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Super Service Award 2012 - Angie's List - Foundation Repair - Austin, San Antonio, Temple

Superior Foundation Repair Recognized for Outstanding Service in the Foundation Repair Category

Superior Foundation Repair has earned the foundation repair industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award for all 3 markets serviced by the company: Austin, San Antonio, and Temple/Killeen/Belton. The Super Service Award is an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on renowned review site, Angie’s List.

“We are honored to be held in such high esteem by our clients, and we expect nothing less than superior work, quality, knowledge, and professionalism from every team member. We’ll continue to strive harder to make sure our clients’ foundation repair needs are met with workmanship, materials, and customer service above industry standards,” said Brady Barnett, owner of Superior Foundation Repair headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks added, “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Superior Foundation Repair earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication to providing great service to its customers.”

Central Texas Foundation Repair for and by Central Texans

Superior Foundation Repair is an Austin owned, family run, Foundation Repair company specializing in steel pier foundation repair tailored to Central Texas’ unique topographic and geologic characteristics. Superior is constantly analyzing its processes, materials, and customer experiences in order to provide homeowners with a superior solution to stopping shifting foundations.

See why we Consistently earn Accolades for
our Customer Service and Foundation Repair Method >>

If you recognize the tell-tale signs of foundation problems in your home or business, you can be confident that Superior Foundation Repair will provide the best experience along with the only viable solution for effectively negating the effects of the Central Texas’, expansive, clay soils and their destructive nature. Call Superior today at 512-476-7700, 210-354-4000, or toll free at 1-877-302-5111 or fill out our Foundation Repair Estimate Request form.

How Superior Earned the Angie’s List Distinction for Foundation Repair

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Festivals and Events in the Austin and San Antonio Area for Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer for most Texas families, coinciding with the end of the school year. Following in our series of covering Central Texas events going on around Austin and San Antonio during the major holidays, we’ve been hard at work gathering info on this years festivities for Memorial Day Weekend in Central Texas. Because Memorial Day is also a time to honor our fallen heroes, it is also a time for reflection, thanks, and remembrance. We’ll be sharing ceremonies around Central Texas where you can go to honor our fallen soldiers and veterans in a forthcoming post. But, for now we’ll focus on family friendly events at which you can enjoy the unofficial start of summer in Central Texas.

  • Luckenbach’s 160th for the 4th dang time – Luckenbach, Texas

  • Luckenbach's 4th, 160th birthday celebration Memorial Day 2012

    “Everybody’s somebody in Luckenbach” and to celebrate that famous motto, Luckenbach is throwing its 160th birthday party for the 4th time (or their 164th for the first time if you’re counting for real). As always, Luckenbach has plenty of concerts and festivities for the Memorial Day weekend including Rosie Flores on Saturday night (5/26) (all ages and no cover charge). The big celebration is on Sunday (5/27) with Micky and the Motorcars and Jason Eady, plus a vintage baseball game with old timey rules and uniforms starting at 5 p.m. (tickets are available here for $20). On Monday The Gourd’s Ice Cream Social will be providing rock and roll for the moms and dads and plenty of fun for the kids from 1 p.m.-5p.m. From then, you may want to head down to our #4 event, for a few hours before returning for Austin favorite Bob Schneider and his Texas Bluegrass Massacre starting at 8 p.m. (tickets are $20 and available here).

    (Micky and the Motorcars appearance is tentative as of 5/02/2012 because of the tragic death of their bassist in an Idaho rafting accident)

