Did the Winter of 2022 affect the condition of your home’s foundation?
As Los Angeles homes weathered the effects of Winter 2022, it became apparent that the forecasts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (“NOAA”) were pretty much spot on!* NOAA scientists had said that Los Angeles will continue to experience a “La Niña” weather pattern, with drier-than-average conditions, and that is mostly what homeowners in Los Angeles experienced.
As such, because Los Angeles homes are built on soft clay that expands during the rainy seasons and contracts during the dry seasons, it may be the case that your home’s concrete foundation has actually fared pretty well during our rainy season, and that it had not experienced the type of movement that can cause it to become brittle, drop, buckle, and crack.
Having said all that, having a drier-than-average rainy season is no guarantee that a home’s foundation has performed well! And so, what should be a homeowner’s next steps? Here are some tips!
Three foundation tips for Los Angeles homeowners following a rainy season!
Tip Number 1. The first tip our foundation repair professionals can offer you is that if your home was built in the 1950s or 60s, then you should definitely have your foundation inspected to see how it has been holding up. This is because foundation issues are very common in homes built during those “building boom” years, when home builders poured concrete foundation slabs as thin as 2 inches over unstable, uncompacted soil. If your home was built in the 1950s or 60s, you must inspect it as soon as possible.
Tip Number 2. If your home was built after the 1950s and 60s, then there is a “quick diagnostic” that you can do on your own, to check the health of your home’s foundation. Take a quick walk inside and around your home and ask yourself the following questions: