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Knoxville

(865) 351-1854

Tri-Cities

(423) 328-8825

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Basement Waterproofing
Protect your basement from water damage
Crawl Space Repair
Encapsulation solutions for future protection
Foundation Repair
Fix structural damage now and for the future

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  • NGreeneville, TN
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About Us

Whether you have water, dampness, musty smells, mold or cracked foundation walls in your basement or crawl space, we can handle it all. We have seen it all and fixed it all since 1978. Call for a FREE inspection.

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Give us a call and learn how we can help you with your leaky basement issues. We’ve spent over 20 years helping numerous home and land owners solve their water issues. Don’t put off protecting your home and health any longer, we’re ready to help you today. Be sure to ask about our lifetime warranty and guarantee!

Snow on a house

As the winter season rolls in, bringing with it the biting cold and heavy snowfalls, many homeowners are preparing for the usual challenges: icy roads, heating bills, and keeping walkways clear. However, there’s an often-overlooked risk that lurks beneath our homes – basement flooding. While it may seem counterintuitive, winter weather can significantly increase the risk of your basement flooding.

The Freeze-Thaw Cycle:

One of the primary culprits behind winter basement flooding is the freeze-thaw cycle. During the day, snow and ice may melt as temperatures rise, only to refreeze as the temperature drops at night. This cycle can cause several issues:

  • Expansion and Cracks:

As water freezes, it expands. This expansion can create new cracks or widen existing ones in your home’s foundation, allowing more water to seep in.

  • Overwhelmed Drainage Systems:

Melting snow and ice can overload your home’s drainage systems, especially if they are not cleared of leaves and debris.

Snow Melt and Soil Saturation:

As winter progresses, accumulated snow begins to melt. If there is a rapid increase in temperature or heavy rains, the ground, still frozen, cannot absorb the water quickly enough. This can lead to:

  • Surface Runoff:

The melting snow turns into excess water that flows towards the lowest point, often the basement.

  • Hydrostatic Pressure:

Water accumulating around the foundation creates hydrostatic pressure, which can force water through even the smallest cracks.

Preventive Measures:

Preventing winter-related basement flooding involves a combination of maintenance and foresight:

  • Proper Insulation:

Ensure your pipes are properly insulated to prevent freezing and bursting.

  • Regular Inspections:

Check for and seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s foundation.

  • Snow Removal:

Shovel snow away from your home’s foundation to prevent melting snow from pooling near your basement.

  • Gutter Maintenance:

Keep gutters and downspouts clear to ensure proper drainage away from your home.

Winter might be known for its picturesque snowfalls and cozy nights, but it’s also a season that demands vigilance from homeowners. By understanding the ways in which winter weather can lead to basement flooding and taking proactive steps to mitigate these risks, you can help protect your home from unwanted water damage. Remember, the key to preventing winter basement woes starts with preparation and awareness.

Conclusion:

In the event you notice flooding start to occur, don’t hesitate to call Ameri-Dry Waterproofing & Foundation Repair to remedy your situation once and for all. Call us at 423-328-8825 or 865-351-1854 for a FREE Inspection and Estimate with one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts to help ease your mind.

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