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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.

 

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Foundation Repair reviews in Prior Lake

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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-1 CONCRETE LEVELING

22522 165TH ST NW
Elk River

Above Quality, Inc

17215 Panama Ave
Prior Lake

Ace Concrete Contractors Inc

18390 Revere Way
Prior Lake

Adam Mills LLC

31783 Elmwood Trail
Stacy

Advanced Concrete Services Inc.

14316 Charing Cross
Eden Prairie

Al's Check Cashing

1434 93rd Ln NE
Minneapolis

All American One Construction R LLC

1575 Bush Ave
Saint Paul

All Around

701 Decatur Ave N
Minneapolis

ALL AROUND BOBCAT SERVICES LLC

20230 JUDICIAL RD
Prior Lake

All Done Contracting

6712 Xerxes Ave South
Minneapolis

American Waterworks

829 Rolling View Ln SE
Pine Island

Anchor Builders

6121 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park

ARCADE CONCRETE CONSTUCTION

8212 20th Ave
Lino Lakes

Architectural Landscape Design Inc

19151 Brookwood Rd
Prior Lake

ATLAS FOUNDATION CO

11730 BROCKTON LN
Osseo

Basement Water Controlled Co

PO Box 354
Rockville

Bj Larson Remodeling Co

8830 W River Rd
Brooklyn Park

Boulder Creek Enterprises

66354 362nd St
Watkins

Brian's Insulation Inc

438 1st Ave N
Isanti

brushabilities

4320 10th ave so

Building Renewal Inc

21375 County Rd 5 NW
Big Lake

Ck Remodeling & Maintenance

309 Harrison Ave
Saint Paul

Complete Basement Systems

54004 Loren Dr
Mankato

CONSTRUCTION YOUR WAY INC

1860 HAWTHORNE AVE E
Saint Paul

Cooper And Hauer Construction

1185 N Concord ST ste 409
South Saint Paul

CRASK HOMES & DESIGN LLC

9348 PALMER RD
Minneapolis

CREATIVE CONCEPTS CONTRACTORS

24404 ICELAND PATH
Lakeville

CROSSTOWN CONCRETE & BRICK PAVING INC

9036 HYLAND CREEK RD
Minneapolis

D & N Masonry, LLC

9171 92nd ave
Princeton

Dirt Cheap Excavating LLC

1842 Colonial Lane Suite 2
Chanhassen

Diversified Drainage

3500 Vicksburg Ln
Plymouth

DJ White Construction, LLC

3815 337th Avenue NW
Cambridge

Eastside concrete

5491 Obrien Ave N
Stillwater

EDDE Company LLC

1901 44th Avenue N
Minneapolis

Elite contractors, INC

3160 162nd Ln NW
Andover

Gardner Construction Inc

9635 Humboldt Ave S
Minneapolis

Girtz Construction

16138 Goodview Cir
Lakeville

GNR Construction Inc

2440 E 117th St
Burnsville

Gozley Renovations LLC

PO Box 13072
Minneapolis

Great Northern Resources

3230 Gorham Ave
Minneapolis

Greene Construction Inc

2233 Hamline Ave N
Roseville

Hage Concrete Works

5200 W 74th St
Minneapolis

Hamland Construction

13490 Havelock Trl
Saint Paul

HANSSON BUILDER

1301 Woodhill Rd
Burnsville

HAROLD J PIETIG & SONS

8251 Wyoming Ave S
Minneapolis

Heinen Contracting Inc

10100 Hillside Lane W
Minnetonka

HONEY DOERS

19848 HIGHVIEW
Lakeville

J & M CONCRETE & WATERPROOFING INC

12535 DODD BLVD
Rosemount

J J HAGENS INC

10936 TERRITORIAL DR
Burnsville

Jellison's Best Blacktop

7625 CR 50
Carver

Jeremiah Stevens Construction LLC

112 12th ave nw
Saint Paul

Jesse Trebil Foundation Systems Inc

60335 US Highway 12
Litchfield

KILLIAN MASONRY & CONCRETE INC

4840 SNICKER LN
Watertown

KISER CONSTRUCTION

12767 Meadowvale Rd NW
Elk River

KRUEGER EXCAVATING INC

PO BOX 729
Prior Lake

Larkins Construction, LLC

165 James Ave N
Minneapolis

