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wanted to schedule a 2 hour time slot to complete the estimate, which seemed a long time, but we agreed to it. On the day of the inspection" they called to say they would be late due to an illness. When they finally showed up we indicated we had to be someplace soon and only had an hour. The salesman was a bit put off, but started looking at the foundation. We have two egress windows into our basement which we knew had been installed incorrectly and were the likely source of the leak. During the inspection we found out that
doesn't do anything to prevent the water from entering the house, they only handle the water once inside. That's a solution I guess, but not one I was interested in. They install an internal drainage system then pump the water out of the house. I've seen enough home improvement shows to know that it is possible to prevent the water from entering the house. We opted for a contractor who stopped the water on the outside. The cost was about the same, but we're happier keeping the water out rather than letting it in then pumping it back out.

-James S.

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"We contacted RamJack because the foundation of the home we had just purchased was significantly lower in one corner of the house compared to the rest of the house." Our original intention was to have the house leveled, however after conferring of the RamJack staff and an independent structural engineer we decided that stabilizing the foundation would be a better choice. This was an expensive project, but less expensive than leveling the foundation and dealing with the damage that was likely to occur in the process of leveling it. It wasn't until we observed the RamJack crew at work and saw first hand what they had to do to stabilize the house that we understood why it cost as much as it did. It took four full days to complete the project. Because of the configuration of our house and yard, a considerable amount of digging had to be done by hand. The crew was great and they "worked like dogs." They were very pleasant and professional. The work done by RamJack is guaranteed and this guarantee is transferrable to the next owner.

-Joyce M.

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Crawl Spaces

Homes that aren't built on a slab foundation or basement feature crawl spaces to allow for the necessary access to plumbing, electrical and other home systems.

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Many homeowners worry about the severity of foundation cracks in the basement.

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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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they were very uncooperative from the start with the schedule. There was no flexibility when I reached out to him over and over . He never returned my phone calls and when we spoke je insulted me by asking me if I was mentally stable or if I was on medication. He ended the conversation by insinuating that I was
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- ANNETTE A.
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they were very uncooperative from the start with the schedule. There was no flexibility when I reached out to him over and over . He never returned my phone calls and when we spoke je insulted me by asking me if I was mentally stable or if I was on medication. He ended the conversation by insinuating that I was
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. That was the last phone encounter and after that I felt insulted and did not want to do business with this company
- ANNETTE A.
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,We enjoyed everyone we had contact with, including the designer, production and installation team. The customer service was outstanding. They arrived on time (crew of 4) and were done in a day, as promised. There was a surprise under the concrete, which they handled easily (no extra cost) They included us in their process, keeping us informed as they went. We would definitely recommend them to anyone with a foundation problem.
- Joanne C.
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The foundation of my 1927 home was clay block with an overlay of concrete which was crumbling. One wall had a long horizontal crack and was beginning to bow in.
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was one of four companies from whom I received bids for repair and seismic retrofit. Their bid was in the mid range. Work start date was given as tentative, to depend on completion of the job scheduled previous to mine. I was prepared for and not inconvenienced by the delay.
Work began 2/25/2015 and completed about 6 weeks later. The crew worked efficiently, professionally and with courtesy. Any questions I had during the process were answered promptly by
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who was readily available by phone. He personally checked the work site at regular intervals throughout the weeks during which work went on. Site clean up was excellent. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this large project.
- judith B.
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They sold me a car without the engine. All I got was a lining in the basement that did indeed hide the rough walls and make the basement look neater. But it didn't keep the moisture out as promised. It just channels the water coming through the walls to the floor where it then puddles. We still have water in the basement. They realized their mistake and offered to come fix the problem after we demanded our money back but we decided they weren't reputable and that their warranty doesn't mean anything. We decided to use a different company and go from the outside to waterproof it. They won't give us our money back.
- Kristy F.
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We had discovered a large crack in our foundation that had resulted in a 3" drop in our master bedroom/bathroom. From the beginning we were impressed with RamJack West's professionalism and attention to detail. We met with
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consulation after meeting with another foundation repair company. He was great. He responded quickly to multiple emails as we thought of more questions. He recommended several structural engineers and geotechnical engineers for us to call. We did hire two engineers who had done work the RamJack and several other foundation repair companies in the Portland area. Based on their recommendations, we were able to come up with a modified repair plan. We presented it to RamJack.
The entire job took about a week and a half. It took a little bit longer because the angle iron job was a little more involved than originally thought. This specific job anchored the addition to the main portion of the house, by accessing two crawl spaces - after the helicals and tie backs were in place.
We loved the crew. They were very careful of the shrubs and mud. I have never seen such hard workers. They took a short lunch break during the day and that was it. I supplied them with cookies, juice and treats just to slow them down a little bit and make them take a breather! Time and time again they cheerfully addressed our concerns.
We were able to recover 2-1/2" of the 3" drop at the end of the house with a minimal amount of interior damage. The cracks that appeared on the interior walls had been repaired several years ago - there was no new damage. We were very pleased as we had been pretty nervous about the potential of windows breaking, etc. ! Now our doors close well, and we don't walk downhill into that room.
Time and time again the crew was professional and courteous. We absolutely recommend RamJack West.


