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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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"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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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.

 

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Foundation Repair reviews in Clinton Township

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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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We had a different company inspect our foundation and insist that we get all of our cracks fixed immediately at a cost of about $2,000. Turns out there was no rush, now that we know what to look for. We definitely recommend
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- Cynthia W.

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4-Ever Water-Tite

33333 Kelly Rd
Fraser

5 Star Construction and Design

2899 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy

A & M Basement Waterproofing

57186 Curtis Street
Washington Township

A to Z Home Remodeling Co.

17601 Roselawn St
Detroit

A+ Restoration Services

1602 W Smith Valley Rd

A-1 Concrete Leveling Southeast Michigan

6590 Rawsonville Rd
Belleville

A-1 ROOFING & SIDING

37838 Seaway Court
Harrison Township

AAA CONSTRUCTION CO

12117 ROSA PARKS BLVD
Detroit

Action Fire Repair Corporation

29157 Five Mile Road
Livonia

active asphalt

46537 Ecorse Rd
Belleville

Active Basement Waterproofing

3456 Burns St
Detroit

Advance Home Inspectors

7261 Voerner Ave
Center Line

Advance Restoration

51543 Industrial Dr
New Baltimore

Affordable Dry Basement

37501 Lyndon
Livonia

All Type Landscape Co

PO Box 201
Whittaker

Anchor Masonry, LLC

37642 S Groesbeck Hwy
Clinton Township

ANDRE GELLE CONSTRUCTION

26190 GROESBECK HWY
Warren

APOLLO HOME IMPROVEMENT

P.O. Box 23009
Dearborn

Atlantic Coast Waterproofing Inc

8101 Sheraton Park Dr
Fenton

Attention To Detail

28 South HIGHLAND
Mt. Clemens

B-Dry System Of Michigan Inc

8175 Big Lake Rd
Clarkston

Basement Waterproofing Foundation Repair Macomb MI

1598 E Lincoln Ave
Madison Heights

Bauer Builders Inc.

P.O. Box 121
New Baltimore

Bayside Builders Inc

21304 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe

Belvedere Construction LLC

6149 Trailside Dr
Washington

BMC-Remodeling

1440 E.Lincoln
Madison Heights

Bond Bilt Home Improvement Inc

30140 Van Dyke
Warren

Brick Preservation

8724 Essex.
Warren

Brickworks Property Restoration LLC

35122 Cordelia St
Clinton Township

BROADCO Property Restoration

44700 N.Groesbeck Hwy.
Clinton Twp.

BRUCE DONOVAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.

10811 HAMBURG RD
Hamburg

Calandra & Son's Construction Company

38361 Pineridge St.
Harrison Township

CALCULUS FOUNDATION SYSTEMS

26272 GROESBECK HWY
Warren

Capaldi Construction Company

5559 Farmington Rd
West Bloomfield

Champine Services Inc

49344 Monte Rd
Chesterfield

Choice Home Improvement

6623 Middlebelt Rd
Garden City

CLI-Concrete Leveling Inc

1659 Beverly Ave
Ypsilanti

Cobalt Construction

PO Box 2213
Dearborn

Complete Service Restoration

3528 Lakewood Dr
Waterford

Concrete Water Solutions Inc

4195 Thom Rd
Columbiaville

D J & Associates (Restoration Contractors)

56450 Grand River
New Hudson

D&S Masonry Inc

5882 Dixie Highway
Clarkston

DBC Company, Inc.

