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provides easy to read, yet detailed bids including a foundation plan and pier locations. And he has a thorough knowledge of foundation repair." He arrives on time, completes the work in a professional manner within the time frames specified in his bid and does a thorough clean up afterwards. An independent engineer reviews the work and provides a Letter of Completion. The warranties on his work are generous in terms (five years) and easily understood. I would use no one else when it comes to foundation work. Thank you,
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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 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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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 New York

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They performed the work in one day, and everything went smoothly. They made some recommendations that other companies did not mention, and felt more comfortable after speaking with the salesman from this company.
- Allan Y.
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They were on time and completed the task promptly, I had little loss in plants around the house even though the flower beds were full. They were careful replanting most of the bushes. They also had to work inside house and cleaned their work and replaced carpet.
- Janis T.
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Entire process took over 20 days. Yearly reviews inaccurate. MBroom continue to shift due to half of slab done right. Company informed and reproposed $14000 to fix their work again. MBroom still shifting (3) other contractors indicate that Mitcho failed to correct matter. BBB has been informed of the breech.
- Lisa Leia G.
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The actual work turned out good, but they cut the line to my water sprinkler system. They came to try to fix it in January after several calls. They couldn't fix it themselves so they had to hire a sprinkler professional to fix it.
- Juanita H.
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New York Foundation Repair Specialists Provider Name Locked
did a great job of explaining options and understanding our time-frame. They fit us in quickly and repair was done with respect for our finished basement. All in all, we are completely satisfied.
- Alexandra N.
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They are outstanding. They are totally professional. They listen and offered suggestions for what would have also made sense (when we did the foundation). They power washed the algae off the foundation after the completed the repairs. They managed to work around the fact that we share a driveway with the house next door. The other company we hired to do our snow plowing was not getting done fast enough so I hired them to help with that as well.
- Deanie L.
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Our home foundation was sagging in one of the corners due to a washed out storm sewer line. The foundation was ncracked in many places and we were concerned that the process would continue until we addressed the cause. The company gave us a reasonable estimate for the extensive work that would be required. They were prompt, courteous, and efficient.
New York Foundation Repair Specialists Provider Name Locked
, the owner, is knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend the company to anyone needing similar work done.
- Thomas M.
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The technician came out and took measurements at various corners of the house (internal). He also inspected the outside. There is some foundational drop, which I already suspected. He advised me to install soaker hoses around the front perimeter of the home to prevent further sinking. Also provided a quote for piers to fix the front end of the home.
- Sonya S.

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Santucci Brothers Contracting

31 Allapartus Cir
Ossining

Sarre Contracting Co

2048 Newbridge Rd
Bellmore

SAS Contracting

45 Whippoorwill Rd

SB Contracting Group Inc.

136 Evergreen Ave
Staten Island

SCHAFER ENGINEERING

1885 STATE ST
Schenectady

Schmidt Brothers Construction

PO Box 598
Sound Beach

Screws and More LLC. SBE.

47 North Lawn Ave
Elmsford

Seamless Remodeling

139 Knickerbocker Ave

Selden Concrete Corp.

28 - Pine Street
Selden

Shah Construction Corp.

40-15 Hampton Street
Elmhurst

SHALLU CONSTRUCTION CORP

11707 95TH AVE
South Richmond Hill

Shane Scoville Painting and Wallpapering

33 Skidmore Rd
Pleasant Valley

Shea Contracting

822 Roosevelt St
West Hempstead

Shearblue Enterprises

330 E.26th street NY NY 10010
New York

Sheko Inc.

172 E. 91st St.
New York

Shells Only Of Suffolk Inc

355 Sunrise Highway
West Babylon

Sidcom International Inc

4460 Monticello Ave 2
Bronx

SILVER DRIVEWAYS INC

1600 PARKER AVE

Simpson Contracting

812 Palisade Ave

singhcontracting llc

784 North Blvd

SISCO CONSTRUCTION INC

1135 CLIFTON AVE

Sivilli Landscape Contracting Corp.

57 Albertson Ave
Albertson

SKAVE HOMES

4434 bedford ave
Brooklyn

Sky

Shirley

Sky the limit contracting

236 Prospect St
Farmingdale

Skyline Roofing & Construction

451 Victory Blvd
Staten Island

Sloan Contracting

5 Splitpine Circle
Medford

SOD Builders Inc

CORPORATE OFFICE

Solid Rock Contracting & Construction LLC

1394 St Johns Place
Brooklyn

Somma Design & Consulting, Inc.

140 Broadway - 46th Floor
New York

Soundview Construction

107 Beechwood Lane

south bay remodeling

12 biltmore blvd.
Massapequa

Spanish Man Construction

186 N. Coleman Rd.
Centereach

Splinter LLC

135 Rennell Dr

SRC - Semi Retired Contractors

2260 E 28th St
Brooklyn

SRK CONSTRUCTION INC

9411 120TH ST
South Richmond Hill

Steele Handy Man Service, Inc

999 Hidden Lake Drive

Stone Age Masonry

2215 Ponybrook Way

STONE BRIDGE GENERAL CONTRACTING CORP.

