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"So the gentleman came with a 4' leveling stick in hand and placed it in different areas around my house. He said my house was leveled, I just needed new floors," new doors and to have my windows replaced. Anyone with working vision and common sense can tell from the interior and exterior that I have serious foundation issues. When I tried addressing the obvious issues, he dismissed them as though I didn't know what I was talking about. So he leaves and tells me it's not necessary for them to take on the job. What's funny is that when i had other companies come out for bids, without mentioning any names while telling them this story, they knew exactly who it was and advised me that if I know of anyone hiring them for repair, to make sure you read every single line of the contract.

-Emily H.

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"We are very pleased with the results of the installation of the Clean Space product. While our crawl space was relatively dry compared to many crawl spaces, it had" begun to get much more damp over the 26 year lifetime of our home. Now we have a moisture
on the walls and floor, so there is no dampness at all. In addition, the product is bright white, and we have gained a nice storage area that is clean, dry, and warm. We believe that we have solved the problems associated our crawl space, and while the product was expensive, we feel it was very worth-while. The installation process was very smooth. The installer was polite, and careful as he moved through our home to get to the crawl space door. He did everything that I asked him to do during the installation, and explained precautions we should take (such as not puncturing the floor with sharp objects, or not storing objects too close to the walls of the crawl space). While the process usually takes two days to install Clean Space, our installation was completed in one day because our crawl space was not as nasty as many crawl spaces are. We like that the lifetime warranty is backed by a nationwide network, Basement Systems. This means that if the local company is no longer in business, any warranty claim can still be dealt with. Since it is not uncommon for basement repair companies to come and go, we felt it
to go with a company that is part of a larger network. In addition, their sales materials were clear, and the sales representative was informative and helpful.

-GAIL C.

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Crawl Spaces

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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 Montgomery

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to repair foundation after having 3 other companies give assessments/estimates.
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was the most reasonable and they offered financing if needed. I was able to do all this long distance as I live out of town.
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, manager, was friendly and easy to talk with regarding work set up and payment. Any question she could not answer she put me in contact with
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, owner, who was able to explain installation in more detail. Had 8 helical piers installed around the perimeter of my town home. The job was done over a week. My realtor,
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both took pictures of the work in progress. Pictures sent via email. My neighbor went over and checked the area where the work was done and commented that they cleaned up so well that you could not tell they were there. She also took pictures. Upon final payment I received the completed paperwork and a Lifetime transferable Warranty on the area that the piers were installed. I would recommend having
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- Anita F.
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The crew chief was great and they did a good job cleaning up afterwards. I really like the crew that performed the work. The issues I ran into was with the office staff. Absolutely no communication. I had to call to make sure I was still on the schedule the day before. I was not warned that the main crew was behind due to weather the day before and they only sent a starter crew of 4 people on the first day. I had also sent a couple of emails that were not returned.

According to the crew chief the office staff is famous for not communicating with customers. They are performing work on someones investment and need to keep clients informed.

I wouldd advise using them for cost and quality of work, but be prepared to have to make calls to get questions answered.
- Darren D.
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provides easy to read, yet detailed bids including a foundation plan and pier locations. And he has a thorough knowledge of foundation repair. He arrives on time, completes the work in a professional manner within the time frames specified in his bid and does a thorough clean up afterwards. An independent engineer reviews the work and provides a Letter of Completion. The warranties on his work are generous in terms (five years) and easily understood. I would use no one else when it comes to foundation work. Thank you,
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, investor and General Contractor,
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Hill, California
- Timothy R.
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It went very well. We knew a large area of the floor wasn't level by about 1 1/4" because a wall wasn't load bearing that probably should have been, but the sales person did not add that service to the price. Instead, he made a note of it for the workers to look into. After the project had begun, I was given an explanation of what needed to be done to raise the floor and given a price. They quickly adjusted their plans to pour the concrete and install the smart
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before finishing the encapsulation.

They finished in two days. The floor was raised 1/2", which is guaranteed to stay that way, but we are responsible for raising the floor further every three months until it is level, if possible. The floor feels more solid and it is noticeably more level. They also did the necessary things to do the job, like rerouting the drier vent and rerouting a duct.

