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I have a crack separating the front porch from the main house. Now the house has shifted and cracked a pipe causing seeping of sewage on the front lawn. Do I fix the plumbing immediately and get a structural engineer after or do I consult with a structural engineer first?
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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago
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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Do you have any pictures you can share with me?

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

not sure why it put my question in the Customer Response section, but Oh Well

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have no pictures at the moment. Can you at least answer the first question I asked?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is anyone there?
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Yes I can. The pictures are not a requirement.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I do not want to pay an additional $18!?? First I'm told $36 if I'm satisfied and was requested to advance $5 which I have! I'm waiting on your first response!
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I would have a plumber come out and fix your cracked pipe with some type of flexible section of pipe that will allow it to move slightly without breaking.

I would also call out a Geotechnical Engineer to visit your site and investigate why your home is moving/settling.

Sorry if I type a bit slow.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is that $18 a flat rate? I
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Yes

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I can help you find an Engineering firm that can help you, what city and state are you near?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What was the $5 I authorized on my credit card for?
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I do not know, that would be a Customer Service question

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I prefer to continue with this method on the computer
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

You are not charged for the question until you accept my answer.

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I can help you find an Engineering firm that can help you, what city and state are you near?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Douglasvile, Ga; but if it's going to cost me $36 don't bother I can get one by googling myself!
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I would do more than google, I would actually look at their qualifications and expertise.

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Well, good luck with your search

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
This seems like a bait and switch to me.
Why can't you answer the question I'm asking? I don't want to commit to another $18.,,,,,,if I'm still going to be charged $36. I perfectly fine with paying $36 and you find a reasonable and qualified structural engineer if that is what I really need..but I need to know how urgent the stuctural is over the plumbing issue!
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I thought you said you were going to do the search and did not need me. I am more than happy to continue until your get a satisfactory answer.

Has this just started since your recent heavy rains?

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I was down in Griffin, GA over New Years

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

You need to fix the sewer leak, so that it does not saturate the soil around your house even more.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It's not Griffin, Ga. It's Douglasville, Ga. I'm OK with the plumber coming and fixing the cracked pip and getting the geo engineer. What would be the cost....or would they come out to give an estimate and I go from there after establishing the cost? Pl reply this is urgent!
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

I know it is not Griffin, I was just saying I was down that way over New Years and experienced some of the rain you have been having.

You need the Engineer to determine the cause of the movement before any type of repair scheme can be established.

You will have to call each of the firms I will give you and ask, but in general, they will charge a fee just to come out and look, probably in the $400 to $600 range. They charge about $100 to $125 per hour.

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Here are two firms that should be able to help you.

http://www.ahlberg-aei.com/index.html

http://www.ecslimited.com/geotechnical

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No thanks..... .I do not want to share my info with any third party service provider and I do not want to sped an extra $18...I can get plumbers coming out to give free estimates. Thank you though!
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Not sure what you are talking about with extra money?

If you just have a plumber come out and put a band-aid on the sewer leak, you are not addressing the real problem, "movement of your house".

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Which can lead to all kinds of other problems: doors and windows that do not work, cracks in your foundation and drywall, just to name a few. But it is your choice.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
You sent me a message and I quote " I would have a plumber come out and fix your cracked pipe with ssome type of flexible section of pipe that will allow it to move slightly without breaking. I would also call a Geotechnical Engineer to visit your site and investigate why your home is settling" I'd be perfectly fine with thast...just want to know what the cost would be for the plumber to temporarily do that fix and give me an estimate for a permanent fix after I get the structural person' s opinion. I already have one that will come out for $350 or if you can get the professional out there for that price and tell me what the temp fix will be until I can get an estimate
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Not sure why you are so angry at me? I am trying to help you by offering guidance from my over 30 years of engineering experience.

The issue is that a plumber is not qualified and has no idea why an house is settling. He might give you his opinion, but he is not an expert in the subject like a Geotechinal Engineer is. The are Civil Engineers with in depth experience and schooling specifically in soil issues.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
On what basis does it show that I'm angry? I'm just frustrated because you sent me a message that you'd send a plumber to do a temp fix and then get the professional; and when I agree with you you say I'm angry and that a plumber is not qualified. I'm confused! and I don't want to call you I've already explained why! I already agreed to pay $36 if satisfied and I'm sticking with that!
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

OK

Do you have any questions I have not answered?

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

The system generates that call thing, it is not me asking over and over.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Just re-read my questions and your answers. You have not yet answered any of my direct questions...so I think we better just stop wasting each other's time! Goodbye.
I definitely have not received a direct answer to any of my questions...so I'm not satisfied!
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I've by the way printed all our questions and answers.
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 2 years ago

Good Luck with your issue!

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