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James Miller

DBS

Title: Design Specialist

Hometown: Esko, MN

James Miller from DBS

James came to DBS in late 2019 as a Design Specialist for our sales team. He brought with him 17 years of experience in customer service and sales, as well as home renovation on his own time. His day-to-day role involves meeting with homeowners to properly diagnose any sort of issues he finds with their property, and offer them solutions. He loves being a part of the DBS team because it is a company that continues to grow and strives to "WOW" each and every customer. In his free time, James loves to go camping, fishing, and work on old cars. 

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  • Winter, WI Home Stabilized and Ready for Renovations
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    Winter, WI Home Stabilized and Ready for Renovations
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    Winter, WI Home Stabilized and Ready for Renovations

    Homeowners in Winter, WI had been living in this home for 15 years when they decided they wanted to renovate it. First, they wanted to stabilize the foundation to ensure that any structural issues were fixed before investing in upgrades to the home.

    Aftering reaching out to DBS, Design Specialist James Miller visited the home for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation work. He proposed our PowerBrace Wall Bracing System to permanently stabilize and restore the cracked and bowing walls. 

    DBS Foreman Zach Jorenby and his crew first excavated the soil on the exterior of the home to set the stage for a wall straightening procedure. From there, they installed an exterior waterproofing membrane to the outside of the home for added protection against water. Then they installed 7 PowerBrace I-beams, connecting them to the basement's concrete floor and ceiling joists. These beams will be tightened overtime by our service department with the goal of restoring the wall to its original position. 

    The homeowners we happy with the work done and can now begin their plans to renovate their home! 

  • Shifting Foundation in Stone Lake, WI Fixed with Wall Support
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    Shifting Foundation in Stone Lake, WI Fixed with Wall Support
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    Shifting Foundation in Stone Lake, WI Fixed with Wall Support

    This 1930's home in Stone Lake, WI had issues with shifting blocks in the foundation wall. Over the past 10 years, the homeowner noticed the problem worsening. Wanting to protect the investment in their home, they contacted us for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation work. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and performed a thorough diagnosis, assessing the basement wall cracking. His action plan for the block walls in the basement was to install our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System.

    DBS Foreman Joe Harris installed 6 PowerBrace™ I-beams. Our team anchored the beams to the basement concrete, as well as to the rim joists in the ceiling. These beams will be tightened overtime to restore the wall's original position.

    The homeowners were happy with the work done and can now count on a safe and supported basement.

  • Garage Stabilized In Webster, Wisconsin using Supportworks® Pier System
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    Garage Stabilized In Webster, Wisconsin using Supportworks® Pier System
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    Garage Stabilized In Webster, Wisconsin using Supportworks® Pier System

    These homeowners in Webster, WI reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their garage. The foundation was settling when our Design Specialist James Miller showed up for a free, no-obligation estimate. 

    After James inspected the damage to the structure, he recommended installing push piers to stabilize the garage. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Zach Royer and his production crew. 

    This garage will no longer settle or shift with a Supportworks® stabilization system. 

     

  • 100-Year-Old Tofte, MN Cabin Foundation Supported by DBS
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    100-Year-Old Tofte, MN Cabin Foundation Supported by DBS
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    100-Year-Old Tofte, MN Cabin Foundation Supported by DBS

    This recently purchased cabin in Tofte, MN was built in the 1920s and in need of structural repair. The owner was hoping to use this space as a vacation home and potential rental down the line. They wanted to make sure that the cabin had a healthy foundation and crawl space so they reached out to DBS for a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the cabin and gave a thorough inspection of the crawl space. He designed a plan with the homeowner to restore the cabin to a level position. DBS Foreman Nick Burley and his foundation repair crew had the task of installing a crawl space support system and lifting the cabin back to level. 

    The DBS repair crew installed a supplemental beam steel beam to ensure the cabin is properly supported for years to come. Beneath the existing supports and new steel I-beam, we placed 7 SmartJacks. These telescoping support beams have steel footings and can be hand adjusted to support natural settling due to soil movement throughout the years. 


  • Cracked and Shifting Walls in Two Harbors, MN Repaired by Experts at DBS
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    Cracked and Shifting Walls in Two Harbors, MN Repaired by Experts at DBS
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    Cracked and Shifting Walls in Two Harbors, MN Repaired by Experts at DBS

    Homeowners in Two Harbors, MN had been living in this home for around 25 years. Over the last 5 years, they noticed that cracks in the foundation were starting to worsen. The family had plans to renovate the basement but wanted to take care of the structural issues first. They contacted DBS for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation work.

