San Francisco Foundation Repair Specialists

in San Francisco, CA

543
Foundation Repair Specialists are
in San Francisco

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Foundation Repair Specialists in San Francisco
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Frank R.
"This project went very well. This project had a lot of unforeseen "stuff" happen, but the price ended up only 20% more. Specifically, the original price did NOT include:" 1) raising a 10 foot peice of footing at the entrance of the garage; 2) removing an addition cubic yard or so of dirt; and 3) adding an additional floor above the old floor to get the height to an appropriate level so that only a couple of inches of concrete was needed to finish the job on the inside of the garage.
is the consumate professional. He is creative and thoughtful; he thinks through a problem and offers several different ways of solving it. He is very honest and a man of his word. I have done much of my own construction work as a homeowner, and I was very impressed. He is an architect, so he has a fine mind which makes a difference when solving problems that come up in big construction projects. I worked with 2 other contractors on big projects for my home, and
was the best by far.
also has an excellent crew. Every day they arrived on time or early. The crew was helpful and answered my many questions. It was a very dusty and dirty project with lots of heavy concrete and dirt. Yet, his team kept the worksite clean and bareable. I was very impressed with the crew and gave the head the crew a tip at the end of the job. Finally, when the job ended there was one little detail that bothered me....some puddling near the footing of the foundation, away from the garage. This puddling was the result of unevenness in the adjacent sidewalk not on my property; it was not caused by any mistake per
. Still, I asked
if he could somehow
the puddle formed where the two sidewalks met from the unevenness of the grade. He did this at no extra charge even though the puddle was not really an issue I had to worry about. He gave me peace of mind which is one of the reasons why I highly recommend his company. I have never been completely satisfied with any construction done on my home, but this project was the best to date!
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Piya C.
"The entire project felt very professional. As first time home owners, we did not know what we were doing,
and her team were experienced and thorough and educated us without stressing us out.
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Charlotte H.
"The job went well. Reasonable price, work done well and in good time. Eamon
stayed in touch with us throughout by email.The finished product is superior. " The house looks beautiful with the old brick chimney gone.Thank you
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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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I hope I am reading the question correctly.  By added work, I assume you are speaking of change orders or additional work as opposed to the original work he contracted for? I think there are very few occasions that it would be wise to pay a contractor in full up front for work on the main contract that you are hireing him for. BUT, It is quite common that a general contractor will charge for (and should be paid), all change orders 100% upfront, as changes are typically very disruptive to a building process. Charging up front is somewhat to discourage changes as well as to not make the builder deal with chasing after money at least if he has to work quickly to modify his schedule due to the change at hand. It should have been spelled out in his contract with you prior to the start of the job that that was the agreement for how changes would be handled.

 

Some unscrupulous customers can also contract for work that they don't actually have the money for and then it puts the builder at a disadvantage at the end of the project when trying to collect. so basically doing a change is a courtesy so paying changes up front is part of reciprocating and extending courtesy back.

 

Also, check with some of his references and referral customers and find out if they too had the same experience and see if it worked out ok for them. 

Foundation Repair reviews in San Francisco

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We had to do a seismic upgrade to our small one-
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house and had previously consulted with two structural engineers on the scope of the job. We decided to just bolt the foundation and strengthen the post-to-beam connections. Whereas other contractors who looked at it tried to upsell us on
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-walling and whatnot
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saw the engineer’s point: That, given the small size of our house,
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-walling was beneficial but was not necessary. He got himself into the very-tight crawlspace and looked at it thoroughly (some contractors would only peek at the space with a flashlight -
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crawled on his belly and was very gentle with the duct-work from our furnace).

The bid was very reasonable, though I did have to call him a couple of times to get him to write it up (I have found this is just part of working with contractors - the squeaky wheel gets the grease - we used to think it was a red flag but we are older and wiser now). And, wow,
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got in there and banged the work out in two days with just an assistant. I got on my belly (inspired by
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’s example) and found the work to be excellent. He also walked us through what it would take for us to do the
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-walling ourselves.

