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CONSUMER ALERT- PALM SPRINGS AND SAN DIEGO BASED WICR WATERPROOFING ALSO OWNS DECK INSPECTOR INC THAT TOGETHER ARE TERRORIZING THEIR CLIENTS.

I have heard from several clients of Deck Inspector inc and or WICR waterproofing who have told me horror stories about David Mazor’s tactics. Threats that if they don’t “fix balconies” that they will send a report to the city saying that the decks are dangerous etc. David likes to use his wife’s law firm lindborg and Mazor LLP to bully clients. I can’t give you legal advice but I would tell you to go get legal advice and do not allow WICR or David Mazor try to push you around. I would encourage you to file complaints with the CSLB the attorney general’s office as well as the department of consumer affairs. If you receive threatening letters from his attorneys I would suggest that you go to the state bar and file complaints against them.

Is it a conflict of interest to do deck inspections under the balcony bill laws in California without disclosing that the company you are being referred to make the repairs or do the destructive testing is owned by the same person?

Do your research before you contract with anyone for balcony inspections and make sure that there are no conflicts of interest with your inspector and if there are, to spell them out so you have full knowledge and the ability to make prudent business decisions.

Deck Inspector LLC in S California is owned by David Mazor who owns WICR waterproofing and I am told that he and his apparent grifter sin Sean Krubinski are not disclosing that crucial fact to their clients. It’s a matter of ethics. Clicking the links below will show that both entities are owned by David Mazor and leave little doubt for consumers about the actual conflicts of interest.

Confidential sources tell us that Deck Inspector LLC is failing decks with even a small crack, demanding that they must make repairs immediately and WICR is charging fees that are exceedingly high. Unless a deck has structural issues that are life threatening, decks can be repaired on the property management company or HOA’s decision within a reasonable time.

Remember, investigate your inspection company and make sure they are independent with no conflicts of interest.

See our page of independent and unbiased balcony inspectors that have been vetted and determined to have no conflicts of interest in doing balcony inspections by clicking here QUALIFIED Deck Inspector’s FOR SB 721 & SB 326 DECK INSPECTIONS

I would also warn consumers that if Mark Marsch Consulting is involved, he has close personal relationships with ownership of these companies and was found to be a biased expert by a Judge in San Bernardino Superior Court.

These links go to the California Secretary of States website and are recent filings clearly showing the same owner on both business listings.

ttps://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/Document/RetrievePDF?Id=202019910332-30019991

https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/Document/RetrievePDF?Id=02035745-28689110

Reputations and Brands Take Years to Build, Why is This One Allowing Their Good Name to Be Abused?

Imagine driving into a Ford dealership; you are looking to buy a new car…

After taking your new Ford home and driving it for a couple months you have a problem with it. No problem you think, I’ll go to the dealership and they’ll fix it under the factory warranty right? Away you go and the dealership looks at you and says, we’re sorry, your warranty was for only 30 days and 30 days has passed…we can fix it for $X,XXX.xx.

You stand there in disbelief, saying wait this is a Ford dealership, I bought the car from you and have a factory warranty. The service manager says no you don’t, we warranty the car but only for 30 days after you buy it. So you call Ford and say hey I bought a car from X dealership and they say there’s no factory warranty available, what’s up with that?

The rep on the phone says, oh yes that Ford dealership, yes, we sell them the parts to assemble into a car with the Ford badge on it but there’s no factory warranty…they just warranty it on their own, we have nothing to do with it. You ask them to have a Ford rep look at your car because you see that other people are having similar problems with this dealership from your searches on Google and Yelp! etc. The rep comes over, reluctantly, and looks at the car and says yeah there’s a couple problems, but it’s not to bad and all they need to do is polish the paint…and you are thinking wait, the paint? No it’s the engine that’s no good…and off the rep goes telling the dealer to polish the paint and you he’s very sorry but it’s not Ford’s problem.

You’d probably never buy another car from Ford and you certainly will never be back to this dealership advertising that they are a Ford dealer. No one can blame you…but meantime you’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars and have a POS car.

Now what does the above have to do with waterproof decking? Nothing except as an example to set the tone of this story. Ford would never allow the above scenario, where a dealer buys parts, assembles the parts, calls it a Ford and sells it as a Ford. Ford doesn’t know if that dealer might have bought made to fit parts from someone else that looks real but isn’t, and leave it’s reputation in tatters because of an unscrupulous dealer. Ford is a brand everyone associates with quality, durability and backing up their product.

