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"I contacted
along with four other foundation companies all of whom provide steel piers for foundation work that I knew I needed. Rusty Woods" came out and looked over the situation and worked me up a proposal to do the work. I spoke with Rusty several times by phone in the next couple weeks to address variations in the work to be done. It was very nice working with Rusty. To Rusty's credit he picked up on several things that needed to be done that the civil engineer who provided me an engineering report had not recommended. But to me they seemed logical to be included so I revised the scope of work to reflect several of his suggestions. A neighbor was also researching foundation work so we started comparing notes. We even requested bids from the same companies and decided to visit a job site of each of the bidders to see exactly how the work was performed. After visiting an Accurate site, we came away very impressed with the work being done although we had concern about the angle support
being used not being long enough to support a good portion of the perimeter beam. I spoke to Rusty about this and nothing really came of it. This was the support
they used and it was Rusty's opinion that it provided enough support. Accurate's bid was the third lowest and my neighbor actually chose Accurate to do his work and he was very satisfied. I chose another bidder because of its warranty, approached used to support the house and cost. Regarding the warranty Accurate offers, it appears to be a lifetime warranty but in actuality, it is lifetime on the steel piers only. Other restrictions apply. Of the five companies I considered, only two companies provided what I consider a true lifetime warranty. All the others had warranties that appeared to be lifetime but the lifetime was on the steel piers. I chose one of those that provided the lifetime warranty and the other company was the most expensive of all those I considered.

-BILL F.

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"I contacted
along with four other foundation companies all of whom provide steel piers for foundation work that I knew I needed.
" came out and looked over the situation and worked me up a proposal to do the work.
stopped by several times in the next couple weeks to address variations in the work to be done.
came out on one occasion to test the thickness of slab and locate some interior beams. It was nice working with both of these fellows. A neighbor was also researching foundation work so we started comparing notes. We even requested bids from the same companies and decided to visit a job site of each of the bidders to see exactly how the work was performed. After visiting a
site, we came to realize that the support of the house was being transferred to the steel pier in one of two ways -- an angle
as shown in the literature and in some cases, a side mount plate with screws into the perimeter beam. it appeared to us that the side mount plate (and screws) was cracking the perimeter beam severely and under load could
its "grip" on the perimeter beam. Further, it was being used too often and for the primarily purpose of saving time in installing the piers although the field foreman had an explanation for its use which was primarily to avoid having to deal with roots. This latter approach did not look like a very good way of supporting the house to us. I contacted
and talked to him about the matter.
said he leaves the decision as to which support to use to his field supervisor who had been with them a long time. There was no negotiating on avoiding the use of this attachment even with the offer to pay more for avoiding its use. I was told this is the way we do it. At this point I disqualified
even though their price was very attractive (second lowest bidder) and
and
were great to work with.

-BILL F.

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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

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was great to work with. All involved were very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They were done in about 3.5 hours. They were conscientious and it showed in their clean up after they were done. If you have sinking or settling concrete or brick you can not go wrong with
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- Michael J.
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was very professional. Even though we were hampered by the winter weather, he worked with us to get the project done. His estimate was very accurate and his work was excellent. I would recommend him to anyone.
- Jane C.
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It went well. I just could not use their service. I had interacted with 3 other companies on the same project. The other 3assessed the project similarly and estimated the cost of the project around 15000 while
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estimated it roughly at 70000. Significant difference. The cost being 3-4 x more.
- armine K.
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The evaluation phase went exceptional well,
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gave me a complete report on the conditions he found and answered all my questions. He and I reviewed a contract togather to accomplish the work required to correct the problems noted. I felt the cost was in line to meet my needs and was a true value. A date to accomplish the work was set. I received a reminder call the day before the work was to begin and all was in order. The team headed by
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arrived at the appointed time and started to work after checking in with me.The team members were technically competent, productive in the work agenda and cleaned up behind themselves. They removed all the falling insulation, wrapped all my foundation pillars, removed and smoothed out the ground, placed insalation around the entire outside foundation walls - then coverd the ground with a high grade plastic. They completed the project with the instatlation of a new crawler space entry door called a turlte. They lastly installed a electric dehumidifier unit to maintain a appropriate mosture level. When done the team leader checked in with me and showed me pictures of what it looked like under my house. Due a lower back injury I had experienced, my wife and
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crawled under the house to check out the finished work. It was letter perfect in line with the initial contracts requirements. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'ed give this job a score of 12.7 - it was that good! All my expectations were by far exceeded!!

- Tony O.
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Crew was timely and did a professional job. I called for an estimate which was a lengthy process. Negotiated a lower price and then scheduled the work.
- Marty S.
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Very professional and nice. They had good workers. There were a few hiccups along the way but nothing major. We also liked that there was no money asked for up front, we paid once the job was completed.
- Sharon H.
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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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A GRADE ABOVE RESIDENTIAL GRADING

N 57 W13817 THURSTON AVE
Menomonee Falls

A+ Environmental Inc

22 North 3rd St
Fort Atkinson

AASCEO

1810 Oakdale Drive
Waukesha

Accurate Basement Repair

3125 East Allerton Ave
Milwaukee

Adonnis Waterproofing Co., Inc.