- Beth K.
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It went very well from first contact to completion. All of the staff we had contact with were professional and able to explain all they did. We feel very secure with the work.
- ALLISON P.
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The estimate was the lowest I could find, asked for before and after level readings, which I never received. Clean up was poor! They had to take part of my deck apart and replaced the damaged deck boards with lumber that was mine and not intended for my deck,
- DON L.

Foundation Contractors in Portland

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1 & All Concrete Service

4775 SW Julia St
Portland

5 Star Construction

7700 NE 72nd Ave

52 Weeks Construction

872 W Main Street G59
Molalla

A 2 Z Home Inspections

PO Box 2019
Beaverton

A CUT ABOVE CONCRETE CUTTING

5070 NW 235TH AVE
Hillsboro

A Guy I Know Inc

2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. #345
Beaverton

A Team Renovations LLC

3820 SE Clark Ct
Troutdale

Adobe Construction LLC

5539 N VANCOUVER
Portland

ALEX FREDDI CONSTRUCTION LLC

9753 SW Appaloosa Place
Beaverton

All About Concrete & Masonry

9450 S Heinz Rd
Canby

All Generations LLC

PO Box 2342
Gladstone

ALL IN ONE

5201 SE 52nd Ave.
Portland

All Seasons Remodeling llC

4380 SE Whiteson Rd.
Mcminnville

AMA Construction Group

2272 SE Brookwood Ave
Hillsboro

American Construction And Remodeling

13349 Tumbleweed Ct.
Happy Valley

Ark Remodeling & Construction

34928 Sykes Rd
Saint Helens

Bateman Construction

4991 SW Nevada Ct
Portland

BidWell Construction Co

3606 SE 168th Ave

Blackmore Quality Construction

36477 SE Tumala Mtn Rd
Estacada

Blue Lake Construction, LLC

9020 SW Washington Square Road
Portland

Breunig Construction Inc.

14360 SE Haze Ct.
Portland

Brick By Brick Waterproofing

10460 SE 352 Ave
Boring

Bridgeport Concrete Leveling LLC

14927 SE Oatfield Rd
Portland

Callmark Construction, Inc.

10543 SW 80th Ave
Portland

Caribou Contracting LLC

12690 SW Tremont Street
Portland

CASCADE NORTHWEST CONSTRUCTION

207 Dixon Ave
Molalla

Cascade NW Construction

207 Dixon Ave.
Molalla

CHINOOK GEO SERVICES INC

1508 BROADWAY ST

CM Emeis & Co

Portland

CNW CONSTRUCTION INC.

15140 SE 82nd Dr.
Clackamas

Concrete Lifting Solutions

7110 SW Fir Loop
Portland

Concrete Sawing Co Inc

16119 SE Evelyn St
Clackamas

Construction

1315 SE Grace Ave Suite 102

Constructive Remodeling

5231 SE 111th Ave
Portland

CRAFTSMAN DESIGN & RENOVATION LLC

1100 SE Grand Avenue, Suite 202
Portland

CREEL CONSTRUCTION LLC

826 SE 55th Ave
Portland

CRETEC CONCRETE LLC

11947 NE BRAZEE ST
Portland

CYRUS CONSTRUCTION INCORPERATED

443 NE NORTON LN
Mcminnville

DAVID MCGEE CONTRACT SERVICES LLC

9504 N. Clarendon Ave.
Portland

Dean Shelley Construction

6950 SE 134th Ave
Portland

Denham Construction Inc

15365 SW 141st Ave
Portland

Diamond Crest Construction Inc.

P.O. Box 3042
Gresham

Dixon Inc

8050 SE 13th Ave
Portland

DODSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

2026 SE BEAVER CREEK LN
Troutdale

DUKE CONSTRUCTION & EXCAVATION

17860 SE FOSTER RD
Damascus

Earthquake Tech

210 SE Madison St
Portland

Eco Concrete Design

1212 SE Blair Rd

Eleven Engineering & Design, LLC

825 NE 20th Ave.
Portland

Encompass Construction & Maintenance Services

16076 S Harding Rd
Oregon City

Flooring Pro Inc.

12023 SE SCHILLER ST
Portland

Forest Landscape Inc

3975 NW Susbauer Rd
Cornelius

Geotechnics LLC

7629 SE Harrison St
Portland

Goodson Construction & Remodel Inc

5612 NW Landing Dr
Portland

Green O Construction, LLC.

