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" was responsive, professional, and courteous. He clearly explained what he would need to do and the timeframe within which he could complete" the job. While the job was being completed we spoke almost daily, often in person, to discuss what was done and whether or not I was satisfied with the result. The work was completed on time and the results were excellent. ’s masonry team is professional and polite. Multiple neighbors have asked for ’s contact information after seeing the results. On his initial visit to provide an estimate, recommended changing the pitch of the stones in part of our patio to divert water from a concrete retaining wall by the exterior basement steps. Although this was not part of what I had originally called him for, I was convinced by his reasoning and agreed. Since the work was done, the concrete retaining wall, which had previously been damp much of the year and was growing moss, has remained dry and clean despite many heavyrainstorms. I would not hesitate to call again for future masonry work.

-Arnob B.

"Mr. 's crew did a fantastic job! The foundation under the front porch had crumbled away after the harsh winter we just had. The fact" that the house is about 100 years old didn't help either. They removed all the compromised parge coat and redid the entire foundation in a smooth coat of beautiful, clean light gray concrete. They also placed a of soil / clay mix around the perimeter to move water away from the foundation. Considering all the work they did, and how beautifully it turned out, the price was a bargain. Especially given that Mr. is so highly rated on Angie's List and so highly regarded by other contractors. I called my waterproofer (also fabulous - Waterproofing) for a recommendation, and (the owner) asked "Did you call ?" That, to me, is saying something. And he had the best price of all the others! This is definitely my go to contactor for any future concrete needs. HIGHLY recommended.

-Colleen P.

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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).


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are job was to start on Monday Sept 15,2014 on Sunday night Sept14th I received a call at 8 oclock at night tell me they had to conceal the job because the foremans wife was in the hospital and they didn't know when they would be able to start the job grant you all of our belongings are outside because this was to be a 1 day job, get a call tuesday ...More morning they will be here Wed morning so they show up drill holes in my basement start to fill and 20 min later comes and tells me the truck broke down on top of that on top of that the sells man come to us and says that the job is going to take much longer and be alot more than what he said in the beginning we went from being told the job would be a few thousand dollar to it's going to be at least 3 weeks to a month before the job could be done and now the cost is 22,000 dollars we like to drop to the floor so we felt stuck all our stuff is sitting outside we need this job done A.s.a.p so later that afternoon i get a call from tell me he will have 2 truck come in the next day mid morning so my husband takes off work to be here 12:30 and still no one shows he calls and he tells him they won't be coming they had something come up never called us just left us waiting like fools at this point my husband has had enough 3 chances and still can't get it right need less to say we told they we no longer wanted them for the job they were not dependable and could careless about our time,belonging or our home and respond ok that's fine that's it not I'm sorry or let us work this out nothing they were the most unprofessinal people I have ever dealt with now we stuck with our belonging outside holes in the floor and trying to find another contractor which could take months.
- Tammy L.

It started with , the representative who showed up when we first purchased the house. I wanted him to evaluate the basement before we had the mold remediation people in to demolish & treat everything. He started right off asking me what I intended to use the basement for- did I intend on finishing it? Keeping it unfinished? ...More This gave him an idea of how thorough we needed to be with our solution. He likes to have history to go on, but since we could not get that information from the seller (who professed the basement had been dry the whole time he had it), we had to base it on evidence of water that already existed. He up a proposal for a French Drain and vapor around the whole basement.
came back several days later when the mold remediation guys had done the demolition so he could see what the foundation looked like behind an old wall and we decided that the water was only coming in through the up-hill side of the basement and that we could get away with just putting the French Drain on one side (leaving the down-grade side untreated). In his words, I was taking a calculated gamble, assuming that the downhill grade would remain dry if the water was being addressed on the uphill side. I decided to go with it since it cut half the cost out of the quote. He was able to pin-point one corner in particular that should get extra treatment, so they dug down outside the foundation and treated it with a to prevent water from coming in. We also agreed that the basement walls didn't need a vapor in addition to what the mold remediation people did, but kept the vapor for the crawl space.
We expected the job to last 2 days. The crew of 4-5 guys showed up that morning and promptly went to work -hammering out the basement concrete, digging the trench for the drain, installing the piping, sump pump and stone work before covering it back over with concrete. They hit a drain line with the jackhammer and repaired that as well. I periodically checked in on them and asked questions to ensure they weren't taking any short cuts and to inspect the quality of the materials they were using (since much of it would be buried when the day was over). I was pleased every time I went down to inspect their work. They were courteous and considerate- even asking if they could drive over the grass to turn their truck around when I expected they'd be tearing up the lawn to get at the foundation anyway.
They got the job done in one day. It was a cold day (below 30 all day) and they were out there with shovels using the headlights from their truck for light while they shoveled the dirt back in after they'd treated the foundation. If I have any criticisms at all, it's that they left our large washer, dryer and utility sink unhooked and in the middle of the cellar floor because the concrete needed 3 days to dry. I need to have a friend come over and move them back and (luckily) I'm handy enough to hook the plumbing back up to the utility sink. It's been raining and, so far, no water. So I am pleased with the care these guys took in addressing my needs, not over-doing it, and getting the job done right.
- Tod C.

