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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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- 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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A 1 Roofing & Siding Inc.

722 Lincoln Way West
Massillon

AAA HOME REPAIR SERVICES

862 Lakeview dr
Lorain

Accel Home Renewal & Roofing

1007 Shadyside Ave.
Canton

Ace Basement Waterproofing

1295 Akins Rd
Broadview Heights

Advance Masonry & Full Chimney Service Inc

11978 Edgerton Rd
North Royalton

Affordable Caulking and Sealing

6694 Salerno St NW
Canton

Airguard Restoration

50 Public Sq
Cleveland

Alba Contractors

8670 Twinbrook Rd
Mentor

ALLEN KEITH CONSTRUCTION CO

2735 GREENSBURG RD
North Canton

Alman Brothers Excavating

33590 Royalton Rd.
North Royalton

AMERICAN CHIMNEY

970 CENTER ST
Grafton

Americon Inc

16926 Detroit Ave
Lakewood

AMG Trademark Properties, LLC

24120 Laing Rd
Bedford Heights

B. Hoover & Sons Contracting LLC

3700 Blackmore Rd.
Perry

Basement Care

1700 E Waterloo Rd
Akron

Basement Solutions of Ohio

3189 Union Ave SE
Minerva

Belsole Ground Works

5035 Beach Road
Medina

Borchert's Enclosure System Inc

13566 Ridge Rd
North Royalton

BradyMoore construction

3142 ridgewood rd

Bullington Builders

4900 Ferndale Ave
Sheffield Lake

CARRIERI CONSTRUCTION INC

11133 W SPRAGUE RD
North Royalton

Cavella and Hair Inc

515 Perry Dr NW
Canton

CC Contracting

5372 Bedford St
Bedford Heights

Certified Craftsmen of Northeast Ohio, LLC

3905 Pershing Ave.
Cleveland

Charles Micochero The Fix it Man

932 Haynes Street
Akron

Class 1 Pavers & Remodelers

1481 Warrensville Center Rd
Cleveland

CLEGG CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

4027 DAWLEY RD
Ravenna

Cleveland Waterproofing Inc

2501 W 3rd St
Cleveland

CURB MASTERS CONCRETE CUTTING

3370 Eberly Rd NE
Hartville

CURROW SIDING & REMODELING CO

4825 NEWCOMER RD
Stow

Dan Guardo Contracting Inc

31 E Lods St
Akron

Destorm Maintenance Contractors

1480 Holmden Rd
Cleveland

Difranco & Son Co Inc

36501 Eddy Rd
Willoughby

DLV Enterprises, LLC

8526 Creekside Drive
Sagamore Hills

DMS REHAB PROPERTIES

5607 LAFAYETTE AVE
Maple Heights

Eco-Seal Home Solutions, LLC.

4535 TR 367
Millersburg

Eden's Excavating Inc

PO Box 7103
Eastlake

Elite Custom Contractors

1672 Algiers Dr
Cleveland

Estes Builders

190 Redfern Rd
Chippewa Lake

Expert Basement Repair

17850 Bridge Creek Trl
Chagrin Falls

firstexperts

2771 Stark Dr
Willoughby

Gant Rehab and Handyman Services

1822 Alvason Rd
Cleveland

GARRETT BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

1629 EASTERN RD
Barberton

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Gillespie Construction LLC

21504 Ellen Dr
Fairview Park

Green Ridge Builders LLC

10145 Bear Run
Doylestown

Hansen Restoration Inc

6050 Stone Rd
Medina

Hathaway Construction Services

1212 Mt. Vernon Ave
Akron

Henceroth Construction

47508 Middle Ridge Rd
Amherst

Holland Remodeling & Building LLC

840 Bath Country Drive
Akron

hometownconst

3734 dotwood st nw
North Canton

Homeworks General Contractors Inc

3619 Liberty Ave
Vermilion

I.T.S. Construction

3225 Middlebranch Ave NE
Canton

J&M Home Improvement

995 oakland ave

JC Antioch Concrete Co

19205 Fairway Ave
Maple Heights

JL Excavation Services LLC

1651 New Milford Rd.
Atwater

JMD Construction Ltd

12950 West Geauga Trail
Chesterland

JOHNSON HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

8835 TAYLOR MAY RD
Chagrin Falls

K G Structures Inc

414 Sawgrass Dr
Akron

Kearns Construction, Inc.

