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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 Portsmouth

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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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We're getting ready to put our house on the
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, so we wanted to get a crack looked at and filled. A serviceman was out in less than 24 hours. He inspected it all and determined that all we needed was to fill the diagonal crack - which was quick and relatively inexpensive compared to the worst case scenario. And, they provide a warranty that we'll be able to offer when we sell the house.
- Sara S.
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CPS did a terrific job installing piers for my home. They were very responsive in scheduling an initial appointment with me as well as explaining in detail the work that needed to be done, timeline to complete and the entire process from end-to-end. I did get several estimates and CPS' prices were by far the best. They were also very good about returning my yard back to the way it was before they had to dig it up. There was landscaping they had to tear up and put back as well. Had I not been home to see that the yard had been dug up, I would never know it had been - that is how well everything was filled back in in my yard. I honestly was expecting to be able to notice - after all, it's dirt and rock and a small shrub they had to dig up. I would have expected some movement of the materials or at a minimum be able to tell someone had dug 3 large holes in my front yard. Couldn't tell one bit. I really appreciate the professionalism of their employees as well. Everything was top-notch.
- Katie F.
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, as well as their team of professionals did an excellent job in first scoping out the amount of work and what needed to be done. They gave me what I thought was the most feasible and common since way of making the repairs under my home. I had bad sagging and bounciness to my floor, and needed a professional, who would do the job right, on time, and on budget. I also wanted to get rid of the wall in which supported my above floor. These guys went to work and disassembled the old wall, along with wrapping electrical wiring within the wall, as well as alarm system wiring for my electrician to perform his work in the future. They also had to work with my plumbing to separate for new beam. Their team arrived when they said they would, and did not mess with any of my belongings along the way, they actually assisted in moving my belongings out of the way for installation of the posts and beam. I did the resarsch and called a couple other companies in the same business. While each company had a different solution to fix the problem,
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really made more since than the other contractors with regards to their engineering process. If you are looking for a reliable contractor for your foundation issues, look no further!! Give these guys a call before you decide upon which foundation company you will use.
- Gilford W.
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came over within a day of calling him for an estimate. Extremely professional and thorough. He not only gave the best estimate I had received, but was able to get the work initiated within a week of the estimate (for which my wife is extremely grateful).
When the crew came out to the house, they showed up right when they said they would and were gone by 4:30pm. Three days they worked on the house and they communicated clearly each beginning and end of the day about what they had done, what was left, and when they would be back the next day.
Two days after the job was done I noticed a new crack in a wall and they came out the next day to fix it...and the fix was VERY reasonable.
I highly recommend
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- Matthew F.
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Winters was excellent. He not only evaluated the foundation but he also explained to me what he was looking for and how he measured. I went with him through the house and he explained his evaluation. He also advised me to get soaker hoses for the front and the back and to put them on timers. That will help the foundation by giving water to the tree roots that suck the water from under the foundation and cause it to move.


- Andrea B.
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Before hiring LevelLift, I contacted a friend of mine who owns a Structural Engineering firm, but only work commercial not residential. So after receiving at least (5) estimates, we agreed that LevelLift was the company to hire.
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, he was very nice, patient and professional along with his team. Received a proposal for the work noted below:
The work in the basement included but not limited too grout beneath concrete, excavate & installed timber walls,
raise window well & installed standard home-improvement store grade cover, raise grade, furnished & installed discharge pipes for down spouts, installed seven steel beams, new interior drainage, repaired damaged mortar joints, installed 12" high cast-in-place concrete
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between steel beams and they took care of all the
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County permits and inspections. In addition, mobilization, site preparation and furnished & installed discharge pipe for sump pump.
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recommended a very good Structural Engineer to take care of the structural drawings.
The contract payment terms were broken down into four payments with the option of using major credit cards and we have a ten (10) year warranty.
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and his team were very responsive, punctual, and professional and the quality of the work was excellent. We have not had any problems in the basement since 2013. They are highly recommended. (A+)
- Palmatha L.

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7 Cities Termite & Pest Control

413 Willow Brook Way
Chesapeake

A-1 Inc Exterminators

1704 S Park Ct
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

Bedrock Foundation Systems Inc

128 Dorset Ave.
Virginia Beach

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 Road
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

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

480m 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

5448 Apex Peakway #193

J & J HANDYMAN

201 Cypress Rd
Portsmouth

Jazi Builders, Inc.

476 Richneck Rd
Newport News

JES Foundation Repair

569 Central Dr
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

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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