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Tips to Help You Keep Ice Away from Your Foundation

Protecting your foundation from ice buildup is an uphill battle, but if you’re willing to put in the work it can be fairly straightforward.

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As Cincinnati’s rain and dampness turn to snow and ice, this has many implications for day-to-day life; shoveling the driveway and de-icing your car become regular necessities. What most homeowners don’t realize, however, is that snow and ice are far more pressing concerns for a property’s foundation. 

When water accumulates around your home, it can seep through the porous material that makes up your basement walls and foundation. This is concerning, of course, but a snap freeze or hard winter only makes it worse, as water expands while it freezes. This expansion can cause cracks and damage or exacerbate existing damage. 

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5 Ways to Protect Your Foundation from Ice 

If you want to protect your home from the negative side effects of winter, there are some fairly simple things you can do to minimize the amount of moisture and ice around your property perimeter. 

Clean Out Your Drains and Gutters 

Keeping your roof gutters and any ground-level drains free from debris and sediment buildup is key to ensuring your property is ready to handle rainfall and snowmelt. Of course, the average Cincinnati winter will see a mix of snow, rain, snap freezes, and short-lived thaws. Through winter the role of your drains and gutters will be to prevent water pooling around your perimeter in time to freeze with the next cold snap. 

Position Your Downspouts Properly 

There is a chance that your downspouts may have shifted slightly during summer, especially if you have kids and dogs running around. Make sure that they are properly placed to whisk water away from your home and you will minimize the chances of large ice deposits building up around your home. 

Cover Window Wells 

If you have basement or egress windows, make sure to clear debris from your window wells and cover them up before winter bites. If water and debris get trapped in your window well and its attached drainage systems it may cause damage when it expands during the freezing process. 

Check Your Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, it is important that you schedule yearly maintenance. This will ensure that it is working as efficiently as possible to remove water from your basement and around your foundation. As winter progresses you should keep an eye on the exterior discharge line to ensure that it does not freeze and cause water to pool in and around your home. 

Shovel Snow Away from Your Property 

Once snow starts falling in earnest, there’s very little that you can do. One thing that you can do, however, is to shovel snow away from your property perimeter. Doing this will minimize the amount of water that runs directly to your foundation to refreeze if sporadic temperature peaks and thaws hit Cincinnati, OH. The less water by your home, the less ice is able to form. 

These simple tasks will help you protect your home from the worst of the winter weather and keep your property foundation in good repair with very little effort and almost no cost on your part. If you take this advice regularly, you will keep your home in good repair. If you see any large cracks around the base of your home, get in touch with local foundation repair professionals as soon as possible. 

Foundation Issues? Enlist Help from the Professionals! 

If you have concerns about the amount of water getting into your basement, or you have noticed spreading cracks, your foundation may need repair work. Professional waterproofing and repair services can save you time and money in the long-run. The benefits of having a professional look at your property are numerous, but the most obvious is the peace of mind that comes with knowing that any repairs have been undertaken with the utmost skill and care. 

If you think that you need help with your foundation, don’t hesitate to reach out to local professionals. A free inspection with Ohio Basement Authority comes with no obligation to book repairs and will help you to understand any underlying issues in your home. As a result, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the best thing for you and your property when the need arises

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