1112 SE Maple St #C
Hillsboro

GRIPPIN CONSTRUCTION

1505 TIERRA DR
Salem

GruntWorks

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton

GTM Construction Inc

17735 Mardee Ave
Lake Oswego

Hartwell Homes LLC

12869 NW Lorraine Dr
Portland

In Your Home

16869 SW 65th Ave
Lake Oswego

InterWorks LLC

PO Box 14764
Portland

J & S CONCRETE

13999 S HWY 99 W
Mcminnville

J.K.Snow Concrete Construction

1822 s.e. Cezar E. Chavez Blvd.
Portland

Jared Mack Construction

6030 s.e. 89th
Portland

JEFF FOLEN CONTRACTOR

NE Portland
Portland

JEROME SILER

Portland

Joe Adrian Repair & Remodeling

4216 N Gantenbein Ave
Portland

John's Water Proofing

201 Airport Rd
Silverton,

John's Waterproofing

201 Airport Rd
Silverton

Joseph Ketner Construction

22707 SE Firwood Rd
Sandy

JR Concrete Construction LLC

5317 SE 140th Ave
Portland

K Witt Excavating, LLC

32050 Viewcrest Drive
Warren

KJL Tile & Masonry

5702 SW Seymour St.
Portland

Kroon's Construction, LLC

537 Bryant Hill Rd.

L.H. REMODELING

2442 Southslope Way
West Linn

Lanphere Construction & Development

13625 SW Farmington Road
Beaverton

Lo's Contracting, Inc.

4110 NE 122nd Ave
Portland

LORENTZ BRUUN CONSTRUCTION

3611 SE 20 AVE
Portland

Lovett Deconstruction Inc

2522 SE 16th Ave
Portland

M Leon Construction

123 Not Specified
Portland

Marc's Masonry

16100 SW Century Dr
Sherwood

Martian Construction, LLC

P.O. Box 56146
Portland

Maximum Construction

18410 S Green View Dr
Oregon City

Meister Masonry

15337 S Hattan Rd
Oregon City

Meoak Contracting LLC

16491 Hiram AVe

METER MIX CONCRETE Service

6400 SE 101st Ave
Portland

Meyer Construction

2241 B St
Forest Grove

Meyers Green Steel Homes

202 NE Everett Rd

Michael Todd Boehme Concrete

44900 Coalman Rd
Sandy

Mt Hood Construction Inc

PO BOX 263
Boring

Mt. Hood Custom Construction Inc.

16076 S Harding Rd
Oregon City

New Leaf Renovation

15993 SW Kreick Pl
Portland

NJP Construction LLC

304 Sw Barbur Blvd
Portland

North's Plumbing, II LLC

3960 SW 173 Rd
Beaverton

NORTHWEST STRUCTURAL MOVING

PO BOX 1148
Scappoose

NW Renovations

PO Box 186
Sherwood

NW Seismic

2649 SE Stephens St.
Portland

One Step Construction

12635 SW Butner Rd
Beaverton

PARKER CONCRETE

2850 TAYLOR WAY
Forest Grove

Patrick Masonry & Concrete

11345 NE San Rafael St
Portland

Perfexion Construction Inc

2010 SW 217th Ave
Beaverton

Permit-It.com

PO Box 998

Pete C Construction

9951 SE Eastview Dr
Happy Valley

Portland Construction Solutions

14915 SW 72nd Ave.
Portland

Portland Painting & Restoration Inc

924 SE Stephens st
Portland

Premier Pool and Spa

9150 S W Pioneer Ct
Wilsonville

Priority General Contracting, LLC

13888 SE Beech St.
Portland

Pro Design Construction LLC

236 S 5T Ave
Cornelius

PRO-BILT INC

6135 SW 150TH AVE
Beaverton

Ram Jack West

PO Box 11701
Eugene

Reierson Construction LLC

8600 SW Garden Ln
Portland

RESTORATIONS BY K&C INC

3523 NE 119th Avenue
Portland

Ridgefield Homes LLC

PO Box 22262
Portland

Roloff Construction Inc

PO Box 12142
Portland

Rose City Maintenance & Remodeling

1104 SE 148th Ave
Portland

Rupp Family Builders

29030 sw Town Ctr Lp E

RUPP FAMILY CONSTRUCTION , INC

29030 SW Town Center Loop E
Wilsonville

S & L Remodeling

PO Box 74
Aurora

Scott Swanlaw Construction & Remodeling LLC

7408 SW Taylors Ferry Rd
Portland

SealwiZe Northwest

P.O. Box 19594
Portland

Seismic Pro

3543 SE Franklin St
Portland

Seismic Technologies

8616 N Swenson St
Portland

Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,

Shepard Brothers Management

2830 NW 29th Ave
Portland

SHORE CONSTRUCTION INC

2206 SE Washington
Milwaukee

Steve Zielinski, General Contractor

1414 SE 40th Ave
Portland

Stotts Construction Company

6879 sw 204th ave
Aloha

SUN DOG CONSTRUCTION

Mt. Tabor. SE Portland.
Portland

SundanceOregon Inc

PO Box 16354
Portland

Swendsen Concrete Inc

10630 NW 289th Pl
North Plains

Ted Rudiger Excavation Inc

10448 SE 147th Avenue
Happy Valley

TerraFirma Foundation Systems

761 NE Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg

Terry Rinkes Tractor Work

PO Box 546
Beavercreek

The SHIR Corporation

9411 NE HWY 99 Ste. 1

The Wall

11120 NE Marx St
Portland

Trail Blazing Corporation

PO Box 703
Cornelius

TRUSS T BUILT

PO Box 500
Hubbard

WESTERN CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

1995 Wallace Rd NW
Salem

Wright Choice Flooring LLC

5940 SE Monroe St.
Portland

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