    DBS Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo visited the home and provided a thorough inspection as well as an estimate for the bowing basement walls. He proposed our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System to permanently stabilize and restore the cracked and bowing walls. 

    DBS Foreman Joe Harris and his crew first applied a layer of Foamax insulation that will add a radiant barrier to the walls. This material is waterproof, perfect for the basement environment where leaks are common. Then they installed 11 PowerBrace I-beams, connecting them to the basement's concrete floor and ceiling joists. These beams will be tightened over time by our service department with the goal of restoring the wall to its original position. 

    The homeowners were happy with the work done and can now begin their plans to renovate their home! 

  • Basement Waterproofing Solution For Leaky Basement In North East Minneapolis Home
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    Basement Waterproofing Solution For Leaky Basement In North East Minneapolis Home
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    Basement Waterproofing Solution For Leaky Basement In North East Minneapolis Home

    Homeowners from North East Minneapolis reached out to DBS for help keeping their leaky basement dry. They had pooling water and musty odors moving through their home when they called for a free, no-obligation estimate. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After assessing the damage James recommended our WaterGuard® french drainage system paired with a new TripleSafe™ sump pump to keep water out of this home for good. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Zach Jorenby and his production crew.

    This leaky home has now been made healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

  • Saint Louis Park, MN Garage Restored with Foundation Support and Concrete Repair
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    Saint Louis Park, MN Garage Restored with Foundation Support and Concrete Repair
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    Saint Louis Park, MN Garage Restored with Foundation Support and Concrete Repair

    This homeowner in Saint Louis Park, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing the failing foundation wall in their garage. Built in 1995, the block foundation began shifting, prompting the concrete slab to crack as well. Wanting to avoid further damage to protect the integrity of the home for years to come, they contacted DBS.

    Our Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the homeowner's project. It was determined that both foundation repair and concrete support systems were needed to provide a permanent solution going forward.

    DBS Foreman Jose Valenzuela and crew excavated the exterior of the home in order to perform a lift procedure. Our team installed 7 push piers total at the base of the home on the exterior of the home. These galvanized steel piers were then hydraulicaly driven into the ground to weight-bearing soils. The weight of the home was then transferred to the competent soil.

    After this was completed, our concrete repair team came in to fill gaps and voids beneath the garage slab with PolyLevel®. Once the slab was lifted and leveled, our team installed NexusPro™ to seal and protect the cracks in the concrete. 

    The homeowners can now rest easy knowing their home's garage is protected from further foundation damage.

  • Failing Foundation Walls Stabilized In Bowing Duluth, MN Basement
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    Failing Foundation Walls Stabilized In Bowing Duluth, MN Basement
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    Failing Foundation Walls Stabilized In Bowing Duluth, MN Basement

    These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their bowing basement walls. They were getting worse with time and the cracks allowed water to enter the home.

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the home James recommended installing PowerBrace™  wall support beams to permanently stabilize the bowing foundation. PowerBrace™ support beams immediately stabilize the bowing foundation and are benchmarked yearly by our service team to bring walls back to level. This system is installed with a 75-year fully transferable warranty. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Nick Burley and his production crew.

    This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

  • Interior and Exterior Waterproofing for Duluth, MN Basement
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    Interior and Exterior Waterproofing for Duluth, MN Basement
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    Interior and Exterior Waterproofing for Duluth, MN Basement

    This Duluth, MN resident had been living in this home for over 50 years. They had some cracking in the foundation, but it hadn't really caused any trouble until about 5 years ago, when cracks in the foundation were starting to worsen. Water was leaking into the basement through the cracked foundation and causing damage to their wall panels.

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and provided a thorough inspection and a free, no-obligation estimate for the bowing basement walls. He proposed our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System to permanently stabilize and restore the shifting foundation, as well as both interior and exterior waterproofing systems.

    DBS Foreman Zach Royer and his crew first excavated the soil around the home's exterior to prep for a wall straightening procedure. From there, they installed 10 PowerBrace I-beams, connecting them to the basement's concrete floor and ceiling joists. Initial tightening by our crew was done to immediately straighten the wall's position.

