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justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Original Post - May 18, 2017 - 08:46am PT
I know a lot of us here are affiliated with the construction industry. Help a muppet out with some references?

The skinny... my renters in Canoga Park reported that a sink hole seemed to be forming outside the back door. I thought they were exagerationg.... but on inspection... yup a sinkhole is actually eating my laundry room. The yard has parted from the pavement and the entire room is separating from the house and visibly tilting.

There is a main sewer pipe and an antiquated septic tank involved that is likely compromised/ collapsing? I'm guessing the room needs to get demo'ed , tank replaced/moved and the slab stabilized and re- poured.

I've worked with a number of contractors and plumbers over the years... none of which stand out as anyone I'd hire again. Slow, flakey, scam artists being the norm.

The insurance company is assessing it today. Obviously the renters have to move out and I'd like to track down some reliable companies that can help get it fixed .

Thanks

Any references are appreciated.
10b4me

Mountain climber
Retired
May 18, 2017 - 09:00am PT
If the main sewer line is involved, you should probably contact the city.
rincon

climber
Coarsegold
May 18, 2017 - 09:05am PT
Sounds like a shitty job.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 18, 2017 - 09:09am PT
The city will not fix a sewer line on your property. In any event a residential sewer line will not cause a sink hole, it is more than likely the septic tank collapsing. Plumber not needed to fix that, unless the sewer line gets tangled up in the mess. You need to dig up the septic tank and fill it, compact it properly. Replacing the sewer line if it is involved is a minor matter since it will be exposed.

There are companies that can stabilize a slab, even jack them up. Common process in Texas, we did it to a house there. Since you will have a back hoe digging up the cistern, you could expose the slab for stabilization at the same time.

Definitely shop it around, might involved 2 or 3 contractors to get it done right. Isn't Cragman connected in the LA area?
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 18, 2017 - 09:37am PT
Hopefully an old septic tank gone rogue. Happened to my neighbor in Burbank. The contractor was really good. I will see if I can hunt up the number.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 18, 2017 - 09:45am PT
Bummer, JTM, but you already knew that. Hope Spider can hook you up. Nobody I know works out your way. Seems like it has to be an old septic. Sadly, I fear your biggest battle will be with your insurance company. All the best!

ps
If Spider doesn't hook you up I can make some inquiries.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2017 - 11:02am PT
I'm not on city sewer. It still has a septic tank- which is so old it's made out of brick .
All the rain is probably collapsing the whole thing
Thanks Spider
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 18, 2017 - 11:40am PT
You might want to submit a sewer fee application to see how much it would cost to connect to the sewer system since you have to dig anyhow. Would increase your property value
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 18, 2017 - 11:51am PT
^^^ YES! I'm thinking $15K although it could go higher depending on how
much digging is involved getting to the street. Trouble is your insurance
isn't going to cover that probably. Might be worth taking out a second
mortgage or home equity loan to cover it. Rates are still gud.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2017 - 12:25pm PT
More like $35K to hook up to the city
I tried a few years ago and it was cost prohibitive

Just got out of a meeting its the bank. They won't Do a second mortgage until *after* I make the repairs and it will pass an inspection. Kinda f*#ked up when you need $ to fix it. My credit is good. May have to just take out a personal loan at shitty rates. Meht I obviously need to talk to other lenders
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 18, 2017 - 01:17pm PT
Get a hold of Andrew Rock...

He and his Dad are contractors, looks to me like they get into all sorts of "different work" ...

This is the sort of home ownership "joy" your real-estate salesman never speaks about.

"Loan Mart"

Best of Luck
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 18, 2017 - 01:53pm PT
Getting on city sewer won't fix your problem until everything else is dealt with. If you are pretty sure it is a septic issue, get a septic guy out there first. Nothing wrong with septic if you have a good leach field.

Seems odd that a septic collapse would undermine a slap though. We are on septic, but the tank is well away from the slab. We had issues and the septic guy had good advice

My $.02.

Hope it works out JtM.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 18, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
JYM, screw banks. Call or email Ed Cree at CPC Mortgage. You can drop my
name, not that it will do you any good. ;-)

He is honest and straightforward.

http://www.cpcmortgage.com/
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2017 - 06:08pm PT
Thanks Reilly I will check in to that.

The meet with insurance went good and bad.

Bad news... no coverage on ground sinkage.

Good news - no structural damage to the house. It's not level, but all the sagging is actually exterior concrete and dirt. I still need an assessment on the septic since the depression is right over it.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
May 18, 2017 - 07:22pm PT
Try gorilla duct tape...Stuff is the shizz....
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
May 19, 2017 - 08:54am PT
http://www.escobarsewer.com/ This is the best Co in all of La/Valley. I have used them plenty of times. 310 820 8610. Ask for Carlos
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 19, 2017 - 10:32am PT
Ok. Here it is. If I had this problem I would use this guy. I have watched him and his crews work. I would use him because he would do it the right way the first time.


Coblentz Plumbing & Sewer Contractors
Tony Coblentz
888-286-5800

http://www.coblentzsewer.com
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