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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

Foundation Repair reviews in Okeana

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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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2847 Rochester ave
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Basement Help

928 State Rte 28
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12145 Centron Pl
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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

Crawlspace Doctor

10231 E State Rd 156

Dadstasks Painting and Remodeling LLC

3299 Sharpsville Rd
Lynchburg

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

Matrka Renovation and Painting, LLC

3043 Wayne Road
Wilmington

MCAARON MARTIN CONSTRUCTION CO

2256 RICE ST
Cincinnati

McHale Contracting

West Chester

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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