A lot of homeowners in Oklahoma are concerned about the state of their foundations due to the unprecedented cold snap that has hit our state this year. But does frost heaving—the upward movement of soil during freezing temperatures—mean you have foundation problems that need repairs?
Here’s what you need to know about frost heaving in Oklahoma—and why you may not have much cause to be worried after all.
How Does Frost Heaving Affect Oklahoma Homes?
Frost Heaving in Oklahoma Is Uncommon
A frost heave occurs when moisture in the soil around your foundation freezes, pushing the soil upward and causing your home to shift. And while this is a definite concern in northern states where freezes happen often, frost heaving isn’t common in Oklahoma—even with the recent freezing weather we had.
As foundation experts that have worked in northern areas, we can state categorically that we haven’t seen major damage to a Tulsa area home due to frost heave in our forty-plus years of working here. It simply doesn’t happen here the way it happens further north.
Frost Heaving Often Resolves on Its Own
Frost heaving is like putting water in an ice cube tray. As it freezes, the ice expands. This effect can be seen most often on the corners of a home, usually the garage walls.
Because freezing temperatures rarely last in our state, and warm-ups tend to happen fast, the effects of a frost heave tend to fade quickly. The movement of the soil doesn’t last long enough to do real damage to your home’s structure.
Not All Contractors Are True Foundation Experts
We’re getting a lot of calls from homeowners in Tulsa, Green Country and beyond right now—all asking about frost heaving and whether they need solutions like pre-construction piers.
The reason for this surge in questions is due in part to a lack of understanding about how to properly diagnose foundation issues.
General home improvement companies may not have the knowledge to distinguish between foundation damage and simple settling. Even structural engineers may not be experts in frost heaving, especially if their work has been focused in Oklahoma, where frost heaving is so uncommon.
How to Find an Expert Foundation Team in Oklahoma
Before you make decisions about foundation repairs or installation of piers, be sure you’re dealing with people who are highly trained in the structure of homes from top to bottom. Ask yourself:
- What is their level of experience working with foundations?
- Do they have certifications or awards?
- What is their BBB rating?
- Do they have numerous 5-star ratings from past customers?
- Have they done frost heave mitigation work in northern states, and therefore gained expertise in frost heaving?
- Do they offer baseline inspections and thorough consultations that equip you to make informed decisions?
Remember, regular inspections from a trusted team of foundation pros will help you know what’s normal for your home—without forcing you to invest in foundation repairs that aren’t needed.
Get Foundation Advice from Experts in Structural Integrity
Don’t let Oklahoma’s recent freezing temperatures keep you unsure about your home’s foundation.
At Edens Structural Solutions, we’re committed to serving homeowners in Oklahoma with stellar, honest service. We won’t sell you anything your home doesn’t need, and we’ll tell you upfront if those cracks in your home are something to be concerned about—or not.
Reach out to schedule a consultation, so you know for sure the condition of your home’s foundation—and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home is safe and sound.