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"I contacted
along with four other foundation companies all of whom provide steel piers for foundation work that I knew I needed. Rusty Woods" came out and looked over the situation and worked me up a proposal to do the work. I spoke with Rusty several times by phone in the next couple weeks to address variations in the work to be done. It was very nice working with Rusty. To Rusty's credit he picked up on several things that needed to be done that the civil engineer who provided me an engineering report had not recommended. But to me they seemed logical to be included so I revised the scope of work to reflect several of his suggestions. A neighbor was also researching foundation work so we started comparing notes. We even requested bids from the same companies and decided to visit a job site of each of the bidders to see exactly how the work was performed. After visiting an Accurate site, we came away very impressed with the work being done although we had concern about the angle support
being used not being long enough to support a good portion of the perimeter beam. I spoke to Rusty about this and nothing really came of it. This was the support
they used and it was Rusty's opinion that it provided enough support. Accurate's bid was the third lowest and my neighbor actually chose Accurate to do his work and he was very satisfied. I chose another bidder because of its warranty, approached used to support the house and cost. Regarding the warranty Accurate offers, it appears to be a lifetime warranty but in actuality, it is lifetime on the steel piers only. Other restrictions apply. Of the five companies I considered, only two companies provided what I consider a true lifetime warranty. All the others had warranties that appeared to be lifetime but the lifetime was on the steel piers. I chose one of those that provided the lifetime warranty and the other company was the most expensive of all those I considered.

-BILL F.

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"I contacted
along with four other foundation companies all of whom provide steel piers for foundation work that I knew I needed.
" came out and looked over the situation and worked me up a proposal to do the work.
stopped by several times in the next couple weeks to address variations in the work to be done.
came out on one occasion to test the thickness of slab and locate some interior beams. It was nice working with both of these fellows. A neighbor was also researching foundation work so we started comparing notes. We even requested bids from the same companies and decided to visit a job site of each of the bidders to see exactly how the work was performed. After visiting a
site, we came to realize that the support of the house was being transferred to the steel pier in one of two ways -- an angle
as shown in the literature and in some cases, a side mount plate with screws into the perimeter beam. it appeared to us that the side mount plate (and screws) was cracking the perimeter beam severely and under load could
its "grip" on the perimeter beam. Further, it was being used too often and for the primarily purpose of saving time in installing the piers although the field foreman had an explanation for its use which was primarily to avoid having to deal with roots. This latter approach did not look like a very good way of supporting the house to us. I contacted
and talked to him about the matter.
said he leaves the decision as to which support to use to his field supervisor who had been with them a long time. There was no negotiating on avoiding the use of this attachment even with the offer to pay more for avoiding its use. I was told this is the way we do it. At this point I disqualified
even though their price was very attractive (second lowest bidder) and
and
were great to work with.

-BILL F.

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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

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was great to work with. All involved were very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They were done in about 3.5 hours. They were conscientious and it showed in their clean up after they were done. If you have sinking or settling concrete or brick you can not go wrong with
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. Check their website for details.
- Michael J.
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was very professional. Even though we were hampered by the winter weather, he worked with us to get the project done. His estimate was very accurate and his work was excellent. I would recommend him to anyone.
- Jane C.
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It went well. I just could not use their service. I had interacted with 3 other companies on the same project. The other 3assessed the project similarly and estimated the cost of the project around 15000 while
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estimated it roughly at 70000. Significant difference. The cost being 3-4 x more.
- armine K.
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The evaluation phase went exceptional well,
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gave me a complete report on the conditions he found and answered all my questions. He and I reviewed a contract togather to accomplish the work required to correct the problems noted. I felt the cost was in line to meet my needs and was a true value. A date to accomplish the work was set. I received a reminder call the day before the work was to begin and all was in order. The team headed by
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arrived at the appointed time and started to work after checking in with me.The team members were technically competent, productive in the work agenda and cleaned up behind themselves. They removed all the falling insulation, wrapped all my foundation pillars, removed and smoothed out the ground, placed insalation around the entire outside foundation walls - then coverd the ground with a high grade plastic. They completed the project with the instatlation of a new crawler space entry door called a turlte. They lastly installed a electric dehumidifier unit to maintain a appropriate mosture level. When done the team leader checked in with me and showed me pictures of what it looked like under my house. Due a lower back injury I had experienced, my wife and
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crawled under the house to check out the finished work. It was letter perfect in line with the initial contracts requirements. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'ed give this job a score of 12.7 - it was that good! All my expectations were by far exceeded!!

