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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.

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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 Okeana

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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.

All Foundation Repair Specialists in Okeana, OH

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All Around Joe LLC

5946 Woodspoint Dr
Milford

American Basement Solutions

1988 Old State Road 44

ANDERSON BUILDING RESTORATION

923 MARION AVE
Cincinnati

AquaProof Inc

12097 Mosteller Rd
Cincinnati

Atlas Contracting Services

1833 s.r. 125
Amelia

B&M Construction

2829 Queen City Ave
Cincinnati

B-RYE'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

2847 Rochester ave
Hamilton

Basement Armor

7215 Fowler Ave
Cincinnati

Basement Help

928 State Rte 28
Milford

Basement Restoration Technologies

12145 Centron Pl
Cincinnati

BASEMENT SOLUTIONS

1026 MAPLE AVE

Boiman & Myers Inc

7324 Buena Vista
Cleves

Boulder Construction Inc.

1920 Cleneay Ave
Norwood

Buckeye Structure

1020 Marcie Ln
Milford

Cargile Construction II

1418 Central Pkwy
Cincinnati

carol's custom concrete

1722 Cedar Ave
Cincinnati

Castleman Landscape Services LLC

2922 Orchardpark
Cincinnati

Chimney & Masonry repair

100 hill street suite #104

Cincinnati's Everlasting Electric

1368 Covedale Ave.
Cincinnati

CK Construction

PO Box 414

Clayzen Consulting

7884 Blairhouse Dr
Cincinnati

CLEAR CHOICE

9210 Marshall Rd

COMPLETE REMODELING-CINCINNATI

7876 BRIDGEWATER LN
Hamilton

Construction Solutions Home Improvement

3151 Madison Rd
Cincinnati

DAY PRECISION WALL INC

5715 STATE ROUTE 128
Cleves

Decorative Coating Systems

3984 Hamilton Mason Rd.
Hamilton

Dimensions Inc

5166 Sugar Camp Rd
Milford

DRG Remodeling

4442 Foxchaser
Cincinnati

Dwyer Companies

6083 Schumacher Park Dr
West Chester

Eden Construction llc

6906 Hidden Ridge Dr.
West Chester

Everdry Waterproofing of Cincinnati

9814 Harwood Ct
Fairfield

EverGreen Contractors

6242 Avebury Ct
Morrow

Ferman Excavating

20181 Cupps Chapel Rd

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Glenn Mills Outdoor Solutions

2655 Royal Glen Dr
Cincinnati

Greater Dayton Construction Group

4197 Research Blvd
Dayton

H Glasgow Construction Co

7138 Miami Ave
Cincinnati

H2 Custom

2848 Greenbrook Ln
Cincinnati

Hicon Inc

93 Caldwell Dr
Cincinnati

Hollon Construction & Roofing Co., Inc.

10640 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati

Home Pro Solutions

7211 Bridges Rd
Cincinnati

Hughes Construction Co

2555 S Wynn Rd
Okeana

HYDRA-JECT

Po Box 863
West Chester

J&M Custom Construction Inc

132 New Burlington Rd
Wilmington

J.A.Schroder & Sons L.L.C.

2626 Ocosta Ave
Cincinnati

Jaco Waterproofing

4350 WADE MILL RD
Ross

JMO Construction

5862 Allison Ave
Hamilton

Johnston Magee Contractors, LLC

130 Junedale Dr
Cincinnati

Jose General Construction LLC

9525 Refugee Road
Pickerington

K Brown Construction

9993 Union Cemetery Rd
Loveland

Kellin Inc

2419 Pierson Rd
Oxford

Kettering Kustom Masonry LLC

851 Twin Oaks Dr
Dayton

LACE Property Solutions

8602 Linderwood Ln
Cincinnati

LUTZ CONSTRUCTION

2125 BERLIN RD
Wilmington

PAPNER CONSTRUCTION and LANDSCAPING llc

964 ANDERSON FERRY
Cincinnati

PPR Home Maintenance Co.

2866 Resor Road
Fairfield

Quality Waterproofing OD LLC

876 Lebanon Street
Monroe

Queen City Pressure Washing

988 Pamela Rd
Cincinnati

Queen City Stone

524 Shade Road
Cincinnati

Remarkable Construction

1733 Laredo Drive
Hamilton

RestoraDry

5003 Lefferson Rd
Middletown

Restoration Resources LLC

2575 Belvo Rd
Miamisburg

Royal Construction

1807 scott blvd #2

Simply Better Diversified

423 Cherryhill Lane

Sohan & Sons Waterproofing Co

8543 Deer Path
West Chester

Staley Transformations

1620 Oregonia Rd
Lebanon

Stan Young Drainage LLC

818 Highland Ave

Stealth Foundation

1020 Marcie Ln
Milford

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Swainco LLC

3831 Morgantown Rd

T&R HANDYMAN / CONSTRUCTION SVC

801 edgecomb dr
Milford

The Basement Doctor

1504 B Magnolia Dr
Cincinnati

The Durable Slate Co

170 Novner Dr
Cincinnati

thecincihandyman.com

PO Box 498245
Cincinnati

Thompson Home Improvement

7 S High Street
Martinsville

Tracy Mitchell PE

165 Gorman Ct
Monroe

Tri-County Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

8216 Princeton Glendale Rd
West Chester

Unlimited Carpentry

5225 fenwick ave
Cincinnati

VALOR CONSTRUCTION

1128 W Ohio Pike
Amelia

VULCAN WATERPROOFING CO

5513 VINE ST
Cincinnati

W. M. Harrison Enterprise LLC

100 E McKinley St
South Lebanon

Zimax Inc.

1193 State Route 131
Milford

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