Picking a piering company -what would you do?
Well shamefully I don't know if either guy is an actual engineer. One of them took measurements with a laser level and some other "fancy" stuff, and the other just looked around. However, we DID hire an independent structural engineer who said the house settled due to poor soil conditions and fill dirt used by the builder. Basically a shoddy builder. He also said he believed the settling was done and had all occurred before we moved in. This engineer also did not use ANY kind of measuring device, besides his eyes. He recommended the same solution basically, piering the SW corner. We asked him for recommendations, and he gave us two company names, one of which was the guy who used to go by another company name and now goes by a new one, plus has a separately named "waterproofing" company. Both are offering lifetime warranties and also monitoring measures installed after the job is complete. The "3 name" guy seems much more assertive and confident, but he is also the "president" of the company and not just a "worker bee" giving bids. we are just skeptical since he has changed company names before and he is a smaller outfit. I mean, your warranty is only good so long as you are actually in business!! Plus, they will have to dig up part of the drain we had put in, which would then negate our warranty on that (unless obviously we go with the same company for all the work). We just want to pick the company that will do the best job and truly stand behind their work. We have found the basement repair industry to be very difficult to navigate, as it is hard to know who has the best product, who will stand behind it, and who is giving you the best solution for your problem. Ugh.