Protecting Your Foundation
As we well know, in the Midwest, temperatures in the winter can fluctuate from freezing to the upper 50s and possibly higher. Combined with rain and snow, these factors can take a toll on the foundation of your home! Here are some ways you can protect your foundation and avoid costly repairs.
LOOK TO SEE WHERE WATER IS POOLING
If you find a low spot or water puddles against your house, take note of the location and fix it when it’s dry.
CHECK OUTDOOR WATER FAUCETS AND GARDEN HOSES
Make sure they are off and not leaking. Turning a frozen faucet on in the middle of winter can cause the pipe to leak, which can cause damage to your foundation.
KEEP YOUR BASEMENT DRY
Prepare for flood conditions in your basement and don’t allow water to collect during rains. Installing a sump pump can help keep water out during a storm.
You may be tempted to turn off your dehumidifier in the winter, but excess humidity can cause damage to your foundation and walls. To avoid that issue, turn your dehumidifier to the lowest setting so that it will activate when the humidity becomes a problem in your home.
REPAIR CRACKS AND CREVICES
If you spot a minor crack in one of your walls or your foundation, it’s often a sign of underlying damage. Fill them as soon as possible to prevent the cracks from getting bigger.
KEEP A POSITIVE GRADE
Make sure there is enough dirt surrounding your foundation to drain water away from it, not towards it.