January Thaw is Coming


Everyone looks forward to a warm spell in January to break the winter weather. While the thaw may be welcome, it can also be the cause of water problems in your basement. You can take steps to minimize those problems by taking a few preventative measures.

Don’t let snow pile up around the base of your home. Snow and ice can cause cracks on the masonry of the foundation. When snow melts in the January thaw, the melt off will have a tendency to fill those cracks and seep into your basement. Worse yet, when the temperatures dip below freezing again — and you know they will — those cracks will get bigger.

Keep pathways and driveways clear of snow too, especially if the gradients lead toward your home. Water flows along the easiest route and if that leads towards your home’s perimeter instead of away, it will collect in the grooves and freeze there either at night when the temperatures drop or when the big freeze hits again.

Window wells are another potential source of water access to your basement. Keeping the window wells free of snow and ice and making sure the panes of glass are not compromised is a good step to keeping the water on the outside!

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what you do, water finds a path inside your basement and causes damage. Fortunately, there are easy steps to take then too and no need to wait until spring either. Call City Wide Group! Their experienced technicians will find where the water is seeping in and provide you with an estimate for a basement waterproofing project. They have more than 50 years in the basement waterproofing industry and have experienced technicians who know all the latest technologies for bringing you basement back to the dry space you need and want.

City Wide Group is a family-owned business with a commitment to customer service. They treat your home like their own and take no short cuts to getting your basement waterproofed. Because they know appearances are important, they will also make sure your property looks good when they are finished, so if any brickwork or asphalt is removed, they have the experienced people to return it professionally. When they are finished, you will also receive a fully transferrable lifetime warranty — protecting you and future owners of your home!

Customer satisfaction is a good measure of a company’s reputation. The City Wide Group has a long list of satisfied customers and many awards to prove it. They are recipients of the Consumer Choice Award for 23 consecutive years.