Concrete, Foundation or Water Problems Near Burien?
We provide solutions for all kinds of property issues, including settling concrete slabs, damp basements or cracking foundations.
If you feel you are having a hassle with one of these things, you could call us and discuss it.
We may get to give a little help and advice while we have you on the phone, but a good extensive evaluation is always the best option.
We will put together an appointment to visit you and take a look at your property and provide a strategy on the best path forward to getting your matter resolved.
Sometimes It’s Hard to Tell If You Have a Problem
Sometimes homeowners have no trouble identifying they have a structure problem. In some cases it is quite noticeable. Other times, the signs are harder to notice.
And in a lot of the scenarios we see, the conditions are somewhere in the center of the two. The homeowner sees an uncommon crack, or a wall appears slightly bowed or a part of the floor appears to slope somewhat. But there’s not sufficient visual evidence for the homeowner to reach their own judgment.
That’s where the abilities of a trained foundation inspector comes in handy. Incidentally, that’s what we do.
Some Typical Symptoms of a Foundation Situation
• Cracking in an interior or exterior brick wall or its mortar
• New gaps around doors, principally outside doors and garage doors
• Vertical cracking in sheet rock, often between a door frame and ceiling
• Bent or sloped floors
• A long crack in a concrete basement floor or foundation
• Doors or windows stick to the frames when you try and open them
• Gaps where a wall and ceiling meet, or where a wall and floor come together
• Gaps or any separation between exterior walls or one wall and chimney
• A damp crawlspace or pools of water near your house after a rain
• Water down in your basement
• Separated or cracked interior molding, usually crown or door molding
• Splits in a solid surface exterior or interior wall
• Your basement feels too damp and has a musty smell
• Floors are uneven, saggy or weakened, or tiles are loose.
Are These Problems Hard To Fix?
Big structural problems are difficult to repair, however they can get done. Homeowners frequently believe that their problem is too difficult to correct, or it will cost a small fortune to solve, but that isn’t necessarily true.
Challenging projects will need an experienced contractor and work crew. They also need the perfect tools and equipment. We’ve got the experience and machines to get the project done right.
Burien Basement Waterproofing Service
If you are getting water in your basement every once in a while, we will discover why it happens and figure out how to prevent it from happening again.
It’s possible we may get to correct the issue without the need for access to the basement walls after all.
Burien Slab Lifting Service
If a section of your cement walkway, patio or driveway has sunk beneath where it was meant to be, we can have that remedied. The technique we use is termed slab jacking. (We sometimes refer to it as mud jacking because we like to refer to wet cement as mud.)
Mud jacking is a procedure where we forcefully push a mud-like or caulk-like compound under a low slab. This dense substance gathers below the slab, hardens and causes the slab to raise up to the optimal level.
Concrete slab raising improves the appearance of walkways and sidewalks by getting each segment the same height and also helps to stop accidental trips on uneven segments.
What’s Causing These Problems?
Well, it’s mostly just the natural properties of our soil. The ground right beneath your home gradually shifts and alters. It spreads out and shrinks caused by repeated exposure to water and changes in temperature. This slow, yet persistent, expanding and contraction of the earth can place extensive pressure on even on newer buildings.
Most building owners will never experience a dramatic foundation or water problem, but a few might. There are a few steps a homeowner can do in order to help prevent problems from occurring.
To begin with, they can be sure the residential lot their home sits on is properly graded and shifts water away from their house. They can also be sure to put up appropriate gutters that take the rain which hits the top of their home and passes it away from the home.
One of the primary variables which impact a home is the absorbency of the soil it sits on. Soil that can soak up and hold a big volume of moisture will tend to expand more than soil which doesn’t hold water well.
We are pretty lucky here in south King County, most of the soil under our homes is not highly absorbent.
One more common cause of issues is having a big tree too near your home. This could create problems when the roots expand beneath the home and place stress on sewer and water pipes as well as your slab.
All these forms of external force might promote smaller cracks in your home’s structure. These tiny cracks make it easy for dampness and little bugs, and those very small cracks can grow bigger every year.
Can’t I Wait?
If you are worried you might be having a problem, make an appointment to have it looked at. Maybe the condition you’re all anxious about isn’t anything significant. But when you get it checked, at least you’ll know for certain.
And you cannot just ignore it and hope that it goes away. It won’t. Foundation crack repair is a problem you should work on sooner as opposed to later.
Your basement foundation basically holds up your whole house. The walls, floors, and roof depend on it. If you can’t take care of it you might end up in a critical circumstance later.
If you’re getting moisture in your basement after it rains, maybe it won’t require much effort to remedy it. You don’t want mold growing down in the basement. If you don’t take steps to get rid of it, mold will not get better over the years either.
And if you believe you can just put up your home on the market without resolving the problem, that probably will not work. Indicators of foundation faults or wet basements will almost certainly scare away almost every buyer aside from the most expert house flipper.
And besides, it’s the home seller’s responsibility to inform the potential buyer about any serious home defects. You won’t want to have to say that you know you have a bad situation, but you didn’t get it fixed.
If you are having some troubling warning signs at your house, avoid getting anxious that the issue is too complicated or expensive to get repaired. Professional contractors and companies can resolve nearly any challenge.
Talk it Over With Us
It’s best to call one of the few hometown companies that have been getting work done in this area for several years. Our dependable specialists and work crews have earned the knowledge to conduct detailed structure inspections and appropriately handle your circumstances.
Where in Town Do We Work?
We work on houses throughout the area south of Seattle including the Seahurst and Highline communities. This includes the 98146, 98166, 98062, 98148 and 98168 zip codes.
The Work We Do:
Call Us Today: 206-539-1117
Is There a Contractor Near Me in Burien?
We work on homes in the south Seattle neighborhoods, this includes Seahurst, Highline and properties in and around the 98168, 98166, 98148, 98062 and 98146 zip codes.
Give us a call.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117
Call Us Today: 206-539-1117