Why “Cheap” is not Always the Best Option
A recent incident proved once again the strong importance of hiring a reputable foundation contractor to get the job done right the first time. Making sure you are hiring a reputable foundation contractor saves you the additional time and money that goes into having to hire a second contractor to come take a look and fix the problem that the original contractor had created.
A couple years ago, a young couple purchased a 50+ year old home. Due to mold, mildew, and overall wood rot, thanks to the standing water in the crawl space, they had to have a significant amount of structural wood (joists and sub flooring) replaced prior to their purchase of the home. Nichols/Grout Tech was asked to investigate an issue for them inside their home. During this investigation, we had to enter the crawl space. In the crawl space was, lo and behold, standing water on top of the plastic, which is used for crawl space encapsulation. As you can imagine, crawl space encapsulation is a huge selling point when it comes to ensuring that no moisture or water gets in that area of your home, which can cause serious damage to your foundation. We suggested to the homeowners that they have the installer come back and re-seal their plastic since it obviously was NOT sealed. The company’s head Project Manager ended up coming to their home to perform the visit. He stated there wasn’t anything wrong and the system was functioning as normal… Considering the sump pump was installed under the plastic, we knew that was not the case. The Santa Fe dehumidifier was running practically 24/7, dramatically increasing the homeowner’s power bills. But, the system was functioning correctly? I think not. That’s $7,500 the homeowners paid for something that wasn’t capable of doing what it was supposed to do. Just another reason why we use the following quotes:
“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.”
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
For this particular job, we would have suggested cross ventilation systems, such as the ATMOX system, prior to a product that has consistently been proven to not work, or cause other problems. If you ever have any questions, doubts, or are in need of clarification when it comes to the foundation of your home, give Nichols/Grout Tech a call. We are a foundation contractor you can trust and will be happy to help with any questions or problems that arise!