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Ways In Which Rain Can Destroy Your House

Surface Water

Water Damage

Apart from the cold weather that winter comes with, it also brings rain which can cause damage to your house both directly and indirectly. In order to prevent damage, it’s advisable for homeowners to prepare for winter by having the necessary repairs. There are certain parts of a house that are more vulnerable to damage by rain hence homeowners need to pay extra attention to them.

yard gutter


Regular cleaning of your gutters might seem like a useless task but failure to do so will likely cause damage to your house. Most of the damage caused by gutters can be very expensive to repair, therefore prevention is the best solution. When the gutters are left to fill up with leaves or debris, the water begins to overflow down the sides which in turn destroys the wooden boards which hold the gutters.

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Foundation repair is one of the most expensive types of repairs that can be done to a house. Homeowners need to understand what causes foundation damage and how to prevent it. Water is one of the main causes of foundation damage to a house, and so, homeowners need to adequately prepare their foundations for the winter. The goal of preventing foundation damage caused by rain is to prevent excess water from reaching your foundation. There are many ways in which this can be done and some of these include directing rainwater away from the foundation by using gutters and other channels. Another way to prevent this is by waterproofing your foundation so that water doesn’t seep through to your foundation during a flood.

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roof gutter


Your drainage is also at risk of damage by rain if it is not in good condition. A drainage system needs to be regularly inspected and repaired to prevent any clogs from causing overflows and floods. Damaged drainage systems will cause flooding which in turn suffocates the trees, plants, and flowers on your yard.

Contact a professional drainage contractor if you want to prevent damage to your house from the rain.

Call California Foundation Works to schedule a free drainage inspection and estimate.

The Summer Effect On Your Drainage System

Summer is a beautiful blessing.

The warm weather brings about the beautiful plants and atmosphere but below the ground it wreaks havoc on your drainage system. The summer temperatures also bring countless foundation problems and unpleasant odors to your drainage system especially if it isn’t well maintained. As a homeowner, you are responsible for all the damage or blockage of the drainage system within the boundary of your property.


Instead of dealing with the aftermath of a blocked or overflowing drainage which usually occurs during summer, you can take these preventive measures :

  • One of the most important steps in preventing drainage problems is by installing strainers in plug holes of sinks and bathtubs because they are very effective at trapping hairs, big chunks of food and other debris that might block the drainage or produce bad odors.
  • After using the fat and grease when cooking, avoid pouring thick grease or fats down the drain.Instead dump it in the trash after it has cooled down.
  • It’s advisable to also fix any blockages or broken pipes while they are less serious as doing so will save you a lot of headaches in the future.

Related: Drainage solutions


There are a number of ways in which drainage problems can be identified.The most common signs of a defective drainage system include :

  • Excess water in the foundation or basement walls
  • Standing water in your lawn or vegetation areas
  • High humidity in living areas
  • Condensation on insulation or water pipes
  • Musty odors in living areas


A number of solutions can be used to solve drainage problems. The following are among the most common drainage solutions for problematic drainage systems.

Underground Downspout Extensions

Underground Downspout Extensions are used when excess water is causing damage to the foundation or basement wall. The underground Downspout Extensions guide water away from the foundation by connecting the  downspout into an underground PVC pipe and discharged to a flo-well.

Catch Basin and Atrium Grates

Catch Basins and Atrium Grates are used to prevent water pooling from damaging plants in the planter. They protect plants by expelling excess water and they connect to an atrium.

Channel Drains and Grates

Channel Drains and Grates channel water away from the garage. They collect water that’s moving across driveways and sidewalks and into a channel before entering the drain.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps pump water out of the basement or crawlspace to keep the area clean.Sump pumps are usually installed in the lowest part of the cralwspace or basement to pump water away from the building. They are placed  in sump pits which are specially constructed to drain water so that the sump pump can pump it out to avoid any foundation damage.

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If you feel or see any signs of having foundation problems on your property, don’t hesitate to call a professional drainage specialist. Call California Foundation Works to get a free* drainage system inspection. California Foundation Works is a residential and commercial foundation drainage systems specialist in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities.

Drainage Problems

Home Drainage Advise Before Winter Starts!

Your house is probably the most important investment that you could ever have. Just like your car, your house needs maintenance since it is also susceptible to damages and deterioration. Drainage Problems

The foundation of your house determines the strength it could have in withstanding any damages caused by inevitable events such as earthquakes and ground movements. Foundation problems may also likely occur due to some factors such as poor drainage systems and waterproofing issues in your home.
There are also small problems in your house structure that when left untreated could result in further damage to the foundation of your house. You could fix your homes foundation problems by first keeping an eye on the noticeable change in the structure of your house. It could be in the form of small cracks in your house walls, basement floor, uneven flooring, and jammed windows and doors. It is your sole responsibility to have basic assessment on the possible foundation problems your house could have. A more detailed and specific inspection of your home foundation problems could be left to foundation contractor professionals.

