdated basement in Providence, KY had so much potential. Aside from installing a complete waterproofing system, this homeowner opted to upgrade their basement windows as well. The purpose of basement windows is to add appeal to your space by bringing in natural sunlight. If those windows are rusted, covered in debris, or doing little more than affording a view of an old, rusty window well, then they're not doing their job
Our EverLast Windows are made specifically for the basement environment with vinyl, which will hold up for the lifetime of your basement. They're energy-efficient, designed with double-paned, low-E glass, they are much more energy efficient than the single-paned, steel-framed windows that are the industry standard.
Homeowner John B., in Albion, IL started noticing water building up in his crawl space. If left alone, humidity and excess moisture can lead to mold growth, wood rot, and pest infestations. Crawl space moisture often migrates upstairs through the "stack effect," contributing to structural damage, musty odors, and high energy bills.
Our team first had to go in and perform mold remediation. Next our team installed a waterproofing system in the crawl space that included a SmartSump Crawl Space sump pump system and EZ Flow Drainage. The last step was to install a durable vapor barrier made of a 20-mil material similar to a pool liner called CleanSpace. CleanSpace® 20 mil vapor barrier is puncture and tear resistant. An anti-microbial agent is blended into the liner to kill mold and bacteria. John will now have peace of mind knowing that his crawl space in Albion, IL is clean and dry.