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Kevin is a certified welder who came to DBS Residential Solutions after working at a gold mine in Alaska. He has been with DBS since 2015 and in that time he has most enjoyed the different situation every day brings. In his day to day position he installs products to help permanently fix problems customers are having. In his free time he likes playing hockey, going to the gym, and hanging out with his dog and girlfriend.
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DBS went to a home to find a solution for their foundation problems. We sent our Design Specialist, Kevin Steffey, to the site to see what the best method for repair was. He suggested the home use piering to fix the foundation. This works by driving steel pipes into the previous failing foundations in that building. We’ve included a before photo of the home with failing foundation and a photo during the production of the piering foundation method being installed.
The homeowner from Ashland, WI called DBS for an estimate on encapsulating his crawlspace. Upon inspection, there was some mold developing and the customer complained about a cold pantry above the crawlspace. System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, was able to provide the homeowner with a detailed plan on how to solve the problems they were experiencing with the crawl space.
A homeowner in Cable, WI reached out to DBS regarding the crawl space of their home. The area was old and dirty, and full of unwanted debris. After thorough inspection, it was decided that the area would need to have structural support added, as well as CleanSpace® to help encapsulate the entire crawl space. The photo here shows the crawl space prior to the service by DBS, and the finished product of the SmartJack® and CleanSpace® installation. The results turned out great, and the homeowner can now be more comfortable with their much improved crawl space.
This Lake Elmo, MN homeowner reached out to DBS because they had been experiencing dampness in their basement, as well as some concern of small cracks in the foundation. Our System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, made a visit to their home and discussed the best quality solution for their basement. The homeowner decided to move forward with DBS and Henrik's solution. Installation of PowerBaces and an Interior Waterproofing System were installed by Foreman, Kevin Steffey, and his crew. Once the products were installed, the customer was relieved to have a quality solution in place.
A cabin in St Croix Falls, WI was experiencing failing basement walls, and the owner was searching for a solution. They were able to get in contact with DBS, and a crew went out to provide our wall support service. This required several PowerBrace™ units to be installed along the basement area, in order to ensure proper stabilization.
A homeowner in Taylors Falls, MN reached out to DBS regarding a xrawl space issue they were having. The area was poorly stabilized by wood posts, and this was causing the floor above to sag downward. In need of a solution, the homeowner had a Design Specialist come out and give a free, no-obligation estimate for the crawl space service. It was concluded that the area would need to have a good amount of SmartJack® units installed (24 in all) to help provide support for the crawl space and sagging floor. Our crew successfully installed the SmartJack® System, and the homeowner can now be more comfortable with a stabilized crawl space.
A homeowner in Apple Valley, MN reached out to DBS regarding their sagging floor aboce the crawl space of the home. When a crawl space has poor support, it can cause issues for the rest of the home. FOrtunately, DBS was able to inspect the area and provide a free, no-obligation estimate for the crawl space service. It was concluded that the area would need to have several Smartjack® units installed to provide stabilization for the floor, as shown in the photos. The results turned out great!
This Superior, WI homeowner contacted DBS because she noticed water leaking in through a crack in her basement foundation. Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo went to assess this customers basement problem. After a thorough inspection, he proposed the use of PowerBraces to straighten the wall, installation of a WaterGuard and Superpump system to fix the problems this customer was facing in their basement.
A homeowner in Superior, WI was looking to add some extra support to the foundation of their home. Wanting to make sure the foundation stayed strong and in tact, they reached out to DBS for some assistance. After inspecting the crawl space and foundation of the home, it was determined that a set of helical piers would need to be installed. With little hassle in the way of excavation, these steel piers burrow deep in to the soil and are capable of supporting large home structures. The results turned out great, and the homeowner can now enjoy a stronger home foundation.
A homeowner in Superior, WI reached out to DBS in regards to our basement waterproofing service. To ensure a more safe and comfortable basement environment, They wanted to have a waterproofing system put in that was made to last, and was reliable in keeping out any unwanted water. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that the basement would need to have several products installed. DBS would send in a crew to install a TripleSafe™ sump pump, along with 85 feet of WaterGuard® and CleanSpace® wall poly. The combination of these products give the basement an effective and efficient waterproofing system for years to come.
