May is known for the blooming of some of the most beautiful flowers in Ottawa. (It’s no surprise that Ottawa’s Tulip Festival remains a popular destination to visit for locals and tourists alike!) They add some color to your yard after a long cold winter of whites and grays. And the strategic placing of these May buds can brighten up the inside of your house. Yet, as with all things good, to enjoy the final results of your harvest, effort is required.
We’re fortunate that part of the efforts required is taken over by the April showers that typically accompany the beginning of spring. Rain in April helps to increase moisture in the soil and get nutrients absorbed by the flowers.
However, it’s important to note that if you have an existing wet basement problem, the rain will actually aggravate the condition. The continuing wet and dry cycle of the soil around your home puts pressure on your foundation walls as they expand and contract. This may cause the foundation to shift, and cracks to appear. If there is too much water in the soil outside your home, it can leak into your basement, and contribute to your wet basement problem.
Conditions that favour the blossoming of flowers are not necessarily appreciated by your basement. That’s why when the time comes to water your flowers, it may also be time to check if your basement has a foundation crack repair issue and needs to be fixed.
Contact The Crack Doctor today at our Ottawa office and we’ll help get your basement ready to welcome the spring flowers!