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Flood Plain Lifting

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Flood PlainThe ongoing discussion about climate changes reminds us that there are some things out of our control. While a homeowner really has no control over weather events, homeowners can do some things that ensure the integrity of their homes. It all begins with the home’s foundation.

Major weather events often impact a region’s flood plain. You may have bought or built your home outside a flood plain, but it may now be inside a flood plain because of changing weather events. The federal government often adjusts the official flood plain maps. The local authority (for example, the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston, the Bexar Regional Watershed Management in San Antonio) then responds by designating the new areas of impact. Recently, in Houston, the adjustments of the flood plain meant about 10,000 existing homes were now in the flood plain. Is your home in a flood plain? You can view the Harris County Mapping Tool here.

What do you need to do if you discover that your home is now in a flood plain? Dawson Foundation Repair can lift your entire foundation to a level that is above the flood plain. We can raise your home so that the threat of flooding from watershed, bayou, drain or retention pond overflow does not damage your home. Dawson’s foundation experts can raise your home four feet or more, certainly enough to meet all local, state and federal requirements.

We offer a free foundation inspection to help you decide how to protect your home if you now find your residence in an ever-changing flood plain. Lifting your home’s foundation can eliminate the damage caused by major storms. Your mortgage contract might be in violation if you are not able to obtain the correct insurance because you are in the flood plain. At worst, homeowners may be forced to abandon or rebuild their home.

Texas leads the country in the number of homes that require foundation repair. Our climate is just not very friendly to the soil that is supposed to support our homes. When you need to assess the condition of your foundation, our technicians can evaluate all of the factors that might affect your home in order to keep you safe and secure for years to come.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs only Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. Bell Bottom Piers have far more advantages over any other method of foundation repair and we feel the homeowner should receive the best option available. Dawson Foundation Repair services homes and commercial businesses all over Texas including Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and other smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security. 

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Collateral Damage to Your Foundation

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

damage to your foundationSometimes it is the acceptable designs and routine installations in your home that can cause substantial damage to your foundation. We understand things like how moisture content and the type of soil impact the home’s concrete slab. It makes sense that weather conditions, such as a long drought, can cause shifting of the ground beneath our home foundation. However, we are often caught by surprise by the little things that also cause collateral damage to your foundation.

Take, for instance, the little drainpipe that comes from the your air conditioning unit’s drain pan to the exterior of your home. This drainpipe is very important. It funnels the condensation from your A/C unit to outside your home. Otherwise, all that moisture would puddle in the drip pan, eventually overflowing and causing extensive damage to your ceiling or flooring, depending on whether your unit is in your attic or at floor level. Thus, that little PVC pipe or rubber hose sticking out of the exterior wall and dumping that water on the ground is essential.

But, guess what kind of collateral damage results from all this water? You guessed it. That A/C drain pan water is usually routed just an inch or two from the edge of your foundation. It pools there and seeps under your foundation. The hotter the weather, the harder the A/C units works, the more condensation is created, the more water is drained onto a patch of ground near your foundation.  This patch of ground swells in size and creates a hump that can push up your foundation.

The ground surrounding the hump continues to remain dry because the weather is just too hot and it hasn’t rained for a while in drought-stricken areas of the state. The rest of the foundation is on very dry soil that has shrunk because it is much drier. Guess what happens? Again—you guessed it. The foundation gives way to the imbalance of the moisture of the soil on which it is relying for stability.

This is called upheaval – part of the soil has swelled and pushed upward due to high moisture content and the surrounding soil has shrunk in volume due to low moisture content. Your foundation gives way and the damage is done, all because a small pipe that is doing what it is designed to do – drain air conditioning condensation onto the ground. Upheaval can cause significant foundation damage as well as crack exterior bricks and interior sheetrock.

There is a quick and easy repair to avoid foundation problems resulting from your A/C  drainpipe. Simply extend your drainpipe with more pvc or with a plastic tube so that the water is dumped on the ground a good distance away from your foundation. Make sure the ground is also sloping away from your foundation.

We have a team of experts that offer a free foundation inspection if you have noticed a little mud bog at the base of your foundation caused by the a/c drainpipe. We are able to measure and assess the data to give you all you need to make the best decision for the care of your home. We have been around for almost 30 years providing the best foundation repair work because we use the time-tested bell bottom pier method. It is proven to be the best method. Your home deserves it.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs only Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. Bell Bottom Piers have far more advantages over any other method of foundation repair and we feel the homeowner should receive the best option available. Dawson Foundation Repair services homes and commercial businesses all over Texas including Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and other smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security. 