10520 S Howell Ave
Oak Creek

All American Gutters LLC

795 South Main
Saukville

All Masonry Inc

719 S 121 St
Milwaukee

American Foundation Specialists

11011 W Forrest Home Ave
Hales Corners

Apex Development LLC

7343 W Layton Avenue
Greenfield

Badger Basement Systems

N1656 Hwy 12
Fort Atkinson

Badger Building Restoration

1034 Riverbend Dr
Hartford

Barajas Construction Llc

2545 s. 15th pl
Milwaukee

Bayer & Bayer Inc

S81 W12997 Hi-view Drive
Muskego

BELFOR USA Group Inc.

2929 North 114th Street
Milwaukee

Brillo Home Improvements Inc

5315 N Lovers Lane Rd
Milwaukee

CERTIFIED FOUNDATION

6115 S LINNIELAC DR
New Berlin

Charles Weber Consutling

3830 N 85th St
Milwaukee

Clint Lampshire Construction

5473 moorehead lane
Greendale

Colt's Construction

1980 W. Rawson Ave
Oak Creek

Complete Construction Services LLC

6248 S. Racine Place
New Berlin

Continental Waterproofing LLC

6000 N 91st St
Milwaukee

CRC CONCRETE RAISING CORPORATION

2855 SOUTH 166TH STREET
New Berlin

Creekstone Custom Carpentry, LLC

N144w6818 Pioneer Rd
Cedarburg

CRH Construction LLC

2810 S. 74th St.
Milwaukee

Cusatis Construction

W213N11111 Appleton Ave
Germantown

D & J Restoration Services Unlimited

4666 s 49th st
Greenfield

D.J. Concrete & Masonry Inc.

11022 N. Redwood Tree Ct.
Mequon

DALE SCHMIDT CONTRACTING

2060 HAWTHORNE DR
Elm Grove

Daniel Labrasca Services

5233 County Rd V
Franksville

Day and Night Restoration and Remodeling

S67W24465 Skyline Ave
Waukesha

Done Right Builders LLC

1100 s 1st street

Dreams Come True

6142 s 33rd St
Milwaukee

Dry Otter Basement Waterproofing LLC

4328 Tanglewood Dr
Janesville

Everdry Waterproofing Wisconsin

W226N880 Eastmound Dr.
Waukesha

Express Excavation and Construction LLC

S108 W 16327 Loomis Dr
Muskego

First Class Cement Contractors Inc

4930 N 108th St
Milwaukee

Floor Concepts

14803 W. Hidden Creek Court
New Berlin

GREAT LAKES EXCAVATING

PO BOX 170038
Milwaukee

Haase & Sons Construction

7147 W. Pineberry Rdg
Franklin

Handy Hagan LLC

Po Box 1163
Grafton

Handyman Specialties

po box 210222
Milwaukee

Ihn Company

17300 W Cleveland Ave
New Berlin

Industrial Restoration LLC

10220 Pleasant Valley Rd
Cedarburg

J&K Masonry Co. LLC

P.O. Box 2181
Brookfield

JAW'S SERVICES INC

po box 27
Ashippun

Jendusa Design & Engineering, Inc.

4615 VETTELSON RD
Hartland

Klamco

10060 W Loomis Rd
Franklin

Koch Construction LLC

18640 Milwaukee Ave
Brookfield

Landmark Home Improvement

4322 s k.k. ave
Cudahy

Mahdee's Home Improvement, LLC

2358 N Holton St
Milwaukee

Majestic Renovations, LLC

2992 Willow Creek Rd.
Colgate

Mccoy Contractors Inc

4230 N 126th St
Brookfield

McCoy Plumbing Inc

2836 N Brookfield Rd
Brookfield

Michael J Till Associates

915 Michigan Street
Sturgeon Bay

Mike Shadid Foundation Consulting

W329 N4730 Lakeland Dr
Nashotah

MUDTeCH LLC

PO Box 41
Dousman

MULLIGAN & ASSOCIATES INC

11244 N RIVERLAND RD
Mequon

My Handy Man

Milwaukee

myHandypro

1346 North 70th Street
Wauwatosa

Patera

2601 Sunny Slope Road
New Berlin

PELLATT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

239 JEFFERSON ST
Johnson Creek

RD Construction of WI, LLC

5224 S 13th St
Milwaukee

Reinforced Concrete Technologies

3845 w Forest Home Ave

SCHULTHEISS CONTRACTORS LLC

2650 S 60TH ST
Milwaukee

Scott's Property Management

715 Sumner
Hartford

SS Remodeling

N5355 Loraine Ct
Fredonia

STEVE'S MASONRY REPAIR

6321 W Ohio Ave
Milwaukee

Stone Solid Masonry LLC

2024 Green Tree Rd.
West Bend

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Tarwid Structural Repairs LLC

4518 Hansche Rd
Racine

The Mudjackers LLC

S29 W27296 Green Ln
Waukesha

Tri State Basement Repair

27188 US Hwy 14
Richland Center

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