Water Damage – With or Without Rain
For the first summer in years, Corona is not under threat of a drought. While Northern California is suffering at this time, Ventura County has finally caught a break from the risk of wildfires and dead lawns. However, the effects of the past few years can still contribute to water damage in your home. Below are some possibilities of water damage even without the source of water that seems so natural and obvious.
Water Damage In Corona
During times of drought, your home’s foundation can crack and even sink due to overly dry soil and tree roots that compete for moisture in the soil surrounding your home. When rain finally falls again and moisture is retained, the soil expands and lifts the foundation up again…but not always evenly. Because a home’s pipe system depends on the foundation to support it, homeowners also experience broken pipes and other problems as a result of drought.
A drought is a period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems. The amount of precipitation at a particular location varies from year to year, but over a period of years, the average amount is fairly constant. When little or no rain falls, soils can dry out and plants can die. Subsequently, when it rains again you can also experience problems as a result of the extreme conditions. This is where water damage becomes a problem.
Problems with Pipes
An unstable foundation will cause stress for the plumbing. Broken pipes lead to all sorts of costly plumbing and heating repairs, which can be a huge inconvenience for many homeowners. Another unfortunate side effect of drought damage could be a basement leak. Foundation cracks allow water to seep into your home during heavy downpours, causing major damage to your basement and crawl space.
Poorly Maintained Gutters and Downspouts
Cleaning gutters is one of those seasonal chores that’s always on the list, but none of us want to hop on that ladder and tackle all of the gunk that settles in there. And If it’s been awhile since a downpour, the chances that the gutters will clog this time are much higher. Gutters need to be clean and clear of any debris and in good condition; downspouts need to direct .
Maintain The Roof
The most important barrier from weather that your home is your roof. They have a definite life span; do what you can to make yours last as long as possible. If it has been a while since a heavy rainfall, check for potential problems. Invest a few minutes to walk around the home and view the roof from as many angles as possible. Repair loose, cracked or missing shingles to minimize damage. Keep your attic fully insulated to prevent heat loss through the roof. Any of these issues could leave the roof of your house vulnerable to a leak here in Corona.
A water mitigation contractor will do an extensive examination of the basement then measure the moisture content of the affected areas. They will also use powerful pumps and vacuums to remove the excess water or industrial strength fans to dry damp areas. Once the basement is considered dry, as licensed contractors, they can begin the build back work on the damaged area, as needed.
PRC Restoration understands how stressful water damage can be; the team is available 24 hours a day. The qualified technicians are trained to identify structural risks and address instability issues until permanent repairs can be made.
PRC Inc is a full-service licensed general contractor in the Ventura County area. We provide emergency services, mitigation, structural repairs and construction services. PRC Restoration Inc. is an industry leader in both commercial and residential disaster recovery, with over 20 years of meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations.