A winter prep list followed closely will help you get ahead of potential foundation issues related to the cold. In most parts of Texas we enjoy very nice, subtle, almost non-winter weather, but it is important to prepare for the unexpected.
Winter-Prep Tips for You to Protect Your Foundation
WRAP EXPOSED PIPES
External pipes are obvious – those need to be wrapped in advance of freezing temperatures. But don’t forget exposed pipes on external walls like in places like your garage or crawl space.
Now that all the leaves have fallen, get them out of there so they don’t rot or worse: allow water to pool/divert around your foundation, causing upheaval.
55 DEGREES – ALWAYS
Don’t skimp on the thermostat – exposing your foundation to colder temps is never a good idea.
COVER YOUR SPIGOTS
The last thing you want is a spigot to freeze, and potentially burst pipes in or below your foundation. This will wreak havoc on your foundation, as well as your water bill.
MULCH. MULCH. MULCH.
Adding a little extra mulch in your landscaping – right up to your foundation – is a good way to insulate your foundation against colder air. The warmer you can keep your slab, the better.
While this winter prep list will help protect your foundation from the cold, there are other things you will need to consider year-round in relation to potential foundation issues and the need for repair. if you think you might have a foundation issue, schedule your free evaluation and know for sure!