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Push Pier Underpinning For Settlement, Foundation Leveling, Sinking Foundation Repair
Geo-lock Wall Anchors
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Powerbrace Bowed Wall Repair
Carbonarmor Fiber Wall Repair
Smartjack Crawl Space Support
Slab Pier Repair
Polylevel Concrete Lifting
Ez Post Deck Repair
Shotcrete Wall Restoration
Cabin Foundation Repair

Waterproofing
Waterguard Interior System
Drytrak Drainage Channel
Trenchdrain Drain Grate
Iceguard Discharge LineFlexispan Wall Crack Repair
Polyurethane Crack Sealing
Wellduct Window Drainage
Brightwall Waterproof Panels
Thermaldry Wall Barrier
Basement To Beautiful Pre-finishing Wall Insulation Panels
Drain Tile Installation
Supersump Pump System
Triplesafe Pumping System
Ultrasump Battery Back Up
Sanidry Dehumidifier

Garage Finishing
EverLast Garage Wall Panels

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Crawl Space Encapsulation in Duluth, MN

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Duluth, MN

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Crawl Space Encapsulation in Duluth, MN Crawl Space Encapsulation in Duluth, MN

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. 

Egress Window installed in Duluth, MN basement.

Egress Window installed in Duluth, MN basement.

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Egress Window installed in Duluth, MN basement. Egress Window installed in Duluth, MN basement.

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!

 

Park Point Waterproofing System in Duluth, MN

Park Point Waterproofing System in Duluth, MN

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Park Point Waterproofing System in Duluth, MN Park Point Waterproofing System in Duluth, MN

This time of year, when snow starts to melt and grounds become soaked with excess water, basement flooding can be a common problem among households. In Duluth, MN, a homeowner in the Park Point area was experiencing just this. Park Point is a hot spot for basement flooding, being right on the shores of Lake Superior. Fortunately, they reached out to DBS and a crew was able to provide a specially designed waterproofing service for Park Point homes. This included the installation of a sump pump, WaterGuard®, and the placement of dimple drainage matting. To top it off, 4 inches of fresh new concrete was poured along the basement floor to elevate the surface. The overall results turned out great, and the photos from the project can be viewed here.

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Foundation Repair Contractor Serving Duluth, MN

Foundation damage can be a serious problem for your Duluth home or business, threatening the building's structural integrity, destroying property value, and putting your safety at risk. DBS is your trusted foundation repair company serving Duluth and nearby cities and towns, locally owned and operated since our beginning in 2000. We have access to internationally-backed, industry-leading, warrantied foundation repair and waterproofing products. We also hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for superior customer service and high-quality workmanship. Whether you need foundation wall stabilization for your home or are in need of a major foundation repair project for a commercial property, we can help!

These homeowners in Duluth won't have to deal with water getting into their basement again.

Using wall anchors, foundation slab piers, helical deck piers, I-Beam wall braces, and more, we can fix the following foundation issues:

  • Bowing walls
  • Sagging floors
  • Tilting chimneys
  • Foundation cracks
  • Sticking windows and doors
  • And more!

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Cabin Foundation Repair & More

Cabins are fun to visit in the summer, but your seasonal home could be hiding foundation damage. During the seasons, natural weather fluctuation occurs, causing structural damage that can remain undetected with all the time your cabin stays dormant. 

At DBS, we offer reliable cabin structural repair solutions and crawl space encapsulation!

Our cabin repair services include:

  • Cabin foundation repair
  • Helical piers
  • Skirting creating a crawl space
  • Crawl space encapsulation
  • Crawl space insulation
  • And more!

Call 1-855-259-9625 or contact us online to schedule a free quote on any of our cabin foundation repair or cabin crawl space repair services today!

Proven Crawl Space Repair Solutions

If you're ready to boost your home's comfort and get rid of the stress that comes with a wet crawl space, don't hesitate to contact a crawl space repair expert like DBS! We will perform a thorough on-site inspection and come up with a unique design that's customized for your specific needs and budget.

Our crawl space services include:

If you have a damp or moldy crawl space, installing our CleanSpace crawl space vapor barrier system will permanently seal and protect the area from water, mold, rotting, condensation, and pests. We also offer a complete line of basement waterproofing products, specifically designed to keep your basement clean, dry, and warm for years to come.

Dependable Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Duluth, MN

We also offer PolyLevel concrete leveling, the best method of concrete lifting and sunken concrete restoration. Unlike traditional methods such as mudjacking, PolyLevel concrete leveling is fast, efficient, and causes minimum disruption to your property. Our concrete lifting & leveling services can fix the following issues and more:

  • Cracked driveways
  • Sinking sidewalks
  • Uneven patios
  • Sunken pool decks
  • Highways and commercial issues

Basement Waterproofing Services

Duluth, MN is home to hot, humid summers, and these high humidity levels can result in moisture problems for your basement. As your trusted basement waterproofing contractor serving Duluth and nearby areas, DBS has over 15 years of experience helping homeowners just like you with all of their wet basement needs. Due to our dedication to customer service and our high standards in everything we do, we hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are also an esteemed basement waterproofing contractor in the Basement Systems international network, which means that we have exclusive access to patented and proven basement and crawl space waterproofing products.

