The climate in Cincinnati, OH, can be tough on your home, particularly its crawl space. No season exemplifies this quite like winter! The heavy rainfall and dampness of fall can be compounded by sudden snap freezes and snowfall that will see it expand, put pressure on your foundation, and exacerbate any pre-existing damage to your crawl space and property.
How Ice Can Damage Your Crawl Space
While dampness and the many issues that it can cause are recognized as big issues for the average Ohio home, most people don’t realize that ice and frost can be worse. What’s more, they are indelibly linked; a damp crawl space in fall will turn into an ice-laden crawl space in winter. You should worry about this for a number of reasons, but the most pressing are:
- Frozen or burst pipes
- Warped floorboards or support beams
- Frost heave
- Cracks in your foundation or walls
These issues can lead to a whole host of problems including bowing or leaning walls, ruined soft furnishings and textiles (especially if a pipe bursts), and pest problems when the warmer weather returns. So, as you can see, it pays to take care of your crawl space in winter, especially if it is particularly exposed.
3 Tips for Keeping Ice Away from Your Crawl Space
When it comes to protecting your property, there are some things that you can do to provide more permanent results. Professional crawl space encapsulation, for example, can help you to keep your home dry, clean, and warm in even the harshest winter. Along with that process, you can undertake these three simple tasks to ensure that your property is ready to face the winter.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Your gutters and outdoor drains are a real lifeline for your home when heavy rainfall or snowmelt comes along. Taking the time to remove debris and sediment buildup from your drains and gutters in mid to late fall will help you to ensure that your property’s foundation is not swamped by overspill and water backup either during temporary thaws or in spring when the weather warms once more.
Maintain Your Sump Pump
Booking annual maintenance for your sump pump is one of the simplest and most efficient things you can do to protect your home from dampness and standing water. Regular maintenance will also help you to maintain the health of your crawl space as a whole.
Pile Snow Away from Your Property
When the snow does start to fall, you should extend your shoveling beyond the driveway. If you take the time to shovel snow away from your property as it starts to build up, this will reduce the ice making its way into your crawl space and prevent melted snow from gathering at your perimeter and refreezing if a sudden cold snap reoccurs.
You should also consider the security of your crawl space vents if you have them. If you do not have covers for your crawl space vents it is very likely that you will find a lot of water making its way into the crawl space. If you have seasonal covers for your vents, you should place them—make sure they are well-fitting or you could trap water into the space.
Issues with Your Crawl Space? Let the Professionals Deal with It!
If you have noticed cracks, sagging joists, uneven floors, or any other issues with the structure and stability of your crawl space, do not hesitate to contact a local expert. Booking an inspection appointment with Ohio Basement Authority is entirely free and comes without obligation to book repairs.
The benefits of calling in professional help to deal with damage to your crawl space are many. The most pressing, however, is the quality of the work and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your crawl space has been fully assessed. Booking an inspection will leave you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about the best choice for your home.