SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction (www.silvaconstruction.com), a construction and home remodeling company in Southern California, is warning the public of potential damage to their home foundation due to heavy rainfall this year and last year.

David Clarke, co-owner of Silva Construction stated: “Winter weather can cause some damage to your home’s foundation. With lower temperatures and higher levels of rainfall both this year and last year, these seasonal changes can cause or increase existing damage to your home foundation or cause deterioration of the structure.”

Clarke went on to list several potential problems for home foundations created by this year’s weather:

1. Erosion: Southern California has been experiencing much higher rainfall in 2023 and 2024.  Although this precipitation is much needed, it can also cause erosion. It can cause erosion around the foundation of your home, which can create foundation problems. It is vital to have a good drainage system that keeps water away from your foundation, such as a good quality gutter system.

2. Pooling water: After rainfall, it’s important to keep an eye out for pooling water near your home’s foundation. Stagnant water slowly seeps into the ground and into the foundation.

3. Clogged gutters: Leaves and other debris can clog gutters, which can lead to foundation problems. Water from clogged gutters can deteriorate the exterior walls of the foundation.

4. Cold air and dry soil conditions: Air becomes drier in winter, and so does the soil around and underneath your home’s foundation. Dry soil tends to shrink, which can make it pull away from your property’s foundation and cause it to settle unevenly.

“If you think you are having any of these problems listed above, it’s best to get a contractor to do an inspection,” concluded Clarke.

David Clarke and Brenda Silva 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 https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

 

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