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"From the time of the inspection and estimate, everyone connected with the job was professional, prompt, and informative. The estimated 3-4 days, turned into 5.5" days due to all the snow, which in-turn make the job a muddy mess. Upon completion, the bowed wall was straight, and the entire wall was supported by a combination of steel beams ( with anchors) and carbon fiber. Since this is a house over 60 years old, I expected surprises during the project. There were a few, one of which concerned the original placement of the footing. This problem was explained to me by the owner and since this involved additional work, we mutually agreed to a small increase in price. In every instance ( water being off or other interruptions) we were informed with plenty of time to adjust. The crew was hard working, polite, and informative. We feel that our house is now stable and secure. After we saw the amount of work needed to complete the project properly and then the final results, we both agreed that the price was very reasonable. At the same time, this company was considerably less expensive than any of their competition, by thousands of dollars. I would personally recommend this company to friends and relatives with confidence.

-Donald P.

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"I was happy with the pier guys but the concrete guys didn't do as well. The bid was difficult to hammer out but we eventually came to a compromise.

-James M.

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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 Phoenix

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I had a quote months ago. Called and talked to
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yesterday. He was very professional and set up service quickly. So far am very impressed by this company. Will come back and complete this review when the work is done! We are having ten piers added to crawlspace to correct sagging floors and some wall cracks in our home.
- Courtney J.
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Great. From the deal I bought on Angie's List, I would have thought a detailed watering plan would have been included; but everything else was top notch.
- Justin W.
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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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We had
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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
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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
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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
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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
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call from
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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
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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
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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
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Firma’s assistance. We did inform
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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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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.

All Foundation Repair Specialists in Phoenix

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A Able Handyman Services

3853 W. Brown St.

Accure Contracting

16801 W Toronto Way
Goodyear

All Service Company

5432 S Heather Drive
Tempe

America's Handyman, LLC

PO Box 1006
Higley

Anders Construction LLC

610 E Bell Rd
Phoenix

Apple Plumbing

3370 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale

Arizona Foundation Solutions

3841 E Superior Ave
Phoenix

Arizona Helical Piers, LLC

28248 N Tatum Blvd
Cave Creek

Arizona Performance Homes, Inc

3312 W Echo Ln
Phoenix

Belville Concrete LLC

13229 S 48th St
Phoenix

Bogart Engineering Group, LLC

17324 East Zaharis Drive
Fountain Hills

Cathedral Homes, Inc.

PO Box 72943
Phoenix

CEA HOME IMPROVEMENT'S

15383 W. SELLS DR
Goodyear

Clair Adams Engineering LLC

6332 E Presidio St
Mesa

Clay's Concrete Inc

4038 E Sweetwater
Phoenix

ClearSwim

2550 E Rose Garden
Phoenix

CM Construction Inc

PO Box 2212
Benson

CONSUMER CONTRACTING CONSULTANTS, LLC

3620 e laurel lane
Phoenix

Consumer Finance Solutions

6909 W Ray Rd., B15-106
Chandler

Copperline Contracting LLC

148 W Orion St Ste C-1
Tempe

Creative Concrete and Masonry,LLC

3219 E Camelback rd Ste 508
Phoenix

Denix Construction LLC

21015 n 53rd Ave
Glendale

DESERT METROPOLITAN

4139 North 68th Street
Tempe

DORADO DEVELOPMENT LLC

19320 E Avenida Del Valle
Queen Creek

Dryland Homewerks

Apache Junction

EagleLIFT

10410 Trademark St

Energy 1st Exteriors

500 N 56th St Ste 7
Chandler

EXACTEX LLC

598 Redwood Rd

FIANO & SONS PLASTERING LLC

15233 E Skinner Drive
Scottsdale

Furcini Construction Co

4300 N 54th Street
Phoenix

Gaje Contracting LLC

2711 E Blue Ridge Way
Chandler

GES Construction

11275 E. Sahuaro Dr
Scottsdale

Hawk Builders, LLC

6040 N. 7th St .
Phoenix

Home Tech Foundation Systems Inc

4680 N Wagon Way
Prescott Valley

J n L Builders

1350 E. Thomas Rd.

Jacob & Company Remodeling and Construction

8563 E. Pierce St.
Scottsdale

Jet Manufacturing

3831 E Thunderheart Trail
Gilbert

John T. Ertz, Inc.

4653 E. Sports Dr.

Jovos, Inc.

2143 East Page Ave.
Gilbert

JT Management & Design

5328 N. Oro Vista Court

Kelco Concrete Corp

14039 N 34th Ave
Phoenix

Kirk Development Co

340 E Caron St
Phoenix

Kullberg Pressure Grouting Inc.

28248 N Tatum Blvd
Cave Creek

Kullberg Pressure Grouting Inc.

28248 N Tatum Blvd
Cave Creek

Levario Builders

718 S. 112th Ave
Avondale

Levelup Enterprises, Inc.

18862 N. 62nd. Drive
Glendale

LGL CONSTRUCTION LLC

P.O. BOX 10605
Tempe

Lone Mountain Concrete INC.

42833 N 7th St
New River

McCurdy Construction

2135 N Allen St
Mesa

Monreal Construction LLC

10110 E Jenan Dr
Scottsdale

Mountain Ridge Construction

6635 W. Happy Valley Rd
Glendale

Mr. Handy

1300 S Watson RD A114
Buckeye

MTR Builders Inc

28316 N 92nd Place
Scottsdale

National Property Inspections

42563 W Sunland Dr
Maricopa

NAUTILUS GENERAL CONTRACTORS INC

8281 E EVANS RD
Scottsdale

P.C.I.S

3025 Fairmount Ave
Phoenix

Pafco Construction Inc.

1555 Chapin Ave.

PARRCO ELECTRIC

8342 S 141ST AVE
Goodyear

Perfection Concrete Works LLC

5028 N 196th Ave
Litchfield Park

Provision Construction LLC.

24654 N.Lake Pleasant Pkwy
Peoria

r and r home improvement

4939 w. ray rd #4304

REDO Properties LLC.

11570 W. Alvarado
Avondale

Remodel Tempe

PO Box 27643
Tempe

Rounds Construction LLC

905 Monroe Avenue
Buckeye

RT Concrete Inc

3783 E Woodside Ln
Gilbert

Santiago Contracting

19819 N 6th Dr.
Phoenix

Schembri Engineers, Inc.

5952 E Montgomery Rd
Cave Creek

Starling Madison Lofquist

5224 S 39th St
Phoenix

Summit Structural Engineering, Inc.

11286 E. Laurel Ln
Scottsdale

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Takach Design & Building Services Inc.

5318 E Le Marche Ave
Scottsdale

THE WALL COMPANY

1476 W HARVARD AVE
Gilbert

Three Hammer Construction

9248 E Ellsworth Road
Mesa

Trade Masters

5338 E Danbury Rd
Scottsdale

WF CONSTRUCTION INC

22226 W CHAPAROSA WAY
Wittmann
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