How to Keep Yard & House Drainage from Harming your Foundation

How to Keep Yard & House Drainage from Harming your Foundation

Water damage in a foundation can cost home owners thousands. Are you doing everything you can to keep drainage away from your house?

One of the most cost-effective things you can do to protect your foundation is to prepare for yard and house drainage. Indeed, effective drainage systems are the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining a stable foundation. 

There are a ton of variables that go into the health of your home’s foundation. Some things, like your physical location, are out of your control. What is in your control, however, is how you prepare for the weather. In the case of drainage, preventative measures are always more effective than reactive ones.

If you aren’t keeping an eye on your drainage system, your foundation could be heading toward instability. By the time many people realize the damage, it is already too late. Don’t let drainage get ahead of you; take preventative measures. These simple steps increase the longevity of your foundation.

Here are a few factors to consider when tackling a drainage problem:

Gutters

Drainage House Gutter Roof

An efficient gutter system will drain water away from your home and your foundation. As a homeowner, this should be an essential addition to your house. If your home doesn’t already have an up-to-date gutter system, chances are you are experiencing some pooling near your home. Installing a gutter system isn’t very expensive, especially considering the savings it creates.

Routine maintenance is still essential for homeowners who already have a gutter system in place. In order to prepare for the upcoming seasons, be sure to check your gutters and clear them of any clogs. If there is damage to your gutter system, you may want to consult a professional.

Landscape

Foundation Doctor Landscape drainage st. louis front yard

Sometimes a gutter alone isn’t enough to divert water away from your foundation. One of the main causes for pooling near your house in this case is the slope of your landscape. If the landscape is not sloped away from your house, it can cause water to collect in the soil touching your foundation.

If your landscape is sloped toward your house, you may want to contact a professional for a consultation. They can determine if altering the slope will reduce drainage runoff.

French drain

French Drain St. Louis

A French Drain prevents water damage in a cost-effective manner

If all else fails, you can consider installing a french drain.  A French Drain redirects surface and ground water away from your foundation. These are highly effective in tackling specific problem areas. If there is one spot of your yard that collects more water than the rest, this may be a solution.


Taking preventative measures isn’t the most popular thing to do. Despite that, it is still the most effective way to ensure your foundation will hold strong for years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns about your foundation, please contact The Foundation Doctor today.

Is Piering the Right Decision for your Foundation?

Is Piering the Right Decision for your Foundation?

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.

Benefits of piering

One of the principal benefits of piering is that it creates a crawl space beneath your home. This crawl space allows professionals to easily adjust major components underneath your home. Electricians or plumbers, for instance, have easier access to key components beneath the home, allowing them to more quickly identify and solve common problems.

Most piering systems are also relatively easy to install and employ tools that can be carried by hand. Because of this, you don’t need to worry about your yard getting torn up.

Additionally, Piering also provides a bit of added ventilation beneath your home, which can help reduce your energy bill.

How the DynaPier works

Recently, we entered into a partnership with PierMagic, allowing us to installing their revolutionary DynaPier system on homes. Their engineers designed the DynaPier foundation piering system to be the best foundation pier alternative on the market. It is one of the strongest foundation piers in the industry thanks to an elaborate combination of steel and high strength concrete.

Foundation Repair Pier Comparison

Foundation experts install the DyanPier system centrally beneath the footing rather than outside of the footing. This transfers the structural load directly on top of the foundation pier. The DynaPier segments contain high-strength concrete that is pre-cast in a steel sleeve, providing superior shear strength and compressive resistance.

Our professionals hydraulically drive these segments into the ground one at a time. They repeat this process until the foundation pier hits bedrock or a dense strata of subsurface material, providing maximum support.

Finally, we top the foundation pier with a steel cap and the house is lifted and secured to the pier.

Is piering right for me?

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.

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How a French Drain Could Save you Big this Fall

How a French Drain Could Save you Big this Fall

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?

