MN Winter Weather and Wet Basements

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by Jennifer Norton

There's no denying that it has been a very cold winter.  In fact, the University of Minnesota's Extension office has reported that we hit the longest streak of subzero nights since 1886 from December 25th, 2017 to January 4th, 2018. 

Today the Midwest is forecasting temperatures to reach as high as 40 degrees in some of our neighborhoods.  So what does that extreme temperature change mean for your home?

Cold weather is enough of a headache on its own, but when you finally add in some relief with above freezing temperatures, you run into a much bigger problem... A wet basement!  Wet Basement Dampening Your Spirit - Image 1

You may ask yourself, how can this happen when the ground is frozen?

As the diagram below illustrates, the area immediately surrounding your basement is not likely to be frozen. Heat from the basement will keep the ground surrounding your basement thawed, allowing for water to saturate the soil next to your foundation.

Wet Basement Dampening Your Spirit - Image 2

So where does the water go?  You guessed it, straight into your basement.

Water will always find an opening. Hydrostatic pressure can easily drive groundwater into your basement through gaps and cracks in the masonry as well as along the floor-wall joint.

So what can American Waterworks do for you? 

Our #1 Team of system design specialists have developed thousands of solutions for homeowner's all across Southern Minnesota, Northeastern Iowa and Western Wisconsin that seal wall cracks, collect and discharge leaking water, and prevent any future damage to your home. While it’s often difficult to prevent water coming in entirely, our System Design Specialists can come up with a process for expediting the discharge process to make sure any incoming water goes directly into our system instead of pooling in your basement.  Each of our solutions is backed by a transferable lifetime warranty and our in-house Team of service technicians is here to make sure your system is always protecting your largest investment from any future water or structural damage.

It’s shaping up to be a wet spring, with temperature fluctuations wreaking havoc on the ground and your home.  Don't let your largest investment rob you of your peace of mind.  Schedule your free in-home consultation today.  Click here for details.


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