Is Piering the Right Decision for your Foundation?

Is Piering the Right Decision for your Foundation?

Does your foundation need maintenance or repair? If so, there’s a good chance piering is the right choice for you.

There are quite a few ways to repair a damaged foundation. One of the most beneficial, however, is through the use of piering technology. This cost-effective strategy can reduce your foundation problems while saving you a few bucks in the process.

What is “piering”?

We’ve written about piering in the past, but here is a quick recap. Pier and beam foundations, sometimes referred to as “post and beam,” elevate homes off the ground to protect them from flooding. In order to elevate them, foundation specialists employ techniques to drive a type of support system into the soil and level your foundation. This avoids further settlement and therefore stabilizes and strengthens your foundation.

Piering is most common in areas that receive a lot of rain or are prone to flooding. In a city like St. Louis, the weather is incredibly unpredictable and it’s difficult to know how your soil will react to the elements. Piering is a typical form of foundation repair in St. Louis because of this.

Benefits of piering

One of the principal benefits of piering is that it creates a crawl space beneath your home. This crawl space allows professionals to easily adjust major components underneath your home. Electricians or plumbers, for instance, have easier access to key components beneath the home, allowing them to more quickly identify and solve common problems.

Most piering systems are also relatively easy to install and employ tools that can be carried by hand. Because of this, you don’t need to worry about your yard getting torn up.

Additionally, Piering also provides a bit of added ventilation beneath your home, which can help reduce your energy bill.

How the DynaPier works

Recently, we entered into a partnership with PierMagic, allowing us to installing their revolutionary DynaPier system on homes. Their engineers designed the DynaPier foundation piering system to be the best foundation pier alternative on the market. It is one of the strongest foundation piers in the industry thanks to an elaborate combination of steel and high strength concrete.

Foundation Repair Pier Comparison

Foundation experts install the DyanPier system centrally beneath the footing rather than outside of the footing. This transfers the structural load directly on top of the foundation pier. The DynaPier segments contain high-strength concrete that is pre-cast in a steel sleeve, providing superior shear strength and compressive resistance.

Our professionals hydraulically drive these segments into the ground one at a time. They repeat this process until the foundation pier hits bedrock or a dense strata of subsurface material, providing maximum support.

Finally, we top the foundation pier with a steel cap and the house is lifted and secured to the pier.

Is piering right for me?

The best thing to do if you suspect foundation damage is to call the professionals at Foundation Doctor of St. Louis and let us do a no cost evaluation. If you notice cracking in the concrete or brickwork, cracks in drywall, or doors that stick or fail to open and close, these could all be prognostic signs that your foundation is experiencing problems.

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How a French Drain Could Save you Big this Fall

How a French Drain Could Save you Big this Fall

Excessive rainfall can cause serious, long-lasting damage to your property. Find out if a French Drain is the right move for you.

When it comes to your foundation, being proactive is often better than being reactive. That is especially true when it comes to water damage. One of the cheapest yet most effective ways to prevent water damage is through the installation of a French Drain.

What is it?

French Drain St. Louis

The French Drain is a simple solution to common lawn-care and foundation issues.

Simply put, a French Drain redirects surface and ground water away from your foundation. In their earliest form, they were trenches dug at a high area of the ground and leading to a lower area. The same concept remains today, but the technology has taken a leap forward.

Today, French Drains redirect ground and surface water to a perforated drain pipe which is used to redirect the water toward a sewage system. Foundation professionals dig the trenches, typically 6” wide by 24” deep, into the ground.

After the trench is in a secure place, the installer covers the surface area with a soil layer. The soil is a combination of gravel and rock, ensuring it’s stability. After that, we cover the trench up with the grass taken up to dig the trench.

Is a French Drain right for me?

Next time there is a rainstorm, check your yard after. If there is an accumulation of water in the grass that just won’t go away, that may be a sign of a drainage issue. This is also true if water in a soil-rich area is accumulating.

The best way for you to be sure that drainage intervention may be necessary is to have a professional take a look when the water is accumulated. This will allow the drainage professional to most accurately assess the case and prescribe a solution.

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues, contact The Foundation Doctor today. We can offer a free onsite evaluation to learn how you home handles the rain. If you are the conditions are right, we are happy to install a French Drain, saving you money in the long-run.