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Your Slab and Differential Moisture Content

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Metal bucket full of clear waterIt has been an interesting weather season. In many parts of the state homeowners are experiencing a second year of drought, intermittently mixed with heavy, acute rain, frozen ground and even snow. The ground gets soaked, returns to its arid, drought-baked state, swells with water and collapses with the heat. These soil changes can play havoc with your home’s foundation. Throw in the beautiful shrubbery and trees homeowners use to enhance the beauty of the home and you’ve got a condition that is not kind to your home’s slab.

Foundation problems can be caused by differential moisture content. Engineers have performed extensive studies on differential moisture content. Structural support is one area of study. Differential moisture content is also studied along beaches to understand, predict, and control erosion better.

Differential moisture content happens when you have a soil area immediately adjacent to another and the moisture content of the ground is different. The areas of soil literally can be next to each other, touching, and the water content is different. Envision a wall of clouds at the leading edge of a weather front. That image is a great resemblance to what is happening on the ground your home sits on.

The soil behaves differently with different water saturations. Wet soil swells and rises. Dry soil has a tendency to compact and give way to weight above. Trees soak up the water from the soil and so the tree may be hydrated but the ground around the roots might be dry.

Here’s how your foundation may be impacted. If the area of ground under your home’s slab is has one level of moisture, then the whole slab reacts as one to the ground. When it’s very wet, it rises a little. When it’s dry, it sinks unnoticeably. However, if there is a differential moisture content under your home, if there is part of the ground that is dry and another that is saturated for prolonged periods, your foundation will eventually react to those soil conditions. Parts of the foundation will rise while other parts will sink. This results in a break in the integrity of the foundation. That usually means it will cost the homeowner some money to repair.

But repair is possible. Dawson Foundation Repair’s bell bottom pier method remains the industry’s gold standard. Use of the concrete pier with a flanged (or bell) bottom on stable soil or solid rock provides the most stable foundation support for homes in Texas. Our free inspection can give you all the data for you to make the best decision about the long-term integrity of hour home’s foundation. Your home is your biggest life investment and Dawson’s expert staff is ready to help you ensure the life of your home.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs only Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. Bell Bottom Piers have far more advantages over any other method of foundation repair and we feel the homeowner should receive the best option available. Dawson Foundation Repair services homes and commercial businesses all over Texas including Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and other smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security. 

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Home Additions

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Home AdditionsHomeowners are often surprised that a certain part of the house has foundation problems while the rest of the concrete slab is strong and stable. Very often the cause of these types of problems is an addition to the home. Whether the homeowner had the addition built or bought the house from another homeowner who had improved the value of the home with an addition, the potential for foundation damage increases when home additions are done.

The addition’s “foundation has to be the most perfect part of your addition. It has to be done correctly to ensure that you will have a long-lasting, durable structure*.” This makes additions a little more costly. The contractor of an addition needs to make sure that the foundation is completely level to the existing foundation. If it slopes away, it will pull down on the existing foundation and the walls will feel the stress. If the addition slopes toward the existing foundation it puts stress on that foundation. If the soil underneath the addition’s slab is not as packed as the soil on the original foundation…well, you get the idea. It just needs to be perfect. Most homeowners don’t want to pay the cost to make it perfect, thus you might be seeing the need for foundation repair for part of your home, or worse, the integrity of the whole slab has been compromised.

Small additions are not usually problematic. But when a foundation is expanded by one or two large rooms—be careful.

Regardless, you don’t want this to happen again. The best way to ensure that your home’s foundation is the best it can be is to use bell bottom piers when you have the repair done. Bell bottom piers are scientifically proven to be able to support the heavier weight over all other methods. Not only that, but bell bottom piers are experientially proven to provide the homeowner with the highest satisfaction for years to come.

Dawson Foundation Repair has been in the business for decades and we have seen all kinds of new and cheaper ways to repair your home’s concrete slab. However, none has surpassed the time-tested Dawson method of bell bottom piers. Our expert staff understands what it takes to provide the long-lasting solution to your foundation problems, and we have built our reputation on this method since 1984. Dawson Foundation Repair services homes and commercial businesses all over Texas including Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and other smaller cities.

 


*Roberts, Liz, “First Floor Additions: More Room More Happiness (Part Two—Foundations: The Basis of Your Addition”,

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