was overall a pleasure to work with. A very professional, knowledgeable, and fair company. They are family owned and do not sub work out to others. They were punctual and cleaned up when finished. Very happy with the results.
- Clint M.

The project started in mid-March, and continued on until the middle of September. His men were there every day it wasn't raining. There was scaffolding along our wall for much of the summer. The repairs ( showed us the problems from before and after) we fixed to excellence. is constitutionally ...More incapable of cutting corners or finding makeshift fixes-- his fixes are done right, and after that will not be a problem again. His people are stellar.
Moreover, helped us on projects for free that he wasn't involved with-- I called him in an emergency when my refrigerator water line was leaking, and he talked me through how to fix it.


I wish we called Di Fatta before hiring a "basement waterproofer"! And I wish all contractors had 's (and sons) work ethic. promptly returned my first call, and soon thereafter he came by to look at the required work. We initially only wanted him to repoint the ...More masonry but he had the expertise to address the landscaping problem so we decided to do that as well. We are not sorry.
The crew of 2-3 masons came on time each morning, steadily worked away at each wall, and cleaned up before leaving the site. During the masonry portion, a mound of borrow soil was dropped off in our yard. Then and others used heavy equipment to strategically place and then compact the soil. We had one change when we added some stone removal work to provide a pass-thru for new ductwork, and they were able to easily and professionally accommodate this during the other work.
and his team rendered the new french drain/sump pump system as redundant (installed by another contractor) . Since the masonry and regrading project was completed, we have only used that system when rinsing the floors before painting them.
Masonry work is not cheap; it's labor-intensive and a dying art. We got other quotes that were in the same ballpark for the masonry work, so we know 's price was fair (even if it seemed high). I would not hesitate to use S. Di Fatta and Sons again.

was very professional and gave me a reasonable price for the work that he suggested be done. I received three estimates and ended up going with a competitor, but all were close in scope and price. I would call on again to give me an estimate for repairs, and wouldn't hesitate to recomment that people ...More call for help.
- Edward E.

I was extremely pleased with the performance of URI. While they are not the cheapest guys in town, their professionalism and performance provide great value for the money. in addition, I had a deadline that required URI to prosecute the work timely. They met my deadline and worked hard to meet it. First of all, only a few firms really know how to work ...More on older masonry row houses. URI has been doing it for years and are true experts. knows how these house were built, where the potential problems are and how to fix them. He knows the time it takes and what to do and he knows what to check for before problems turn into change orders. He knows what and how to get the permits necessary from the city to do the work and deal with parking and access. Further, the firm is committed to making the project easy on the homeowner and the neighbors around issues like noise, parking, site cleanliness, etc. His team is absolutely outstanding. Failkowski was the lead and his attention to detail and keeping the team moving was critical to the projects success. , , and were there constantly over. 2 week period and while all have different skills, they work seamlessly as a team. URI also used some subcontractors for certain elements ( like column manufacture and HVAC) but you would never know they were not full time URI employees. This team showed up every morning at 7:30, worked thoroughly until 4:30 ( sometimes was there later) and always cleaned the site thoroughly before leaving. I was so confident in their professionalism that after 2 days, I vacated the space and let them work on their own. While I talked to or every day, I did not physically return until the project was complete 10 days later. I cannot describe the attention to detail, the pride they take in their work and the way they constantly try to please the client. Further, if they see small things that need to be done in the course of the work, they just do it..no change orders . It is important to undstand that this project was both technically and physically demanding. They followed the engineer's design well and when conflicts or questions arose, they dealt directly with the engineer to make it right. They go overboard to protect the living spaces, floors, and furniture from dirt and dust. When they were finished, we almost did not need a cleaning. Two of our neighbors commented to me when I returned how good and friendly the URI folks were around cleanup and parking. Bottom line--- I could not be happier. URI did the work better than I expected, at the bid cost with no change orders, in the timeframe promised. The best contractor I have ever worked with. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
- John E.

