Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair

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Foundation Support for Dummies

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Compare | 0 comments

Foundation Support for Dummies (and Concrete Slabs)

Can you imagine an elephant walking around on skinny legs and “insy-tinsy” feet? Do you think that would work well? Probably not because elephants weigh tons. They need large, strong legs and large, flat feet to give their bodies the necessary support. It’s really just simple physics.

So why do homeowners buy “foundation repair” services that offer “skinny legs” and “insy-tinsy” feet? Well, because they don’t know or understand the truth. Of course, they are persuaded by contractors that these “pressed pile” repair methods are adequate. One of the truths the contractors don’t tell homeowners is that these “pressed pile” methods are very profitable for the contractor – more profitable than larger, stronger methods such as the Bell Bottom Pier method.

Skinny Legs with Insy-Tinsy Feet vs. Bell Bottom Piers

Foundation Repair in Plano Texas depends on solid Bell Bottom Piers with large feet for support

Above is a diagram of our Bell Bottom Pier compared to the other common methods of foundation repair. Which one do you think is more capable of supporting tons of weight? Which one do you think is stronger? Which one is permanent and proven? I think you know the answer now.

Advantages of Bell Bottom Piers

  • single unit – solid one piece construction
  • can be inspected prior to final installation – the shape, size, and depth of the cap and the drilled shaft and bell bottom foot can be confirmed with tools and a visual inspection
  • steel rebar is inserted in the shaft and cap of the concrete pier for additional strength
  • large foot – the bell bottom creates a 22 inch diameter foot for support of heavy loads

Engineering Studies and Opinions

We have gathered various reports, opinions, and studies written by structural engineers about different foundation repair methods. Structural engineers are the engineers that are specifically educated to understand and analyze concrete slab foundations. They are the ultimate experts. You won’t find much support for “pressed pile” repair methods. As a matter of fact, you won’t find any. You will find some harsh criticism that labels these methods “temporary” and “useless.”

Please give us a call for a foundation inspection today!

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Why we Like Bell Bottom Piers

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Compare | 1 comment

Bell Bottom Pier illustration; proven and permanentWe Like Bell Bottom Piers

The reason we like Bell Bottom Piers is simple – they are better than any other option. Yes, they are more expensive and require a longer installation time. But we are talking about your home and most people would prefer the best option even if it costs a little more.  And when you compare Bell Bottom Piers to the other options it becomes very clear that the other options are inferior.

Proven and Time-Tested

Bell Bottom Piers have proven themselves over time.  They are almost 100 years old and were developed in Texas for commercial buildings. Builders in the 1900s had the same problem we have today – clay soil that shrinks when dry and expands when wet.  This problem is referred to as soil movement and Bell Bottom Piers (or drilled piers) have been and are currently used for commercial buildings, bridges, and highway overpasses today.  Bell Bottom Piers are the best engineering solution offered to resist soil movement.

About 60 years ago homebuilders started building homes on concrete slab foundations. And about 60 years ago these homes started having problems with cracks in the interior and the exterior.  Yes, it is the same problem – clay soils that move.

Bell Bottom Piers were adapted for residential use some decades ago.  It was the first and is still the best solution for leveling a home as close as possible to its original elevation.


The installation of Bell Bottom Piers is a permanent solution for homeowners that need foundation repair. They are built to be solid, one piece structural supports with a wide base (foot) to support heavy loads. They are reinforced with steel rebar and at Dawson we have never had a Bell Bottom Pier fail.  Bell Bottom Piers avoid all of the installation problems of cheaper methods.


At Dawson we have been installing Bell Bottom Piers since 1984. We have a very good idea of how well our piers are performing because if there is a problem the customer will call us. The Bell Bottom Pier system is not perfect and occasionally we will have to revisit a customer and make a leveling adjustment because of significant soil movement or drainage problems. But this is a very rare occurrence.

With the other methods our competitors are visiting their customers repeatedly to adjust their systems – sometimes annually. When a contractor (our competition) has to make annual adjustments to their system then it is a obvious failure of the system to support the home. Some of our competitors are making so many re-adjustment visits that they are beginning to charge homeowners. So homeowners have paid for a failed system and are charged again and again for adjustments to the failed system.

You can read more about these other repair systems from some structural engineers who have described our competitor’s systems as “useless” and “temporary.”


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