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You could start spotting foundation problems in your house by looking at your home’s exterior bricks or block. There are various forms of wall cracks that determine how serious your home foundation problem is. You could check out if there are cracks in your home window frames. Cracks around the joints where the frames meet the walls could indicate that your house has a foundation problem. If doors also appear to be at an angle, there could be some faulty damage to the foundation.
You may also inspect bumps and slopes on your house floors. Uneven level of your floor basement is due to house settling and could cause further sagging. Be keen in investigating the exterior of your house for possible standing water that may seep under the foundation of your home causing it to soften and render it unable to hold the weight of your home. Adding drainage around the perimeter of your house will fix these types of foundation problems. Seek the help of a professional foundation contractor such as California Foundation Works, a Los Angeles foundation repair company.
Other noticeable house foundation problems are the nails coming loose from corner frames and walls, cracks in basement causing water to leak and continue to widen, cracks on the outside concrete base of your house, crack slab floor and leaky rooftops that are not the result of poor roof materials. Drainage problems such as poor drainage systems or clogged drainage could result in soil instability around the foundation of the house causing it to settle. Poor drainage systems lead to standing water and puddles making the soil to settle and unable to support the weight of the house.

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California Foundation Works repair services in Los Angeles provides you with solutions to your foundation problems and ensures you a stress free foundation repair for your home. California Foundation Works, your Los Angeles drainage contractor ensures that your house gets the right drainage system. California Foundation Works professionals will increase the security of your home. Waterproofing contractors such California Foundation Works give solutions to waterproofing problems in your house. Molds that grow from extreme moisture in your home could now be avoided with the use of their services. They offer free* inspection on these and all other possible foundation problems in your home. California Foundation Works, your Los Angeles Foundation contractor and drainage contractor can be reached by phone at (323) 418-2239 to set up your foundation and drainage inspection anytime. Ensure the safety of your house by entrusting it to professionals!

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It’s Rain Season Again!

Is your home protected against the potential damage that can be caused by rain and pooling water? As many homeowners know, rainwater can be devastating to your home or property.

There are many ways in which water can cause damage to your home and foundation, and many solutions you can install to prevent that damage and protect your home.
Especially here in California where we have expansive soil, water can be both a blessing and a curse. While we appreciate that fact that it has rained and we have more access to water, that water can wreak havoc upon your home. When the soil under your foundation absorbs water it expands, when the water dries, the soil compacts down and is not in the same place it was before, supporting your foundation. This can result in cracked concrete slabs and the settling of your foundation resulting in unleveled floors and a weakened structural integrity. The water can also seep into a raised foundation and cause wood rot, mold and mildew which can be very dangerous for you, your home and your family.

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It is imperative to take measures to prevent water from pooling around your home. There are many solutions to water problems. Sometimes an open underground drainage system, called a French drain, is needed. This is a process of installing a drainage system where the pipes are open and covered with wire mesh and gravel to allow the water to flow in, but not the dirt and other debris that can clog the pipes. In this way, the pipes absorb the water, instead of the soil, concrete and wood, and channel the water away from the house and the areas where it can do damage. A different type of underground drainage system is a closed pipe drainage system where the pipes are all connected to drainage boxes where the water collects and is pumped through the pipes away from the house. Sometimes, in areas that accumulate significant amounts of water or where there is a slope or hillside water pooling issue, sump pumps will be installed to help physically pump the water away from the problem area and away from the house.
There are many different drainage solutions for mitigating a water issues, but often, the reason you know you need drainage for your home to begin with is because the damage has already occurred. Depending on whether you have a concrete slab foundation or a raised foundation, there are different types of damage that your home can incur. A concrete slab foundation mainly runs the risk of being cracked. When the soil under the slab shifts, the concrete slab is no longer supported and it can shift and result in a cracked slab. The slab can also absorb water and become weakened and deteriorate.
In the case of a cracked slab or a deteriorated slab there are a wide range of solutions. Firstly, aside from installing proper drainage to prevent the problem from happening again in the future, the damage must also be addressed. If possible, the less expensive solution is to open each crack, install rebar to connect the two sides and fill the crack with epoxy substance which will both seal it and hold it together, concrete slab crack repair. If the damage is too severe the slab will have to be demolished and disposed of and a new concrete slab will need to be poured, cracked concrete slab replacement.

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It is similar with a raised foundation. The soil under the foundation is worn away by the pooling water and the foundation is left unsupported from beneath. Aside from soil issues, other issues can arise within the foundation such as water damage issues including the deterioration of metal components, wood rot, mold, mildew and the breeding grounds for creepy crawl ways. It is the deterioration of the wood and metal components that we, as a foundation specialist, will address. Any deteriorated parts will need to be replaced and strengthened and connected to the existing parts that were not damaged by the water. Any damaged wood beams or posts need to be replaced in a process called Earthquake Retrofitting, bolts that have rusted and broken down also need to be replaced and reinforced in a process called house bolting as well as replacing concrete that has subsequently cracked and broken away. All of these things leave your foundation, and therefore your home, weak and vulnerable to serious damage.

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Lastly, it is the imbalance of soil and the leveling of floors that have become uneven that must be addressed in either of the two types of foundations. Concrete caissons or piers can be installed under the slab foundation to support the foundation where the soil has been worn away, this process is commonly referred to as Foundation Underpinning. Finally, the floors, which may have warped due to the water or the unstable foundation conditions, must be leveled. Floor leveling is optional and mostly considered cosmetic, but often if the condition of unleveled floors goes unchecked it can cause other significant weakness in the rest of the frame of the house.
We hope we have given you some sufficient information to start off with. There are many other solutions depending on the severity of the damage, such as sister foundations, cripple wall bracing, post and pier reinforcement and waterproofing options. At California Foundation Works we have both years of experience and a solid work ethic to meet your foundation needs as well as your budgetary and time frame needs. We will work very closely with you to insure that we address the issue and leave you feeling safer and more secure in your home.
Call us anytime at 323-418-2238, or there is an email sheet in the contact us section of this website, to schedule your free* foundation inspection right away. The rainy season is starting and its better not to wait!