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Rich has been working as a System Design Specialist for DBS since 2016. When you meet Rich, his depth of home knowledge shines through. He uses his twelve plus years of experience in the home remodeling industry to help diagnose and find permanent solutions to fix your home problems.
What Rich likes best about working for DBS is being able to get to know each customer’s needs so he can inform them on the best solution for their needs.
Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family camping and fishing.
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This foundation in Eau Claire, WI, has its third mobile home on top of it. Over time the foundation began to crack. The owner reached out to DBS and scheduled an appointment with a specialist to come out to the home. DBS was able to find a solution to fix the cracked foundation wall. The installation of PowerBraces and Carbon Armor were the proposed solution. The installed crew from DBS came and the walls were permanently stabilized.
The owner of the cabin was looking to sell the cabin to his friend. As part of the agreement, he needed to get the foundation wall secured. The owner called the experts at DBS to come out and find a solution to the bowing foundation wall. System Design Specialist, Rich Johnson, made a visit out to the cabin and found a quality solution to the problem foundation wall. The use of PowerBraces would secure the wall and prevent any further damage to the wall and cabin. Foreman, Casey Healy, and his crew were able to install the PowerBraces and secure the wall. This homeowner was very pleased with the results and was able to sell the cabin to his friend confident that the foundation wall was permanently fixed.
This home in Luck, WI was experiencing some water problems in the basement. After homeowner called DBS for an appointment, System Design Specialist, Rich Johnson went out to the home for a FREE, no obligation estimate. Rich inspected the home and then explained that the best possible solution would be to waterproof the basement with the DBS system. This system also included a SuperSump and wall poly. The customer signed the written proposal that same day and a date was set to have Foreman, Casey Healey, and his team complete the installation. After Casey and his team professionally waterproofed the basement, the homeowner no longer had to worry about water problems becoming an issue.
In this particular Superior, WI home, DBS was tasked with replacing a large support beam in the crawlspace as well as installing reinforced supports, SmartJacks®, for that beam. Foreman Drew Sundberg and his crew were able to secure this foundation. The homeowner feels safe having their newly secured foundation.
This home was being supported by old, rotting log supports. There were places where the support beams had fallen! Our System Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen, made a visit out to this home and gave a free, no-obligation estimate for the work needed to stabilize this crawlspace. In his proposal, Rich found that the home needed better, long-lasting support. The use of our SmartJacks would provide a stable, level home for this Superior, WI home.
This homeowner in Saint Louis Park was concerned about the stability of her home. She had noticed a crack in the wall of her garage and wanted to get the problem fixed. After calling DBS, an appointment was set to have System Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen come out to the home for a free, no-obligation estimate. Following a thorough inspection on the day of the appointment, Rich was able to explain to the homeowner why the problem was happening and the best possible solution to fix it. He explained that the movement of the soil beneath the home had caused the foundation to move also. When this happens, pressure builds and the wall cracks in order to release some of the pressure. If the problem is not fixed, pressure will continue to build and the problem will only get worse. A permanent solution would be to install a PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System. This would keep the wall in place and prevent it from moving further. Through tightening over time, the braces will slowly bring the wall back into place. After a signed proposal, a date was set to have Foreman, Kevin Steffey come out to the home to install the system. Once the PowerBrace’s™ were professionally installed, the homeowner could rest easy in the safety of her home.
A home in St. Louis Park called looking to stabilize their wall. They had been noticing the wall was cracked and leaning, We sent our Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen, to the home to resolve the bowing wall problem. He created a solution and worked to make sure that the home was safe and sturdy. We installed our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System to make bring the wall back to its original position and maintain the work we did for our clients.
This basement was sectioned into perfectly sized rooms for bedrooms, play areas, and family spaces but the previous carpet had taken on moisture and was no longer creating a pleasant space. The homeowner wanted an option that worked for her basement while still being comfortable and pleasing to the eye. DBS Residential Solutions was able to provide a carpet solution for the homeowner that would withstand the often wet conditions of a basement without becoming musty and moldy. The solution also went quite well with the rooms the homeowner had already created. Here we see our solution fitting well around an existing fireplace.
This Duluth, MN customer had DBS out to their home to address a cracked, bowing basement foundation wall. Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen met with the homeowners and addressed their concerns. The best quality solution to fix their cracked and bowing foundation wall was to use our patented CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System. The DBS installation crew headed by foreman, Casey Healy, installed our CarbonArmor Wall Reinforcing System. The customer was pleased with the results and could now rest easy knowing that his basement foundation wall was properly secured.
