Cold Winter Months – It’s Not Too Late to Prepare Your Home

Cold Winter Months – It’s Not Too Late to Prepare Your Home

Cold winter is officially upon us here in St. Louis. Hopefully, you have taken steps to prepare your home. If, like many homeowners, time has gotten away from you, it’s not too late. There are still steps you can take to prepare your home against the harsh elements of winter. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows how important it is to keep your family safe, warm, and dry as we face more extreme cold weather. We have put together this checklist to help you.

Turn off Exterior Faucets

It is important during extreme cold temperatures to make sure the faucets are turned off because of freezing pipes. The water inside the pipes can freeze, meaning it will expand and put pressure on your pipes. Many homes have frost-proof faucets, but if your home does not, then turn the water off at the shut-off valve inside your home.

Divert Water

Foundation Doctors of St. Louis cannot emphasize enough how important it is to divert water away from your home and its foundation. Extensions can be added to your existing gutter downspouts. It is recommended to make sure the water is running at least 3-5 feet away from your home.

Prevent Ice Dams

If you notice during the extreme cold weather of St. Louis that your home is covered with icicles, then it is time to inspect your home for air leaks and inadequate insulation issues. It is important to fix this problem as quickly as possible to prevent meltwater from backing up into your home. Meltwater is a hazard for your home’s foundation and can lead to cracks and bowing of the foundation walls.

Foundation Inspection

Regular maintenance and inspection of your home’s foundation is vital. Finding a problem when it is beginning will save you money and prevent further damage. Time and elements contribute to issues regarding your home’s foundation. Being aware of changes and getting help early on will help you to avoid many headaches. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will be happy to inspect your home’s foundation for any cracks, leaks, or compromise in the walls.

The Foundation Doctor Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2nd Year In A Row!

The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis has earned the coveted home service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row. This reflects an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumers review sites in 2016.

The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis’s success is built on the shoulders of our satisfied customers, and our foundation is the strength of our knowledge in the industry.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 The Foundation Doctor St. Louis

Angie's List Super Service Award 2016 The Foundation Doctor St. Louis

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 The Foundation Doctor St. Louis

Angie's List Super Service Award 2016 The Foundation Doctor St. Louis

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 The Foundation Doctor St. Louis

French Drains… What Are They? Do I Need Them?

French Drains… What Are They? Do I Need Them?

Having a French Drain installed is one of the best ways for a homeowner to protect the foundation of their home. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis are experts at installing French Drains. As a homeowner, you may not have heard of this type of drainage system. So, then, what is a French Drain?

A French Drain, by design, re-directs surface and ground water away from your home. The earliest form of French Drains were simple ditches that were dug starting at a high area and leading to a lower part of the yard. The modern-day French Drain is still built with the same idea in mind, but with better quality and expertise.

All French Drains are located underground in a trench usually 6” wide by 24” deep. At the bottom of this trench is a perforated drain pipe used to redirect the surface, or groundwater collected. Above the drain pipe is a soil layer that is mixed with gravel or rock. Once the trench has been filled, it is covered with soil and grass from the existing yard, making it virtually unnoticeable.

The experts at Foundation Doctor of St. Louis can sometimes even install a French Drain to be positioned to direct surface water into areas of your yard that need more water, such as fountains, flower or vegetable gardens and small fish ponds, thus saving you money and time.

How do you know if you need to have a French Drain installed? Foundation Doctor of St. Louis has put together a check list for you to consider.

After it rains, do you find yourself walking on patches or pools of water in your yard?
Does the soil around your home frequently accumulate water without dispersing it quickly?
Has water found its way into your basement or is it seeping into the walls of your foundation?

If you are experiencing any of the above problems, you may benefit from having a French Drain installed. Call Foundation Doctors of St. Louis for a professional evaluation to learn how your home can benefit from better drainage solutions, such as a French Drain.

Crawl Spaces – Problems and Solutions

Crawl Spaces – Problems and Solutions

The St. Louis area has many historic and older homes that were built with a crawl space instead of a basement. The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis are the ones to call when you need professional, courteous, and expert help regarding all your home or foundation issues. This includes routine inspections of crawl spaces.

If you own a home in St. Louis, that has a crawl space, you already know what a challenge it can be. Unlike having a basement, many times the crawl space of a home is hard to reach and in a very tight area. You may be tempted to forget the crawl space is under your home. However, just as you do periodic maintenance on other areas of your dwelling, having regular inspections of your crawl space by a St. Louis Foundation Doctor professional is always a good idea.

You may wonder what an inspection of your crawl space will involve. Rest assured that The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will inspect your crawl space with as little intrusion as possible. There are at least three things that will be considered during the inspection.

Outside Air Flow

Outside air is not the kind of air that you want flowing through your crawl space. You may think that by outside air flowing through, it would dry it up and solve any moisture issues, but this is not the case. In fact, it is quite the opposite. This air is cold in the winter, hot and humid in the summer adding moisture to your crawl space when it is wet outside.

Mold Issues

Flooding of crawl spaces and high humidity levels are prime growing areas for mold. Not only is this a potential health hazard but it can also cause structural damage to your home.

Pests and Insects

The crawl space of a home can sometimes invite unwanted guests that decide to stay. Moisture, food, shelter, and temperature are factors that will attract pests. These pests can nest, destroy wood, and create potential fire hazards.

By having regular inspections of your crawl space, The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis, can find and help you avoid any issues or underlying problems that are occurring, before there is major damage. Here are some signs of crawl space problems to watch for:

  • Drywall cracks on the interior
  • Uneven floors
  • Foul odors
  • Increased allergy symptoms
  • Cold floors above crawl space areas
  • Visible mold or moldy smell
  • Rotting wood
  • Standing water or wet areas in the crawl space
  • Open crawl space vents

If you are noticing any signs of crawl space problems call The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis today. We can schedule an appointment and usually can provide same day estimates for crawl space inspection and repair. We have proven, effective solutions for all your crawl space issues. Call us today!

Bowing Wall Problems and Solutions

Bowing Wall Problems and Solutions

Bowing walls happen for a variety of reasons. Bowing walls can occur due to the age of your home, poor construction, or water pressure. Bowing walls are somewhat common in our St. Louis older homes that have had years of repetitive freeze and thaw cycles and soil settlement. Bowing walls because of poor construction encompasses such things as lack of rebar, improper drainage system, or even the improper backfilling of soil around the homes foundation. Water pressure from the soil outside of the home seems to be the most common. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows that the weather in St. Louis is always changing. From rain, sleet, snow, and extreme temperature changes, St. Louis has it all. This constant change in the weather can affect the soil and lead to bowing walls.

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