Winter Cold Causes Basement Foundation Cracks to Grow

Those of us who live in the areas of the US with harsh winters are used to the cold, but your foundation isn’t. When temperatures are freezing, this can affect a home’s foundation.

It is important to be aware of your home foundation problems. 

When the temperature drops, the soil all around us starts to freeze. This frozen soil has the ability to make previously minor foundation cracks much more significant.

When the water that is in the soil freezes, frost heaves happen. 

What is a frost heave and how does it cause foundation problems? 

A frost heave is when the soil swells upwards, due to freezing conditions. This means that the soil is pushing against your foundation, creating pressure on your foundation walls. This can cause prior damage to become much worse, or new cracks to form. 

Each freeze/thaw cycle changes the size and shape of basement cracks. Winter cold is brutal on your basement. Concrete basement walls are very common. Concrete has little pores throughout its composition. These pores allow moisture to enter the concrete. When water freezes, it expands. When water in a concrete block freezes, it can cause foundation cracks. 

"The two main culprits for damage to your foundation during winter are frost heaves and frozen pipes."

-ECP

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