Birmingham Foundation Repair Specialists

in Birmingham, AL

46
Foundation Repair Specialists are
in Birmingham

16
Foundation Repair Specialists in Birmingham
are top rated

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Braden P.
"They were very punctual, professional, and explained all the work very well. Work was completed quickly. I would recommend them in the future.
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Dan C.
"It was not a great experience. The owner is
. It was a 4 1/2 month project. From the man in charge to the subs he used, there were not any bright spots. It started" out with great hope and good intentions. Some of the subs were sub-par. The city had to come back a minimum of 3 times and reinspect the work done by the plumber. I'm not convinced I am free and clear of any plumbing problems. The electricians did an average job by today's standards. There were certain areas they fell a little short of code. I went in behind the work and took care of certain issues because I am gifted in that area but I shouldn't have had to. The contract was blown out of the water by 23 percent. The only shining star in his whole operation was his framer. His framer did conscientious work. His crew was there when they said they would and did what they needed to do. The work they did was technically good. They did not cut corners. They seemed very on top of things. The masonry crew was probably a group of illegals. The heating and air guys were dumb and dumber. They had to come back and rework some issues. I don't want the plumber or heating and air guys back in because they have had their try. The whole experience overall was negative and I would never recommend the individuals for various reasons. Every time they came it seems to get worse so I don't want them back in my house.
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Anna H.
"I noticed back in
that walls in my den were 'splitting'. upon further inspection, 2 walls were vertical random width/length 3/4' flooring planks" & the remaining walls paneling. The adjacent bath was shower board which was also splitting.
came out the 1st week of August for a job estimate & his crew started job 10 days later. Job was done on time according to contract. His crew was punctual, clean, & very professional. They were also good about cleaning up daily after work. During this job, another problem involving the foundation was found. A previous shower
leak had caused wood rot with the foundation & had been 'fixed' with 2x4s and 4x4s that were in contact with the crawl space.
had a foundation specialist come in and attach steel beams, remove rotten wood, & fix the problem correctly. Highly recommend!

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Angie's Answers

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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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     There are two types of cracks in foudation walls, horizonal and vertical. The vertical is from settling and usually is not that bad a repair onec the settling stops or the cause is fixed. A horizontal crack in my opinion worse unless it happened right as the house was built and it was backfilled incorrectly. That should have been fixed at that time though. Horizontal cracks are a sign of lateral pressure due to either a water problem, improper wall sizing or a combination of these. In these conditions I have always felt complete excavation outside the wall and reconstruction is your best approach with the proper sized block or concrete wall with buttresses as needed.

     You mention the future sale of the home and I would think the total replacement would be the best way as it will not leave any red flags. The steel plating would point to the problem and I can just think of all that would go through a buyers mind. Little things like how long will it be before the plate rusts out and needs to be replaced, even though it would probable last a long time.

     I would think you should spend the money on a consult with a structural engineer and get a written report on the problem and his recommendations as to the best repair. It will help with any future sale of the home. Without drawings the consult should be less than $500. I would bet he would recommend total replacement.

 

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I hope I am reading the question correctly.  By added work, I assume you are speaking of change orders or additional work as opposed to the original work he contracted for? I think there are very few occasions that it would be wise to pay a contractor in full up front for work on the main contract that you are hireing him for. BUT, It is quite common that a general contractor will charge for (and should be paid), all change orders 100% upfront, as changes are typically very disruptive to a building process. Charging up front is somewhat to discourage changes as well as to not make the builder deal with chasing after money at least if he has to work quickly to modify his schedule due to the change at hand. It should have been spelled out in his contract with you prior to the start of the job that that was the agreement for how changes would be handled.

 

Some unscrupulous customers can also contract for work that they don't actually have the money for and then it puts the builder at a disadvantage at the end of the project when trying to collect. so basically doing a change is a courtesy so paying changes up front is part of reciprocating and extending courtesy back.

 

Also, check with some of his references and referral customers and find out if they too had the same experience and see if it worked out ok for them. 

