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...

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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....

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Sump Pumps – Solutions for a Wet Basement

Sump Pumps – Solutions for a Wet Basement

If you live in the St. Louis area, then you know that “April showers bring May flowers.” It’s no secret in this area that springtime means rain. While the rain is good for flowers, trees and your yard, it isn’t always a good thing for your home’s foundation. Rain means that your basement could be experiencing cracks causing puddles or pools of water from leakage. Water in your basement could be caused by the build-up of hydrostatic pressure. This pressure could compromise your home’s foundation, perhaps causing wet walls, or leakage where the...

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Preparing Your Home for Spring

Preparing Your Home for Spring

Homeowners always ask, “What can I do to prepare my home for spring?” Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows there is more to preparing your home than just checking your basement for cracks and looking at the outside of your foundation. There are a few necessary things to do to prepare your home for spring and be able to rest assured that springtime in St. Louis won’t turn into a disaster for your home’s foundation. Wet weather always means that your home’s foundation could be compromised. To prepare your home for spring, and nip it in the bud,...

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Foundation Cracks on Outside Walls… Call a Professional or Fix it Myself?

Foundation Cracks on Outside Walls… Call a Professional or Fix it Myself?

It can be very upsetting to find cracks on the outside walls of your foundation. Visually it gives the appearance that your home is unstable and at risk of wall collapse. Repairing the cracks to your foundation’s outside walls is necessary. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis are experts at repairing foundation cracks. Many homeowner’s wonder if there is a way that the repairs can be made by either themselves or a friend. Let’s put it this way… the foundation is the cornerstone of your home. Your home provides safety and protection for your...

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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...

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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