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"They gave me a quote. I later found out what they quoted me for wasn't going to fix my problem. They wanted to lift up my house and it could have destroyed" it. Smaller jobs they might be good at but I wouldn't recommend them for jobs this big.

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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 Cookeville

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. (519 Interstate 30, #159 Rockwall, TX 75087) worked to lift and to support the settling foundation of my house about 4 years ago. They provided me with a lifetime warranty to insure against future downward movement of the foundation.
During the procedure, they installed steel piers on the side from the front to the middle of my house. The steel piers provide a direct vertical support of the foundation's load, from the base of the foundation to the bed rock, and is not affected by climate or soil conditions. The engineering report from the procedure, submitted to the city, stated, "If a portion of the foundation has been previously underpinned, those portions should not settle... Properly installed piers will take out the downward portion of the seasonal up and down movement. Underpinning a foundation only prevents future downward movement from occurring……"
The procedure has failed and the underpinned area has settled. As previously noted, Mr.
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, the president and owner, offered a life-time warranty when he sold me his service. Quoted here: "Should those portions of the foundation directly supported by contractor's piers or
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experience further settlement, contractor will adjust the effected piers/pilings at no expense to the owner for the Life of the Warranty."
Today, he claims my warranty is void because I did not water the foundation. As previously noted, steel piers are not affected by climate or soil conditions.
After inspection from him and confrontation of the warranty he previously offered, he now wants me to purchase more piers from him as a condition of honoring his warranty.
"While the lack of proper foundation maintenance has voided the warranty on all Granite piers, we will as a sign of good will, at no charge adjust two piers on the left side as long as the work is part of a contract with Granite to install additional piers as needed on that side and rear. All Granite work will be a good and workmanlike manner, but will carry NO WARRANTY"
Mr.
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has been very
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with the manner he has handled the situation.


- Paul U.
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came in, examined the crack and told me about the product and service he provided and went to work. He cleaned the debris from the crack so that the epoxy would adhere, then mixed and applied the epoxy. The epoxy itself, is a patented product produced by a company in Florida especially for this purpose.
Since that time we have had a few rain showers and snow falls followed by melting. I have checked the crack about once a month (4 times) and can detect no leakage.
The normal price for foundation sealing through
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is $500. It cost me $149 through Angie's List. I'm fairly certain that competitors, for example, Permaseal, would have been $1000 (or more). What a bargain! What a product! I'm thrilled with the results and would highly recommend this product and provider.
- Steven C.
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My husband and I went to the Home Expo in Columbia a few weeks ago and met
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from Mountain Valley Foundation Services. We gave them our number so that someone from the office could contact us to schedule an appointment which they did the following week. We booked an appointment for 2 weeks out so that we could get their first appointment of the day which is 8am in order to minimize the amount of work missed.

A few days prior to our appointment we received a reminder in the mail but then the day of our appointment it was 8:15am and
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was not at the house nor had we heard from him. I called the office to find out where he was, the woman put me on hold briefly while she called him only to find out he was still at least 20 mins away. I told her we were unable to wait that long (would have been almost an hour past our scheduled time) and that if was able to come the following Saturday we would be willing to reschedule otherwiise we would have to go with another company. She was apologetic and told me she did not know why he was late because it was on his schedule and that he could be there for 9am on Saturday. So, Satuday (today) gets here and not only does he not show up we do not even get a phone call.
The lack of professionalism and reliability shown is completely unacceptable and I although I will be calling the office on Monday (there was no answer today when I called) there is no way we would ever do business with this company. If their staff are not reliable enough to even make appointments how could I possibly trust them with my home's foundation??


- Nadine E.
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I have no idea as to how Tip Top might compare to another foundation company other than price. I chose them almost solely based on that criteria, but with a reference from my contractor so going in I at least had a little peace of mind. I had slso had a Structural Engineer inspect the house prior to obtaining quotes so I did have some idea as to what to expect. Tip Top certainly does not attempt to influence you with a slick sales presentation or elaborate detail.
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did a brief inspection, provided measurements and explained what he felt needed to be done. I am not quite sure what I expected. They did everything they said they would, in the time they said they would do it, for what they said it would cost.

That being said, I would have a hard time recommending them. their "warranty" (which I was informed I would receive after payment) explains everything that they are not responsible for, including a litany of items not mentioned prior to repairs. In fact, nothing was mentioned prior to repairs except how much it would cost and when they would show up. i will shoulder some of the responsibility, in that I should have asked a lot more questions, all of the things that you don't know until you know. I will give them some leeway due to the fact that it began to rain towards the end of the work, but my yard was left looking pretty rough. My home will never be a showpiece, but I felt that there was little respect as to its condition during this process. I guess that some of my frustration is that I am used to a little more hand holding when I give a company thousands of dollars. I won't ever see 95% of what was done to my house, and little was done to instill any knowledge or confidence in the work or process. I am hopeful they did great work where it counts, and that I will not need to use them or any other foundation company for a long, long time.
- bryan M.
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Overall very good experience. Quickly got the appointment setup,
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showed up on time and quickly made an evaluation, and really spent the time to go over the results, answer my questions and concerns. Very professional.
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does endorse a particular type of
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for house leveling which I do not have much knowledge of and need to research. I only had the inspection done this time.
- Takao I.
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Foundation had moved so much that I was unable to shut my door. Was promised to be able to close and lock door same day. They were very polite and punctual and I have had no further issues with my foundation. They also gave me a lifetime warranty on the home.
- Nancy M.
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We have not yet used the deal. The staff with the company has been very understanding of our circumstances. We have been having other work done first. They have also been very polite and courteous. They are very accommodating and understanding. Even though the coupon has expired they are still willing to honor the coupon for us.
- David C.
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When I called and asked if they could come and take a look at the cracks on our ceiling,
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was told me upfront the cost of survey for my size house and I accepted an appointment. he was on time a few minutes early. he explained the process and got right to work. he was very careful and polite and open and honest about everything. thanks angie list!.
- Vijaykumar G.

All Foundation Repair Specialists in Cookeville, TN

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ADVANCED INC

2240 SUMMERFIELD RD
Cookeville

Affordable Construction Services, Inc

25-G Stonebrook PL # 214
Jackson

Atlantis Waterproofing and Mold Control

982 Humble Drive
Cookeville

Barrier Waterproofing Systems

337 Philadelphia Rd
Lebanon

Certified Inspection, PC

572 Willard Brown Rd
Crossville

Contract Services

169 Walnut Grove
Milan

FRONTIER BASEMENT SYSTEMS

755 N WOODSON RD
Clarksville

Green's Construction

po box 1215
Cookeville

Green's Construction

po box 1215
Cookeville

Hometown Services

223 2nd Ave N
Cookeville

Indoor Air Quality Specialists, Inc.

519 Lovell Road,
Knoxville

Integrity Plumbing

231 Timber Trail
Sparta

Maple Ridge Group, Inc.

PO Box 959
Monterey

Michael Stovall Construction LLC

PO Box 79
Chestnut Mound

R & K Home Improvements

2070 Wild Cherry Ct
Lewisburg

R & R Handyman

203 Lee Rd
Lancing

Rapid Response Restoration

205 S Missouri St
Jackson

Shelter Home Maintenance

9405 Nashville Hwy
Mcminnville

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Tennessee Foundation Services

8226 NEAL ROAD
Arrington

TMD Masonry

117 W. Market St
Smithville

Wilson Roofing and Restoration

2082 Bethlehem Church Road
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