San Diego is known for being sunny year round. As I sit and listen to the radio “It Never Rains in California, Girl Don’t Warn Ya”; is playing. Since moving to San Diego 16 years ago, the one thing that I truly love and appreciate is the weather. The sun shines most of the year but now and then we get well-needed rain in our Sunny San Diego.
When we do get rain, it typically does not last very long. Unfortunately, we tend to have many car accidents during this time because of the slippery streets. Furthermore, people in San Diego are not used to driving in the rain. A little bit of rain can do a lot of damage on the roads. This damage not only happens on the roads, but we also see a lot of damage to our houses.
Many of the homes in San Diego’s Metro communities were built in the early 1900’s. That is what makes our communities so quaint. Though back then it did not rain much so very few houses had gutters. If you own your home or plan to one day, you should plan to have these installed. If your house already has gutters, don’t forget to take the time out once a year to clean them out. Leaves that have fallen into the gutters from nearby trees must be removed. This protects them from backing up and keep the water flowing freely away from the house.
From my years of selling homes in the North Park, South Park and Metro Communities in San Diego, I have noticed that many of the homes have been built without a drainage system. Years ago rain had never been much of a factor in southern California. For this reason, many of our homes do not have this.
One thing that you could do to improve the health of your home, specifically the life of the foundation is to have a professional drainage person take a look at your home. They will be able to determine what can be done to keep the water from becoming a nuisance when it rains. They may suggest surface drains, French drains, and waterproofing. If there is standing water, they may suggest a sump pump be installed. Another thing to keep in mind once you have removed the water is installing a dehumidifier as well as fans. Keeping the foundation dry is crucial, so there is no risk of mold entering that space.
If you own your home or are planning to one day, another thing that you should check for loose wires blowing in the wind. Wires hanging from electrical poles and onto your home should always be approached with caution. You may not be able to tell if the wires that came loose are from the cable companies or the electric company. If not positive, it is best to have your electrician come over. Shut off the main electricity beforehand, and he or she will then be able to neaten the wires and secure them safely.
The McT Real Estate group is all about home safety and is here to help you keep your home safe. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the near future, we will be able to help you address these water-related issues as well as others that may arise. We have a list of trusted professionals who can assist you. Beginning from the inspection on through repairs, we are here to help you through the good times and bad. If you run into these or any other issues and you are not sure who to contact, just give us a call us right away. The McT Real Estate Group is part of your home ownership long after closing. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is upon us, we are a phone, email or text away.