Sinkhole Repair Companies in the Bay Area
Searching for sinkhole repair companies or sinkhole repair contractors, in the Tampa Bay area can be a daunting challenge. You hear horror stories all the time and when you try to call someone for repair work; they don’t show up, they’re late, or worse, they start the job and never come back. So who do you trust?
The key to choosing the right sinkhole repair company is research. The more you know about the prospective repair company the better off you will be.
Here are some things to look for when choosing a sinkhole repair contractor:
How long has the company been in business?
Lately it seems everyone is jumping in to the sinkhole repair business and claiming to be experts. I’m sure you’ve seen signs on people trucks, “sinkhole and roofing repair”. Beware of this. Someone who does roofing is unlikely to be able to fix your foundation effectively. Think about it. Would you go to your hair dresser to buy shoes? You want a company who specializes in fixing sinkholes and is qualified to do foundation repairs. A good rule of thumb is someone who has been in business for at least 5 years or more. The longer the better. However, just because they have been in business for a long time doesn’t mean that they have been repairing sinkholes that entire time. If they say they have been in business for 30 years, the likelihood that they have been repairing sinkholes for that long is slim. Sinkhole law was written into the state legislature in the early 1990’s… so what were they doing before before this time.
Uninvited Foundation Repair Companies
If a contractor just shows up at your door, uninvited, with no appointment BEWARE. This is the Worst type of company out there and it is what gives the entire Sinkhole Repair industry a bad name. This “sales person” may show up at your door with a bid, or they tell you exactly what you need. When in fact they are a sales person, not a engineer or a contractor, they are working on commission, and they are going to tell you whatever they think you want to hear to get you to sign up with them. They use high pressure tactics and really know nothing about your property or your case. Anyone who comes to your house to bid your repair should be someone you called, and made an appointment with. This person who comes should be knowledgeable about Sinkhole Remediation and should be able to answer any and all questions you have about your engineering report.
Emergency Contact Number
What happens if you have an emergency during your repair? Who can you call? Do you have direct contact with the owner of the company or do you have to jump through hoops, with 5 other people at the repair companies’ office until you can get help? And what happens if there is an emergency on the weekend when they are closed? At Champion Foundation you will have direct access to the owner and her cell phone number for any problems which occur. If you do not have direct access to the owner and you have problems you may get the runaround when there is a problem, because that employee doesn’t know enough about your property or they don’t have the authority to fix the issue.
How much insurance does the company have? 2-3 million should be sufficient for most properties. Make sure you get a copy of their policy before they start work.
Do they have workers comp? Beware if they don’t have workers comp. If an employee gets hurts on your property, you could be sued, so make sure you get a copy of their policy, BEFORE they start work. Workers Comp is very expensive, so most smaller companies who have just started will not have it.
What kind of materials are they using on your job? Beware of companies that make their own products whether it is steel or grout. If they are making their own products, who checks them to make sure they are right? What happens if they make a bad batch of materials? Do you think that they will just take the loss or do they put it under your property and charge you for inferior materials?
Check out the Company you are considering
This may sound silly, but place the name of the company into a search engine and see what comes up. Many sinkhole repair companies are under investigation for a number of violations and they will not openly tell you. In addition, go to the DBPR . Here you can look up license numbers. This will tell you how long the contractor has been in business, and if there are any complaints against their license. You can also cross check to see what other licenses they hold. Also, go see a job site for the company you are considering, surprise their workers and see how they keep a job site and go visit their warehouse and check out the operation.
Read the Contract
This sounds simple, but most people do not do this. Don’t just look at the price. Read the Terms & Conditions of the contract. Many people can be dazzled by a low number, but when you read the terms you will see how many things are not included and what the job will really cost you in the end.
Read the Warranty
This is just as important as the contract. When you get a bid, it should always have a copy of the warranty. If it does not BEWARE, they may be offering you a great price and that “salesman” could tell you all the details of the warranty, but if you cannot read it and understand it, that company is not for you.
I know all this seems like a lot of work and you have a job and a family, but you need to make the best decision for you and your home. The wrong repair company can really make this process harder while the correct repair company can make this the smoothest process you can imagine.