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POOR DRAINAGE: A LEADING CAUSE OF FOUNDATION PROBLEMS
November 03, 2017

There are lots of different reasons why foundation problems occur, but did you know that one of the leading causes is preventable? Improper drainage can cause foundation failure in both slab-on-grade and pier and beam/crawlspace foundations. If too much water accumulates near a home's foundation, the soil becomes saturated and expands, robbing the foundation of the stability it requires. This loss of stability can cause a slab foundation to shift or break. In addition, if water enters the crawlspace beneath your home, over time this may cause your cedar piers to rot or concrete Sonotube piers to sink and/or shift. Read More >>

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TREE VS SIDEWALK…AN EPIC AND FREQUENT BATTLE
August 12, 2016

From time to time, we come across battles between nature and man made objects. Often times, nature wins. While we can’t control the weather, we pay close attention to it. We also can’t control mother nature, and yet we’ve seen her warning signs when we don’t pay attention. We see them daily. Read More >>

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WOW IS IT DRY!
July 23, 2016

These pictures illustrate what we are seeing daily across Central Texas–cracked.dry soil that’s expanded when it was wet and now it’s bone dry, cracked, and causing many issues for homeowners. Read More >>

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OUR GRADE IS IN! AND IT’S GOOD NEWS AGAIN!
April 29, 2016

In the popular holiday movie “A Christmas Story”, Ralphie dreams of getting a Red Ryder BB Gun. He even writes a “theme” at school. Then, when the themes are graded, he falls into a daydream about his grade being an A+ + + +. Read More >>

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DOUGLAS WINS AGAIN!
January 16, 2016

For the 6th consecutive year, Angie’s List has recognized Douglas Foundation Solutions with their Super Service Award. Awarded to less than the top 5% of all contractors nationwide, this award represents recognition for outstanding service provided to Angie’s List members for 2015.

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO REPAIR YOUR FOUNDATION?
September 4, 2015

We’re asked on a regular basis when the “best” time is to repair your foundation. If you ask this question to 3 different foundation repair company’s, you’re likely to hear 3 different, confusing answers.

The commissioned sales person will say “hurry, today, because our prices will be going up”. The uninformed foundation repair company will tell you the same thing. Read More >>

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THE DOWNSPOUT EXTENSION: A WISE, INEXPENSIVE SOLUTION!
April 12, 2015

We talk a lot about moisture control with our customers. Over the past couple of months, the conversations have centered a lot on how to control excess runoff and drainage.

One EASY, INEXPENSIVE solution to water run off is through a downspout extension. Read More >>

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THAT’S A LOT OF WATER!
April 12, 2015

Have you watched the weather reports recently here in Austin? How long has it been since the weathermen have talked about a surplus of moisture? Aside from the highland lakes still being at record lows, the ground overall is the most evenly saturated we’ve seen in years. This can be a good thing..and a bad thing. Remember those cracks you had in your dry wall last summer? Did they go away? If they did, that means your house had moved back to a closer to “normal” position. Now would be the ideal time to shore things up and get your foundation supported. Weather changes and our summer heat are not far away–once the ground begins to dry out, chances are those cracks will be back…in different places than they were before! Read More >>

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TAKING A DEEP BREATH, TAKING A SECOND LOOK
February 2, 2015

When it comes to foundation repair methods, techniques, and even evaluations, it’s amazing how many different opinions, thoughts, and directions you can go. They say success is in the details.

We pride ourselves on a thorough evaluation of your situation–not only are we there to listen and understand the issues you’ve called us out to review, we’re also there to listen and understand what the long term objective may be. Did you know that almost 1/2 of all evaluations we make don’t require repair? That’s because, in the review process, we take the time to listen and understand the reason for our visit and make not only short term suggestions but also educate home owners for the long term.

