Common Foundation Issues in Winter

Missouri weather definitely has a mind of its own, and it’s not uncommon for temperatures to be brutal during winter months.  Having 4 seasons means hot and humid summer months, and unkind, chilly temperatures during the winter that often fluctuate.  Stay on top of the game and let Adams Foundation Repair generate the perfect solution to your foundation issues in St. Louis County and St. Charles County.  Adams Foundation Repair wants to educate you on some common winter foundation issues so you can minimize any foundation related damage to your home.

Shifting Foundation

Shifting Foundation is an extremely common issue and can be even worse in the winter, especially in Missouri with our constant changes in temperate.  The freezing and thawing of snow causes the ground to become unstable.  When this freeze-thaw cycle happens, your home’s foundation shifts.  It is common for a home’s foundation to shift a few inches.  This also means structural damage to the inside and outside of your residence, like foundation wall cracks.

Extreme Moisture

Did you know the average ratio of snow to water is 10 to 1.  That being said, for every 10 inches of snow, when it melted, it would produce 1 inch of liquid precipitation (water).

You may be happy to see signs of snow melting while you make your daily commute to work, but it’s also important to keep in mind what this does to your home, especially basements.  As the snow melts, it’s not uncommon to see water pooling around the base of your residence and leak into your basement.  Adams Foundation Repair, servicing St. Charles and St. Louis County, has the waterproofing, sump pump installation, and crack injection solutions you need.

Soil Erosion

Unfortunately, cold winter air in Missouri also tends to go hand in hand with dry soil.  While hot, summer months causes your soil to swell, winter does the opposite.  Dry, cold air causes your soil to shrink with a lack of moisture, and pull away from your home’s foundation wall.  Over time, although it may be a slow process, your foundation walls will not have enough support.

Freezing Pipes

Basement flooding is no joke, not to mention costly.  A temperature drop of below 20 degrees can cause pipes to freeze and burst if they are unproperly insulated, causing devasting damage to your home’s foundation.  Properly insulating pipes is crucial, especially in areas like crawl spaces, attics, and basements.

Tip: Are you preparing to leave your home for a few days? A week or more? If you’re not around, make sure your home’s temperature stays above 55 degrees.

Adams Foundation Repair Professionals

Just because you haven’t noticed any foundation issues during the cold, winter months, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  Adams Foundation, a trusted foundation and waterproofing expert, is here to help.  Let our St. Charles County and St. Louis County foundation repair experts identify and correct any issues for a worry-free winter.  Don’t forget, online estimates are free on our website!  For questions, contact the experts at Adams Foundation Repair today at 636-485-8018.

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