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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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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 Northfield

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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 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

Carmen & Sons Concrete

4528 E Boston Rd
Brecksville

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

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

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

GCG Construction Inc.

185 Erskine Ave
Youngstown

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Gillespie Construction LLC

21504 Ellen Dr
Fairview Park

GLS CONSTRUCTION

3067 Oaklawn Park Blvd
Stow

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

INTEGRITY WATERPROOFING

1334 SUMMIT AVE
Lakewood

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

Milex Construction and Masonry LLC

56 South Glenn Elynn
Youngstown

Mister Mason

8285 Crudele Dr
Cleveland

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

Olivieri & Son, Inc

197 Trail Road
Brunswick

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

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

Sitework Developing Inc

9940 Waterford Trl
Chagrin Falls

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

Toaz Constuction Inc

19205 Rashell Dr
Bedford

TONY NERO CEMENT & CONSTRUCTION INC

16645 AUBURN SPRINGS DR
Chagrin Falls

Vincent Homes, LLC.

2748 Rockefeller
Wickliffe

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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