Dickinson couple claims leveling companies did inferior work on their home

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 3, 2012


GALVESTON - Dickinson residents Robert and Edna Hathhorn claim three companies they hired to perform work on their residence did not do their jobs properly, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed May 31 in Galveston County Court No. 2 states that negligence on the parts of Allied Foundation Inc., Urelift Gulf Coast L.P. and Church Services contributed to foundation problems at the Hathhorn home.

The suit shows the plaintiffs hired Allied to place exterior driven concrete piers around the perimeters of the house while Urelift was brought in to lift and stabilize the house.

Church Services was responsible for plumbing repairs under the slab foundation.

Urelift, doing business as Uretek ICR Gulf Coast, supposedly applied a process called the "Uretek Method" which would elevate and stabilize the slab foundation by injections into holes to be sealed to complete the leveling of the home, the suit says.

According to the original petition, the lift assignment was not properly performed as some areas were either under-jected, over-jected or did not recieve the right injections, causing the edifice to shift and crack.

The Hathhorns say an engineer's report revealed that the whole home needed to be re-leveled to correct the problems.

The complainants add Church Services back-filled the site with wet and unsuitable gravel and mud, which inflicted damage to the sheetrock.

Corrective work was done at the cost of $30,000, the suit says.

Attorney Gerson D. Bloom of Galveston is representing the Hathhorns, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 67,564

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