The Risks of Hiring a Non-Reputable Contractor


The Risks of Hiring a Non-Reputable Contractor

The one thing that cannot be stressed enough is to always hire a reputable contractor. Without doing the proper research when it comes to searching for foundation and waterproofing contractors in your area, you could wind up spending additional time and money fixing problems that should have been fixed from the beginning. Below is the perfect example.

Work from a non-reputable contractor

Job Well Done by “Competitor”

We got a call from a home that went through a complete remodel and a few additions about two years ago. These homeowners were currently experiencing settlement problems in the middle of their home. When we visited their home for an inspection to see what the problem was, we found duct tape surrounding the concrete column supporting their foundation. Duct tape. What we figured was that during the jacking process, they started to have a bit of movement in the column when setting the 4×4 onto the “shims” (wood shims should never be utilized in structural repairs). Thus, in their infinite wisdom, decided to duct tape it together in order to keep it from moving. Because yes, duct tape is an engineered product. This “foundation repair contractor” refused to return any of the homeowner’s phone calls, even though they offered them a lifetime warranty.

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

Tips When Hiring a Contractor

  •  “Cheap” is not always the best route. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Contractors should be able to provide proof of training certifications from industry sources.
  • Do your research online to learn what the company’s reputation is. Look for as many reviews as you can.
  • Make sure the company can fully explain the foundation problem, solution, and process to you including what products they will be using.

Always Call the Professionals

Nichols/Grout Tech is the industry leading foundation repair, water management, and specialty grouting company in Birmingham, AL and throughout the Southeastern United States as well. Our team is compiled of hardworking, knowledgeable individuals who have the ability to help you find a solution for you and your business, no matter what the project size may be. If you are in need of a trustworthy, reputable foundation repair contractor, contact Nichols/Grout Tech today here. We are the foundation company that you can rely on. And a company that will never use duct tape to fix your foundation.


What Causes Water Problems in Alabama?

What Causes Water Problems in Alabama?

Water leaks into a basement or crawlspace through any opening it can find. This includes cracks in walls, floors, and the joints. Even the smallest openings water can get into when there is enough pressure built up. Water can even leak through the concrete itself. This is why basements and crawlspaces are notorious for being damp and humid.

Many people in Alabama experience water seepage in their basement. Why in Alabama? Alabama has shallow bedrock, seasonal high water tables, and massive clay subsoils. These circumstances cause a lot of basement and crawlspace water problems in Alabama homes. Sometimes the water issue is very apparent, sometimes it is not. This is why being knowledgeable of the signs is so important. Through knowing the signs of water issues you will be able to occasionally check your Alabama home and know right away if you need to contact the professionals. Check your basement or crawlspace for some of these signs:

  • Bowed walls
  • Foundation cracks
  • Water seepage
  • Water stains
  • Musty odors and mold

Water Problems AlabamaWaterproofing Solutions

Because Alabama basements and crawlspaces are prone to water damage, it is important to have a professional come and inspect your home and give you the solution to your wet basement or crawlspace repair needs. While many people think they can wait, or that they can fix it themselves, this is not the case when it comes to water issues. Not getting to the sole problem, or putting the issue off will only make matter worse, causing you more time and money in the long run. If you notice any of the signs above, contact a professional right away. The experts at Grout Tech can offer you several waterproofing solutions such as:

If your home is in need of a sealed waterproofing or water control system, you have come to the right place. The first step is to contact us. We will answer your questions and teach you about the sealed waterproofing solutions that will best fix your water problem. Your waterproofing contractor will give you a written proposal that details what can be done and the cost of the work. After you approve the proposal, we will seal your home against water quickly and permanently. Our team is compiled of hardworking, knowledgeable individuals who always have the customer as their number one priority. Our team ensures you quality service, a great warranty and the peace of mind in hiring the best.

Browse around this site and learn about the sealed waterproofing products and methods that can make your home safe and structurally sound. Whether you need a sump pump, interior waterproofing system or a sealed exterior water barrier, it is time to create a new living space within your home or a crawlspace free from moisture, humidity or standing water. Call Nichols / Grout Tech today to get started with your free quote.

