Since 1997, BQ Basements & Concrete has been your local expert in basement and crawl space waterproofing, foundation repair, and concrete lifting services. While the winter months can put strain on the integrity of your home, BQ is here to help.
So, what exactly does cold weather do to a foundation?
Cold weather affects the concrete foundation beneath your home. Whenever the ground freezes and thaws, the soil heaves and contracts. This is what’s known as the frost-heave cycle.
Frost heave occurs when the underlying soil retains water that freezes. Ice expands when it forms and places additional pressure on the soil than water. The cyclic changes make the foundation soil unstable and creates gaps or spaces beneath your foundation.
To ensure your home can weather the season, here are some tips from your local foundation experts at BQ Basements & Concrete on winterproofing your home’s foundation:
- Make sure to wrap your water pipes so they won’t freeze. Ruptured water lines can let water penetrate the foundation and flood your basement or crawl space.
- Disconnect hoses that are attached to the exterior faucets. Severe cold and ice can cause your pipes in and under your home to break.
- Install a waterproofing or foundation drainage system. A drainage system will intercept surface runoff and prevent groundwater before it seeps into the foundation.
- Insulate your attic. Proper insulation in your attic is the best way to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and gutters.
- Clear and fix your loose gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are draining properly.
Contact BQ Basements & Concrete today at 215-709-6225 to schedule a FREE estimate and to learn how you can turn your home into a healthier, happier environment!
PHOTO CAP: The frost-heave cycle can cause your home’s foundation to shift or crack, leading to additional damage throughout your entire home.