Larry Barrett Construction Inc

6741 Hopi Rd
Chanhassen

LEN SKLUZACEK CONSTRUCTION

1275 SHELDAHL RD
Northfield

Lowell Russell Concrete

22335 Wagonwheel Trl
Lakeville

Lulicon Inc

1627 Willis Ave
South Saint Paul

Magin Exteriors & Renovations

3314 Vale Cir. SW
Prior Lake

MCJ Construction Inc

3710 Knoll Ridge Dr.
Eagan

Metro Chimney

PO Box 636
Hopkins

Metro Earthworks

18950 Territorial Rd
Osseo

Michael's LLC.

732 8th ave. NW

Mike Hage Distinctive Concrete & Masonry

9917 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie

Minnesota Building Inspections

2485 Canabury Dr
Little Canada

Minnesota Concrete Lifting

10681 West River Rd.
Brooklyn Park

MINNESOTA INSURANCE RESTORATION SERVICES

21021 Heron Way Ste 108
Lakeville

Minnesota Patch Masters

3830 Adler Lane
Eagan

Miracle Painters LLC

435 Bay St
Saint Paul

Mo's Construction and Remodeling, LLC

12606 293rd Ave.
Princeton

Mosaic Contracting Unlimited LLC

6101 Norris Lake Rd
Anoka

Muller Construction, Inc.

8850 Sunset Trl
Chanhassen

Natural Environments Corp

1710 Douglas Dr N
Golden Valley

Nelson Masonry and Concrete Inc

1625 AUDUBON RD
Chaska

Nicholas Feely Construction LLC

7263 East Fish Lake Rd.
Osseo

Northland Stucco

7760 France Avenue South
Minneapolis

Northrup Inc

4400 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis

Ohana Construction Inc

13482 Georgia Ct
Apple Valley

Olde Carpentry

31 Garden Dr.
Burnsville

On Time Contractors Inc

1920 Central Ave NE # 200
Minneapolis

Out Of Business

Burnsville

Over Under Construction

19306 Oelke Dr.
Prior Lake

Pietigs Plus, LLC.

10220 Chowen Ave. S.
Minneapolis

PolyTech USA

2416 Redwing Dr.
Shakopee

Precision Contracting

8351 Lake Dr
Circle Pines

Radwan Construction

15550 Galaxie Ave Apt 105
Saint Paul

Redstone Builders LLC

4084 Oakbrooke Alcove
Saint Paul

Reliable Property Maint & Home Svc LLc

3085 Cardinal Cove Dr
Mound

RESTORATION PROFESSIONALS

505 MINNEHAHA AVE W
Saint Paul

Rieck Construction Company

3526 Willow Beach St SW
Prior Lake

Ritz Renovations

PO Box 241448
Saint Paul

RK ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION INC

4340 BROOK LN
Minneapolis

Rogers Masonry

711 Maple Park Ct
Saint Paul

Schumm Concrete Inc

8406 Lower 208th St W
Lakeville

Sean Webb Concrete

8265 rhode island ave s
Minneapolis

Simon Bros. Cement Co.

114 Delaware St SE
Lonsdale

SJ ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION INC.

9 E GILFILLAN RD
North Oaks

SOUTHSIDE CONCRETE CONTRACTORS

8100 PILLSBURY AVE
Minneapolis

SPEC 7 GROUP

1340 157th Ave NE
Andover

St. Michael's Contracting LLC

10031 15th St NE
Saint Michael

Standard Water Control Systems Inc

5337 Lakeland Ave N
Minneapolis

Strole & Company LLC

395 WINSLOW AVE
Saint Paul

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY LLC

103 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T G PETERSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

1364 REANEY AVE
Saint Paul

TFconcrete&masonry

25771 Xerxes Ave

The Masons Touch

14653 Saint Croix Trl
North Branch

To the T Consruction

4335 Pheasant Ridge Dr.
Blaine

Trinity Landscaping & Excavating, Inc.

11988 30th Street
Maple Grove

United Framers Resoration Services

530 Michigan St
Saint Paul

Vintage Masonry LLC

715 West 5th Street
Red Wing

WBL Home Improvement

4550 Evergreen Dr

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