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Friday, February 1st, 2019 by Lyndsie Sundvall
What do chapped lips and your foundation have in common?
They can both can crack in cold dry weather!
Unfortunately for homeowners, your foundation issue can’t be fixed with a swipe of lip balm. As the air becomes cooler and drier during the winter season, the water that once expanded the soils around your foundation have been leeched away by the frigid air, leaving loose and dry soils that makes your foundation prone to settlement.
The compactness of the soil will determine how much the foundation can settle, and more likely than not the settlement will not be unified throughout the home. Certain parts of the home can sink more than others, causing uneven amounts of damage throughout the foundation. Larger cracks in the floors and walls will begin to show and worsen as the settlement progresses, leaving an easy-access entryway for water from winter snowmelt to seep into your home. So now not only is your home susceptible to foundation issues, but water damage as well.
So as these winter homeowner woes wiggle their way into your list of stress for the snowy season, be on the lookout for warning signs of foundation and water damage. Preventing future costly repairs and significant damage is easiest when the problem is caught and resolved early. Keeping your home intact, cozy and happy is what Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems does best, so if you notice any foundation or water problems in your home, give us a call! We’re here to make sure your home is a safe space for the holiday season, not a stress space.