Known to the industry as the most innovative producer of foundation systems for crawl space and raised foundation homes of all types, Sure Safe® EFS been known for unusually high ethics in the field of engineered foundations. With over 28 years in business and four patents, Sure Safe’s primary mission is the safety of its customers. Over the years, there have been many instances of improperly positioned homes on raised foundations that failed. Many due to natural settling, others hurricanes, earthquakes and other forces of nature, while homes supported by Sure Safe® remained unchanged and undamaged.
Geosynthetics published this article about the revolutionary Steel Buttress column in 2008:
Geotextile form bags used to help end defects in factory-built houses Geosynthetics | August 2008 California-based Sure Safe EFS has announced that its engineered foundation system has proven effective in eliminating defects caused by improper settling of factory-built modular homes on faulty foundations. One of the keys to the system is that when all of the steel buttresses are in place below the structure, the base of the steel piers is inserted into geotextile form footing bags 3-5in. above the grade (Photo 1). Next, ready-mixed concrete is pumped into the geotextile form bags. This brings the steel buttress piers into alignment with the center of gravity as the form footing bag molds itself to the shape of the ground below.
|CONSUMER TIP: QUESTION: Let’s say your soil pressure is 1,000 Lbs. per square foot. You add a structural post rated at 100,000 lbs. on a 1 square foot footing. How much weight will the post hold? ANSWER: 1,000 lbs. The footing will settle when a load of more than 1,000 lbs. is placed on it no matter how strong the structural post. The strength of a post, pier or column is based on the footing. Like a snowshoe to snow, is a footing to soil.|
Art and his son evaluated our foundation stability. They walked through the house noting our concerns and noting any problems inside. They then went under the house to evaluate the foundation.
We were extremely happy with the service that was provided by Sure Safe. Another company (not an Angie's list company) had made an evaluation of our foundation and estimated the repairs to be $9,000. We asked two Angie's list companies to do the same evaluation. Sure Safe's evaluation indicated that no repairs were needed and our foundation is solid. We also had Russ from RAD out and he concurred that the foundation was in good shape.
We were not charged for the evaluation! We would have been happy to pay Art and his son for their time but they insisted it was a free evaluation. We are happy to hear that our foundation is in good shape and were 100% happy with the service Sure Safe provided.
Christine M Ducey - Oceanside, CA
In a word: Awesome!
Art Angelo and Denise Jackson gave an excellent presentation on the simple logic and affordability of the Sure Safe Engineered Foundation System. This was a 'no mess' seamless two-day process with no disruption to our home life. The life-time, 100% transferrable warrantee gives us total confidence and peace of mind that we are firmly planted. The city building inspector looked at the work and their plans a week later and signed off in a few minutes stating that "Oh, these systems are great! There is never a problem." We can highly recommend this company for their excellent customer service, professionalism, and for this outstanding product - a foundation with a warrantee that is 100% transferrable upon sale and re-sale of the house.
Kathleen Dolphin - San Diego, CA
They came in and replaced the previously installed post and pier foundation on our Manufactured Home.
The foundation repairs done for our escrow to clear was done by another contractor. It was below industry standards and was unsafe. After the purchase was complete we noticed that the doors were not closing properly and the floor seemed to slope slightly in the living room area. We contacted Sure Safe and they came out and fixed everything!!! They kept in touch to make sure that the foundation remained strong and safe. I would definitely recommend this Company for any foundation work. The crew and management are respectful and considerate of the homeowners needs. They make a point to answer all concerns the homeowner may have and to provide top quality work.
Saved a home in escrow from falling out of escrow by helping my buyers and I get out of a tough bind. Truly an enormous help, sale wouldn't have finalized without Art and Sure Safe.
