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"We live in a house that was built in 1925 and have been battling water in our unfinished basement every time we would get several days of moderate to heavy rain." Even when the weather was good, the basement always seemed kind of damp. With all of the rain this year, we finally decided it was time to do something. We weren't looking to finish our basement, just create a reliable, dry storage and work space. We got three estimates from major basement waterproofing companies in Columbus and we were able to get the biggest bang for our buck with . was great - he listened carefully to my goals and only suggested stuff we needed to meet those goals -- nothing more. When it was time to do the work, the crew couldn't have been better. We had heard stories from some of our neighbors about their experiences ranging from uncomfortable to downright awful. These guys were very respectful of our space, tried to keep dust to a minimum, maintained good communication and had the work done quickly and efficiently. We had a minor issue with our discharge line after they were done and they came out to repair it on the same day. we've had numerous people work on our house over the past few years and these guys would be right up at the top. The efficacy of their solution is still TBD (still waiting on a big rain), but we already notice a huge difference in the air in our basement (much drier - no more musty smell, etc.) The quality of the materials (underground drainage system, sump pump) seem to be of good quality as well.

-Phil B.

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"My sump pump was not working...It probably hasn't worked since the house was built. I don't have problems in my basement...but If I have a broken sump" pump....I needed to replace it with a working one. They did the job...replaced the pump...I assume it's working...we don't seem to get water in our sump drain but if it appears...hopefully, the sump pump will remove it!

-Sandra M.

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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.
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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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They were prompt, explained the process, answered questions, and got the work done in a timely fashion. The only tiny issue we had was the slight difference between the pictures (in a very nice, thick booklet they provided) and the actual strap installation. They picture showed all straps completely to the floor when all of ours weren't, and the ...More picture showed a different type of top anchor. The installation gentleman took the time to explain the installation and variance to us. There was also a slight snafu on the end billing because we changed the number of straps from 14 to 11 a day after speaking with . No problem in straightening it out, though. contacted us promptly and fixed everything. Overall, the experience was as pleasant as home repairs can be, and the issues minor -- both explained and fixed. The only reason we gave a B on quality was because of these minor issues. If an A- would have been available, that's what I would have chosen.
- Joetta B.
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He suggested we get all of our drains checked and find out what is blocking the water from getting to the sump pump. He felt we should get this checked before doing any waterproofing system. I appreciated his honesty about the situation especially after some of the high pressure tactics some of the basement water proofing companies have tried to use ...More on us. If we need to do more work after the drains are checked then he is the first one I will call.
- ANNETTE H.
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It went very well. We knew a large area of the floor wasn't level by about 1 1/4" because a wall wasn't load bearing that probably should have been, but the sales person did not add that service to the price. Instead, he made a note of it for the workers to look into. After the project had begun, I was given an explanation of what needed ...More to be done to raise the floor and given a price. They quickly adjusted their plans to pour the concrete and install the smart before finishing the encapsulation.

They finished in two days. The floor was raised 1/2", which is guaranteed to stay that way, but we are responsible for raising the floor further every three months until it is level, if possible. The floor feels more solid and it is noticeably more level. They also did the necessary things to do the job, like rerouting the drier vent and rerouting a duct.

The encapsulation is working as expected. The crawl space is now room temperature and the above room's floor is also room temperature.
- Samuel G.
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Everything was okay. Then we ripped the floors up to replace the rot and wear of the flooring. I then noticed that the bricks were not lined up striaght and that their was cement spilled all over and that there were gaps in between the bricks. I am trying to get the house ready for rent. Without this being fixed correctly I am not able to get the other work done.
- Gloria E.
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Things went well. They rescheduled to do the work due to weather issues. They were on time and did a great job. I was happy with their work.
- BETTY H.
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measured the deflection, or amount of bowing, in the wall to attempt to determine the severity of the problem.
Luckily, the deflection is so small that the wall may have simply been built that way.
was very honest and professional and immediately told me that if it were his house, he wouldn't ...More do any thing more than cosmetic maintenance with some primer and perhaps a hydraulic cement.
I will not hesitate to call them again if I have future basement issues or concerns.
- David A.
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Our brick fronted garage had suffered water damage from gutters that were improperly mounted (whch were fixed prior to the pointing). The mortar was deteriorating and the facing and the front door stonework had separated.
Within a week of my calling, and came out and gave ...More an estimate. We were so impressed with their knowledge, that we contracted with them that day.
The work was done within the following two weeks (working around the wacky weather), and we are extremely satisfied.
- GREGORY H.
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There was a slight communication hiccup due to their whole crew going on a weeklong cruise (they certainly deserved a vacation!) and I had to nudge them a few days after they got back to get things going again. They were very good about bumping me up in the schedule due to a family emergency that arose--it made it possible for me to move into the house ...More sooner than I otherwise could have. They did an excellent, 100% professional job.
- MICHAEL S.

