Posted: Mar 14, 2012 4:10 PM by John Reger
Updated: Aug 8, 2012 9:02 PM
Our Good Question tonight comes from Paso Robles and it's about basements on the central coast. Jim Herman wants to know: Generally speaking, why do houses in this area of California not have basements? Good Question.
Historically, basements started out as a safety necessity in places around the country that got life-threatening storms and tornados. They were actually called storm cellars. Basements were also dug to provide an easier to place to heat during frigid winters.
The weather in our area didn't present those kinds of hazards so basements weren't built, which also saved money.
More recently, federal codes have regulated basements because of earthquakes and outlawed them in flood zones.
Building officials say there are several such flood zones on the Central Coast. Have you got something you've always wanted to know the answer to? Send your Good Question to ksby.com or better yet friend me at facebook.com/JohnRegerKsbyNews. The only bad question is the one you don't ask.
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