Foundation cracks might have seemed to appear overnight and you will need to have the foundation cracks repaired. Many foundation cracks begin with just a little hair-line crack at first. Over time these cracks can turn into huge problems. Foundation cracks can occur around your entryways, driveways, patio, the basement, garage floor, as well as around door and window frames. At the first sign of a foundation crack, it is good to call in an expert for a complete evaluation of the problem and get the foundation crack repaired, before it gets worse.
Foundation cracks usually widen over time. If you ignore the foundation crack, then it can lead to more serious problems with the foundation. Foundation crack repair is vital since the foundation is the structural main support of your home. There are many reasons why you may begin seeing cracks in your foundation.
Of course, settlement is one of the factors. Naturally, the foundation of your home responds to the soil that it was built on. Any shifting or drying of the soil will affect your foundation and may cause the need for foundation repair. Time and pressure behind the walls can cause settlement and cracking in the foundation.
Foundation Crack Repair St. Louis
In St. Louis, we have a lot of wet weather. This can contribute to the issue of foundation cracks by causing hydrostatic pressure. When excess water builds up around the foundation of your home, it can cause bowing or leaning walls and lead to cracks in your foundation. This should not be ignored. Many times, these cracks can begin to allow water to seep into your basement and weaken the foundation of your home. Foundation crack repair is necessary to fix the problem.
Regular evaluation and maintenance of your home and its foundation will enable you to catch a problem before it gets out of hand. Call Foundation Doctor in St. Louis, at the first sign of foundation cracks and let our experts in foundation crack repairs find and fix the problem. We will evaluate the issues and causes of the foundation cracks, using our expertise to find the most compatible solution. If caught early, foundation crack repair doesn’t have to be an extensive project. Don’t wait! Call us today for a free evaluation!
Window wells are a great addition to any home. Having a window well at your basement windows will allow for added light, an emergency exit, and fresh air. Yet, any homeowner that has had to experience a window well drainage issue can tell you, it can be a real headache! A window well is installed whenever there is a basement window that is at or below the level of soil. Reasonably, you do not want rainwater or melting snow to run inside the window and cause a leaky, smelly and wet basement.
St. Louis has its share of older and newer homes. With older homes, sometimes the window well drains are either non-existent or have been clogged for a very long time. In newer homes, many times the builder installs the wrong-sized window well or determines that a drain is not necessary because of sufficient gravel. The problem is that under the gravel there could be clay rich soil that provides no drainage at all. Therefore, it could cause water to pool inside the window well and begin seeping or flooding into your basement causing you unnecessary problems. (more…)
The Foundation Doctor has been serving the St. Louis area Metropolitan Area for over 25 years and recently had the pleasure of being featured on News Channel 5 Reports. Since The Foundation Doctor is the leading local expert in basement, home, and foundation repairs, they were called upon to provide viewers with answers and solutions to the most commonly experienced home foundation issues in the local area.
Viewers were instructed in the tell-tale signs to look for indicating a possible foundation issue – cracks located throughout the house, door jams coming off alignment, and moisture seepage in basements. While not indicative of a foundation issue, as some could be just settlement cracks, it is important to have these inspected sooner rather than later; to prevent further damages.
To further educate viewers, The Foundation Doctor has created a new commercial describing how spring rains can affect foundations and basements. The main culprit for St. Louis foundation issues is the clay soil, which when wet expands, and when dry shrinks. This expansion and contraction leads to soil settlement; which affects foundations.
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Foundation Doctor is committed to helping you with all of your sinking porch needs. We have over 25 years experience in helping our costumer’s with this, somewhat daunting issue. The truth is, sagging, or sinking porches are quite common. There are many reasons why a porch could appear to be sinking. You might think this is the result of the porch just settling over time. This is usually not the problem.
Sinking porches typically appear because of a poor foundation, or sometimes having no foundation at all. This is especially common in older homes. Another cause of sinking porches could be the soil underneath. If it is too soft, or has become too saturated because of poor drainage, then the porch could show signs of sinking. Sometimes, the issue can be that the grade of the soil is sloping toward the house instead of away from it. Every time it rains, the soil could be eroding, causing a sinking porch. Or, this could cause the soil to become dry and cause the sinking porch problem.
The Foundation Doctor has been serving the St. Louis area Metropolitan Area for over 25 years and recently had the pleasure of being featured on News Channel 5 Reports. Since The Foundation Doctor is the leading local expert in basement, home, and foundation repairs, they were called upon to provide viewers with answers and solutions to the most commonly experienced home foundation issues in the local area. (more…)