Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Foundation Repair
Yes, our inspections are absolutely free of charge and there is no obligation. We want you to be fully informed about your home foundation and concrete slab repair solution.
Yes, the homeowner will receive a written estimate plus a detailed floor plan illustrating the location of the proposed home foundation work and bell bottom piers.
Dawson Foundation Repair, Inc. has been in business since 1984 and has repaired over 10,000 concrete slab and home foundations in Texas cities.
Our professional inspector will spend approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours inspecting your home foundation and visiting with the homeowner.
Yes, the inspector will need access to the interior of your home to inspect for signs of foundation and concrete slab problems and to take elevation readings.
Depending on the complexity of the home foundation problem, our professional inspector will inspect your home's exterior and interior and take elevation readings of the interior. After the inspection, he will match the structural indications with the elevation readings to create a complete picture of what stresses are being exerted upon your home. Finally, a detailed floor plan and repair proposal is designed and the inspector will explain all aspects of your home foundation situation.
We use the bell bottom pier method, which is also called the bell bottom / mud pump method. Why? See the question below.
Because the bell bottom pier method is superior -- it is the best method to provide your home foundation and concrete slab with long-term stability. It is a permanent and time tested solution.
The reason our method of repair takes longer is because the concrete that is poured to form the bell bottom piers needs time to cure and harden before supporting any weight. After the concrete has cured or dried, it is incredibly strong and ready to support the weight of your home.
We service all of the major and secondary cities in central and east Texas because they have high concentrations of clay soils. West Texas has far less clay in the soil and therefore far fewer home foundation problems. For a list of cities we service in Texas please visit our service areas page.
We have several engineering studies / reports available on our website. These studies / reports were written by highly qualified engineers for engineers. Therefore they are very technical. However, we have attempted to highlight the most relevent portions of the studies / reports for the non-technical. This engineering information will confirm what we believe to be true, that is, Bell Bottom Piers are a time-tested and proven method of foundtion repair and other methods have significant drawbacks.
Yes, there is a sitemap on the website to help people find information. It is divided into three categories, 1) Information, 2) Foundation Services, and 3) The Repair Process and Job Site.
Yes, the purpose of pumping mud (actually a slurry including concrete) under your home's concrete slab is to fill any voids that have formed over time or during the repair process. This step is very important because your home's concrete slab is not designed to bridge voids.
Our professional estimators are not engineers, but they are highly experienced home foundation repair experts. They use sophisticated equipment, experience and judgment to evaluate your home and its concrete slab.
Our office hours are between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays.
Not for foundation repair work. Although we may need to bring in licensed plumbers to address specific under slab plumbing problems, every worker involved in your foundation repair solution is a direct employee of Dawson Foundation Repair, Inc. We prefer to supervise all workers because we feel we can maintain higher levels of quality and professionalism.
Absolutely. All of our supervisors are bi-lingual.
Definitely. All dirt that is excavated from your property is placed on your driveway and hauled away that day or the next day and your driveway is thoroughly cleaned.
Should it be necessary to move your plants, we will do our very best to save them. We will normally relocate them to another part of the yard designated by the homeowner. Once the foundation work is completed, we will place the plants back in their original positions.
Yes, and we are happy to provide you with certificates of insurance upon request.
We offer a Lifetime Service Agreement to every homeowner. We are proud of our hard-earned reputation. Please read some of the foundation repair testimonial letters from our satisfied clients. Please contact the Better Business Bureau and ask about our company. Compare our superior, proven long-term bell bottom pier method to those of our competitors.
We do not use mandatory arbitration clauses in our agreements. We feel that mandatory arbitration is unfair and highly biased against the homeowner. Usually these arbitration clauses strongly favor the repair contractor. In addition, the homeowner is usually required to pay half of the costs associated with arbitration - which can be considerable.