Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair

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Sugar Land Foundation Repair

Sugar Land Foundation Repair – Bell Bottom Piers are/is the Highest Quality repair method available in Texas. It is Time-tested, Proven, and Permanent with significant advantages over cheaper repair methods. As the image below illustrates, the single unit Bell Bottom Pier has a support area or “foot” that is 13 times greater in surface area than the smaller concrete cylinder used in the pushed pile method.  In addition, the “Factor of Safety” (load capacity) is 5 to 10 times greater with the Bell Bottom Pier. More support area, greater load bearing capacity, greater strength, and more are all part of a Permanent home foundation solution.

Bell Bottom Piers are the Highest Quality Foundation Repair Method available in Texas

Bell Bottom Piers – 13x greater surface area of “footprint” – 5.8x greater load capacity – compared to smaller concrete cylinders

Located in eastern Fort Bend County and approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land shares the same foundation problems that Houston does, which makes foundation repairs a common occurrence. Sugar Land is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and has been recognized as the nation’s third best place to live by CNN/Money Magazine, one of the top suburbs by Forbes, and one of the safest cities in the US by CQ Press.

For more information about home foundation repairs, the following links are very popular.

· Compare the foundation repair methods commonly used in Texas
· See a step-by-step walk through of the installation and leveling process

Local Soil Characteristics As They Affect Home Foundation Repair

The local soil conditions that frequently cause foundation problems and necessitate concrete slab repairs are “rooted” in the clay soils. In particular, concrete slab foundations are damaged by soil expansion and contraction and subsequently need an additional method of support and stability. The land surface in this geographic area is unconsolidated clays, clay shales and poorly-cemented sands. This surface area extends to a depth of several miles. The soil is a softer, smoother type that consists of loam, clay, and silt with almost no rocky areas and a very deep bedrock. This makes the ground softer and results in extreme plasticity (the rate at which the soil shrinks and swells). Overall, the area has a relatively high degree of soil instability making foundation problems fairly common.

The characteristics of the clay soils present homeowners with challenges the did not expect when purchasing their homes. Clay soils will expand in volume when they are saturated with water.  Conversely, clay soils will shrink dramatically in volume during dry, hot weather when they lose large quantities of water and moisture. This swelling and shrinking of the clay soils can and will crack concrete slabs in a few short years. We have numerous engineering studies and reports on our website that discusses some of these foundation issues. Some may be a bit technical but the general concepts and conclusions can be understood by most.  Click here to read some of these engineering reports concerning foundation problems in houses.

Climate Influences On Local Soil Conditions

There are two major waterways traversing the local area. During times of rainfall, the area serves as a watershed and significant amounts of water are drained through and from this area. The process of hydration and then dehydration of the clay soils is the great enemy of level home foundations. The Brazos River stretches through the southwestern and southern part of the city and then enters Brazoria County. Oyster Creek stretches from the northwest to the eastern part of the city and then flows into Missouri City. In addition to the natural water systems in the area, there are many man-made lakes that exist in residential master-planned communities.

Compare the different methods of Foundation Repair before making a decision.

Which foundation repair method “looks” like it could support 5 to 10 times more weight than the other? Answer: Bell Bottom Piers

The summer climate in the  area also poses risks for the concrete home foundations. The daily high temperatures in mid-summer are usually in the 95°F range. The record high temperature was 109°F in September 2001. The extremely hot weather will dehydrate the soil and when a summer thunderstorm arrives the soil is quickly rehydrated. The dehydration of the soil has shrunk the soil and the rapid hydration has expanded the soil. This process, repeated several times a year, can inflict tremendous damage on a home’s foundation. And when there is an extended period of drought, the soil underneath homes and buildings will shrink dramatically. When this happens the clay soil will literally pull away from a portion of the bottom of the concrete slab, creating a void. When this void becomes too big, this are of the slab foundation literally cracks and “falls” until it reaches something to support it – the shrunken soil.  This is called settlement.

When interior walls and ceilings are showing cracks in a Sugar Land home then a foundation inspection is a wise move.

Interior cracks as seen in this photo strongly suggest significant settlement in at least one part of the house.

 

The foundation repair cost and extent of damage will be discussed with the homeowner after the foundation inspection.

Soil Movement has cracked the slab foundation and the exterior brick wall.


Sugar Land Foundation Repair (713) 668-2110 Free Estimates

Dawson Foundation Repair will provide FREE home foundation repair inspections and estimates for homeowners in the Sugar Land area.