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"I contacted
along with four other foundation companies all of whom provide steel piers for foundation work that I knew I needed. Rusty Woods" came out and looked over the situation and worked me up a proposal to do the work. I spoke with Rusty several times by phone in the next couple weeks to address variations in the work to be done. It was very nice working with Rusty. To Rusty's credit he picked up on several things that needed to be done that the civil engineer who provided me an engineering report had not recommended. But to me they seemed logical to be included so I revised the scope of work to reflect several of his suggestions. A neighbor was also researching foundation work so we started comparing notes. We even requested bids from the same companies and decided to visit a job site of each of the bidders to see exactly how the work was performed. After visiting an Accurate site, we came away very impressed with the work being done although we had concern about the angle support
being used not being long enough to support a good portion of the perimeter beam. I spoke to Rusty about this and nothing really came of it. This was the support
they used and it was Rusty's opinion that it provided enough support. Accurate's bid was the third lowest and my neighbor actually chose Accurate to do his work and he was very satisfied. I chose another bidder because of its warranty, approached used to support the house and cost. Regarding the warranty Accurate offers, it appears to be a lifetime warranty but in actuality, it is lifetime on the steel piers only. Other restrictions apply. Of the five companies I considered, only two companies provided what I consider a true lifetime warranty. All the others had warranties that appeared to be lifetime but the lifetime was on the steel piers. I chose one of those that provided the lifetime warranty and the other company was the most expensive of all those I considered.

-BILL F.

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"I contacted
along with four other foundation companies all of whom provide steel piers for foundation work that I knew I needed.
" came out and looked over the situation and worked me up a proposal to do the work.
stopped by several times in the next couple weeks to address variations in the work to be done.
came out on one occasion to test the thickness of slab and locate some interior beams. It was nice working with both of these fellows. A neighbor was also researching foundation work so we started comparing notes. We even requested bids from the same companies and decided to visit a job site of each of the bidders to see exactly how the work was performed. After visiting a
site, we came to realize that the support of the house was being transferred to the steel pier in one of two ways -- an angle
as shown in the literature and in some cases, a side mount plate with screws into the perimeter beam. it appeared to us that the side mount plate (and screws) was cracking the perimeter beam severely and under load could
its "grip" on the perimeter beam. Further, it was being used too often and for the primarily purpose of saving time in installing the piers although the field foreman had an explanation for its use which was primarily to avoid having to deal with roots. This latter approach did not look like a very good way of supporting the house to us. I contacted
and talked to him about the matter.
said he leaves the decision as to which support to use to his field supervisor who had been with them a long time. There was no negotiating on avoiding the use of this attachment even with the offer to pay more for avoiding its use. I was told this is the way we do it. At this point I disqualified
even though their price was very attractive (second lowest bidder) and
and
were great to work with.

-BILL F.

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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.

 

Don

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was great to work with. All involved were very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They were done in about 3.5 hours. They were conscientious and it showed in their clean up after they were done. If you have sinking or settling concrete or brick you can not go wrong with
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. Check their website for details.
- Michael J.
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was very professional. Even though we were hampered by the winter weather, he worked with us to get the project done. His estimate was very accurate and his work was excellent. I would recommend him to anyone.
- Jane C.
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It went well. I just could not use their service. I had interacted with 3 other companies on the same project. The other 3assessed the project similarly and estimated the cost of the project around 15000 while
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estimated it roughly at 70000. Significant difference. The cost being 3-4 x more.
- armine K.
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The evaluation phase went exceptional well,
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gave me a complete report on the conditions he found and answered all my questions. He and I reviewed a contract togather to accomplish the work required to correct the problems noted. I felt the cost was in line to meet my needs and was a true value. A date to accomplish the work was set. I received a reminder call the day before the work was to begin and all was in order. The team headed by
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arrived at the appointed time and started to work after checking in with me.The team members were technically competent, productive in the work agenda and cleaned up behind themselves. They removed all the falling insulation, wrapped all my foundation pillars, removed and smoothed out the ground, placed insalation around the entire outside foundation walls - then coverd the ground with a high grade plastic. They completed the project with the instatlation of a new crawler space entry door called a turlte. They lastly installed a electric dehumidifier unit to maintain a appropriate mosture level. When done the team leader checked in with me and showed me pictures of what it looked like under my house. Due a lower back injury I had experienced, my wife and
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crawled under the house to check out the finished work. It was letter perfect in line with the initial contracts requirements. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'ed give this job a score of 12.7 - it was that good! All my expectations were by far exceeded!!