1425 Cuyahoga Street
Akron

Kelly Masonry Inc

3805 Laurel Glenn Dr
Broadview Heights

Kevin Ball Construction

PO Box 169
Tallmadge

KLIER STRUCTURAL MOVERS

18456 PITTS RD
Wellington

KOONTZ CONSTRUCTION

2045 Marwell Blvd
Hudson

L & L Waterproofing & Foundations

2179 Killian Rd Ste E
Akron

L & S CONCRETE

1120 W Edgerton Rd
Broadview Heights

L.R.J. Masonry

Cleveland

Lake Eire Companies

8746 East Ave.
Mentor

LEESON'S HOME & Business Improvements

10303 ALMIRA AVE
Cleveland

Miletti Home Improvement

492 Crystal St
Akron

Milex Construction and Masonry LLC

56 South Glenn Elynn
Youngstown

Mr V's Concrete & Construction

1523 Laclede Rd
Cleveland

Municipal Services of America

29647 Lakeland Blvd
Wickliffe

Mural & Son Inc

11340 Brookpark Rd
Cleveland

Neohab, llc

326 S Rose Blvd
Akron

Norlyn LLC

5655 Chatham Dr.
Seven Hills

Ohio Basement Systems

8295 Darrow Rd
Twinsburg

Old Time Home Improvement

1011 Clearview ave

One Call Construction

9604 north ridge east
Geneva

Pioneer Basement Solutions

671 Baltimore Ave
Akron

Pioneer Basement Solutions

716 Rex Ave NE
Canton

R E Majer Co

835 Highland Rd E
Macedonia

Ram Jack Ohio

1450 E 357th St
Eastlake

Rising Height Unlimited

2420 Performance Parkway
Columbus

RL SMITH CONCRETE INC

7951 Stoneybrook Ln
Mentor

Rockford Greenhouse Systems

8661 Twinbrook Rd
Mentor

Rockwood Custom Builders Inc

9038 Fairpark Ave
Canal Fulton

RUSHMORE BUILDERS & CONSTR

8042 ALBION RD
North Royalton

S&D Improvements Inc

6114 Groton St NW
Canton

Sal's Heating & Cooling Inc

11701 Royalton Rd
North Royalton

Samartano Concrete Co Inc

4920 West
Richfield

SANDSSIR SERVICES, LLC

PO BOX 161105
Rocky River

Sferra Waterproofing LLC

223 South Walnut St.
Ravenna

Squire Construction Inc

472 Medina Rd
Medina

Stalnaker Construction llc.

2259 Cramer Ave
Akron

Steritec Services Inc

1196 E. 152nd st.
Cleveland

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

The Basement Guys

1633 Thornwood Dr
Heath

The Basement Guys - Cleveland

9221 Ravenna Rd
Twinsburg

The ERS Group LLC

5834 Mayfield Rd
Mayfield Hts

The Footer Up

1524 Clarendon Ave SW
Canton

The House Doctors

1330 Ranchland Dr
Cleveland

The Well Doctor

2957 Brady Lake Rd
Ravenna

Tommorrows Homes Solutions

8295 Darrow Rd
Twinsburg

Vanni Construction

P.O. Box 236
Chagrin Falls

Vincent Homes, LLC.

2748 Rockefeller
Wickliffe

Vortex Remodeling & Renovations

1130 e main st
Ashland

Weeden Waterproofing

Avon Belden
Avon Lake

Western Reserve Home Inspection LLC

2256 S Overlook Rd
Cleveland

Wise solutions

9815 Taylor May RD.
Chagrin Falls

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