    After the wall staightening procedure, they added a waterproof membrane to the exterior foundation. This will prevent water from seeping into the foundation wall blocks.

    The homeowner can now rest easy knowing that their home is safe and dry! 

  • Leaky Basement Repaired With WaterGuard® In Proctor, Minnesota
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    Leaky Basement Repaired With WaterGuard® In Proctor, Minnesota
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    Leaky Basement Repaired With WaterGuard® In Proctor, Minnesota

    Homeowners in Proctor, Minnesota reached out to DBS for help making their leaky basement dry. They had water entering their basement during the snowmelt this spring and wanted a permanent solution for their problem. 

    DBS Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the property James recommended installing our WaterGuard® french drainage system and connecting it with the existing sump pump. This solution will keep the basement dry all year round and they will never have to empty the drainage system! This home was repaired by DBS Foreman  Zach Jorenby and his production crew.

    This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

  • PowerBrace® Wall Braces Stabilize Basement in Duluth, MN
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    PowerBrace® Wall Braces Stabilize Basement in Duluth, MN
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    PowerBrace® Wall Braces Stabilize Basement in Duluth, MN

    This Duluth home built in 1958 was experiencing basement wall failure and water damage. The homeowners saw our ad in the local newspaper and reached out for a free, no-obligation estimate.

    Design Specialist, James Miller went out to the property and assessed the damage and created a plan to reverse the bowing walls. Foreman Zach Royer and his crew installed our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System to permanently stabilize the walls. 

    The result was a permanently stable basement!

  • Basement Prone to Flooding in Duluth, MN Repaired with WaterGuard
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    Basement Prone to Flooding in Duluth, MN Repaired with WaterGuard
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    Basement Prone to Flooding in Duluth, MN Repaired with WaterGuard

    This Duluth, MN homeowner was tired of issues caused by water intrustion in the basement. After periods of rainy and wet weather, the basement had to be routintely mopped up. Looking for a permanent solution, the homeowner called DBS.

    Our Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the waterproofing work. It was determined that a new drainage system was needed to protect the home after heavy rains. Because the home's existing sump pump was in good working order, the new drain infrastructure would connect to the current sump pump.

    DBS Foreman Zach Jorenby and crew worked on the interior waterproofing job. The crew began by breaking out concrete to create a trench around the home's footing. Our WaterGuard® drain system was put into place and will effectively capture wall and floor seepage, directing it to a the basement sump pump. The crew finished the job by burying the discharge line in the lawn away from the home. 

    This homeowner no longer has to worry about basement flooding, and can count on a dry basement going forward. 

  • Foundation Stabilization Project Completed In Duluth, MN Using Supportworks® Helical Pier System
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    Foundation Stabilization Project Completed In Duluth, MN Using Supportworks® Helical Pier System
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    Foundation Stabilization Project Completed In Duluth, MN Using Supportworks® Helical Pier System

    These homeowners from Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their cracking foundation. The bricks outside the home were cracking and falling apart when DBS arrived. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the damage James recommended installing a helical pier on the problematic section of this home. Helical Piers reach solid bedrock deep below the surface of the earth and offer a permanent stabilization solution. This system is covered with dirt after installed and is completely hidden from sight. 

    The foundation was stabilized by DBS Foreman Jose Valenzuela and his production crew.

    This family now has a stable, healthy, safe, and comfortable home!

  • Cracking Basement Walls Repaired In Duluth, MN With Supportworks® Products
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    Cracking Basement Walls Repaired In Duluth, MN With Supportworks® Products
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    Cracking Basement Walls Repaired In Duluth, MN With Supportworks® Products

    These homeowners from Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help stopping growing cracks in their basement from reaching total wall failure. Over time the foundation issues were getting more intense. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the home, James recommended a combination of GeoLock™ earth anchors, CarbonArmor®, and NexusPro sealant. This combination of Supportworks® solutions will immediately stabilize the walls and prevent any future cracking or bowing. 

    This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Nick Burley and his production crew.

  • Cracked Crawlspace Cinderblock Foundation Repaired With Supportworks® PowerBrace™ Wall Support System In Isanti, MN
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    Cracked Crawlspace Cinderblock Foundation Repaired With Supportworks® PowerBrace™ Wall Support System In Isanti, MN
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    Cracked Crawlspace Cinderblock Foundation Repaired With Supportworks® PowerBrace™ Wall Support System In Isanti, MN

    These homeowners in Isanti, MN reached out to DBS for help with stabilizing cracked and bowing cinderblock foundation walls in their crawlspace. 