- Tony O.
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Crew was timely and did a professional job. I called for an estimate which was a lengthy process. Negotiated a lower price and then scheduled the work.
- Marty S.
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Very professional and nice. They had good workers. There were a few hiccups along the way but nothing major. We also liked that there was no money asked for up front, we paid once the job was completed.
- Sharon H.
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The engineer did an excellent job of inspecting, explaining, and answering my questions. The company, which arranged for the inspection was slow in making arrangements.
- Larry C.
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The crew showed up and worked the entire time. My wife actually felt sorry for how hard they worked and made them lemonade. The first thing they did was go under my house and support the entire area with heavy duty
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which took the pressure off of the exterior walls. Then they knocked down and disposed of the exterior walls and dug and poured new footers. They enclosed the work area with plastic and with a safety fence and came back two days later after the footers had cured and built a new block exterior wall. The
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were taken out and that portion of the house was resting on a newly built solid wall. New joists were added as additional support and as an extra they put two
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under the front porch because it needed it. They cleaned up the site everyday and were very polite and professional.
- Brian Q.

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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-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

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

6862 Braun Dr.
Center Line

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 Road
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

Constructive Services

985 E. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 300
Detroit

D J & Associates (Restoration Contractors)

56450 Grand River
New Hudson

D&S Masonry Inc

5882 Dixie Highway
Clarkston

David Veatch

6478 Simmons
Waterford

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

Dependable Construction

5304 Eastview Rd
Clarkston

DEVONCE CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 182468
Utica

Diversified Excavating LLC

7810 Whittaker Rd
Ypsilanti

Drip Dry Waterproofing and Restoration

57666 Abraham
Washington Twp.

Dry-Tec, LLC

2856 Wood Rd
Erie

DW Brick & CHIMNEY REPAIR

17801 Homer St
Roseville

ECO COATINGS

27274 WEDDEL AVE
Trenton

ELLIS PAINTING & MAINTENANCE

16500 N PARK DR
Southfield

EpoxyPro

1406 Mackinaw Ave
Cheboygan

Evangelista Construction Co

34954 Munger St
Livonia

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

Great Lakes Waterproofing Co

2929 W Main St
Kalamazoo

Great Oaks Landscape Associates Inc.

28025 Samuel Linden Ct
Novi

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

840 Minion Dr.
Ypsilanti

Homestead Construction

4512 Rochester Rd
Royal Oak

J&K Outdoor Services LLC

11250 McCrone
Milan

J.R. And Sons Services

23254 Croft Ave
Flat Rock

johnhood construction

27512 littlemack ave
Saint Clair Shores

JP Quality Carpentry

4199 Cornell St
Dearborn Heights

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

Plumb Pro

14043 Denne St
Livonia

RC Waterproofing

769 E Mt Morris
Mt Morris

Ross Homes Inc.

4568 Elizabeth Lake Rd
Waterford

Ryan Renovations

2579 Frankson Ave
Rochester Hills

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

Sodonis Group

2709 Buckingham Ave
Birmingham

Somerset Painting & Professional Improvements

647 S Spinningwheel Ln
Bloomfield Hills

Son In Law Service

PO Box 87742
Canton

Spectrum Construction

1002 Manderly
Milford

Stay Dry Basement Waterproofing Inc

4600 N Grand River Ave
Lansing

SUBURBAN BASEMENT

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

Tomassi Cement Inc

25505 meadowview ln
Livonia

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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