Enter Crossfield Products, AKA Dex-O-Tex, a well known and trusted pedestrian traffic coating manufacturer in the Los Angeles CA area. Long known for high quality walking deck systems, Dex-O-Tex has made it’s name by building a network of trained and factory authorized applicators to install it’s signature systems. I myself was a Dex-O-Tex applicator and I can tell you that it takes a craftsmen to install their slip sheet system. Done properly, a Dex-O-Tex system properly maintained can last 50+ years-I saw a project in LA some years ago that was one of their first large projects, and it needed repairs but not replacement and it was around 40+ years old. Crossfield has in the past basically required their contractors to register their jobs with the company and that way knew where their products were and could easily see what the warranty was, when it expired etc. Customers are happy to have factory warranties as it gives them assurance and peace of mind that they have a waterproofing system installed in accordance with the manufacturer specifications for a certain time period and even of their contractor goes out of business, Crossfield has other approved applicators who can perform warranty and maintenance work. Just like Ford does…

In my chain of logic thinking, if I’m a contractor and can say I’m an authorized Dex-O-Tex applicator; that carries weight. Crossfield has put a lot of time and money into building their reputation, and consumers recognize the brand. Generations of applicators have put down millions of square feet of Dex-O-Tex. As an authorized applicator I am in elite company. For instance at World of Concrete some years ago I attended a Dex-O-Tex event with contractors all over the US. Consumers know that authorized factory applicators are a better choice. There’s always that Ford dealership right heh heh?

Of late however, one Dex-O-Tex authorized applicator appears to be following a strange business model and uses the Dex-O-Tex name to sell consumers deck waterproofing jobs. The company’s contract states Dex-O-Tex will be installed, inferring to that consumer that a brand they know and trust is going to be protecting their property. Is that what they put down though? Clients trust that they are getting genuine Dex-O-Tex products, but how do they know of they are?

Then, fast forward into the future-3 months, 6 months whatever it might be…you have bought the Dex-O-Tex job from this contractor, and now there’s some problem-a crack, peeling, chipping, outright failure in some areas. You call this contractor and tell them what’s happening and they basically say sorry, not our problem it’s out of warranty. Read your contract they say…so you do and you realize it says 30 days from substantial date of completion (CSLB says 4 years minimum for performance) . Bewildered you call Crossfield and the rep comes out to look and says it’s ok but a few things “need correction”. Pressing them, you ask about the warranty…and the Crossfield rep tells you that Crossfield only has a “materials only” warranty for your job, that it wasn’t registered with them and as such, unless it’s shown that the materials installed were defective in manufacturer, you are out of luck because they won’t replace materials installed improperly. So this contractor installs the Dex-O-Tex system wrong, leaves the customer hanging and Dex-O-Tex good name gets hammered on. What’s wrong with this picture?

So now you go out and find a consultant who knows waterproof deck systems and the many codes and requirements for their installation. They do an inspection for you. Their findings are not good. retry much everything that could be wrong, is wrong. Months of time, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent, to find out that you got screwed.

Turns out that this contracting company does this time and time again. Customer has a problem, waterproofing company exerts pressure on customer via their illegal contract and customer calls Crossfield to get the news that their deck isn’t factory warranted; that the contractor warrants the work and there’s nothing they can do. Customer is now probably lost and will not use Dex-O-Tex again.

Two contractors of Crossfield Products have told me they are moving away from bidding jobs using Dex-O-Tex and instead substituting with like kind systems or refusing to bid a project when a certain San Diego and Palm Desert based contractor is bidding, because they know they won’t get it because they are bidding full factory systems and the other contractor isn’t. I spoke with several clients of this company who uses Crossfield’s name to sell jobs but doesn’t register the job with Dex-O-Tex, one of whom gave us the reports you can read down below. Two others asked not to go one the record and remain anonymous but both told us the same similar story of problems with their job, calling the contractor, getting shined on and then calling Crossfield to find out Crossfield can’t help them. One said he felt betrayed and was not likely to use Dex-O-Tex contractors again.

I also spoke with Justin Watt at Crossfield a while back and he said that they know that this contractor buys their materials but doesn’t generally registers the job, that they warranty it themselves. Justin also admitted that they have had other clients call about this contractors work and have to send a rep to look at the job. The clients I’ve spoken with have told me that they feel the rep for Crossfield is trying to protect the contractor. Why? Unless this customer, no wait, scratch that…there is no excuse to cover the tracks of bad apples.

