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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.

 

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Foundation Repair reviews in Gainesville

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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 Gainesville, GA

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A Plus Remodeling

19 Misty Ridge Dr
Kingston

AA Handyman

330 North Crosslane Rd.
Monroe

AAA Basement Waterproofing

71 Dakota Ln
Ringgold

Abercrombie Contracting

7301 Holland Way
Lawrenceville

ACS Construction Inc.

PO Box 13175
Atlanta

Affordable Craftsmen

2985 Gordy Pkwy
Marietta

All Clear Attics

4816 Shallow Farm Dr NE
Kennesaw

All Pro Atlanta Home Repair Service

47 Floyd Creek Church Rd.
Taylorsville

ALM & Associates, LLC

3695F Cascade Rd Ste 1122
Atlanta

Am Renovations Inc.

2575 Delk Rd.
Marietta

American Crawlspace Solutions

120 Lantana Dr
Locust Grove

American Design & Build LLC

4651 Woodstock Rd
Roswell

Anglin's Foundation & Masonry Repairs

1027 Oregon Trail SW
Marietta

APD septic and sewer services

6606 hwy 85
Riverdale

AquaGuard Foundation Solutions

581 Webb Industrial Dr
Marietta

Atlanta Construction Enterprises Inc

121 Courtland Circle
Powder Springs

Atlanta Home Solutions

390 Racetrack Rd
Mcdonough

Atlanta House Surgeons

260 Peachtree Street
Atlanta

ATLANTA PAINTING & CONSTRUCTION

6175 HICKORY FLAT HWY
Canton

Atlanta ProSource Services Inc

1502 Larson Way Sw
Marietta

Atlaro International & Co

4000 Dunwoody Park
Dunwoody

Atlas Piers of Atlanta

535 Winkler Dr
Alpharetta

ATM Constructors, Inc

3559 Six Oaks Court
Decator

B-Dry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair

4370 Shallowford Industrial Pkwy
Marietta

Babcock Roofing Pro's

2993 SANDY PLAINS RD
Marietta

Baldpates Foundation and construction LLC

10409 Old Atlanta Highway
Covington

Barrow Contracting, Inc

3011 Rainbow Dr
Decatur

BaseLine Construction,LLC

376 walnut dr
Woodstock

Basement King LLC

5321 Yoshino Ter
Powder Springs

Blackhawk Construction Services, LLC

2270 Northwest Parkway
Marietta

Blue Sash, LLC

2593 Windage SW
Marietta

Braswell Construction Group Inc

6105 Emory St NW
Covington

BullDawg Contractors, LLC.

