As the toughest months of winter are quickly approaching in Maryland, it is especially important to consider the effects of the freeze and thaw cycle of winter on your home foundation. Luckily, most of these issues come with effective preventative measures and easy solutions for a stress-free spring, so you can sit back in January and let the storm pass.
Lower temperatures mean pressure changes moving through Central MD as the winter season passes along the east coast. While you may not feel the immediate shift of your home foundation with every inch of snow, you may soon recognize the tiny cracks in your home foundation growing over time. Although some of these cracks may seem tiny and insignificant at first, they can welcome some serious stress to your mind and budget if neglected for too long.
Common Issues Caused by Cracks
Similar to an open cut, these little cracks can open the door to some big issues. Below is a short list to name a few:
- Water damage
- Insect and pest infestation
- Floor damage
- Expanded doors and windows
Dangers of Mold
Mold in your home is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous consequences of moisture in your basement and home foundation. Not only does it affect the wellbeing of your home, but it also has dangerous health consequences for you as the resident. If left untreated, mold growing in your home can put you and others in the house at risk for allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and severe headaches if exposed over a long period of time.
Staying Ahead of the Storm
Every good homeowner knows that one of the best ways to fix a problem with your home is to prevent the issue from happening in the first place. With this particular problem of structural damage, there is no better way to keep everything in place than to stay ahead of the game with preventative measures. Best practices for preventing damage to your home foundation in the future include waterproofing your basement proactively and filling any cracks that you find sooner rather than later.
Contact Environmental Consulting and Contracting Group
No one wants a wet basement, but if you do have one, you’ll be glad that Environmental Consulting and Contracting is there to help you clean it up and keep it dry. With more than 20 years in the waterproofing industry, we have the experience and tools to help you. Contact us at 410-258-3579 or 1-877-591-MOLD (6653).