Eric attended Cambridge Community College PSEO while in high school. After graduation he started working for a small utility contractor where he was introduced to the very new technology of horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Eric quickly developed an aptitude for HDD and was recruited by Case Corporation to be a Product Specialist. As a product specialist Eric would travel to job sites and spend weeks training their crews how to operate and use Case drilling products.
Eric has traveled the world and drilled in 48 states, and 39 countries on five continents including Russia, China, Brazil and Australia. During this time Eric went back to school at Augsburg College and was asked by Case to build a training program for dealer's service departments. This once again turned into international travel as he brought the training program to Case's hydraulic and electrical engineers of the Asia Pacific region and to South America.
In 2001, Eric left Case Corporation and moved to Duluth, MN to work for a directional drilling contractor working as a supervisor for crews working the Upper Midwest. While there they developed a great reputation as 'the guys to call when no one else could get the job done.' After 14 years of working for Case Corporation Eric joined the team as the operations manager for Foundation Supportworks by Innovative.
After visiting our booth at the MN State Fair - homeowners from Birchwood, WI signed up for a free estimate for waterproofing their basement. We were able to install a perimeter WaterGuard drainage system, a SuperSump sump pump and a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier to complete their waterproofing project.
Another DRY basement in Birchwood!
House flippers from Hastings, MN, contacted TEAM Innovative to inquire on foundation stabilization on a house they were trying to flip. They were previous customers of Innovative and had also received several other bids for this project. Foundation expert, Eric Rysdam, visited the home, performed an inspection and made recommendations for the PowerBrace foundation wall repair system. TEAM Innovative was awarded the job and it was completed without a hitch. The warranty even transferred with sale of the home!
After purchasing a cabin next to his property, homeowner from Stillwater, MN, reached out to the TEAM at Innovative Basement Systems regarding some water leakage and a bowing wall at the cabin. We sent system design specialist, Dustin Segedahl, out to meet with the homeowner and inspect the problem areas. After some discussion, measurements and addressing budget - the decision was made to install wall anchors as well as to replace the egress window wells. The job was scheduled and completed on schedule. The homeowner can now rest assured his cabin wall is secure and that water will be kept at bay from those egress windows.
Home in Northfield, MN gets windows replaced with egress windows.
Home in St. Paul, MN gets PowerBraces installed in the basement to stop foundation settlement and stabilize the house. The cracks in the foundation alerted the homeowner that there was foundation settlement occurring.
After doing research online, homeowner from Saint Paul, MN, contaced the basement experts from Innovative Basement Systems regarding her failing foundation and water problems. We sent out system design specialist, Eric Rysdam, to meet with the homeowner and to see exactly what we needed to do to correct the home's structure. After thorough inspection, Eric's recommendations were for PowerBrace foundation repair system, Push Piers, WaterGuard drainage system as well as a TripleSafe sump pump.
Eric sat down with the homeowner and explained his findings in detail. He went over product recommendations, what to expect with installation, warranty information as well as the estimate for job completion. The homeowner was in agreement and we got the job completed without issue.
The homeowner feels great knowing her foundation is now secure and water worries are a thing of the past. If you need us - find us online, Facebook or just give us a call at 866-365-0097!
Homeowners, Althea and Lee from St. Paul, MN made the call to Innovative Basement Systems with concerns of settling throughout their home. They had doors and windows that were sticking, along with drywall that was cracking.
After meeting with our specialist, Eric, it was decided that SmartJack installation for additional support to the main floor would correct the sagging.
Althea and Lee were very pleased with the project, they can now can rest assured knowing their home is effectively supported and that their investment in the SmartJack support system is also warrantied for life.
Mounds View, MN homeowner called in requesting an estimate on waterproofing as he had water coming in where the walls met the floor. Upon inspection, there were numerous other home improvements he also wanted estimates on. After gathering two other bids - he moved forward on all project with TEAM Innovative. Our waterproofing solution included installation of a perimeter WaterGuard drainage system and placement of a SuperSump sump pump.
Another DRY basement in Mounds View, MN!
Before the sale of their home was final, homeowners from Lino Lakes wanted/needed to repair the foundation where the deck had settled and pulled away from the home. Innovative's system design specialist, Keith Hansen, met with the homeowners and performed an inspection. Recommendations were made for helical piers, as helical piers have a great deal of versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements.
The homeowner liked the proposal and the job was scheduled and completed without any problems.
Another foundation stabilized in Lino Lakes, Minnesota!
After searching on HomeAdvisor.com for foundation repair, Kale Construction of Minneapolis, MN, reached out to the experts at Innovative Basement Systems regarding foundation walls that were bowing and buckling. Foundation expert, Keith Hansen, visited the business and met with Brian E. to inspect the basement and consult with him on a solution.
Keith recommended Wall Anchors and CarbonArmor to Brian; going over the products, install processes, warranties and costs. Brian approved of the plan and the job was scheduled and completed as planned.
Another foundation stabilized in Minneapolis, MN!
A bowing wall and a sagging floor were no match for our engineered solutions. With installation of SmartJack supplemental supports and Wall Anchors, we were able to provide significant peace of mind as well as secure a much improved resale value.
Home in Coon Rapids, MN has peirs installed.
Homeowners from New Hope, MN, wanted to replace two egress windows and searched the Internet for contractors. They made the call to Innovative Basement Systems and met with system design specialist, Darrin Freetly. Darrin inspected the basement and exterior of the home and made recommendations for replacement with Minnkota windows and RockWell egress surrounds. The homeowners were impressed with the products and felt we were the right TEAM for the job. The new egress are beautiful!
If you are interested in learning more about egress window installation or replacement, call 877-365-0097 for your free estimate today!