    Luckenback Texas Homepage
    Luckenbach on Facebook
    Luckenbach on Twitter

  • 2012 Kerrville Folk Festival – Kerrville, Texas

  • Kerrville's 40th Annual Folk & Music Fest beginning Memorial Day Weekend

    Kerrvile’s Annual Folk & Music Fest is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year, and as always, the festivities begin on the Memorial Day Weekend. To commemorate 40 years of this famous Central Texas music festival, they’ve lined up some well known special guests to get the 2 week festival kick-started. Austinites will be familiar with Guy Forsyth and Jimmy LaFave among others on Thursday, May 24th. Former Texas Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman will be playing on Friday May 25th along with Austin band Milkdrive. Russian polka band Limpopo takes the stage on Saturday May 26th. On Sunday May 27th guitarist Tom Prasado-Rao will be debuting songs from his new album. Tickets for the festival are available on the Kerville Folk & Music Fest website and are priced at $30 (5/24), $35 (5/25), and $40 (5/26,5/27). The festival also features concerts and performers for children at the Threadgill Memorial Theater plus Kids-Ville, an activity and learning center.

    Visit the Kerrville Folk & Music Fest homepage for more info and a complete list of performers.
    Kerrville Folk & Music Fest on Facebook

  • 43rd Annual Fiesta Amistad – Round Rock, Texas

  • Round Rock will be hosting the 43rd annual Fiesta Amistad, “Central Texas’ largest Hispanic 2 day event“, on Memorial Day Weekend 2012. The festival has grown steadily over four decades and this year will be hosted at the Lakeview Pavillion at Old Settler’s Park behind Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Festivities include concerts by Elida Reyna on (5/26) and Little Joe y la Familia (5/27) among others, as well as a car show on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and a horseshoe tournament on Sunday at 12 p.m. In addition to the music, there will be family entertainment and plenty of excellent food.

    More details at the El Amistad Club of Round Rock Website

  • Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival – Fredricksburg, Texas

  • Fredricksburg presents it’s growing, 6th annual Crawfish fest from May 25th-27th. Enjoy a bit of New Orleans in the heart of Texas. The Crawfish festival in Fredricksburg offers visitors Cajun and country music, crawfish and German sausages, and lots of fun for the kids as well. Highlights of the event include appearances by Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition (5/25), Little Texas (5/26), multiple cajun and zydeco musicians, lots of crawfish, a Gumbo Cook-off (5/26), and a washer pitching tournament (5/26). Admission is a reasonable $7 for adults and $1 for children 12 & under with 2 and 3 day passes available as well.

    More info available on the official website.
    Facebook Event.

  • 2012 RAM PRCA Pro Rodeo – Bandera, Texas

  • PRCA Rodeo - Memorial Day Weekend in Bandera, TexasThe Cowboy Capital of the world, Bandera, Texas, will be hosting its 2012 RAM PRCA Pro Rodeo on Memorial Weekend, May 25th-27th. The rodeo will be going on all three days, while a BBQ cook-off will highlight Saturday’s events, and the 12th annual ‘Boot Kickin’ Golf Tournament will take place on Sunday. Kids activities include Mutton Bustin’, Calf Scramble and Stickhorse Races. Admission for adults is $12, ages 6-12 are $6, and 5 and under get in free!

    Visit the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Assn. website for more info

As always, Superior Foundation Repair, reminds you to stay safe on Memorial Day Weekend and always use a designated driver if you are consuming alchohol. For all of you Austin Foundation Repair or San Antonio Foundation Repair needs contact SFR today to schedule a free foundation repair inspection. We are in the business of treating people right as evidenced by our excellent foundation repair reviews, and we’ll let you know whether or not you even need foundation repair. Contact us today at 512-476-7700 to schedule a free inspection.

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Superior Foundation Repair on Angie's List

The Super Service Award Reflects a Consistently High Level of Customer Service

Superior Foundation Repair has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row. The Super Service Award is an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

How Angie’s List Members Describe our Services

Throughout 2011 we received multiple reviews, all of which are available on our online profile, and accessible to all Angie’s List members. Our customers were very thorough in their reporting, and left detailed reviews of their experience with Superior Foundation Repair.

