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was on time for the appointment. He was very professional and easy to talk to. He was not able to help with my problem but he did refer" me to someone who could. If I needed his expertise in the future I would not hesitate to call him.

-David G.

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Firma come out to a home that we were in escrow on to provide an estimate on reframing issues identified by the home inspector. The" representative who came out was very nice and came up with a repair plan. After we closed on the home, we decided to move forward with the repairs and were in regular communication with the initial
Firma representative for several weeks. He was very responsive to our questions and concerns. He also went out of his way to come out a second time to the home after another contractor got us worried that more severe problems were at play. The
Firma representative reassured us that we did not indeed need the very expensive helical pier repairs that one company was trying to sell us. We appreciated the honesty of
Firma’s representative and that he was not trying to upsell. Where things started to go wrong was a minor hiccup in the scheduling process and a major game-changer for us during the actual repair day. First, we were left waiting for a few days just for a
call from
Firma’s scheduling department to schedule us for the repairs. When we didn’t receive the call that the initial representative told us to expect from his colleague, we reached out to schedule. We were informed that our realtor had been contacted instead of us. Yet, we still hadn’t received a call. When we were finally able to schedule, we were given an appointment 3 weeks out. Understandable given that they are one of very few companies in town who do the kind of work we needed. The day we had
Firma come out to work, we were informed an hour into the job that they were suspending work indefinitely because of missing joists and dry rot in house's frame, which needed to be resolved before they could install their product. We had email communication with
Firma’s initial rep about this before we had even scheduled and he clearly told us that we wouldn’t need to worry about the dry rot because their product would take care of it. That representative also advised us that they should be the first contractor to make repairs in the home (we had others planned), so if he recommended that we repair the flooring issues, he had plenty of opportunity to tell us. He said they wouldn’t install their product under such conditions. The employees stated that they needed a manager to come out to assess the situation before they could move further, but they were all out of town. I found it reprehensible that they didn't have any managers on call when their crews are scheduled to do work that costs customers thousands of dollars. We didn’t hear from a manager until 2 business days later, and he informed us that the soonest he would be able to get out to assess the home situation was in another 2 days, setting the work on our house back yet another week. We lost so much time, we decided to get the issue resolved without
Firma’s assistance. We did inform
Firma executives about this and the head of the organization and senior managers did respond to us personally. They acknowledged communication issues on their end and were willing to work with us to demonstrate their commitment to quality work and customer service, but at the end of the day, there was nothing that could be done to wipe the sour taste of the experience from our mouths. While I'm sure their products and the quality of their work are great, it's clear that there are gaps in their service.

-Pooja B.

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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

