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?
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. (more…)
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: (more…)
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.
The greatest threat of water making its way into your basement comes from excessive water in the soil around your home and under your foundation. As the soil becomes saturated it can also find its way into compromised areas of your basement through a process called seepage. The most common locations for seepage to occur are at any foundation cracks or seams of your home, such as basement windows, window wells, around pipes and plumping fixtures, gaps around sump pits, and where your concrete floor meets the foundation wall. Reducing the chance of seepage is the wisest thing you can do to prevent foundation problems caused by excessive water. There are a number of things you can do to proactively prevent seepage, and in today’s blog we’re going to focus on how snow can play a part in seepage.
Realize that snow is, very literally, frozen water, and any type of excessive water is your foundation’s number one enemy. During snowy months, avoid shoveling snow into a pile near your foundation. Doing so is a recipe for disaster! As that snow melts, each cubic foot equals over 7 gallons of water. Therefore, those snow drifts can contain multiple gallons of harmful water as the spring and/or thaw arrive. Any snow piled up against your home becomes free flowing water pouring directly down to your foundation. Even homes that typically don’t experience issues can fall prey if presented with a sudden surge of water.
The Foundation Doctor will again be at the St. Louis 38th Annual Home and Garden Show.
Please stop by and visit our booth at the show!
This is our sixth year at the Show. The Home and Garden Show in St. Louis starts February 26, 2015 and runs thru March, 1, 2015, at the America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome.
Show hours are 10 am to 9pm. Please visit us at booth 4017.
For more info visit STLHomeShow.com