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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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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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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.

 

Don

Foundation Repair reviews in Wood River

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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 Wood River, IL

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Atlas Foundation Solutions, LLC

2451 North Lark Drive

Atmospheres

221 Robert Ave

B & W Foundations Inc

17418 Manchester Rd

Get it Done

7045 Lena Ave

Green World Solutions

7 Count Fleet Circle

Haislar Properties Inc

1220 River Chase Dr

Handymanage

6643 Sutherland

HAYNES WATERPROOFING

1724 Clarkson Rd

Kincade Construction

37 W Acton Ave
Wood River

Lafayette Construction

3000 S. Jefferson

M.A. Enterprises

336 Magoffin Trails Court

MCGINNIS & ASSOCIATES

1110 WESTMARK DR

Mid-States Foundation Strategies

4466 Strohbeck Lane
Brighton

Midstate Contractors LLC

8991A Commercial Blvd.

Midwest Basement Tech.

P.O. Box 38
Brighton

MIDWEST REPAIR

401 WOODRUN DR

MOLD SOLUTIONS

2344 Weldon Pkwy

Pier Magic Stl

111 Rock Cliff Ct D

Plaster Creations

1364 Meadow Dr

Prestige Contracting and Remodeling Inc

1751 Fountainbleu
Edwardsville

Pro Basement Finishers

606 E Pearce Blvd

Water Leak Specialist

14 Apple Tree dr.

Waterproof-Solutions

1679 Springdale Blvd

West End Services

17 Woodside Drive
Belleville

Woods Basement Systems Inc

524 Vandalia St
Collinsville

woodson waterproofing

p.o.box773
Collinsville

Young Innovations

5235 Butler Hill Estates Drive

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