Free Home Foundation Repair Inspection*
Dawson Foundation Repair offers a free home foundation inspection* to homeowners who suspect they may have seen any of the warning signs of a concrete slab or foundation problems. Our evaluation of your foundation's condition is a process developed and refined since 1984 by owners Martin Dawson and Anthony Grimwood.
Please read the five phases of a free home foundation inspection and contact us to schedule an appointment today! Our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your foundation questions and walk you through every step of the foundation repair process. To get the most out of anything, you must know the facts, and Dawson Foundation Repair is ready to give you the information you need to make an informed decision. We also offer you FREE foundation maintenance tips.
To schedule your FREE foundation inspection, contact us by telephone or email.
Phase One: Exterior Foundation Inspection
The perimeter of your home is measured and inspected for all exterior warning signs of foundation problems. Some of the signs are: brick cracks, fascia board separation, brick separation from doors and window casings, deflection in grout lines of brick veneer. A drawing is then made of the perimeter of the home noting all indications of foundation failure.
Phase Two: Interior Floor Plan
All interior walls are now drawn onto our plan of your home. Next, we take the floor elevations throughout the house using a computerized water level. This machine is set up at the highest elevation point in your home. This is the zero point for our elevation readings and all other readings should be negative readings in relation to this point. When taking elevation readings in the house, different flooring thickness - carpet, tile, wood, etc. - have to be taken into consideration. Once we have a plan of the exterior and interior walls and a set of elevation readings, we will have a complete picture of the present elevation of your home foundation slab.
Phase Three: Interior Inspection
We now match or confirm the exterior and interior signs of movement of your home. We check for interior sheetrock cracks, doors that no longer close, framing that is pulling apart in the attic, brick cracks, brick separation, etc. and then we match these structural and cosmetic indications of movement with the elevation readings. This is where our years of experience evaluating foundations is essential for your home's long term foundation solution. Because no readings are taken when a home is built, we cannot assume the slab was poured perfectly level. We must make an educated decision based on both elevation readings and structural movement to determine how much of the floor slope was built in at the time of construction. After this is finished, we make a decision about how much of the floor slope is due to settlement problems and how to best proceed with the house leveling process.
Although it is difficult to see in this photo, there is a diagonal crack in the sheetrock and wallpaper at the top left corner of the door frame. Other measurements confirmed that there had been some "settlement" in the center of the two story home.
Phase Four: Conclusion
Once we have determined if repairs are necessary (sometimes they are not), we will walk you through the interior and exterior of your home and explain our conclusions. We will make sure you fully understand our findings and how we arrived at our decision. We will not recommend work that is not needed.
The majority of home foundation problems are not jeopardizing the structural integrity of the home. Rather, the foundation problems present cosmetic deficiencies (cracked brick veneer), inconveniences (fixing jammed doors) and a need for greater home maintenance (fixing broken plumbing pipes). The final decision concerning the repair of a home's foundation depends on the individual homeowner's tolerance of the symptoms. If there are various options for your foundation problem, they will be explained to you.
Many times homeowners become confused about their foundation problems. This is because they often receive different proposed solutions and different cost estimates for the foundation repair from different companies. We would like to be very clear about Dawson Foundation Repair, Inc. - we do it the old-fashioned way - we excavate holes under the foundation, pour concrete and place steel rebar into the holes to create high strength Bell Bottom Piers that provide superior support and stability. It takes more time and costs more money but it provides the homeowner with a high quality and permanent solution.
Phase Five: How Dawson Can Help
The final part of our inspection is our explanation of how we intend to fix your home foundation or concrete slab if we feel it is warranted. There are a number of repair methods on the market and we will help you compare the methods of foundation repair commonly utilized in Texas. We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each house leveling method. Finally, we will give you a written estimate of the foundation repair costs which you return to our office to proceed with your repairs.
Make sure that what you are being told is logical. If not, contact us and talk to one of our experienced professionals or get an independent assessment from a qualified engineer.
* FREE for Homes NOT Involved in Real Estate Transactions
We are happy to provide FREE home foundation inspections for homeowners whose home is NOT involved in a real estate transaction. This includes homes that are "for sale," "short sale," "reverse mortgage," or any other similar or related transaction. The reason we do not provide this free service for homes involved in these transactions is because the vast majority of sellers (99%+) are seeking a fast and low budget repair. (Home buyers beware!) Since we are NOT a low budget, one day repair company we are literally wasting our time providing estimates in these situations.
Home buyers involved in sales or financial transactions can seek the opinion of a Structural Engineer with experience in residential slab foundations.
Similarily, we do not provide inspections or repair services for apartment complexes, condos, townhomes, or pier and beam foundations.
Please keep in mind that most of the time a home is involved in a real estate or financial transaction the realtor and / or owner is searching for a fast and low budget repair estimate. We are not the fastest or the least expensive solution but we offer the best foundation repair solution - permanent, proven, and time-tested. Thank you.
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