    DBS Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the property James found that increasing soil pressure had caused the walls to crack and bow. At this stage of wall failure, James recommended installing PowerBrace™ wall support beams to keep the home permanently stable, healthy, and safe. PowerBrace™ wall support beams are installed with a 75-year nationally-backed warranty! 

    This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Zach Jorenby and his production crew.

  • Cold floors? We can help! Crawlspace Encapsulation Project In Excelsior, Minnesota
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    Cold floors? We can help! Crawlspace Encapsulation Project In Excelsior, Minnesota
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    Cold floors? We can help! Crawlspace Encapsulation Project In Excelsior, Minnesota

    These homeowners from Excelsior, MN reached out to DBS for help keeping their floors warm and eliminating musty odors throughout their home. The problem was with their exposed earth crawl space. 

     

    DBS Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. James recommended applying closed-cell spray foam along the joists of this crawlspace to seal off outdoor air. CleanSpace® waterproofing vapor barrier was applied along the floor and walls of the crawlspace. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Nick Woods and his production crew.

     

    The results were a dry, healthy, and warm crawlspace with lower energy bills!

  • Failing Basement Walls Stabilized In Saginaw, Minnesota
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    Failing Basement Walls Stabilized In Saginaw, Minnesota
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    Failing Basement Walls Stabilized In Saginaw, Minnesota

    These homeowners in Saginaw, Minnesota reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their cracked and bowing basement walls. There were dramatic shifts in the walls when we arrived.

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the home, James recommended installing PowerBrace™ wall support beams to stabilize the failing foundation. PowerBrace™ wall support beams are installed with a 75-year nationally backed warranty. Once PowerBrace™ beams are installed the foundation is immediately stabilized and no further bowing will occur. 

    This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Nick Burley and his production crew.

    This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

  • Sagging Floors Stabilized With Supportworks® SmartJack® Support Beams In Cook, MN
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    Sagging Floors Stabilized With Supportworks® SmartJack® Support Beams In Cook, MN
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    Sagging Floors Stabilized With Supportworks® SmartJack® Support Beams In Cook, MN

    These homeowners from Cook, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their sagging and uneven floors. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the home, James found failing supports under the home was responsible for the problem. James recommended installing SmartJack® support beams that telescope and can be adjusted over time. 

    This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Zach Royer and his production crew.

    This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

     

     

  • Sinking Garage Lifted and Leveled in Remer, MN
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    Sinking Garage Lifted and Leveled in Remer, MN
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    Sinking Garage Lifted and Leveled in Remer, MN

    This Remer, MN garage was completed in 2005 but the homeowners noticed it began cracking and shifting significantly over the last few years. Wanting a permanent solution to the issue, they contacted DBS for a free, no-obligation estimate.

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home for a thorough inspection. He noticed the garage slanting significantly in the corner opposite the driveway. To correct this issue, recommended foundation support and well as concrete leveling. 

    DBS Structural Foreman Zach Royer and his crew installed Push Piers to lift the sinking garage. From there, Concrete Foreman Dusting Behning and his crew installed PolyLevel® to lift the concrete and NexusPro™ to fill the cracks. 

     

     

     

  • Basement Wall Bowing Stabilized in Proctor, MN
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    Basement Wall Bowing Stabilized in Proctor, MN
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    Basement Wall Bowing Stabilized in Proctor, MN

    These homeowners in Proctor, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their bowing basement walls. The homeowners had tried many methods on their own and were ready for a permanent solution. 

    Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. To stabilize the bowing walls James recommended PowerBrace™ Support Beams. This system immediately stabilizes failing walls and over time can be tightened in an attempt to bring the walls back to level. Foreman Tyler Nancy and his production crew installed the products. 

    This basement has now been made permanently stable. 

  • GeoLock® System Stabilizes Home In Superior, WI
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    GeoLock® System Stabilizes Home In Superior, WI
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    GeoLock® System Stabilizes Home In Superior, WI

    There homeowners in Superior, WI reached out to DBS for help fixing their cracked walls. 

    Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. GeoLock® Wall Anchors were a perfect fit for stabilizing the failing walls. Foreman Zach Royer and his production crew installed the GeoLock® anchors. 

    This home is now safe, stable and healthy! 

