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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 La Plata

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Called ahead of time to see if OK to start 1 day early. Crew showed up on time and worked almost completely thru w/o breaks.
- Brad B.
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It started out well. Very professional up front with their business office staff. I made the initial appointment several weeks in advance. They sent an email confirmation and called 30 minutes ahead of time to let me know they were on their way.
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introduced themselves, measured, and offered to talk to my engineer. They did not leave me with a bid. The engineer had suggested I have a 10' hole dug to check for water.
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called me with a $2000.00 bid for this work but offered to apply it to any piering work they did. $2000.00 was way overpriced. I received another bid for $500.00. At their initial visit,
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had suggested I work with
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in the future. I contacted
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and left him a voice mail message to call my mobile phone. Instead, he called my home phone. This meant we had to play phone tag. I called him back and asked him for a bid on my house on a specific day, several weeks out. He said he was too busy and would see if
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could meet with me (didn't
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say to work with
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said he would call back in 10 minutes and I never heard from him again. Frustrated, I called
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, and he said I was on his calendar for the next day. I told
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that was news to me as I never heard back from anyone. So I met with
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and he measured, again (they lost the first measurements), and gave me a bid for 6 interior and 18 exterior piers. He also said that the office girls said they called and talked to me when they scheduled the appointment. I was offended as I never spoke with anyone, and isn't the customer always right?
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was pleasant and professional, but I got the impression that there were many more charges to come that he was not identifying. He made several innuendos about this and that. For example, pulling back the carpet and drilling holes in the foundation to see how much space was under there to see if it needed to be filled. In the end, I had too many negative experiences and doubts to spend that kind of money to have work done on my house so I went with another company.
- Shanna H.
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I called a few weeks ahead of time to schedule an appointment. They called 20 minutes ahead to let me know they were on their way. Showed up, no intro, no handshake, no fluff. All business, not salesy.
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White measured my house, gave me a drawing with piers, a bid with firm pricing (5% Angies List discount!) and educated me on piers and the process. I was impressed by
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's knowledge and the fact that he educated me and didn't just "sell" me.
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is one of only two companies that followed up with me. Several weeks later, after meeting with a total of three companies, I called
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and he came back out to answer questions and look at the possibility of more work.
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exhibited the same integrity and knowledge he impressed me with at our first visit. He suggested I didn't need the additional work that was suggested by the other two companies and said we should take a wait-and-see-approach after the 15 recommended piers were installed. His contract was straight forward and I signed that day. Within a week the work was being performed. Four guys and a foreman began hand digging the piering holes in 18 degree weather. They were diligent and it was obvious they knew what they were doing. The only day the did not come, at my recommendation, was the day temperatures were below zero and warnings were issued. We lost less landscaping than originally predicted. The workmen worked hard and expeditiously. They completed the work in 4 days, including 2 piers from the inside of my house. This work could have been a nightmare but, honestly, I have experienced more stress with having a bathroom painted than I did with having my house piered. The condition they left things in was almost as good as it was before the work was done. I would HIGHLY recommend
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- Shanna H.
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I contacted
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21 with several weeks advance notice. They were a no-show. I contacted them again and was told they forgot to put me on the schedule. Bill
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came out 2 days later and measured my house, using the engineer's drawing that I provided him with. He told me I needed to pier my whole house, including inside walls, and may need some mud jacking. I asked him why. He said my footings were bad. I asked him what that meant and, after I pushed him for an answer, finally said they were cracked. There is no way for him to know this and I doubt it is true. Two other bids and two engineer reports don't support this and they don't support piering my whole house. He never followed up with me. I didn't care for his demeanor, did not feel he was being honest with me, and I expect a lot more from someone who wants me to spend $39,500.00 with them.
- Shanna H.
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is very professional and communicates well. He and his crew were organized, performed the work in a timely manner, and cleaned up well. The work was extensive and complex; I am not an expert in this line of work, but it appears to have been carefully prepared and executed. I would highly recommend this company
- Julia M.
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The support for the structure, which had started to deform and separate from the house proper, was solidly re-anchored and appears absolutely stable. The work was done over two years ago, so the success of the project is clear.
- JEFFREY M.
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The job was done and like any company only time will tell how it was done however the issue is that they are very hard to get a hold of and more so the follow up after the job. I have been trying to get replacement soil delivered for weeks and can't even get a reply. Now I have holes around the piers that are exposed and replacement soil is supposed to be part of the service. I'm scared to see how hard it would be to get in touch with them if something went wrong and needed to try and use the warranty. Not a fan of the customer service and follow through.
- Ryan D.
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I was impressed with ARW throughout the entire process of getting our foundation repaired. They actually visited our house twice to ensure they had the correct assessment and recommendations for repairs. (We had three companies come bid on the project but ultimately were the most comfortable with the ARW products and people, which proved to be an excellent decision.) The crew who came to work at our house was all very nice, and their crew leader
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was happy to answer and all questions as they went along. The company owner stayed in touch throughout the process as well. They performed several type of work throughout our crawlspace, and upon completion,
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gave a thorough walkthrough and explanation as to everything they had done. I would definitely recommend them to people looking to have any of this type of service done.
- Brady M.

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A A Action Waterproofing Inc

410 S Camp Meade Rd
Linthicum Heights

A-Plus Advantage Inc

4423 Lehigh Rd
College Park

AAV INC

8101 Hudson Falls Way

ABC Design and Build Inc

6715 Blacklick Rd

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd
Riverdale

Ameri-Dry Waterproofing

11011 McCormick Rd
Hunt Valley

American Home Specialists

13221 Mockingbird ln
Bowie

American Mold & Restoration

3540 Crain Hwy
Bowie

American Renovations & Remodeling LLC

3555 Secluded Spring Dr.
Mt. Airy

American Service & Installation Corp.

15812 Mt. Everest
Silver Spring

Americas Best Contractor

2972 Ps Business Center Dr

Andre's Technology Empire

1200 Delaware Avenue SW Suite 303

Aquaguard Waterproofing

6820 Distribution Dr.
Beltsville

Avedon USA LLC

Upper Marlboro

Avon Corp

5621 Vine St

AWT & ASSOCIATES

6047Old Central Ave.
Capitol Heights

B & B Quality Home Improvement

13251 overcup oak court

Ballard Enterprises LLC

2875 Hambleton Rd
Riva

BASEMENT UNLIMITED

1430 Galena Rd
Essex

Bay State Custom Homes LLC

P O Box 322
Brookeville

Bob Grill General Contractor Inc

9817 Lanham Severn Rd
Lanham

C & B Mason

15521 KRUHM RD
Burtonsville

Chamberlin-Washington Inc.

6482 Sligo Mill Rd
Takoma Park

Chesapeake Builders, LLC

2508 Cherokee Street
Adelphi

City Masonry, LLC

816 N Washington st

City Renovations & Remodeling LLC

938 E Swann Creek Rd
Fort Washington

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St

Contractors Consortium LLC

6412 Brandon Ave.

Cook Construction Contracting

8552 Dakota Dr
Gaithersburg

D & F CONSTRUCTION

11913 SEVEN LOCKS RD
Potomac

D & S Builders

331 Apple Grove School Rd

D&T Construction

PO BOX 459
Owings

Dash Construction Inc.

