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Concrete Hydration

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Concrete HydrationOne of the most common errors in understanding foundation repairs is how concrete works and concrete hydration. It becomes a problem when the foundation repair company you use hires laborers who do not understand this primary material.

How often have you heard this comment—“We’re just waiting for the concrete to dry.”? If you hear that statement from the company you are entrusting with your valuable home, you should be suspicious. Concrete does not dry! The way that concrete firms up, hardens and keeps its strength is by means of a chemical process, not a drying process.

Concrete, the most important component of a home’s foundation, requires four ingredients—sand, gravel, concrete mix and water. Mix sand, gravel and concrete together and nothing happens. But when you add water to those three materials a chemical process known as hydration begins. Hydration is not merely getting the ingredients wet. When water and concrete are mixed together the chemical reaction causes a hardening of the material. The sand and gravel provide strength to the concrete/water mix. Without them, the concrete and water would harden but would be more brittle. This chemical process results in hardening of all the materials. Concrete even “dries” (actually “cures”) under water! For that reason, concrete is useful in marine construction.

So, if a business is working with concrete every day, shouldn’t the staff be knowledgeable about concrete hydration? Dawson Foundation Repair staff is trained to know how to handle the equipment and materials and also to understand how the process works.

Dawson Foundation Repair uses the most reliable and proven repair method—the bell bottom pier method. When the repair requires drilling through your home’s concrete slab or near the very foundation of your prized possession, don’t you want the work done by the best? The concrete slab under your home, especially in north and central Texas, is undergoing a third year of drought conditions making foundation damage even more likely for the homeowner who doesn’t trust their home to the best. Dawson Foundation Repair is the premier foundation repair company that can restore the strength and integrity of your home’s foundation.

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 be aware of the highest quality foundation repair method available in Texas. Dawson Foundation Repair services homes and commercial businesses all over Texas including Austin, Plano, Dallas, Houston, Sugar Land, and other smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security.

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Pressed Pilings – Issues You Should Be Aware Of

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Pressed Pilings IssuesOne of the shocking truths about foundation repair in Texas is that the most commonly purchased repair method is also the least reliable repair method – pressed pilings or stacked concrete cylinders. Companies that use these methods often pay big bucks to celebrities for endorsements. But this does not mean that the methods they endorse are the solution you need for long lasting security. The pressed piles method of foundation repair does not give you that protection. Frankly, it is a lower quality repair method.

The reasons are numerous. First, laborers at pressed pile companies cannot visually confirm whether the piles have been inserted vertically according to specifications. A pressed pile is pushed into the ground and then another pile is placed on top of it, and both are pushed further into the ground. The laborer has no idea if the pushed piles have drifted off in an angle due to hitting a rock or tree root. (If the piles do get driven at an angle then they offer very little to no support for the foundation in the future.) This continues until the piles have reached enough resistance that they will not go any deeper. If the laborer does not stop at this point then the hydraulic jack will lift the foundation and house into the air, possibly breaking the slab foundation in another place.

Second, the soil under the foundation that shifted, causing your foundation to break, is likely to shift again. The support pier needs to act like one piece, not like multiple pieces that can be shifted individually. The soil moves up and down and sideways. If one or more of the stacked piles begin to shift, then the integrity of the stacked column of piles is at serious risk.

Third, the laborers cannot tell when they have reached a sufficient depth for the pressed piles because they have not done a soil analysis. It is entirely possible the depth of these pressed piles is significantly less than your foundation needs. Your foundation needs support in stable soil to resist future soil movement. And because of the lack of depth, the soil movement can easily push these pilings up and down and your foundation will not have the permanent support it needs.

Last, the pressed pile method of foundation repair does not meet the Houston building codes.  As a matter of fact, the only method of foundation repair that is discussed in the Houston Building Codes is the drilled pier or bell bottom pier method. It is only logical to conclude that the best method of foundation repair is presented in the Houston Building Codes.

Since 1984 Dawson Foundation Repair has rejected unproven and temporary methods of foundation repair. Your home is just too valuable. Dawson Foundation Repair uses the bell bottom pier method. It is proven – it is time tested – it is permanent – and virtually every structural engineer in Texas prefers this method.  Your soil is tested all the way down to stable soil. High strength concrete is poured as a single unit to maintain strength. Steel rebar is inserted to make the pier even stronger. And the bell bottom shape gives the foundation greater support.

Your home is worth the best repair you can give it. Dawson’s expert staff and technicians are ready to assist you when you need to take care of your home.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. They are the highest quality foundation repair method available in the state of Texas. 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, and other smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home’s foundation security.

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Is Your Soil Pulling Away?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Is your soil pulling awayIf you have had the opportunity to drive through parts of the state, you probably easily noticed how brown the countryside is looking. There is a stark contrast when you drive by field after field of dull green and yellowing plants and then come upon a patch of land that is watered for the sake of the crop. The drought continues in Texas. Does it affect your home.  Is your soil pulling away (shrinking) from the foundation?

Crops and plants are not the only things suffering from the prolonged drought conditions. Have you noticed problems around your home caused by the moderate to extreme drought of our area? Take a close look at your foundation. Walk around it, peering through shrubs and other plants to see that place where the soil and the side of the house meet. If you notice that the soil is pulling away from the foundation, your slab is at risk of cracking and causing much more damage. If you see any of these conditions, take action.

