FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Waterproofing Contractors, Florida
What Should I Consider When Hiring a Licensed & Insured Waterproofing Contractor in Florida?Don't hire an amateur to do waterproofing. Your Waterproofing Contractor should do a thorough inspection and explain proposed work in detail. Check references and ask questions. Does his proposal include warranty? If scope of work requires a permit, has your licensed & insured Florida Waterproofing Company included cost of pulling the permit? What is the start date and estimated finish date? What specifically does the warranty cover? Who will be in charge of the project? For work related to damage covered by your insurance, will the waterproofing company bill your insurance company directly?
Establish specifications and then you can have qualified waterproofing contractors bid on the same requirements. The cheapest contractor isn't always the best value. Verify licensing see below.
Why Should I Waterproof the Foundation or Windows of My Florida Property?Limit danger and liability and increase property value. A licensed and insured Florida Waterproofing Contractor can repair problems that are important to property value and health. Trapped water can cause dangerous mold, damage foundation walls and cause dry rot.
Lawsuits regarding claims from health issues caused from mold are often excluded from commercial and homeowners policies. Lawsuits related to claims of black mold and other potentially dangerous molds are common. Nothing turns a potential buyer or renter off like mold. Waterproofing makes a lot of financial sense it effects property value and reduces liability.
Beware of Signs of Water Damage in the Foundation or Windows of Your Florida Property. Look for mold or mildew, warped paneling, rust on appliances or fusebox, musty odor, peeling or discolored paint, dark gray color on concrete walls, chalky looking mineral deposits on the wall.
Why Should I Hire Only a Florida Waterproofing Contractor that is Licensed & Insured?Damage or injury caused by a Florida uninsured Contractor can result in denial of coverage. If an uninsured Florida contractors employee gets hurt on the job, you can be liable. If you didnt pull a permit when required, you might be forced to undo the work. If an unlicensed contractor fails to fulfill terms of contract, you may not be able to win a lawsuit the contract might be deemed illegal.
Required state licensing depends on type of building. If the building is one-family, two-family, or three-family residence which is not more than two stories or an "accessory use structure" in connection with one of these buildings, licensing can be as general contractor, building contractor or residential contractor. If the building is over three stories, the waterproofing company must hold a general contractors license. A building contractor license allows waterproofing for commercial buildings, single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings no more than three stories. Residential, general and building contractors can be CERTIFIED by Florida to do business anywhere in the state or REGISTERED to do work only in certain cities or counties with applicable certificate of competency.
You can check Contractor License data at Florida DBPR.
Bonding can cover various property damage claims caused by a Waterproofing Company. Talk to your Insurance Agent about what you need to require from your Florida contractor. You can find Workers Comp data at Florida DBPR.