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"Our home foundation was sagging in one of the corners due to a washed out storm sewer line. The foundation was ncracked in many places and we were concerned that" the process would continue until we addressed the cause. The company gave us a reasonable estimate for the extensive work that would be required. They were prompt, courteous, and efficient.
, the owner, is knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend the company to anyone needing similar work done.

-Thomas M.

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"The technician came out and took measurements at various corners of the house (internal). He also inspected the outside. There is some foundational drop, which I" already suspected. He advised me to install soaker hoses around the front perimeter of the home to prevent further sinking. Also provided a quote for piers to fix the front end of the home.

-Sonya S.

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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 La Plata

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Their price was the best of the other estimates we received. The job was completed in about five days and they cleaned up well. They were very professional and knew what they were doing. Everything worked out real well.
- David O.
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This was my first time using the company, and everything went well. They had a competitive price, they did good work, and they didn't leave behind any messes.
- Gaylene G.
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All I did was pay for an “evaluation”—essentially an estimate. The aim was to prevent basement seepage. The plan proposed was to patch possible cracks from the inside, which seems to be less good than from the outside but better than nothing. However, this involved my removing drywall from the basement wall to determine whether there were cracks and then replacing it. Later I found another person who dug from the outside, patched a number of cracks and covered the outside of the basement wall with a protective substance. This is, I have heard, a better technique and it also didn’t involve removing and then replacing drywall from the inside.
- Vincent M.
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I waited three days before I called them. They apologized and said they would send out the estimate the following morning. 4 days later, I called them again and they finally sent it over. Their work may be good but the customer service experience was a turn off
- Susan A.
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and his crew (
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& Hunter) arrived 5 minutes before the scheduled time on a cold morning.... 16 degrees! They quickly and professionally went about their business and completed the work in about 5 hours. They cleaned up the areas where work was performed so well that you could hardly tell anyone had been on site. No cracks in mortar are visible and the foundation is stabilized. Great job!
- Jan R.
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diagnosed my problem after a thorough look at my basement and the front of the house. He is very knowledgeable. He knew exactly what was wrong in less than 10 minutes. He told me it was a
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problem that would go away after the ice melted. I didn't need to hire anyone. He did not take a dime from me. He was so respectful, kind, reliable, prompt, and honest!!!! I will DEFINITELY hire
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for ANY work I need done in the future!! Thanks,
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- Kim D.
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and his team did an excellent job on our 107-year old farmhouse. Weather delayed the start of the project, but once underway, it went smoothly and quickly. Of course we are extremely happy that our house is now resting on a solid foundation (and you can feel just how much more solid it is, which gives us a great sense of security), but the best part for us is how comfortable the encapsulation and insulation has made our home. It's no longer cold and damp; the floors aren't cold; and the air quality is dramatically improved.
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promised that there would be a dramatic difference in the comfort level of our home and there is. It is so warm and cozy -- just in time for the delayed winter. We had a competitive bid from another Angie's List provider, but we are very happy we went with
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has had decades of construction experience, which showed on the job. He notices everything and stays on top of all of the details. He also graciously helped us with advice on other projects we are planning that are completely unrelated to the foundation work he was doing. In terms of cost, while an expensive project overall, we feel that we got our money's worth. When the project was underway and
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problems that required additional work came to light (literally),
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worked with us to keep the cost as low as possible. We are very glad we chose
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and highly recommend.
- Linda R.
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Was told workers would arrive around 8:00 to 8:30; arrived right at 8:00. One worker wasn't sure there was enough clearance around the present pump to replace but, after a short conversation between the two workers, they figured out a way to accomplish. Workers were courteous and finished the projects by 4:30 or so. Work area was cleaned up nicely. Good explanation to me of how pump operates. Estimator (who was out the prior week) was also courteous and professional. Office staff was well organized, with several notices as to when the crew would arrive, etc. Estimator said the owner is a big Purdue fan, if that has any influence on the reader of this review!
- LARRY S.

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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

Aquaguard Waterproofing

6820 Distribution Dr.
Beltsville

Archer Contractors RPD Corp

PO Box 111
Damascus

Archiquest Inc

5412 Woodway Dr

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

Bonillas Contractors Inc.

13408 Tamarack Rd
Silver Spring

BUNAUGH CONSTRUCTION SVC INC

423 COURTHOUSE RD SW

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

COLONIAL RESTORATIONS Studio

16777 OAKMONT AVE
Gaithersburg

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

Dry-Tek Environmental

818 Brown St.
Salisbury

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

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

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway

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

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing

9145 Guilford Rd
Columbia

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

Palmas Construction LLC

4942 Beech Street
Shady Side

Pappas Roofing & Construction, Inc.

726 Silver Spring Ave
Silver Spring

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

Pyramid Homeworks LLC

2021 Sue Creek Dr
Essex

RYAN & ASSOCIATES

2412 Wynfield Ct
Frederick

S D LOHR, INC

7470 BENSVILLE RD
Waldorf

Saund Builders Inc

5416 Colchester Meadow Lane

Select Services

301 Ellsworth Pl
Oxon Hill

SMITHGROUPBUILDERS,LLC

5464 Annapolis Rd
Bladensburg

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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