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Integrity & Ethics

Integrity & Ethics

For some reason the foundation repair industry has not adopted a consensus methodology. • Some contractors walk around the house with a 4 foot level and make notes on a floor plan. • Some read floor elevations with a water or ZIP level. Some walk around take pictures and make notes on a floor plan. • I have even seen some contractors merely walk around and opine on cracks. For example saying something like ”this crack is a normal settlement crack”. As if there is some definition of what a “normal settlement crack” is or is not. • On one occasion one contractor…. for their investigation that they charged money, for simply presented a quote for soil borings from a third party geotechnical engineer.

 Because of this widely differing methodology you might imagine there are a wide variety of results. How is a person supposed to know which one is right? 

Helping you find a structural repair contractor with a high moral fiber, who adheres to ethical standards, and will not forgo their integrity to make an extra buck is what this section is all about!

 

What Should be Included in a Foundation Investigation?What Should be Included in a Foundation Investigation?
It seems that everyone seems to have a different opinion of how to conduct a foundation investigation.

Are you getting a sham investigation?Are you getting a sham investigation?
You have concerns about your foundation….If you call an inspector to come out, how do you know if you are going to receive something of real practical value…. or not?

Foundation repair company turns dilemma into opportunityFoundation repair company turns dilemma into opportunity
When choosing between selling customers an inadequate solution they thought they needed or seeing his business fail, Arizona Foundation Solutions owner Bob Brown valued a clean conscience over revenue.

A Call for discussion on foundation investigation standardsA Call for discussion on foundation investigation standards
One of the groups that I have participated with in the past is the Foundation Performance Association. This is

Real Estate Tips : Home Buyers BewareReal Estate Tips : Home Buyers Beware
I hear constantly from recent home-buyers a story that seems to be a reoccurring theme for us. That is, new home-buyer buys home, and six months to 12 months later starts to notice cracks in walls and doors and windows not functioning properly.

Sham Investigations Part II: More smoke and mirrorsSham Investigations Part II: More smoke and mirrors
As more homeowners are starting to realize the advantages of having a foundation inspection that is scientific, objective, and

Is your foundation inspector the fox guarding the hen house?Is your foundation inspector the fox guarding the hen house?
Carl Sagan wrote some excellent rules for the fine art of baloney detection.  Among others the facts should be independently verified, and the need to examine the motivations of those making claims.

The Dirty Little Secret of the Foundation Repair IndustryThe Dirty Little Secret of the Foundation Repair Industry
When a Home owner calls out a foundation repair company to “get a free estimate” it is a little known fact that many times the foundation repair contractor gives an estimate for repairs when often the repairs that are totally misdiagnosed and many tim

10 questions your foundation inspector may not want you to ask….. for you to protect yourself10 questions your foundation inspector may not want you to ask….. for you to protect yourself
Are you the fox who is guarding the hen-house? (if you find a large area to fix, are you paid a commission on how much you sell?)

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