How Winter Freezes Affects Your Home’s Foundation

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Living here in Middle Tennessee means we experience different seasons throughout the year. Although we did not experience a brutal winter like in years past, we certainly had our fair share of nights, and even a few days, that dropped below freezing this winter season. When changes in temperatures occur, it can actually have a profound impact on your home’s foundation. Spring is the perfect time to address these concerns not only for safety reasons but to prevent moisture and pests from entering your home.

Your Nashville area waterproofing service company, Ameri Care Services, is here to discuss how winter freezes affect your home’s foundation, and what you can do about it.

During the winter, the soil tends to retain moisture. From rainfall to melting snow and ice, the top layer of soil can easily freeze. As the cold temperatures remain steady, the ground begins to freeze deeper and deeper, pushing water upward, which causes frost heave. This may result in cracks forming in your home’s foundation or in the basement.

As this trend occurs over and over each winter, tiny cracks begin to expand as new cracks form. The problem with this is that moisture begins to seep into your basement or crawlspace. At first, it may not be enough moisture even to notice, or it may be hidden behind sheetrock or under flooring. Eventually, however, moisture will make itself known, and this usually happens at the point that significant damage has occurred. Keep in mind that where there is water lurking for extended periods, there is likely to be mold, which can be harmful to your health.

While smaller cracks in your home’s foundation or basement may be able to be repaired with an epoxy, water is still able to get inside, and will eventually cause the crack to expand. If at any time you notice cracks in your foundation or basement, it may be time to look into waterproofing services in Nashville.

Repairing these common issues can be simple when you hire the right company. Waterproofing your basement or crawlspace is something that Ameri Care Services has had decades of experience doing. We first begin by assessing the situation, and determining how water is entering since redirecting the water will significantly improve the moisture problem. Sometimes, a sump pump may need to be installed that would automatically come on when water is detected. Once we assess the situation, we can develop a customized plan to share with you on how we will waterproof your basement or crawlspace.

Ameri Care Services also offers mold remediation. It is most often the case that home or businesses that have experienced moisture or water damage will have some level of mold growth. In fact, mold can begin to grow within 24 hours of water being present. During each assessment, we will be sure to check for any growth of mold and remedy that hazard as well.

Now that the freezing temperatures are behind us, it is time for every homeowner to assess their home’s foundation for potential cracks. You do not want to ignore these issues because doing so will only result in larger problems down the road.

Waterproofing Services in Nashville

Keeping your basement or crawlspace dry can be easy when you choose Ameri Care Services. To learn more or to schedule your free estimate, please call (615) 893-7111. We provide services to homes and businesses in Middle Tennessee.