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Here's one for Mike Holmes.
For 13 years I have been fighting with my builder over my porch. He has lowered my siding, re-parged the o/s of the porch wall and basically just blown me off. It finally got to critical mass and the house foundation was in danger. A 8' X 35' slab was resting only on fill. No Lintels, piers or ledge in the front foundation block. Oh and guess what else! Only 4 total pieces of re-bar, three of which were laying on the fill and not even in the cement! No re-wire at all. The builder sent me a letter saying that if repairs were ever needed it would be at no cost to me. Guess who isn't answering his phone? Watch you builders closely and don't believe it just because they say it is true!
Posts: 1 | Registered: Jun 11, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Mike isn't going to see your post let alone come to your rescue.

After 13 years your builder is probably off the hook as most structural warranties are only good for 10 years. I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TV so my legal advice is worth what you paid me for it.

You might be able to have a foundation repair company come in a jack the slab up by driving piers into the soil to support the slab. Mud jacking might work after 13 years the soil should be compacted down. Otherwise, it is time to call in a contractor that can do the job right, remove the slab, put in footers to solid ground, not fill, and rebuild from there.

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