Spring Is the Season For Basement Leaks
Basement leaks are a very common and frustrating problem for most home and building owners, and spring is the time of year for them to happen.
Rain happens all year long, and most roof damage allows for leaks to happen then. And the ground soaks up the majority of the moisture from the rain. But during the summer and fall the ground is relatively warm, and the soil needs the moisture anyway. Basement leaks are more prone to warming weather, where frozen ground is releasing held moisture and wetness, also taking in everything that is melting from the surface. The most common natural sound in March and April is water running.
Spring is the season for many things, including baseball, university exams, and basement leaks.
Every March the snow melts, and water is rushed down driveways and streets into gutters, where it is washed away into the sewer system. Along with this natural yearly occurrence comes spring rain, which usually lasts about a month. Basement leaks are at their peak around this time, especially with older construction, where foundation cracks are more prevalent.
Water seeps through the wet ground and travels downward and sideways, looking for creeks or rivers. What gets through concrete foundation walls is caught there and becomes the infamous basement leaks that are annoying, costly, and potentially hazardous. As the atmospheric conditions warm and dry, the ground dries with it, and water evaporates. Water from basement leaks will evaporate as well, but because of the dampness within the concrete mold will develop. Some molds are on people's allergy lists, and some allergies can be deadly.