Frequently Asked Questions About Basement Foundations
What are some common causes of foundation problems?
The most common reason a foundation becomes damaged is when a homeowner avoids taking preventative action against the elements. Seasonal cycles, soil density, and drainage systems all significantly impact your foundations health. If you take the proper precautions, though, they can be managed just like any other variable.
How do the changing seasons effect my foundation?
In St. Louis, we see the extreme side of each season every year. As such, every landscape experiences subtle, but important changes. Hot weather dehydrates soil and causes it to shrink. When the ground is less dense, your foundation loses some support. Rainy season also play a role. If you don’t have a proper drainage system installed around your home, frequent rainfall can add pressure to your foundation. Finally, the winter months cause soil to expand, putting increased pressure on your home.
All of these can effect your foundation in a different way. If your foundation is not properly tuned to handle these cycles, you may experience significant damage over time.
What are some things I can do to prevent foundation damage?
Preventative action is the smartest thing a homeowner can do for their foundation. Depending on the landscape, those actions could be a wide variety of things. It is best to consult with a trusted professional before reaching a decision.
Does my foundation's health effect my home's value?
In a word: yes. You will have a difficult time selling your home if your foundation fails to pass a basic inspection.
Are certain times of the year better for fixing your foundation than others?
Depending on the job, some projects may be better suited for the autumn or spring months. If you delay taking care of your foundation, though, it will take care of you. Simply put, the best time of year to fix your foundation is the moment you discover your problem.
How can I tell if my foundation is in need of repair?
Foundation damage can manifest in multiple ways around your home. Common warning signs include cracks in the exterior brick, displace or cracking moldings, bowing walls, doors or windows not opening properly, cracks in the floor, and visible space between the wall and ceiling. If you notice one or more of these issues in your home, it is important you contact a foundation repair professional right away.
How much do I have to pay to fix my foundation?
Always bear in mind there is nothing cheaper than preventative action. We offer a wide range of services in this regard because we believe it is the best way to keep your home healthy and in tact.
If you already have damage, though, it is a different story. No two projects are the same, so it really depends on your specific foundation need. Here at Waterproof, we guarantee a completely transparent experience. Our trained professionals guide you through exactly what the problem is and what it will take to repair it.
How long does a foundation repair project usually take?
As with pricing, it is difficult to give an exact time-frame because it varies with each project. Our company prides itself on efficiency, though. We guarantee you the least invasive and time-consuming solution at every level.
Could you take an on-site look at my foundation?
Yes! We offer free on-site consultations to help you clearly identify your foundations issue and develop a strategy for solving it.
Which foundation services does your company provide?
At Waterproof STL, we specialize in residential waterproofing, diagnostic services and foundation repair.