Following are a few of the adjectives used to describe SFR in our reviews:

  • knowledgeable,
  • polite,
  • honest,
  • punctual,
  • friendly,
  • professional,
  • efficient,
  • hard-working,
  • patient,
  • would recommend,
  • very satisfied,
  • wonderful,
  • recommended,
  • easy to work with

Central Texas Foundation Repair Focused on Service

“At Superior, serving our customers is one of our top priorities. We are continually optimizing our procedures to better serve all of our clients, and the Super Service Award exemplifies and validates our continued commitment to excellence,” Brady Barnett, Superior Foundation Repair.

Super Service Award Shows Dedication to Consumers

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Superior Foundation Repair can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.”

How we Won the Award for Foundation Repair

The Angie’s List Super Service Award winners are determined by strict criteria such as earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from clients, and following the operational guidelines set forth by Angie’s List. Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.

SFR Provides Austin Foundation Repair and San Antonio Foundation Repair

Superior Foundation Repair services Austin and San Antonio area, providing free Foundation Repair assessments, a Superior solution to leveling foundations, and a commitment to excellence in both customer service and Foundation Repair. Contact Superior today for all of your Austin Foundation Repair, or San Antonio Foundation Repair needs.

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Follow this link for our list of 31 July 4th, 2012 Events

Drought Alert

Drought conditions are causing soil to shrink and wreaking havoc on
Austin home foundations and San Antonio Home Foundations.

If you are noticing the Typical Signs of Foundation Problems contact us
immediately for a Free Foundation Repair Inspection and Estimate


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A List of Cities & Counties in Central Texas with a 7/4/2011 Fireworks Ban Simultaneously

Central Texas Independence Day Festivals - 2011
Continuing our series on Central Texas Holiday events, Superior Foundation Repair lists the top 5 Independence Day 2011 Festivals in Austin, San Antonio, and Central Texas. 235 years have passed since the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of this great nation. Citizens of the USA are busily planning their 4th of July festivities, and as usual Superior Foundation Repair has put together a list of events for the Central Texas area. Below is our list of the top 5 events and festivals for celebrating Independence Day 2011 in Central Texas. Following our top 5 list of Central Texas 4th of July festivals, we’ve provided a list of links to many more 4th of July celebrations in the Central Texas region. Superior Foundation Repair wishes you a fun and safe holiday, and please don’t drink and drive.

The Top 5 2011 Central Texas Independence Day Festivals and Events

Events where fireworks are expected will be marked Y
Events where fireworks are not expected will be marked N
Events where not enough information is available will be labeled N/A

  • The Official San Antonio 4th of July celebration

  • This official San Antonio Independence Day Festival takes place at the Woodlawn Lake Park in the heart of San Antonio, Texas and the festivities start at 10 am and last until 9 pm. At 10 am there will be pre-parade fun and games followed by the Salute to the Red, White, and Blue Parade at 11. This family friendly event is an easy way to celebrate the nation’s birthday with games, food, and live music. The non-stop fun culminates in the H-E-B firework extravaganza at 9pm. The city of San Antonio encourages participants to dress in patriotic costumes and enjoy the party. This is also a popular event so be sure to arrive early! The official event page for the San Antonio 4th of July celebration | Y
  • This Event has been Cancelled H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

  • On July 4th, at Auditorium Shores, thousands gather annually for the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin, TX. Led by the ASO music director, Peter Bay, this Fourth of July symphony will feature patriotic tunes. This night of spectacular music will finish with the 1812 Overture accompanied by 75-millimeter Howitzer canons, thanks to the Texas National Guard Salute Battery. The music will lead right into a half hour of dazzling fireworks over Lady Bird Lake. This event is free and open to the public, beginning at 8:30 p.m. But remember, this one is popular, so be sure to get there early. More Details on the Cancellation H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks | N
  • Luckenbach’s 4th of July Celebration

  • Here is another FREE, annual, Central Texas 4th of July bash. Located in Luckenbach, Texas this popular 4th of July festival starts at 1pm and lasts until 6pm featuring 5 hours of live music as is customary in Luckenback. Hosting the show are Walt and Tina Wilkins and other performances will include The Drakes, Tommy Alverson, and The Mystiqueros. After the celebration a special 4th of July edition of Picker’s Circle will take place from 6pm to 9pm with Bill Lewis, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Central Texans can celebrate the 4th of July all day and night with great Texas country music.The official event page for Luckenbach’s 4th of July Celebration 2011 | N/A
  • Kerrville’s 4th on the River featuring Kevin Fowler

