Portland Foundation Repair Contractors

in Portland, OR

Foundation Repair Reviews in Portland

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Evaluation and initial meeting: The RJ estimator came the day after I called. He went into every corner of every room in our house and in the addition, taking leveling data. He walked all around the outside of the house, with me, pointing out evidence of a problem with the addition foundation, no evidence of a drainage issue, etc. He answered my questions. He
up a plan of our house with the leveling measurements on it, and wrote up the estimate in front of me, including prices for each line item. Our addition was pulling away from the house on one side, and was 3/4" lower on one corner. The solution was to temporarily support the addition where the 3 support posts were, and then use helical piers to be "screwed" into the soil to a certain torque (which means it can support a certain load). 3 new posts would be attached to the brackets on the top of the piers, and these would be reattached to the addition. I asked about scheduling and permits - this needed to be done in concert with the City of Portland Planning Dept. He explained that the job requires several steps, including a visit from a structural engineer, torque measurements from the test pile (see below), a soils report, permits, another inspection, and backfilling of the holes that are dug. He got back to me re. the permitting, stating that RJ had worked out a new arrangement with the City that allowed them to use the engineer's report in
of a City inspector's visit, which would save time during the course of the work, and which made the job cost lower. I should say here that I had one other quote, also from a contractor that specializes in foundation work. The man took random measurements in some rooms of our house, toured the outside, came to the same conclusion as the RJ estimator re. the problem and the solution, wrote up the quote, but without prices attached to each line item, and the price was almost exactly double the RJ price. Because of that and the time the estimator took with me at our initial meeting, and the new process to streamline the permitting, we chose
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Scheduling: We were going on vacation and needed the work to be done before we left. They accommodated us, starting about 10 days after the estimate was made.
The job: Workmen were always pleasant and prompt. The first day, the crew came to drill a "test pile" in the presence of the engineer: he witnessed them "screwing" a helical pier into the soil in 2 places near the work site, watching the torque gauge until they got to the torque target he had given them. The crew brought a tiny Bobcat along the side of the house to do this. The next day, permits having been obtained, another crew came to put in temporary supports and hand-dig 3 large holes for the piers. They drove in the piers. The engineer came back to check the torque numbers again. The City inspector came to OK the work, and the next day the crew returned to lift the addition to level, demonstrating this with the levelling machine for me. The engineer came back to make his final check. He turned in his soils report, and we waited for another inspection by the City. This happened after another day, and then the crew returned to remove the temporary supports and fill in the holes. All was left in very good order. I am pleased to recommend
- we are very satisfied. They have given us a guarantee that lasts for the lifetime of the structure, and is transferable to another owner, should we sell.
- Jane R.
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Despite a snowy day, they cut a tree out of the way and arrived on time. On time, on budget. Great job.
- Frederic T.

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Foundation Repair reviews in Portland

