Problems with Your Foundation or Concrete at Your Home?
Find someone who provides sensible and affordable solutions to many common house structure, concrete slab or wet basement situations here in the Capitol Hill area.
If you think (or you have been told) you have a problem in one of these areas, you should make a short call to talk it over.
You can hear some basics on the phone and set up a convenient time to drive out and inspect your property. After an inspection, you can get some advice on how it can be fixed.
How Do I Know For Sure I Have a Problem?
Sometimes a Seattle homeowner has no problem seeing they have a structure problem. In some instances, the evidence is just really obvious.
In other situations, the homeowner doesn’t have a clue they have a problem. The warning signs are too subtle. And new homes aren’t immune from these issues either. They can show up no matter what type of home construction you have or however old your property is.
What Are Some Common Signs of a Foundation Problem?
1. You notice uneven or sloping interior floors
2. There are gaps around doors, usually an exterior door and garage door
3. Some doors or windows stick to their frames when you try to open or close them
4. There are cracks in exterior or interior brick walls or mortar
5. There is a vertical crack in sheet rock, often between a door frame and the ceiling
6. There is water in your basement
7. You notice separated or cracked interior molding, usually crown molding or door molding
8. You suspect a floor is sagging, warping or uneven, or floor tiles are loose or broke.
9. There is a separation between two exterior walls or a wall and chimney
10. You see a crack in a solid surface interior or exterior wall
11. You have a wet crawlspace or water pooling near your house after a rain
12. You can see large cracks in your concrete basement floor or concrete blocks
13. There are gaps between a wall and ceiling or a wall and floor
14. Your basement seems damp, humid and has a musty smell
Can My Problem Even Be Fixed?
Sometimes a homeowner will think their problem will be almost impossible to correct, but, in reality, almost all issues can be fixed.
But these home repairs are tricky. They require a trained and experienced foundation repair contractor and crew, equipped with special gear, to adjust and correct a sinking home foundation, perform a house leveling or other major structure operation.
Capitol Hill Basement Waterproofing Service
If you are putting up with a wet basement, these specialists will figure out what is happening and how water is able to leak into it.
Your basement waterproofing correction may not require any actual work to the structure of your house itself, but instead just the ground and landscaping directly around the home. Whatever it takes, they will come up with a plan to correct the situation.
Capitol Hill Mudjacking Service
If part of your concrete driveway or front walk has sunk or become uneven, they can fix that too. They use a process called mudjacking (also called slab jacking).
Mudjacking is a procedure of forcefully injecting a caulk-like substance underneath a sunken slab. This caulk takes up space underneath the slab and forces the slab to rise up.
Concrete lifting improves the appearance of walkways by making each section level and also helps prevent accidental trips.
Why Is This Problem Happening to Me?
Well, some of it is simply science. The soil your home sits on moves and shifts a little bit over time. It may expand or contract depending on its exposure to water and temperature. This gradual, but constant, expansion and contraction of the soil can put a tremendous stress on even a well-built house.
While you can’t control the laws of science, or the weather elements where you live, having your home sitting on a lot that has improper drainage or poor grading, or your house doesn’t have working rain gutters can be big factors in whether or not you get into a bad situation.
The makeup of the soil your house was built on can be a major factor as well. Some types of soil will swell more than others when exposed to water. Fortunately for you in Western Washington State, the soil here isn’t as absorbent as it is in other states.
Another possible cause of problems can be having a large tree too close to your house. A large tree can cause problems when its roots expand underneath the house and puts pressure on water and sewer pipes and the slab your structure sits on.
Different kinds of environmental stress can contribute to small cracks in your foundation. These small cracks allow in air, moisture and bugs, and small cracks can get bigger as time goes on.
Can I Just Ignore It?
If you suspect your King County home has a problem, you really need to get it inspected. And if there is a problem, you need to get it fixed. This isn’t something you should put off.
You shouldn’t ignore it and hope that it goes away. Because it won’t.
A foundation crack repair should be addressed sooner rather than later.
You know your foundation literally supports your entire structure. Your floors, walls, and roof depend on it. If you do not take care of it you will only make it worse and you may end up in a serious situation later.
If you have water slowly leaking into your basement, that can cause problems such as mold. And mold will just get worse over time too.
And if you are about to sell your home, just remember that no one wants to buy a house that has a structural problem or has tell-tale signs of water seepage.
As a house seller, you have to disclose to the buyer any significant problems with your property or you could get in trouble later. So you shouldn’t just try to ignore the problem and leave it for the next guy.
No matter how bad your situation may look, most situations can usually be corrected. Some jobs are bigger than others and some may involve a complicated process, but they can be done. So try not to worry until you have your property inspected.
Choosing a Company
Talk with a company that have been working in this field for a long time. These crews have the necessary experience to conduct a thorough foundation inspection and safely and efficiently work to solve your issue.
Where in Washington State Does Work Get Done?
Work gets done all over the Seattle metro area, including the Broadmoor, Eastlake, Madison Park, Montlake, Madison Valley and Portage Bay areas. If for some unusual reason, your Washington home is not in a place where they usually work, they can simply tell you when you call.
The Kind of Work Normally Done:
A Contractor Near Me in Capitol Hill?
Working all over the Broadmoor, Eastlake, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Montlake and Portage Bay areas, including homes in the 98112, 98102, 98109 and 98122 zip codes.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117