Foundation Contractors in Columbus

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1st Choice Glass Block LLC

3159 Berlin Station Rd
Delaware

A-1 Concrete Leveling

2199 Lockbourne Rd
Columbus

A1 Contracting

3 Skyline Dr.
South Bloomfield

AA ALWAYS AFFORDABLE

1933 E DUBLIN GRANVILLE RD
Columbus

ABC Masonry Construction Ltd

279 Kramer st
Canal Winchester

Able Contractors LLC

2671 sawbury blvd
Columbus

Affordable Basement Solutions

5936 Stemen Rd
Pickerington

Affordable Construction and Repairs

7321 Fall Creek Lane
Columbus

All Home Roofs & Siding LLC

3051 Lamb Ave
Columbus

All Ohio Masonry Restoration Inc

1020 Brentnell Ave.
Columbus

Ashby Home Repair

3417 Crandon St.
Hilliard

Austin Services

17775 Woodview Dr
Marysville

AW Construction

4860 Briargrove Dr
Groveport

B-Level Ltd

5020 Basil Western Rd
Baltimore

Basement Remedy

6269 Lithopolis Rd
Carroll

Basement Repair Specialists Inc

2974 Valleyview Dr
Columbus

Beacom Construction Co LLC

5437 County
Cardington

Beaty Contracting

1222 Shagbark Rd

Berk Built, Construction Services, LLC

8078 Ashland Ct
Canal Winchester

BKM Construction LLC

237 Curtis Street
Delaware

Bobcat And Backhoe Service - Gil Goodheil

2777 Liebs Island Rd.
Millersport

BONE DRY WATERROOFING INC

175 Outerbelt St
Columbus

Bradford Builders LLC

133 Helmbright Dr
Columbus

BRADLEY HAJOST ENTERPRISES, LLC

424 E Mulberry St
Lancaster

Brothers Masonry LLC

299 Merchant st.
Newark

Buckeye Basement Systems

2951 US Highway 42
Cardington

C. K. Enterprises

830 Franklin Ave
Lancaster

Cain's Construction LLC

7760 Gorman Dr
Columbus

Capaldo Construction, LLC

751 Northwest Blvd Ste 100
Columbus

Chris Ruh Cement Co

41 S Grant Ave
Columbus

Claggett & Sons Inc

3396 Sharon Valley Rd NE
Newark

Columbus Home Makeover LLC

5018 Gore St
Canal Winchester

Committed Construction Company

901A Robinwood
Whitehall

Contracting Solutions LLC

6118 Westerville Rd
Westerville

Countryside Renovations

10550 Crouse-Willison Rd.
Johnstown

Criterium Liszkay Engineers

110 N HIGH ST
Columbus

Custom Touch Homes

1621 Deer View Cir
Mansfield

D.Conley Construction

6399 Tussic St
Westerville

Daniel Whinnery

570 Tresham Rd
Columbus

Details, Details Inc.

3700 Riverside Dr. #801
Columbus

Dukes Concrete

62 Rockcreek
Drive

DWYER CONCRETE LIFTING

5650-3B GROVEPORT RD
Groveport

Eco Construction Services LLC

5661 Blacks Road
Pataskala

EnhanceIt

Columbus

Everdry Waterproofing

4271 Weaver Ct N
Hilliard

Fix My Crawl LLC

28712 Wall st

Fletcher's Custom Design Brick Paving LLC

4997 State Route 37 East
Delaware

Forever Foundation Repair Ltd

1308 Neubrecht Rd
Lima

Foundations Plus Poured Walls

12614 Martinsburg Rd.
Utica

GBR Masonry Inc

PO Box 167
Lewis Center

GEORGE F NEFF & CO, LLC

491 N POWELL AVENUE
Columbus

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Gott Construction

PO Box 2993
Westerville

Griffey Remodeling

5730 Westbourne Ave
Columbus

Grit360 LLC

Riverside dr
Dublin

H T Builders Inc

9402 Lafayette Plain City Rd
Plain City

Hartley Built

2520 Pine Grove Rd. SW
Lancaster

HENRY BROTHERS GENERAL CONTRACTORS

674 HAMBURG RD
Lancaster

HIGGZ HOMEIMPROVEMENTS

628 Forestwood Dr
Columbus

Hometown Handyman

P.O. Box 292538
Columbus

Hydra Basement Waterproofing

236 E Torrence Rd
Columbus

I Can Fix That!

