Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair
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Foundation Inspections Impacted By Drought

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Foundation Inspections Impacted By Drought

Drought ConditionsDrought conditions in Texas usually cause an increase in the number of foundation repair inspections performed. Homeowners, finding new cracks in walls and masonry, noticing windows and doors opening less smoothly than they are used to, are concerned that the drought has caused the soil underneath their home to sink.

Without diligent and proper foundation maintenance the dry summer months in Texas threatened the slab upon which your home is built. Homeowners are rightfully cautious. Foundation damage can be detected early enough to avoid the cost of larger damage issues over prolonged time.

If you find yourself wondering whether your home’s foundation is being affected by the drought, you can contact Dawson Foundation Repair for a free inspection. Dawson’s highly trained and experienced staff can report the necessary data for the homeowner to make a decision whether repair is warranted. A Dawson inspection is a process supported by the company’s experience since 1984.

In Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and other Texas cities the inspection method involves five phases: exterior foundation inspection, indoor floor plan measurement, indoor structural inspection, reporting our conclusion and a consultation session to review, compare and contrast the foundation repair methods available to you.

Dawson Foundation Repair’s respect and reputation in the industry have been earned by doing the hard work of a reliable, researched and proven method of foundation repair. Bell bottom piers are used by professional engineers on properties worth of millions of dollars. This technology is available for your home. Find out more here and learn why Dawson uses this superior method of foundation repair.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs only Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. Read what this West Houston, TX customer said in his testimonial comments.  Click the following link to see the current Texas Drought Map.

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Keep It Moist

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Keep It Moist

Your home’s foundation needs the soil under it to maintain a stability of moisture that it’s not getting again this year. When it’s hot and dry, as it has been throughout the state of Texas, the conditions require crucial maintenance of your foundation. Controlling the moisture level around the home can be helpful in avoiding foundation trouble that could result in thousands of dollars in damage. However, during times of extreme weather, such as the droughts of 2011 and 2013, it is impossible for the homeowner to replace all of the moisture that is lost to plant withdrawal and evaporation – the volume is just too great.

Foundation Maintenance-Keep It MoistYour foundation needs a good monthly rain event. We are not getting those this year. As a result the dry conditions are causing the clay soil to shrink. Without the rains, the homeowner should try and maintain a uniform moisture level in the soil surrounding the perimeter foundation. When it rains homeowners should confirm that the water is not pooling around the foundation but draining away from it.

Most of the homes in the Lone Star State are built on the clay soil that is highly susceptible to moisture. So, when it rains and rains (remember those days?) the water will cause the soil to expand in volume and move upward (upheaval). This movement, plus other movements downward and sideways, puts tremendous stress on your home’s foundation and can cause cracks and other damage.

Foundation maintenance is an ongoing process. The homeowner has to hydrate the soil when it is dry and drain the water away from the house when it is really wet. It requires year-round diligence on the part of the homeowners.

When you need your foundation repaired, Dawson Foundation Repair understands that each project is different. To provide the best care for your home Dawson has used the bell bottom pier method of foundation repair since 1984. This method, quite simply, is the best. Poured concrete reinforced with rebar down to stable soil is the same support concept used by engineers to and build bridge and highway support columns. Bell bottom piers are the most tested and proven method of foundation repair. And your home is worth the best.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs only Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. Read what this Dallas, TX customer said in his testimonial comments

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Under Slab Plumbing Test

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in General Interest | 0 comments

Under Slab Plumbing Test

Under Slab Plumbing TestSo, Dawson has completed its work on repairing your home’s foundation. Now everything is done, right?  Well, no, not exactly.  Under slab plumbing leaks can occur before or during the foundation leveling process.

Dawson Foundation Repair recommends that the homeowner pay for a plumbing test after we have installed the proven and permanent bell bottom piers to repair your slab. We are not a plumbing company. We are not recommending this test because we gain to benefit from it. We make this recommendation because we do not want you to be surprised by any future foundation problems caused by plumbing leaks that are under the slab foundation.

It is logical—any plumbing attached to the slab might be compromised when a foundation cracks or breaks.  If you have an older home, the plumbing joints might have given way to the stress of ground movement. Any plumbing through a damaged slab is likely to have problems. These problems can result in small water leaks that build up. This water collection under your slab can cause the clay soil under your home to expand. Other parts of the foundation might experience the effect of the drought in our area and the soil could significantly shrink, creating gaps between the foundation and the soil. Swelling soil and shrinking soil under the same home will lead to more foundation issues requiring repair again.

Therefore, Dawson Foundation Repair recommends you contract a plumbing company to conduct a hydrostatic plumbing test after we finish our work. This test will indicate if there is water loss through the plumbing system. If leaks are detected the testing would then continue in an attempt to isolate where the leak might be. When found the leak or leaks are repaired.

As you can imagine the cost can be significant. It all depends on the distance to the location under the slab where the leak is, the type of excavation needed to access the leak (trenching to the slab and tunneling under the slab) and the required permits by the local governing agency. Under slab plumbing repair could cost anywhere from about $3,000 up to about $20,000.

Once completed, you can stand on the effectiveness of the bell bottom pier method of foundation repair to give your plumbing the best support it can have. Be assured that the repair will provide protection for years to come.

Dawson Foundation Repair installs only Bell Bottom Piers for homeowners and commercial property owners. Read what this Houston, TX customer said in her testimonial comments

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