Charlie: Alan in Sugar Land says he’s had some foundation work done on his home and the company, not Du-West, says we should have a plumber test the pipes. He wants to know if this is necessary and if he should pay for the inspection and if he should be fixing these problems himself. He says this company fixed the house about a month ago and he says the neighbors, they used them, and they didn’t ask them to check their plumbing.
So what gives Tom? Should they be checking and paying and paying for the repairs, too?
Tom: Well, I will tell you this. Even with Du-West, in their contract, it’ll say if for some reason the plumbing gets broken, it will be an extra charge for them to fix it. They hope it doesn’t happen and we’ve talked to Jim before. They’ve even raised a home several feet in the air and they didn’t have the plumbing break, so if you know what you’re doing, chances are, you won’t have to go through that, but there’s still always a question.
As far as should he pay for a hydrostatic test? Unless something shows up, I don’t think you really need to do that, no. And I don’t know of companies that tell people to do that after they’ve done they work.
Charlie: When you say ‘if something shows up,’ what do you mean something?
Tom: Well, you get a clogged drain line. You get a puddle of water in the backyard.
Tom: Something pretty obvious.
Charlie: Just wanted to give him an idea of what to look for.
Tom: It’s just gonna be water where it wasn’t before.
Charlie: Fair enough.