551 WESTCHESTER AVE.
Port Chester

Stone Works

26 Shortwoods Rd

Stonegate Construction Co Inc

P.O. Box 343
Pleasantville

stonehenge contractors

410 Monmouth ave 302

Structure Build

1110 Avenue K
Brooklyn

Sundahl Restoration LLC

1 Madison Ave
Larchmont

Sunrise Home Improvment Design Center

20 Main St
Port Washington

Sunset Associates

11 Tanglewood Rd

Superior Handyman Services

149 Flanders Drive

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

SYNDICATE CONSTRUCTION CO.

7 Paerdegat 14th St
Brooklyn

T Stewart Paving

137 Washington Ave

T-Buck Construction

685 Route 301
Cold Spring

Tattersall Construction

911 Gloucester Ave

Taylor Contractors Inc

17 shinefine Ave

TC Landscaping

213 - Washington Ave
New Rochelle

TD Consultants

295 Vermont Avenue

TEDDER CONSTRUCTION INC,

8 SPRINGHILL DR.

The Great Outdoors

12 Indian Rock Pl

The Home Improvement Professionals

85-42 217St
Queens Village

The Mason Corp.

5800 Arlington Ave Apt 12V
Bronx

The Mason Doctor

215 West Shore Dr

The Masters Touch

725 River Road

The Right Contractor, LLC

2 Wind Meadow Trail

The Specialist Home Improvement

14 Mohawk Dr
North Babylon

The Winged Brushmen Inc

711 Amsterdam Ave
New York

THOROUGHSPECT, LLC

59 Concord Rd.
Carmel

THREE GUYS MASONRY

23 Buddington Rd

Three Rivers Stonework

26 Jefferson Street

THREE STAR CONSTRUCTION

162 DAHILL RD
Brooklyn

Thurgood Masonry

113 Heller Hill Rd

TLJ Inc

88 Winona Trail Lake Hopatcong

TOM SIMKO DESIGN & RESTORATION INC

201 LIBERTY AVE
Port Jefferson

TOM VALIANTE & SON INC

117 LAKESIDE BLVD

Tomasso Contracting, Inc.

1158 Raritan Road

Top Hammer Construction Corp

78 Cove Rd
South Salem

Top Level Inc

180 Wetherell St

Top To Bottom Home Inspections

PO BOX 300
Glen Spey

Topaz Remodelers Inc

85-44 159th St
Jamaica

Touro Contracting Corp

1541 E 56th St
Brooklyn

Townley Homes

816 Roselle Avenue

triola builders llc

27 eileen way

TRIPLEG CONSTRUCTION CORP.

96 Ridge Rd
New City

TROOST BROS. Inc.

470 CLOVE RD
Staten Island

True Color Construction

4057 Us Highway 9

TRUE QUALITY HOME IMPROVEMENTS

4250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Holbrook

Trzaska Construction

99-18 66ave
Rego Park

TSC Contracting

518 Prospect Ave.

Two Brothers, LLC

81 pierre ave

UCPW, LLC.

82 parkway

Valley Construction

460 Toleman Rd
Rock Tavern

Value Dry

16 N Center St

VAN ALPHEN BROS INC

874 RICHMOND RD
Staten Island

VanDuzer Plumbing & Heating Inc

331 Rt. 94 South
Warwick

VANTAGE CONSTRUCTION INC

16 SADDLEMOUNT AVE

VAST CONSTRUCTION

291 VOGEL AVE
Staten Island

VENTURA BUILDERS LLC.

61 HIGH POINT ROAD

Viking Contracting

200 Brewery Road
New City

Vinny's General Contracting, Inc

191 Hewlett Ave
Merrick

VINTON CONSTRUCTION CORP.

220 Brentwood Rd
Bay Shore

VLS Builders, Inc.

74 Madison Gardens

VOMM Corp

30 Virginia Dr

VPS Construction

388 w columbus pl

W.L. Construction

P.O. Box 836
Bayport

Waltz Construction

153 Dead Tree Run Road

Ward Home Services

106 Ocean Avenue

Water Restoration New York

1 River Place unit #1708
New York

Weekes Bros

12905 133 Ave
South Ozone Park

Willis Ave. Construction Corp

460 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn

Wolfman Contracting

91 N. 14th Street

Woodbridge Builders

624 Michigan Ave.

Woodchips Construction Inc

252 Sinsabaugh Rd
Pine Bush

WOODSIDE & YOUNG INC

9C SQUIRES GATE
Poughkeepsie

Yahoo Construction Corp

570 Ridge Rd
Elmont

YU Handyman Services

335 82nd Street
Brooklyn

Zaim Contractor Corp.

36 John St.
Staten Island

ZANKERA CONSTRUCTION INC

152 10TH AVE
Whitestone

Zion Constructions

Crown Heights
Brooklyn

ZOTT CONSTRUCTION INC

551 Hosner Mountain Rd.
Stormville
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