Why “Cheap” is not Always the Best Option

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.

"Competitors" WorkA 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:

Reasons to Hire a Reputable Foundation Contractor“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!

Is there a Big Need for Waterproofing in Huntsville, AL?

Is Waterproofing in Huntsville, Alabama Homes Necessary?


With the rising flood warnings this week in Huntsville, Alabama, home flooding is no doubt on the minds of all the local homeowners. The flood warnings this week and rain in the forecast next week mean that Alabama homes are in for another good soaking. Recent rains in Alabama have already saturated the soil around many homes. This next bought of rain will surely determine whether or not your Huntsville, AL home can keep water out.

Hurricanes and Storms in Alabama

Flooding in Huntsville, ALThe months from November to May are usually the wettest out of the year for the Huntsville area. It is not uncommon for this area to see thunderstorms that bring large amounts of rain. And while Huntsville is not directly on the coast, it often gets the aftereffects of hurricanes and tropical storms – more rain.

This means that wet weather is not uncommon in the Huntsville part of Alabama. Because of the frequent thunderstorms and precipitation from tropical storms, it is essential to make sure that your Huntsville home has adequate waterproofing. If you live in this area, the projected flooding this week and continued forecasts of rain make waterproofing in Huntsville, AL very important.

Necessary Solutions for Waterproofing in Huntsville, Alabama Homes

Waterproofing in Huntsville, ALNichols/Grout Tech offer high-quality waterproofing options to protect your Huntsville home from flooding and other kinds of water damage. Some of the different types of waterproofing systems that we specialize in include the following:

  • Surface Drainage: This is a service that can redirect water away from your home before it soaks into the soil. This keeps it from coming in contact with the concrete of your foundation. Surface drainage techniques include gutters, downspout extensions, and grading of the yard around the home.
  • Exterior Drainage: This is a drainage system that is buried underground and prevents water that soaks into the soil from entering your home. Underground pipes and sheet drains help redirect water under the surface away from your basement or crawlspace.
  • Interior Drainage: This system is installed inside the home and helps remove water if it does make its way inside. The system uses drain pipes and channels to collect water and works with the sump pump system to remove the water.
  • Sump Pumps: As water enters the home and is collected into the sump pit, it is pumped out and away by the sump pump.

All of these methods can help waterproof your home ad prevent flooding in your home. The severe storms and frequent heavy rains in Alabama make it very important that you find the best waterproofing options for your Huntsville, AL home.

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!