Common Bowing Walls Causes and Solutions

Common Bowing Walls Causes and Solutions

Bowing walls are especially common for homeowners in the St. Louis area. If you are experiencing slanting or bending walls, it is essential you take action.

Foundation issues arise so slowly it’s hard for most homeowners to recognize them. When they do notice them, however, it’s important they act quickly to protect their home from further damage. Bowing walls are a perfect example of this.

Bowing walls are walls bent or slanted inward in a basement or underground room. These walls often begin to form cracks, which can allow more water into the home, exacerbating the problem. If left unchecked, they can lead to a devastating collapse, a nightmare situation for any homeowner.

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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: (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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: (more…)

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. (more…)