Why You Should Avoid Do It Yourself Foundation Crack Repairs

Why You Should Avoid Do It Yourself Foundation Crack Repairs

A do it yourself foundation repair may seem like a good idea, but it ultimately costs even more time & money in the long-run.

If you’re considering a do it yourself foundation repair, you might want to think again. Although it may seem like a simple job from a visual standpoint, there is a lot you could lose. Your foundation’s health is a huge determining factor in the value of your home. If your foundation falls apart, so does your home. Additionally, If there are serious underlying problems stirring, cracks in your concrete could be the beginning.

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Common Bowing Walls Causes and Solutions

Common Bowing Walls Causes and Solutions

Bowing walls are especially common for homeowners in the St. Louis area. If you are experiencing slanting or bending walls, it is essential you take action.

Foundation issues arise so slowly it’s hard for most homeowners to recognize them. When they do notice them, however, it’s important they act quickly to protect their home from further damage. Bowing walls are a perfect example of this.

Bowing walls are walls bent or slanted inward in a basement or underground room. These walls often begin to form cracks, which can allow more water into the home, exacerbating the problem. If left unchecked, they can lead to a devastating collapse, a nightmare situation for any homeowner.

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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.

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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. (more…)