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Preparing for the Spring Thaw in Michigan


With the coming Spring Thaw, and massive amounts of snow on the ground across Michigan, many homeowners are concerned about the impact of all that melting snow to their homes foundation.    Here are some great tips to prepare your home for the Spring Thaw:

  • Regularly inspect crawl spaces or basements to catch problems early. Don’t ignore basement water problems, even if it’s just a small puddle that has appeared in the past – it isn’t just going to go away.  Get it addressed by a Professional like FSM, who can offer you a permanent solution.
  • Keep an eye out for any wall cracks. With the influx of ground water against a foundation, expanding soils will cause Hydrostatic pressure, which will cause poured basement walls to crack, and cause block basement walls to bow or collapse. A small crack can turn into a BIG problem in a matter of just a few months.
  • Homeowners who live over a crawl space should take a flashlight and look around the crawl space to see whether it has standing water or mold growing.  It is best to address those issues right away, because avoiding it can cost way more in the long run. Crawl space moisture will cause mold, wood rot and sagging floors.
  • Check your Sump Pump! It’s important to have a good sump pump that can handle the excessive snow melt.  You can’t just assume they will keep your basement from flooding.  Sump Pump maintenance is important to make sure it is properly functioning. Pour a bucket of water into the pit to make sure it kicks on and drains properly.
  • A battery back-up sump pump is also a good idea. FSM has an awesome system called a Triple-Safe sump pump system with two separate pump motors to handle a rapid influx of water, and a battery-powered backup to make sure your pump will work no matter how much water it needs to dispose of — even if you have a power outage or the pump is accidentaly unplugged.
  • Make sure gutters are free from debris and ice dams, and clear the area in front of the downspouts. Make sure downspouts aren’t disconnected, and add extensions to help the melting snow run away from your house, instead of collecting along the foundation. They should extend out at least 6 feet.

Mother Nature is a tough force to reckon with…..but with a little effort and planning, homeowners can protect their home as much as possible. And remember that Foundation Systems of Michigan has many solutions for any Basement, Crawl Space or Foundation problem you are experiencing.

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