Dawson utilizes the Bell Bottom Pier method of repair because it is the Highest Quality foundation repair method available. That is why we use this method for foundation repair in Plano, Texas. As demonstrated in the image below, Bell Bottom Piers have a footprint or foot with a surface area that is 13 times greater than the smaller stacked concrete cylinders. This provides far greater support in stable soil and the bell bottom acts as an anchor for the pier. In addition, the Load Capacity of the Bell Bottom Pier is 5.8 times greater than the common stacked concrete cylinders. In short, Bell Bottom Piers are time-tested, proven, and Permanent – the best foundation repair system available.
Plano is located in Collin and Denton counties, in the DFW metroplex. Overall, the city has a relatively high degree of soil instability, making home foundation repair problems and concrete slab leveling fairly common. The city has an average elevation of 675 feet (206 m) and encompasses a total of 71.6 square miles (185.5 km2). The 2010 census estimate states that the city has grown to 269,776 people, making the city the 70th most populous city in the United States. Unfortunately, there is little undeveloped land remaining within the city limits and the city is completely surrounded by other municipalities making it impossible for the city to expand in geographic area.
The city won several awards from CNN Money magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2011, being selected as the best place to live in the western United States. The city has many “clean” industries, a high standard of living, excellent schools and has been rated as the wealthiest city in the United States by CNN Money magazine.
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Local Soil Characteristics As They Affect Home Foundation Repairs
Homeowners have found that there are unique soil characteristics that influence home foundation repair problems in the Plano and Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Most of the soil has a high degree of plasticity, meaning that depending on weather and moisture conditions, the soil is prone to swelling or shrinking in volume. When the soil is wet from rain it will swell in volume and can push a house foundation upward (upheaval). Later, during periods of hot and dry weather, the clay soils will lose moisture and shrink in volume. When the shrinkage is significant, the soil pulls away from the concrete slab causing the slab to collapse until it finds support (settlement). Click here to learn more about the steps and process of leveling in a home foundation repair.
The soil in Collin County is described as “Houston Black / Austin Association.” The terrain is gently sloping toward the southeast with clayey soils that are deep over marl and chalk in the central and western part of the county. The eastern section of the county is primarily dark loamy alluvial soils, subject to flooding during the rainy season. Collin County includes parts of two smooth and similar plains that are dissected by a number of streams. The western and central portions of Collin County are drained by the East fork of the Trinity River. The Elm fork of the Trinity River drains the eastern section of Collin County.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station issued an extensive report about the soils in Collin County and the general area. Engineers and other technically minded people may want to read this report.
The characteristics of the soil present homeowners with challenges. The swelling and shrinking of the soil can easily crack concrete slabs of home foundations. When this happens homeowners often see the signs of foundation problems. Click here to learn more about the technical and engineering aspects of house foundation repair.
Climate also has a significant role in the process of re-leveling cracked house foundations. The climate of northeast Texas is humid subtropical with very hot temperatures in the summer of 90 degree F+ most days and heat-humidity indexes soaring to as high as 117 °F (47 °C). The north central Texas region is one of the hottest areas in the United States during summer. Usually only portions of Arizona, Nevada and southeastern California are hotter during the summer months. These prolonged periods of hot, dry weather will dehydrate soils and cause many instances of cracked concrete foundation slabs. The area receives about 35 inches of rain per year with a large portion arriving in the spring. The winters tend to be mild or cool with temperatures falling below freezing occasionally.
North Texas lies in the lower part of a tornado region that covers the prairie lands of the Midwest, which includes northern Texas. The spring season usually brings cool weather fronts from Canada that collide with warm, humid air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. When these two weather fronts interact the result is severe rain storms, lightning, hail and sometimes tornadoes. Temperatures range from an average high of 96°F in July to an average low of 34°F in January. With rainfall averaging just under thirty-five inches a year, the growing season of the area extends for 237 days.
Free Inspections for Foundation Repair in Plano, Texas
Dawson Foundation Repair will provide FREE home foundation repair inspections and estimates for homeowners in the Plano area. Call us today.
Our most common service areas in the Plano are in the following zip codes: 75023, 75024, 75025, 75074, 75075, 75080, 75093, 75094
Dawson Foundation Repair
1400 Preston Road, # 400
Plano, TX 75093