Home Insulation in Duluth

Most homes don't have enough insulation. DBS can inspect your insulation levels and add insulation where it's needed. From attics to crawl spaces, we provide complete home insulation solutions in Duluth to help with problems such as uncomfortable rooms and high heating and cooling costs.

Insulation Services offered:

  • Spray Foam Insulation
  • Blown-in Cellulose
  • Blown-in Fiberglass
  • Rigid Foam
  • Radiant Barriers
  • Sealing Air Leaks
  • Air Duct Sealing
  • Attic Insulation
  • Basement Insulation
  • Crawl Space Insulation
  • Garage Insulation
  • Wall Insulation
  • Floor Insulation
  • Air Duct Insulation

Comprehensive Home Energy Audit

Do you have rooms in your home that are too hot or too cold? Are your heating and cooling costs higher than they should be? Our complete home energy audit offered in Duluth can identify problem areas in your home, whether they're in the attic, basement, around windows and doors, or in your ductwork. Based on the findings, we'll recommend the right upgrades to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Energy Audits include:

  • Air Leak Inspection
  • Thermal Scanning
  • Detailed Explanation
  • Blower Door (Infiltrometer) Test
  • Insulation Level Check
  • Appliance & Lighting Checks

Durable Garage Wall Finishing

A heavily used garage can appear rundown and damaged. Even worse, without the proper finishing, it can also become too cold in the winter months.

If you are interested in upgrading your garage, by installing a wall finishing system that is resistant to damage, mold growth, and more, DBS offers durable EverLast Garage Wall Panels made of tough cement board, an inorganic building material that won't degrade over time and will not attract mold.

Optional insulation will add energy efficiency to your finished garage, making it as functional as it is polished.

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Case Studies From Duluth
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In the months when the weather begins to warm and snow begins to melt, the grounds become soaked with excess water. Basement flooding can be a big...
Park
A homeowner in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS with a challenge that can carry many issues for your home -- basement flooding. Not only can this damage...
Waterproofing
A homeowner in Hermantown, MN called reached out to DBS to discuss the basement of their home. The area was constructed with concrete block walls and...
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Job Stories From Duluth, MN
Duluth, MN Attic Knee Wall Insulated and Packed with Cellulose

This Duluth, MN home has living space on the attic level. As common when attics are converted into living space, the knee wall, or half wall you see in the photos, was drafty and prone to leaking cold air into the bedrooms on that level. In search of a permanent solution, the homeowners contacted DBS. 

A DBS Design Specialist trained in our Dr. Energy Saver solutions, visited the family and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the attic insulation. They determined that an install of our "Super Knee Wall System" was needed to give the space a proper radiant barrier. Our Foreman and crew used SilverGlo insulation along the internal wall in the attic. This will stop the flow of cold air from the ventilated roof deck into living space. Our crews also dense packed the attic sides with Tru-Soft cellulose. 

Comfort has now been restored to this family's attic level rooms. 

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Drafty Home in Duluth, MN is Now Energy-Efficient with Dr. Energy Saver Insulation

A family in Duluth, MN wanted to create more comfortable conditions in their home year-round. Failing insulation in the attic combined with a drafty and leaky basement was making this home difficult to heat. After receiving a recommendation from a local window company, they contacted DBS about Dr. Energy Saver® services. 

A DBS Design Specialist trained in home energy systems visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the insulation project. Assessing both the home's basement and attic spaces, they were able to target vulnerable spots where little or no radiant barrier was present.

A DBS Foreman and crew removed existing insulation in the attic and replaced it with a combination of spray foam and our ultra-dense Tru-Soft cellulose insulation. The also used ridig foam SilverGlo™ insulation to create a new scuttle cover for the attic access, allowing now warm air from the rest of the house to escape via the attic. 

To address the cold air entering into the basement, our production team sprayed the ceiling rim joists with closed-cell spray foam to ensure a full air seal was achieved. Finalling, we installed a SaniDry™ Sedona dehumidifier, ENERGY STAR® certified to pull mold and irritants out of the air. 

 

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Entry to Duluth, MN Repaired and Ready to Go on the Market

This homeowner in Duluth, MN was looking to sell their home, but had a few projects on their punch list to take care of. One of them being that the concrete steps leading to the entryway had settled significantly.

DBS Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate. To lift and level the concrete, PolyLevel® was recommended. DBS Foreman Dustin Behning and his production crew successfully installed and leveled the slab and entryway to the home using PolyLevel®. This 2-part polymer mixture combines to create a substance that is powerful enough to raise your concrete slab. At 4 lbs per cubic foot, it's much lighter that the 100 lbs per cubic foot of material used in mudjacking. 

These homeowners now have a safe, stable, and level entryway that will last for years to come!

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Grand Marais, MN Cabin Improves Energy Efficiency with Attic Insulation and Crawl Space Encapsulation

These cabin owners in Grand Marais, MN reached out for a solution to their cold and drafty cabin. The structure itself was in great shape, but the owners knew that it just hadn't been properly sealed in the attic or below the cabin in the crawl space.

