In yet another series of weird winters, 2019 is starting off with big snowfalls and record lows. Is your house ready for the cold and what are some things you can look out for this winter?
Throughout the entire US, this winter has been one for the books, but it seems like the midwest has really taken a beating.
If you were lulled by the mild end of 2018, you may not have prepared for the beginning of this year. The good news is that it is never too late to get your home ready. Even the people that got a headstart may have been caught off-guard by some of the weather this year.
Although weather predictions have gotten better over the years, there are just too many variables that can impact the outcome. Sometimes meteorologists have to change their forecasts on the fly, as things change and temperatures and storm totals fluctuate.
A best-case scenario is to always be ready for what the weather can throw at you and your house. However, we know that we rarely live in a best-case scenario world. It is in our best interest to adapt to the weather and get ready for Mother Nature.
Foundations can be impacted by weather, whether its heat, cold, rain, or drought, but hard freezes can really damage your foundation walls.
Protect Your Foundation from Freezing Damage
When the soil freezes, it can become harder than concrete. As the temperatures go up and down, layers of soil can freeze causing pressure on the foundation from the ice expanding and contracting. This constant flexing puts a lot of stress on your foundation walls, causing cracks, bowing, and other problems.
This flexing is called “frost heaving” and can be quite damaging. Some movements can be around four to eight inches with reports of shifting as big as 24 inches. It’s easy to see how soil movement like that can damage your foundation.
There are ways to lower the impact of frost heaving, but it is not something the average homeowner can do. There are three factors that affect frost heaving. If you can control one of them, you can minimize the impact.
- Type of soil
- Water supply in the soil
- Freezing plane in the soil
The majority of the time, foundation issues are not caused by construction errors or shortcuts, but by the type of soil the home is built on. Clay soils fluctuate more than other types of soil, but any type of earth can be impacted when it comes to too much or too little water.
Jerry’s Waterproofing Can Help
If at any time you fear that your foundation is being compromised, contact the helpful experts at Jerry’s Waterproofing. We can help with a variety of services, from foundation repair to radon mitigation to, yes, even waterproofing.
Let us help you keep your house safe, dry, and stable, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.