In Prior Lake, MN, a homeowner had an exterior retaining wall that was lacking support. This was concerning for the owner, and they reached out to DBS for a possible solution. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that the wall would need to have a set of GeoLock® wall anchors installed to add extra strength. Along with that, the addition of helical anchors was also put in place. The finished product can be viewed from the photos attached.
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.
This Duluth, MN homeowner called DBS to set up a free, no-obligation estimate for her crawl space concerns. Her home had started to show signs that something was going wrong under her home. She noticed that her floors started to sag, as well as excess moisture in her living spaces. Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo visited this home and upon his inspection concluded that the home should have the crawl space encapsulated as well as the use of our patented SmartJacks to stabilize the home's sagging support beams. Foreman, Kevin Steffy and his crew were tasked with the installation of SmartJacks and our CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation material. They were able to achieve the desired results, and the homeowner was happy with the results.
This customer was no stranger to DBS, as we had installed a new support beam and SmartJacks in their basement last year. The homeowner was ready to move on to phase two of their basement upgrade and install an egress window. Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo stopped out to see the homeowner and measured for the installation of an egress window. Forman, Kevin Steffy and his crew installed the window system and left the customer feeling happy as they were one step closer to completing their basement!
In Duluth, MN, a homeowner in the Park Point area was looking to upgrade their basement by adding support for their sagging floor, as well as making an improvement to their waterproofing system. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that the SmartJack® XL system would have to be installed for structural support, and our specially designed waterproofing plan would be put in place for this basement. In Park Point homes, our crews carefully place dimple drainage matting along the exisitng concrete floor, and then pour a new layer of concrete on top of that to elevate the flooring. While other waterproofing products are installed as well, this is a crucial step to ensuring that no further water issues take place within the basement. The results of the project can be seen here!
This Duluth, MN homeowner wanted to make sure the foundation of her home was in good condition. The corner of the basement had cracks along the bricks, showing unwanted movement. One evening while watching television she saw a commercial about DBS so she decided to reach out for a free estimate. Following a friendly phone call with the office staff, an appointment was made to have System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo make a trip out to the home to do a free thorough inspection of her basement and provide a no-obligation estimate. Henrik came out and after doing the inspection explained to the homeowner a solution for the issues she was having. Her best option would be to install PowerBraces™ along the walls of the foundation to prevent the wall from moving even further. She and Henrik then came to a comfortable price agreement and a date was set to have Foreman, Kevin Steffey and his crew come out to perform the installation. When it came time for the installation, Kevin let the homeowner know their plan and gave her brief updates throughout the job. Once the sturdy PowerBrace™ wall reinforcement system was installed, the homeowner no longer had to worry about the foundation concerns.
The homeowner of this Duluth, MN basement was pleased to have DBS complete a basement waterproofing system. Before they had water seeping through their foundation, ruining their precious boxes full of memories. The DBS team installed a DryTrak® baseboard water control system along with a CleanSpace® Wall System. These homeowners can now rest, as their basement is waterproofed.
The homeowners of this Duluth, MN were ready to make their basement into usable space. After calling DBS, Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo made a trip out to the home. He inspected the basement and gave the homeowners options on how to make their basement space livable again. The homeowners and Henrik worked through the problem and came up with a solution that fit the homeowners needs and wants. To make this space usable, the basement first needed to be waterproofed, then stabilized with PowerBraces™, and finally finished off with the total basement finishing system. Following a signed proposal, a date was set to have Foreman, Kevin Steffey and his crew come out to install the waterproofing system, PowerBraces™, and the basement finishing system. Once the system was professionally installed, the homeowners had another space in their home to enjoy.
This customer heard about us from one of our radio commercials. He had been experiencing a wet basement a wanted the experts at DBS to give him a free estimate. Design Specialist, Torrey Swenson visited this home and was able to provide a quality solution for the wet basement. Foreman Kevin Steffy and his crew installed our patented WaterGuard system. This allowed a channel for the water to drain into a sump pump. The homeowner was pleased with the result!
