News Channel 5 Reports

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – It’s often said there are two guarantees with concrete.  One, it will harden and two, it’s going to crack. Of course, it’s the cracking that causes headaches for homeowners.

“You’ll see cracking off of door jams, in your drywall upstairs, maybe your door is starting to stick when you open and close your bedroom door, your bathroom door, your front door,” explains Jason Bauman, owner of The Foundation Doctor.

Cracks don’t necessarily mean you have a structural problem.

“It could be just a common settlement crack,” Bauman points out.

Something every home will eventually experience.

“You’re house could be two weeks old, 25 years old, it could be 70 years old it’s just a matter of when it’s going to happen,” Bauman adds.

Unfortunately, there’s really nothing a homeowner can do to prevent a problem.

“What it is, is we have so much clay soil here in st. Louis. What people don’t realize is when clay gets wet it expands.

When it gets dry from this drought it shrinks,” Bauman explains.

And when the soil gets away from the footing, things start to shift and then it’s just a matter of digging in and fixing it, which apparently you can do anytime of the year.

“There’s no right or wrong time. Obviously you don’t want to be working in the snow or the rain or anything like that, but anytime of year is fine,” Bauman says.

The Foundation Doctor offers free estimates. He also says if you have someone come out and give an estimate be sure to read the fine print and see if there’s a depth clause, it could be the difference of several hundred dollars.