A Dr. Energy Saver® Design Specialist went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate, looking at insulation solutions for both the attic. Our team first removed the existing batt insulation and prepped the attic space for an application of our TruSoft™ cellulose. They also built a scuttle cover to properly seal the attic access using TerraBlock™ foam insulation.

Once that work was complete, the owners contacted us again for an estimate on encapsulating their crawl space. DBS Sales Manager Royce Bunn visited the cabin to provide a free inspection and estimate of the project. CleanSpace® vapor barrier was laid on the flooring to eliminate threats from moisture and mildew, and closed-cell spray foam insulation was applied to prevent cold, damp air from entering the main level of the cabin.

This home is now properly insulated and the homeowners were happy with the work done. Below, you'll see the before photos of both projects. 

 

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Home Protected From Heavy Rain In Duluth, MN

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help keeping their basement dry. During heavy rains, water was present in the basement that caused uncontrolled moisture and mold. 

DBS Design Specialist James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. James inspected the home and suggested installing our WaterGuard® french drainage system, a new TripleSafe™ sump pump, and extending the exterior discharge line so water is drained away from the home. This home was repaired by DBS Production Manager Kevin Steffey and his production crew.

This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

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Cracked Walls Stabilized Before Wall Failure Occurs In Duluth, MN

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help stabilizing their cracked basement walls. The walls were cracked but not yet bowing when DBS Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo arrived. 

Henrik inspected the foundation of the 1950s built home and suggested installing CarbonArmor® wall support strips. CarbonArmor® is ten times stronger than steel and forms to the wall. Once installed the system is flush with the wall and can be painted over. No future bowing or cracking will occur. This home was repaired by a DBS Foreman and his production crew.

This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

Cracked Walls Stabilized Before Wall Failure Occurs In Duluth, MN - Photo 1
Moldy Water Damaged Basement Made Dry and Clean In Duluth, MN

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help keeping their leaky and moldy basement dry. Uncontrolled water and moisture have caused water damage and musty odors throughout the home. 

DBS Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. Henrik inspected the home and suggested installing CleanSpace® waterproofing vapor barrier on all of the walls to reduce moisture. CleanSpace® is paired with our WaterGuard® subfloor french drainage system to keep basements dry for good. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Jason Foster and his production crew.

This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

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DBS Waterproofing System Aids in Selling Duluth, MN Home

The previous homeowners of this Duluth, MN home were looking to sell in a few years. They had some outstanding project to take care inlcuding some basement waterproofing. They learned about DBS and contacted us for a permanent solution. 

DBS Design Specialst Rich Johnsen visited the home for a free, no-obligation estimate of the waterproofing work. He recommend WaterGuard®, CleanSpace®, and a SuperSump® Premier Pump System. These three products will work together to capture any moisture entering the basement, and transfer it to the outside of the home. 

DBS Production Manager Kevin Steffey was the project foreman. He and his production crew installed 33 linear feet of WaterGuard® with accompanying CleanSpace® vapor barrier. 

The homeowners were relieved that the water issue was repaired and were able to sell their home successfully. 

 

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Moldy Basement CleanSpace® Makeover In Duluth, MN

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help making their damp and moldy basement dry. 

DBS Design Specialist, James Miller went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. The walls had mold on them when James arrived which indicated uncontrolled moisture was occurring and staying in the basement. The solution was to install CleanSpace® waterproofing vapor barrier to give the walls a fresh new look and a permanent waterproofing solution. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Nick Burley and his production crew. 

This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

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Duluth, MN Home on Park Point Has Crawl Space Encapsulated

 The owners of this Park Point home in Duluth, MN was having issues with water leaking into the foundation and pooling in the home's crawl space. In preparation to sell the home, they wanted to ensure the crawl space was sealed and problem-free for the new owners. 

A DBS Design Specialist visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the crawl space encapsulation service. It was determined that the crawl space would have its current plastic layer removed and replaced with our CleanSpace® vapor barrier. This ultra durable poly barrier is paired with a liner that will direct moisture to a new SmartDrain® in the crawl space. 

The owner was happy with the work done to repair the crawl space and the home was able to sell without issue!

 

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Helical Piers to Support Front and Back Porches of Duluth, MN Home

A homeowner in Duluth, MN contacted us about issues with their sinking porches. Wooden decks on both the front and back of the home were sinking, leaving sizable gaps between the home and patio surfaces. Concerned about stability issues and the problem getting worse, they reached out to DBS.

DBS Sales Manager Royce Bunn was the Design Specialist on this project and visited the home for a free, no-obligation estimate. It was determined that support was needed to stop movement on both of the porches. A DBS foreman crew installed 10 feet of supplemental support beam on the back porch and drove 2 HelixPro® piers into the ground. For the front porch, the crew also drove another 2 HelixPro® piers into the ground. These helical piers lifted and will offer permanent support from futher movement.

The customer was happy with the work done and can now enjoy beautiful, supported outdoor space for years to come!  

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1950's Duluth, MN Home Has Dirt Crawl Space Encapsulated

A Duluth, MN homeowner was concerned about how their wet and musty crawl space was affecting their 1950's home's overall health. They reached out to DBS to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate with one of our Dr. Energy Saver Design Specialists.  