Nichols/Grout Tech: Your Waterproofing Contractor for Alabama

Nichols/Grout Tech Waterproofing Contractors in Alabama

Waterproofing Contractors in the Mobile, AL area from Nichols/Grout Tech

Basement water is a problem for homeowners not only in Alabama, but throughout the country. Before you attempt to fix the problem yourself, you need to know what is causing it and what the best solution is. Often, water issues in the basement are the result of a foundation problem or lack of proper drainage around the house. This is why it is important to have your home examined by a professional for any signs of a basement water issue or foundation problem. The waterproofing contractors from Nichols/Grout Tech of Alabama can help you do just that.

Some common signs of a surface water problem include water pooling in the yard, or a leaky basement. If you are dealing with excess groundwater around your home, you may see mold growth or high humidity in your basement, and you may notice water seepage through the concrete walls. Drainage problems can also lead to basement moisture – signs of this issue include water in the basement or water stains on the floor and walls. No matter what the issue is, the team at Nichols/Grout Tech can find the right solution to get your home back to normal.

Waterproofing Services from Nichols/Grout Tech for Your Alabama Home

Fortunately, there is a way to take car of all of the basement water issues in your home. The team at Nichols/Grout Tech offers several different basement waterproofing techniques to get your home back to normal in no time. The waterproofing solutions that we can provide for your home are:

  • Surface Drainage: This can help to reduce water pooling in your yard so that it does not have a chance to seep into the basement. Surface drainage systems usually include gutters, downspouts, grading around the home, and a variety of drywells and catch basins in the yard.
  • Exterior Drainage: This system consists mainly of a waterproof membrane around the foundation that serves to lock out moisture, To prevent water buildup, a drainage board is placed over the membrane to help water flow downward to be collected by drain pipes.
  • Interior Drainage: Inside the home, it may be necessary to have drain pipes and channels that collect any water from leaks or seepage and carry it to the sump pump system, which removes it from the home.
  • Sump Pump Systems: The sump pit is where water from the interior drainage system is stored until the sump pump is turned on to actively remove the water from the basement.
  • Battery Back-up Sump Pumps: If your main sump pump does not cut it, you may want to have a back-up sump pump installed. This will also help the system keep running in the case of a power outage.

These are some of the services that we provide for home and business owners in the state of Alabama and nearby locations. To determine which one of these services is right for your home or business, look for common problems defined above and contact one of our professionals. Our service area includes the cities:

Call us today to learn more about hiring Nichols/Grout Tech’s professional waterproofing contractors to take care of the moisture problem in your basement!

Your Waterproofing Options

Sump Pit Installation Alabama

Don’t let water leaks cause your home, your investment, to be damaged or cause a serious health risk to you or your family. The health risk is due to mold and mildew that can form due to water leaking into the basement or crawl space. Grout Tech has several solutions to waterproofing your home. A sump pit installation system is an effective way to keep your basement dry. One of the key ingredients to the sump pump system, it the design of the sump pit. The unique bell shape of this sump pit that Grout Tech uses for sump pit installation Alabama, allows for a greater amount of water to gather at the inlet. This causes the sump pump to to run 40% less and is more efficient.

Sump Pump Installation Alabama

The sump pump’s job is the remove the water that goes into the basin or pit. Grout Tech’s high performing sump pumps are made by Earth Contact Products, the leading waterproofing product manufacturer in the industry. The float system on our sump pumps tells is when to turn on or off. Since there are many types of floats or switches, the higher the quality of switch, the less likely the sump pump will fail. Grout Tech uses a high quality dual switch in case of switch failure. For your waterproofing Alabama needs, contact us and your sump pump installation Alabama specialist will install this high quality sump pump system.

Battery Back-Up Sump Pump

Your home can be even better protected by installing a battery back-up for your sump pump. In the Spring, storms can interrupt power, the ECP battery back-up system will switch from AC power to DC power. This added protection using only the highest quality, efficient battery back-up sump pump, will ensure that your basement will stay dry.

If you have aWaterproofing Alabama Service Area Mapny questions, contact us. Grout Tech is your waterproofing Alabama experts.Sump pump battery backup


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