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We had the estimate completed over a year before we called back to schedule and they were happy to hear from us and got us scheduled right away. They were booked over a 6 weeks in advance, due to th start of raining season, but showed up on the exact day they had scheduled us. They completed the work much more quickly than originally estimated (less than one day vs two) so less time off work. Their crew cut concrete to install the water guard system but the area was amazingly tidy after they left. Half of our basement is finished, and they were working in the unfinished area, so we were worried about dust getting around but they kept the door closed, worked very efficiently through the windows in the unfinished area, and took care of business. Since then, we have no longer had water problems during heavy rains.
- Sally R.
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Original bid was for part of the job and the rest was to be on a time & materials basis. When I asked for a 'not-to-exceed' price, the result was twice the price of another contractor who got the job. The work they proposed went far beyond the needs of the problem. They should have said they didn't do that kind of work and not bid on the portion that was time & materials.
- Michael S.
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I initially contacted
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in May after a poor experience with a competitor (I won't share his thoughts on that). On two separate occasions between May and
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came over and spent an hour and a half talking about his service. The first time he came, his estimate was 50k for a basement lift/excavation/pour, on the higher end but within the ballpark for the 750-900 square footage and the project. The second time he brought his partner and talked about the job being 50-70k, she was going to excavate, etc, etc. I had significant difficulty reaching him during the summer (I think there were some family health issues out of state). I was repeatedly clear that the project was a priority and that the timeline/budget needed to get firmed up. in August he showed up with several additional personnel and started talkng about the project approaching 100k. I said it was out of the question, 70k was the ceiling with an understood fudge factor of 10%, or 80k total. At the time I thought the additional folks were subcontractors, but they each had me sign a separate agreement.
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requested a $500 deposit/consulting fee. I asked why I was signing two agreements and was told that was how each of them handled things to protect their own businesses. Turns out
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had transferred the general contracting to this other company and had chosen only to complete the actual lift (which I found out AFTER terminating). The final bid for the project came in NOVEMBER at $140k. Completely outrageous. I actually burst into tears. This also came with monies owed to the other company of $6800 for house drawings and engineering (which I never would have done if I'd known the project was going to be almost three times the original bid, 2.5x if you take out the drawings I requested and the engineering I foolishly agreed to). By the way, there were no surprises that came up or anything that in any way justified not telling me the minute it was clear the project couldn't be done within my budget. While I was only out $500 to
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, following his lead ended up costing several thousand dollars, several months' time wasted and rental income lost for a project that won't be completed. During a final call with
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, he offered to return the $500 deposit. He was a bit sarcastic when asking if I'd like it returned, but I said I would. I never received a check, never received a response to my email stating I hadn't received the check and never heard from him again. He actually requested on more than one occasion that I write a review of the first company that came out.
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can be unpleasant, and I'm sorry to have been put in the position of writing this one. I will certainly update this review if something changes.
- Carrie C.
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I was very impressed with RamJack. A knowledgeable rep came by and did a thorough job evaluating my situation. I was fairly concerned about the floor sag but after discussion RamJack advised me that the work was not necessary. Not many contractors would do this and I really appreciate this. I will definitely call them again in the future if I need this type of work.
- David A.
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This was a home that we were under contract to buy. During inspections we discovered a slew of issues with the home, including these foundation issues.
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provided us with an estimate for addressing the home's foundation issues. The estimator was punctual and explained their proposed solution adequately. Their 75-year transferrable warranty was very reassuring and appealling. Ultimately, we did not move forward with our purchase of the home and thus did not actually use
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- Ivy C.
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The work was extremely poorly done and began to crumble within a week. They came out to "fix" it several months later, and it degraded again immediately after they finished. It looks much worse than before they did the work. It would have been better to have done nothing.
The intent was to shore up and provide preventive maintenance on the exterior, exposed foundation. I had had a great experience with this company (chimney work) a year earlier, and called to follow up on a quote for the foundation they had given at that time. The individual I had worked with in 2010 was no longer with the company, but I went ahead anyway. Nemesio came out to do the work this time. It was November 2011, and I questioned whether or not the cold snap would impact the success of the job. He said it would be fine. Within days, the new foundation
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began cracking, bubbling, and peeling. I called repeatedly and sent pictures of the problem spots. By the time he came out to do the repairs, in May of 2012, most of the walls showed the same pattern. He redid the work. Again, it quickly began to crack, peel, and crumble off. Calls to the company were rarely returned. It was never ultimately fixed, patched, or compensated. A complaint to the better business bureau is in the works. This was a complete waste of money, and the foundation looks embarrassingly terrible.
- Dana B.
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This is the type of customer service that exceeds my expectations.
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did a full inspection complete with measurements. He even made extra effort to come by and perform the inspection on a Friday late in the day. I really appreciate him doing this. Even though the inspection determined no work was needed,
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did not charge a penny for his excellent service.
- patrick P.
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They did an excellent job. They took time to show me what they were going to do, stopped in the middle to show me how it was going, and explained everything they had done at the end. I would definitely hire them again. I wasn't aware they had a 2% credit card fee when I had to work done and they waived the fee in the end which was very fair. Very happy with everything.
- Nathaniel F.
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All Foundation Repair Specialists in Portland, OR

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JM Landscaping & Irrigation

324 E 7th St
Vancouver, WA

Joe Adrian Repair & Remodeling

4216 N Gantenbein Ave
Portland, OR

John fleskes, llc

15715 NW Mason Hill Rd.
North Plains, OR

John's Waterproofing

201 Airport Rd
Silverton, OR

Jordan Rich Construction & Remodeling LLC

4326 NE 80th Ave
Portland, OR

Joseph Ketner Construction

22707 SE Firwood Rd
Sandy, OR

JR Concrete Construction LLC

5317 SE 140th Ave
Portland, OR

K Witt Excavating, LLC

32050 Viewcrest Drive
Warren, OR

KAMRAN OHI P E

Annandale, VA

KJL Tile & Masonry

5702 SW Seymour St.
Portland, OR

Kroon's Construction, LLC

537 Bryant Hill Rd.
Woodland, WA

L.H. REMODELING

2442 Southslope Way
West Linn, OR

Lanphere Construction & Development

13625 SW Farmington Road
Beaverton, OR

LORENTZ BRUUN CONSTRUCTION

3611 SE 20 AVE
Portland, OR

Lovett Deconstruction Inc

2522 SE 16th Ave
Portland, OR

M Leon Construction

123 Not Specified
Portland, OR

Marc's Masonry

16100 SW Century Dr
Sherwood, OR

Martian Construction, LLC

P.O. Box 56146
Portland, OR

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