As spring arrives, so does severe weather and thunderstorms. Each season poses different problems for home owners, and every season is different. Let’s take a look at what spring is doing to our region.
Frost heaves occur when the moisture in the soil freezes. Ice takes up more space than water, so as the ice crystals expand, so does the soil around them. Then spring comes and those ice crystals melt, leaving air pockets and compacted areas of soil, altering the terrain. Because of Ohio’s temperamental weather, this freezing and thawing can happen multiple times over the course of a winter (which only makes the problem worse).
Now, frost heaves don’t just affect our roads, they affect anything sitting on our soil. So if you see a lot of new pot holes in your street or neighborhood, it might be worth your time to take a look around your home for the signs of settling that can lead to structural damage to your home.
When thunderstorms hit and bring those heavy rains with them, they knock out any air pockets frost heaves may have left as well as washing away some soil when the water finally drains away. Thankfully a well-planted yard will help curtail that erosion, but it’s still important to check your home for issues after any major flood.
Spring time in Ohio can certainly wreak havoc on homes. Be sure to keep an eye out for damage to your home and contact a professional at the first sign of damage. In many cases, timely repairs can save you money and further damage.