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Melting during day, freezing at night can create foundation problems

March 15, 2019 06:06 PM

With all the melting we've experienced during the day, the freezing temperatures at night can create a new set of problems.

When it freezes, the water expands which can buckle roads and create potholes. It can also damage your foundation.

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"When water freezes it stops coming in [a house] as fast but it's going to crack the foundation," said Connor Gardner, Partner with Drew Gardner Concrete and Waterproofing"Once you create the crack, there's no going back."

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Gardner says once water gets into an existing crack in the foundation and freezes, it can exacerbate foundation issues.

However, Gardner says there isn't much homeowners can do until the weather warms up.

"The real solution is to do a good grading job in the spring, summer, or fall because once we get to winter and everything is frozen, there's really nothing you can do."

Gardner says his company's schedule over those months is filling up fast due to overwhelming demand.

"With the heavy snow and the rain we're getting hundreds of calls which is not typical," admitted Gardner.  "We're just overwhelmed so everything's taking longer than it normally would."

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