What to Expect on the First Day of Foundation Repair (And Other Dalinghaus Projects)

Do you feel a little apprehensive about your foundation repair project? Are you someone who absolutely needs a game plan – timeframe, linear projections, and boxes to check from A through Z?

We understand that foundation repair, retaining wall repair, polyurethane injection, or any service we offer, is a bit like property surgery and can prove a little daunting.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. has completed thousands of repair projects. We understand that day one of any new project is intimidating. The truth is: there is nothing to worry about for all of our repair services. We’re here to walk you through the repair process step-by-step.

This article outlines what you need to do before the production crew arrives, what the crew arrival entails, and what to expect for the crew departure.

By the end of this article, you will be a Dalinghaus Construction first-day operations expert and enjoy peace of mind.

Please note – this article is primarily intended for readers who have already received a Dalinghaus foundation repair inspection, signed their project proposal, attained the correct permits and engineering specs, and are ready to move forward with their repair plan.

 If you would like to schedule a foundation inspection, click the link below –

What to Expect Day One for Your Dalinghaus Repair Project

A week before your foundation repair project is scheduled to begin, we send out a reminder email outlining the next week’s logistics. Reminder emails help ensure everyone is on the same page and prime you to know what to anticipate. We strive to be like a terrible MLB pitcher – telegraphing our pitches well before the ball leaves our hand.

Dalinghaus Repair Day One: Before the Crew Arrives

In preparation for the arrival of the production crew, we ask that you clear within 10 feet of the installation location. This is particularly imperative for push pier and helical pier installation, as we utilize 3×3 feet excavations to access your home’s foundation footing. Items that often need to be temporarily relocated are deck chairs, deck tables, pool equipment, and children’s play equipment.

We call Dig Alert prior to our arrival to ensure there are no gas lines, water/sewer lines, or electrical line issues with addressing the affected area of your home. Dig Alert rarely comes to your door unless they are particularly concerned with an area.   

Dalinghaus Repair Day One: Crew Arrival

The Dalinghaus Construction Production Crew typically arrives on location between 7-8 am. The crew-lead calls while en route to announce an approximate estimated time of arrival. This way, if we’re running a little ahead of schedule or a little behind, you’re always kept in the loop. In terms of early-morning work – we always strive to abide by the noise ordinances specific to your area (so you don’t receive a disgruntled call from your HOA with a noise complaint).  

A production mobilization payment is due on or before our arrival.

Crew sizes are depending on the type of repair project, but teams are generally comprised of 3-4 production team members. Our crews are made up of friendly, driven, and hard workers. In life, familiarity plays a big part in comfortability, which is why we utilize the same crew members to see your project through to the end.

The crew arrives, introduces themselves, and then assesses the damaged area. The foreman, specifically, will cover the project’s scope with you in some depth, utilizing the repair plan designed by your repair plan specialist as a reference.

After you discuss the scope of the repair project with the foreman, the crew can get to work. If the project is longer than three days, a Porta-Potty will be delivered to the site (generally in your driveway to avoid issues with street sweepers or city restrictions). If you have a specific location you would prefer the Porta-Potty to reside, we will be happy to accommodate you.

In short, we do ask that you are onsite day one of the repair project to meet the team, cover the scope of work, and ensure the Porta-Potty is placed in the desired location. Then, sit back, relax, and let us get to work.

You are not required to be onsite for the remainder of the project until the final day, but you’re more than welcome to stick around and watch our crews perform the repair. We get to play with some pretty cool tools.

If you choose not to stick around, we suggest that you utilize Buildertrend to stay up to date with your repair project. We upload progress reports, photographs, and leave detailed daily reports in your Buildertrend account. To learn how to utilize the benefits of Buildertrend, read our article: The Benefits of Buildertrend (From Daily Logs to Messages).

Dalinghaus Repair Day One: Crew Departure

Dalinghaus Construction crews generally leave the work site by 4 or 5 pm to ensure you can have a peaceful afternoon with your family and enjoy your time off work. Before we leave the job site, tools are put away and steel pier excavations are securely covered with plywood (for foundation repair projects). We leave a safe and tidy workspace for our return.

Take a Deep Breath & Relax about Your Day One of Dalinghaus Repair Project

In this article, you learned that we ask you to be onsite for the first day to meet your production crew, go over the scope of the repair project, and help determine the optimal location for the Porta-Potty. You also learned that Buildertrend is a wonderful resource to help you stay up to date, with daily updated logs and photographs. And, most importantly, you learned there is nothing to worry about.  

We know the first day of anything new is anxiety-inducing. We want to put your fears to rest, which is why we spelled out the entire first-day process. When you know what to anticipate, you know how to adapt.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. has repaired thousands of foundations in SoCal and Arizona in the two decades we’ve serviced the left coast. We have over 100 years of combined foundation repair experience and we’re here to help you get the job done right the first time. 

Read more: Why Do I Need to Hire a Deputy Inspector for Foundation Repair?

If you’re still feeling a bit uneasy about the foundation repair process and want to know the exact mechanics behind push pier and helical pier installation, read our articles The 5 Steps to Push Pier Foundation Repair and The 5 Steps to Helical Pier Installation to help put your mind at ease.

Or, if you have yet to book a foundation repair inspection and would like to, click the link below.


Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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