The city of Duluth had recently updated their curbs and city sidewalks in front of this Duluth, MN home. The homeowner wanted to make sure their sidewalk was level with the newly poured sidewalks. In these photos you can see where the sidewalk meets the new curb, what could have been a tripping hazard, is now removed by leveling the existing sidewalk.
DBS replaced these homeowners old, faulty sump pump with a new Triplesafe sump. Adding this new sump along with our interior waterproofing system, this basement is sure to stay dry.
In this Duluth, MN basement, DBS was called to help find a solution to leaking water. System Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home and found a quality solution for the problem. The installation crew with Forman Kevin Steffey installed a TripleSafe Sump as well as a WaterGuard drainage system. The homeowner now enjoys a dry, safe basement.
This crawlspace has had small leaks for over twenty years. The homeowner reached out to DBS to find a permanent solution to this problem. System Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen, was able to find a permanent solution by installing a WaterGuard© system and a TripleSafe© sump. Foreman Casey Healy and his crew were able to install this waterproofing system and the homeowner was happy with the results!
This Hermantown, MN customer thought they were going to have to totally replace the concrete slab leading up to their front entrance. But, then they found DBS. The crew at DBS was able to lift and level the slab leading up the front entrance to this home. The results are amazing, and the customer was thrilled!
DBS worked on a basement that required waterproofing services, the water was getting in where the floor and walls met, this required interior waterproofing around the perimeter of the basement with sealant. The home also needed a replacement sump pump. Our installation crew installed the TripleSafe™ sump pump with a liner to ensure the basement area stays dry, while the new TripleSafe™ sump pump manages the household’s water efficiently and neatly.
DBS received a call that a cabin in Isle, MN was having multiple residential problems. The floor around a fireplace was sagging, causing a crooked window as a result, also causing the cabin to have trouble with the roof dropping around the fireplace. The crawl space in the cabin also needed to be waterproofed, preventing further mold and odors. Our Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen, made a proposal to support the sagging side of the cabin with our SmartJack® supports system and floor joist system while using the CleanSpace liner® and Triple SafeSump System to keep the crawlspace warm and dry. The photos below show the wet crawlspace prior to DBS beginning production, then the crawl space post-production.
This Eveleth, MN homeowner was in the process of remodeling his basement when he noticed some cracking in his foundation wall. He called DBS as he wanted an expert to come out and check out his foundation wall. System Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen made a visit to this home. Upon inspection, he found that the east foundation wall needed some additional support to stabilize the wall. He concluded that the best way to do this would be through the use of our PowerBrace system. The homeowner was relieved that there was a sure fix to this problem. The DBS installation crew headed by Forman Kevin Steffy was able to successfully install the PowerBrace System.
A client called DBS looking to waterproof their basement and replace some cabinets and shelving in the basement area surrounding the old waterproofing system. DBS uses a WaterGuard® system to waterproof homes efficiently, that also looks nice. We worked on the basement to replace the outdated system and install our new, long-lasting WaterGuard® waterproofing system to make sure that our clients basement is safe and dry, making sure that no moisture creates mildew smell or mold present. We sent our Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen, to the house to successfully waterproof the home for our clients!
This Biwabik, MN customer had been experiencing water seeping into their basement for a couple of years. They heard about DBS from a friend and called us up to schedule an inspection. Upon inspection, Design Specialist Rich Johnsen found the best quality solution to keep the moisture from ruining items stored in this customer's basement. He proposed we install our WaterGuard system with a new TripleSafe sump in combination with our CleanSpace wall poly. This waterproofing system would be sure to keep water from ruining items in the basement. The customer was extremely pleased with the results!
A home in Jacobson, MN called having trouble with the concrete sinking in their garage. DBS went to the home to take a look at the problem and it was obvious that the concrete had been sinking inches, leaving a large gap between the walls and the ground. We sent our Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen, to the home to see how we could help. Rich proposed we use our PolyLevel® service to lift the uneven concrete and bring the gap between the walls and the ground, together.
This customer found us at the Hibbing Home Show in March of 2018. She had many concerns with her basement, one was leaking water through the foundation. System Design Specialist, Rich Johnsen visited the home and proposed installing our WaterGauard system and SuperSump to help eliminate leaking water. An additional 20mil poly would be installed on the walls to help siphon the water into the WaterGuard track.
The foundation walls in this Chisholm, MN home had an extreme bow to them. They needed to be stabilized fast!