  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Kerrville on the banks of the Guadalupe in the historic downtown area with food, art, live music, and fireworks. This Independence Day Festival starts at 9 a.m. with a fine arts and crafts show and the music begins at 4 p.m. at Louise Hays Park. The concert features Texas country stalwarts Kevin Fowler and Charlie Robinson with special guests JB and the Moonshine Band and John Wolfe. Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children under the age of 12 are just 5 bucks. After the concert stick around for one of the largest firework shows in the Hill Countrysponsored by Mamacitas. The official event page for Kerrville’s 4th on the River | N/A
  • The 36th Annual Schertz Jubilee

  • Take a blanket and picnic basket to Pickrell Park this 4th of July in Schertz, Texas. This 4 day extravaganza includes live bands and music, a parade, bbq, apple pie contest, watermelon eating contest, and much, much more! Events and music from July 1st to the 3rd begin at 6pm and go to 11 pm. On Independence Day the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and events continue through the night until 11 p.m. The finale to this weekend of fun is of course a great fireworks show. The official event page for the Schertz Jubilee | N/A UPDATE:N

Other Central Texas Independence Day Festivals and Events happening on the 4th of July 2011

Of course there are even more 4th of July concerts, firework shows, and parties of all sorts in Central Texas. If you have a special suggestion let us know and write it in the comment box below. Wherever you decide to spend your 4th of July, Superior Foundation Repair wishes you a very happy, fun, and safe holiday. For all your Austin Foundation Repair or San Antonio Foundation Repair needs please contact us for a free foundation repair inspection and estimate. Happy 4th of July!

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A house with severely cracked wallsThis article will examine the question of whether relying solely on the levelness of a slab as a basis for recommending foundation repair is an accurate way of determining the need for underpinning. The simple answer to this dilemma is no. While slab measurements are a widely used method of determining the levelness of a slab, they cannot and should not be the sole basis for determining whether a home needs underpinning based on a variety of reasons, 3 of which we will be examining.

Reasons Why Basing Foundation Repair Recommendations
Solely on Measurements is an inexact Science

  • No newly constructed slab is perfectly level
  • When a new home is constructed, numerous factors affect the slope of the slab, including it’s shape, support materials, extent of soil preparation, and the weight of the structure which is built on it among other things. For these reasons, and the fact that human handywork can never be absolutely perfect, a perfectly level slab at the time of construction is absolutely impossible.It is absolutely feasible, that at the time of construction of a home, a slab can have a slope of 2 inches or more, and the home will be properly designed to support this deflection. Thus, any leveling done on this house in the future to correct the slope can adversely affect the structure of the home.
  • The nature of Expansive soils means that slab foundations are constantly moving
  • Because of the characteristics of expansive soils in and around Austin and San Antonio the moisture content of the soil is always changing. In short moist soils expand and dry soils contract, for this reason measurements taken over extended periods of time will show different levels of deviation. As previously stated, while measuring the deviation of a slab is a widely used technique, it is not the only factor which should be considered when evaluating a foundation.

    “The foundation surface changes as the soil shrinks and swells. While the foundation may become more level with time, at least some damage to the supported structure does not disappear, such as cracks in brittle wall coverings. Thus, it is possible that a house that shows cracking in brittle wall coverings may fail to be properly diagnosed because the foundation surface profile was judged to be “level” at the time of the inspection.” excerpt taken from Using Slab-on-Ground Elevation Measurements in Residential Foundation Engineering Performance Evaluations

  • A level reading can be obtained on a structure that actually needs repairs
  • Because of the two factors previously discussed, a slab which was not completely level after construction, and, which is experiencing soil expansion or contraction underneath the slab, at any given time, based on the conditions, can exhibit a level reading.

