How Foundation Repair Works

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 Our Dura Lock® bolted pilings are connected and tensioned as they are driven into the ground. Save time and money by getting the job done right the first time.  Browse our website to learn how foundation repair works.

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A Commitment to Excellence

So how does foundation repair work? It starts with a commitment to excellence. From the beginning, our family has worked with world class engineers right here in Houston to study and test the newest and best foundation repair methods and materials so we know what works for our unique soil conditions and what does not.

Initially, we started with Bell Bottom Piers, but over time we found that while these piers were a great solution in other parts of the US, they simply were not deep enough for much of the Houston region. This realization led to the development of the hydraulically pressed piling solution. After four years of extensive testing, FHA and VA lenders approved the pressed pile foundation repair method. This system is the industry standard used today.

Most companies in Houston stopped right there, but at Dura Pier, we were looking for something that would outlast the competition and provide homeowners and businesses a durable and cost effective foundation repair solution. A key factor of how foundation repair works involves collaboration with a dedicated team. What we learned is that by connecting each cylinder to the next with a custom made ⅝” bolt tested to withstand 60,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, we could ensure our cylinders would be driven into the ground as straight as possible and they would never become disconnected no matter how much or how often the soil around them contracts and expands over time. 

Houston area soils consist mainly of highly expansive clays called Black Gumbo and are continually shifting, shrinking, and swelling with the variations in the soil’s moisture content. Long periods of drought, followed by days or weeks of rain, cause havoc to all foundation systems, especially slab-on-grade. The Dura Pier Dura Lock® Piling System is warrantied against future slab settlement due to the constant soil moisture fluctuations Houston is known for. Having installed our Dura Lock® Piling System on thousands of Houston area homes over the last 20 years, we can say with confidence there is no other product on the market as durable as our Dura Lock® Piling System. It is because of our unique system that we can offer the best warranty in Houston, bar none. We invite you to compare us against anyone.

If your home was not built with piers or pilings, inevitably, you will eventually need foundation repair. With all the foundation repair companies to choose from, selecting the right company will probably be the most daunting task. As you compare, be sure to ask what type of foundation repair system they use. Many systems are on the market, and it is up to the homeowner to compare more than just price.

Piling systems that use unconnected concrete blocks, while initially less expensive, will require readjustments much more often and will eventually fail. Initial savings quickly evaporate when you have to redo the work that wasn’t done right the first time. With the Dura Lock® Piling System, foundation repairs are longer lasting which will help protect your investment and your peace of mind.

 

Piling systems that use unconnected concrete blocks, while initially less expensive, will require readjustments much more often and will eventually fail. Initial savings quickly evaporate when you have to redo the work that wasn’t done right the first time. With the Dura Lock® Piling System, foundation repairs are longer lasting which will help protect your investment and your peace of mind.

Dura Pier Bell Bottom Piers

Dura Pier Foundation Repair’s Bell Bottom Pier design has advantages.

The Bell Bottom Pier Method was developed to underpin lightweight residential structures over 50 years ago. At one time, it was the only foundation repair system available and has served well over all these years. Bell Bottom Piers are a viable solution for some homeowners because of their ability to withstand the threats of potential uplift. Uplift occurs when the soil swells during rainy season, and can put pressure on the piers to move upward. The bell bottom part of the pier serves to ‘anchor’ the pier into the more stable areas of the soil.

However, Bell Bottom Piers have their limitations which have caused the industry to largely shift towards pressed piles.

Yes, all our DuraLock® Pilings are warrantied for the life of your home, and the warranty transfers to all future owners. Our warranty is a simple one-page document that doesn’t contain any fine print.

Our warranty is one of the few left out there in the industry that doesn’t contain language to void or cancel the warranty for sewer leaks, or if the warranty isn’t transferred to the new owner within 30 days. This warranty is backed by a company in business for over 40 years and with an A+ rating from the BBB.

Dura Pier began over three decades ago out of our father’s foundation repair business. His business began out of his father’s. We are proud to be the 3rd generation serving the Houston area and are in the process of training the 4th generation. Over the last 40 years we’ve served over 40,000 homes, homes, businesses, restaurants and schools.

Dura Pier offers cost-effective options for budget friendly-options. Our team also offers financing solutions including 0% interest for 12 months with Enerbank!. Generally speaking, most jobs cost anywhere from $3500-8000. Our warranty guarantees our worry, so you won’t have to pay more down the road.

The best method has often been defined as the one that requires the least amount of maintenance. You don’t want a pier or piling system that needs re-adjustment every two or three years, leaving you with constant repair expenses inside your home. As you compare systems, keep in mind that our soil shrinks, swells and shifts with Houston’s ever-changing weather patterns. The best foundation repair method will be the one that has the best ability to resist moving with the soil.

The straighter the pilings are driven into the ground, the better the soil friction they will attain. The better the soil friction, the longer they will last.

Our DuraLock® system is the only method that actually connects and tensions each and every concrete cylinder as they are driven into the ground. This allows proper alignment to be achieved and retained, allowing the optimum amount of “soil friction” possible to be attained.

Please review our Company Comparison Checklist and our contract. All the cleanup items pertaining to your job are written down.

Dura Pier invests significant time in training our employees to put your house back together again. This includes adjusting doors, seated concrete repairs, plywood lawn protection, re-stretching carpets, plastic protection, and more.

This feature at Dura Pier will save you thousands of dollars and headaches dealing with after-market cosmetic repair contractors.

Yes, we have $1 million in general liability, and all our workers are covered by Texas Workman’s Compensation Insurance. Certificates will be provided upon request.

Yes, all our DuraLock® Pilings are warrantied for the life of your home, and the warranty transfers to all future owners. Our warranty is a simple one-page document that doesn’t contain any fine print.

Our warranty is one of the few left out there in the industry that doesn’t contain language to void or cancel the warranty for sewer leaks, or if the warranty isn’t transferred to the new owner within 30 days. This warranty is backed by a company in business for over 40 years and with an A+ rating from the BBB.

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