Our Sales Manager Royce Bunn was the Design Specialist for the project. After a thorough inspection of the crawl space, he determined the best solution would be to completely encapsulate the space. Our production crew laid down CleanSpace® drainage matting and then a vapor barrier along the floor and sides of the crawl space. The production crew also added TerraBlock™ insulation SilverGlo™ panels to completely seal the space from cold air and moisture.

The installation was successful and the homeowner can now rest easier knowing their home is healthy and safe.

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Rim Joist Insulation In Duluth, Mn

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help improving their home's energy efficiency. This home was getting extremely cold in the winter and the homeowners wanted a permanent solution to their problem. 

DBS Design Specialist, Henry Jungbauer went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After conducting an energy audit, Henry determined that heat loss was happening along the rim joists of this home's crawl space. Closed-cell spray foam and CleanSpace® vapor barriers were recommended to keep heating and cooling costs under control. This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Orrin Sundberg and his production crew.

This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

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Leaking Foundation Wall in 1920's Duluth, MN Support with Waterproofing System

This 1920's Duluth, MN basement was leaking from the foundation walls. The homeowner noticed the problem worsening over the last 10 years. Tired of constantly mopping up the water in the basement, the homeowner contacted DBS for a permanent solution.

DBS Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home to provide a free, no-obligation estimate for the waterproofing system. DBS Foreman Zach Jorenby and his production team installed our WaterGuard® System along the perimeter of the basement.

The system directs all moisture to a new TripleSafe™ premier sump pump. The crew connected this system to a new discharge line, directing water further away from the home's foundation. The home also had a SaniDry™ Sedona dehumidifier installed to take care of any humidity in the basement.  

The homeowners were happy with the work done and now have a dry basement they can depend on! 

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Leaking Basement in Duluth, MN Fixed With New Drainage System

This Duluth, MN basement was leaking consistently after rains and thawing in the spring. After hearing about DBS on local radio, the homeowners contacted us for a permanent solution. 

DBS Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home to provide a free, no-obligation estimate for the waterproofing system. DBS Foreman Tyler Nacey and his production team installed our WaterGuard® System along the perimeter of the basement.

The system directs all moisture to a new TripleSafe™ premier sump pump. The crew connected this system to a new discharge line, directing water further away from the home's foundation. The discharge line was fitted with IceGuard® to prevent freezing water in the winter months. 

The homeowners were happy with the work done and now have a dry basement they can depend on! 

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New Sump Pump and WaterGuard Drain System from Flooding Duluth, MN Basement

Homeowners of this 1995 home in Duluth, MN noticed water entering the basement of their home about 5-6 years ago. During spring thawing and heavy rains, the situation intensified. After hearing about DBS on local radio, they contacted us for a permanent solution. 

DBS Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home to provide a free, no-obligation estimate for the waterproofing system. DBS Foreman Zach Royer and his production team installed our WaterGuard® System along the perimeter of the basement.

The system directs all moisture to a new TripleSafe™ premier sump pump. The crew connected this system to a new discharge line, directing water further away from the home's foundation. The discharge line was fitted with IceGuard® to prevent freezing water in the winter months. 

The homeowners were happy with the work done and now have a dry basement they can depend on! 

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Dr. Energy Saver® TruSoft™ Cellulose Insulates Home In Duluth, MN

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS for help insulating their home. Rising heating and cooling costs were becoming an issue for these homeowners and they needed a permanent solution for their problem. 

A Dr. Energy Saver® Design Specialist went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the work. After an energy audit, TruSoft™ blown-in cellulose insulation was recommended to keep this home's temperature regulated all year round! This home was repaired by DBS Foreman Orrin Sundberg and his production crew.

This home is now healthy, safe, and comfortable! 

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Insulation for Duluth, MN Attic and Crawl Space Drastically Improves Whole Home's Energy

These homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS concerned over issues with their home's overall energy. 

A Dr. Energy Saver® Design Specialist went to the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate, looking at insulation solutions for both the attic and crawl space. After the inspection, it was determined that closed cell spray foam insulation would be applied to attic space to prevent ice dams and maintain temperature control.

After our DBS production crew completely sealed the attic, they moved to the crawl space. CleanSpace® vapor barrier was laid on the flooring to eliminate threats from moisture and mildew. This home is now properly insulated and the homeowners were happy with the work done. 

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Crawl Space Encapsulation to Address Mold and Dust in Duluth, MN

After learning about us via referral, owners of a 1920's home in Duluth, MN reached out to us regarding their crawl space. Crawl spaces with exposed earth are prone to fluctuating humidity, creating moisture and mold issues. This crawl space was encapsulated by another company but was failing.

This was especially concerning to the homeowner who is sensitive to mold. In fact, the homeowners had to live elsewhere temporarily due to negatvie health effects of the mold spores circulating in the home. 

DBS Design Specialist Henry Jungbauer visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the crawl space encapsulation service. It was determined that the crawl space would have CleanSpace® installed to act as a vapor barrier for the area, as well as insulation from top to bottom.

