How to Keep Yard & House Drainage from Harming your Foundation

How to Keep Yard & House Drainage from Harming your Foundation

Water damage in a foundation can cost home owners thousands. Are you doing everything you can to keep drainage away from your house?

One of the most cost-effective things you can do to protect your foundation is to prepare for yard and house drainage. Indeed, effective drainage systems are the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining a stable foundation. 

There are a ton of variables that go into the health of your home’s foundation. Some things, like your physical location, are out of your control. What is in your control, however, is how you prepare for the weather. In the case of drainage, preventative measures are always more effective than reactive ones.

If you aren’t keeping an eye on your drainage system, your foundation could be heading toward instability. By the time many people realize the damage, it is already too late. Don’t let drainage get ahead of you; take preventative measures. These simple steps increase the longevity of your foundation.

Here are a few factors to consider when tackling a drainage problem:


Drainage House Gutter Roof

An efficient gutter system will drain water away from your home and your foundation. As a homeowner, this should be an essential addition to your house. If your home doesn’t already have an up-to-date gutter system, chances are you are experiencing some pooling near your home. Installing a gutter system isn’t very expensive, especially considering the savings it creates.

Routine maintenance is still essential for homeowners who already have a gutter system in place. In order to prepare for the upcoming seasons, be sure to check your gutters and clear them of any clogs. If there is damage to your gutter system, you may want to consult a professional.


Foundation Doctor Landscape drainage st. louis front yard

Sometimes a gutter alone isn’t enough to divert water away from your foundation. One of the main causes for pooling near your house in this case is the slope of your landscape. If the landscape is not sloped away from your house, it can cause water to collect in the soil touching your foundation.

If your landscape is sloped toward your house, you may want to contact a professional for a consultation. They can determine if altering the slope will reduce drainage runoff.

French drain

French Drain St. Louis

A French Drain prevents water damage in a cost-effective manner

If all else fails, you can consider installing a french drain.  A French Drain redirects surface and ground water away from your foundation. These are highly effective in tackling specific problem areas. If there is one spot of your yard that collects more water than the rest, this may be a solution.

Taking preventative measures isn’t the most popular thing to do. Despite that, it is still the most effective way to ensure your foundation will hold strong for years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns about your foundation, please contact The Foundation Doctor today.

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.

Call today!

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.


Foundation Doctor Now Offers DynaPier as a Piering Alternative

Foundation Doctor Now Offers DynaPier as a Piering Alternative

We’d like to formally announce DynaPier foundation technology, the most advanced foundation pier alternative on the market, is now available through our firm.

When it comes  foundation repair, piering is one of the most important services. Thanks to this practice, foundation damage can be contained efficiently. At Foundation Doctor, we pride ourselves in delivering high quality servicing for your foundation needs. In order to ensure we meet these standards, we’ve joined forces with PierMagic, a top-notch foundation repair company.

PierMagic is the firm behind DynaPier, an industry-leading pier foundation pier alternative. We’ve written about the piering in the past, but here is a quick refresher:

Foundation piering is the technique of driving a type of support system into the soil. The new support system levels your foundation and helps avoid further settlement. Overall, the process stabilizes and strengthens your foundation.

There are plenty of signs that piering may benefit you. Cracking in the concrete or brickwork, cracks in drywall, or doors that stick or fail to open and close, for example, are all signs of a weak foundation.

Installed underneath the existing foundation, piers will support and strengthen the foundation, preventing any further damage or future repairs to your home.


Piermagic piering St. Louis

PierMagic, the foundation company which manages DynaPier technology, has been around since 2007. Throughout that time, they have created a company filled with carefully selected personnel who have years of experience correcting foundation problems. Most foundation issues arise from the interaction of water and expansive soils around a homes foundation. PierMagic has a strong background in soil mechanics. This allows us to more accurately define and prescribe treatment for any specific problem.

PierMagic engineered 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.

It’s difficult to tell if piering is the right move for you as a homeowner without an onsite assessment. To see if piering is the right solution for your home, call our office today to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your foundation. If piering is necessary, you can be sure it is done by the best professionals in the market.

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How does yard and house drainage impact my foundation?

Diverting water from your home is the first line of defense when maintaining a stable foundation. As you prepare for April Showers this year, make sure your home is protected with proper drainage systems. Liquids take the path of least resistance, so it is your job to proactively channel water away from our home.

Efficient gutters reduce the water draining down the sides of your home and along your foundation. If you do not have a gutter system, it is imperative you have one installed. If your gutters or downspouts are clogged or damaged, have them repaired. Without an effective system in place, water is not redirected away from your home and foundation. Better to spend a little bit of money now with preventative measures than thousands of dollars later on a foundation repair.

Another way to keep water directed away from your home and, therefore, away from your foundation is to make sure your landscape is sloped away from your house. Allow no options for water to pool near or against your home. The grade slope of your yard needn’t be steep, just angled enough to guide the water in the opposite direction of your home.

If, despite your best efforts, you continue having water pool in areas, installing French Drains can be an effective solution to channeling it properly. As a homeowner, inspecting your system before the start of our rainy season is a wise decision.