The encapsulation is working as expected. The crawl space is now room temperature and the above room's floor is also room temperature.
- Samuel G.
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They performed the work in one day, and everything went smoothly. They made some recommendations that other companies did not mention, and felt more comfortable after speaking with the salesman from this company.
- Allan Y.
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They were on time and completed the task promptly, I had little loss in plants around the house even though the flower beds were full. They were careful replanting most of the bushes. They also had to work inside house and cleaned their work and replaced carpet.
- Janis T.
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Entire process took over 20 days. Yearly reviews inaccurate. MBroom continue to shift due to half of slab done right. Company informed and reproposed $14000 to fix their work again. MBroom still shifting (3) other contractors indicate that Mitcho failed to correct matter. BBB has been informed of the breech.
- Lisa Leia G.
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The actual work turned out good, but they cut the line to my water sprinkler system. They came to try to fix it in January after several calls. They couldn't fix it themselves so they had to hire a sprinkler professional to fix it.
- Juanita H.

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1st Capital Contractors

21484 Kingdom Edge Dr
Kingwood

A&G Construction LLC

PO BOX 12867
Houston

A-One House Leveling

756 W. Rittenhouse
Houston

Aaa Foundation Service Inc

8538 Cedel Dr
Houston

Abry Brothers Foundation Repair

17300 Saturn Ln
Houston

Accurate Concrete Works

PO Box 8876
Spring

Accurate Leak and Line

3333 Lee Parkway
Dallas

Advanced Foundation Repair

10192 E IH
Converse

AFF Honesty Foundation

2514 Ave S
Santa Fe

Allied Siding & Windows

28341 SH 249
Tomball

Allspann Construction Services

119 Magnolia Blvd
Magnolia

Aqualift, Inc.