487 Leaflet Ives Trail
Lawrenceville

C. Nash

5934 Rosie Ln
Mableton

Cantsink

71 1st Ave NW
Lilburn

Chandler Contracting & Maintenance

3276 Brownlee Ln SW
Lilburn

Chastain Services

Flat Shoals Church Rd.
Stockbridge

Classic Renovations and Home Repairs

2242 Brookfield Dr
Lawrenceville

Classic Stone & Masonry

126 Terrane Ridge
Peachtree City

Clements Construction

127 St. Clair Drive
Conyers

Colors & Remodeling, Inc

PO Box 1393
Powder Springs

Con South,Inc

1560 mosaic way

Constantine Development

2191 Northwest Pkwy SE
Marietta

DCV Builders LLC

P.O. Box 142215
Fayetteville

DMC Construction

3657 Medlock Brg
Johns Creek

Donald W Suter Inc

7217 Post Rd
Winston

ELITE CLEANING & REPAIR CREW

P.O BOX 1185
Tucker

Engineered Solutions of Georgia

2260 Northwest Parkway
Marietta

ETL Construction

1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy.
Athens

EverDry Waterproofing

3800 New McEver Rd NW
Acworth

F P Spanish Contractors

342 Westley Park DR

FCS Residential Design/Build

286 Apperson Dr.
Winder

Flatstone Partners, LLC

750 Forest Crossing Drive Sw
Atlanta

Foundation Worx

3375 Medlock Bridge Rd
Norcross

G & L Builder Group

3420 Haddon Hall Dr
Buford

Golden Insurance Advocates, LLC

4651 Woodstock Rd #208-110
Roswell

GOLDMAN GRADING

520 Sweet Creek Dr
Lawrenceville

GSK WATERPROOFING

Lawrenceville

HFR & Company Inc./ HFR Management

2231 Faulkner NE Rd.
Atlanta

Home Renovations & Remodeling of Atlanta

4920 Atlanta Hwy
Alpharetta

Homestead Roofing

PO Box 752
Buford

Intown Contracting

3275 Majestic Circle
Avondale Estates

Kade Homes & Renovations

401 Pilgrim Mill Road
Cumming

KELLOGG CONSTRUCTION CO INC

2975 CORDURY TER
Cumming

Kevin Murphy Construction LLC

2022 Cambridge Dr
Woodstock

Landmark Builders and Home Repairs

573 N. Saint Mary's Lane
Marietta

Madison Row Remodel & Renovations

1225 Whitlock Cove
Alpharetta

Mark Mitry Remodeling

6920 Wade Rd
Austell

Mckay and Associates

603 Turner McCall Blvd NE
Rome

MD House Doctors

1234 Spooner Street
Alpharetta

Metro Home Care

4725 Cobb parkway

MFH Homes & Communities, LLC

2506 Lakewood Avenue
Atlanta

Mike Moore Contracting, LLC

8315 Nicholson Road
Cumming

Murrell's Waterproofing Services, Inc.

813 Garmon Park Court
Loganville

Nelson Masonry & Construction,LLC

90-F Glenda Trace #417
Newnan

Norse Construction Company

2209 Perkerson Road
Atlanta

North Georgia Concrete

106 Dixie Dr
Woodstock

Norton Homeworks

434 Green Street
Gainesville

Outside The Box Construction

44 Pine Ridge Road
White

Parker Construction LLC

274 Old McCoy Place
Waleska

Parker Enterprises

2158 Cedar Dr
Lawrenceville

PB Construction

1816 Fair Oaks Pl
Decatur

PERMA JACK OF ATLANTA

2100 ROSWELL RD
Marietta

Pinch a penny l.l.c.

5923 4 Winds Dr SW
Lilburn

PK Masonry

5090 Highway 92
Douglasville

Prestige Residential A Cochrane Group

60 Millers Mill Rd
Stockbridge

Pro Maintenance Solutions

Cleveland Highway
Gainesville

Redhand Stucco & Construction LLC

9235 raven dr
Jonesboro

Retaining Walls Company

725 Branch Drive
Alpharetta

RG Property Maintenance Specialist

2409 Tammeron Dr SW
Marietta

RJM Renovations LLC

10945 Statebridge Rd
Alpharetta

ROC Building & Development LLC

4850 Golden Parkway
Buford

Rock Solid Specialty Construction

PO Box 492763
Lawrenceville

S.Duren General Contractors

716 Mt. Zion Rd
Conyers

Safe and Affordable Handyman

4335 Hwy 53
Hoschton

Sayers Brothers Construction

2030 Howell Bridge Rd
Ball Ground

Service by Hector

2690 Larkspur Dr
Atlanta

Simply Southern Homes LLC

PO Box 110
Monroe

South Atlanta Construction

230 Hampton St
Mcdonough

Southern Contracting

520 Bethany Rd.
Covington

Stone Craft Inc.

4011harmony church grove rd

StressFree Contractors, LLC

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross

Sundry Waterproofing

5981 Kay Dr
Norcross

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T. B. Concrete

3056 Mill Park Terrace
Dacula

The Concrete Doctor

4860 camelot dr
Douglasville

The Howard Group, Inc.

1010 Lakeview Knoll

The Stone Mason

190 lake dr.
Atlanta

Thomas Contracting

999 Malibu Dr
Marietta

THRASH & SONS

3127 LATONA DR
Atlanta

TOT Contracting

2090 Baker Rd. Suite 304-209
Kennesaw

Trademark Contractors, LLC

5215 Palmero Ct
Buford

Trotter Co

2614 Chestnut Dr N
Atlanta

TrueCraft, LLC

192 Chicopee Dr NE
Marietta

Unique Concrete Concepts

6205 Jacobs Rd SE
Acworth

W.E. Concrete Inc.

3441 BOYD ST
Lithia Springs

Weather-guard Contractors

3595 Canton Rd
Marietta

Wells General Contractors, Inc.

100-B Amos Drive
Cumming

Westport Development, LLC.

1240 Johnson Ferry Place
Marietta

Wilson Remodeling Group LLC

777 Chanson Dr SW
Marietta

Wilson Roofing and Restoration

2082 Bethlehem Church Road
Grantville

Woody's Home Repair

2362 Brackett Rd sw
Marietta

WOOTEN AFTER HOURS MAINTENANCE INC

88 SPRUCE LN SE
Cartersville

Works Of Art

323 Hickory Street
Social Circle

XtremeLine Builders LLC.

1138 durrell st.

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