It's important to patch up any foundation crack you find in your home with paste in order to head off the risk of catastrophic and expensive structural problems. While it's never quick or easy to clear water from a crack in preparation for spreading paste on it, exterior cracks are especially difficult to deal with during the winter because of the added issue of ice formation. To make sure that an exterior foundation crack you want to repair is completely rid of ice during the winter, follow these three steps.
If The Crack's Near The Ground, Flatten Nearby Soil
Soil that's pushed into the foundation crack by a gust of wind has a tendency to bring a decent amount of water with it. Additionally, soil that's spread out across the crack will make it easier for water to linger and eventually solidify into ice. This is because concrete with little dirt chunks on it is rougher, making it an easier surface for water droplets to cling to.
Flatten the soil around the crack so that the topmost layer of dirt is more compact. This will make it harder for a wind gust to send it flying.
Block The Crack From Direct Snowfall And Rainfall With A New Lawn Awning
Lawn awnings are a great way to block most snow and rain from making direct contact with your foundation crack without ruining the look of your home. Unlike a chunk of a plastic tarp secured to the crack via duct tape, an awning can provide protection while still towering well above the vulnerable parts of your wall. Since new awnings usually come with new furniture, you can also take the opportunity to place a bulky lawn table in front of the crack to both protect it further and make it harder to see.
Use A Paper Towel In Addition To A Blow Dryer To Remove Water
Once you're done with your wet towel, wait a moment for the isolated ice chunks in the crack to completely melt. Then, move the blow dryer up and down the crack a few times. Once you feel that you've gotten the bulk of the water out, put the thin side of your paper towel into the crack and move it across its entirety, making sure to slow down and press hard whenever you encounter a bump that could be a lingering chunk of ice. Alternate between the blow dryer and the towel again as needed until you feel like there's no more room left to make progress.