French Drain St. Louis

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.

Today, French Drains redirect ground and surface water to a perforated drain pipe which is used to redirect the water toward a sewage system. Foundation professionals dig the trenches, typically 6” wide by 24” deep, into the ground.

After the trench is in a secure place, the installer covers the surface area with a soil layer. The soil is a combination of gravel and rock, ensuring it’s stability. After that, we cover the trench up with the grass taken up to dig the trench.

Is a French Drain right for me?

Next time there is a rainstorm, check your yard after. If there is an accumulation of water in the grass that just won’t go away, that may be a sign of a drainage issue. This is also true if water in a soil-rich area is accumulating.

The best way for you to be sure that drainage intervention may be necessary is to have a professional take a look when the water is accumulated. This will allow the drainage professional to most accurately assess the case and prescribe a solution.

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues, contact The Foundation Doctor today. We can offer a free onsite evaluation to learn how you home handles the rain. If you are the conditions are right, we are happy to install a French Drain, saving you money in the long-run.

 

Foundation Doctor Now Offers DynaPier as a Piering Alternative

Foundation Doctor Now Offers DynaPier as a Piering Alternative

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:

Foundation piering is the technique of driving a type of support system into the soil. The new support system levels your foundation and helps avoid further settlement. Overall, the process stabilizes and strengthens your foundation.

There are plenty of signs that piering may benefit you. Cracking in the concrete or brickwork, cracks in drywall, or doors that stick or fail to open and close, for example, are all signs of a weak foundation.

Installed underneath the existing foundation, piers will support and strengthen the foundation, preventing any further damage or future repairs to your home.

DynaPier

Piermagic piering St. Louis

PierMagic, the foundation company which manages DynaPier technology, has been around since 2007. Throughout that time, they have created a company filled with carefully selected personnel who have years of experience correcting foundation problems. Most foundation issues arise from the interaction of water and expansive soils around a homes foundation. PierMagic has a strong background in soil mechanics. This allows us to more accurately define and prescribe treatment for any specific problem.

PierMagic engineered The DynaPier foundation piering system to be the best foundation pier alternative on the market. It is one of the strongest foundation piers in the industry thanks to an elaborate combination of steel and high strength concrete.

It’s difficult to tell if piering is the right move for you as a homeowner without an onsite assessment. To see if piering is the right solution for your home, call our office today to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your foundation. If piering is necessary, you can be sure it is done by the best professionals in the market.

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Does Hot Weather Damage Your Home’s Foundation?

Does Hot Weather Damage Your Home’s Foundation?

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?

Shrinking Soil

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.

Foundation Cracks

In the hot summer months of St. Louis, the dryness can cause a lack of moisture around your home’s foundation which could lead to cracks beginning to form. These cracks, if left untreated, can lead to structural damage to your foundation. When cracks form in concrete foundations, it can lead to other foundation problems such as a sinking, uneven foundation and bowing, or leaning walls. If you notice any signs of cracks in your basement foundation or on the foundation walls, it is time to call the experts at Foundation Doctor and let us provide a thorough evaluation of your home’s foundation problems.

Sinking Foundations

When cracks form in your home’s foundation, the walls begin to separate as the home settles into a new spot to lean on. The foundation then sinks or tilts in a new direction, looking for support. This sinking foundation problem can also cause a sinking porch. If you notice the foundation sinking, either in the basement of your home or on the porch, it is time to call the professionals. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows that sinking foundations can occur over time for various reasons. We also know how to fix these issues. There are many options available to stop a sinking foundation, and fix the problem at its source.

The hot, dry summer months in St. Louis can contribute to the damage of your home’s foundation. The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows how to find your foundation problem, offer the solution, and permanently fix the foundation damage. Call us today for a free foundation evaluation before the hot summer months in St. Louis cause damage to your home’s foundation.

 

What is Foundation Piering and Does My Home Need It?

What is Foundation Piering and Does My Home Need It?

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.