Since December 2010, Bamboozled has been reporting on the activities of Al Demola and his waterproofing companies, which have allegedly cheated customers out of thousands of dollars and left their homes no drier than before.
Demola’s companies, which allegedly include Aqua-Dri Basement Waterproofing, Thrifty Waterproofing and Water Shield Waterproofing , have allegedly defrauded many customers by asking for payment in advance, failing to do the job right, and then refusing to either refund the money or fix the problems. They have also allegedly asked some customers for money for extra parts that were never installed and refused to refund deposits when customers canceled contracts within the three-day rescission period.
Demola later be involved with more allegedly fraudulent companies outside the waterproofing industry including Traqm, a GPS tracking company, and Titan Shelters, a bomb shelter company.
If you think you have been a victim of one of Demola’s companies, you can file a complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs online at state.nj.us/lps/ca/comp.htm or by calling (973) 504-6200 or (800) 242-5846.
Below is a timeline of Bamboozled’s coverage of Demola’s alleged basement waterproofing scams.
December 27, 2010: Bamboozled first learns about Demola’s alleged basement waterproofing scams after a senior couple cancels a contract with Aqua-Dri within the three-day rescission period and the company refuses to return their $3,000 deposit. Click here.
January 17, 2011: Bamboozled learns about more customers who have allegedly been cheated out of money after Demola’s company failed to do the job right and refused to refund any money. Bamboozled also learns that Demola’s business dealings are more complicated than it seems. Click here.
May 30, 2011: One customer tries to cancel a contract with Aqua-Dri within three days but can’t get his deposit back while another couple runs into trouble when they hire Thrifty Waterproofing, another company with connections to Demola, for a waterproofing job. Click here.
May 28, 2012: A year later, Demola is back to allegedly defrauding customers — this time with a company called Water Shield Waterproofing. Click here.
June 11, 2012: Chase releases a couple from the $13,000 they charged to their credit card to pay a waterproofing company with connections to Demola. The company allegedly did a shoddy and incomplete waterproofing job in their home and refused to refund any money. Click here.
July 29, 2013: A customer profiled in Bamboozled gets a court victory when a judge enters a default judgment against Water Shield, a company with ties to Demola, for nearly $200,000. Click here.
October 28, 2013: Demola resurfaces with some new companies and also has some thoughts to share with Bamboozled. Click here.
June 9, 2014: Demola’s bomb shelter company, Titan Shelters, is back and out to defraud more customers — this time in Virginia. Click here.