Serving Mid, Western and Northern Michigan,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 by Andrew Hyatt
By this point in the winter season, many of us are likely over the dreadfully cold days. Here is some warm news: earlier this month on groundhog’s day, our furry little friend predicted an early spring! After all of the recent snow we have been receiving, this might seem comforting. Unfortunately, for most of us living in Michigan it’s definitely not spring yet; but don’t worry, it will be here before we know it. As sporadic spring weather quickly approaches, here is what you need to know to protect yourself and your home from the upcoming seasonal challenges it faces.
With an early spring in the mitten state, some of us will face a common occurrence known as frost heave sooner than usual. Frost heave occurs when water penetrates the top layers of the soil around your home, leaving them saturated. The result is extra heavy soil that may begin to forcefully push against your foundation. However, the real trouble starts when the saturated soil freezes. The soil expands and is now pushing up against the foundation in a new place. When the soil starts to thaw, it causes the foundation to come back to its original position. This can cause excessive stress on the foundation which often leads to cracks in the foundation and bowing of the walls.
What To Watch For And When To Call Us
If you begin seeing cracking walls, or notice sticking doors and windows or uneven floors in your home, these are all indicators that frost heave may have created issues with your home’s foundation.
There are certainly many reasons to be concerned, as these foundation issues will only continue to grow in the future. There’s no reason to face these issues alone- we are here to help. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.
Our Solutions That Can Help You
We offer support products that solve foundation issues both large and small. Each of our solutions help limit the chance of future cracks and bowing. Many of our support solutions also help reverse the forces of nature and allow your walls to return to their original position.
At your free inspection, your system design specialist will create a solution that’s tailored to the foundation challenges that you face. We'll stabilize your walls, and guard against cracking or bowing again in the future. Next time there’s a risk of frost heave? Don't sweat it - you're protected.