  • Supportworks Basement Wall Stabilization In Duluth, MN
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    Supportworks Basement Wall Stabilization In Duluth, MN
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    Supportworks Basement Wall Stabilization In Duluth, MN

    Homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their basement walls that were cracked and bowing. 

    DBS Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the damage, James recommended installing our PowerBrace™ support beam system to immediately stabilize the cracked and bowing walls. This home was permanently stabilized by Foreman Tyler Nancy and his production crew. 

    This family now has a healthy, safe, and comfortable home! 

     

  • Window Repair and Wall Stabilization In Duluth, MN
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    Window Repair and Wall Stabilization In Duluth, MN
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    Window Repair and Wall Stabilization In Duluth, MN

    Homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help repairing the foundation of their homes. Their basement egress window was sloping and their walls were cracked and bowing.

    DBS Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After inspecting the basement, James discovered that increasing soil pressure was the cause of foundational problems for this home. His recommendation was to excavate soil outside the home to reduce inward pressure and stabilize the egress window. PowerBrace™ wall support beams were installed to permanently stabilize the bowing foundation walls. This home was permanently stabilized by DBS foreman Zach Royer and his production crew. 

    This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

     

  • Settling Foundation in Duluth, MN Fixed with Helical Piers
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    Settling Foundation in Duluth, MN Fixed with Helical Piers
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    Settling Foundation in Duluth, MN Fixed with Helical Piers

    Homeowners of this 1978 Duluth, MN home were concerned with sloping of their 3-season porch addition. They knew this was stemming from some issues with foundation settling, and had even seen some water leaking. With plans to live in their home for years to come, they reached out to DBS for a permanent solution. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home for a free, no-obligation estimate for the best course of action. He recommended our Helical Deck Piers as well as some sealing for minor cracks in the home's foundation.

    Foreman Zach Royer and his crew drove 4 Helicast™ Helical Deck Piers into the ground to support and restore the porch's original position. Our crew also completed removal of existing sonotubes, in which the original footings of the deck were poured.

    The customer was happy with the work done and has a supported porch they can depend on and enjoy for many years to come. 

  • Superior, WI Home Needs Concrete Repair Before Selling
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    Superior, WI Home Needs Concrete Repair Before Selling
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    Superior, WI Home Needs Concrete Repair Before Selling

    Upon its purchase, this homeowner knew there were issues with the garage's concrete. Wanting to remedy this issue before selling the home to new owners, they reached out to DBS for a permanent solution.

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate. To lift and level the concrete, our 2-part polymer foam PolyLevel® was recommended. DBS Foreman Jason Foster and his production crew successfully installed and leveled the garage slab using PolyLevel® and sealed the cracks using NexusPro™. 

    Concrete lifted with PolyLevel® be used immediately after curing, which typically takes around 15 minutes. It's ultra-durable and won't wash away like other substances used in mudjacking. 

    This garage is restored to level and will be supported for many years to come! 

  • Water Leaking and Foundation Cracks in Duluth, MN Fixed with Wall Anchors
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    Water Leaking and Foundation Cracks in Duluth, MN Fixed with Wall Anchors
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    Water Leaking and Foundation Cracks in Duluth, MN Fixed with Wall Anchors

    This 1950's home in Duluth, MN had issues with water leaking through cracks in the foundation. In need of a permanent solution, the homeowners turned to DBS to put an end to water issues and protect the structural integrity of the entire home.

    After hearing about us on local radio, they called DBS for a free, no-obligation estimate with our Design Specialist James Miller. He diagnosed the foundation and concrete issues in the garage and designed a custom solution for the homeowners.

    Foreman Nick Burley and his crew installed 6 GeoLock™ Wall Plates and Earth Anchors to the failing foundation wall. This system uses the heavy-duty anchors in and connects them to plates on the wall interior wall. Connected with long, galvanized rods, these anchors are tightened to straighten the wall over time and provide maximum support. 

    The customer was happy with the work done and now has a permanent solution they can count on for years to come.

  • Home Near Foundation Failure Repaired with DBS Wall Support Systems
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    Home Near Foundation Failure Repaired with DBS Wall Support Systems
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    Home Near Foundation Failure Repaired with DBS Wall Support Systems

    This Duluth, MN home was built in 1967. Over the last few years, the owners noticed issues with soil around their home sinking, which inevitably lead to cracks and pressure on the foundation. In need of a permanent solution, the homeowners turned to DBS to save the structural integrity of the entire home.

