Winter is rapidly approaching and as you prepare to winterize your home don’t forget to include your basement. Basements are one of the most often overlooked areas of the home when it comes to winterizing. Overlooking your basement in your cold-weather preparations, however, can be costly, both in terms of your home itself and your wallet. Take a look at some of the challenges you may find yourself facing if you skip winterizing your basement.
Melting snow and ice can wreak havoc on your basement in a couple of ways. For one, if your basement isn’t locked down tight, snow and ice may find their way in with each gust of wind. A small crack in a window or a door that doesn’t close completely can leave enough room to let snow and ice make their way into your basement. A small pile of snow or ice can cause a big problem when it melts and water damage results. Secondly, ice and snow that make their way inside may go through several cycles of melting and re-freezing repeatedly. If the snow or ice melts and then re-freezes in a crack or crevice, it will expand and make that space larger, thereby letting more snow and ice in and finding your basement in a damaging water cycle. Moreover, that small crack you may have had in your basement has grown exponentially and can even damage your foundation or walls. In order to protect against the invasion of snow and ice, it’s always a good idea to have an inspection done by a professional such as Everdry Waterproofing.
Most basements, especially those that have had water problems before, have sump pumps. Sump pumps can be very susceptible to issues during the winter. Things such as power outages, the pump mechanism freezing, neglecting to perform suggested regular maintenance, and of course incorrect installation, can all be things that contribute to sump pump malfunctions. It is important to have a professional install your sump pump, have routine maintenance done on your sump pump, and make sure to monitor it, especially during the winter when inclement weather strikes.
Basement wall cracks can often go undetected. Most homeowners don’t take the time to look for cracks in their basement walls and many have been there long enough that they are forgotten. Basement wall cracks may look small, however, they can lead to big trouble. Rain, snow, ice, any type of inclement weather can seep into cracks and, as mentioned previously, freeze and cause the crack to grow larger. A growing crack can easily lead to an unstable spot in the foundation or in one of the walls, cracks can extend onto the floor and create an uneven surface to walk on. More than that, a larger crack may let in even more moisture into your basement, which can cause additional issues such as water damage. Basement wall cracks should be identified, repaired, and monitored to ensure they remain in a fixed state.
Winter is a harsh season and it’s important to winterize your home as much as possible. Remember to include your basement in the process of winterizing as it is often overlooked in the process. Sump pumps, wall cracks, and melting snow and ice can lead to big challenges if your basement is not prepared for the upcoming colder months. One of the best ways to help prepare your basement is to have a professional inspection done to make sure everything is in tiptop shape. They can help you make sure you are prepped and ready to go for the winter ahead. For a free inspection call Everdry Waterproofing today.