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"It went great! The crew chief was very helpful in walking me through the process to establish expectations, and then at my request he let me tag along with him" during part of the lift. I have a much better understanding of this process now and it's not as scary as people think it is. They did a great job to protect the vegetation around where they did the work, fixed the grade up against the foundation all around the house, and then cleaned up very nicely. The chances that I will use this company again in the future are very high because I will continue to buy rent houses.

-Mitchell S.

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"If you have foundation/settlement issues, do not do what I did. I should have gotten a report from a structural engineer ($300-500) before contacting and contracting" with foundation repair companies. Instead, I got bids from 3 different companies that I picked out of the Yellow Pages (Angie's list wasn't really on the radar at that time). Those 3 were probably the worst possible ones I could have randomly picked. They all quoted a higher price than what I found out later was a reasonable, normal amount for that kind of work
was the one that I felt best about at the time. They took them a long time to do the work ( more than a week). I have a feeling that was because they hoped to "justify" the too high dollar cost. The work was rarely supervised by a boss- a variety of workers showed up-it was not a consistent work crew . The work and its results were complicated by the fact that while the holes next to the foundation were dug and left open, a heavy rainstorm caused lots of water to fill the holes and consequently flow into our basement. When the work was finished, May had to return twice to actually truly complete the repairs to their promised standards . And, although the work was finally completed, I absolutely got the feel that I had gotten "screwed". May----Too high a price, so-so work and less than adequate communication during the process. In 2015 I had to do more repairs (4 more Piers). I did it right. Structural Engineer's report (
Seig Engineer, an excellent choice) Used an excellent company (Pier Magic- a reputable company) The 4 pier job was efficiently completed in ONE day.

-Harold 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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It has been awhile (2000) since it was done to my 2 story house but it ran me $17,000 to have the house lifted, dug out, concrete poured and set back down.

 

I did do the electrical and pumbing and added a knee wall so my overall basement was 9' tall. 6' conctete with a 3' knee wall.

 

The original house (950 sq ft x2 for the second story) had a 6' partial basement under the front 1/3 of the house with the rest had a crawlspace under it.

 

Be aware that cracking of existing drywall WILL happen.

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Foundation Repair reviews in La Plata

