Dawson Foundation Repair utilizes a multi-step Quality Control for Home Leveling. The purpose of this effort is to ensure that the home or building is as close to level as possible and will remain level permanently. These quality control steps take extra time and effort but our goal is to deliver the very best foundation repair and leveling that is offered in the Texas market. Below is a short description of the Quality Control Program for Home Leveling.
Check Piers under Beam
The box is still open at this point and the crew will clean out any debris before the placement of the concrete blocks and hydraulic jacks.
Check Before Elevation Readings
The leveling supervisor will check the original diagram of the home or building and review the original elevation readings. He will then be prepared for the jacking process and know how many inches that the foundation will need to be raised.
Check for Cracks in Blocks
The concrete blocks are very dense for high strength and will be supporting the weight of the home or building. The crew will check each block to confirm that there are no cracks.
Check that all Shims are Tight
After the hydraulic jacks have raised the targeted portion of the foundation, steel shims will be placed between the perimeter beam of the home or building and the concrete blocks resting on the top of the Bell Bottom Pier. These shims will be driven-in with a hammer for a tight fit.
Check Brick Line
The supervisor will visually check the brick line before, during, and after the jacking process to assure that it is as straight as possible.
Check After Elevation Reading
The jacking process is a “stop-and-go” process because the supervisor is checking the brick line, the visible gaps in the interior and exterior, and the elevation readings. When the supervisor feels that the foundation has been raised to its optimum height, he will instruct the crews to finalize the process.
Check Mudpumping is Complete
If there were significant voids in the interior of the home or building then the repair plan probably included Mudpumping to fill the voids. The supervisor will check with the crews and instruct them to begin the mud pumping process after the jacking and leveling process has been completed.
Check Backfill is Complete
Once the leveling process has been completed then the supervisor will instruct the crew to fill the “boxes” with a select fill dirt. Usually the fill dirt is “mounded-up” because it will gradually compact and settle over the next 12 months.
Landscaping and Plants
The supervisor will instruct the crew to move the plants and shrubs that were temporarily placed in another part of the owner’s property back to their original locations.
Sprinkler System Check
The workers will check the sprinkler system before leveling begins and then after the leveling is completed. If any lines were damaged or broken they will be repaired.
Landscape Lighting Check
The workers will also check the lighting system for the landscaping both before and after the home leveling job is completed.
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