DBS Foreman Orrin Sundberg and his production crew first removed the original vapor barrier and insulation. The crew then installed the new vapor barrier throughout the space to prevent the spread of moisutre. They added TerraBlock™ insulation to the space, and rim joiist spray foam insulation.

Finally, a SaniDry™ dehumidifier will curb moisture levels due to temperature fluctuation in the space. 

 

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Dirty and Drafty Duluth, MN Cabin Crawl Space is Sealed

A cabin owner in Duluth, MN reached out to DBS regarding the crawl space of their home. The area was dirty, drafty, and prone to moisture. This was raising health and energy concerns for the owner so they reached out to DBS in search of a permanent solution.

A DBS Design Specialist visited the home and provided a free, no-obligation estimate for the crawl space encapsulation service. It was determined that the crawl space would need to have CleanSpace® installed to act as a vapor barrier for the area. The DBS foreman and production crew laid the vapor barrier throughout the space to prevent any further moisture issues. 

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Waterproofing using WaterGuard® to Address Leaking Basement in Duluth, MN

Homeowners in Duluth, MN noticed water coming through their basement walls and floor. As evidenced by the photo, water had damaged the floor and walls near the sump pump. They wanted to tackle this problem immediately and contacted DBS to come up with a permanent solution for their basement.

DBS Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo visited the home to provide a free, no-obligation estimate in search of the best solution possible for the leaking basement. It was determined that a WaterGuard® drain system was needed. A DBS Foreman and his crew installed the system, connecting it to a new SuperSump®. They also installed a new discharge line with an IceGuard® technology to prevent wintertime freeze-ups of discharge lines. 

The homeowners were happy with the work done and can now enjoy their home with a dry basement. 

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Basement Waterproofing System Installed in Duluth MN

Homeowners in Duluth, MN noticed water coming through their basement walls and floor. As evidenced by this photo, water had damaged the floor and walls near the sump pump. They wanted to tackle this problem immediately and contacted DBS to come up with a permanent solution for their basement.

DBS Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home to provide a free, no-obligation estimate in search of the best solution possible for the leaking basement. It was determined that a WaterGuard® drain system was needed. A DBS Foreman and his crew installed the system, connecting it with the home's existing sump pump. They also lined the basement walls with our CleanSpace® Wall System, which will act as a vapor barrier for any moisture coming from the walls. 

The homeowners were happy with the work done and can now enjoy their home with a dry basement. 

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PowerBrace™ Wall Support System Installed to Support Duluth, MN Basement

Owners of this 1960's home in Duluth, MN had lived in the home for decades, but just started to notice some significant cracking and shearing of their basement foundation. In hopes of a permanent solution and in preparation to sell the home, they reached out to DBS to address the shifting and cracking foundation.

A DBS Design Specialist visited the home for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation issues. It was determined that eight PowerBrace™ I-beams would be installed around the perimeter of the basement. These PowerBrace™ beams are anchored to the floor and rim joists and can be tightened over time to restore the wall to its original position. DBS Foreman Zach Royer and his crew performed the foundation support work.

The homeowner was happy with the work done and can now enjoy a supported basement. 

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PowerBrace™ Wall Support System Installed to Support Duluth, MN Basement

Homeowners in Duluth, MN reached out to us hoping to find a permanent solution to water pooling and leaking in their basement. They first noticed the issue during the extreme flooding that Duluth experienced in 2012.

A DBS Design Specialist visited the home for a free, no-obligation estimate for the foundation issues. It was determined that 10 PowerBrace™ I-beams would be installed around the perimeter of the basement. These PowerBrace™ beams are anchored to the floor and rim joists and can be tightened over time to restore the wall to its original position. Foreman Antonio O'Neil and his crew performed excavation on the north wall of the home to ensure a proper footing for the I-beam braces.

The homeowner was happy with the work done and can now enjoy a dry and supported basement. 

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Helical Piers for Failing Wall in Duluth, MN Garage

Owners of this Duluth, MN home were looking to repair their garage in preparation to sell their home. To ensure this problem would not get in the way of a potential sale, they reached out to DBS in search of a permanent solution. 

A DBS Design Specialist visited the home to provide a free, no-obligation estimate. It was determined that a piering solution was needed to address this issue. Kevin Steffey and his crew performed the work and drove a HelixPro® pier into the ground on the exterior of the failing wall. This pier was driven through the soil, down to the strata layer of rock, providing long-lasting, solid support to the wall. 

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CarbonArmor® and PowerBrace™ Systems Installed for Cracking Foundation

As illustrated by this photo, homeowners in Duluth, MN were experiencing some cracking in the basement walls in their 1940's home. They connected with DBS at the Duluth Home Show and expressed interest in having someone come out for a free, no-obligation estimate to evaluate the issue and provide suggestions for a permanent solution. 

Design Specialist Rich Johnsen visited the home and determined that several CarbonArmor® Wall Defense straps would be installed along 3 basement walls, as well as a PowerBrace™ System. 

The homeowners were happy with the work performed and now have peace of mind that their foundation is safe and supported. 

