Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 by Kristen Owenby
We know, we know.
You’ve got important things to think about this season. For instance, can you get to everyone’s wish list in time? Should you include gluten-free options at your next party? Can you become addicted to peppermint mocha lattes?
Lattes aside, the integrity of your home should be first in mind as winter approaches. You’ll save money, trouble, and ensure a peaceful holiday season if you examine your home’s foundation before snow, ice, and frigid temperatures kick in. While East Tennesseans generally don’t see much wintery weather until after the holidays, it’s important to get your home in tip-top shape ahead of time to avoid some very real—and destructive—issues.
Frost heave occurs when frozen water in the soil expands enough to shift your foundation and cause cracks in walls. It’s no exaggeration to say that frost heave can put thousands of pounds of pressure against your foundation walls, leading to bowing, cracks, and other serious issues.
Frost heave isn’t the only opportunity for Jack Frost to assail your home. While having a reliable, expert-installed drainage system, like one of our sump pump systems, will go far in keeping your home moisture-free, winter brings unique challenges to homeowners.
For instance, you might have a drainage system installed, but what happens when your drainage pipe ices over? The water inside the pipe might freeze, causing water to rush back into the sump pit. When this happens, the sump pit is forced to recycle the water. Enough of this recycling, and the sump pit might burn out. That’s when your basement begins to flood! To prevent the expense and stress of a flooded basement, Master Service Companies offers the IceGuard discharge line extension. This device contains perforations that keep water flowing out of your basement, even if the pipe freezes over.
Master Service Companies is locally owned, meaning we understand East Tennessee winters and how to efficiently manage problems like frost heave and frozen pipes. We’ll provide a free in-home inspection and a zero-obligation quote to help you make the best decision for your home. Anticipating winter’s impact on your home will go far in giving you peace of mind—even amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays.