Snowmelt Causes Big Foundation Problems

Snowmelt causes big foundation problems in the Spring. The sun is shining, the temperatures are warming up, and the snow is beginning to melt away. On the surface, it looks great as a new warmer season is on its way. However, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow in the winter months or had an abnormally high amount of moisture, the joys of seeing that snow disappear may not be much cause for a celebration if you start noticing moisture in your basement.

Melting Snow = More Water

Melting snow and ice
Snow melt means more water around your foundation!

Foundation problems in most homes can be caused by snowmelt and sometimes the homeowner is completely unaware of what they need to be doing to make sure this does not happen. The likelihood of these issues occurring is very high once all of that snow begins to melt. Once it begins to melt if there are cracks in your foundation, the water will most likely start seeping through and may cause your basement to flood. The water has to go somewhere and it will get in the basement unless you have the proper waterproofing.

Once an issue is noticed, getting it repaired quickly is the most important thing you can do to help prevent costly repairs in the future. Getting your home ready for the changes in wet weather is a step you can take at preventing some of the issues. Make sure that your sump pump is working properly and clean out the gutters and downspouts so that the water can drain out and away from your home’s foundation. The downspouts should empty at least 10 feet away from your foundation to assure that there won’t be any issue with water getting in. Keeping piles of snow away from your foundation is a good idea as well, as the snowmelt goes directly into the ground.

If you do have foundation issues that need to be addressed, Jerry’s Basement Waterproofing offers not only foundation repair but waterproofing and we’ll provide you with the professional service you need.

Remember, snowmelt causes big foundation problems if you are not on top of the problem. Fixing the issue yourself probably is not the best route to take, especially if there is significant noticeable damage. Foundation repair is a job for a professional if you want the job done right. Call Jerry’s today for your free estimate.