Heavy rains and strong winds blow through the area, leaving hundreds of homes and businesses damaged. Two families on the same street suffer similar water damage to their homes. Each has the same amount of water, the same areas affected, and similar types of materials and contents.
Two different restoration companies are called. Both contractors extract the water and set up drying equipment. Company A places 32 air movers and 6 dehumidifiers for 3 days at a cost of $4,596* for drying equipment rental. Company B initially places 48 air movers and 8 dehumidifiers and takes 4 days at a cost of $8,736*.
The difference is over $4,000 between the two. What happened? Was Company A just better at drying? Was Company B dishonest? More importantly, how can you know?