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" Our house is surrounded by a sea of concrete and the Siklaflex caulking was about 25 years old. They used self leveling caulk in many places because the joints" were to wide for Siklaflex and other places they did use Siklaflex and other materials of which I do not know the name of after pulling out the old caulk.

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"Although I decided that the estimated cost of the fix ($36000) far exceeded what I can spend on the garage, I have only extremely positive impressions of " and . Friendly but professional, and outstanding (relative to other providers for home repairs) in terms of being prompt about returning calls and showing up when scheduled. was scheduled for noon, and he showed up at noon sharp. I was also appreciative for how clearly and carefully through the various fixes that would be required for my garage, explaining each components' contribution to the overall cost. Finally, I was particularly appreciative that he ultimately advised me that tearing down the garage and building a new one would probably be more cost-effective than paying to fix the current structure. Honest, friendly, prompt, and professional--hard to beat that combination. Highly recommended!

-Brant H.

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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
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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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Excellent work by . I have used him twice and he does great work at a fantastic price. Did the job on time and didn't leave any sign he was there other than the work being done. I trust one of my largest investments to . Can't say much more than that.
- Bob M.
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The folks from were friendly and professional from the start. The work was quick and was high quality. The beams even look kind of nice!
- Justin G.
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The appointment went very well. inspected the areas of concern in my basement, took measurements, discussed the problems with me and came up with a proposal to fix the problems. was extremely professional and knowledgeable, and he came up with a practical solution to several areas of concern at a reasonable ...More price. I have some other repairs to do to my home, so I am postponing this work for a while, but, based on my experience with them, I would definitely recommend this company.
- Terry D.
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From the initial contact to set up the first visit all the way through to final installation and work completion, it was a very smooth and pleasant transaction. We first met as he came to our house for a foundation inspection. He was very thorough in his inspection, taking measurements all along the way. He kept me informed ...More all throughout the process as to what he was finding, explaining what measurements he was taking and why. Informed me of what they meant in regards to acceptable tolerances, also discussing possible causes and potential future issues. Once the problem was determined discussed our potential solutions for our problem, to both stop the issue that was occurring, and to correct it. Based on 's recommendations, coupled with his findings, and my own research, we decided on the best solution for our situation. We proceeded to get a contract written up and signed for EFS to do the necessary work for us. Once the contract was in force, EFS was very proactive and informative in setting up the time for the work to be completed. Every contact with them was professional and courteous. Prior to the actual work being done they sent out , an engineer, to inspect the work site, take some of his own measurements, and to prepare for the precise installation that needed to be done. actually did a walkthrough of the job necessary, taking video of the area of repair, talking through it, so that he could then review it with the work crew that would be coming to do the actual work. I loved how thorough they were in preparation for the work to be done, it showed great attention to detail and the desire to do the work correctly the first time. When the scheduled day of the work came, the crew was on time. They were very pleasant and were completely prepared for the work that they had to do. The went to work immediately and were very efficient. As the work was in progress both and eventually showed up on site and remained through the completion of the project. Once completed they reviewed with me what was done, explaining how the steel support system worked. They took initial base measurements after installation so that we could keep track of the process of correction as it occurred. They also explained that they would follow up and be back out to check on the installation and confirm the progress of improvement by the installed system. All in all, I think EFS is a great company. Every step of the way was smooth and easy. All of the people I met were professional and friendly. The work was fantastic. Oh, and they were very clean, they cleaned up the job site before they left, actually leaving it cleaner than before they had arrived. I'm very happy with them and would highly recommend them to anybody needing to have foundation work done.
- Francis S S.
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It went very well. The owner, , performed the assessment. He communicated with me throughout the assessment to make sure I understood what he was doing. In the end, he told me that we did not have a problem with our foundation and likely never would. However, he did tell me what to watch for regarding exterior surface cracks ...More in the face bricks. He was very professional.
- DORIS D.
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This was a very thorough walk through of the way my house was built, and addressed several drainage opportunities I could take advantage of with minimal work around the foundation. The Keystone Team was exceptionally knowledgeable about the issue I was dealing with, and how I did not have to worry, given the way the house was constructed. They could ...More have easily made a lot of money off me given my concerns.
- Gabriel S.
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The gentleman arrived right on time, and he was very friendly. He offered some good advice and suggestions about how to manage some of the issues that were were having. Even though it turned out that his company did not specialize in the kind of work that was needed, he still provided us with a free estimate.
- Jonathan B.
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My husband and I had come to our home for an estimate on waterproofing our basement. The salesman who came was very knowledgeable and well prepared. He took the time to explain exactly what would be done, how they do it, and even showed us the materials they use. He had a portfolio of professional organizations they belong ...More to, letters of references, and he also had an iPad which had a brief video about their company. His presentation was a little too long – he was at my house for 2 hours!
They gave us a quote of $14,000 for interior french drains and a sump pump. I told the salesman that this system was out of my price range so then he proceeds to tell me about their financing and he starts calculating payments for me! When I saw those numbers I told him once again that it was something I could not afford. He then asked me why I didn’t want to use them and I said that they were too expensive. So then he tells me that if I sign up that day to be on their “stand by list” that he could knock off $2,000 from the price and then starts calculating that payment for me! Well obviously that was still too expensive. I ’t know how many times I had to tell this man that I could not afford the system. At the end I felt like he was pressuring me
into signing a contract with them that day.
I told him that I had other companies coming out with quotes and that I would contact them if we wanted to use them. He asked me the names of those companies and I told him. He then searches in his bag and shows me the “materials” these other companies would be using. I ’t think it was very professional of him to bash other companies when he doesn’t work for them.
They called a couple days later at home and my husband told the lady who called that they were too expensive and how I had felt like the salesman was pressuring me. The lady then offers for someone else to come out and give us a cheaper quote. We scheduled for them to come back, but then decided we were no longer interested in doing the project. I called to tell them this and they still keep calling me on my cell phone and at home every couple of days. These people do not listen.
- Kara W.

