Proudly serving Minnesota and Wisconsin - including Duluth, Minneapolis, Eau Claire and nearby areas
Whether your home is experiencing structural damage from foundation settlement, hydrostatic pressure, soil washout, frost, or some other force, we have the products that you need to permanently solve your problem and restore value to your home.
Each of our foundation repair products complies with the strictest industry standards and has been tried and tested by more than 100 major structural repair contractors throughout North America. With each installation we include a written manufacturer's warranty, as well as our own in-house performance warranty.
We'd like to meet with you to explain how our products can solve your unique structural issue. To prepare a free foundation repair quote, we inspect your damaged areas, identify the causes, and create a written proposal that outlines all work to be done. If you live in Minnesota and Wisconsin and would like to schedule your free inspection and quote, call or e-mail us today!
Our Foundation Products
I-Beam Wall Brace
Foundation & Slab Piers
Crawl Space Jack Posts
PolyLevel® Concrete Leveling System
WallDefense™ Brackets & Straps
At DBS, we have exclusive access to Supportworks' industry leading structural repair products in our Minnesota and Wisconsin service area.
Supportworks is the only manufacturer that maintains an in-house staff of both structural and geotechnical engineers. These experts focus on product design and quality, while also providing technical support to other engineers, architects, building departments, and general contractors in the field.
To help you decide if our products are the best ones for you, we offer free on-site inspections and consultations. We'll help you learn what caused your unique foundation problem, which options are best for repairing the problem, and what measures will prevent future issues. To schedule your free structural repair quote, call or e-mail us today!
We're proud to serve Duluth, Superior, Minneapolis, nearby localities such as Cloquet, Two Harbors, Hermantown, St. Paul, Esko, Virginia, Ashland, and the surrounding areas.
The existing expansion joint between the driveway and garage is fully compressed.
Even when the joint appears wide enough at the surface, the concrete may still be in contact underneath. This means that when the street expands with heat, your driveway is being pushed into the rest of your home.
The foundation walls on either side of the garage door are being pushed inwards by the driveway slab.
This is a sign that when the concrete pavement expanded and lengthened, pushing into the concrete driveway, there was insufficient compression space within the expansion joints. The only place for the driveway slab to go was through your garage walls.
Gaps have formed behind the foundation walls on either side of the garage door as the garage slab is pushed rearward.
Installing new expansion joints in the driveway and installing wall anchors will restore your foundation walls to structural stability.
Basement walls or foundation walls are pushed out by the garage slab.
At this stage, the damage caused by street creep has lead to a potentially serious foundation issue. It's important to address this soon -- before the damage becomes any more significant.
Foundation walls are designed to support loads from above, not from the side. When side pressure on your walls exceeds their ability to withstand the force, they will begin to crack, bow, slide in at the bottom, and/or tilt in at the top. Rebuilding damaged walls may seem like the obvious (and expensive) answer, but even new walls will fail if the soil conditions are not changed.
Wall anchors can counteract soil pressure by anchoring walls to stable, undisturbed soil outside your home. Thanks to threaded rods that extend through the wall, wall anchors can even be used to straighten walls in many cases!
When it isn't possible to anchor walls in the soils outside the foundation due to properly line restrictions, we recommend repairing your damaged foundation walls with the PowerBrace™ Wall Repair System.
The PowerBrace™ is an adjustable steel I-beam system with two important benefits: stabilizing bowed or tilting walls, and (over time) forcing bowed or tilting wall sections back to their original position. All PowerBrace™ components are manufactured to exacting standards, with an anti-corrosion zinc coating that will keep them looking like new for decades to come!
When soils are unable to bear the load of the structure on top of it, that structure must sink downwards into the ground. This is true with homes, concrete floors, chimneys, and many other structures.
Piers can solve settlement problems by transferring a structure's weight to strong, competent supporting soils at greater depth. Piers can effectively stabilize a settling structure and can even provide jacking points to lift the structure upwards to its original, level position.
Floors over crawl space foundations sag due to many reasons, including inadequate or shifting supports beneath floor joists and lumber deterioration due to mold and rot.
As a floor sags, this problem is often associated with other issues, including cracking drywall, skewed door and window openings, and a potentially moldy, musty odor in the house. Our SmartJack® system is designed to straighten and strengthen sagging floors over crawl space foundations. We also have other products that can eliminate crawl space moisture problems like rot and corroded metal surfaces.
PolyLevel® uses high-density polyurethane expanding foam to raise settled concrete foundations and slabs. The state-of-the-art polymer injection is a fast-acting, affordable alternative to mudjacking and concrete slab replacement.
Installers use specially-designed equipment to inject structural-grade polymer into penny-sized holes bored in the slab. After the void underneath the concrete slab is filled, the expanding foam will lift and level the slab. PolyLevel® is a quick-curing solution and the polymer is waterproof and will never wash away.
WallDefense™ brackets offer a permanent solution for stabilizing poured concrete foundation walls. The steel brackets attach the top of the wall to the floor joists to prevent wall movement, including tipping. WallDefense protects foundation walls even if there's an increase in the pressure or load on the wall.
WallDefense™ straps protect block foundation walls from inward movement and bowing. The carbon-fiber reinforced polymer straps are stronger than steel, adding strength without bulk. The low-profile design of WallDefense straps won't affect your basement finishing project.