Why Sinking Foundations Require Immediate Repair

One of the most worrisome experiences a homeowner can face results when they notice their home’s foundation may be sinking. Not only is this dangerous for the home, but also all of the occupants and visitors who rely on occupying safe premises.  Due to the urgency of this repair, St. Louis foundation repairs should only be performed by experts who understand how to stop the current damage, repair the affected foundation, and prevent future damage from occurring. Because a home can fail or become condemned due to foundation issues, any suspected damages need to be inspected by qualified professionals and repaired if necessary, as soon as possible. This will immediately address any structural failings and prevent further damages.

What Causes A Sinking Foundation?

There are 5 main causes of a sinking foundation: evaporation, transpiration, drainage, poor building site preparation, and poor soil conditions. While no two failing foundations are alike, some of the most common appearances of a failing foundation include: cracks in the foundation or interior walls, cracks in bricks, misaligned doors or windows, or visible cracks in concrete slabs.

How Are Repairs Performed?

Once a sinking foundation has been found, it can be fixed at the soil level though the use of Stabil-Loc. The Foundation Doctor will need to dig to a level of stable soil or bedrock, and begin the piering process using the Stabil-Loc Foundation Piering System. While this process is labor-intensive, the long-term success rates far surpass other less invasive repair methods; making this the ideal choice for quality, long-term peace-of-mind. In fact, the Stabil-Loc System used the deepest, strongest piers in the industry; reaching over 40 feet in the ground. Plus, Stabil-Loc piers have a safety load rating of 10+ and are able to support 171,000 pounds; which is the industry’s top safety load rating.

Placement is also what makes all the difference when using the Stabil-Loc Piering System. Because piers are centrally loaded, they can allow the full weight of the foundation to rest directly on the piers; not off-set like in other, less stable foundation repair methods. There is also no need for bolts, brackets, or breaking the footing. This eliminates the possibility of a future broken bolt or bracket; which can fail and degrade over time putting a foundation at risk.

Should you suspect your home is suffering from foundation issues, contact The Foundation Doctor today for a site evaluation to confirm if foundation issues are in fact present and to discover what solutions are available to homeowners today. Remember, the longer you delay, the greater your home remains at risk for total foundation failure.

The Foundation Doctor: Now On TV

You’ve seen The Foundation Doctor vehicles on the road, visited our website, maybe even had us in your home; now we’re on TV! For a limited time, The Foundation Doctor is airing a series of informative television segments designed to help homeowners understand the most common causes of St. Louis foundation failures. Whether it is a crack along outside walls, an accumulation of water in basement areas, or drywall appearing to crack and separate; The Foundation Doctor has a solution for every home.

Our television ads inform customers that spring rains can contribute to an excess accumulation of water in basement areas; which can easily be resolved. To further discuss the effect local soil has on foundations, The Foundation Doctor was also featured on a News Channel 5 Report program discussing the clay-like structure St. Louis soil and how this soil expands when wet and contracts when dry; leading to a host of settlement issues. (more…)