3346 East T.C. Jester D-37
Houston

Arrow Foundation Co Inc

6222 Gessner Drive Ste D
Houston

Atlas Green Homes

Main office in Houston. serving Austin,San Antonio
Houston

B & B REMODELING & FOUNDATION

PO BOX 565
Montgomery

BAG Remodelers Inc

11747 Birch Run Ln.
Houston

Benchmark Claims Consultants, LLC

107 S Friendswood Dr., Suite A
Friendswood

Big D Services Plumbing and Remodeling

902 Spring Heights Dr
Spring

Big Tex Concrete Construction

5717 Parker Rd
Houston

Bonilla Foundation Repair

5326 Trafalgar Dr
Houston

Boudreaux's Remodeling

2118 A Kennings Rd
Crosby

BuildTechz

1795 N Fry Road
Katy

Buster & Cogdell Builders

8562 Katy Freeway
Houston

Campise Custom Builders

618 White Oak Pointe
League City

Carpentry By Fred

PO Box 2771
Baytown

CENTURY FOUNDATION CO

14614 DECKER DR
Magnolia

Chase Foundation Repair

9800 Centre Parkway Centre, Houston, TX 77036
Houston

CHERRY HOUSE MOVING CO

9235 Edgebrook
Houston

Church Services

1260 Brittmore Rd
Houston

Coastal Bend Foundation Repair North Division

2200 North FM 3083 West
Conroe

Continental Foundation Restoration

300 Dickinson Ave
League City

Crown Services

4609 Viking Dr.
Houston

Custom Masonry

6215 Cool Springs Dr
Arlington

David Grissom-Structural Engineer

10802 Vickijohn Court
Houston

Dawson Foundation Repair

6906 Chetwood
Houston

Dobis Construction

126 Harbour Town Dr
Montgomery

DU-WEST FOUNDATION REPAIR

510 W PASADENA FWY
Pasadena

Dura Pier Foundation Repair

13030 Player St
Houston

DuraTech Foundation Repair

11875 W Little York Rd
Houston

EN construction services

5315 ChapmanST.
Houston

Escamilla Company

7743 Alperton Drive
Houston

FAS Contracting

15231 New Hastings Dr
Houston

Fix My Slab

15702 Grant Rd
Cypress

Floors For Living

10511 Kipp Way
Houston

FULL HOUSE HOME INSPECTIONS

5002 CARMONA LN
Pearland

Gerard J Duhon PE

12402 Copperfield Dr
Houston

Giada Construction, LLC

1809 San Joaquin
Friendswood

Golden Foundation & Construction

14927 Henry Rd
Houston

Greater Texas Builders

9406 Meaux Dr
Houston

Green Leaf Remodeling

4008 Louetta Rd
Spring

Guerrero's Construction

3029 BRdway Blvd
Houston

Gutter Helmet/ACI Construction, LLC

25132 Oakhurst Dr Ste 125

H & R Custom Homes

19025 Walding Rd
Montgomery

Hall Maintenance

15457 Towerwood Dr.
Conroe

Handy1st

104 N Deerfoot Circle
The Woodlands

High Strength Contracting LLC

1219 Durham Dr
Houston

Historic Builders

PO Box 2236
Fredericksburg

Horizons Painting & Remodeling

12218 Glenview Dr
Montgomery

Houston Foundation Co

6022 Greenpark Manor
Houston

Hy-Tech Foundations, Inc

4321 Dayco
Houston

Ironwood Construction

14020 Schroeder Rd
Houston

J.R Plumbing Service

325 Hennessey
Richmond

JERICHO FOUNDATION REPAIRS

9430 WHITE CHAPEL LN
Houston

JERRICO CONSTRUCTION

25502 CANDY LN
Magnolia

Jones Carpet One

14830 Northwest Frwy
Houston

JR KATY CONTRACTING

6326 TORRANCE ELMS CT
Katy

Julio Garcia Custom Paint & Remodeling

6911 Vickie Spring
Houston

Keith's Foundation

1235 allston
Houston

Knight Engineering Services

830 Wilson Road
Humble

LAURENT CO

2301 UNDERWOOD RD
La Porte

leos remodeling services

5455 timbercreek pl dr

LOMA FOUNDATION REPAIR

6721 DILLON ST
Houston

Lone Star Construction

4702 Old Spanish Trail
Houston

Lonestar Handyman Services

13481 Garden Grove
Houston

M & M Construction & Remodeling

2012 Market St
Laredo

Martin's Paint & Home Repair

16422 Rainbow Lake Drive
Houston

Master Remodelers

2320 A Swift Blvd
Houston

Miguel's Remodeling

12593 robin Lane
Willis

Morgan Construction & Remodeling

1200 Campbell Acres Rd.
Cleveland

NB Contractors Inc

PO Box 941804
Houston

Nuday Enterprise

8633 W Airport Blvd#120
Houston

Oleander

PO Box 580186
Houston

Oleander Construction

20530 Benwest Ct
Spring

Olshan Foundation Repair

5902 W. 34th Street
Houston

Olympic Restoration Systems

12413 Maplewood Drive
Fort Worth

PAINTING & CLEANING BY H & W

1511 PARK HARBOR OAKS CT
Houston

PB&P Home Improvements

190 County Road 436
Dayton

Perfect Source Inc.

40950 fm 1774
Magnolia

Perma-Pier Foundation Repair Company

3574 West T.C. Jester
Houston

PRECISION FOUNDATION SERVICE INC

8427 HAMMERLY BLVD
Houston

qbuildersinc

5240 center street
Deer Park

R Michael Gray PE

25414 Vinechase Drive
Porter

RAM Construction

P.O. Box 130094
Spring

Reconstruction Solutions

12614 Craigwood Ln
Cypress

Rite Construction Services, Inc.

12414 Westella
Houston

Rivas Remodeling Services

10550 Towneview Drive
Sugar Land

Sandtech Foundation Repair

8368 Park Place Blvd
Houston

Saneva

1302 Waugh Dr
Houston

Scottford Custom Home Designers

5090 Richmond Ave
Houston

SERVICE MASTER CLEAN SELECT

14543 HIGHWAY 105
Conroe

Slab Doctor

12711 Fuqua
Houston

Southern Developers

24693 Sorters Road
Porter

Stabilicore - Foundation Repair

17852 FM 1488
Magnolia

STABLE FOUNDATION & CONSTR

7009 AVENUE
Santa Fe

Summit Construction

12322 Brightwood Drive
Montgomery

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Texas National Contractors LLC

627 Park Leaf Ln
Katy

The William's Group

PO Box #55432

Top Brand

Cypress

Trusted Restore

12407 N MOPAC
Austin

U.S. Alpha General Contractors

PO Box 334
Van Vleck

UpKeepers, Inc

4015 Guadalupe St
Austin

URETEK ICR GULF COAST

11603 WINDFERN RD
Houston

We'll Do It For You!

4101 Green Briar Dr
Houston

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