    “Either foundation deflection (bending or angular distortion) or tilt (planar rotation) may affect structural integrity and performance. Determining the deflection and tilt of a slab-on-ground foundation is an approximation without an as built or previous floor elevation survey, because the original surface configuration is unknown. Therefore, a floor elevation survey can provide valuable information, but should not be the only basis for evaluating foundation deflection and tilt.” excerpt taken from the Guidelines for the Evaluation and Repair of Residential Foundations Section 5.4 – Deflection and Tilt

Relying on Measurements Alone Would be Irrational

As described, measurements of slopes in foundations are not the only way to tell whether a foundation is in need of repair. Relying solely on measurements to determine the condition of a foundation can lead to inaccurate evaluations, and more damage to a home. Knowing the soil make up of the area in which the home is located, the shape of the slab, observing signs of foundation problems, and familiarity with slab construction all contribute to making an informed decision on whether to recommend foundation repair or not.

“There is no rational, logical reason to refuse to make a positive diagnosis merely because the surface profile does not conform with one of two distortion profiles that are used for design purposes.” excerpt taken from Using Slab-on-Ground Elevation Measurements in Residential Foundation Engineering Performance Evaluations

A combination of Measurements, Observation,
Knowledge of Soil, and Experience

Superior Foundation Repair’s steel pier method of foundation repair has been tested over decades and been shown to effectively counteract the effects of expansive soil on slab foundations by relying on bedrock for support. When evaluating a foundation and recommending repair we combine our experience, extensive knowledge of Central Texas soils, observation of signs of structural damage, along with measurements to determine our recommendations for repair. We have recommended repair on homes which other foundation companies did not recommend repair, and conversely, we have recommended no repair on homes where other companies have recommended repair. We always stand by our evaluations of slab foundations.

If your home is exhibiting signs of foundation problems, then contact Superior Foundation Repair today to have one of our experienced inspectors evaluate the condition of your foundation.

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Happy Labor DayOnce again we have been working hard to put together a list of Events for the upcoming holiday weekend. Due to the success of our previous posts on July 4th, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, we have decided to offer our suggestions for all major holidays. Feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up to date on what’s going on around Central Texas over your favorite holidays. Following are our picks for Labor Day 2010 Events in and around Austin and San Antonio.

  • Southern National Archery Festival – Austin, TX

  • Archery FestThe Southern National Archery Festival will be held from Sep. 2-5, 2010 at the Travis County Expo Center and will be featuring an archery competition with $250,000 in Prize Money, including a $32,000 grand prize. Along with a top notch Archery Competition, Live music from well-known, national recording artists will be on hand. Artists scheduled to appear include: Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Johnny Rodriguez, Asleep at the Wheel, Frank Addington, Justin Haigh, Charlie Hurtin, Vallejo, and LC Rocks. In addition this event features a Cowboy Church, Redneck Parade, Swap Meet, Wild Card Drawing, Wild Cook Off, and a Youth Range. Tickets range between $27.25 and $37.75 for adults while children under 16 will receive a discount. On site camping is available. In addition Earl Campbell will be hosting a kickoff Gala on August 25th at Cool River Cafe. The Southern National Archery Festival is also on Facebook, stop by for more info.
  • Hayes Carll’s Labor Day Bash – Luckenbach, TX

  • Luckenbach Labor DayThe folks out at Luckenbach continue their tradition of offering high quality country music festivals to residents of Central Texas over holiday weekends. For Labor Day they will be presenting Hayes Carll’s Labor Day Bash. The show will begin at 2 p.m. on Sep. 5th and features a line up of 7 artists including: Hayes Carll, The Trishas, Jesse Dayton, John Evans, Corb Lund, Rosie Flores, and Alejandro Escovedo. Tickets for this event are $37 and can be ordered on the Luckenbach, Texas Event page. This so show is an outdoor event and will be well attended, so get there early and bring a lawn chair! Also check out this write up on facebook about the Labor Day Weekend in Luckenbach.
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela – San Antonio, Texas