It is my opinion that our industry needs to clean itself up; stop selling material to any contractor just to sell material. Find, train and retain excellent contractors who are committed to customer service, repeat business and high moral standards who will represent your brand well. It will pay dividends now and in the future. Companies that use your Brand’s name and products without providing factory backed warranties are conning people with their sneaky tactics.

For the consumer who found out how badly he had been screwed over, it was the equivalent of buying a new Ford without a Ford factory warranty and having no recourse due to Draconian and illegal terms in the contractors contract. Read the worst construction contract I’ve ever read right here…and tell your friends, tell everyone.

Read the reports on this San Diego project here from a consulting firm here.

Deck Collapse Kills One Person, Seriously Injures Another Person

https://www.wrde.com/story/44011555/woman-dead-after-dewey-beach-balcony-collapse

A deck collapse has led to the death of a woman who fell 10 feet to the deck below. Another oh so avoidable accident, 6 years after Berkeley… And that terrible anniversary is this month.

It’s time to institute deck inspections nationally… It’s time to end deck collapses. Looking at this photo, the joists were nailed into the butt ends.

IT’S DECK SAFETY MONTH, AND THE BALCONY COLLAPSES CAN’T STOP/WON’T STOP UNTIL AND UNLESS…WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Removal of the deck boards against the building reveals a seriously deteriorated set of beams.
They died because of poor workmanship and failing to inspect the deck. #NeverAgain

The North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) has declared May as “Deck Safety Month”, although IMHO, every month should be Deck Safety Month.

Read Frank Woeste’s article by clicking here on deck connections here https://awc.org/codes-standards/publications/dca6/deck-connection

Rarely does a day go by without my Google alerts, “deck collapse” & “deck fire” sending me an email about another balcony collapsing somewhere or someone’s grill or fire pit on their deck was the cause of a major house fire.

Two weeks ago the headlines were about the Malibu balcony collapse, where 16 people fell to the rocks 15 feet below while at a house party on the coast. Fortunately no one died. This time. Six years ago, six students died and seven were seriously and permanently injured…broken backs, crushed lungs, featured bones, when the balcony they were standing on to take a picture for a birthday celebration suddenly collapsed.

I remember waking up the morning of June 16th 2015 to see the grisly photograph of blood pooled on the sidewalk, a balcony laying flipped over on the balcony below and staring at the broken cantilevered beams that had rotted away and breaking down in tears. Today I still tear up at the thought of what happened. Berkeley was so avoidable. Malibu was so avoidable. Every balcony collapse is so avoidable.

Something else happens when I read about another balcony collapse-I get angry…very angry. In my opinion, a deck inspection by a competent inspector should be able to find the small clues that a deck about to fail leaves…and my anger is directed at the homeowner, property manager, whoever is in charge, who did not opt to spend $300-1000 on a deck inspection but is willing to spend tens of thousands on legal fees to defend their lack of due diligence.

Many decks, especially wood decks are older and worn. Wood rots, nails rust, supports become weaker, and if additions have been added on top of the deck, then extra weight that probably wasn’t factored into the engineering calculations creates additional stresses on the structure.

Before your next party, before you rent the house with the “large expansive deck” on AirBnB, before another deck collapses with people on it and are injured or killed, for God’s sake, get your deck inspected.

Forget the money it costs, think about the guilt you’ll feel having blood on your hands.

Balcony Collapse in Malibu

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/balcony-collapse-in-malibu-residence-sends-almost-a-dozen-people-onto-rocks-below/

A balcony overlooking the Pacific collapsed in Malibu California over the weekend. Nine people were injured and four people went to the hospital.

Balcony Inspections on condos and apartments with 3 or more units are now required to have their decks balconies and stairs be inspected after a deck in Berkeley collapsed 5 years ago, killing 6 and seriously and permanently injuring 7 other people.

Find a deck inspection company at our website at http://www.deckexpert.com

Exterior Elevated Elements Working Group Agenda for 5/25/17 is Announced

 

9e0e3-0216001100The deck waterproofing industry needs to speak up!

From the California Building Standards Commission-

Notice is hereby given that the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), Exterior Elevated Element (EEE) Subcommittee will solicit technical expertise on the items listed in the attached agenda and the link below.  The public is invited to attend and provide their input or comments.  For questions on this notice, please contact CBSC at (916) 263-0916.

http://www.bsc.ca.gov/calendar/othermtgs.aspx Website www.bsc.ca.gov

 

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