Home Inspection Tips- How To Protect The Siding And Foundation Of Your San Diego Home

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Home Inspector with Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula

 

siding and foundation San Diego homeThese home inspection tips show how to protect the siding and foundation of your San Diego home. Whether your home is built on a slab or a raised foundation, it comes in contact with the soil at some point. The foundation is obviously in contact with the ground, but all siding materials should have adequate clearance from the ground to prevent moisture penetration, insect access, and siding damage.




siding and foundation San Diego home
Stucco siding should have a minimum 4" clearance above soil and 2" above hardscaping.
Wood siding should have a minimum 6" clearance above soil and 2" above a hardscape surface.The main reason for these requirements is for protection against moisture. weep screed diagram





One mistake I often see during a home inspection is a patio slab that has been poured too high against a house wall. If the stucco weep screed is buried, water may become trapped resulting in moisture damage inside the wall cavities. Even if the ground isn't in contact with the siding, if adequate clearance does not exist, rain will splash up and soak the siding resulting in moisture penetration.




siding and foundation San Diego home

The soil at the perimeter of your home should slope away from the foundation. The surface grade should drop a minimum of 6" within the first ten feet. The perimeter grading at many of my home inspections has negative slope because of settling along the foundation or improper grading during construction. This condition will allow excessive moisture to penetrate the foundation and shorten its life-span.



Home Inspection Tips- How To Protect The Siding And Foundation Of Your San Diego Home:

siding and foundation San Diego home

1. Maintain a good grade slope away from the foundation.

2. Be sure the siding has proper clearance from soil and hardscape areas.

3. Prune all vegetation growing against the exterior of your home.

4. Have rain gutters installed if they are not. Use splash blocks or extensions at the downspouts to carry water away from the foundation.


 

siding and foundation San Diego home


5. Keep a good coat of paint on wood siding for moisture protection.

6. Tune up your irrigation system so the sprinklers do not spray the house.

7. In some cases where the perimeter drainage is poor, you may have to install a drainage system or improve the one you have.




CREIA verify logoA small amount of effort will pay large dividends in protecting your most valuable asset. Don't let a simple problem cause serious damage to your home! Steve Stenros- First Choice Inspections is a CREIA MCI and ICC certified San Diego home inspector. Clients receive a FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek with every standard home inspection. Steve can be reached for appointment
ICC logoat 888-335-3040. These home inspection tips- how to protect the siding and foundation of your San Diego home can be used as a guide as you inspect the perimeter of your home.

Originally posted at FirstChoiceInspections.

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Rainer
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Nick Smith
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great tips on taking care of your foundation

Aug 16, 2011 07:15 PM #47
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Keep it dry, Nick!

Aug 17, 2011 03:44 AM #48
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I can't believe that many developers in California actually developed hundreds if not thousands of "subterrainean" (pit set as they call it in the industry) MH communities without any drainage whatsoever. Duh! Here ther "River doesn't Run Throuh It". The homeowners end up with rancid swimming pools under their homes and we end up generating an entirly new profit center which in the past 25 years has by itself put my 5 kids through college. Sad but true.

Aug 17, 2011 04:32 AM #49
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Linda Fidgeon
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Thanks for the info. Its well written and easy to understand. We don't use stucco much up here in New England, bur the basic principles are the same.

Aug 17, 2011 07:24 AM #50
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Steve Stenros
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You have a great niche market there, John!

Aug 17, 2011 05:48 PM #51
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Thank you, Linda. Yes, the principles are the same everywhere. Even more important in wetter regions!

Aug 17, 2011 05:49 PM #52
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Patricia Beck
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Great information and I like the stucco diagram!

Aug 18, 2011 10:07 AM #53
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Steve Stenros
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Thank you, Patricia. Aren't diagrams great?

Aug 18, 2011 01:19 PM #54
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Jane Peters
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These are great tips for the San Diego homeowner to follow to protect their foundations and siding, Steve.  

Aug 18, 2011 06:02 PM #55
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Steve Stenros
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Jane: And they also work well for the Los Angeles homeowner! :)

Aug 18, 2011 06:16 PM #56
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Steve, great advice anywhere. I really like your short videos. You do a good job taking care of business. :)  I see you earned a well deserved star. Congrats.

Aug 19, 2011 04:06 AM #57
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Debb: Appreciate that!

Aug 19, 2011 04:15 AM #58
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Steve:

Informative and the many comments you received agree. I also think that you should make presentations at the local real estate boards. Do it during a "brown bag event".  I believe agents would event paid.

Aug 21, 2011 09:48 AM #59
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Steve Stenros
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Thanks so much for your comments, L & L!

Aug 21, 2011 04:34 PM #60
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Steve that last picture of the decorative horizontal trim board is a classic.  Without a proper counter-flashing it is only a matter of time.  Thanks for subscribing by the way.

Aug 21, 2011 04:57 PM #61
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Steve Stenros
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Keep the blogs coming, Charles!

Aug 21, 2011 06:20 PM #62
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Dale Taylor
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These tips are helpful in any location!  Thanks!

Aug 27, 2011 04:12 PM #63
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Dale: Yes, they are! Thanks for your comment!

Aug 27, 2011 05:18 PM #64
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Pacita Dimacali
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Steve

i really like reading your blogs. It's like a picture book about home inspection. Also learning a few new words. I haven't heard of weep screed before.

Keep up the good work!

Aug 31, 2011 07:13 PM #65
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Steve Stenros
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I'm glad you like them, Pacita! I've had a busy summer season, so it's been a while since my last post, but I promise, there are more on the way!

Aug 31, 2011 07:21 PM #66
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