In contract on home in old Sacramento, CA neighborhood where foundation needed serious structural repair. Low dollar amount on property and cost to repair was $35k, until we identified Sure Safe an Art Angelo. I dealt with Art personally and he worked to find someone familiar with Sure Safe methods to give us a price quote for an alternative method to repair foundation - quote was for $10k. In short, Art and Sure Safe saved this deal for me and Art was available by phone whenever I needed to communicate with him. Service was outstanding and so was quality of work - my buyers and I are quite grateful to Art for his willingness to help us and get my buyers into their first home. 100 year old foundation now is a good as new.
They were the only company out of 3 that actually went under the house to look at the problem. They came back with pictures of the issues and solutions that were reasonably priced for the type of work. They are a very professional company and get the work done quickly. The only issue that we had was with the permit process but I think that Art was able to work that out so that it won't be a problem for future clients. I would use this company again if the need arises.
Tamara Ames - San Diego, CA
Sure Safe EFS installed a new foundation support/rehab of my home in Jan.
Art Angelo, owner, was honest and fair. Installers Mel and Sean were hard-working and professional. It amazes me that the entire project was done in a single day. My 1927 home's floors feel more solid now. I had never heard of this system (Mr. Angelo's invention, I believe) and was a bit hesitant over it and the price. But, I have no regrets and am very happy with out-come.
Roni Galgano - San Diego, CA
Put Sure Safe foundation system on our raised foundation to secure it.
I couldn't ask for a better service. We saved appx. $14,000 over the standard foundation repairs, with a new system that uses galvanized steel piers which were attached next to the old piers. The new pier bottoms are then put in bags in which cement is pumped, which secures all piers to the ground, making our foundation stable and earthquake-proof. A great company, with great people!
Crystal Pollard - San Diego, CA
We own a 1,400 square foot cabin in Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that was built in 1962 and completely remodeled in 1987. We had some settling and doors that would not latch and contacted several foundation specialists. Sure Safe installed their patented system of foundation stabilizers that made an incredible difference in the structural integrity of our home.
Professional inspection of the foundation of my mobile home. The house is over 40 years old.
The technician that came out to inspect and take photos of the foundation of our mobile home was professional, courteous and very thorough. He also brought to my attention about some additional issues occurring in the back of my mobile home where water could be getting underneath the house and making the soil wet. I had a very positive experience with Sure Safe for the inspection and I would highly recommend this company for excellent service.
Judith Cohen - Vista, CA
Wow this is an amazing company I met with the owner art and lead inspector Mel and they came out inspected my home gave me the best deal on a real foundation not like this other company I had come out talking about replacing v braces with no engineering. Now that I had sure safe replace my foundation it feels like I'm walking on a concrete slab home. Thanx sure safe
Mark L. - Escondido, CA
Repaired and upgraded the foundation of my 1917 craftsman home.
I have an 1100 sq. ft. craftsman home built in 1917. A 30 ft. section of the stem wall along the south side of the building was failing. A crack was previously repaired by the previous owner with an epoxy and after 9 years the crack was getting larger and 2 other small ones appeared. I got several quotes as almost every company I spoke with had a different solution to the problem. I was getting quotes for repairing the south wall only as well as installing a whole new pier system. The home had several low spots and the entire home was being supported by only 2 girders. As my future plans include a kitchen remodel I wanted to install a stronger more secure foundation system. Since every quote had different solutions for my issues it’s hard to compare price since they are not apple to apple comparisons. However with that being said my quotes ranged from 4-10k for repairs to the south wall only and as high as 40k for a complete new stem wall and pier system. I researched for a couple weeks before deciding to go with the Sure Safe foundation system. The price of $16,300 included 5 new treated wood girders spanning the width of the house, 25 steel buttress columns with 9 sq. ft. concrete footing installed every 7 ft., all permits, and a transferrable lifetime warranty.
