Seasonal Weather Changes Wreak Havoc on Foundations

Snowman in front of home on winter day.

Big swings in weather patterns between the seasons of winter and summer can also have a big impact on your home’s foundation. There is a chance that while we are swapping out long-johns for swimming trunks, the foundation of our home is suffering from the change in temperature.

Unlike our ability to control the climate indoors, foundations are susceptible to whatever mother nature throws at them. The combination of scorching temperatures with heavy downpours during summer months can lead to disaster if the proper precautions are not followed.

Weather Affects More Than Our Mood and Plans

While different types of soil expand and contract at different rates, all soil suffers from fluctuations between drought and oversaturation. Dry weather over the summer months tends to cause soil to shrink.

When the shrinkage is severe and follows an especially cold winter where the soil expanded due to moisture in the ground freezing, the foundation suffers from all this movement we are not aware of in the moment.

Over time, the soil that is confined by this process begins to cause damage to our foundation.

Expert Foundation Repair for Homes Affected by Changes in Weather

Fortunately, with the right solution from a reputable foundation repair company like Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, homes can be protected from the effects of summertime drought and other causes of damage.

For example, the installation of proper drainage around a home will deter moisture from oversaturating the ground next to the foundation and allow water to flow from the perimeter. This not only keeps water from filling the soil in summer, but also allows snowmelt to drain away from the home, rather than refreezing in the soil as well.

For more severe cases, the use of foundation piering is another fix for homes that have experienced foundation damage due to changes in weather between seasons over the years.

If you suspect there may be foundation damage to your home, a certified inspector from Tom’s Basement Waterproofing can easily spot the signs that repair is required. From a sagging roof to cracks in either the walls and ceilings or in the soil around the exterior of your home, the symptoms of foundation damage vary greatly.

For a free inspection, call Tom’s Basement Waterproofing at 586-949-7826 or use our online contact form to share your concern with the pros at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing today!