California is subject to a lot of dramatic weather changes. From extreme dry heat to heavy rains, and snow. These weather conditions can create a major problem for your home’s foundation.
Dry Heat: It’s not uncommon for CA to have a drought or extremely hot summer. The hot weather removes the moisture from the soil. The soil dries it shrinks as it dries, and moves away from your home’s foundation. The space surrounding your foundation allows for movement and settlement. When this happens you’ll start to see drywall cracks, cracked bricks, stuck windows and doors and concrete cracks in your garage or porch.
Rain & Snow: The ground surrounding your home’s foundation will soak up the water, and if you live on expansive soil this could create a big problem. If you don’t have a drainage system in place, or the footing drains are clogged, the water will accumulate next to your foundation. The pressure or weight of the water against your foundation – a.k.a. hydrostatic pressure – will create foundation problems like bowed walls, horizontal foundation cracks and brick cracks.
Flooding: The sudden change of water surrounding your foundation can spell trouble. Just like rain and snow, the flooding can result in settlement, collapsed walls and other serious structural problems.