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Waterproofing and PolyLevel® Installation in Duluth, MN

A homeowner in Duluth, MN was in need of an upgrade to their basement waterproofing system to assist in ceasing any future basement flooding. Adding a solid basement waterproofing system is something that any homeowner should consider, whether they have experienced issues or not. This particular homeowner was looking for the right products, they reached out to DBS for help. A Design Specialist went out to the property and provided a thorough inspection of the basement. It was determined that a few different products would need to be installed in order to ensure a quality waterproofing system. First, PolyLevel® was installed to level the floors of the basement. In addition to PolyLevel®, our crew also installed our WaterGuard® French drain system along the perimeter of the basement. This drainage system is installed below the floor slab which keeps drainage out of the "mud zone" where drains can clog. The results of the project turned out great, and the homeowner can now enjoy a dry basement all year long. 

The picture we've included below is a post-production photo showing DBS work! There are pictures showing the water sealant moisture barrier along the perimeter of the basement and the new sump pump we've installed. 

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Strong Foundation Support Installed in Duluth, MN

A homeowner in Duluth, MN was experiencing some issues with their basement which was in the process of being finished. The walls needed to be straightened out in a few spots, as they were lacking overall support. In search of a solution, they reached out to DBS and had a Design Specialist come to visit. After a thorough inspection, as well as a free, no-obligation estimate, it was determined that the walls would need to have a combination of GeoLock™ and WallDefense straps installed to provide optimal stabilization. GeoLock™ is comprised of steel anchors that are embedded below the ground on the outer portion of the wall and connected to an inner anchor using a steel rod below the ground. This creates a pulling force that works to straighten the walls and keep them supported. WallDefense works similarly as our CarbonArmor® system would. These straps are installed vertically along the wall to help keep it stabilized. The walls were already finished with drywall, so in order to successfully perform the installation, sections of the wall needed to be stripped down to the original concrete blocks. The installation was a success, and the homeowner can now enjoy a more safe and comfortable basement environment.  

Home Waterproofing in Duluth, MN

DBS worked on a waterproofing project in Duluth, MN that required several steps in the waterproofing process. This job required the installation of dimple drainage between old and new concrete, then we installed our TripleSafe™ sump pump system. Then we used TripleSafe™ sump liners and an UltraSump® battery back-up to keep the system pumping and maintained. We also put in a WaterWatch® alarm to make sure the basement is staying dry. The crew put in IceGuard® to prevent floods from clogged or frozen discharge lines. Our last step and the picture we’ve included shows the two discharge lines installed to bring water out of the home.

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Park Point Waterproofing in Duluth, MN

A homeowner in Duluth, MN was experiencing several issues with the basement of their home. The wood posts that were supporting the floor above were beginning to fail, causing the floor to sag. Aside from that, the home was experiencing issues with leaking water in the basement. Homes in the Park Point area are particularly susceptible to basement flooding due to rising water levels and being low to the ground. In need of a solution, the homeowner reached out to DBS. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that the homeowner would need to have several SmartJack® XL units installed to fix the sagging floors. These jacks are comprised of galvanized steel that can support massive loads, which makes them ideal for structural support. As for the waterproofing portion, DBS would have to carry out the traditional Park Point waterproofing plan. This consists of placing dimple drainage matting along the existing basement floor, then pouring a fresh new layer of concrete on top of that to elevate the surface. A TripleSafe™ sump pump was also put in place to help extract any excess water collected within the sump pit. This water would follow through a discharge line to an appropriate exterior location. The overall results of the project turned out great, and the homeowner can now enjoy a more safe and comfortable basement environment. 

Park Point Waterproofing in Duluth, MN

The Park Point area in Duluth, MN is a hot spot for basement water issues in the area, and DBS has provided many services there for several years. One particular homeowner reached out to DBS regarding the specially designed Park Point Waterproofing System. In the fall of 2018, a series of storms hit the Duluth area, and heavily effected Park Point and the homes lakeside. DBS set up a strategic system that will benefit the Park Point homes in need of waterproofing. One big component calls for raising the basement flooring a substantial amount by pouring new concrete on top of the existing material. That is exactly what the crew provided for this home, as shown in the photo attached. The crew laid a dimple draignage matting above the original floor for water and mold prevention, then proceeded to pour the fresh concrete on top of these layers. Aside from the new concrete, there are several other products that are recommended for the waterproofing system for Park Point. This can include: TripleSafe™ or SuperSump®, WaterGuard®, and SaniDry®. All are fantastic products, and ideal for any basement waterproofing system.

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Basement Waterproofing and Floor Stabilization Project in Duluth, MN

DBS worked on a home that was having trouble with water damage and unstable floors in their basement. The basement required a new, TripleSafe™ pump system to manage the water and DBS also installed a back-up pump system to ensure the home stays dry. We put a waterproofing system around the perimeter of the basement to keep the water out of the home. We also installed 4 inches of concrete over the existing concrete to create a stable environment without demolition of the house. The concrete slab was stabilized using PolyLevel® and NexusPro™ joint sealant before adding the drainage system to the home. This will ensure the home stays dry and the floors are stabilized to create a safe environment. Below are before and after pictures of the concrete laid in the basement.

