Foundation Repair Company Warns of Winter Risks

With Winter fast approaching, Ram Jack Foundation Repair wants to make sure you are ready and prepared to keep your home’s structure safe. Winter can pose a significant danger to the structural integrity of homes and businesses.

Many dangers come to mind when winter arrives, and Ram Jack wants to keep homeowners prepared to help protect their structures, such as removing or trimming back overhanging tree limbs. Limbs hanging over a house get heavy with snow and ice, which could result in limbs falling into roofs or vehicles. Even though these precautions are important, one of the most crucial winter preparations should be protecting the foundation of homes.

During the cold months of winter, home foundations are susceptible to extreme shifting. As temperatures drop and rise, the soil freezes and expands, putting damaging pressure on foundations. This movement can cause significant damage resulting in a potentially unsafe or unreliable structure. Fortunately, Ram Jack has spent more than 40 years perfecting foundation repair, and they want to share measures that can be taken to help protect the foundations from the cold. Ram Jack offers these tips.

Waterproof Basements:

  • Homeowners should make time regularly to review their basements. Common signs to look for are cracks, water leaking in, mold, or musty air. These could all be signs that a basement is suffering from water damage. One way to help with water drainage is installing a sump pump in the basement, which transfers water away from the structure. Also, for some cases, French drains can be used, which are installed in the yard to intercept water before it has a chance to reach a home’s foundation. Many Ram Jack locations offer waterproofing solutions to help prevent water leaks in basements.

Ensure Gutters are Functioning Properly:

  • If rain gutters are clogged with debris, they will become weighted down with snow and ice, and will not function properly. If the excess water is not transported away from the house, it can pool around the foundation. This pooling can cause even more shifting and damage to the foundation of a home. Ideally, rain gutters/downspouts should extend five or more feet from the house to ensure proper drainage. Checking gutters before the snow starts to fall is a great way to protect a home’s structural integrity.

Slope Soil-Away from the Foundation:

  • Before the coming snowy season, Ram Jack suggests checking the parameter of a home for sloping. In the landscape is sloping towards the home, snow and ice can accumulate around the home, forcing soil to expand. When necessary, fill in lower areas with dirt. This can ensure that water is directed away from the foundation of the structure.

Ram Jack is the leader in foundation repair solutions, not only when an issue occurs, but even for preventative measures. Contact Ram Jack as soon as foundation issues are suspected, as time can increase the damage to the home, potentially increasing repair costs.

Ram Jack provides quality foundation solutions, from residential to commercial, new construction to remedial repairs. Ram Jack's in-house engineers and research and development divisions continually strive to advance industry knowledge in foundation solution applications of steel piles. For more than 40 years, Ram Jack has restored stability to many homes and equipped engineers with custom solutions. Ram Jack provides expert solutions for many foundation needs including structure lifts with helical and driven piles, basement waterproofing solutions, seawall stabilization, poly jacking and more. Ram Jack ensures they are equipped to get the job done! Contact Ram Jack to see what services are available in your area.

Source: Ram Jack


Categories: Engineering

Tags: Basement, Driven Piles, Engineering, Foundation, Foundation Repair, Gutters, Helical Piles, Push Piles, Ram Jack, Seawall, Waterproofing, Winter


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Ram Jack provides quality foundation solutions, from residential to commercial. Our in-house engineers and research and development divisions continually strive to advance industry knowledge in foundation solution applications of steel piles.