This system eliminated the need to replace the stem walls as this new system would secure and support the home and I felt it addressed most of my concerns for a great price. My only reservation was that this Sure Safe system is fairly new and was initially designed for modular homes. However after doing some research and having several conversations with the owner of Sure Safe, Art, and a couple friends of mine in the construction business I was confident this system would meet my needs. On a side note I could never qualify for home owners insurance through AAA because of my foundation. After installing the new system I called AAA to have them inspect my new foundation and after conferring with their underwriting department I was finally approved to get my home insured through them. The 2 things I was not entirely happy with are as follows and were the reason for my B grade under professionalism. They needed to use a vent on the side of the house in order to pass tools and equipment under the house. The wood framed vent was badly damaged and they did not make an attempt to repair it. My other concern was in regards to a plumbing leak that was caused when one of the guys bumped into a pipe. They did make every effort to address the issue immediately and make the repair however about 6 weeks later when we remodeled my bathroom I discovered that this pipe had been leaking steadily for quite some time and the attempted repair of the pipe was a rather lame attempt. The water leakage caused my bathroom re-model to be delayed almost 2 full days and set me back about $600. In regards to his crew bumping into a pipe please be aware that the crawlspace under my home is very tight and in some areas less than a foot in height. So the bump was not the issue it was the bad repair job that frustrated me. Overall I gave the company and A grade and would recommend them to anyone with a pier and post system in need of repair. Art was the owner and main contact, he was readily available and easy to speak with. The 4 guys that performed the work were all great. The entire job took three days to complete. The guys went above and beyond and performed other duties outside the realm of the project. For example it seems the previous owner had the cast iron plumbing system replaced but left everything under the house. The guys pulled everything out for me at my request. Though the initial job description did not include jacking up the home and leveling the floor they did help me by jacking up 2 sections that were a concern to me. They showed up every day between 8:30-9am and left about 5pm. The crew was friendly and easy to chat with. They updated me on a regular basis as the work progressed.
Ron Cooper San Diego, CA
I called and made an appointment just to have my double wide mobile home which is located in friendly village mobile home park, Long Beach CA. checked for level when I received an advertisement from Sure Safe. They came out and check and it was very un-level. They inspected the supports under the house and informed me that approximately 75% of them were not even touching the coach frame or as with a few they pulled out and showed me where they were rusted and broken. My coach has sat on this piece of land for almost 30 years and when we bought it we were not disclosed the condition of the supports. If I wasn't the type that likes to get my nose into everything and was right there looking under the coach when them and saw with my own eyes I probably would of thought they were a company trying to sell something I did not need. Art sat down with my husband and I showed us the dvd of the system, explained in detail how it worked and what they were going to do. They were very helpful on getting the system financed and set the appointment up to have it installed.
SORRY FOR CAPS BUT I HAVE TO SCREAM THE PRAISES OF THIS SYSTEM AND THIS COMPANY! Their crew showed up and went right to work pulling skirting off, and setting up for the installation of the system. I was right there with my nose in the middle of the whole process and they never complained. They showed me each part of the system as they unloaded, explained in detail how it went together, exactly where they were going to marry my to halves of my 24'x57' coach together, showed me the black bag type material they wrapped each new much better and bigger support in and with spiders and all they set approx. 