Foundation Contractors in Pittsburgh

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A Better Choice Inc

97 N Thompson Ln
North Huntingdon

A Capital chimney

6694 State Route 30
Jeannette

Advanced Basement Solutions

1200 Herminie W Newton Rd
West Newton

Akator Construction

374 Markle Rd
Apollo

All Star Painting and Home Remodeling

1700 Field Ave
Pittsburgh

America's Basement Contractor

461 Second Street
Greenville

AMERICAN CONTRACTING COMPANY INC

900 FREDERICKA DR
Pittsburgh

American Restoration Services

22 Rutgers Rd
Pittsburgh

ANG Development

333 blvd of the allies
Pittsburgh

AquaGuard Systems Inc

4240 Greensburg Pike
Pittsburgh

ARBUCKLE WATERPROOFING

420 first street
Carnegie

Ark Basement Svc

532 Broadway Ave
Pitcairn

Avelli Construction & Manufacturing Corp

300 Ohio River Blvd
Ambridge

Baker's Waterproofing

570 Carlton Dr
Bentleyville

Bella Construction & Development Inc

13380 State Route 30
North Huntingdon

Brian McDade Construction

23 Oliver Street
Mc Donald

Brian Renne Masonry LLC

300 Ridge Church Rd
Amity

CAPCON INC

313 W BURRY DR
Pittsburgh

Carmello Construction LLC

1017 3rd St
Monessen

Champion Waterproofing Inc

1216 Lowry Ave
Jeannette

Costa Custom Builders LLC

7711 Kifer Ln
Irwin

CRACK TEAM

236 UNION ST
Pittsburgh

Cron Masonry Pointing and Repair

949 14 the street
Monaca

D&B Construction LLC

715 McMasters Avenue
Wilkins Township

D-Bug Inc Waterproofing

109B Truxal Rd
Greensburg

DAN BLACK LANDSCAPING

233 HORSESHOE DR
Mars

DAN THE HANDYMAN

919 RANDOLPH AVE.
East Butler

DP 7 Day Services Inc.

P.O Box 27042
Pittsburgh

Dr Dry Inc

2828 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Pittsburgh

E & E Concrete

3700 Meadow Lane
South Park

Engineered Foundation Solutions

125 Technology Dr
Canonsburg

Everdry Basement Waterproofing

1568 Mars Evans City Rd
Evans City

Foundation Station Inc

1224 Bushy Run Road
Jeannette

G & J Waterproofing

1120 N Saint Claire St
Pittsburgh

Gary J Miller Engineering Services

405 Hoodridge Drive
Pittsburgh

Graham Construction

4038 Franklin Road
Pittsburgh

Greensburg Electric

304 Harrison Ave
Greensburg

Gregor Construction

740 Churchill Road
Finleyville

Hall & Tillander Construction

228 old east butler rd.