Overall this has been the most positive experience we have had with a contractor since we bought the house 10 years ago. We will definitely be asking him to bid on future projects and I hope to work with him again
- SEAN S.
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He put together an engineering analysis of what happened, how it happened and what to do about it. He was a nice guy and top notch. He was going to charge us $75 for preparing a report but he came out for free.
- Julie G.
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Overall things went very well.
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was willing to hire my plumber and painter as subs. The work looks beautiful and
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made sure if any mistakes were made, he had them fixed; for example, some cabinets were dinged by workers, the deck and steps had to be replaced in areas do to the same. Everyone went to extra mile to make sure I was happy with the results.
- Raquel B.
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He stared the work would take 1-2 hours. However, he just kept doing the same thing over and over and talking to us. He told me to bring a blueprint I had, which he didn’t look at. He said he wouldn’t be able to give me a written report as this was extra. I paid him and said he would email a receipt, which he eventually did. I felt taken.
- Barbara C.
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Estimate done quickly, contract within next day, work started soon thereafter, workers on-time, cleaned up daily and finished project on time.
- Kathleen R.
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We had been debating when to change the deck. It was in really bad shape with alot of dry rot.
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came over and gave us an estimate. We decided to go with him since he offered both the design and build service and his past work was great. His crew were very careful not to hurt our plants--trees and shrubs in the front. They demolished the existing deck, removed the debris promtly and began to frame out the new deck. They tied the new deck to the existing beams jutting out over the garage. The new design gave the house a facelift. The old stucco walled deck was replaced with a treated redwood design that allowed the air flow and redwood spindles the length of the house.
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's crew was very considerate and left their work area clean every day. In two weeks they were done and were painting the deck to match the house. We have enjoyed the deck all year long and have gotten alot of compliments. Several neighbors have now had
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redo their decks as well.
- Raymond D.
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Each case was different. The last time I used him was to update lighting in the kitchen, dining room, and family room. As above, he came several times to map out the project, started on time and ended on time, with minimal fuss or mess.
- SUSAN S.

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TEEVAN RESTORATION

2247 UNION ST
San Francisco

The Handyman Can of Marin

1709 Center Rd
Novato

Thos Builders

18 Malavear Ct
Pacifica

Times Up Termite Inc

452 Whitney St
San Leandro

TK Landscapes

3875 Park Blvd
Palo Alto

TMS Construction & General Engineering Co.

2585 El Camino Real
Santa Clara

Tom Coll Construction

1422 16th Ave.
San Francisco

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

Tovar Concrete Contractors

1285 Matterhorn Dr

Tree Dimensions Construction

1172 Terra Nova Blvd
Pacifica

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

Trekson Inc.

Pleasanton

Troy Construction

7387 Terrace Drive
El Cerrito

Tycon Builders Inc

San Francisco

Ultimate Concrete

PO Box 177
Turlock

Universal Developing, Inc

871 Industrial Rd, Unit A
San Carlos

Vaggione Properties

12747 Saratoga Glen Ct.
Saratoga

Van Hooser Enterprises

1049A Dell Ave
Campbell

Van Note Construction

PO Box 826
San Miguel

Vandonzel Construction Inc

1170 Clark Street
San Jose

Vantage Construction Inc

PO Box 9580
Santa Rosa

Vargas Construction

664 Red Rome Ln
Brentwood

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr
Fremont

VIRDI CONSTRUCTION. INC

P.O.Box 953
Fremont

West Construction Co.

PO Box 5561
Oakland

Wickman Development And Construction

319 Rutledge Street
San Francisco

Wilkinson Design & Construction Inc.

46 Greenfield Dr
San Anselmo

Wilkinson Design+Construction Inc.

72 Clayton Street
San Rafael

Winzeler Construction Service

931 Hastings Drive
Concord

WK Construction

San Francisco

Wolff Contracting Inc.

3100 Dutton Ave
Santa Rosa

Y B Construction

1226 Heatherstone Way
Sunnyvale

YAU CONSTRUCTION INC

1531 WENDY DR
Pleasant Hill

Zinc Builders

1325B Evans ave
San Francisco

Zoo Crew Construction

3067 Anderson lane
Oakley
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