32 pillars under my coach. They then had a cement truck come in and filled each huge bag with cement and tied them off. As the cement dried it also seeped thru the bag somewhat and adhered to the dirt. They started on Friday morning and thru all of the heat worked almost nonstop all day and were finished by the end of the day. We live in a park that was built on a land fill and since 2009 I have sat and watched each of my neighbor’s coach’s shift and settle as the earth settles and mine is still as solid as the day they put my system in. The owner of the park would be a very wise and prudent person if he had at least the mini system put under each coach. Yes we were told that we were buying on an old landfill and we could expect a bit of settling but I have a neighbor behind me that has what is basically a duck pond were for the past 4 years the ground has given away under his cement and parts of his coach skirting no longer even touches the ground. Some of the coaches in the park even have a split down their ceiling were it has settled unevenly and split the coach. NOW THE AMAZING PART, THE SUNDAY AFTER HAVING THIS SYSTEM WAS PUT IN WE HAD AN EARTHQUAKE THAT MEASURED APPROXIMATELY 8. SOMETHING, AND OUR COUCH JUST BARELY WENT BUMP AS IT SLIGHTLY LIFTED AND DROPPED BACK DOWN, NOTHING FELL NO PICTURES, NONE OF MY MANY NIC NAKS AND EVERYONE LAUGHED AT ME WHEN I FREAKED SAYING OH GOD OH GOD. THEY ASKED WHY I WAS UPSET WHEN MY HOUSE WAS PERFECTLY FINE AND I EXPLAINED THAT JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE 75% OF MY SUPPORTS WERE EITHER BROKE OR NOT TOUCHING AND THAT WE AND OUR WHOLE COACH COULD BE SITTING ON THE GROUND. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF MY SURE SAFE SYSTEM. I RECOMMEND THIS SYSTEM TO EVERYONE THAT WANTS THE SECURITY OF A SAFE STABLE HOME, ESPECIALLY IF THEY OWN A MOBILE HOME IN OUR PARK AND HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED A SECOND COACH TO FLIP AND AM GOING TO HAVE THE BASIC SYSTEM PUT IN FOR MY FUTURE BUYERS. The only complaint I have is that if we ever leave here I will never feel quite as secure as I do in this coach with this system. The company is awesome, honest and reliable and I can call anytime with questions and know that just because they already have my money they are not going to blow me off or ignore me like many companies do. The owner has even called periodically to check and make sure we are still satisfied with our system.
Jamie Buck-Sweeney - Long Beach, CA
My house was laying on jacks that were rusting out and decompressing. My house was starting to crack in various places, sink and lose stability. Sure Safe came in, removed all the jacks and in place installed a unique structural system and will keep my house safe from any seismic activity along with any further damage. Before I had the work done, I could jump in the house and it felt like it was going to fall apart. Now, it feels like I am jumping on concrete. Unbelievable. Sure Safe not only saved my house, but allowed me to start resting again at night knowing my house is safe. On top of this the owner, Art, always answered any questions I had any time I called which meant very much to me because it showed that he cared about his customers.
Sure Safe EFS recently retrofitted my home home's foundation. Sure Safe EFS is very professional. They are very honest. They are always responsive and answer all of your questions. We were very satisfied with the prices.
Richard Seward - Santee, CA
I don’t get why they have low stars on Yelp? The service they provide is awesome, and better than any other foundation repair out there. I think sure safe has a class action law suit against yelp, for favoritism with like companies who pay them and stuff like that. Few other companies are in the suit as well, I think yelp wants them to pay too advertise. Yelp is bad. Check sure safe out at Angles list
Danny Z. - Carlsbad, CA
I LIVE IN LAKE FOREST CA.
MY SYSTEM WAS INSTALLED 1994.
Do your research on this and other company’s products before you do anything!
Sure Safe is the best rated system and has been F.E.M.A. approved.
I called Art in Jan. and told him I lost my paperwork and was looking for replacement paperwork...20 years after install!! He went out his way to help me! I know if an earthquake happens this system will be the first line of defense thank you sure safe!
Bri L. - Lake Forest, CA
Sure Safe came to my home on a Friday to do a free inspection. The person doing the inspection went through my home looking for any stress cracks or squeaks. He then went under the home with a water level and a camera. After looking over everything he showed me all the pictures he had taken under the home. I was shocked. I made a deal to have my foundation replaced the following Tuesday It was worry free they worked with me on the price and payment. I did nothing different I even stayed in the home while they did all the work. I got a Lifetime Transferrable Warranty. They got all the permits came back to be here when the inspectors came out. I would recommend the company. Look at the BBB perfect rating
Cali S. - Escondido, CA
This is very interesting to see (yelp reviews). My uncle has a sure safe system under his double wide, in Texas. Not only can sure safe install in California, but they do ship out the system throughout the USA. I’m going to have to do my own research with yelp, to see what this law suit is about, if it’s true that yelp picks n chooses reviews based on $ they get.. Then that’s BULL %%HIT. Thank u sure safe.
