The weather is never predictable in the Midwest. One day it is fifty degrees and sunny, and then the next day it is twenty degrees and snowing. The ground has been soaking up the water on those warmer days but has been expanding when the water freezes, causing reoccurring pressure on foundation walls. The rain and snow heavily affect soil movement and is the reason why walls will fail.
There are three main causes of wall failure:
1. Wet Soil expanding into the wall
This happens when the soil around the foundation of your home is filled with too much water. It will start to push on the foundation walls causing them to bow inward and or crack. This can happen during a heavy period of rainfall. It can also happen from a build-up of rain over time.
2. Hydrostatic pressure from water stacked up outside the wall
Hydrostatic pressure is just another fancy word for water pressure. As the soil fills up with water, the soil begins to push against your basement foundation. Causing the foundation to begin to crack and bow inward. It will also cause the water within the soil to find even the tiniest cracks to make its way into your basement. Causing your basement to fill with water.
3. Frost pushing against the wall
Even during the cold months, water has found its way into the ground. It will then freeze in the soil causing the soil to expand pushing into your foundation walls causing them to bow inward and or crack.
If you are experiencing bowing inward or cracking on your foundation walls, do not hesitate to reach out to MidAmerica Basement Systems. We would happy to send a Design Specialist to come out to your home and give you a free no-obligation estimate! Call us today at 1-800-541-8006, or visit our website at www.midamericabasementsystems.com for more information and other services we can offer you.