46574 ERB DR
Macomb

DEC General Home Improvement

700 Laird St
Lake Orion

Deciantis Building and cement LLC

1526 Rattalee Lk rd.
Holly

DEVONCE CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 182468
Utica

Drip Dry Waterproofing and Restoration

57666 Abraham
Washington Twp.

Dry-Tec, LLC

2856 Wood Rd
Erie

DW Brick & CHIMNEY REPAIR

17801 Homer St
Roseville

DW Brick & Chimney Repair

17801 Homer St
Roseville

ELLIS PAINTING & MAINTENANCE

16500 N PARK DR
Southfield

EpoxyPro

1406 Mackinaw Ave
Cheboygan

EverDry Waterproofing of S.E. Michigan

33533 Mound Rd
Sterling Heights

Fix My Crawl LLC

28712 Wall st
Wixom

foundation repair systems

16145 Maplewood Ct
Northville

Foundation Systems of Michigan

32985 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia

french construction

13451 Brainwood Ave
Warren

G. SARGENT INCORPORATED

3362 TRACY
Sterling Heights

Geppetto Building & Restoration

685 W. Romeo Road
Oakland

Grosse Pte.,Waterproofing LLC

2018 Manchester Blvd
Grosse Pointe

HEARNS CONCRETE

PO Box 973226
Ypsilanti

High Point Construction Inc

39162 Wanda Ave
Sterling Heights

HomeSpec Advanced Basement

850 Minion Dr.
Ypsilanti

Homestead Construction

4512 Rochester Rd
Royal Oak

J&K Outdoor Services LLC

11250 McCrone
Milan

johnhood construction

27512 littlemack ave
Saint Clair Shores

JT Waterproofing

Commerce Township

Jusino Concrete

4699 Pardee Ave
Dearborn Heights

L & L Ross Concrete Placement

6064 Dudley St
Taylor

LM Engineering

25315 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights

Lombardo Restoration

532 Notre Dame
Grosse Pointe

M.T. Chargot Building Co

22510 Hoover Rd
Warren

MARIO MASONRY

231 ROMEO ROAD
Rochester

Masi Power

4001 9 Mile Road
Warren

Maxwell Masonry

21793 David

Metro Construction & Restoration

19110 Canterbury Dr
Livonia

Michigan Realty Solutions LLC

69246 North Main
Richmond

MitchCo Construction Inc

1809 Bellaire Ave
Royal Oak

Mr Sponge Waterproofing Inc

42705 Grand River Ave
Novi

MZK Home Improvement & Roofing

1874 Canal St
Commerce Township

Northend Builders, Inc.

8040 Ortonville Rd STE B
Clarkston

Now Dry Basement Waterproofing

6544 E. Allen Rd.
Fenton

Pafco Construction Inc.

1555 Chapin Ave.
Birmingham

Park Ave Assoc.

41237 Clairpointe
Harrison Township

Patriot Building and Design

31330 Mound
Warren

Perma Dry Basement Waterproofing

23590 Bicking Ct
Farmington

RC Waterproofing

769 E Mt Morris
Mt Morris

Ross Homes Inc.

4568 Elizabeth Lake Rd
Waterford

SAS Services Inc

5800 E 10 Mile Rd
Warren

Sentry Contractors Inc

7250 Capri Dr
White Lake

Sharper Homes, Inc

22136 Springbrook Ave
Farmington

Signature Services

17500 Dix
Melvindale

Smith's Waterproofing

P.O. Box 428
Almont

SMITHGROUPBUILDERS,LLC

5464 Annapolis Rd

Sodonis Group

2709 Buckingham Ave
Birmingham

Spectrum Construction

1002 Manderly
Milford

Stay Dry Basement Waterproofing Inc

4600 N Grand River Ave
Lansing

Suburban Basement Waterproofing

20836 hall road
Clinton Twp.

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Swainco LLC

3831 Morgantown Rd

THE YELLOW ROSE, builders

5627 Jackson St.
Dearborn Heights

Top Hat Masonry Repair

7244 Ida Terrace
Waterford

Versatile Unlimited

Saratoga
Ferndale

Water'b'Gone Basement Waterproofing

28500 Safie Dr
New Baltimore

White Construction

1120 W BALTIMORE ST
Detroit

WILLIAM ELLIS CO

3311 12 MILE RD
Berkley

Young masonry

11116 27 mile rd
Washington

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