    After meeting us at the Duluth Boat and Travel Show, they called DBS and scheduled a free, no-obligation estimate with our Design Specialist James Miller. He diagnosed the foundation issues, and created a plan for the home's repair using a combination of 2 types of wall support systems. 

    Foreman Nick Burley and his crew first affixed 6 CarbonArmor® Wall Defense Straps to the Wall. This Wall Reinforcing System is made with materials 10-times stronger than steel, and prevents further wall movement.

    Nick and his crew also installed 6 PowerBraces™ Wall Support Beams to the failing foundation wall in order to prevent further movement. These steel beams can been tightened over time to restore the wall to its original position.

    The customer was happy with the work done and now has a permanent solution they can count on for years to come.

  • Shifting Foundation in Chisholm, MN Stabilized with Steel Beams
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    Shifting Foundation in Chisholm, MN Stabilized with Steel Beams
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    Shifting Foundation in Chisholm, MN Stabilized with Steel Beams

    This 1912 Chisholm, MN home had issues with shifting blocks in the foundation wall. Over the past 10 years, the homeowner noticed the problem worsening. After learning about DBS on the local news, they contacted us for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation work. 

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and performed a thorough diagnosis, assessing the basement wall cracking. His action plan for the block walls in the basement was to install our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System.

    DBS Foreman Nick Burley and crew first excavated the exterior of the shifting wall in order to perform a wall straightening procedure. From there, they installed 5 PowerBrace™ I-beams. Our team anchored the beams to the basement concrete, as well as to the rim joists in the ceiling. These beams will be tightened overtime to restore the wall's original position.

    The homeowners were happy with the work done and can now count on a safe and supported basement.

  • New Waterproofing System for Leaking Basement in Wrenshall, MN
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    New Waterproofing System for Leaking Basement in Wrenshall, MN
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    New Waterproofing System for Leaking Basement in Wrenshall, MN

    The owner of this 1960's home in Wrenshall, MN had issues with water intrustion in the basement. Starting as a small leak, it had progressively gotten worse over the last 10-15 years.

    Our Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the waterproofing work. It was determined that a drainage system and new sump pump were needed to protect the home after heavy rains. 

    DBS Foreman Joe Harris and crew worked on the interior waterproofing job. The crew began by breaking out concrete to create a trench around the home's footing. Our WaterGuard® drain system was put into place and will effectively capture wall and floor seepage, directing it to a new SingleSafe™ sump pump. The crew finished the job by burying the discharge line in the lawn away from the home. 

    This homeowner now longer has to worry about basement flooding, and can count on a dry basement going forward. 

  • Foundation Repair for Old Duluth, MN Home
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    Foundation Repair for Old Duluth, MN Home
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    Foundation Repair for Old Duluth, MN Home

    Originally built in the early 1900's this Duluth, MN home was experiencing some foundation trouble. It was first built in another part of the city and moved onto a new foundation where it is now located. After receiving a referral from another contractor, they contacted DBS for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation work.

    DBS Design Specialist James Miller visited the home and provided a thorough inspection as well as an estimate for the bowing basement walls. He proposed our PowerBrace™ Wall Bracing System and GeoLockWall Anchor System to permanently stabilize and restore the cracked and bowing walls. 

    DBS Foreman Joe Harris and his crew installed 4 GeoLockWall Anchor System. To install this system, earth was removed outside the home and GeoLock earth anchors were installed. They were then connected to a long, galvanized steel rod to Wall Plates on the foundation's interior. These steel rods will be tightened over time by our service department with the goal of restoring the wall to its original position. 

    The homeowners were happy with the work done and can now count on a fully stabilized foundation.

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  • Rib Lake
  • Sheldon
  • Stanley
  • Stetsonville
  • Strum
  • Thorp
  • Westboro
  • Willard
  • Withee
Minnesota
  • Brownsville
  • Caledonia
  • Canton
  • Dakota
  • Eitzen
  • Hokah
  • Houston
  • La Crescent
  • Mabel
  • Rushford
  • Spring Grove
  • Winona
Our Locations:

DBS
5116 Jean Duluth Road Suite 300
Duluth, MN 55803
1-218-955-7945


DBS
1584 93rd Ln NE
Blaine, MN 55449
1-763-634-8384
DBS service area