Foundation Repair reviews in Birmingham

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My property was experiencing soil erosion underneath the deck area at the foundation. If left unchecked, water would have begun to damage my foundation. The complication was that there was an existing ground-level cement extension next to the base of the house. Garland, his son and their crew managed to trench underneath all of this and poured a new cement
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, protecting my foundation. In addition, he recommended an extension to the rain downspout. The extension was buried underground and water will now exit further away from the house. Garland impressed me as someone who had seen it all before and could handle whatever situation he might encounter. He was prompt in beginning the job and was quick to complete it. Since he had all the equipment needed to do the job, I asked him to take care of a situation at the front of the house. An additional cement step was added to the front of my house. I am very pleased with the service received.
- John G.
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I have bought and lived in a lot of homes in different areas of the country. This was by far the most through home inspection I have received. The inspector covered the electrical, heat and air, appliances, plumbing, windows and doors, foundation. He checked the entire home from the attic to the basement. Very professional, prompt and courteous. The inspection was to last 2.5-3hrs. He was still working at the home when I left after 4hrs. Would highly recommend this company.
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- Carol M.
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They dug down to the foundation of my home in 3 places to install anchors to try to lift the foundation to fix a crack in the brick. They told me that sometimes the lift works but not always. In my case it did not but that the foundation would not drop any further. They mortared the crack and filled in the holes they dug. They did not secure my downspout back to my house but I've requested they come out and fix this about a week ago. So far they haven't done so but I believe they will. Another request may be necessary but I'm sure they want to keep their customer's happy..
This is the second time I used Foundation Repair. I also used them to install foundation
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in my crawl space. They installed 14 at a cost of approx.. $4,100. I had a crack at the countertop and backsplash in the kitchen. When the sales person first walked in he could see the dip in the floor before even getting out his level. The foundation
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raised the floor as desired. They even made sure that my interior doors closed properly and fixed the one that didn't.
I feel that they went above and beyond to make me a happy customer.
- Sandy K.
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My wife and I are selling our home, and the buyers' home inspector noted a mold-like substance inside the garage. He speculated that the cause could be water intrusion from the other side of the wall, which abuts a sidewalk on the side of the home. The buyers requested repairs both inside and out. With limited time to respond to the buyers, I researched waterproofing and mold professionals, and found that
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does both. I called
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at 8 a.m. one morning, and he was at our home by 9:15 a.m. He assessed both the mold substance and evaluated the exterior for potential waterproofing problems. A dishonest man could have easily said repairs were necessary, knowing that I likely would have to do them to sell my home. But
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concluded that absolutely nothing was necessary on the exterior of the home. He even drafted a report for me to provide to the buyers, explaining that water was properly draining. I learned later that the buyers called him, and he did not hesitate to talk to them about their concerns.
We hired
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to remediate the mold substance. The crew was on-time, friendly, and they closed everything up since no one was at home when the job was completed.
Throughout the whole process,
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has communicated promptly, comprehensively, and clearly. He went above-and-beyond what I would expect from most of his competitors. And while I hope I never need his services, I will certainly call upon him in the future if I have any mold or waterproofing issues.
- Jason T.
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Garland and his son
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met with us regarding the repairs and had worked with our engineer on other homes. We were aware that we would need modification to existing plumbing, gas lines and hvac duct work. We received a very fair estimate the next day, felt very good in our initial interaction and did not seek out another estimate.
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was in charge of our work and was on the job site every step of the way. He worked very well with the other companies who had to do the modifications as discussed above and did not leave them as the work was being done. This allowed us to work and not have to be here for those jobs.
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was very accessible by phone and would give us updates as the job went on. This job also required city inspectors to review work as the job progressed and
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handled those on site inspections as well. We trusted this company and gave them a key to allow work to be done while we were at work.
- MELINDA H.
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.The contractor assessed the source of the water leaking into our basement. He was adamant that he could not guarantee that his
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repair would work, but he wanted to try it before embarking on the expensive task of digging down and resealing the basement. Since the leak had just appeared recently (and after some gardening work in that area), we agreed to risk the $1000 to try to caulk up the holes and regraded the soil near the leak.
They came on time, finished on time, worked neatly and, most importantly, seemed to be effective in the results of the repair.
I definitely would use them again even though, I felt, that the little time that it took them to repair did not seem to be worth $1000. On the other hand, I do not really know what a fair price is.
- lincoln B.
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My home inspection recommended some foundation work. I got an estimate from Garland
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to find out the cost before purchasing the house. This is my first house, and he was so nice to take his time to explain everything to me. He said the repair was not urgent & I could wait a couple of years if I wanted to. I felt like he was being honest with me & have since learned that he is highly regarded in the construction industry here. A few months later, he called & said that although he knew I had planned on delaying the work until next year, that their work load was very slow, so he could offer me a discount. I took advantage of the opportunity & have been pleased with the work.
- Mona M.

All Foundation Repair Specialists in Birmingham, AL

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1 Alabama Property Services

2012 Southwood drive
Alabaster

A & A Construction &Roofing

5608 ave k
Birmingham

A Long Homes

5954 Coleman Lake Road
Mc Calla

ALABAMA PROFESSIONAL SERVICE INC

3340 RICHWOOD AVE
Birmingham

ALABAMA RESTORATION-WTRPRFNG

11208 Gallups Crossroad
Harpersville

ANCLA Construction

2721 Driving Range
Cropwell

AQI Inspection Services

4688 Bridgewater Rd
Birmingham

AQUA-GUARD WATERPROOFING

125 5th Ave. N. E.
Alabaster

B-Dry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair

143 Distribution Dr
Birmingham

Birmingham Income Properties

5330 Stadium Trace Parkway Suite 100
Hoover

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

BOB WHITLEY DECORATING INC

2719 19TH PL S
Birmingham

CG Contracting

2332 Burns Ln
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

1025 Montgomery HWY, Ste 207
Birmingham

D & G Construction

6710 US HWY 278 East

Deca Construction

7213 Groundhog Rd
Morris

Dwyer of Alabama

6083 Schumacher Park Dr

Exterior Waterproofing

505 20th St N Suite 1115
Birmingham

FOUNDATION REPAIRS & HOME

500 13TH ST N
Bessemer

Holland Homes LLC

421 Opelika Road
Auburn

Howard Rigsby Construction

8439 1st Avenue
Leeds

J.C Remodeling

950 Rainwood lodge rd.
Quinton

Jenkins Brick - Pelham

2299 Pelham Pkwy
Pelham

John Dunn Construction

1507 Morning Sun Circle
Birmingham

North Alabama Builders

311 County Road 1387
Vinemont

Precision Services LLC

6632 Warrior River Road
Bessemer

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr Ste A

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

South East Concrete LLC

4213 Mountain Top Road
Birmingham

Southern Renovations & Construction, LLC

5235 Pinson Valley Parkway
Pinson

StoneCrest Home Builders

1747 Russet Woods Lane
Birmingham

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Trent Thrasher Construction

3053 Steele Station Road
Rainbow City

URBAN SCAPES

5504 1st Avenue N
Birmingham

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