Remember last year’s polar vortex? Thanks to El Nino, this season’s mild winter has made the arctic blasts we’ve endured the past few years a distant, frigid memory. But that doesn’t mean you should become complacent about the possibility of foundation damage from frozen pipes. Even when your pipes are completely frozen, you should still be concerned. A freeze-thaw cycle – like the ones we’ve been experiencing all season – can take its toll on your home and can lead to expensive plumbing and foundation repairs.
If you live in the Midwest, then you know that winter can be harsh. It’s the season for frozen pipes, mountains of snow, and…flooded basements? Yes, that’s right! Most homeowners believe that flooding can only happen in the spring, but basement flooding in the winter is very common. While basement flooding can lead to extensive damage in your home and expensive repair costs, it’s also completely preventable if you prepare before the crises hits. We’ve compiled a few simple tips to help you get your basement ready for winter!