  • On Saturday September 4th at 7:30 p.m., internationally acclaimed recording artists Rodrigo y Gabriela will be performing at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre. Tickets for the show are available online and range between $39-$49. From Mexico, this duo combines their rock and roll influences with latin and flamenco styles to create an intriguing sound. The duo are both accomplished guitar players. Visit their website for more information on Rodrigo y Gabriela. Here is a sample of their music
  • 2010 Kerrville Wine & Music Fest – Kerrville, Texas

  • Kerrville Labor DayThe annual Kerrville Wine & Music Fest will take place from Sep. 3-5 in Kerrville, Texas and will feature 3, 6 hour evening concerts with wine tasting provided by some of Texas most renowned wine makers. There will also be a pair of 2 hour afternoon concerts during the festival, however wine tasting will only be available during the evening concerts. As always there will be vendors offering food and on-site camping is available. Two dozen world renowned Singer/Songwriters will be performing throughout the course of the event. SFR can personally recommend attending the Baskery show.
  • Celebrate Bandera 2010 – Bandera, Texas

  • Celebrate Bandera 2010“The Cowboy Capital of the World”, Bandera, presents Celebrate Bandera 2010 Sep. 3-5 with a plethora of events to be held around town. This festival includes a Parade, Cattle Drive, Inter Tribal Pow Wow, Live Music, Cowboy Mounted Shooters, a Wild West Show, and an Invitational Tie Down Roping & Barrel Race (more info and a schedule of events). The web page includes descriptions of all events and more information on the festival.
  • Westfest Polka Festival – West, Texas

  • WestfestSince 1976, the good folks of West, Texas have been celebrating the rich Czech history in Texas with Westfest. The event will take place from Sep. 3-5 and features the Miss Westfest contest on Friday evening, a parade on Saturday morning, the Kolache 5000 Fun Run on Sunday morning and a Polka Mass on Sunday morning. There will be live polka music on two stages starting at 12:15 on Saturday and Sunday and lasting throughout the day until the end of the festival. Tickets for Westfest are $12 for the Friday night Kick Off Party, and $8 per day on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Texas Labor Day Weekend – Uvalde, TX

  • Uvalde Labor DayUvalde was home to the first ever BBQ cook off competition which took place on June 3, 1972. The Texas Labor Day Weekend Celebration commemorates this event with the Briscoe Ranch BEEF BBQ Cook-off Challenge presented by the South Texas CattleWomen and takes place from Sep. 3-4. The challenge will take place on Friday Evening beginning at 6 in Uvalde Memorial Park. Saturday activities at the Texas Labor Day Weekend include a parade on Saturday morning, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, team roping, live music, kids activites, a horse shoe tournament, washer pitching tournament, and plenty of food and drinks (event schedule).
  • Kendall County Fair – Boerne, TX

  • Happy Labor DayFor over 100 years, the citizens of Kendall County have been hosting the Kendall County Fair over the Labor Day weekend in Boerne. It started as a way to exchange agriculture tips and recipes and has blossomed into one of Central Texas’ most anticipated Labor Day Festivals. The Fair takes place from Sep. 2-5 and except for Thursday when admission is free, tickets are $10 per day Friday-Sunday, with a $15 separate charge for Saturday night’s festivities, highlighted by a performance from Roger Creager. Activities during the fair include: a beauty contest, carnival, vendors, exhibits, a Rodeo, live music, a parade on Saturday morning, and livestockk barns (event schedule).
  • Central Texas State Fair – Belton, Texas

  • Belton is the home of the Central Texas State Fair which takes place from Sep. 3-5 at the Bell County Expo Center. Admission to the fair is $5 per day, while some events require a ticket purchase. Activites at the Central Texas State Fair include a carnival, livestock shows, mechanical bull, petting zoo, hypnotist, juggler, freestyle bicycle stunt team, rock climbing wall, vendors and live music (event schedule). Tickets are available for Professional Bull Riding on Friday and Saturday as well as Power Fest 2010 (a monster truck show) on Sunday.