Harbison Renovations

151 Milne Drive
Monaca

HomeTown Construction

2000 Noble St
Pittsburgh

House & Building Engineering

132 Oakwood Ave
Pittsburgh

Isbir Construction & Landscape Corp

696 McKeesport Rd
Elizabeth

J & J Construction

2114 Lehigh Street
Pittsburgh

J. McGrew Incorporated Contractors

70 Redds Mill Road
Charleroi

Justin James Excavating

117 Grey Oak Ln
Acme

JVC Contracting

1349 Barr Ave
Pittsburgh

Kaiser Construction

1133 Lantz Rd
Avonmore

king henrys home remodeling

107 martin drive apt 107

Klipa Contracting Company

10600 Sophia Ct
North Huntingdon

LANG GENERAL CONTRACTING INC

2404 WALNUT ST
Mckeesport

LANSBERRY MASONRY CORP

MCDEVITT ROAD
Sewickley

LERCO BUILDING CONTRACTORS LLC

541 CHRISTY RD
Eighty Four

LJM Contracting

6394 Poketa Rd
Verona

Lloyd Anthony Construction Inc.

3125 Willett Rd
Pittsburgh

Locy Construction Services

668 Ten Mile Rd
Amity

LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

1717 Pennsylvania 228
Cranberry Township

Lynch Brothers Construction

752 Collier Ave
Carnegie

MASTERCRAFT MASONRY

PO BOX 682
Carnegie

Mattcon LLC

PO Box 543
Irwin

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services

7250 Big Beaver Blvd
Beaver Falls

Merola Co

1927 Universal Rd
Pittsburgh

Michael Dawn Construction

1004 Colvin
Beaver

Mid-Atlantic Systems of WPA, Inc.

9007 Rico Road
Monroeville

MJ'S Remodeling

Pittsburgh

Morow's Masonry Restoration

715 Lower Drennen Rd
New Kensington

NATIONAL SURFACE CLEANING CORP

2133 MILLIGAN AVE
Pittsburgh

Oliver Excavation & Constrution

261 Stoney Hill RD
Vandergrift

On Point Restoration & Masonry Repairs

3112 Wild Grape Road
New Castle

PA Waterproofing

749 Florence Ave
Pittsburgh

Pampena Contracting, Inc.

175 SIEBERT RD
Pittsburgh

Paner Construction

603 Farragut

Paragon Concrete Raising

221 Sygan Rd
Bridgeville

PASQUALE CONSTRUCTION CO

802 WENZELL AVE
Pittsburgh

Paul Turley

254 Whipple St
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Patios Inc.

230 MT. Pleasant RD
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Remodeling Co

3044 Industrial Blvd
Bethel Park

Pogo Construction

104 Pinoak Lane
Imperial

POLICASTRO CONSTRUCTION INC

510 GEORGETOWN RD
Coraopolis

Premier Resources Contracting

1705 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh

Pristine Power Clean

3807 New Texas Rd

R S Fountain Home Improvements

7402 Diamond Drive
Washington

Regenerative Restoration

28 Elizabeth St
Pittsburgh

Rich's Home Services

250 Elm Rd
Uniontown

RICK HORN CONSTRUCTION, INC.

933 STANTON AVE.
Pittsburgh

Rick's Masonry & Concrete

1112 Minnesota Ave
Glassport

Rolyn Companies

7 Crozerville Rd
Aston

Russano Concracting

903 Spencer Ridge Dr
Glenshaw

Russano Masonry

513 Berner St.
Pittsburgh

Ryan Shock Contracting

730 Chess St
Bridgeville

Schaffner Maintenance

3341 Saxonburg Blvd
Glenshaw

Shannon Staley and Sons

2400 Oxford Dr
Bethel Park

SL Contractors

1414 Fourth Ave
New Kensington

Slinks Masonry Inc

276 Murdocksvile Rd
Clinton

Spraguerelli Construction

10 Union Avenue
Pittsburgh

T.W. Services

1412 Brinton Rd.
Pittsburgh

Taylor Contracting, LLC

611 Girard Street
Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Property Management, LLC

6 Market Square
Pittsburgh

tom oconnor excavating

156 warren rd
Warrendale

Tri State Development Inc

3706 5th Ave
North Versailles

Trim Tech construction

1557 Edgebrook Avenue
Brookline

True Construction LLC

3305 Wallace Dr.
Pittsburgh

Urban Corporation - UCI

PO Box 183
Trafford

Watershield Sunshield Inc

508 CHARTIERS AVE REAR
Mc Kees Rocks

wilhelm and harvey construction

514 Griffin St
Pittsburgh

Yates Contracting

Po Box 27056
Pittsburgh

YourSpace Renovation Solutions

2017 Bakerstown Rd
Tarentum

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