Ryan has been in the structural and foundation business for his entire life. His father was a general contractor and Ryan ran his own excavation company for 18 years. Ryan has built everything from commercial and residential foundations and even road construction with his broad experience.
Ryan is professionally certified in basement, concrete and foundation repair. Additionally, he has a CDL A license and is certified in piering and wall stabilization.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys his motorcycle and spending time with his wife.
This Harsens Island homeowner wanted to build over his old garage and renovate it, but he had a problem. The interior and exterior blocks walls were covered in stair-step cracks and the structure was in bad shape. He wanted these repaired, so he called the experts at HomeSpec.
Our foundation specialists took a road trip (and then a ferry) up to Harsens Island to inspect the problem and provide a proposal. They ended up discovering that the cracks were a result of something more serious - foundation sinking. The problem would only get worse, and only fixing the cosmetic issues wouldn't solve anything.
This happens because the soil under the foundation is too unstable/loose to support it. Helical piers were needed to stabilize the structure. The piers are screwed deep into stronger, more competent soil. They anchor into the ground and the weight of the foundation is transferred to prevent further sinking. They can even lift the foundation to its original position!
Now that the garage is stabilized, the homeowner is excited to continue with his renovations!
These homeowners contacted HomeSpec about repairing the failing foundation of their 100-year-old home.
HomeSpec rebuilt some of the deteriorated blocks, then lifted the foundation and installed helical piers to stabilize the home.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec because the structural support in her crawl space was failing severely - causing the floors above to sag and creating a hazard. No one wants to live with bouncy floors!
To solve this problem, our crew installed SmartJack support posts throughout the crawl space. We also installed supplemental beams, replaced and sistered the joists, and replaced the old shims with steel plate shims. Then we encapsulated the crawl space with the CleanSpace vapor barrier and vent covers.
Beams were installed to stabilize basement walls that were cracked.
Our team installed a new egress window and vinyl window in Dundee.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec after she bought a home with severe foundation issues, including a wall that was cracked from top to bottom and bowing - and ultimately at risk of collapsing.
Our team of experts straightened the wall and pushed it back into place. It was waterproofed from the outside, and the cracks were repaired with our polyurethane sealant then reinforced by power grids on the inside. The walls were permanently stabilized by a carbon fiber system and a power brace system to prevent movement in the future.
This homeowner is now so happy and ready to enjoy her new home knowing her basement is stable and dry.
Jacks were installed to reinforce the foundation in the crawl space.
These customers contacted us about water coming up through their basement floor tiles. Upon inspection though, shearing and bowed walls were discovered.
Our crew rebuilt the sheared wall, then installed a wall stabilization system to prevent future water issues and protect the structural integrity of the home.
This homeowner contacted HomeSpec because a block wall in his crawl space was deteriorating.
This can danger the structural integrity of the home, so our crew rebuilt the severely damaged wall, and then encapsulated the entire crawl space with our CleanSpace vapor barrier to waterproof it.
This basement flooded after a bad storm because the homeowner's sump pump failed. Sadly, this is a common problem. Old sump pumps simply cannot handle high amounts of water.
After removing the damaged drywall, several cracked and damaged walls were discovered as well. The walls were deflecting inward and there was some shearing. This homeowner wanted to repair her basement and never have to worry about it again.
That's where HomeSpec comes in! Our team of experts curated a special solution to solve this problem. First, the basement needed to be waterproofed so we installed an interior drainage system with a sump pump. Our sumps can pump out thousands of gallons of water every hour - preventing this basement from flooding again. Next, the walls needed to be stabilized. We used the PowerBrace wall repair system and the carbon fiber system to prevent further damage and potentially straighten them.
The homeowner was looking for a long-term solution for keeping his basement dry after water started coming through the floor of his 100-year-old home.
This homeowner is a past HomeSpec customer, and contacted us to install an egress window.
Our crew installed the window with drainage, and window well with a cover to protect it from even the harshest elements.
This Vassar, Michigan homeowner contacted HomeSpec because his foundation was in bad shape. The walls were not only cracked and bowing inward, but water was also seeping in and causing damage. The structural integrity of the home was at risk, and the homeowner wanted a permanent solution.
HomeSpec stabilized the bowing walls and filled the cracks, and then waterproofed the basement with an interior drainage system. Now the walls are straight once more, and the basement is dry and healthy!
The HomeSpec crew ventured up to Caseville, sadly not for the famous Cheeseburger festival, but to repair some leaking cracks and rod holes. The homeowner wanted them permanently repaired, and wanted his basement waterproofed after experiencing water issues for many years. Living so close to the water, these issues are expected, but preventable.
Our crew sealed the cracks and rod holes to prevent them from leaking again. This is a common problem with poured concrete walls and we repair walls like this all the time. Then we installed an interior drainage system connected to a sump pump to waterproof the basement.