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was on time for the appointment. He was very professional and easy to talk to. He was not able to help with my problem but he did refer" me to someone who could. If I needed his expertise in the future I would not hesitate to call him.

-David G.

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Firma come out to a home that we were in escrow on to provide an estimate on reframing issues identified by the home inspector. The" representative who came out was very nice and came up with a repair plan. After we closed on the home, we decided to move forward with the repairs and were in regular communication with the initial
Firma representative for several weeks. He was very responsive to our questions and concerns. He also went out of his way to come out a second time to the home after another contractor got us worried that more severe problems were at play. The
Firma representative reassured us that we did not indeed need the very expensive helical pier repairs that one company was trying to sell us. We appreciated the honesty of
Firma’s representative and that he was not trying to upsell. Where things started to go wrong was a minor hiccup in the scheduling process and a major game-changer for us during the actual repair day. First, we were left waiting for a few days just for a
call from
Firma’s scheduling department to schedule us for the repairs. When we didn’t receive the call that the initial representative told us to expect from his colleague, we reached out to schedule. We were informed that our realtor had been contacted instead of us. Yet, we still hadn’t received a call. When we were finally able to schedule, we were given an appointment 3 weeks out. Understandable given that they are one of very few companies in town who do the kind of work we needed. The day we had
Firma come out to work, we were informed an hour into the job that they were suspending work indefinitely because of missing joists and dry rot in house's frame, which needed to be resolved before they could install their product. We had email communication with
Firma’s initial rep about this before we had even scheduled and he clearly told us that we wouldn’t need to worry about the dry rot because their product would take care of it. That representative also advised us that they should be the first contractor to make repairs in the home (we had others planned), so if he recommended that we repair the flooring issues, he had plenty of opportunity to tell us. He said they wouldn’t install their product under such conditions. The employees stated that they needed a manager to come out to assess the situation before they could move further, but they were all out of town. I found it reprehensible that they didn't have any managers on call when their crews are scheduled to do work that costs customers thousands of dollars. We didn’t hear from a manager until 2 business days later, and he informed us that the soonest he would be able to get out to assess the home situation was in another 2 days, setting the work on our house back yet another week. We lost so much time, we decided to get the issue resolved without
Firma’s assistance. We did inform
Firma executives about this and the head of the organization and senior managers did respond to us personally. They acknowledged communication issues on their end and were willing to work with us to demonstrate their commitment to quality work and customer service, but at the end of the day, there was nothing that could be done to wipe the sour taste of the experience from our mouths. While I'm sure their products and the quality of their work are great, it's clear that there are gaps in their service.

-Pooja B.

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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 Portsmouth

