Winter Storms And Your Foundation
With winter quickly approaching in the PA, NJ, DE, VA, DC and MD areas, it’s time to start thinking about how this season will affect your foundation. Foundations of any sort of home tend to take something of a beating during the winter months, and with the past extreme winters we have had in this region, it’s important to make sure your foundation is prepared and that you’re not going to allow water to enter into your home through your foundation this season. Last winter’s polar vortex and dramatically dangerous temperatures may have caused cracks to begin forming in your foundation’s structure, and these cracks will only grow worse as this season continues on, so it’s always best to call the professionals to make sure that your home will remain safe during this cold weather season.
In these portions of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the cold weather can begin to set in during any time, and it was just a few years ago that this region saw its first major snowstorm as early as Halloween, so it should never be considered too early to waterproof your home for the coming winter. At AA Action Waterproofing, we fully believe that it’s never too early to waterproof your home, but you may find that it can be too late if you’re stuck cleaning up after a particularly bad leak beforehand.
One may be wondering, “How does the winter affect my foundation so dramatically?” and this is a question that is relatively easy to answer. During the winter, the ground will freeze and thaw regularly, and this will cause the soil to expand and contract with each temperature change. As the ground and its soil expands and contracts, it puts a great deal of pressure on your foundation, causing the concrete to stress. Like potholes in the road, or cracks in the sidewalk, this process will often cause damage to the foundation’s structure, and it is through these damaged areas that moisture will be allowed to seep in.
At AA Action Waterproofing, we know how important it is to have your foundation checked before this winter sets in, as you won’t want to find yourself in a leak or flood situation as the snows begin to melt.