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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.

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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 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.

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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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Foundation Repair reviews in Columbus

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Our brick fronted garage had suffered water damage from gutters that were improperly mounted (whch were fixed prior to the
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pointing). The mortar was deteriorating and the facing and the front door stonework had separated.
Within a week of my calling,
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came out and gave 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 sooner than I otherwise could have. They did an excellent, 100% professional job.
- MICHAEL S.
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The crew was on time and worked to complete the job in less than one day. Very little mess. They even hooked up a new
dryer vent. For the reasonable price they charged this was an excellent job.
- anthony C.
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No complaints. I thought the job went very well. There were some initial delays due to my re-scheduling, due to weather, due to communication miscues, and then the contractor got hung up on a large project, for which he apologized. Having worked as a contract administrator in public housing in construction; I was not at all put off by the delay; particularly since it gave me more time to empty the garage. As it was, I barely got it cleared hours before the crew arrived. So the timing worked out well for the contractor and me.
- Charles W.
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I was immediately impressed with the professionalism of this company. They stuck to their quote, they were prompt, and their work was efficient but not rushed. Absolutely everyone I interacted with was courteous and extremely informative. They also seemed to genuinely like the company that they were working for - which I always think is a good sign. The resulting sewer line is a-okay, and I definitely plan on using this company for future projects.
- REBECCA R.
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The estimate was not the lowest of other companies, but this was the reason I chose them:
The estimate appointment was on time, and they were the only company that sat down and explained everything in easy to understand terms. They also were the only company to show me their licencing, bonding and insurance information up front. This put my mind at ease. My situation was complex as I have a tree growing right over the top of the old line. I was told they would have to dig around it, to disturb the tree as little as possible. When the estimate was complete, I was given the exact total the job would cost, so I was certain there would be no outside "gotcha" costs
The team that performed the replacement was very clean, showed up on time, easy to talk to and also answered all the questions I had. When having to enter the house, they also made sure all mud/dirt was not tracked in the house by using cloth foot coverings and the small amount of dirt that was brought in, they cleaned up after the job was complete. Blew away my expectations. I would recommend them to have this service done for anyone who needs their water line replaced or repaired. I will be using them again for other services they provide in the near future.
- Matthew W.
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First class operation.
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and team are down to earth, professional, hard working people. They were friendly, efficient, courteous, knowledgable, and fast. They answered all my questions, walked me through all the steps of what was being done. I would highly recommend them.
- Matt P.
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I don't like to write negative reviews, but the service I received was so sub-standard that I feel that I should. As far as I know, the spray that was put on a couple of my walls that had gotten wet is just fine. Time will tell. The drywall repair is another story. The corners are sloppy, and you can see where the tape is. It looks like an amateur did it. The ceiling work was horrible! They left a dividing line between my old ceiling and the new part!? (An independent painter who came into my home saw it and was shocked and fixed it for me.)
The pictures in the brochure of spray insulation up in the rafters looked neat and nice. I was excited to get it done and have it look attractive. Well, it is a mess! Just sprayed in haphazardly, with some of it dropped down on my tables and appliances and left behind to
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. I still can't remove some of it and had to cover a table with a towel. Next they chose to seal around my foundation with a DARK BROWN substance, slopped it on, and I am left with this on my front patio! Now I will have to pay to have someone cover this up.
As a final slap in the face, the guys left my expensive
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sweeper broken and didn't tell me. They had jammed it with fiber from my basement carpet. Guess that sums it up. A nightmare experience.
- Cynthia B.