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NOT WHAT YOUR BRICK SHOULD LOOK LIKE!
November 9, 2015

Our evaluators see dozens of homes each week and are amazed at what we find from time to time. From interesting “repair methods” to critters to problems our customer’s were unaware of. A common issue we have been finding has been in exterior brick work. Read More >>

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BETTER THAN “GOOD, BETTER, AND BEST” FOUNDATION REPAIR OPTIONS
January 26, 2015

At Douglas Foundation Repair, our foundation evaluators aren’t there for the paycheck. They aren’t there to sell you something you don’t need. They are there to help discover the cause of problems at your home or business. Take for instance our foundation repair methods. We aren’t the guys that have “3 solutions for you–good, better, and best”. That would be assuming that just any pier will do based on the solution needed. We offer 3 types of foundation repair options, and they each have specific names and purposes. Read More >>

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DOUGLAS DOES IT AGAIN! FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS AS TOP-RATED CONTRACTOR!
May 2, 2014

Earlier this week, it was announced the Douglas Foundation Repair has earned the prestigious Angie’s List SUPER SERVICE Award for the 5th CONSECUTIVE year. Read More >>

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COMMISSIONED SALES PEOPLE. NOT HERE.
September 17, 2014

It’s a fact that more than 30% of homes in the Austin area have some sort of tell tale sign of foundation movement. Cracks in drywall, doors and windows that don’t stay open or don’t work, cracks in floors, separation of crown molding, stair-step cracks on exterior brickwork, expansion joints that get wider and wider at the top. Read More >>

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Always Learning…the Douglas Difference!
May 2, 2014

On May 1 and 2, Douglas Foundation Repair once again represented homeowners and remodelers from Austin at the annual Foundation Repair Association conference in Houston. Douglas Foundation Repair is the only active member of this organization in the Austin area. Read More >>

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RULE #1 FOR FOUNDATION PERFORMANCE: PROPER HYDRATION
December 9, 2014

Rule #1 of foundation performance is to maintain consistent hydration to the soil around and below the slab foundation. This means the plumbing drains need to be checked for leaks, every 5-10 years minimum and especially each time a house is purchased. Rule #2 of foundation maintenance is to refer to rule #1. Read More >>

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FOUNDATION REPAIR: BUYING YOUR DREAM HOME
April 22, 2013

Whether you’re a seasoned home-owner or a first time home-buyer, the task of looking for the perfect home can be stressful anywhere in the country. But when you add to that our expansive Texas clay soil, that makes the task of buying a home a little unique. Read More >>

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IT’S OFFICIAL: THE SMARTPIER® SYSTEM IS OFFICIALLY TRADEMARKED!
November 8, 2013

At Douglas Foundation Repair, we’ve been working to give Central Texas the best foundation repair, honest evaluations, outstanding customer service, and the integrity that you don’t often find in the foundation repair business. Read More >>

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HOW IMPORTANT IS SLOPE TO A FOUNDATION?
July 12, 2012

This is something that is extremely important for a Texas foundation’s well being over time. Remember, the key to maintaining a healthy foundation is to have the moisture levels the same around the entire foundation. This means it’s important to have water flow away from the foundation by a good 4 to 5 feet. Read More >>

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HAVE YOU SEEN US ON YELP? TEXAS FOUNDATION REPAIR
April 16, 2012

At Douglas Foundation Repair, our foundation evaluators aren’t there for the paycheck. They aren’t there to sell you something you don’t need. They are there to help discover the cause of problems at your home or business. Take for instance our foundation repair methods. We aren’t the guys that have “3 solutions for you–good, better, and best”. That would be assuming that just any pier will do based on the solution needed. We offer 3 types of foundation repair options, and they each have specific names and purposes. Read More >>

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OUR STEEL PIERS ARE DIFFERENT – AUSTIN FOUNDATION REPAIR
November 8, 2015

All steel piers are not created equal in the world of Foundation Repair. In most cases you’ll find that the steel pier comes up to the foundation and is mounted to the home with a side bracket. The problem with these steel piers is that if the home’s foundation heaves and moves to the side, it can come apart from the bracket leaving the steel pier completely broken and no longer supporting the home. As steel piers are a more costly option that traditional concrete piers, this is a major fear of many homeowners when it comes to their foundation repair project. Read More >>

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SPALLING – WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO
June 13, 2011


The rebar showing in this Austin home is called a “concrete spall” Basically this situation happened because the rebar in this concrete slab was too close to the surface of the slab edge and it started to rust because it was getting moisture and oxygen. Read More >>