383 Fairgrounds Dr
Piketon

J & J Waterproofing

1256 Moler Rd
Columbus

J Leonard Construction, Ltd

243 N Harris Ave
Columbus

Jim Oxley Concrete Contractor Inc

10599 Liberty Road
Powell

Jose General Construction LLC

9525 Refugee Road
Pickerington

K & G Contracting

355 Iris Trail Dr
Galloway

Kappa Masonry LLC

PO Box 298183
Columbus

Knight Construction

107 S Belmar Dr
Reynoldsburg

KORDA

1650 WATERMARK DR
Columbus

Kuhns Contracting Inc

7931 Amity Pike
Plain City

Lynn's General Services, Inc

229 Hillandale Dr
Newark

M & T Concrete

1442 E 20th Ave
Columbus

Man Of All Trades

P.O.Box 27364
Columbus

Marietti Custom Builder

5040 Postlewaite Rd
Columbus

Mark Morris Builders, LLC

800 Tradewind Drive
Westerville

Mark Rodgers Construction

3994 State Route 310
Pataskala

MATTHEW BAUER CONTRACTING

2913 SCOTTWOOD RD.
Columbus

McCarty Customized Improvements

158 Southgate Drive
Columbus

Midwest Masonry

367 Sheldon Ave
Columbus

My Home Solutions LLC

2791 Stratford Dr
Upper Arlington

MyersCo Builders

P.O. Box 23
Pataskala

noAppdeals

PO Box 2415
Newark

O.C.D. Restoration LLC

PO Box 156
Lancaster

Ohio Basement Authority

911 Stelzer Rd
Columbus

Ohio State Basement Technologies

1050 Harris Ave
Newark

Outdoor Space Design

289 W Weisheimer Rd
Columbus

P Mulbay Masonry Inc

3701 Skyline Dr
Columbus

Platinum Builder & Home Remodeling

117 Township Rd
Pataskala

PLUMBING PLUS

3800 LUXAIR DR
Hilliard

Primo & Pam's Lawn & Flowers LLC

1708 Franklin Ave
Columbus

ProTech Basement Solutions LLC

16862 Old Mansfield Rd.
Fredericktown

Punch Out Plus LLC

PO BOX 28068
Columbus

RANKIN HOMES INC

2718 SAWBURY BLVD
Columbus

Reliable Renovations

1566 W 1st Ave.
Grandview

Request for Remedy

842 busch court
Columbus

Riepenhoff Landscape Ltd

3872 Scioto Darby Creek Rd
Hilliard

Rising Height Unlimited

2420 Performance Pkwy
Columbus

Rogers Basement Waterproofing

3557 E Fulton St
Columbus

S.A.T. Landscape (Spray A Tree)

1585 Pemberton Dr
Columbus

Safe Basements of Ohio

131 Oak Meadow Dr
Pataskala

SafeBasements of Ohio

480 S 3rd St Ste 117
Columbus

samczuk masonry

452 coulter ave
Columbus

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N

Shamrock Asphalt Services

771 Saint Clair Ave.

Shepherd Excavating Inc

6295 Cosgray Rd
Dublin

Slone Technology And Construction

4390 Maize rd
Columbus

Smock Construction LLC

PO Box 1357
Pataskala

SOS Construction & Drainage, LLC

1540 Porter Ln
Centerburg

Stabil-Loc Foundation Repair, LLC

480 S 3rd St Ste 11
Columbus

Stone Edge Landscaping & Construction LLC

1622 Richmond Avenue
Columbus

Tailored Tasks

P.O Box 362
Columbus

TF3 Home Improvment LLC

1417 Fahy dr
Columbus

The Basement Doctor

7369 E Livingston Ave
Reynoldsburg

The Basement Guys

1633 Thornwood Dr
Heath

THOMPSON BUILDING ASSOCIATES

3333 REFUGEE RD
Columbus

Universal Construction

PO Box 785
Verona

Utility Solutions of Ohio, Inc.

3333 Ridgely Tract Road
Newark

Utmost Renovations

3410 Rolling Hills Ln
Grove City

Valequity

275 Old County Line Rd
Westerville

WMB Builders Inc

7570 Cubbage Road
Westerville

Xclusive Home

7652 Sawmill Rd.
Dublin

ZNB Construction LLC

131 Oak Meadow Drive
Pataskala

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