How do I protect my home’s foundation from potential damage caused by excessive water of melting snow?

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.

St. Louis 38th Annual Home and Garden Show – February

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

Cold Winter Months in St. Louis – December 2014

Prepare for the cold winter months in St. Louis! If your pipes get frozen water in them this can cause pressure buildup in your pipes and those pipes can burst causing damage to your home’s foundation.

Here are a few things  you can do to prepare your house for the cold St. Louis winter months:

  • Be aware of any pre-existing issues with your foundation
  • Have your basement professional inspected by The Foundation Doctor.
  • Outside your home keep your house clean and free of leaves, branches and debris around your home.
  • Insulate your pipes so that they don’t burst and cause damage to your home – and your foundation.
  • Call the professionals at The Foundation Doctor to help with any cracks or leaks in your basement foundations windows, walls or doors.

Wet Fall Months in St. Louis – November 2014

Basements in St. Louis during the wet fall months need to be inspected as soon as you notice a leak. It is estimated that over 85% of basements will leak and/or suffer damage at one time or another.  So try to prevent leaks into your basement to avoid costly repairs later.

Here are some things do before the rain starts:

  • Remove foliage, leaves, and debris away from the exterior of your home.
  • Make sure water spouts are directed away from your home and not depositing water near your foundation.
  • Make sure that the drainage of water is always away from your house, not toward your foundation.

Is your basement waterproofed? It may be time to look for signs of water or water damage in your basement. Please contact your locally owned and operated Foundation Doctor in St. Louis for all your questions.

Observation – October 2014

During time of excessive moisture changes you must inspect your foundation and note signs that signal a problem such as a crack or moisture on walls or floor. Don’t let early warning signs go unnoticed. Call an expert, like the Foundation Doctor and find out if you have a problem that should be corrected. Not all problems are disastrous. They may only be a signal of something that can be corrected. Acting early can save you a lot of money.