There was a slight mix-up re. the start time, but once we got past that everything went smoothly. The two employees who did the work were courteous and thorough. They cleaned up after the job was done and ensured I was happy with the work before signing off on the job.
- Linda H.

Foundation Contractors in Baltimore

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A A Action Waterproofing Inc

805 Barkwood Court
Linthicum Heights

A-1 Eastern Shore Waterproofing

5605 Bayberry Way

abikat costruction llc

3011 st johns ln
Ellicott City

Additions Etc LLC

2513 Steel Ave

Affordable Basement Waterproofing

2710 Mountain Rd

All About Waterproofing Inc

2602 Laurel Brook Rd

All Aspects Waterproofing

8735 Bollman Pl

Allmaster Builders Inc

7609 Energy Pky
Curtis Bay

Always Waterproofing L.L.C.

516 Greenwood Rd
Linthicum Heights

Ameri-Dry Waterproofing

Servicing Maryland & Virginia
Hunt Valley


10602 Guilford Road

American Home Specialists

13221 Mockingbird ln

American Mold & Restoration

3540 Crain Hwy

American Professional Chimney & Masonry

4519 Buchanan St.

Aquaguard Waterproofing

6820 Distribution Dr.

Armored Basement Waterproofing

9942 Bird River Rd

AROCON Roofing & Construction

101 John Street

Artisan Construction Inc

1610 S Shore Pkwy

ASY services llc

356 Chaptico S.

At Your Home Services

17716 Crystal Spring Ter

Autumn Contracting Enterprises

4147 Glen Park Road
Perry Hall

B-Dry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair

1344A W Nursery Rd
Linthicum Heights

Ballard Enterprises LLC

1371 Saint Stephens Church Rd

Basement Innovations Waterproofing

7554 Rickenbacker Dr

Basement Masters

1680 E Gude Dr,

Basement Systems USA

2092 E Old Philadelphia Rd


1430 Galena Rd

BD&D Home Improvements

4106 Edmondson Ave

Best Deal Home Improvement LLC



1833 York Rd
Lutherville Timonium

Blake & Sons Contracting, LLC

8019 Belair Rd. ste.11

BLD Concrete Construction Co.

354 Constitution Court
Glen Burnie

Blue River Pool Services LLC

1705 Cosner Rd
Forest Hill

bocchetta and sons

550 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park

Brad Ferrone

6203 Fair Oaks ave.

Brick House Brown Masonry, Inc

1800 N Smallwood St


6230 holabird ave.

Building Concepts Design and Development

935 Sunset Valley Dr


5409 Belle Vista Ave.

C.A.R.E. Home Improvement

505 Milton Ave
Glen Burnie

Cardinale Construction Inc

1620 Saint Agnes Ln
Gwynn Oak

Chaney Construction

5968 Montgmery Rd

Chavis Enterprises LLC

PO Box 451

Chesapeake Contracting LLC

13111 Miles Rd.
Middle River

Chesapeake Environmental Landscape

6755 Business Parkway, #111


3206 Art Hall Ln

Clarksville Construction Services

9050 Red Branch Rd

Concepts Response

3855 Rt 97

Concrete Existence, LLC

PO Box 24
Forest Hill

Concrete Impressions Inc

404 B Dyer Avenue

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St

Concrete Master Solutions LLC

11307 Halethorpe Ter

Cooper Restoration & Remodeling. LLC

2017 Bloomingdale Rd.

D2 Contractors LLC

5427 Mount Gilead Rd

Dan Nichols Contractor

5777 White Rock Road


2603 E Northern Pkwy

Dave's Masonry

Atlantic Av

Del Prete Masonry

13548 Jarrettsville Pike

Dimitri's Home Improvement Inc

929 Stormont Cir

Disaster Response Inc

8200 Greensboro Dr

Edge Energy

6854 Distribution Dr

EMA Contracting, LLC

213 N. Union Ave.
Havre De Grace

Eminence Group, LLC

2201 Warwick Way

Empire Builders Inc

1962 Sigfrid Ct

Fallston Remodeling & Carpentry INC.

1120 Sturbridge Road



FMT Construction Services, LLC

2216 Queensbury Dr

Fresh Start Construction

1212 Whittington Dr

Garver's Construction

4011 Mountain Road

Green Earth Companies, LLC.

1421 E. Baltimore Street

Green Shift Energy

707 President St Apt 925

Greenview Contractor's

2812 smith avenue


12 National Dr

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd

Hands-On Construction Co., Inc.

515 Dorchester Road

Hapsburg Construction

4 Nashua Ct

Harbor & Waterford Corp.