17910 Barney Drive
Accokeek

Dave's Masonry

Atlantic Av
Rockville

David Ricard Masonry

12329 Beechnut Ct

DUNKIRK CONSTRUCTION

3110 HICKORY RIDGE RD
Dunkirk

Earth Friendly Services

3015 Sycamore Pl
Huntingtown

East Coast Builders, Inc

29948 Barger Dr
Mechanicsville

EASTERN CONCRETE FOUNDATION

7950 PENN RANDALL PL
Upper Marlboro

Economy Exterminators

2160 N Salem St

Elite Development

4401 Connecticut Ave NW

Environmental Solutions Service

18244 Piedmont Dr
Cobb Island

Excellent Services

607 Forbes St

EYECATCHERS SCAPES & STRUCTURE

4709 ELMER DERR RD
Frederick

Feature Construction LLC

3831 S. George Mason Dr.

FEATURE DESIGN INC

6361 VERDE CT

FIRE WORKS CLEANING

12210 CONWAY RD
Beltsville

G & E Landscaping & Concrete Services

20801 Hermanville Rd
Lexington Park

G C Construction LLC

9201 Gilmore Dr

GCA CONTRACTING LLC

P.O. BOX 406
Riverdale

Gebcon Corporation

17504 Black Rock Rd
Germantown

General Home Care LLC

4029 Postgate Terrace
Silver Spring

Graham Restoration LLC

11271 James Madison highway

Green Foot Landscaping ,LLc

Po Box 60541
Potomac

Greene Home Services, LLC

13208 Ardennes Ave
Rockville

Guevara Concrete

4214 Avon dr

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd

Home Contractors Plus

8402 Quill Point Dr
Bowie

HOMES AMERICA GROUP

27530 Persimmon Ln
Mechanicsville

HP Drywall

5824 Ridings Manor Pl

J & E Home Services

10118 Hampton Woods Dr

Jamison Caulking, Sealants & Services LLC

11308 Old Hopkins Rd
Clarksville

JES Foundation Repair

569 Central Dr

JJC Construction

12880 Edwin Drive

JP Companies Inc

43543 Braddock Rd

JRM DRYWALL & FINISHING INC

1220 S. FREDERICK STREET

LATHROUM MASONRY LLC

20867 Heathers Lane
Callaway

LEVELIFT SYSTEMS, INC.

8264 Preston Court
Jessup

Liberty Constrution of Waldorf, Inc

11700 Bad Dog Valley
Waldorf

Lifelong Renovations, LLC

43610 Lifelong Landing Lane
Hollywood

Lighthouse Property Management, Ltd.

9419 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

Limitless Design & Build, LLC.

12587 Fair Lakes Cir #263

LUNA CONCRETE INC

11011 LANHAM SEVERN RD
Glenn Dale

M & J Classic Craftsmen, Inc

3502 Majestic Pine Ln

M&M Quality Home Improvements LLC

6032 Gholson Bridge Ct.

Maryland Builders, Inc.

7603 Powhatan Street
New Carrollton

Maryland Waterproofing & Radon Reduction Inc

407 Headquarters Dr
Millersville

MCCO Michaels Construction Company

12406 Great Park Circle
Germantown

Mid S Builders LLC

15521 Kruhm Rd
Burtonsville

Midas Arlington

1001 South Glebe Rd

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S Crescent Drive

MINOR CONCRETE WORK LLC

9224 CLIFF MILLS RD

MJ Home Services LLC

4367 Hollins Ferry Rd
Baltimore

Molina's Contruction INC

7532 Quail Run Ln

MP POWER INC

18605 SHADOW RIDGE TER
Olney

Mr Basement

832 Oregon Ave Ste H
Linthicum Heights

M² BUILDING AND DESIGN

7407 ALBERMARLE DR

PERHE DESIGN BUILD & CONSTRUCTION

8909 Brookville Rd
Silver Spring

Precision Home Care

51 whitman rd

Pro Home Services

7301 Mill Run Dr
Rockville

ProCraft Construction

2201 Spencerville Rd
Spencerville

RC 4 Construction, Inc

5504 Peppercorn Drive

Rivera Construction Family Business, LLC

906 Browning Avenue
Takoma Park

RJY CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 6623
Silver Spring

RYAN & ASSOCIATES

2412 Wynfield Ct
Frederick

S D LOHR, INC

7470 BENSVILLE RD
Waldorf

Saund Builders Inc

5416 Colchester Meadow Lane

SOPRO Construction & Landscapes

26212 Ridge Road
Damascus

SORGO CONSTRUCTION

4080 Hallowing point rd.
Prince Frederick

South Paw Masonry

3834 Harrison Lane
Huntingtown

Stefan Home Service

5901 Sheraton Cir.

STRAIGHT UP CUSTOM HOMES

2425 FLAG MARSH RD
Mount Airy

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T&B Renovation Company, LLC

3615-H Chain Bridge Road

Tech 24 Construction

5256 Eisenhower Ave

THE CRACK MAN / THE CRACK TEAM

11139 DEWEY RD
Kensington

The Sharper Cut Inc

11602 Cheltenham Rd
Upper Marlboro

U 1st Home Improvements

7757 Belle Point Dr
Greenbelt

Universal Maintenance

65173 Seventh Road

Unlimited Design Builders Inc

9003 Greenbelt rd
Lanham

Value Dry Waterproofing

8735 Bollman Pl
Savage

Valued Homes

4930 Solomons Island Rd
Huntingtown

Van-Q construction, LLC

17822 Buehler Rd
Olney

VRN Masonry Inc

19424 Laguna Dr
Gaithersburg

We Can Fix That

5510 Greenfield Ave
Baltimore

WERNER RENOVATIONS

4585 MACARTHURBLVD NW APT 301

Worldwide Concrete

8259 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Pasadena

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