How Does the Cold Affect Your Home?

How Does the Cold Affect Your Home?

March 31, 2019

Welcome to, (or back to) the VIC Underpinners blog! This is the best offshoot of our business’s commitment to our customers and our passion to the work that we do. By day, consider us the best in the business at reinforcing the foundation of your home. By day, night, weekend, pretty much any time – consider us contributors to a blog that puts you first. We wouldn’t be around without our customers, and we’re fully aware of that. We’re appreciative that you chose us, and we want to return the favour by being transparent, knowledgeable and helpful!

Does the subject of this post look familiar? For those religious fans of our blog, (we thank you, we thank you, we thank you!) it may bring memories of a past post where we focused on heat and the different ways that it can really impact not only your home, but the way that you live in it. We’ve also talked about the best ways to prepare as the temperatures head in the other direction. Weather can create the best memories, but it can also wreak havoc in a negative way if you’re not prepared. We can’t stop Mother Nature, but we can certainly ensure make sure that we appreciate her versus hating her. Beyond tips, it’s important to understand exactly how the cold affects your home. Read on for more information:

First on the list, let’s talk about frost heave. It’s probably not a term that you hear all of the time, but it can have a heavy impact (pun intended) on your foundation. Basically, what happens is that when you see freezing conditions, your foundation will actually move upwards – obviously impacting the structure. How? The moisture underneath your home freezes and then it expands, pretty much forcing the movement of your home.

Next up? Ice dams. They sound lovely to look at, but you don’t want them anywhere near your home. All of that snow that can accumulate on the roof of your house has an inverse reaction to the heat that you’re inevitably turning up inside. That melts the ice on the outside, water runs down and then refreezes. That means that water has nowhere to go but to seep into the house and lend itself to all of the tell-tale signs of structural damage. Not familiar? We’re talking cracks in the walls, floors, ceiling, doors that don’t close or open properly, and many more.

Finally, for today (we could go on forever, but we have to give you something to look forward to in future posts!), let’s cover frozen discharge lines. This speaks specifically to those whose homes have sump humps, because it means that the discharge line – a huge part of the engineering – can freeze especially easily. The sump pump is wonderful because it helps push out the water that you don’t need. However, if the line mentioned freezes, the water only returns inward and can cause flooding.

The great thing about all of the above? If you sync with the team at VIC Underpinners, you have nothing to worry about!