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    Thrasher Inc
    After doing some online research of several Basement/Foundation repair specialists, we chose Thrasher Basement to look more closely at the "symptoms" our 24 year old home was experiencing, and my husband and I are are so glad we did.             Before System Design Specialist Kyle Walter came out to look at our home, the company sent a packet of well prepared printed information explaining the company, and possible solutions to various basement and foundation issues.  (The Thrasher Basement web site is also very informative.) Studying and thinking carefully about this information  before our initial meeting was most helpful to us in understanding the problems we were seeing as well as comprehending what Kyle told us.
    Kyle reiterated and further explained the printed information before he and his assistant then carefully examined all first floor walls for cracks/shifting and doors and windows for binding.  Then they carefully examined the floors and walls of our large (1300 sf) unfinished basement  as well as the 3 lower level bedrooms to get a general idea of what was happening with our house.  Kyle and his assistant spent several hours using a laser transit to search for irregularities in the level of our walls and floor.  My husband and I were impressed with the knowledge, science, persistence and patience exhibited in finally coming to a logical conclusion of what was happening with our house and how to remedy or prevent further damage.  Our foundation was unevenly sinking -- a total of 2 inches across the expanse of the basement, thus causing the cracking walls and widening floor expansion joints we were witnessing.
         The solution was to place 50 push piers around the perimeter of our basement floor.  Easily said, but not so easily done.  We were given very clear instructions as to what we needed to move to clear working space and also what we could expect from the work crew.
         Project foreman Brent Foreman and his crew which included Jose and Mariel , as well as others, ultimately broke up and removed concrete from 50 approximately 2 ft. square holes in the floor, removed underlying soil to get to the footing, placed very heavy duty pier brackets under the footing at each hole, drove heavy pipes 60 to 70 feet into the earth to approximate "bedrock"  below and attached to each bracket.  They then tightened or lifted the bracket up against the footing to insure there would be no further damage to the house.   (With careful consultation with Brent as the job progressed, we ultimately decided not to try to lift the house back to its original position because of the risk of further damage in doing so, choosing instead to prevent further settling.)
         Brent and his crew used what must have been acres of heavy duty plastic to cover our belongings, protect the floor, separate the work area from our living area, etc. for what turned out to be a difficult and dirty job.  The men broke up the concrete with jack hammers and carried out what must have been thousands of pounds of broken concrete in buckets, up a long flight of stairs to the waiting 10 ft. trailer outside (3 or 4 trailer loads).  With hand shovels, they then dug out soil enough to gain access to the footing resulting in large piles of dirt all over the plastic protected basement floor.  Three piers also had to be placed along one wall of a finished lower level bedroom requiring pulling back carpet/padding.  The carpet in the room as well as ingress and egress was well protected.
    In order to place the piers underneath the 2 fireplace footings, Brent and crew had to also dig holes on the exterior as well.  In the case of 2 of those piers, they had to hand dig 10 to 12 ft. deep holes underneath a screened porch decking floor.
           Once all the piers were placed and the soil returned to its previous home, concrete was poured and troweled to replace that which had been removed.  This phase was done all in one day and that day was finished off by the men removing all the plastic, remaining dirt, vacuuming the floor and carpet  and then washing the exposed floor surface.  Brent also inserted small metal "benchmarks" around the perimeter of the basement walls for the purpose of answering any future questions about wall movement.
         Because of the way our house was constructed --- much thicker slab floor and footings than usual -- this job was considerably more difficult than expected.  These men worked constantly and incredibly hard for six long 8 to 10 hour days and were always pleasant, courteous, and helpful.  Brent not only invited but encouraged us to do frequent walk throughs of the work in progress, take photographs, ask questions (which were always candidly answered), etc.  
    A week later when we discovered that the soil underneath the screened porch floor needed to be rearranged in order to direct rain drainage away from the house wall, Brent and his crew very pleasantly returned to our site, after a long day of working another job, and took care of the issue.  Brent had made sure that we knew to call him if we discovered any problem and he promptly followed through by taking care of this issue.
    Kyle Walter came back out to ask for our feedback as to how things had gone and inspected the finished product himself.              Throughout this whole experience, phone calls have been answered promptly, questions answered, concern shown for our comfort and satisfaction, etc. We were so favorably impressed with Kyle, Brent, and their crew, the excellent communication, quality of work and so on.
          While Thrasher Basement still has to return to inject PolyLevel underneath the newly poured concrete to insure level support of those new areas, I am certain we can count upon them to fulfill their contract.
    - Charlott W.
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    Quality Foundation Repair
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    - Joseph B.
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