Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair
Dawson Foundation Repair

713-668-2110 (Houston)
214-234-8421 (Dallas)
1-800-368-7662
tap this button to call our Houston office tap this button to call our Dallas office
Menu

Foundation Cracks in Sugar Land

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Foundation cracks will usually get worse over time because clay soils move during weather changes.

This email is from a potential customer that owns a home in Sugar Land, Texas.  The home was built in 2009, making it only 7 years of age when the homeowner emailed us.  Interestingly, the homeowner stated that the foundation cracks have increased in size over the last 5 years.  So with simple arithmetic we can conclude that the house BEGAN to have foundation cracks only two years after construction.  This home is currently valued over $300,000 by the Ft. Bend County Appraisal District.

We feel a great deal of sympathy for homeowners in this situation because we feel they have been “shortchanged” by both the home builder and by Texas politicians.  We feel that have purchased a house with a “minimally functional foundation” that was designed to “survive” for 10 years – the liability period for new home builders.  Unfortunately, this new foundation was subjected to the punishing droughts of 2011 and 2013 which put tremendous stresses upon all area concrete slab foundations. The results were foundation cracks and all of the associated damage in the interior and exterior of the house.

We also feel sympathy for the homeowners because the home builders have been protected from lawsuits by the Texas politicians. All buyers of new homes sign a contract at the time of purchase to resolve all disputes with the home builder with Mandatory Arbitration.  Unfortunately the general public does not understand Mandatory Arbitration.  It is a “stacked deck” in which the business (home builder) defeat the consumer (home buyer) between 90% to 97% of the time. It is not a fair process and there are few legal protections for the consumer.

What will happen?

Then home owner can and should contact the home builder about the problems.  The home owner may want to contact an attorney also. However, the most likely result is the home builder will offer to “repair” the weakened slab foundation with an inferior and low quality foundation repair method – pushed piles.  The home builder’s goal is to “push” the problem beyond the 10 year mark and therefore avoid any future liability.

These low quality foundation repair methods will fail at some point in the future. We have seen it many times and a large percentage of our business is from homeowners with failed foundation repair jobs from other contractors.

The homeowner does have another option.  He / she can install permanent Bell Bottom Piers to stabilize and level the home. This will void the home builder’s warranty but it appears to us that the home builder’s warranty has little value.

We wish the situation were different.  It certainly would be if home builders built concrete slab foundations with more concrete and steel rebar.  We know contractors build better slab foundations for commercial clients because they don’t have any legal protection from lawsuits.  If the contractor builds an inferior concrete foundation for a commercial client then he is at great risk of being sued by the commercial client.  There is NO Mandatory Arbitration in these situations. Not so with homeowners.

Read More

Mud Pumping Under Foundations

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Voids under concrete slab foundations can be filled with a concrete / mud slurry.

This is an interesting email from a home owner. He wants to know if Dawson Foundation Repair will fill a void that was left by another foundation contractor. The answer is no.

Why?

First, we do think it is important to fill the voids that are under a home concrete foundation. This will provide the slab foundation with additional support when it is carrying heavy loads.

Second, we do not want to be liable for the failure of a foundation repair job of another contractor. This foundation contractor used an inferior and cheap method of foundation repair, pushed pilings. We simply don’t understand why owners of $500,000 homes want the lowest cost (lowest quality) foundation repair estimate they can find. We suspect this foundation contractor did not fill the void with a concrete / mud slurry because he hasn’t invested in the necessary equipment.

The conclusion is that you get what you pay for. If you want low cost then you will receive low quality. If you want high quality, and a permanent solution, then it will cost more. We install Bell Bottom Piers because they are stronger, more stable, have a large footprint, and can support loads 5 to 10 times greater than cheap repair methods.

Read More