Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair
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How Long Does Foundation Repair Take?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Quality ControlThere are many factors to consider in determining how long it will take to repair your home’s foundation, including the repair method used by the company you hire. But that may not be the most important question to ask. Homeowners do not like to be inconvenienced by construction equipment or digging any longer than they have to, and foundation repair companies understand that. However, when the integrity of your home is at stake, it is better to allow time for a high quality job than rush the procedures. Perhaps a better question would be to ask if the time allotted allows for a thorough and complete repair of your foundation.

The overall quality of your foundation repair job involves two aspects. First, the repair process should be monitored step-by-step according to the best practices of structural engineering information. The second aspect is the leveling of your home, once the piers are installed correctly. Both processes should be carefully monitored to ensure that the work is being done correctly, not just quickly.

When interviewing a foundation repair company about the work they will do, you should always ask about their quality control guidelines. For each step of the process, there should be a system of verifying that the work they are doing is being given the attention it deserves. For instance, if concrete is involved, it will take time to set up and harden. The security of your home’s foundation will rest on the reliability of the foundation repair, and if the concrete has not been given adequate time to cure (dry), then your foundation will be at risk again.

Many companies using Pressed Pilings or Steel Piling methods will complete the foundation repair job in a fairly short time, but they may be putting your home at risk for future foundation damage. As we have stated before, Dawson Foundation Repair uses only the Bell Bottom Pier method due to the many advantages for permanency that it offers. This method will take approximately three weeks from start to finish, however most of that time is allowing the concrete to cure. At Dawson, we break the job into nine different stages, each one designed to be as painless to the homeowner as possible. (You can read more about the specific steps HERE. In fact, we have separate quality control checklists for the installation of your Bell Bottom Piers and the Home Leveling process.)

Remember, too, that other factors can impact the time of your foundation repair. Weather is one of those issues. While every effort will be made to avoid weather delays, unforeseen weather changes can increase the repair time.

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, Dallas, Houston, Plano, Sugar Land, and other cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security.

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Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Home Maintenance Tips for SpringDrought or no drought, winter fades away at some point, and spring begins to show us a different side of the world around us. Springtime also brings outdoor home repair and maintenance jobs. There are a variety of things that every homeowner should do to prepare for the coming warmer season, but here are a few highlights to kick off your outdoor home maintenance projects this year. Take a walk around the exterior of your home, and pay close attention to the following items:

Roofing – Check for any damage to shingles or tiles due to the heavy winds we’ve experienced this season, or for any other damage that you might see around vents, chimneys, or skylights.

Gutters – Be sure that your gutters are firmly in place and that all of the downspouts are unobstructed and moving water away from your home’s slab. This is a very important part of avoiding foundation damage. (For other tips, read more HERE.)

Window Screens – Inspect your screens for damage and make any necessary repairs. Give your screens a good cleaning, too.

Siding/Paint – Has there been any damage to your siding or is your paint in need of repair? Look for cracks or holes, and repair any that you find.

Fences/Gates – Check for damaged slats or broken posts. Repair those as necessary, and replace any hinges or gate latches that are rusted and not securing your property properly.

Pests – Spring is the season for termite swarms so it is always a good idea to request a termite inspection from a qualified Houston pest control company. Also check for signs of rodents because they will be extra hungry after reproducing during the winter. And consider having a professional evaluation if you see any problem areas.

Ponding Water/Erosion – Inspect your yard for any areas where erosion of your soil might have occurred from water ponding and subsequent drying out this winter. Drainage problems can be a significant problem for your home’s foundation, so this is a particularly important part of your visual inspection.

Garden Beds – Most homeowners like to start with the garden, and there is no doubt that a large part of springtime projects involve the garden. As you do, pay particular attention to the height of your garden beds in relation to the slab of your home. This is a critical factor in protecting your foundation. (Read more tips HERE.)

Foundation – Finally, check the exterior of your home for visible cracks in your brick or your slab. Check window frames that might have shifted, collateral damage to your foundation due to water drainage around air conditioning units, etc. Often, easy adjustments can be made to help protect your foundation, but you cannot fix a problem if you are not aware of it. Dawson Foundation offers a free 5-Point Inspection, and if you are unsure of the condition of your home’s slab, we will be happy to help you with this step.

