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Drought and Rain are Causes of Basement Water

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 18, 2012

Many towns in Massachusetts are built on old sandy river beds or rocky ledges. Despite the fact that we are in a drought, we have had quite a bit of recent rain. The large amount of rain is almost as bad for the soil as the drought. Soil expands when it freezes and gets wet and contracts when it defrosts and dries. This creates cracks in the soil that can create problems for the homes built on it.

When soil cracks and expands, it causes the home’s foundations to shift. But when the soil thaws and contracts, the foundation shifts again. Add water. Water pushes on your homes foundation and finds the path of least resistance.
 
Swelling and shrinking soil causes floors and walls in your basement to crack allowing in water from all the recent rain. The freeze/thaw cycle is the cause of many foundation problems throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast.

Homeowners need to understand that despite all the rain, the drought is not over. Despite the drought, your foundation issues will still continue to be a problem without the help of a water proofing specialist, contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair.


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