6012 Harford Road

Harbor Kitchen Design

6012 Harford Rd

Hayes Construction

14307 Jarrettsville Pike

Heagy Construction

1349 N Bend Rd

Hernandez Masonary, LLC

8916 Twelve Sons Ct

Hoemasters Inc

7380 Guilford Road

Home Contractors Plus

8402 Quill Point Dr

Honey Do Handyman Service

2992 Friends Road

I AM Painting, Remodeling & Roofing

2512 Pleasantville Rd


St Johns Drive

Inti Enterprises, Luis Maldonado

1205 Overbrook Road

J & G Masonry & General Contractors

620 German Chapel Rd.
Prince Frederick

jakes stoneworks

286 Creek blvd

James Contracting Inc

2911 Constellation Way

Jamison Caulking, Sealants & Services LLC

11308 Old Hopkins Rd

Jblawnscapes llc

8033 jumpers hole rd

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway

JJM Home Improvements Inc

8185 Ritchie Hwy

JLI Services Inc.

13318 Keating Street

John Roberts Roofing

603 Baltic Ave # B

Kat Construction Services, LLC

2108 Emmorton Park Rd

Landscaping By Design

132 Severn Way

Lavira Corp

830 Hollins St

Leon Builders LLC

2750 North Rosedale Street

Levelift Foundations LLC

10370 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City

Louis Sebastian Contractor

11215 Old Carriage Rd
Glen Arm



M Taylor Enterprise

9914 Tenbrook Dr
Silver Spring

Manns unnique design

902 nabbs creek road

Maryland Waterproofing & Radon Reduction Inc

8259 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd



MH Construction, Inc

PO Box 124
Linthicum Heights

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing

9145 Guilford Rd

Mike & Larry's Handyman Service

2525 Wentworth Rd

Miller Contracting Group, LLC

103 Chessie Court

MJ Home Services LLC

4367 Hollins Ferry Rd


4516 Wards Chapel Rd
Owings Mills

Mr Basement

832 Oregon Ave
Linthicum Heights

NV Waterproofing

7780 Progress Ct

Old Time Contractors Inc

211 Adam Smith Street

One Source Contracting LLC

550 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park

Oriole Basement Waterproofers

1806 N. Fountain Green Rd
Bel Air

Post & Beam Design/Build

14346 Jarrettsville Pike #400

Premier HomePro (240) 223-7034

37 Maryland Ave

Property Restoration Services, LLC

501 W Main St

Prosperity Foundation

772 Harmony Avenue

Pyramid Homeworks LLC

2021 Sue Creek Dr

QOdesh Engineering

30 w. 25th street

Quality Waterproofing, LLC

8425 Norwood Dr

Robinson's Concrete

979 Wayside Drive

Rohe Construction

9420 Berkley lane

Ryan Construction Co

8920 Avenue B
Sparrows Point

S DiFatta Mason Contractor & Sons

413 Osage Rd

Sellars Concrete Contractors LLC

6285 Shady Side Road
Shady Side

SHEREMOS home remodeling and renovations

1819 W. Saratoga st

Simply Marvelous Remediations

4 Park Place

Smart Home Services

15 W. Aylesbury Rd.
Lutherville Timonium

Smith & Sons Contracting Co Inc

8131 Solley Rd

Spiegel Masonry

7410 Hawkins dr

Squash Blossom Remodeling

2516 Madison Ave.

Stevens Contracting & Restoration, Inc.

767 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Severna Park

Storm Waterproofing LLC

718 Cabin Branch Lane
Linthicum Heights

Straka Contracting LLC

4428 Brittany Dr
Ellicott City

Suncrest Home Services

1226 Prospect Mill Rd.
Bel Air

Superior Design & Restoration

8902 Cowenton Rd
Perry Hall



The Village Carpenter

PO Box 285

Thornton Home Improvement Inc

5850 Waterloo Rd Ste 140

Timothy's Home Improvement

1591 Bentley Cir.
Bel Air



Triad Basement Waterproofing Inc

205 N Frederick Ave

Tru Integrity

9652 Whiteacre Rd #1

Unique Resources Inc

917 S Hanover St

Universal Maintenance

65173 Seventh Road

University of MD Surgical Associates PA

419 W Redwood St

Vachino Masonry Construction

17 Glen Dairy Ct

VAK Construction Company, LLC


Value Dry Waterproofing

8735 Bollman Pl

We Can Fix That

5510 Greenfield Ave

Welcome Home Decks

2460 Johnson Mill Rd
Forest Hill

Worldwide Concrete

8259 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

X-press Contracting.com LLC

PO Box 9044

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