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Foundation Walls in Duluth, MN Receive Maximum Support

In Duluth, MN, a homeowner was experiencing weakened structural support along their basement and garage walls. The walls needed proper stabilization in order to maintain form, and to prevent future damage to the home. In need of a solution, the homeowner reached out to DBS, and was able to have a Design Specialist come out and provide a free-no obligation estimate for the foundation service. It was decided that the home would need a considerable amount of CarbonArmor® units installed, along with two PowerBrace™ units, to effectively maintain these walls. These products work in similar ways. Both are installed vertically along a foundation wall, and provided supportive strength to the inside of the wall to ensure stability. The products are tough, powerful, and will get the job done. With the help of DBS, the homeowner can now experience a more comfortable basement and garage area. 

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Ice Dam Prevention in Duluth, MN

A homeowner in Duluth, MN was experiencing an alarming issue with the roof of their home. Ice dams can be a huge problem for homes during the cold winter months. These are simply ice formations that build up along the bottom portion of a roof (near the gutters) and block the flow of water running down from the upper portion of the roof. This can cause excess water to build up and leak into the home. Fortunately, this homeowner was able to reach out to DBS regarding a solution. It was concluded that the old attic insulation would need to be removed, as it was in poor shape. Our crew would then install new spray foam insulation and air seal the attic ducts as well as the old chimney. This works to help keep cold air from moving in to the house, as well as blocks the rising heat from hitting the roof. When the heat can not reach the roof, it keeps the ice frozen at a reasonable temperature, assuring that no excess water can form at the top. 

Not only did this service protect the home from further ice dam issues, but it is also an energy saving fix to a cold house. 

Duluth, MN basement walls stabilized with twenty PowerBraces

DBS' Appointment Center Representative, Emily Kinchloe, was able to help set up an appointment for a free, no-obligation estimate for this Duluth, MN homeowner. Shortly after, Henrick Makitalo, a system design specialist, made the trip out to evaluate the home. Upon inspection, he found that the foundation walls were bowing and needed to have additional support added to prevent further damage. His proposal included the installation of twenty PowerBraces. These PowerBraces were then installed by Foreman, Casey Healy, and his crew. The customer was so pleased with the quality of work performed by DBS, they want to continue to work on improving their basement. In the next year, the homeowners are looking to finish off their basement. Knowing that the foundation walls are permanently stabilized, they want to finish the basement so they can have more usable space in their home. DBS is on the top of their list for the next project!

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Duluth, MN house sale goes through!

Selling a home can be a stressful time! This Duluth, MN homeowner was feeling the pressure to get his home fixed up to the buyer's expectation. During the home's inspection, the inspector pointed out signs of some foundation failure on one of the basements foundation walls.  The homeowner knew he had to act quickly to ensure the potential buyer wouldn't walk away from their offer. So the decision was made to call the experts at DBS. The homeowner first spoke to Emily Klinchelo, the appointment center representative to schedule a time for an inspection by one of the specialists. Royce Bunn, system design specialist, made the visit to the home and gave the homeowner a quality solution to the foundation problem. Since there was a sensitive time frame for this particular project, DBS was able to get the job scheduled quickly. Foreman, Casey Healy, and his crew were able to complete the assigned work in an efficient amount of time. We are proud to report that the sale of this home went through and the old homeowner was happy to leave the new homeowners with a safer home. The new homeowners were happy that the warranty DBS offers for their products were transferred over to them at the closing of their new home. 

 

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PolyLevel Creates Level Driveway in Duluth, Minnesota

When this homeowner first met our Specialist Henrik he mentioned to Henrik that he had a problem with several sections of his concrete driveway sinking into the ground. This had caused significant differences between adjoining slabs of concrete. He wanted the problem fixed and knew Henrik would give him an exact estimate on what it would take to fix the issue. After seeing other examples of the PolyLevel system being used for several similar projects that DBS had done the homeowner was ready to become a customer of DBS. Before long, the PolyLevel crew at DBS was at this customer's home making the adjustments necessary to provide a consistent level driveway to the customer. With this project now complete DBS has created another happy customer and made another small improvement to the Duluth community. 

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Insulating and Stopping Mold in Duluth, Minnesota Basement

This Duluth homeowner had troubles with mold developing in their basement due to a moist basement atmosphere. Coupled with this issue, the customer was also experiencing heat loss through the rim joist of their home. Our specialist Henrik helped educate the homeowner on the value of insulating the rim joist and maintaining a dry basement. With the information and Henrik's professional assessment of the basement, the homeowner agreed that it would be helpful to insulate the rim joists and use a dehumidifier to control the humidity issues in the basement.

 

The insulation we typically use in this scenario is spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is the most well-suited insulation for the job because it provides a high r-value in this small space and it fills in gaps in the walls to properly air seal the space. Proior to installing the insulation we used a special solution to kill the existing mold in the basement and installed our Sanidry System. The Sanidry is an incredibly powerful and efficient dehumidification system that we install for our customers all the time. It keeps the basement at a safe humidity level year round. With the old mold killed and a humidity level below 60% across the basement this homeowner should not have to worry in the future about the effects of mold. Henrik and the team at DBS have created a space that is now much more comfortable and safe for the homeowner and that is exactly why we do the work that we do!