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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Best Business Practices

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

foundation-repair-houston-tx-2Proven. Trusted. Permanent.

Dawson Foundation Repair is an industry leader because of the best business practices that guide the culture of excellence we strive for. Certain business practices enhance the customer experience and our staff comprises trained experts grounded in quality customer service.

The community will tell you what you need to know about a business. When you do great work every time, the comments are testimonials of success. We provide professional service with supporting bonding and licensing in place. Our foundation (Get it? Ha!) is built on a reputation of trust.

Our foundation repair company follows a code of ethics in advertising and selling. When a customer requests substantiation of the claims being marketed, we supply documents promptly. Our marketing word is one of integrity, representing our products with truth and honesty. For instance, our staff takes the time with the customer to make sure all regulatory and contractual documents are clear and understood.

“Transparency” is a buzzword in business ethics. For Dawson Foundation Repair, it’s more than a buzzword. We ensure the customer has all the information needed to make a decision. You will be certain about licensing, bonding and accreditation. And when the contract is signed, you will know that you have made the right decision in taking care of your home. Your detailed agreement with us is formal and professional and Dawson commits to meet all the conditions of the life-time agreement.

We share our best business practices with you because, along with the bell bottom pier method of foundation repair, these practices set us apart. Dawson Foundation Repair is known for the integrity of its work and its relationships with customers.

These are the best business practices of a great foundation repair company. For 30 years, Dawson Foundation repair has ascribed to these standards and principles. We are a Better Business Bureau accredited company because we are known for setting the standard in the foundation repair industry. Our staff is trained to live by this code of business operation. Combined with the gold standard bell bottom pier foundation repair method, Dawson is the company that you want taking care of your home.

When you need work on the biggest investment in your life, your home, you want the company that will give you the best outcome.

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 Plano, Dallas, Houston, Sugar Land, Kingwood, San Antonio, and other smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security. 

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Drought Forecast

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Texas is bracing itself for another year of the drought that is now extending into its third season. Currently, only 12 percent of the entire state is NOT experiencing some level of drought conditions. In other words, almost 90 percent of the Lone Star State is under abnormally dry conditions! The U.S. Drought Monitor monitors rain levels across the country. When you look at that data on the map in this article, you can see specifically the areas that continue to struggle with a drought forecast.

Though the percentages are improved from last year, there is still much news:

  • About 8% of the state is in an exceptional drought condition—the worse level.
  • Almost half of the state (49%) is under the worse conditions levels (severe, extreme, exceptional).
  • The large metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin are in the moderate/severe drought regions.

Forecasters don’t hold much hope for Texas for this year either. The U.S. Commerce Department is predicting that about three-quarters of our great state will see the drought either persist or intensify. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center projects that Texas will experience a loss of 10 to 20 percent of its soil moisture content. When soil gets dry, it contracts and does not support the foundation as well. If enough soil pulls away from the foundation, the slab will undergo a lot more stress around the perimeter. That will cause the slab to crack because it’s looking for the soil to support it.

Those two factors—prolonged, severe drought and fluctuating soil moisture content are key indicators that homeowners must take care of their home foundations. The heat and lack of rain will shrink and crack the soil supporting your home’s slab.

Feb 2013 Drought Monitor

Look for the signs of foundation trouble in your home. Here are some of the signs of trouble: your slab pulling down from your brick exterior; doors/windows are hard to open or close; a crack shows up in the sheetrock of your walls or ceilings, cracks in the grout of your exterior brick or a crack shows up in your flooring. Minimize the damage by calling for a free estimate as soon as you see any of these warning signs. Dawson Foundation Repair can help you determine whether these warning signs are a result of foundation failure.

The weather outside is always putting stress on our homes. The expected persistence of this prolonged drought in the areas we live will create problems. Be alert and look for the indications of problems. Act quickly and wisely. Your home is probably the most valuable possession you own.

Bell Bottom Piers are the highest quality 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. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security. 

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