Tulsa property owners may not realize the adverse affect that cold weather has on the foundation. A cracked foundation could result in leaking water, unevenness, large cracks on the stairs or walls, and other structural damage. Foundations that are covered in soil and has a ground cover may be less likely to experience heaving, but uncovered foundations that are exposed to air will not be so lucky.
The shocking realization is that foundation damage happens before temperatures reach a freezing point. The unclear distinction between cold and freezing weather by property owners has increased the chances of foundation damage. When the temperature falls under 40 degrees for three consecutive days, the likelihood of damage is heightened.
Unfortunately, foundations in Tulsa are exposed to colder weather conditions more than other regions. Meteorologists predict the cold temperatures will continue despite warm air that is traveling from the Caribbean. The average temperature will still be low enough to cause foundations in Tulsa to crack.
As a result of colder temperatures, ice will freeze beneath the surface causing frost heave. Frost heave occurs when the ice becomes restrained by underlying soil and eventually solidifies into the shape of a lens. These ice lenses are strong enough to crack pavements and damage the building’s foundation. The ground will ultimately heave because these sub-freezing temperatures are breaking into frost susceptible soil. With enough moisture, the soil will not be able to withstand the weather.
Despite the threat that cold weather poses, there is a way to lessen the risk of foundation damage caused by low temperatures. Property owners can protect their investment by installing polystyrene insulation. Placing a one-inch thick layer from the ground up will prevent frost from moving beneath the surface. It causes the heaving to occur away from the foundation and helps the ground to remain in one piece. This helpful tip may prevent the need for future foundation repair.
Sometimes it is hard to prevent foundation problems before they start. Our expert team of foundation specialists at Edens Structural Solutions can help Tulsa property owners by performing a free, no-obligation foundation repair estimate. Call us today!