California Drought Affecting Home Foundations

Posted June 26, 2014, under Blog

State-Wide Drought Is Bad News For Home Foundations Says Construction Company

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction Inc. (, a foundation repair and general contractor company, has been keeping track of the 2014 California drought but more specifically the effects of the drought on home foundations. The shrinking and expanding of soil, according to the company, causes damage most evident as cracks in the foundation of a home. The present drought stands to cause significant damage to home foundations across the state.

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According to a recent news report from USA Today: “So far, California is enduring its hottest year on record, contributing to the state’s worst level of drought in the past 40 years, according to a report from the National Climatic Data Center released Thursday morning. Through the first five months of the year, “temperatures in California have been about 5 degrees above average,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with the center in a conference call with reporters. The warmth in California has contributed to the drought that’s now encompassing the entire state, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday.”

The company’s chief building safety inspector, Shawn Kyles, stated: “Foundations can suffer from excessive moisture as well as greatly reduced moisture levels. The soil expanding and contracting causes movement of the home’s foundation which damages it as time goes on. Homeowners should be aware of the effects of this drought and the soil contraction it is bringing. A proper foundation inspection will disclose if any foundation damage has occurred as a result of the lowered moisture levels.”

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Most people think only if they have moisture or drainage problems that it will affect their home. But this drought could be just as bad and may cause worse foundation problems than we normally see. Each homeowner should take responsibility to see that any foundation damage is addressed for the sake of the safety of the home.”

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog.

( Quote from USA Today)

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