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The tech was punctual, very professional, and easy to deal with. The foundation was found to be in acceptable shape. However, the concern about the purchased service relates to the recommendation for an elaborate, expensive (about $6K) drainage system that
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wanted to install. Naturally, I am getting more opinions.
- Rana P.
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We got a very good quote but we found someone recommended that turned in a lower quote and went with them instead. I got confused on the name and accidentally put my review for that company on my last review for this company.
- Michael C.
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The job went very smoothly. The part of the basement that was being worked on was sealed off from the rest of the basement so as to not spread the dust and dirt from the job. All materials and tools were brought in through the basement windows so as not to disturb or dirty the upstairs portion of the house. After the job was completed they vacuumed and cleaned up the whole area very nicely.
We were completely satisfied with the whole process from start to fininsh.
- BOB C.
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Our house was sitting on top of
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squarely but was not bolted in place. Foundation works had done the initial inspection before we purchased the home, identified the problem, explained it to us very well, and wrote a report that helped us get money back to pay for the work as part of the purchase. The work was done quickly and professionally just before we moved in. So far, the house hasn't moved anywhere.
- Danielle T.
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Crew were knowledgeable and professional. Made the extra effort to patch cracks in cinder block foundation. I would definitely use them again.
- John K.
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They did a fantastic job. There was a water leaking issue and the front stoop was puling away from the front of the home. There was about a half an inch of space between our stoop and our home. They matched all brick to our home. They broke down the stoop and rebuilt the front stoop and walkway. They did all the work in about a week. The service was amazing.
- Anne G. C.
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This is the second time I've had
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out to do work on my house. Both times he has been responsive, professional, and performs excellent work for a fair price.
The brick point on my chimney was starting to come loose. $600 to chisel out the old masonry, mix a new batch, and use of a cherry picker that he had to rent to get himself up high enough to fix it.
Same thing with my garage. It's a cinderblock wall and due to a leak in a seam in the gutter above, water was hitting the window sill of the garage and cracking the mortar in the joints in the cinderblocks below it. $250 to chisel out the old and put in new masonry. I had tried this myself several years earlier using a cement mix from Home Depot and a pointing tool, but it looked horrible, and the mixture didn't bond well to the old substrate. Goes to show you, that for nominal money and finding the right guy, the end results are much better and last longer. I'm writing this review in 2015 and the point work still looks great (of course, I replaced the gutter that was causing the water to run down the wall, which definitely helps)
My house is old and some clown decided not to follow best framing practices. They left the entire left-hand side of the main beam of my home unsupported. I had a structural engineer come in to tell me this (hey, I'm no carpenter). But after he pointed it out, yeah, it was obvious the beam needed support.
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dug through my concrete floor, dug a pit and poured a new 2 x 2 x 2 foot concrete footer. He then got a several ton
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and some lolly columns and gave me instruction to
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up the main beam a little at a time over a week. I jacked it up 4 inches.
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came back a week later with a steel column cut to the right height from a metal fabricator. I didn't
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the house up enough. Poor
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was down there, in mid-summer, jacking the house up as little as possible and sweating bullets to bang this steel post into place above the footer he poured. He attached it to the main beam with nice thick bolts through the cap plate and the house has been rock solid now on that side ever since. In fact, in 2015, I had my kitchen (on that side) redone and had heavy things like additional sub flooring, tile, granite counters, installed. Everything has remained rock solid.
I'd recommend
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in an instant for the masonry he's done for me. I haven't used any concrete pouring services or stamping from him yet. But for the work he's done, his prices were reasonable and he works hard for it. Seems an honest contractor and you know how rare that is nowadays.
- Dave P.
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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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7 Cities Termite & Pest Control

413 Willow Brook Way
Chesapeake

ACME Animal Removal & Bee Control Services

5344 E Princess Anne Rd
Norfolk

ADDITION ASSOCIATES

5457 NANSEMOND PKWY
Suffolk

Advanced Builders Inc

19159 Farm Rd
Smithfield

Advanced Engineering Construction

1800 Rokeby Ave
Chesapeake

Aljase

234 N Witchduck Rd
Virginia Beach

AMC Foundation Repair

5552 Raby Rd
Norfolk

Anointed Masonry One LLC

P.O. Box 1492
Norfolk

ArtDivine Painting, A Home Improvement Company

916 Westwind Place
Virginia Beach

Atlantic Foundations Inc

1700 Lambert Ct
Chesapeake

Atlantic Hardscapes

820 Stell lane

AUBUT SERVICES LLC

1240 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach

B & B REMODELING

4701 Bromfield Ave
Virginia Beach

Bay Shore Construction

3101 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach

Bayshore Construction, Inc

3101 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach

BCC Services Inc.

538 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson

BRICK & BLOCK TOOL SHOP

9208 Venture Ct
Manassas

BUG-N-OUT

PO Box 2157
Virginia Beach

C&A Building and Remodeling

400 Sharon Dr.
Newport News

Cardial Carpentry LLC

15160 Ashby Way West
Carrollton

CAVALIER ENTERPRISES

2025 Square Dance Ct
Virginia Beach

Clean Air Solutions Inc.