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Had a good visit with the engineer. He was very thorough and told us what we needed to fix and what we didn't. Put us at ease by explaining foundation problems are extremely common in the area and that he had seen many worse than ours.
The crew came out on time and were fast, quiet (considering they had to jackhammer), and courteous. They even finished a day ahead of schedule. Follow up was very good. If I had questions or needed paperwork they were quick to get back with me.
- Marc W.
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I was very impressed with everything about this company and the work performed. This company was very upfront with all the details on this job and gain my confidence immediately due to the honesty and straight talk used to explain everything. They understood my needs with getting this project done timely. I was in a position to need this project done before very short deadline due to this property was being sold and I needed this to be complete before closing. They not only adjusted their schedule to meet my deadline they completely the project within two days. Once the crew started I can tell you every employee clearly showed work ethic being they all demonstrated that they clearly knew what they were doing. The crew clearly shown there experience and that they were focused on job. Everyone on the job was super polite and all were whiling to talk to me about the project had how it was going. By far the best group of guys I have ever worked with in this type of project. Once the project was completed the whole crew went into clean up mode and I have never seen anything like it. They were extremely detailed in the cleanup of the project which mirrored the detail they put into the actual work. I really can’t say how extremely impressed I was with everyone at the company including all the crew members on the project. I would highly recommend this company and the fact they are part of the WAFRP puts this company far above the competition.
- Robert B.
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When an inquiry is made of any company by a potential client/customer, that action alone indicates the problem or concern is enough for the individual to stop whatever they intended to do, research and contact this company. Receiving no response from them to an inquiry as compared to other contacts made in the same industry; reflect directly upon the company's professional standing, responsiveness and quality of services provided.
I definitely shall never contact this company again or recommend them to anyone, other than to share my bad experience. I can understand if they had some type of situation preventing them from responding, yet as a business in this competitive
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, the use of an auto-responder email explaining their circumstances or phone voice mail would be the best way to handle this situation.
I am sorry I received no response as they might have been the company best suited to handle my problems and concerns. Again, they might have an unknown situation preventing them from responding or following up of which I am unaware. I have no way of knowing the answer to that question and this is now a lost opportunity for both of us.
This review is submitted strictly as an FYI to the other members for their consideration.
- Craig M.
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The job was okay but follow up was horrible. They had no communication and were completely unprofessional. Their phone is always busy and they never call back. They have no actual office address to check up with either. I have been trying to contact for over two months and they will only respond by text and not give me any information. I just need them to sign a paper stating that the work they did was paid so that I can sell my property. I am not able to close on my house because they will not answer my calls or help me
- Dan A.
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Scheduling initial inspection and the job were very easy with
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inspected crawl space and reviewed engineer's report Crew that did the work were prompt, friendly, and cleaned up. Happy with the results of work. Springy floors and one bathroom door closure issue resolved. Would use again.
- John M.
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There was only one issue that was cleared up, but they worked under another name (Structural Systems) that was confusing, but they explained that they also advertise on the radio and other places. They did a very good job. They were good about explaining what they were going to do and they cleaned up the area when they were done. He even shoveled the driveway for us so we could get out! I was very pleased with them and amazed at the work that they did. I would recommend them to anyone who needs basement repair.
- Mary M.
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Had 3 companies provide estimates. IFR was 1/2 the cost (price included the city permit, plumbing inspection and structural engineer final report). Although they were going to do alot less work. I was concerned about that at first, but they convinced me that I didn't need as many piers and that concrete would be fine for my situation. In fact, one of the places that the other 2 said I needed piers, IFR said was actually due to a rotted seal plate and the tree roots growing next to the house and recommended that I cut down the tree. When pressed on it, they said they'd be happy to sell me more piers, and more expensive materials if they thought I needed it, but they didn't want to sell me something I didn't need.
They used a large crew and installed the concrete piers and leveled the beams of the house in half a day. Immediately upon leaving, I realized that they didn't repair the seal plate. I called their office who got in touch with the foreman, and his crew came right back and repaired the seal plate the same day (he had overlooked it on the work order). While under the house, he noticed that there was another section of seal plate on the otherside that also had issues, and that he wanted to replace it. They did so the next day AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.
Although they filled the holes from the installed piers with extra dirt, after the recent rains we had, a few of them sunk below ground level by about 1 foot. I called their office, and they had a guy come out the next day and refill the holes.
All in all, very pleased.


- Rorry P.
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We truly enjoyed our experience with
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and would highly recommend them to everyone. Columbia has has many periods of intense rain in the past couple of years, and we were tired of having most of it come into our house. Working with
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and
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was very easy. Our only regret was that we tried fixing it ourselves too many times and should have called them sooner. At our recent annual home termite checkup, the inspector said that it was one of the best looking drains that he's ever seen. That is a testament to the work done by
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. I can honestly say that we can sleep easier because of the work that
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did at our house...especially when it's raining!
- Robby W.

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A A Action Waterproofing Inc

805 Barkwood Court
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

Servicing Maryland & Virginia
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

B-Dry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair

1344A W Nursery Rd
Linthicum Heights

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

Carls Masonry Unlimited Inc.

8142 Beechcraft Ave
Gaithersburg

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

Edge Energy

6854 Distribution Dr
Beltsville

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

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

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway

JJC Construction

12880 Edwin Drive

JP Companies Inc

43543 Braddock Rd

JRM DRYWALL & FINISHING INC

1220 S. FREDERICK STREET

Kass Remodeling

15209 Frederick Rd
Rockville

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

Matthews Construction & Design LLC

37 Maryland Ave
Rockville

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

Quality Concrete & Masonry

1705 CHILLY HOLLOW RD

RJY CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 6623
Silver Spring

RYAN & ASSOCIATES

2412 Wynfield Ct
Frederick

S D LOHR, INC

7470 BENSVILLE RD
Waldorf

Sam and Sons Services

5649C General Washington Dr

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

Xpert Foundations Inc

19309 Winmeade Drive #103

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