The Winter Season is closing in and the change in weather conditions can effect your home. This can lead to you needing foundation repair. Even though it doesn’t get too cold in Nashville, it’s still important to know what to look for in case of extreme cold weather. We created a list of things to lookout for.
Small hairline cracks in the structure of your home are a common occurrence. However, the freezing weather that occurs in the winter can accelerate these cracks. If there is too much moisture in the ground, it can freeze and expand, which can add pressure to your foundation walls. Excessive pressure can cause cracks to form and expand, which weakens the structural integrity and can lead to water leaks.
Frozen Discharge Line
In homes with a sump pump, you should check your discharge line often to be sure the line is not frozen. Sump pumps are vital to ensuring your crawl space or basement doesn’t flood. The discharge line pumps the excess water away from your home. But, if the line freezes, the water is forced back into the house. Be sure the line is sloped away from the house so that water will not pool near the base of the structure. This will also help the line to not freeze and cause damage to your pipes, walls or flooring.
In areas that receive a lot of snow, sometimes the structural issues will not occur until the snow melts. Once the snow melts, the excess water built up in the soil can seep into the basement. If you notice any signs of foundation problems or have water leaking into your basement or crawl space, give Warner Foundation Services a call. We will come out and give you a free estimate to fix the issue.