Winterizing Basements

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Most basement damage happens during the winter. For a few reasons: -Fluctuating temperatures cause the concrete to shrink and expand. This movement causes the concrete to crack and separate. -When snow melts it turns into water. The concrete absorbs the water and can re-freeze within the pores. This causes the concrete to crack and separate. -When the snow melts and turns into water it will often carry with it salts. When the concrete absorbs the salt water, the salt will damage the concrete from within the pores. -When snow melts in large amounts, it causes water to build up around the walls and floor of a basement. Concrete will absorb the water and allow it to penetrate through into the basement. -When water or moisture enters into the basement it creates an environment suitable for the growth of mold and mildew, and the formation of efflorescence. Many homeowners don’t realize they have cracks or problematic concrete until the winter. With winter comes more water and where there is a way for water to enter, it will.

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  • 1.Winterizing Basements