The Effects of Snow on Foundations

Most foundations are built with concrete, which does a fairjob of keeping basements dry. However, concrete is porous and can still make its way inside especially if there’s a lot of snow in a short amount of time. Snow (or water) collecting around your foundation can lead to the following issues:

  • Cracking: Eventually standing water will seep through weakening foundation walls and may result in cracks.
  • Bowing Walls: When the snow melts and the ground thaws, the wet dirt will expand. Too much expansion can put pressure on the foundation which can cause bowing walls.
  • Heaving: Foundation heaving occurs when a foundation or concrete slab is forced upward buy expansion of soils underneath.

Your foundation is arguably the most important part of your home but most people don’t think about it until issues start to develop. Be aware of your foundation during the winter and spring months. If you suspect issues similar to those listed above, you should contact a service professional immediately or capacityRE for recommended contacts.

Source: http://www.bestprickreports.com

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