Many homeowners worry about the severity of foundation cracks in the basement.
Find Top-Rated Abilene Foundation Contractors
Angie's List helps you hire the best - and avoid the rest!
Foundation Contractors to Avoid
Top Rated Foundation Contractors
Prevent buyer's remorse with us
- Over 3 million people trust Angie's List to help make the right choice
- Be informed to avoid costly mistakes
- Shop with us to ensure a fair price
- Our complaint resolution team will help if a project goes bad
Over 386 reviews for
Abilene Foundation Contractors from people just like you.
Over 2 million people trust Angie's List.
- Your Membership Includes:
- Instant access to top rated businesses covering 700+ services
- Our Complaint Resolution Team to help when a project goes bad
- On-the-go access to our iPhone, Android, & iPad apps
Access to trusted reviews, the best Foundation Contractors and exclusive discounts!
Real Member ReviewsMemberships allow Angie’s List to certify that all reviews are real reviews from real members—no fake, bogus, or anonymous reviews here!
DealsAngie’s List is a Community that you’ll use time after time. Research who to hire, learn tips and tricks, and consult with your neighbors
Instant Community AccessMembers can choose from tons of deals and discounts for projects they need to do, like 30% off exterior home painting!
Complaint ResolutionIf a project goes badly, Angie’s List has a complaint resolution team standing by to help you.
Local Articles in Abilene
Pouring a foundation is the first critical step in building your home, so make sure you know what to look for if you're hiring a custom builder or doing a portion of the work yourself. Here are some foundation basics.
Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.
Measuring your foundation for levelness alone is not enough to determine if your foundation needs repair. A foundation expert will evaluate all the factors.
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).
Foundation Repair reviews in Abilene
work took longer than originally anticipated
mixed signals between salesman and on site crew lead guy
mediocre job of post-job clean up
physical end results of job were less than satisfactory in some areas
- Read on if you want the long version -
We chose SRF based on a realtor's personal recommendation, Angie's List reviews, a good price compared to other quotes, and because our initial contact and consultation with
Work was scheduled to start on a weekday, with crew arriving between 7am and 9am. I took off work, set my alarm for 6:45am, and then at 11:45am the crew finally showed up. The crew chief said he did not have my cell phone # (it was entered incorrectly on his sheet) and that they had a staffing problem and were short 1 or 2 guys. So they got started with the crew they had. The crew chief told me right off the bat that I needed 27 exterior piers, and probably don't even need to worry about the interior ones, but maybe we'll see later after the exterior ones are done. This is my first interaction with this guy, and there was no hand off from
In the meantime, the exterior pier count had gone up again.
I had been told to schedule a 2 or maybe 2.5 day window to have all this work completed. Because of the late start, short staffing, confusion on the interior pier issue, it dragged out to 3.5 days for completion. Even when they had "finished" I had to email
I was also dissatisfied with how they treated our plants in this process. They had to dig many of our plants out of their way to perform the work, which I understand, but very minimal care was taken with them. It was 25 degrees while they were digging, and they left several plants with just their bare roots lying out in the front yard for 2 days while they worked. Most of these bushes died because of this. They completely buried another 2 small bushes with the dirt removed from a nearby hole, and those never fully recovered either. I didn't expect this process to be easy on any of the landscaping, but I'm sure they could have taken more care with the plants they were working around and relocating.
A few days after completion, the independent engineer came to inspect. That went fine, luckily, even though there were obviously areas (interior) that hadn't been lifted back to where they should be. Weeks after that, I never saw the report, or any final paperwork. I was supposed to get a map of where all the piers were installed (since the actual installation differed from
End result - the perimeter of our house is level, and all of our exterior door frames are pretty much square again. However, that interior wall is sagging, and our living room is bowl shaped. Because of that, the wall is now floating, and also on one side is somehow shifting down-hall also. Hard to describe, but basically while it was all being lifted, one corner of our house was also sliding towards the neighbors. So we have door frames that are now 1.5 inches wider at the bottom than they are at the top. And we have a couple of walls that are only connected from above to the ceiling joists, and not below to the concrete sub floor. Improvement from where we began? Yes. Is my house now properly square and level everywhere as I feel like it should be? No.
On a positive note,
Also, they were kind enough to also do a quick re-level on the 12x12 shed in the back yard for no charge.
Foundation Contractors in Abilene, TX
Join Angie's List to get the best local reviews in Abilene.
- Instant access to reviews for 700+ services
- Exclusive service discounts - up to 70 percent off!
- Top-notch support from our live call center