We trusted this
engineering firm with the engineering of the foundation for our home. They sold
us the "industry changing" & "revolutionary" engineered
foundation called SlabTek. This is touted as the foundation of the future as it
Tony Childress, the lead engineer and owner runs his firm with the
slogan of "Serve the person, solve the problem". However we've
learned firsthand their actual philosophy is "Serve mammon, & its definitely
not our problem".
Childress fancy new foundation design is sold as "SlabTek". He not only makes a
living by selling his engineering services through his separate company CES
Global or Childress Engineering Services but also by selling his clients his
new design. He has patented the design which requires the purchase of special
lifts. The lifts are sold separately. Of course no matter what engineering
needs you may have, it is to Childress' benefit to sell you the SlabTek design,
since he profits twice, off of the engineering AND the lifts.
The company claims this design is perfect for expansive soils of
all sorts and that it is not dependant on the moisture content of soils nor
geological data. However, when our home started moving and causing damages
Childress Engineering pointed their fingers at soil reports and moisture. All
have been proven empty excuses. However, 3 years later our home still hasnt
stopped moving. Plumbing pipes are popping out of the floor all over, brick and
rock and drywall damages are everywhere, drawers wont stay closed, inside doors
will not shut and our front door cannot be opened any longer, even after 3
adjustments. Safety in our home is now becoming questionable but
still this engineer will not put his money where his mouth is and fix our
failing SlabTek foundation nor make it right in anyway.
Our home is literally getting ripped apart and Childress
Engineering won't back up their claims nor their engineering designs. We begged
and pleaded for almost 2 years for help from them and they continually made
excuses and pointed their fingers at others to dismiss their design flaws. An
independent engineering report stated that the foundation has failed to do as
it should have and another is pending. However, this engineer is getting off
without any consequences due to legal loopholes and no professional
We are just one family, working hard to make it. After saving for
years we thought we were building a home to live in and enjoy for many years to
come. If it hadnt been for this engineering firm being recommended to us and
their slick and unethical sales tactics we might have been able to do that.
Buyers beware....as homeowners there is nothing that protects you
by law from problems such as this. Home insurance will not cover foundation
issues, the builder was not at fault and the engineer won't back up his work! If you want to learn more google the video "SlabTek Disaster" and go see it on YouTube.