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Unseasonably Warm Winter Causes Flooding

Winter, What Winter?

flooding, OhioAs you have surely noticed as we pass the halfway point of the season, Old Man Winter seems to be on vacation this year. Over the last 30 years, the Pittsburgh area has averaged over 40 inches of snow every year. With only 8 inches of snow this year, it has definitely been a weird winter. However, in place of the freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, we have experienced large amounts of rainfall.

The National Weather Service has issued several flood advisories, watches, and warnings throughout the area. The Ohio River and the Allegheny River has been out of their banks a couple of times and the Mon Wharf in Pittsburgh was closed due to flooding. What does this warm weather and rainfall mean for your home?

Usually, when things are working the way they are supposed to, snow melts slowly, letting it absorb into the soil or run off slowly into rivers and streams. With the balmy temperatures this season, the precipitation hasn’t frozen and is going straight into the oversaturated soil.

Foundation Damage

Oversaturated soil can cause many problems to your home’s foundation. The soil can push against the foundation walls, causing them to lean or bow. This hydrostatic pressure can be very strong, so as soon as you notice a problem, you need to call Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services immediately. It’s a lot easier to repair a bowed wall than it is to repair a collapsed one. The saturated ground can also allow cracks to form, allowing water and pests to invade your home. It doesn’t take much more than a hairline fracture to let in the elements. In addition, if water enters the crack, then freezes, the expansion will make the crack even bigger.


If water does enter your home due to flooding (or other causes), it can quickly cause a lot of damage. It can ruin your belongings, drywall or paneling, furniture, and cause foundation issues. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services can help protect your home from water entering your home with both internal waterproofing and exterior waterproofing. Keeping your home dry will protect your home from water damage and your family from mold and mildew.

Go ahead and savor the warm weather, we know that in this area it could suddenly be below zero with a foot of snow. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the unseasonable temperatures knowing your home is protected by Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services. Contact us today and learn more about our foundation repair and waterproofing services for the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania area.

Water Drainage

Poor Water Drainage

If you have poor water drainage around your home, it can cause major foundation Water drainage in Pittsburgh by Matthews Wall Anchorproblems. It will cause the foundation to buckle, rise and bow. Waterproofing and controlling water will prevent this damage and it will keep the structure stable.

Proper drainage is required by building codes. Keeping water drained away from the foundation protects you and keeps you dry. The soil that surrounds the foundation needs to be kept at a consistent moisture level to prevent settlement. When the soil get too saturated around the foundation, the soil will heave, causing the foundation to shift and move.

Water Drainage Solutions

  • Gutters – Gutters need to be well maintained and the downspouts need to be directed below the soil surface through rigid piping to either popup emitters, drywells or to daylight. It is also important to maintain a proper slope and proper sizing.
  • Soil Moisture – Keeping the soil moisture beneath the foundation consistent is important. If soil gets to dry, it will shrink and when it becomes too wet, it expands. This constant shifting of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.
  • Trees – Trees should not be planted close to a home’s foundation. As the tree matures, the tree roots will drink up the moisture in the soil beneath the foundation.
  • Surface drainage – The ground surface should be sloped at least 1/2″ per foot for 10′ to keep the water flow away from the foundation.
  • Channel drains – Channel drains are usually placed between driveways and garages to direct the water toward a catch basin or emitter.
  • Drainage boards – Foundation drainage boards are installed on the outside of concrete walls to direct water to the perimeter drain tile. These drainage boards are installed over a waterproofing membrane and have dimples that direct water away from the foundation toward the drain tile.
  • Drain pipe – Drain pipes are placed alongside the footing. These can be placed in the interior or exterior or both.
  • Subsurface drainage – Foundation drains are made from rigid drain tile and are then connected to a sump pump system to drain the water away from the foundation.
  • Building codes – Building codes require drain pipes around all foundations.

Matthews Wall Anchor uses waterproofing products that are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in the industry. We also use ECP products for foundation repair. If you are in need of water drainage solutions, contact the experts at Matthew Wall Anchor. We have the experience and products to get your water drainage needs done and keep your home and foundation safe and dry.