2768 Mulberry Loop
Virginia Beach

Cofield Home Improvement

3209 Morningside Dr
Chesapeake

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St
Williamsburg

Crawl Masters

5905 Blackwater Rd
Virginia Beach

Creative Concepts Investments, Inc

6001 Miller Store Rd.
Norfolk

Customer Service Enterprise

6 maid marion circle
Newport News

D & D SIDING INC

500 CENTRAL DR
Virginia Beach

DJ Construction

2560 Piney Bark Drive
Virginia Beach

E.W. Carter General Contractor

202 Hough Ave
Norfolk

eastern home repair

12551 jefferson ave.suite 101

ENIGMA ART

3730 DAVIS ST.
Norfolk

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

Four Seasons Home Repair

480 Harpersville Road
Newport News

Gamble Home Improvement

507 Kent Dr
Portsmouth

General Home Improvements

512 Kings Neck Cove
Virginia Beach

General Repairs LLC

4901 Manor Avenue
Portsmouth

Gibson Concrete

4940 Rutherford Rd ste 401
Virginia Beach

HAMPTON MASONRY INC

408 W GILBERT ST
Hampton

Hampton Roads Maintenance

1910 Lansing Ave
Portsmouth

Hipp Masonry Works Inc

109 Vine Dr
Yorktown

HomePro Pest Control

PO Box 15595
Chesapeake

Hudgins Masonry

712 Poplar Forest Ct

Hug-A-Bug Pest Control and Termite Inc

5324 Tuza Ln
Virginia Beach

International Concrete

105 old grove ln

J & J HANDYMAN

201 Cypress Rd
Portsmouth

Jazi Builders, Inc.

476 Richneck Rd
Newport News

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach

Jps handyman services

42 camelot court
Hampton

Lawson Concrete Construction

664 Abbey Village Cir
Midlothian

MARES EXTERMINATING CO

891 YORKTOWN RD
Poquoson

Marquee Homes Inc.

538 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson

Matt's Repair

421 Dauphin Ln
Virginia Beach

McGhee's Concrete and Construction

812 Popler Ridge Dr.
Chesapeake

Michael Davidson Masonry

101 Honaker Ave
Norfolk

MID ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE, INC

3737 Strawberry Plains Rd
Williamsburg

MID ATLANTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT LLC

416 Height hill Rd
Barboursville

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

MSH Homes Inc

3524 Ballahack Rd
Chesapeake

PESTOUT

10 San Jose Drive, Suite 4-B
Newport News

Pilot Construction, Inc.

12 Bonita Dr.
Hampton

Priority Pest Services

1509 Technology Dr
Chesapeake

Professional Building Services

2404 Chubb Lake Ave
Virginia Beach

Quality Carpenters Inc

637 74th St
Newport News

R & R Home Repair & Remodeling

418 Troon Chase
Virginia Beach

Ram Jack Foundation Solutions

101 Saunders Road
Hampton

Reliance Pest & Termite Inc

644 Prosperity Way
Chesapeake

Renaissance Remodeling

3921 Lantana Place
Virginia Beach

rock solid concepts

3416 n. military hwy

Segar Contracting

3712 Mantle Ln
Virginia Beach

Small Potatoes Structural Engineering

505 S Independence Blvd
Virginia Beach

Smart Services

1385 Fordham Dr
Virginia Beach

Suffolk Contractors Inc

228 Luray St.
Chesapeake

Suffolk contractors inc.

228 Luray St
Chesapeake

Superior Termite & Pest Control Inc

5626 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Task List Complete

1001 Little Lake Drive

The Crawlspace Company

717 River Edge Lndg
Norfolk

The Gillen Company

5998 Providence Road, Suite 103
Virginia Beach

Thrifty Concrete

26 Tillerson Dr
Newport News

Tidewater Masonry

811 W 41st St
Norfolk

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128
Portsmouth

Virginia Foundation Solutions Inc

789 Seahawk Cir
Virginia Beach

Walling Masonry

709 Paul Street
Newport News

Walling Masonry

709 Paul Street
Newport News

Warrick Concrete Services Inc

207 Nelson District Rd
Yorktown

Wharton Construction Co., Inc.

703 Howmet Dr
Hampton

What's It Worth? LLC

80 Hermitage Rd
Newport News

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