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1st Choice Glass Block LLC

3159 Berlin Station Rd
Delaware

A-1 Concrete Leveling

2199 Lockbourne Rd
Columbus

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

12410 Salyor Rd NW
Baltimore

Basement Repair Specialists Inc

2974 Valleyview Dr
Columbus

Beacom Construction Co LLC

5437 County
Cardington

Berk Built Construction Services, LLC

8078 Ashland Ct
Canal Winchester

Berk Built, Construction Services, LLC

8078 Ashland Ct
Canal Winchester

BKM Construction LLC

17978 Del Co Line Rd
Ostrander

Bobcat And Backhoe Service - Gil Goodheil

2777 Liebs Island Rd.
Millersport

Bobcat Excavating & Construction Inc

13450 Liars Corner Rd
Millfield

BONE DRY WATERROOFING INC

175 Outerbelt St
Columbus

Bradford Builders LLC

133 Helmbright Dr
Columbus

BRADLEY HAJOST ENTERPRISES, LLC

424 E Mulberry St
Lancaster

Buckeye Basement Systems

2951 US Highway 42
Cardington

Butch Bando Concrete Inc

PO Box 749
Sunbury

C. K. Enterprises

830 Franklin Ave
Lancaster

Chris Ruh Cement Co

41 S Grant Ave
Columbus

Cleveland Craftsman

256 South Point Dr
Avon Lake

Columbus Home Makeover LLC

5018 Gore St
Canal Winchester

Committed Construction Company

1889 Maryland
Columbus

Contracting Solutions LLC

6118 Westerville Rd
Westerville

Countryside Renovations

10550 Crouse-Willison Rd.
Johnstown

CRITERIUM LISZKAY ENGINEERS

110 N HIGH ST
Columbus

D.Conley Construction

6399 Tussic St
Westerville

Details, Details Inc.

3700 Riverside Dr. #801
Columbus

DMO BUILDERS LLC

506 VOGT CT S
Powell

DOUG SCHNEES EXCAVATING

60 PENRY RD
Delaware

Dukes Concrete

62 Rockcreek
Drive

DWYER CONCRETE LIFTING

5650-3B GROVEPORT RD
Groveport

Eco Construction Services LLC

5661 Blacks Road
Pataskala

Eco-Seal Home Solutions, LLC.

4535 TR 367
Millersburg

Epic Building Company Inc

12418 Cable Rd SW
Pataskala

Epic Home Transformations

180 S Riverview Street
Dublin

Everdry Waterproofing

4271 Weaver Ct N
Hilliard

Fix My Crawl LLC

28712 Wall st

GALLOWAY BUILDERS INC

PO Box #321
Galloway

GBR MASONRY INC

PO BOX 167
Lewis Center

GEORGE F NEFF & CO, LLC

491 N POWELL AVE
Columbus

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Gordon Waterproofing

7408 York Road
Pataskala

Gott Construction

PO Box 2993
Westerville

Graham the Handyman

6 Vine St
Ashley

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

J Leonard Construction, Ltd

243 N Harris Ave
Columbus

J&J Waterproofing

1256 Moler Rd
Columbus

J&M remodel

5576 Orville few

JLS Contracting

1107 England Hollow Rd
Chillicothe

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

MARK BUILDERS INC

711 FOREST HILLS RD
Heath

Mark Morris Builders, LLC

800 Tradewind Drive
Westerville

Mark Rodgers Construction

10932 W Mill St
Pataskala

MATTHEW BAUER CONTRACTING

2913 SCOTTWOOD RD.
Columbus

Midwest Masonry

367 Sheldon Ave
Columbus

Mike Cella

PO Box 55
Martinsburg

My Home Solutions LLC

2791 Stratford Dr
Upper Arlington

MyersCo Builders

P.O. Box 23
Pataskala

No Despair Home Repair & Remodeling

28 Lackey Old State Rd
Delaware

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

Phillips Basement Waterproofing Inc

7700 Morse Rd
New Albany

PLUMBING PLUS

3800 LUXAIR DR
Hilliard

Primo & Pam's Lawn & Flowers LLC

1708 Franklin Ave
Columbus

Project Home Builders

12475 Millersport Rd

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

Rising Height Unlimited

2420 Performance Parkway
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

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N

Shepherd Excavating Inc

6295 Cosgray Rd
Dublin

Slone Technology And Construction

4390 Maize rd
Columbus

Smock Construction LLC

PO Box 1357
Pataskala

Stabil-Loc Foundation Repair, LLC

480 S 3rd St Ste 11
Columbus

Stone Edge Landscaping & Construction LLC

1622 Richmond Avenue
Columbus

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

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

THOMAS GENERAL CONTRACTORS

1840 S GALENA RD
Galena

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

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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