How The Frost Line Affects Your Fowler, Ohio Home's Foundation

Thursday, January 27th, 2022 by Leslie Uphouse

Many homeowners hear the word “frost” and think about bringing their flowers or other potted plants indoors before temps dip below freezing. While frost impacts landscaping and other elements outside the home, it can also have a big impact on your home’s foundation.  Frost is essentially water in and around the ground that has turned to ice in cold temperatures.

What homeowners cannot see is the groundwater underneath their topsoil. This also freezes when temps are consistently cold enough. Soil freezes from the top down until it reaches the frost line – or the point where the soil will no longer freeze or be affected by outside temps. When the water freezes, it expands in the soil and puts enormous pressure on foundation walls. The pressure can cause damage to basement walls, most often in the form of cracks along the frost line. The expanding ice in the soil can also damage concrete slab foundations, along with crawl spaces.

The frost line can happen anywhere from a few centimeters below the soil surface to several feet below ground, depending on where you live. Homeowners can take steps to protect their houses from frost line damage by limiting the amount of water that gets into the soil around their homes. Using proper drainage systems and making sure no irrigation pipes are leaking are two ways to prevent excess water in the soil.

But, if a homeowner is already seeing horizontal cracks along the frost line, it’s time to call in an expert. The Basement Guys have the tools to identify damage due to frost, along with the right wall repair products to fix the problem permanently. We offer many different products to repair foundations, ranging from CarbonArmor® to GeoLock® and PowerBraces®. Call us today to set up a free estimate in the Fowler, OH area.