Beware of thawing after a deep freeze

Our primary concern after this past winter should be how the cold and snow has affected the foundations of our homes. Two factors that are sure to negatively affect our foundations are the extended cold weather and the two significant thawing events we have experienced over the winter.

Basement foundation damage after a deep freeze

A deep freeze causes excessive pressure on our foundation walls due to the expansion of the frozen ground. The effects of this can be mild and may result in "new" cracks and leaks in the foundation walls, or these effects can cause severe wall movement and structural damage to the foundation.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to avoid winter damage. Utech Basement Waterproofing is dedicated to helping you keep your basement dry, which means providing valuable tips to save TIME and MONEY.

Begin your personal foundation inspection

Ideally, you want to be able to inspect all of the foundation walls and floors. We know that this is not possible for everyone, due to the finished areas and storage systems in some basements. But if it is possible to move things around and inspect the walls, we strongly recommend it.

When personally inspecting your foundation, it's best to start inside and work your way to the exterior. First, check your foundation for any cracks that show leakage or movement of any kind. It's crucial to spot these cracks early on to prevent future flooding and water damage.

Not sure what to do next? Check out our one-page instructional guide, "Utech's 5 tips for inspecting your foundation," free of charge for WNY homeowners, or call us today for a free estimate: (716)893-8801.