SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction (, a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the south bay area of Los Angeles, is urging homeowners in California to take steps to prepare their homes for winter.

Dave Silva, owner of Silva Construction, stated ?California winters are pretty mild compared to cities like Chicago or New York, but the weather can still get pretty chilly and you still need to prepare your home for any heavy storms in order to prevent dry rot or roof leaks. To ensure your home is safe this winter, we?ve put together a basic list of ways to prepare your California home for Winter.?

1. Inspect nearby trees

First, check to make sure your trees are healthy. If you?re not sure what to look for, speak to a certified arborist. Next, on any trees that are close to your house, trim any branches or tree limbs that are less than 6 feet from the roofline to prevent rodents and insects from accessing your roof.

2. Inspect and clean your roof

It?s vital to clean and inspect your roof before any winter rain comes through. Clear off any leaves, tree branches and other debris from your roof. Be sure to also check the shingles and waterproofing elements. Again, if you?re not sure what to look for, we suggest speaking with a professional.

3. Clear out gutters

Be sure to clean out your gutters to prevent them from getting clogged and overflowing.

4. Seal any exterior cracks

It?s important to seal up any exterior cracks around your home to prevent insect infestation and water intrusion.

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California?s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at and their website can be seen at They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

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