Of course, there are other events happening around Central Texas this Labor Day weekend, and here is a list of events with links and locations.

Superior Foundation Repair wishes you a safe Labor Day Weekend in whatever you decide to do. If you are in the Austin or San Antonio areas and are experiencing foundation problems, please visit our Austin Foundation Repair page or our San Antonio Foundation Repair page, for more information on our services. We also provide Free Foundation Repair Estimates. Subscribe to our RSS feed for more information on foundation repair and events in Central Texas.

Also, if you have any links you feel should be added to this list, email us at info@superiorfoundationrepair.com.

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Slab Foundation

In Texas, there are two main types of foundations used to construct houses. Slab, or slab-on-grade, foundations are the most common and most cost efficient types of foundations. Pier and Beam foundations were preferred up until the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, when slab foundations became the norm for home construction.

Cost Effective Foundations

Slab foundations are more inexpensive than pier and beam foundations and can lower the price of construction significantly. In fact the difference in price between the two is often more than the average cost of Foundation Repair (usually between $4500 and $6500 in the Austin area). Not only are they cheaper, but they are designed to move uniformly. Likewise, slab foundations are continually being refined and improved upon to increase their strength and resistance to cracking.

Specializing in Slab Foundation Repair

Superior Foundation Repair has chosen to specialize in slab foundation repair in order to offer our clients the best service possible. At Superior we believe “the Jack of All Trades is the Master of None”, thus, we focus on repairing faulty or failing slab foundations in the Central Texas Area. Repairing a slab foundation is much different than repairing a pier and beam foundation, however, some companies offer both types of repair, aware that the consumer may not know the difference. If you are looking for references for our Slab Foundation Repair services please see our Foundation Repair Testimonials or our Google Maps page.

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Happy 4th of JulyAs usual, Superior Foundation Repair has been putting together a list of the top events for the upcoming holiday. In this post we will take a look at our picks for the 5 best festivals/events happening in Central Texas over the July 4th weekend. Following our list for the top 5, we will be listing links to other events and their locations. Superior Foundation Repair wishes you a safe holiday weekend, and please, don’t drink and drive.

  • Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

  • If you haven’t heard about the opening of the new Backyard in Bee Cave, you’ve probably been living under a rock, or just moved here to Austin. One of Austin’s most loved venues has recently reopened and will be hosting Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. This Texas Country Megafest starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday July 4th and features such notable artists as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jack Ingram, Ray Wiley Hubbard, David Allen Coe, and Kevin Fowler, just to name a few. Tickets are available online or at Waterloo Records for $55.

    The official event page for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

  • H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

  • The Austin Symphony will be performing their annual concert at Auditorium Shores from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Sunday July 4th. Led by Peter Bay, the symphony will perform an array of patriotic songs culminating with the 1812 overture accompanied by 75-millimeter Howitzer cannons. The performance will segue into a half hour fireworks show over Ladybird Lake. The event is free, and more than 100,000 people are expected to attend this celebration, so if you plan on attending get there early.

    The official event page for H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

  • The Official San Antonio 4th of July Celebration

  • San Antonio’s official party takes place at Woodlawn Lake Park on July 4th. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and include a parade at 11:30 a.m., a kids Zone with carnival rides and games, live music throughout the day, a special performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the West at 7:30 p.m., and of course a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. Much like the Austin Symphony performance, this event will be well attended, so get there early!

    The official event page for The Official San Antonio 4th of July Celebration

  • Luckenbach’s 4th of July Celebration

  • Luckenbach’s annual, FREE 4th of July Celebration will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday July 4th. The event is scheduled to last until 6 and will feature performances from 9 musical groups. Performers include: Walt & Tina Wilkins, The Mystiqueros, Jimmy Davis, Mike Blakely, Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze (of the Dust Devils), Brian Langlinais, Austin Mayse, Bill Worrell and Jason Eady. After the celebration a special July 4th edition of the Picker’s Circle will be held from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for those who aren’t quite ready to go home.

