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Winter Water Damage to a Home’s Foundation and Basement

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 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 contractor right away:

  • Mold or mildew
  • Stains
  • 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

What happens if I’ve already experienced water damage?

A trusted contractor can fix both the original cause of the water damage as well as restore the condition of your home and help you file an insurance claim to compensate for harm to your home and personal property. It’s important to prevent more water from coming into your home, otherwise, your wiring, floors and support beams, foundation, and personal health can suffer. 

If you’ve experienced water damage this winter, Kelley Construction Contractors provides full restoration services, including emergency service, flood damage estimates, water removal, and stain repair. Since 1994, Kelley Construction has grown into one of Central Illinois’ largest family-owned home improvement and restoration companies. Visit our site for more information, or call our Peoria, Bloomington, or Pekin office today.