- Tony O.
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Crew was timely and did a professional job. I called for an estimate which was a lengthy process. Negotiated a lower price and then scheduled the work.
- Marty S.
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Very professional and nice. They had good workers. There were a few hiccups along the way but nothing major. We also liked that there was no money asked for up front, we paid once the job was completed.
- Sharon H.
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The engineer did an excellent job of inspecting, explaining, and answering my questions. The company, which arranged for the inspection was slow in making arrangements.
- Larry C.
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The crew showed up and worked the entire time. My wife actually felt sorry for how hard they worked and made them lemonade. The first thing they did was go under my house and support the entire area with heavy duty
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which took the pressure off of the exterior walls. Then they knocked down and disposed of the exterior walls and dug and poured new footers. They enclosed the work area with plastic and with a safety fence and came back two days later after the footers had cured and built a new block exterior wall. The
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were taken out and that portion of the house was resting on a newly built solid wall. New joists were added as additional support and as an extra they put two
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under the front porch because it needed it. They cleaned up the site everyday and were very polite and professional.
- Brian Q.

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po box 280133
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201 Lebanon Ave
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118 N Main St
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AD Driveway Solutions

38 industrial road
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ai homeimprovement llc

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ALB-European Masonry

PO Box 179
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Alex Masonry

62 Sky Hill Cir
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All Dry Basement Systems LLC

34-J Keeler St
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PO BOX 314
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Allied Building Contractors, LLC

174 South Main Street
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18 candlewood vista
New Milford

America One Abatement Inc.

40 Atwater Street
New Haven

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street
Branford

Arberia Arts

90-1 Stonefield Dr.
Waterbury

Bond-Bilt Garages

563 S Main Street
Wallingford

Bova construction

46 wolcott rd
Wolcott

BRAGAIA MASONRY

40 WOODLAND AVE
Bloomfield

Breton & Son Builders, LLC

41 Fairview St
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Budget Dry Waterproofing Inc

158 Rte 81
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Castle Developers, LLC

1131 Tolland Tpke.
Manchester

CD BUILDERS INC

100 WEST RD
Ellington

CDS Construction Services LLC

17 Laurwood Dr
Bolton

Chaput Natural Stone & Pavers LLC

132 Chimneysweep Hill Rd
Glastonbury

Cin Ara Construction

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Complete Carpentry

325 Spring St
Glastonbury

Connecticut Basement Systems

60 Silvermine Rd
Seymour

connecticutwindow

PO BOX 809
Somers

CROSBY'S NORTHEAST FOUNDATION

146 N CHESTNUT ST
Branford

CT Cellar Doors

PO Box 153
Oakville

Customized Care

New Britain

D&M Masonry Contractors LLC

24 Rondaly Rd
Amston

D. C. Masonry LLC

34 Schneider Rd

Dave's Handyman Shop

9 Selden Hill Drive
West Hartford

DeBaise Construction

33 North Main St.
Wallingford

dh&k construction llc

30 Grilley Rd.

Diiorio Brothers Contracting

67 Osborne Ave
Norwalk

DON CHILDREE GENERAL CONTR INC

89 COMMERCE WAY
South Windsor

DPMHANDYMANSERVICES, LLC

118 jude ln
Southington

Eastern CT Residential

149 Airline Ave
Portland

Erichs Handyman Service

93 Main St
East Hampton

Eureka Service Group, LLC

70 Grove Hill Street
New Britain

Euro Masonry

274 north harker ave
Waterbury

Everlast Industrial Flooring, LLC

103 Indian Hill Rd
Newington

GaulCostruction L.L.C.