    The official event page for Luckenbach’s 4th of July Celebration

  • 35th Annual Schertz Jubilee

  • The annual Shertz 4th of July Jubilee will take place from July 2nd-4th. The festivities kick off with a BBQ cookoff at noon on Friday, and feature live music in the evening down at Pickrell Park in Shertz, Texas. On Saturday there will be a Rib Cookoff (starting at 9 a.m.), parade, special guests, live music, and a special performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the West at 2:30 p.m. Sunday will feature an Apple Pie Bakeoff (starting at 12 p.m.), YMCA Family Fun Time (with games and activities), live music and of course a fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m.

    The official event page for 35th Annual Schertz Jubilee

Other Central Texas 4th of July Fests

Of course there are many other festivities to be found throughout Central Texas on the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend. Following is a list of links to other festivals and where they are located.

If you have links to any other events going on around Central Texas during the 4th of July weekend, please leave them in the comments section below. Superior Foundation Repair wishes you a happy and safe holiday. For all of your Austin Foundation Repair or San Antonio Foundation Repair needs, please contact us for a free foundation repair estimate.

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Behavior and Effects of Expansive Soil, Copyright Prentice HallWith the Onset of Summer, Comes Contracting Soil

After a fall and winter of higher than average rainfall in Central Texas, thanks to El Nino, a dry summer has the potential to wreak havoc on building foundations across the region.

Soil in Central Texas has Expanded
Due to Recent Rainfall

The soil composition here in Central Texas is comprised of moderate to highly expansive soils, see our post on expansive soils. What this means is that in wet periods our soils absorb water and expand, and during dry periods they lose moisture and contract.

Diagram of Expansive Soil, Copyright Prentice Hall In the example at right, taken from a Prentice Hall textbook, we can easily see the amount of moisture present in an expansive soil multiplies when moisture is introduced causing a phenomenon known as soil heave. As the name suggests soil heave causes the soil to lift upward and can either put added pressure on your exterior walls, if the soil under your house remains dry, or on the center of your foundation, if the soil under your home is affected by leaks or other sources of moisture.

Large Cracks in a Foundation or Walls
are Usually a Sign of Foundation Problems

If your home is experiencing any foundation problems, you will most likely either want to have a structural engineer take a look, or call a foundation repair company out to examine your home.

Superior has years of experience with San Antonio and Austin Foundation Repair. We also offer coupons to our web customers at our Google Maps pages, if you are in the Austin area visit our Superior Foundation Repair Austin – Google Maps page to see our specials. If you are in the San Antonio area visit our Superior Foundation Repair San Antonio – Google Maps page for our specials.

Call 877-302-5111 or follow this link to request a free foundation repair estimate.

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Council on At-Risk Youth in AustinThe Crawfish & Croquet Benefit for the Council on At Risk Youth, will be held at Zilker Park on May 15th from 1-6 p.m. The benefit, hosted by Outlaw Real Estate Group, will feature croquet, live music, and, of course, crawfish!

Location: Zilker Park

Time: May 15th 2010, 1-6 p.m.

The Council on At Risk Youth (CARY), is a local “not for profit organization dedicated to helping youth prevent violence, drug abuse and delinquency through public information, training, and management of youth violence prevention programs. ” Superior Foundation Repair is proud to be a part of this year’s sponsors for the event which works to give youth a good foundation to build their lives upon.

Live Music performers include Southern Rockers Ouachita and Acoustic Country Perfomer Wynn Taylor.

Tickets must be purchased before May 15th, and are $25 apiece. Ticket price includes Crawfish & fixins, St. Arnold’s Beer, Croquet and Live Music and can be purchased via Paypal from the Outlaw Real Estate Group’s website.

Come join Superior Foundation Repair and help at risk youth in our community.

For more information visit the official page of the Crawfish & Croquet Event.

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