Foundation Repair reviews in Hartford

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The tech was punctual, very professional, and easy to deal with. The foundation was found to be in acceptable shape. However, the concern about the purchased service relates to the recommendation for an elaborate, expensive (about $6K) drainage system that
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wanted to install. Naturally, I am getting more opinions.
- Rana P.
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We got a very good quote but we found someone recommended that turned in a lower quote and went with them instead. I got confused on the name and accidentally put my review for that company on my last review for this company.
- Michael C.
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The job went very smoothly. The part of the basement that was being worked on was sealed off from the rest of the basement so as to not spread the dust and dirt from the job. All materials and tools were brought in through the basement windows so as not to disturb or dirty the upstairs portion of the house. After the job was completed they vacuumed and cleaned up the whole area very nicely.
We were completely satisfied with the whole process from start to fininsh.
- BOB C.
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Our house was sitting on top of
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squarely but was not bolted in place. Foundation works had done the initial inspection before we purchased the home, identified the problem, explained it to us very well, and wrote a report that helped us get money back to pay for the work as part of the purchase. The work was done quickly and professionally just before we moved in. So far, the house hasn't moved anywhere.
- Danielle T.
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Crew were knowledgeable and professional. Made the extra effort to patch cracks in cinder block foundation. I would definitely use them again.
- John K.
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They did a fantastic job. There was a water leaking issue and the front stoop was puling away from the front of the home. There was about a half an inch of space between our stoop and our home. They matched all brick to our home. They broke down the stoop and rebuilt the front stoop and walkway. They did all the work in about a week. The service was amazing.
- Anne G. C.
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This is the second time I've had
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out to do work on my house. Both times he has been responsive, professional, and performs excellent work for a fair price.
The brick point on my chimney was starting to come loose. $600 to chisel out the old masonry, mix a new batch, and use of a cherry picker that he had to rent to get himself up high enough to fix it.
Same thing with my garage. It's a cinderblock wall and due to a leak in a seam in the gutter above, water was hitting the window sill of the garage and cracking the mortar in the joints in the cinderblocks below it. $250 to chisel out the old and put in new masonry. I had tried this myself several years earlier using a cement mix from Home Depot and a pointing tool, but it looked horrible, and the mixture didn't bond well to the old substrate. Goes to show you, that for nominal money and finding the right guy, the end results are much better and last longer. I'm writing this review in 2015 and the point work still looks great (of course, I replaced the gutter that was causing the water to run down the wall, which definitely helps)
My house is old and some clown decided not to follow best framing practices. They left the entire left-hand side of the main beam of my home unsupported. I had a structural engineer come in to tell me this (hey, I'm no carpenter). But after he pointed it out, yeah, it was obvious the beam needed support.
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dug through my concrete floor, dug a pit and poured a new 2 x 2 x 2 foot concrete footer. He then got a several ton
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and some lolly columns and gave me instruction to
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up the main beam a little at a time over a week. I jacked it up 4 inches.
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came back a week later with a steel column cut to the right height from a metal fabricator. I didn't
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the house up enough. Poor
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was down there, in mid-summer, jacking the house up as little as possible and sweating bullets to bang this steel post into place above the footer he poured. He attached it to the main beam with nice thick bolts through the cap plate and the house has been rock solid now on that side ever since. In fact, in 2015, I had my kitchen (on that side) redone and had heavy things like additional sub flooring, tile, granite counters, installed. Everything has remained rock solid.
I'd recommend
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in an instant for the masonry he's done for me. I haven't used any concrete pouring services or stamping from him yet. But for the work he's done, his prices were reasonable and he works hard for it. Seems an honest contractor and you know how rare that is nowadays.
- Dave P.
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So the gentleman came with a 4' leveling stick in hand and placed it in different areas around my house. He said my house was leveled, I just needed new floors, new doors and to have my windows replaced. Anyone with working vision and common sense can tell from the interior and exterior that I have serious foundation issues. When I tried addressing the obvious issues, he dismissed them as though I didn't know what I was talking about. So he leaves and tells me it's not necessary for them to take on the job.
What's funny is that when i had other companies come out for bids, without mentioning any names while telling them this story, they knew exactly who it was and advised me that if I know of anyone hiring them for repair, to make sure you read every single line of the contract.
- Emily H.

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A DeLuca Basement Waterproofing

1 Brookfield Rd
East Haven

A K Remodeling and Design Services

40 N Plains Industrial Rd
Wallingford

a1 homeimprovement llc

493 southington rd

A2Z Landscapind and Construction LLC.

po box 280133
East Hartford

ABCDExcavating, LLC

201 Lebanon Ave
Lebanon

Ace of Trades Remodeling LLC

118 N Main St
Southington

AD Driveway Solutions

38 industrial road
Prospect

ai homeimprovement llc

493 southington rd

ALB-European Masonry

PO Box 179
Thomaston

Alex Masonry

62 Sky Hill Cir
Waterbury

All Dry Basement Systems LLC

34-J Keeler St
Danbury

All Seasons Home & Landscape

PO BOX 314
Scotland

Allied Building Contractors, LLC

174 South Main Street
West Hartford

allied excavation & septic llc

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

Basement Solutions LLC

37 Main St
New Milford

bestcrete systems llc

639 cedar grove

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

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
Manchester

Budget Dry Waterproofing Inc

158 Rte 81
Killingworth

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

34 Marion St
West Haven

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
East Haven

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

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
East Hartford

Vogli Masonry & Construction

55 Elrose Street
Manchester

Westside Home Improvement-5

Fairfield
Fairfield

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