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January 12th, 2020

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How Winter Conditions Affect Home Foundations

Living in Kansas City means residents are very familiar with frigid temperatures in the winter months. The cold weather not only affects all of us from in forms of cold, stiff joints, sickness but did you know, it also impacts home foundations? The more familiar you are with some common issues, the better you will be at preventing foundation problems.

Frost Heaving

Foundation Problems Caused by Snow

A frost heave is where the frigid temperatures push your home foundation up. This can lead to structural damage to your property. How does this happen? The soil around your foundation freezes and expands. The expansion in the soil can push your foundation upwards. This can lead to cracks in your foundation, walls, floors, ceilings and other areas of your home.

Frozen Discharge Line From A Sump Pump

Many homeowners that have basements also have sump pumps installed. In the winter months, the discharge line can freeze. If this happens, the line can break which can push water back into your house. Once this happens, your basement can begin to flood. If you experience this issue, it is best to have an experienced company evaluate your lines to ensure the lines are angled properly.

Foundation Wall Leaks

After a snowstorm, homeowners may notice water coming into their home. This happens due to the frost heave causing cracks. Once a crack is formed and snow begins to melt, the homeowner may notice a little or a lot of water in their house. If you notice any of the following please contact us to inspect your basement or crawl spaces.

  • Foundation cracks
  • Cracks in your walls
  • Doors and windows sticking
  • Peeling paint
  • Musty odors
  • Dampness

Preventing Cold Weather Foundation Issues

The best offense against cold weather prevention is a good defense. It’s critical to insulate your home so heat isn’t escaping. If you notice any small cracks, it is important to contact John Norris Foundation Repair. We will schedule a free estimate and send an experienced foundation repair technician to your home. From there, we will come up with recommendations to repair your foundation issues around your home.

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