How Snow and Ice Damage Your Foundation

Not many people are fond of winter weather, and your Grand Rapids home isn’t either. With freezing temperatures and the accumulation of snow and ice, your foundation can suffer some serious damage this winter if no preventative measures are taken. From destructive cracks to water leakage, winter weather can create a lot of unnecessary damage to your home.

Foundation Cracks

During the winter months, the ground water in the soil surrounding your foundation tends to freeze. When this happens, a process called frost heave takes place as the soil expands and puts pressure on your foundation, causing it to crack. Snow and ice not only create foundation cracks, but they can also worsen pre-existing ones. The pressure from frost heave puts more stress on small cracks that are already present in your foundation and widens them, allowing for more damage. If left unrepaired, these cracks in your foundation pave the way for water leakage, toxic mold build-up, and even pest infestation in your home.

Water Leakage

As the seasons change from winter to spring and all the snow and ice melt away, you may be thinking that all the possible damage and problems winter brings is over with. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, many people experience more damage to their home when the snow and ice melt than from the snow and ice themselves.

When the weather warms up and the snow and ice begin to melt, the soil beneath your home is overloaded with water. This excess water can makes its way into your home and cause major damage. You may think you’re safe from this potential damage if you don’t have any foundation cracks for the water to sneak through, but think again. The water from the melted snow and ice can push through window and door frames and the top of your foundation wall. Fortunately, this can be prevented with proper basement waterproofing.

Sump Pump Dysfunction

Sump pumps are extremely important in keeping your basement dry and safe by pumping out any water that has accumulated around your foundation. During the winter months, the discharge line that carries the water away from your home can freeze, causing it to not work efficiently. Once your sump pump is damaged, your home is more susceptible to water seepage.

Preventing Snow and Ice Damage

The good news is that all the above issues can be prevented and repaired. Before winter arrives, get your basement professionally waterproofed and have your foundation inspected for any cracks or damage. Our Grand Rapids foundation repair services will help prevent the damage that snow and ice can cause to your home’s foundation and structure, saving you time and money in the long run. Call us today for more information on how you can avoid the negative effects winter weather has on your home.

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