When you take the time to waterproof your basement and foundation, it can be tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and assume that you won’t have to worry about them again. While this can be true, in general, even the best waterproofing measures can be damaged by wear and tear or extreme winter weather conditions. As such, it’s important that you regularly check your basement and its waterproofing measures to ensure they are in good repair.
How Winter Weather Can Damage Your Waterproofing Measures
Here are four things that winter weather brings which could damage your foundation and waterproofing measures:
Heavy rain and sleet can cause a lot of problems for the soil in your yard, especially if it is exposed. When the soil in your yard begins to erode, it will change your yard grading. Your yard should always have a positive grade to direct water away from your home, but erosion will lead to pockets of standing water. If this water is too close to your property’s perimeter, it could cause serious problems for your foundation and basement and put undue strain on your waterproofing measures.
If you have poured concrete walls in your basement, water intrusion can be a real problem. You see, concrete is a porous material that will soak up water eventually. This water can seep all the way through your walls and into your basement if you do not act. Thankfully there are some treatments that can reduce or keep water from getting into the concrete in the first place.
When winter comes around in Springfield, MO, you are almost guaranteed wet and cold weather. When snap freezes and thaws come in quick succession, the earth can begin to heave. This is not a huge problem when it’s just your yard, of course, because the soil will return to its original position, eventually. When the soil under your home heaves, however, it can push your foundation upward as well. This leads to cracking and even settlement when the soil eventually shrinks again. The result is that all that water will have a channel into your basement when spring brings the thaw.
Excess Hydrostatic Pressure
Hydrostatic pressure is an issue for most homes, but when heavy rainfall saturates the soil, it can increase to unbearable levels. When this happens, you are likely to see cracks, pooling water in your basement cove, and even bowing walls or uneven floors. This can have serious implications for your home as a whole.
How You Can Protect Your Home This Winter
Taking care of your home this winter can be simple; while Springfield, MO, can see heavy rains, cold snaps, and snow, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to weather it with style. First and foremost, you should set up a regular maintenance schedule for your HVAC and waterproofing systems. Your sump pump, dehumidifier, and water heater should all be in top condition before winter really takes hold.
Secondly, you should make sure your drainage systems are properly collecting water, removing it from your home, and directing runoff away from your home and toward the main drains in the street. Once you have done this, you will have significantly lowered your risk of facing any of the above issues, and as a result, your home waterproofing systems will not have to work as hard. This reduces the risk of them failing at an inopportune time.
The best way to make sure your waterproofing measures are in excellent condition is to schedule a free inspection and repair quote with the experts at Foundation Recovery Systems. We will evaluate your current measures and recommend solutions best suited to repair and protect your basement, foundation, and home as a whole.