The Science of Ice and Water and What it Means for Your Foundation

Why Ice and Water can Wreak Havoc on Your Foundation

With winter starting to set in, you are probably thinking of all of the shoveling and dreaded heating bills. Cold and freezing conditions can also take a toll on a home’s foundation, and it can cause ice and water damage. That is why it is important to know some of the signs of foundation problems such as:

If you see any of these signs, it is important to contact an expert to come and inspect your home. The professionals at Rapid Foundation Repair will inspect you home and determine if you are in need of foundation repair.

Small foundation cracks are common, but because of harsh winter weather, such as the winters that occur in Wyoming and South Dakota, your home will probably experience a condition called frost heave. Frost heave will cause small cracks to become even larger. This condition occurs when the moisture in the soil freezes and puts pressure on your foundation walls. This pressure causes foundation cracks and makes existing cracks become even larger. The cracks caused by soil movement are horizontal cracks or stair-step cracks. These cracks will become worse over time and create structural damage. Cracks weaken the structural integrity of your home.

When the snow and ice start to melt, this causes even more foundation problems. The water from the melting snow and ice will seep into your home from the cracks in the foundation.

Protect your Foundation from Ice and Water Damage

Rapid Foundation Repair can keep your home and foundation safe from ice and water damage. We use underpinning solutions for soil stabilization. These underpinning products include helical piers and steel push piers. These piers are driven deep into the soil through the unstable soil layers, below the frost and heaving layers, until they reach a solid soil layer. Then the weight of the structure is transferred onto these piers.

All of the products we use are the best in the industry. They are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Rapid Foundation Repair has the experience to keep your foundation safe from ice and melting snow. We will quickly and efficiently repair foundation cracks and get your foundation structurally sound for many years to come.

Before the harsh winter sets in, let Rapid Foundation Repair inspect your home and offer the best solution to prepare your foundation for the hazards that ice and water damage can cause. We are professionally trained foundation repair and basement waterproofing contractors in Black Hawk, South Dakota and service South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. We also offer mudjacking and epoxy injections for crack repair.

Don’t hesitate, contact Rapid Foundation Repair for all of your foundation repair needs today!