Tony M. - Vista, CA
I would recommend this company to anyone that owns a manufactured home and requires a foundation. Not only do they offer a great product but have helped us with other issues as well.
Cynthia D. - Vista, CA
I had this system installed under my home about a year ago and the benefits were evident from day one. I was more than happy with the entire process. The work crew was very professional and efficient, even taking the time out to answer all of my questions in between their hard labor. I was provided with my city permit, copies of the engineering and before & after photos of my foundation. The house felt so much more sturdy and secure within the first few days, I couldn't believe it! My kids used to run around the corner and my entire entertainment center would wobble and vibrate. After the Sure Safe system was in, it doesn't move at all. That was proof enough for me. Overall, probably the best investment I've made. The home is secure and safe. Great company, highly recommend.
Jaime B. - Escondido, CA
We were so impressed with your "Sure Safe" method" we had two other bids that estimated a completion time of 10 days to 3 weeks. Needless to say we were excited when we were told you could complete the job in one day! This combined with a letter of approval from HUD and a letter from an independent structural engineer helped reassure the lender that the foundation was compliant. We were so impressed with your "Sure Safe" method. It was a pleasure working with your company. I look forward to recommending your company to other potential manufactured home buyers.
Simon D. - San Diego, CA
"Art, Remember us? We live in Westcliffe, Colorado and your system passed the test!!! Last weekend, we had hurricane force winds of more than 100 mph. The wind broke out some windows, took out our goat shed, made the house shake, but the foundation stood firm! It’s great and we’re thankful!"
"Since 1994, the owners of FABMAC Homes, Inc. in Hawaii have been using the Sure Safe® Foundation System, because this system is HUD approved, site specific, and earthquake and Hurricane rated."
Francesca Carey, CEO, FABMAC Homes, Inc. Hawaii
"It’s about time! I wish I would have known about this product 6 months ago."
Billy R., PA
"Thanks! It's encouraging to finally see an innovation that will eliminate structural problems associated with manufactured home foundations."
Gary, Vancouver, Washington
"Our home has never felt this secure and our doors are closing so much better now. Nothing rattles anymore and it is so quiet walking from room to room" – Mar 2004
Clarence de Young, Steel Buttress Owner
"I'm amazed at the results of my Steel Buttress foundation . . . what a difference it has made. Just walking from room to room you can actually feel the improved firmness of the added support. Generally, the whole home feels solid, a secure feeling for sure." – Nov 2003
Gerald Black, Steel Buttress Owner
"We are very satisfied with the foundation . . . and, just like you said, it’s like walking on a concrete floor. We will now be as safe and secure as possible in our home, we will recommend the Sure Safe® foundation to everyone!"
Ruth M., Steel Buttress Owner
"I’m looking for a new home. It is good to know we have choices as I am sure we will not be told of all our choices when we go to buy."
Martha, Fallbrook, California
"When I bragged about our new Sure Safe® foundation to our neighbor, she said, "sounds good, but will it pass the acid test?" It did. When I turned the washing machine on to the spin cycle, it didn’t vibrate at all! Now she wants a foundation for her home. Do I get a commission?"
Rick D., Steel Buttress Owner
"We are purchasing a 2200 sq ft. home to put on a kale lot. Your foundation sounds like what we need. Also, we are interested in becoming a dealer"
Sandra Elkhart, Modular Homes Texas
"Attention mobile home owners"
This letter is not intended to be a commercial, but it is intended to save future mobile homeowners a lot of grief. I recently had a Sure Safe® foundation system installed under my home. I have lived in California for 47 years and the earthquake of January 17th was the most severe I have ever experienced. All the homes around me suffered damage except for two others (in addition to mine). What the three of us have in common is that we all have a Sure Safe® Foundation. Without a doubt, it was the best investment I ever made next to buying my home. By the way, the only thing that happened to my home was I had to straighten out a picture on the wall! Smart planning has its own rewards. Mine, is PEACE OF MIND.