After receiving our coupon in Valpak, homeowners from Plymouth, MN made the call to TEAM Innovative regarding cracks and moisture issues in their basement storage room. System design specialist, Keith Hansen, met with the homeowners and inspected the foundation. Keith recommended foundation repair with PowerBraces - which are adjustable, steel I-beam systems with two important benefits: stabilizing bowed or tilting walls, and (over time) forcing bowed or tilting wall sections back to their original position.
The homeowners were impressed with the patented and lifetime warranty of the PowerBrace and signed off on the contract immediately. What a load off their minds to know their foundation is stabilized and that we also an annual service if they desire our help with PowerBrace adjustments.
Homeowner from Plymouth, MN, searched the internet for a solution to his cracking and shifting basement foundation wall. He called on Innovative Basement Systems for a free estimate and system design specialist, Don Kropidlowski, met with him to offer his expert recommendations. Don presented wall anchors as a solution as they can counteract soil pressure by anchoring walls to stable, undisturbed soil outside the home. Thanks to threaded rods that extend through the wall, wall anchors can even be used to straighten walls in many cases.
The homeowner was confident with the proposal and the job was completed without any unexpected problems. Another foundation stabilized!
Homeowners in Wayzeta, MN, emailed the TEAM at Innovative regarding a cracked and bowing basement wall. The home was built in 1957 and it had the cracks when the homeowner purchased the home eight years ago - but was interested in the cost he'd be looking at to correct it. Owner, Keith Johnson, met with this homeowner and educated him on PowerBrace. The homeowner was impressed not only with the product, but was shocked to see the estimate under 5K for the job.
If you have bowing or cracked basement walls, call 877-365-0097 today!
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!
After seeing our coupon in Dollars & Sense, homeowners from Mora, MN called to request their free estimate on foundation repair. They had a wood foundation and one wall was bowing inward. They had a meeting with Eric, one of our system design specialists, and learned how wall anchors would permanently stabilize their wall.
Foundation walls are designed to support loads from above, not from the side. When side pressure on the wall exceeds the ability to withstand the force, they 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 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 most cases.
If you have cracked or bowing foundation walls, call 877-365-0097 today.
We LOVE word-of-mouth referrals! Buffalo, MN, homeowners reached out to Innovative regarding their bowing foundation walls. System design specialist, Chad Neegard, visited the homeowners and inspected the foundation. His recommendations were for Wall Anchors; wall anchor systems are installed by one of our in-house crews of foundation contractors. Upon the completion your foundation walls' inward movement should be immediately and permanently repaired.
After reviewing the product and process for installation, reviewing the lifetime warranty information and reviewing the estimate - the homeowners signed off and the job was on the books! Since completion, the homeowners haven't had to stress or worry about the integrity of the foundation of their home.
Home in Battle Lake, MN gains anchors and PowerBraces.
Home in Lake Park, MN has wall anchors installed.
Rental property owners from Lake Park, MN, contacted the foundation experts at Innovative Basement Systems regarding foundation walls that were bowing. System design specialist, Bradon Bach, met with property owners and inspected the foundation. Three walls were bowing. Bradon offered a solution which didn't require the sheetrock ceiling to be taken down - Wall Anchors were the perfect solution and the job was scheduled and completed without any problems - they were very happy with our solution!
This Fargo, ND home had PowerBraces and their foundation was repaired.
This home in Fargo, ND got windows replaced with egress windows.
Business in Fargo, ND gets shotcrete applied to their building structure.
After seeing our coupon in Valpak, Fargo, ND, homeowner called the TEAM at Innovative as he noticed his foundation beginning to settle 10 years ago. He said the doors and windows are sticking and he also let us know that he has stage 4 lung cancer, and that he wants his home to be secured for his sons, should anything ever happen to him. System design specialist, Jason Kratcha, visted with the homeowner and did an inspection of the foundation. Jason went over the advantages of using helical piers and how they have a great deal of versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements. They also have a 25 year warranty.
The homeowner was impressed and we got the job scheduled. Our products and services can change lives! Call today at 866-365-0097
Potential home buyer from Williston reached out to Innovative after putting in an offer on a Fargo home that was in need of foundation wall repair. System design specialist, Nick Westerholm, met with Kyle (the potential buyer) and his realtor to inspect the foundation and provide an estimate on stabilization. PowerBrace was the recommendation and Kyle was impressed with the product, warranty and put cash down to ensure his 5% savings. Once the home purchase was finalized - the job was scheduled and completed without any problems. Another foundation stabilized in Fargo!
After visiting our booth at the RRV Home & Garden Show, homeowners from Mapleton, ND, called the TEAM at Innovative Basement Systems regarding foundation repair. Jason Kratcha, system design specialist, visited the home and did a complete inspection. Homeowners noted the kitchen cabinets were pulling away from the ceiling and that there were cracks on the east side of the home.
Jason noted the crawlspace height was about 4' and the access was 3' x 4'. During his inspection he found half of the home's foundation to be settling and piers were the recommendation to prevent further settling. While repairs of this nature are not good news - at least we can protect your investment with minimal disruption to the home.
The project was complete and now the homeowners have peace of mind that their foundation is safe and secure.
After noticing cracks in their home's foundation walls, homeowners in Crookston, MN contacted Innovative to get the problem fixed. The Innovative team installed four PowerBraces along the cracking wall to stabilize it. The homeowners no longer have to worry about that foundation damage worsening.
This home in Fort Rice, North Dakota walls were bowing in. After a FREE estimate from Innovative Basement Systems Wall Anchors were used to keep them stable permanently.
Lee R. called Innovative Basement Systems with concerns of settlement. He met with system design specialist, Adam Johnson, who performed an inspection. Adam confirmed foundation settlement and went over the process for installation of Push Piers, and how they'd effectively lift the foundation back into place.
The contract was singed and the project was completed with excellent results.
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