How can cold, wintry weather damage a home?
Brutal cold is damaging in several ways, depending on your home’s foundation type. If you live above a crawl space, your home’s pipes are typically located beneath the floors. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to burst, resulting in extensive damage. Frozen pipes are more than just frustrating. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a one-inch flood caused by a broken pipe can result in about $25,000 in damage.
If you have a basement or slab foundation, it’s the concrete you need to worry about. Concrete is porous, meaning it absorbs water. Water expands when it freezes, causing concrete to break and crack. When the spring thaw eventually arrives, water can easily find its way into your home through these cracks.
Furthermore, frozen ground is one of the three causes of inward basement wall movement. The other two are the weight of the soil and the weight of water in the soil. When these three contributors combine, it pushes basement walls inward.
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