Free Inspections by Foundation Repair contractors - NOT really for Free
Many people have called us asking us for a “free” inspection of their foundation, mainly because they have received free foundation inspections by a foundation repair company. We think that there are so many concrete press piles foundation repair companies that one of the few marketing strategies they have is probably providing this free “service”.
Let us ask you a few questions, Why do you call a foundation repair company to know if you need foundation repair? How is a foundation repair company (a company that does not build or design foundations, and has no licensed structural engineers) qualified to tell you whether you need a foundation repair?
Let’s re-phrase the last question, Why would a Foundation Repair company give you a FREE inspection of your foundation if the only way for them to make a living is by selling you a foundation repair, regardless whether you need it or not (and believe us, there’s many reasons why you may have cracks in your house and many times even foundation movement doesn’t imply structural failure)?
Why would a company offer to give you something for “free” if they cannot make any money by giving you a FREE service. Is that company surviving on Donations from the good will of the people? How can they make money if the inspection is free?
Is it not obvious that perhaps the only reason that foundation repair companies provide Free foundation inspections is so that they can SELL you something? Otherwise, they’d be running a charity. They are not running a charity, they are running a business, and the sole purpose of a Business, like a Foundation Repair Company, is simply to make money. They make NO money in going to your house and telling you that you have no problems. OF COURSE most of them are going to tell you that you need a foundation repair, it is the only way for them to make money. And if you’ve read our other articles on the concrete press piles, you’ll also know that what they’re trying to sell you is mostly not very reliable.
Why not hire, instead, someone who is qualified to design and inspect foundations, someone who is Licensed by the State of Texas to provide Structural Engineering Services? Why not hire someone who is independent and has no conflict of interest?
That “Someone” qualified to tell you if you have foundation problems, and what to do if you do have foundation problems, is a Structural Engineer. A Structural Engineer gains nothing by telling you if you have a problem or not, as compared to these foundation repair companies. Truly independent Structural Engineers will simply visit your structure and make an assessment on the structural condition, and their opinion is honest , because there is no gain to tell you if the foundation has or has not any foundation problems. The Structural Engineer has nothing to sell you. But beware, there are some structural engineers who get commissions from the foundation repair companies and by default, cannot give you a a unbiased independent foundation inspection, for more, please read Free Foundation Repair Inspections by Engineers
Some of our critics have argued that when there is a foundation problem we, Structural Engineers, do gain something because we can provide additional services regarding how to potentially fix the problem with a design of some sort. First, let us start by saying that the vast majority of the foundations we see, maybe 90% or more, do not require an intrusive type of foundation repair, and therefore, about 90% or more of the time we do not provide anything more than a honest opinion – Check with the thousands of clients we’ve had over the years; almost all of them will tell you that we did not suggest any type of foundation repair . Therefore, the premise that we are honestly looking at a foundation without any biases is valid.
Please, be an informed consumer and read the rest of the articles in this website, and please contact us if you have any questions. We are one of the very few Structural Engineering Companies who actually are licensed to practice Structural Engineering, unlike most of the engineering companies that you will call claiming to be Structural Engineers. We are also one of the few, if Not the ONLY, Structural Engineering company that receive no commissions from Foundation Repair Companies (Please Read, Free Foundation repair Inspections by Engineers). There are also many engineers who own or work directly for a foundation repair company... again, in our opinion, this is a major conflict of interest
Plus, if you have read the other articles in our website, including Foundation Repair Deception, you will have a good idea on how much money we have potentially saved you without even showing up at your property. This is the kind of valuable advice you need. For just a few hundred dollars in fees to a Structural Engineer, you could be saving tens of thousands of dollars. Even when you are selling a house, a foundation repair is many times not necessary.