As summer turns to fall and then fall turns to winter there are likely a lot of seasonal projects on your to-do list. You need to rake the leaves or put away your outdoor furniture. But have you considered what you can do to protect the foundation of your home? Changes in temperature can cause the foundation to crack or deteriorate over time. But if you take the proper precautions, you can avoid significant damage to the foundation. Keep reading for a quick guide on how to protect your foundation.
What Happens to the Foundation During Winter?
Your foundation is made of a porous material (like a sponge). When water freezes in the foundation, it expands. Then, the freezing foundation stays that way until the temperatures rise again. As the foundation thaws, the water melts and can leak through tiny cracks and crevices. The thawing foundation causes those areas to contract (get smaller again). This cycle of freezing and thawing can damage the foundation over time causing cracks, basement leaks, and instability in the foundation.
Protecting Your Foundation
While you can't change the weather patterns, you can protect your home from seasonal foundation damage. By "winterizing" your home, you can address any current damage to the foundation and prevent future damage. Here are a few winterization steps you can take to protect the foundation and the rest of your home.
Clean Your Gutters
Did you know that clogged gutters can damage your foundation? Not to mention your roof and the surrounding landscape. Try to clean your gutters at least twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring. Also, check your gutters after a major storm because leaves and other debris can get caught.
Check For Leaks
If you notice leaks in the basement or first floor of your home, you might have a damaged foundation. Repairing cracks can prevent them from getting worse.
If you can't locate the source of a leak or you suspect the foundation is damaged but you don't know where - call a professional.
Consider a Sump Pump
A sump pump moves water coming into your basement from the floor • The sump pump reduces the hydrostatic pressure under the floor to lower water under basement floor and becomes the lowest point so no accumulated water will rise foundation especially when there is a lot of water. If your basement has leaks or seasonal flooding, a sump pump might be just what you need. You can also look into platon installation to waterproof your basement.
Protect the Foundation
Winterizing your home and protecting the foundation can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. Don't wait to repair cracks or damage and be prepared for the winter months. Keep your home and your family safe by following the advice above. And if you need a foundation repair service, contact us today for a free estimate.