Although you may never see it, the foundation of a home is a vital aspect to its strength and stability. A proper foundation does more than keep your house above ground: It should also keep out moisture, insulate against the cold and resist movement of the ground surrounding it. There are many factors to consider, such as drainage around your house and soil condition, to help avoid a cracked foundation. The type of soil can have a big impact on the quality and lifespan of your home’s foundation.
Who would’ve believed that Punxsutawney Phil – that weather-predicting groundhog – called for an early spring and this year he was right! Spring has indeed sprung in our area, giving us the chance to finally step outside and breathe the fresh air without putting on a parka. And warm weather may trigger thoughts of spring home maintenance.
Pothole season is coming, and while it may cause concern for your daily commute, it could also mean trouble for your home. The same freeze-thaw cycle that puts asphalt at risk can cause structural damage to your home’s foundation. Frost heaving – the term used for soil movement caused by the freeze-thaw cycle – can leave cracks in your basement walls and floor. If left unchecked, this problem could pave the way for water seepage.
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!
The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes visits from family and friends. During this time of year, many people utilize their basements for extra storage space as well as sleeping accommodations for overnight visitors. If you plan on using your basement this holiday season, there are a few basement tips and tricks you need to get it in proper condition.