Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair

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Professional Installation of Bell Bottom Piers

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Professional Installation of Bell Bottom Piers

You can know the quality of a foundation repair company by the policies in place and the integrity of the people working for the company. That is true for Dawson Foundation Repair as it is for all other companies. Thus, Dawson strenuously ascribes to extensive quality control measures. For the installation of bell bottom piers alone, we have a 9-Point program in place to ensure that every pier will support your home for the life of your home.

  1. The box—found near the perimeter beam of the foundation, this part of the hole is 26×24 and is where the cap of the bell bottom pier is located.
  2. The cone—the bottom of the box is tapered down to the 9-inch wide pier and is about 42 inches deep.
  3. The pier depth—depends on the soil test, but most bell bottom piers are between 8 and 12 feet deep, below the soil where upheaval happens.
  4. The shaft’s angle—is very critical for support and we ensure that the bottom of the pier is directly under the perimeter beam of the foundation.
  5. The bell bottom size—the tapered foot, the anchor of the pier, will be carved out to a diameter of 22 inches and will be filled with concrete.
  6. The concrete vibration—ensures that any air pockets will be eliminated as the vibration forces the air up and out of the wet concrete.
  7. Steel rebar positioning—in two places: the length of the shaft and two rebar mats in the top section of the cone.
  8. Sprinkler system check—before and after foundation repair work to determine whether there were any damages from the excavation.
  9. Landscape lighting check—like the sprinkler system check but for any lights and cabling that is part of the foliage design around the home.

Bell Bottom Piers Houston TX (713) 668-2110

The foundation repair method utilizing bell bottom piers is considered superior because it is a time-tested repair of your home’s foundation. It’s the reason Dawson has been in business since 1984. These quality control steps are in place to ensure we can deliver on our service agreement to you, the homeowner.

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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Inspecting the Foundation of a Used Home Before the Sale

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

foundation repair dallas, foundation repair houston, foundation repair austinInspecting the Foundation of a Used Home Before the Sale

Do you know what foundation things to look for when buying a used home? There are several things that can inform you about the condition of the foundation that is supporting the house. And they are well worth the investment of time and money.

How do you know that a home you are considering buying has had any structural problems, including any foundation repair? First, you need to ask the seller. The seller is supposed to inform you without having to ask, but make sure to ask. Texas law requires the owner of the home to provide a potential buyer with “full and accurate disclosure of any foundation issues and repairs.” The information you will need to get includes the reason for the repair, the date of the repair, which method was used, the extent of the repair work, and documentation of repair.

Additionally, the following questions are very important for you, the potential buyer:

  1. What kind of service agreement is in place regarding the repairs? Is that service agreement transferable to a new owner? How long is the service agreement period?
  2. What is the name of the company that provided your foundation repair work? Is it still in business?
  3. Did the owner obtain a building permit? If yes, make sure to get a copy of it. Building permits are issued by local government agencies. It could be a permits office, planning department or clerk office for the county or city.

There are some things to look for in the service agreement. A lifetime transferable service agreement does not mean that the entire foundation is covered. Likely, only the work the company did and the components they used fall within the service agreement. Read the service agreement because some foundation repair companies include other exclusions as well. Most do not include the repair of the distress in the above-foundation structure, like cracks in tiles or drywall. Those repair expenses, sometimes referred to as “adjustments”, usually fall to the homeowner. Finally, determine whether a Professional Engineer (PE) designed the foundation. Obtain the drawings. The PE should have performed a soil test. Get the testing laboratory reports on that soil. The easiest way to get this done is to hire a licensed real estate inspector. They know where to research all the documents. However, there is a fee for their service. Otherwise, the local governing agency that issues residential building permits is the place to start. They will direct you as to how to access the documents.

Make the best buying decision you can make. Get the information you need and be patient while waiting for it. Then, enjoy your home for years to come and always call Dawson Foundation Repair when you encounter foundation issues.

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 smaller cities. Call us for a free inspection and assessment of your home foundation.

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Buying a New Home? Check the Foundation!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Foundation RepairBuying a New Home? Check the Foundation!

When buying a new home there are many things you can do to ascertain the quality of the foundation upon which the residence was built. From appearances the foundation and the surrounding landscaping are in almost ideal conditions on new properties. At least they should be! But how can you evaluate the unseen portion of the new home’s foundation—the soil underneath?

