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 floor and walls meet. This hydrostatic pressure build-up can be the result of several complications, such as oversaturated soil, where your home is located on the land, or improper run-off, to name a few.

Do you already have a sump pump installed for basement drainage? It is wise to have it inspected and make sure it is working properly.  A sump pump is an inside drainage system that, if it is doing its job, should effectively remove water from your basement.

If you do not have a sump pump or some other kind of drainage system, then it is imperative that you call the professionals and let Foundation Doctor of St. Louis perform a thorough inspection of your home’s basement and foundation.

Water is good for outside, but it is not good for your basement. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will locate the source of the water coming into your home and make recommendations for how to fix the problem – permanently, thus avoiding further damage to your foundation. An interior drainage system, such as a sump pump can keep your basement dry no matter what the season is here in St. Louis. Having a sump pump can preserve the life of your home.

The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis are industry professionals trained to not only inspect, but fix whatever foundation problems you may be experiencing. Call us today for your free in-home evaluation to determine if an interior drain system with sump pump could be the permanent solution to your wet basement!

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, so to speak, it is important to do an inspection of the basement, any concrete walls and the outside perimeter of your home. This inspection should look for any cracks or compromise of the concrete foundation and any signs that the foundation has had movement. You can do an inspection yourself, but by having a professional from Foundation Doctor of St. Louis, do the inspection for you, it guarantees that minor problems will not be overlooked.

St. Louis winters are a combination of mild weather along with extreme temperature changes, snow and ice. Melting snow and ice can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation walls. Even minor cracks have the potential to turn into major problems if not detected and repaired early.

Foundation Doctor can also inspect the low areas of your yard and check for proper drainage away from your home’s foundation. It is also important to clear any exterior drains of debris, allowing for proper drainage. Any low areas next to the home’s foundation should be filled with compacted soil, so that run off water doesn’t pool next to the foundation, potentially causing harm.

It will also be important to inspect your gutters, making sure that there are no gaps or buckling away from the edge of the roof.  This can help to avoid any water leaking into the basement and crawl space from the gutters allowing water to run down the house.

Preparing your home for spring does not have to be time consuming or expensive. Your home naturally goes through changes with age, time, and weather. Don’t be caught off guard this spring. Call the Foundation Doctors of St. Louis today and let us give you a free estimate for an all points inspection of your home’s foundation. This is the best way to prepare your home for spring.

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 family. Why chance putting a band-aid on the problem when you can fix it once and for all, the right way?

Visually you might think that the repair is simple. After all, it’s just a crack, right? Wrong. These cracks that show up on the outside of your home’s foundation are visual indicators of more serious problems. Let the Foundation Doctors inspect your home’s foundation, including any cracks, to determine the underlying cause for the problem. Even if the repair looks simple to the untrained eye, there can be internal foundation problems that are not yet showing up. If cracks are left untreated, or not repaired correctly, it can cause more problems and lead to more serious issues.

Every home is different and the professionals at Foundation Doctor will evaluate, inspect and make recommendations for the best solution to your cracked foundation. By focusing on the internal problems that are hiding in the home’s foundation, further problems can be avoided. Issues such as basement leakage, poor drainage around the foundation, flooding, and even hazardous radon gas, can be prevented with proper foundation crack repair.

Don’t leave the repair of your home’s foundation to chance. Call the experts at Foundation Doctor. We will be happy to do a thorough evaluation and inspection of your foundation. You will know exactly what the problem is internally and how to fix it to avoid further damage. Doing it right the first time saves you time and money. Call the professionals at Foundation Doctor of St. Louis today to schedule your no cost evaluation!

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.