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Old 12-29-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I need someone good, reasonable and reputable for a house foundation check. Anyone had it done recently and could give me recommendation?
Thank you!!
oh... a hydrostatic test is also needed...
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Jericho - then Church. Oddly, Olshan's ALWAYS decides you need work. Jericho usually shoots straight.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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basic home inspection from a reputable company can spot foundation problems. If there's a problem then I think Church is the best of the bunch. Never had a house with foundation issues though.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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Jericho is good about not over-bidding. Allied is the most reasonable for the actual work.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Lake Conroe, Tx
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I would advise against calling a foundation repair company out to look at your property, that's kind of like calling the fox to the hen house. If you do it almost goes without saying that you will need piers.

Instead I would call a licensed structural engineer; they are unbiased and there to do a specific job (no agenda). They will come out and take compulevel measurements of the home, check window frames, door jams, drainage, tree roots, brick venneer etc.. and report the findings.
If piers are indeed needed they will show exactly where they need to be located, how deep etc. The cost for their service is fairly reasonable (around $350) Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I agree with Lake Conroe resident. Now, what about recommendations for a structural engineer?

I will keep in mind those other guys if I need a foundation job done.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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I used the championsengineering.com folks in my brand new house. Talk to Jeff, he really knows what he is doing.. jburkman@championsengineering.com

David Weekly minorly screwed up my foundation and I am glad I got those folks to inspect it. Their report was so detailed....



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I agree with Lake Conroe resident. Now, what about recommendations for a structural engineer?

I will keep in mind those other guys if I need a foundation job done.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Jericho - then Church. Oddly, Olshan's ALWAYS decides you need work. Jericho usually shoots straight.
Jericho is a great company, but they are not likely to be the cheapest. They roll a big crew when work starts and knock it out quickly, but you wind up paying for a lot of labor. Probably the best at what they do.

I'm not at all sure about Church Services, if that's who you're talking about. They have a reputation for some shadiness with C.O.H. code enforcement.

Olshan will almost certainly tell you the sky is falling and they need $10,000 or so to prop it back up.

Anywhoo, it sounds like the OP is looking for an inspector more than an actual tradesman.

I personally like Hedderman Engineering http://www.heddermanengineering.com/, but there are lots and lots of very qualified home inspectors. Any inspector will be able to perform a foundation survey and a hydrostatic test and even the best will be unable to find all of the really big nasty surprises.
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