Why Sinking Foundations Require Immediate Repair

One of the most worrisome experiences a homeowner can face results when they notice their home’s foundation may be sinking. Not only is this dangerous for the home, but also all of the occupants and visitors who rely on occupying safe premises.  Due to the urgency of this repair, St. Louis foundation repairs should only be performed by experts who understand how to stop the current damage, repair the affected foundation, and prevent future damage from occurring. Because a home can fail or become condemned due to foundation issues, any suspected damages need to be inspected by qualified professionals and repaired if necessary, as soon as possible. This will immediately address any structural failings and prevent further damages.

What Causes A Sinking Foundation?

There are 5 main causes of a sinking foundation: evaporation, transpiration, drainage, poor building site preparation, and poor soil conditions. While no two failing foundations are alike, some of the most common appearances of a failing foundation include: cracks in the foundation or interior walls, cracks in bricks, misaligned doors or windows, or visible cracks in concrete slabs.

How Are Repairs Performed?

Once a sinking foundation has been found, it can be fixed at the soil level though the use of Stabil-Loc. The Foundation Doctor will need to dig to a level of stable soil or bedrock, and begin the piering process using the Stabil-Loc Foundation Piering System. While this process is labor-intensive, the long-term success rates far surpass other less invasive repair methods; making this the ideal choice for quality, long-term peace-of-mind. In fact, the Stabil-Loc System used the deepest, strongest piers in the industry; reaching over 40 feet in the ground. Plus, Stabil-Loc piers have a safety load rating of 10+ and are able to support 171,000 pounds; which is the industry’s top safety load rating.

Placement is also what makes all the difference when using the Stabil-Loc Piering System. Because piers are centrally loaded, they can allow the full weight of the foundation to rest directly on the piers; not off-set like in other, less stable foundation repair methods. There is also no need for bolts, brackets, or breaking the footing. This eliminates the possibility of a future broken bolt or bracket; which can fail and degrade over time putting a foundation at risk.

Should you suspect your home is suffering from foundation issues, contact The Foundation Doctor today for a site evaluation to confirm if foundation issues are in fact present and to discover what solutions are available to homeowners today. Remember, the longer you delay, the greater your home remains at risk for total foundation failure.

The Foundation Doctor: Now On TV

You’ve seen The Foundation Doctor vehicles on the road, visited our website, maybe even had us in your home; now we’re on TV! For a limited time, The Foundation Doctor is airing a series of informative television segments designed to help homeowners understand the most common causes of St. Louis foundation failures. Whether it is a crack along outside walls, an accumulation of water in basement areas, or drywall appearing to crack and separate; The Foundation Doctor has a solution for every home.

Our television ads inform customers that spring rains can contribute to an excess accumulation of water in basement areas; which can easily be resolved. To further discuss the effect local soil has on foundations, The Foundation Doctor was also featured on a News Channel 5 Report program discussing the clay-like structure St. Louis soil and how this soil expands when wet and contracts when dry; leading to a host of settlement issues. (more…)

See The Foundation Doctor On TV

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. (more…)

Have Cracks On Your Home’s Outside Walls? Let The Foundation Doctor Help!

One of the most worrying visual appearances a home can face is a cracked outside foundation or external walls. Because it gives the look that a home is unstable or at risk of wall collapse, not only is the repair a must to reassure the homeowner a home is safe and sturdy, but if ever wishing to sell the home, a properly repaired and reinforced outside wall provides one less issue the home’s new owners must face. In fact, because The Foundation Doctor expertly performs these repairs, they are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, which enhances the home’s curb appeal and overall value.

Prevent Further Damage Now

When left untreated, foundation and outside wall damage can cause a host of long-term problems. Cracks can expand and grow over time, materials will degrade faster than their intended lifespans, moisture can seep in and cause internal damage, and home will appear in a general state of disrepair. This is why it is important for St. Louis foundation repair customers to contact The Foundation Doctor as soon as possible to rectify this problem. Long-term solutions can be discussed that will safely repair your home and support its foundation for years to come; eliminating the need for multiple, costly foundation repairs.

Always Taking A Unique Approach When Solving Foundation Issues

Because every home is different, The Foundation Doctor takes a unique approach to solve customer’s foundation and cracked wall issues. The most common solution for most problems involves a process called piering. This means homes will need to have piers installed to address the current foundation damage and prevent new damage from occurring. To make this possible, a pier is installed along one section of the affected wall. During your home’s evaluation and estimation process, one of The Foundation Doctor’s home specialists will be able to explain the process and placement location in greater detail; however, it is most common to have the pier installed in a corner of the building to raise the footing and align the foundation back in place.

Can Your Home Afford To Wait Any Longer?

As with all home repairs, the earlier they are addressed, the better the repair’s success rate for long-term reliability. One of the best ways costly repairs can be avoided is by performing home preventative maintenance; which includes walking the home’s perimeter and performing visual inspections. Should you notice any small cracks or settling in the foundation, be sure to contact The Foundation Doctor as soon as possible to schedule your no-obligation, free home repair and service estimate.