Most people worry about water damage during spring and summer, when powerful rainstorms increase the risk of flooding. However, winter can be the most problematic time of the year for water intrusion into a home’s foundation and basement. If you have winter moisture problems in your basement, you are not alone. With 60% of homes in the US experiencing water intrusions, various year-round elements challenge the structures of most homes. The good news is that you can fix the source of winter water damage with vigilance, early detection, and quick response.
How does water in get in the basement in winter?
If you have a basement or a structure built below grade and notice signs of moisture in winter, it often stems from the ground around your foundation being warmer than the frozen ground a few feet further away from your home. If we experience heavy rains, a big snow, or thaw, the water around your home has nowhere to go. It becomes trapped between the frozen ground and the warmer space around your foundation. The force of gravity on the water, called hydrostatic pressure, causes water to seep into cracks in the floor, walls, or mortar joints.
What are the signs of water damage in my basement?
If you notice any of the following, call a professional water damage restoration and mold remediation contractor right away:
- Mold or mildew
- Water or dampness on the floor or walls
- A strange odor
- Cracks in the walls or floor
- Water, rot, mold, or mildew damage to carpet, wood, or personal belongings
When you think of home makeover projects, you likely imagine them in progress and completed during the spring or summer. While it’s true that most home construction projects – especially exterior ones – are completed during the summer, you can save time and money by doing them in the winter. Here’s why you should consider planning your home makeover project for this winter instead of waiting for warmer weather:
More Available Contractors
Since business is generally slower during the winter, it should be easier to get in contact with the professional contractor(s) of your choice. The other perk of this slow time is that the contractor that you choose will likely have more time to spend with you going over details in the planning and designing stages of your project.
Most contractors increase their prices ahead of spring, aware that their busy season is coming up. Knowing this means you’ll find your best deals in the winter. Manufacturers are also aware of the higher demand in spring and summer, and often introduce new product lines and upgrade their wares: meaning there’s a good chance you’ll find reduced pricing on things like hardware fixtures, windows, and lumber, as manufacturers try to free up older inventory.
Speaking of inventory, fixtures that fly off the shelves in warmer months have a good chance of being in stock during the winter. This gives you the opportunity to really shop around for exactly what you want without risk of it becoming sold out.
With winter being the slow season, it also means your contractor’s schedule is fairly open. Exterior projects are usually left for spring and summer, so your contractor will have more time to complete various interior projects like painting, flooring, drywalling, updating lighting and/or replacing cabinetry.
If you have a vision in mind for your home’s makeover, there’s no better time to get a start on it than now. Call Kelley Construction Contractors for your restoration, renovation, or remodeling needs. One of Central Illinois’s largest family-owned home improvement companies, we are licensed, insured, and bonded to do residential and commercial projects. This includes roofing, siding and windows, room additions and sunrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and solar. Contact us today!Read more...
Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for the oncoming winter. By getting your home ready now, you can not only avoid doing those pesky winterizing chores in the cold, but you’ll also prevent headaches and large bills down the road. If you haven’t started winterizing your home yet, follow the checklist below!
- Check the Heat: The first thing you’ll need to check is your heating system, and make sure everything’s running smoothly for the winter months. You can test your system by turning your thermostat to 80 degrees F. You should hear your furnace kick on and should feel warm air blowing within a few minutes.
- Check the Air Conditioner: Your air conditioner needs a little love before the winter as well. Make sure to clear debris away from the unit, and remember to cover it to protect it from falling leaves and heavy snow and ice.
- Check your Fireplace, Chimney, and Flue: Your wood burning fireplace and chimney are a major source of cold air in your home. Get your fireplace and chimney inspected before the cold weather hits to make sure everything is working properly.
- Protect your Pipes: Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather, and can easily freeze if not emptied or insulated properly. To avoid bursting pipes and plumbing bills, insulate your pipes for the winter months.
- Prepare your Windows & Doors: Air leaks around your doors and windows can drastically increase your heating bill. On a windy day, close all your windows and feel for any air leaks. This will allow you to find the spots you need to fill. When it comes to your doors, check for weatherstripping, which can most commonly be found on the bottom of doors. If a door in your home is without weatherstripping, you can replace it to ensure your home stays warm and free of air leaks.
- Check the Roof: Hire a professional to come out and inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles, and have them replace them. You should also clean and clear your gutters to prevent costly damages over the winter.
- Remember the Sprinkler System: Make sure to have your sprinkler system winterized no later than October. Winterizing your sprinkler system will entail emptying your sprinklers of water, and blowing compressed air through them to make sure no blockages have been missed.
If you need any more assistance when it comes to winterizing your home this season, please feel free to visit our website at kelleyconstructioninc.com to learn more about how we can help prepare your home for winter!