Northridge Earthquake, 1994
"We were so impressed with your "Sure Safe" method"
We had two other bids that estimated a completion time of 10 days to 3 weeks. Needless to say we were excited when we were told you could complete the job in one day! This combined with a letter of approval from HUD and a letter from an independent structural engineer helped reassure the lender that the foundation was compliant. We were so impressed with your “Sure Safe” method. It was a pleasure working with your company. I look forward to recommending your company to other potential manufactured homebuyers.
Around five years ago my wife and I were sitting at the dining room table taking a coffee break while doing the washing. The machine was in a spin cycle and the dryer was tumbling a load of clothes. I looked at my wife and said “You know if we put a permanent foundation under the house we would not have to sit here and see waves running across the top of our coffee cups or feel the whole house shake. This was also a problem if a heavy-set person walked across the floor. I had checked under the house to ensure all the plates and jacks were tight and level, 68 places were all in good shape. Then and there we decided we would look for a responsible company that would meet the necessary codes that would give us the stability we longed for as well as allow us or the children, should we be gone, to easily get rid of the house and property by allowing the buyers to purchase with an FHA type loan.
Well to make a long story short I found that our Condominium style Mobile Home Park was not HUD approved and there was a Federal Law which did not allow Condominium Parks to get HUD approved forward or reverse mortgage loans. After having HUD people come down to visit from Santa Ana and giving some pretty good arguments as to why we should be approved and sending reams of paper pertaining to the Park’s budget, C.C.& R’s, etc., as well as writing letters to Congressmen and HUD officials we finally were approved last summer. Four years of fighting and now all we had to do was to find that right company to do a proper job.
It so happened that at the time we were having our Trust updated and one of the individuals at the firm doing this job mentioned that there was a company up in north county that had developed a new style of permanent foundation that met all the needs required and took a very short time to install and the best part of all, it could be done with almost no upset to the house and property. This pleased my wife very much.
We were given the number to call and the next day we called. Turned out to be one of the best calls we ever made. They explained the technique to us, very simple and straight forward. My wife and I talked it over for a couple of days and invited them down to speak to us. It was so simple and structurally sound that we said “Let’s do it”.
The Company took dimensions of the home and sketched it out. Also checked the heights from the main beams to the grade level. In a few days the engineering was completed and drawn specifying the location of all the pier points.
On the day of installation and concrete pour a truck arrived at approximately 10:00AM. The Safety jacks were in the back of the truck with all the necessary hardware and the special poly bags to hold the concrete. By noon they were all in place under the home. Shortly before noon the “pumper” showed up and parked in the carport and was soon operational and ready to go. Fifteen minutes later a concrete mixer (large) was backing down the road toward the home. Immediately it was pouring the wet concrete into the pumper hopper and three men were under the home pulling the hose into place to fill each of the bags wrapped around the base of the jack with concrete. By 4:00PM everything was completed under the home, the pumper and concrete mixer were gone and everything washed down and clean as a whistle. All this had been done through the existing crawl space doors and the doors had been replaced on completion of the pour.
By dinner time that evening we could already feel the difference while walking about. Solid as a concrete pad. The following morning it was wonderful to jump out of bed onto a solid floor. The next time the washing was done no more rock and roll.
A couple of weeks later the county inspector came out to inspect the foundation and sign it off. His comments about the quality of the whole installation also made us feel very good. The installation was done in the fall of 2009 and since then there have been five earthquakes of 5+ magnitude within 100 miles. Three of them we did not feel anything, one we were not home and the other there was a hefty roll but the home remained very stable.
Thank you Sure Safe® we are very happy we had your foundation installed by your firm. We know we meet all the standards we wanted and feel very safe in our home.
Mr. & Mrs. A. Goodman