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Keep apartment more consistent in the winter and reduce indoor alergens in Duluth, MN

Arlette D. main concern was that her apartment was very inconsistent in the winter, going from cold to warm.  She saw our booth at the Duluth Home and Garden show and signed up to have an appointment with Ron Sundberg, our design specialist.  After Ron offered the best solution to make her apartment more consistent and comfortable, our foreman Luc Bonk and his crew,went there and airsealed and insulated her attic and walls, using expanding polyurethane foam to air seal and blow in TruSoft insulation. After the attic was insulated well, they installed a David Lewis Attic access hatch cover.   They also replaced 2 windows with 2 Sunrise Double-Hung windows.  Then they airsealed and insulated the crawlspace using polyurethane foam, Cleanspace liner and TerraBlock insulation on the floor. To make sure the basement stays dry and the air that flows up and carries the allergens is reduced, Luc and crew installed a SaniDry Air Dehumidification System in the basement next to the sump and will drain into the sump.

There is no doubt that Arlette is now enjoying a consistently more comfortable home. DBS Residential Solutions was pleased that they could solve Arlette's comfort problems in Duluth, MN, in the winter, once and for all!     

Bowed walls and floors not level

Kayla A. noticed a bowed wall under her back entryway (which was in 2 ft. of the alley) and it was effecting the floors to be out of level in her home. Feeling worried about it, Kayla called DBS Residential Solution, and set an appointment with our design specialist, free of charge.

 The design specialist from DBS Residential Solution, offered Kayla a solution to stabilize her home for good.  Our professional crew installed Helical Piers and Smart Jacks to lift and stabilize her wall and level out her floors.

 Without a doubt, Kayla feels completely safe and secure that her home will be safe for the lifetime of the home!  DBS Residential Solutions is pleased that we could help Kayla solve her problem once and for all, and with our "WOW" service in Duluth, MN.

Our mission:   DBS Residential Solutions challenges the status quo of contracting and building science.  We believe we can better the lives of everyone we come in contact with by providing permanent solutions and creating lasting relationships with "WOW" service!

Work Requests From Duluth, MN
Vicinity of Kenilworth Ave in Duluth
Finishing basement of 100 year old home - need to understand options for floor finishing and cost estimate!
Vicinity of Trail Dr in Duluth
We have water that comes into our basement each spring. Want to get an estimate for inner drain tile and new sump.
Vicinity of Whitetail Dr in Duluth
Looking to get my garage insulated. Need 1/3 of the walls done and gabled ceilings, ceiling is not finished and is completely open
Vicinity of Harvey St in Duluth
This summer we purchased a home built in 1950 with a semi finished basement including a sauna we believe was installed later. There is bubbling on the paint near the baseboards of the foundation facing wall of the basement bathroom and active moisture (not puddling) on the lower baseboards of the attached sauna area despite us not using it. We recently regraded the yard outside this area and installed gutters per our inspectors suggestions. Thank you for your time and help!
Vicinity of in Duluth
Water seeping into the musty crawl space/unfinished post/beam area under house. interested in options for sump pump and encapsulation of area.
Vicinity of Green St. in Duluth
Would like to get energy efficient
Vicinity of Macfarlane Rd in Duluth
I'm looking to have a shed leveled and secured.
Vicinity of Denim Street in Duluth
Cold in house and roof has iciciles already.. would like an estimate to insulate attic more.
Vicinity of Arnold Rd in Duluth
Basement leaks in all rooms in springtime when the snow melts
Vicinity of West Bowman Lake Rd in Duluth
New 6x39 attached deck.
Vicinity of in Duluth
Hi, We need some blown-in insulation in our +/- 800 sq. ft. attic. Also want to consider injection foam in walls. Please give me a call - would like an estimate. Thanks!
Vicinity of in Duluth
Would like to finish basement into livable space
Vicinity of in Duluth
Part of our garage foundation seems to be falling away.
Vicinity of Dahlberg Rd in Duluth
Ice dam this past winter, leaked into attic of the house, came through to the sheet rock in the bedroom. Will be a home owners insurance claim.
Vicinity of Spear Ave in Duluth
Leveling main floor, possible foundation concerns and water area. Looking to have estimate and some options ran by.
Vicinity of Rockview Ct. in Duluth
South east corner of our tuck-under garage is sinking/sliding downhill. The block foundation has cracked. I would like advice on our options and estimate for repair.
Vicinity of Jay Strret in Duluth
We just closed on our house. We have an attached garage built in 1977 to the west of a house built in 1965. There is a downhill to the south. The rear south foundation wall Is pulling away from the rest of the foundation of the garage. There appears to be some work done to mitigate the problem with some anchoring the wall to the concrete floor pour. Additionally, there appears to be some buckling in the wall to the west. We are concerned about the present, but also the far future, looking to possibly tear down the garage structure and rebuild on top of current foundation, if it is sound enough.
Vicinity of in Duluth
Our home was built in 1911 and there is significant sagging and foundation issues. We would like to find out what it would take to repair it.
Vicinity of in Duluth
My concrete stairs are sinking
Vicinity of Wellington Street in Duluth
Our Sump Pump, is no longer pumping sump. When you plug it in the basement socket, it pops the socket breaker
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