There are several documents you can request prior to the purchase of the newly constructed home. If the inspections were done, there are reports. If they don’t have reports you must consider that the inspections were not done. Get answers to these:

  1. Ask for any written inspection reports. These could have been prepared by a professional engineer or a Licensed Real Estate Inspector. The disclosure notice of the transaction should reflect whether there were any such inspections. If there were, get the reports.
  2. Find out what type of foundation the house has. Ask for any Inspection Reports of the foundation installation that might have been performed by a professional engineer.
  3. Ask if there is more than one type of foundation supporting the home you are considering buying. Some builders will build the interior foundation with piers. But, to cut costs they might support exterior portions of the foundation with shallow beams on soil. Ideally, the home has one solid support system for the foundation.
  4. Ask this specific question, “Was the foundation designed by a Professional Engineer based on a site-specific soil report?” This lets you know whether they did a soil test to determine the type of soil underneath the home.
  5. Ask for those copies of the construction drawings and soil reports. It is highly recommended that you engage your own Professional Engineer to read those reports and conduct her/his own inspection for you.

Some other things to note:

  1. Are the slopes of the ground away from the foundation on all sides?
  2. Are there any drains or spouts that will puddle water within 3 feet of the foundation?
  3. Find out if the house was built over any landfill of a swampy area or ditch.
  4. Did the homebuilder remove large trees around or in the footprint of the foundation? The root balls probably left large holes that required fill dirt.
  5. Any barren soil around a new home is a sign that something is going on underneath and may be a problem in the future.
  6. Request copies of the construction schedule or letter detailing when the foundation was cast, drywall floated, floor tile installed and home completed. Get copies of certificates of completion and inspection also.
  7. Realizing that a home is usually the largest single purchase a person makes, go ahead and asked for aerial photos of the site prior to development. This will help you understand any changes made to the ground upon which the house was built.
  8. While you’re at it (this was mentioned in #5 previously), it might be worth your investment to hire your own professional engineer for an independent design and construction review.

Dawson Foundation Repair wants you to buy your new home with full knowledge of the quality of foundation of the home. Our experience of foundation repair in Texas since 1984 indicates that homeowners are usually surprised by what actually exists under the foundation. Exercise your consumer rights. And when you need foundation professionals for you home, Dawson Foundation Repair is ready to assist. Our bell bottom pier method of foundation repair is the gold standard. Your home is worth 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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Floods and Structural Damage

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Heavy spring rains have drenched parts of Texas, even to the point of causing deadly flooding. The damaged caused by these floods is always astronomical. In fact, according to FEMA, 90% of disaster related property damage is caused by flooding.

Along with the obvious damage to personal belongings, mementos, heirlooms, etc., the floodwaters are also capable of damaging your home’s foundation. One common problem is the buoyancy of the foundation. When saturated soils due to rain become supersaturated with flooding waters, the foundation acts the same as a boat would in a heaving body of water. The foundation, like a boat, displaces water. The upheaval from the water underneath could damage the integrity of your slab. Portions of the slab could crack because other parts of the slab do not have the same pressure from floodwaters.

A second threat by floods on your foundation is the erosion of soil that supports your slab. When floodwaters withdraw rapidly, the tension and pull of water moving away from your foundation could also pull the soil with it. The withdrawing water could erode the soil supporting either the side of your home’s foundation or soil that has been the base underneath your slab. Without this support, your foundation could be damaged because there is nothing but air between the foundation and the soil underneath. When the area of erosion becomes large enough, the weight of the home and foundation will literally crack the foundation and it will collapse until it reaches support (soil). If the depth of erosion is large enough and broad enough it could literally crack the home in half.

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This is an extreme example of how floodwaters erode the soil supporting a foundation. This apartment complex on the banks of a small creek had to be demolished.

Dawson Foundation Repair has served the residents in the state of Texas since 1984. Our experience is that pressed pilings, cable pilings and steel pilings are not the best method for withstanding the strong lateral forces of floodwaters. That’s why Dawson has used the bell bottom pier method of foundation repair. Each pier acts as a solid unit and is better suited to resist the lateral forces of fast-moving soil and water.

Dawson Foundation Repair understands the problems your home’s foundation faces in the San Antonio area. We hope your home is safe from flooding. But if you are unsure about the condition of your foundation, call us for a free inspection.

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