65 Robert Dennis Drive

Global Hill Construction Corp.

2566 Radcliff Ave Apt 54

HANDY DANS

121 METACOMET DR
Meriden

handyman-rental.com

P.O. Box 370274
West Hartford

Hi-Tech Crack Repair

570 Prospect Dr
Stratford

Imagineers LLC

635 Farmington Ave.
Hartford

Imagineers LLC

635 Farmington Ave.
Hartford

J & J Construction

2402 Harbor View Drive
Rocky Hill

J & J Construction

2402 Harbor View Drive
Rocky Hill

J.P. Masons & More

212 Greathill RD
Portland

JAD Basement Systems

117 Old Post Rd
Clinton

JIM MASSIRIO CO INC

39 MILL ST
Berlin

K & S Construction

6 Eastview Drive
Vernon Rockville

kevin white restorations L.L.C

76 Terrace st
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Landmark Restorations LLC

73 Florence Rd 2B

LCP General Contractors LLC

301 Berkeley Rd
Fairfield

Leander Anderson Home Improvement

112 Butternut Lane
Bristol

Maloney Const

296 E Robbins Ave
Newington

Master Masonry

162 Riverton Rd
Riverton

Merge 3 LLC

15 Sandra Drive
Manchester

MG Masonry

60 Connecticut 87
Andover

MIREK MASONRY

249 FIELD ST
Newington

MRL Construction

955 Killingworth Rd
Higganum

Neighborhood Services LLC

PO Box 1365
Burlington

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

Northeast Property Group Inc

150 Eugene O'Neill Dr
New London

O'Keefe Excavation & Earthworks

47 Delmar Road
Glastonbury

Ortega's Home Repair

47 Madison Avenue

Paul Zambrano Construction Company Inc.

422 Williams Rd
Wallingford

Petrucelli Construction

PO Box 612
Wallingford

Pro Home Builders & Remodeling

226 Baxter lane
Milford

Quality Handyman Services Inc

2 Woodledge dr
East Granby

R and P Contracting

48 Matilda Lane
Shelton

R M BOURGOIN BUILDING LLC

355 FARMINGTON AVE
Plainville

RED ROOSTER CONSTRUCTION CO

19 ATWOOD PL
West Haven

Right Choice Remodeling

P.O. Box 8117
New Fairfield

Rodrigues Construction LLC

219 Washington ST
Wallingford

S KIMBALL LLC

170 BERKSHIRE RD
Southbury

S.E.L. Carlson

501 Bryant St

SDW Property Maintenance, LLC

50 Gillett Street
Hartford

Seamless Remodeling

139 Knickerbocker Ave
Stamford

Sibbick Construction

18 School House Rd
Wallingford

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road
Marlborough

speedypride services llc

1140 wolcott rd
Wolcott

STM Enterprises, LLC

116 Cottage Grove Road
Bloomfield

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

TCF Associates

259 South Main Street
Torrington

Techno Metal Post Inc

197 White Birch Dr
Waterbury

The Great Handyman

132 Dover Road
West Hartford

The Multi-Service Office, LLC

205 N. Elm Street
Torrington

Top Level Inc

180 Wetherell St
Manchester

TOWER GENERATOR SYSTEMS

20 Canton Springs Rd # 1
Canton

Trusted Construction

79 Noble Avenue
Milford

UNDER CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS

88 OLD BROADWAY W
North Haven

United Wallcovering Specialties

441 Tollgate Rd
South Glastonbury

Upton, Inc. Landscape & Construction

50 Industry Drive
West Haven

Valentin Construction

58 Silverlane
East Hartford

Viking Masonry

164 Avery Street
Manchester

VINCENZO MASONRY

38 Butternut Lane
Meriden

Violette Silvester And Sons Inc

65 Cherry St
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Vogli Masonry & Construction

55 Elrose Street
Manchester

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