As soils dry, they shrink. And soil is more likely to stick to soil than it is to concrete so it pulls away from the slab. That leaves the slab exposed and eventually unsupported. Without adequate support the weight of the structure is too much for the foundation. The foundation cracks or even breaks.

You have to be careful on how to deal with this problem. Filling gaps with additional soil or water (or some other material) between the ground that is pulling away and the foundation wall does not help. During this time of moderate to severe drought, even consistent watering with a soaker hose cannot replace the amount of moisture lost. It’s just been too dry for too long.

When you check your foundation and there are telling signs of possible problems (cracks in the slab, bricks separating from each other, doors/windows that you are now having trouble opening), you can get a free foundation inspection.

Dawson Foundation Repair offers a five phase inspection that gives you an expert assessment of the condition of your foundation. A trained technician will thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior, measure the interior floor plan and then conduct a detailed inspect of the interior of your home. The foundation expert will sit down with you to discuss options and compare foundation repair methods.

There are less expensive and quick “fixes”. And then there’s the gold standard—the bell bottom pier method of foundation repair. Dawson Foundation Repair has used this proven and superior method since 1984. Whether your home is in North, Central, East or Southeast Texas, this method is noted by structural engineers as the most reliable repair.

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, Plano, Sugar Land, 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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When Is A Warranty, Not A Warranty?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

When is a Warranty not a WarrantySo you’re investigating the costs of foundation repair and trying to compare “apples to apples,” so to speak. One of the variables that you may encounter is foundation repair warranties. There are a few facts to know before you factor in the warranty to your decision-making process. When is a warranty not really a warranty, for example? Remember, get the facts about foundation repair before you buy. That is the only way to make a sound decision. Here are some thoughts about the warranty components.

(The first step however is always to read and review the warranty. That means that the foundation repair company should be able to provide it to you readily. If they cannot, there is likely a reason that they do not want you to see it. Keep this in mind.)

1 – If the warranty has an expiration date, it means your foundation repair is temporary, not permanent. In fact, one of the most often misunderstood terms of a warranty is “Lifetime.” Lifetime warranties do not always mean for the life of your home, or for your own lifetime. They usually refer to a period of time that is considered reasonable for the life of that type of product. So, consider the expiration date when considering the work that is being done. Permanent is a pretty clear term. Everything else must be defined, and factored into your decision.

2 – If the warranty is accompanied by a fee to have the contractor visit your home after repairs, then the question must be asked, what exactly does the warranty cover? A warranty should cover the work that was done. There should not be an additional fee to have a contractor return to the site to investigate problems if you were truly under a warranty.

3 – Similarly, if you are asked to pay an additional fee to re-level your home after foundation repair work has been done, then the warranty is not actually covering the initial work. This goes back to the beginning issue. Always read the warranty carefully in order to know what it covers. Warranties should be simple and clearly stated as to what is covered, and for how long.

4 – A warranty may have some exclusions. This is not unusual especially where the homeowner has some responsibility in the maintenance of the foundation.  However, any exclusions should be limited. If there are multiple exclusions or the terms are difficult to understand, the homeowner might have reason to be suspicious of the entire warranty.

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. In addition to that, we will be happy to show your our Service Agreement should you ask. 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 foundation.

 

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Foundation Repair Complaints

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Foundation Repair ComplaintsWhen comparing foundation repair companies in order to make a decision for your home, the last thing that many people think to check is company complaints. However, these are a good source of information for the homeowner, especially when combined with an understanding of the certification process for foundation repair companies.

Foundation repair companies may be certified or accredited, but in the simplest terms, it is important to determine where that certification comes from. Many companies have engineering studies to support their claims of excellence, prepared by staff engineers, but homeowners should always ask for information from independent structural engineers when considering a particular method of foundation repair. Often, foundation repair complaints result from work done on a foundation without a full understanding of the long-term impact of the engineering principles at work in this kind of repair.

Independent structural engineers are the best source of information if you as a homeowner want to be fully equipped to make a sound decision. These professionals are not paid in any way by foundation repair companies and they have experience with residential concrete slab foundations. This is important because at the moment, there is no set of licensing requirements for foundation repair companies. Many other service providers are licensed, but not foundation repair providers.

When reviewing the complaints lodged against foundation companies, many of them take the form of unhappy homeowners who are dissatisfied with the less than permanent results they are achieving from past repair jobs. Other complaints are filed as a result of terms in the contract known as Mandatory Arbitration, which is a carefully designed system that defeats the consumer or homeowner 90% to 97% of the time. Homeowners should carefully review and understand all contracts before they sign them, but they should also be aware of the differences in foundation repair methods in order to avoid frustration and further repairs. For instance, the Bell Bottom Pier method, the only method used by Dawson Foundation Repair, may take a little longer to complete and be a larger investment in your home, but it is the superior method recommended by structural engineers.

Homeowners should also take the time to look at sources like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List to review the types of complaints, if any, that are filed against particular foundation repair companies. Understanding the reasons for complaints, as well as the standards that govern foundation repair, will help in determining the best solution for 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, 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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