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Wintertime Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair?

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Every mile is two in winter

George Herbert

Can Crack Repair and Basement Waterproofing happen during the winter?

A crack or leak in the foundation of your home is concerning at any time of year, but definitely most worrisome in the winter! Although it is true that every mile is two in the winter, we are equipped for the journey and are experts in low footprint, low profile hand dug wintertime excavations.

For many people in the Greater Toronto Area, a winter basement leak or foundation crack appears to make for an interesting problem. On one hand, foundation repairs are immediately necessary for a crack or leak, especially in the winter. On the other, can a foundation crack repair company actually complete repairs like this in the winter?

This decision is not as difficult as it appears, even in a place with sub zero temperatures and severe weather like the Greater Toronto Area. Basement waterproofing, even on the exterior, can be done at any time of the year, including the middle of winter! In Toronto, the freeze depth of soil is only about 12”. That combined with heat coming from your house makes the foundation able to be operated on and repaired by a competent foundation repair crew.

Why Is Waterproofing Important?

Waterproofing your home in the winter is important because once the ground thaws and the snow melts, there’s an abundance of water in the soil and around your home. Once winter ends, your little leak can turn into a BIG problem – for you, your house, your finished basement, and your finances.

If you notice a leak in the foundation during the winter, it’s better to stop the problem cold in its tracks by getting a competent foundation repair and waterproofing company to repair things during the winter.

What Is the Benefit of Waterproofing In the Winter?

Frankly, there is one major benefit to getting your home waterproofed and foundation repaired in the winter: shorter wait times to get the work done! Our winters are generally filled with interior basement underpinning projects but a misconception about basement foundation repair and basement waterproofing during the winter is that there are generally more openings in the colder months than in the warmer months.

In addition, there is a major threat to your foundation if water enters existing foundation cracks, freezes then expands; thus accelerating potential extreme structural damage. Plus, when the snow melts in the spring a leak in your foundation gets worse the more water that enters, and when there is increased moisture in the soil, there is likely to be more water in your basement.

If you would like more information on any time of the year for basement waterproofing or looking for a basement waterproofing company in the Toronto Area, feel free to contact GJ MacRae Foundation Repair for further information.