A basement in Duluth, MN had water seeping into the basement, especially on the outer perimeter near the foundation walls. The owner reached out to DBS in need of a solution to the problem. Our crew went in and installed WaterGuard® around the basement to help prevent any further water damage to the home.
A homeowner in Duluth, MN was experiencing several issues with their basement recently, which involved lack of wall support and leaking water. This could be real damaging to the area, and they reached out to DBS for help. After getting a free, no-obligation estimate, it was concluded that the basement needed to have PoweerBrace® units installed, along with WaterGuard® and a SuperPump®. The combination of these items will usrely help in keeping the basement a more dry and comfortable environment for the home!
A homeowner in Duluth, MN had multiple issues with their basement that needed to be addressed. The main issues consisted of wall cracking and water leaking into the area. In need of a solution, they reached out to DBS. After a thorugh inspection and free, no-obligation estimate, it was concluded that the crew would install a combination of CleanSpace®, WaterGuard®, PowerBrace™ units, and a TripleSafe™ sump pump. The waterproofing products will help keep unwanted water from entering the basement area, and the PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System works to stabilize the failing foundation walls, as seen in the photo. The results were a success, and the homeowner can now enjoy a more safe and comfortable basement environment.
This homeowner was starting to redo their basement when they saw us at the Duluth Home and Garden Show. The thought of having flooring that does not mold was very appealing. Check out the change in appearance! Call us today for your free estimate!
This homeowner had a list of items that DBS was helping fix. One of the main items was to replace an old, rotting support beam and replace it with our patented SmartJack XL. Our installation crew headed by Forman, Kevin Steffy, were able to secure the weight of the house using a new and improved support called our SmartJack XL. The customer was pleased to know that his home was safe and secure after the install!
This Duluth, MN customer called DBS wanting an estimate on stabilizing their foundation walls. Our specialist, Royce Bunn, visited this home and was able to provide a quailty solution to permanently stabilize the basement foundation walls. The use of our PowerBrace system would ensure these foundation walls would straighten over time.
A homeowner in Duluth, MN was experiencing structural issues with their crawl space. Failing crawl space support can eventually lead to sagging floors in the main area of a home, and cause bigger problems over time. In need of a solution to this, the owner reached out to DBS. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that the crawl space would need to have several SmartJack® units installed within the crawl space to provide that added support. The SmartJack® is an ideal product for crawl space stabilization as it can support loads of over 60,000 lbs. The results turned out great, and the homeowner can now be more comfortable with a reinforced crawl space area.
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 home had an existing, non-working sump in their basement. They noticed water seeping into their basement through the foundation on the floor. They called DBS to come out and give them a free, no-obligation estimate to fix the problem. System Design Specialist, Royce Bunn, was able to diagnose the problem and give solutions to fix it. Part of the solution was to install a new, TripleSafe sump system. This would replace the old, broken sump. DBS is able to install new sumps into existing sump pits. Don't hesitate to call us if you are in need of a new sump!
This homeowner noticed water seeping into their basement through the foundation on the floor. They called DBS to come out and give them a free, no-obligation estimate to fix the problem. System Design Specialist, Royce Bunn, was able to diagnose the problem and give solutions to fix it. Part of the solution was to install a WaterGuard system around the perimeter of the basement. This system allowed the water to drain properly into the new TripleSafe sump pump system. Foreman, Kevin Steffey, and his crew installed the WaterGuard system around the basement's perimeter walls.
This Duluth, MN homeowner noticed water seeping into their basement through the foundation on the floor. They called DBS to come out and give them a free, no-obligation estimate to fix the problem. System Design Specialist, Royce Bunn, was able to diagnose the problem and give solutions to fix it. Part of the solution was to install PowerBraces to help strengthen and straighten one of the foundation walls. The installation of PowerBraces along with the use of the WaterGuard and TripleSafe sump systems would be sure to keep this customers basement dry.