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…)
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…)
This is a question that comes to mind as the temperatures heat up in St. Louis. After the cold winter months, and the wet springtime, warmer weather is a welcome relief for residents of the St. Louis and surrounding areas. Summer is an exciting time. Yet, the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows it can spell problems for your home’s foundation. Dry weather means the soil is drying out as well. If it dries out too much, it can mean disaster for your foundation. How so?
Hot weather dehydrates the surrounding soil around your foundation. Most of the time, the soil is moist. When it begins to dry out, it shrinks. When it shrinks, it moves. When it moves, then your foundation could be left exposed and unsupported. This lack of support could cause your foundation walls or floor to begin to form cracks. You may not notice shrinking soil right away in the St. Louis area. To avoid the problem of shrinking soil, a good rule of thumb is to provide moisture around the soil of your foundation, especially if there have been many days without rain. (more…)
If you have had a foundation problem, you may now know what foundation piering is. If you are only starting to experience issues in your home’s foundation, then you may be wondering, “what is foundation piering and does my home need it?”
Foundation piering is the technique of driving a type of support system into the soil and leveling your foundation to avoid further settlement and therefore stabilizing and strengthening your foundation.
Shifting, sinking, and leaking foundations are almost always connected to an unresolved soil issue. St. Louis Foundation Doctors knows how important it is for your home to be built on the proper soil. St. Louis weather has so many variables that often it is impossible to know how the soil underneath your home is going to respond to the elements. Foundation piering can be the answer to your foundation problems. Therefore, providing a permanent solution.
So, does your home really need foundation piering? There are some things you can look for as indicators. The best thing to do if you suspect foundation damage is to call the professionals at Foundation Doctor of St. Louis and let us do a no cost evaluation. If you notice cracking in the concrete or brickwork, cracks in drywall, or doors that stick or fail to open and close, these could all be prognostic signs that your foundation is experiencing problems. Foundation Doctors can do a thorough inspection of your foundation and the surrounding soil to see if foundation piering is the solution for you. Installed underneath the existing foundation, piers will support and strengthen the foundation, preventing any further damage or future repairs to your home.
Don’t leave the foundation of your home to chance. The quicker you take care of any issues with your foundation, the less damage will occur to your home. Call Foundation Doctor of St. Louis and let us provide you with expert, professional and exceptional service for all your foundation repair needs.