Got a Problem With Your Foundation? Water in Your Basement?
Find someone who offers affordable fixes to many house structure, sinking concrete slab or wet basement issues.
If you are worried you have an issue with one of these problems, feel free to make a short call to discuss it.
When you’re on the phone, you can talk about the problems you are seeing, and, if you want, you can set up a time to drive out to your house, inspect your property and offer some advice on how it can be fixed.
Do You Think You Might Have a Problem, But You’re Not Sure?
When it comes to recognizing house structure problems, sometimes the homeowner knows right away that something is wrong. In some instances, the signs are just really obvious. Other times the symptoms are hard to see. And these problems can arise in all types of homes, no matter what design or age they are.
Here Are a Few Signs That Could Mean Your House Has a Problem:
1. Cracks in an exterior or interior brick wall or mortar
2. New gaps around doors, especially exterior doors and garage doors
3. Vertical cracks in sheet rock, often between a door frame and the ceiling
4. Uneven or sloping floors
5. A large crack in a concrete basement floor or foundation
6. Windows or doors that stick to their frames when you try to open them
7. Gaps where a wall and ceiling meet, or where a wall and floor meet
8. Gaps or any separation between exterior walls or a wall and chimney
9. A wet crawlspace or collection of water near your house after a rain
10. Water in your basement
11. Separated or cracked interior molding, usually door or crown molding
12. Cracks in a solid surface interior or exterior wall
13. Your basement seems damp and has a musty smell
14. Floors have become uneven, sagging or weak, or floor tiles have become loose.
This Looks Like a Big Problem
Yes, sometimes these problems look like they would be really hard to correct. A King County homeowner might think their house issue will be near impossible to fix, or cost a small fortune to get done. But most faults can be fixed at a reasonable cost.
That being said, these repairs will require the attention of a trained and experienced foundation repair contractor and crew. And they need to have the right equipment to adjust a sinking house foundation, perform a home leveling or successfully complete another type of serious structure problem.
Waterproofing a Basement in the Central District
If you are living with a wet basement, you can get a specialist who can figure out why that water is coming in.
Your Central District basement waterproofing solution may not call for any work actually inside your basement, but instead just on the grounds and landscaping directly around your home. They will come up with the right strategy to correct the situation.
Central District Area Slab Jacking Services
If part of your concrete driveway, front walk or patio has sunk, they can generally get that fixed too. The process used to get it done is called slab jacking or mud jacking.
Mudjacking or slab jacking describes a process where someone injects a caulk-like substance underneath the sunken slab. As they force this caulk under the concrete, it fills up the spaces underneath it and is strong enough to force the slab upwards back to the desired height.
Concrete slab lifting improves the appearance of sunken walkway sections by making them all level again. This also helps prevent trips and falls.
Why Do These Problems Occur Anyway?
Well, it’s just the natural science of the soil. The soil underneath your home periodically changes, shifts and moves. You never see it happen, but it happens.
The soil contracts and expands based on exposure to water and changes in temperature. This periodic expansion and contraction of the soil can put stress on any kind of structure, even a well-built house.
While you can’t control the rain or temperature here in King County, if your home sits on a lot that has poor drainage and improper grading, these can be major factors in whether or not you experience structural problems.
Merely having good working rain gutters will really help keep excess water away from your home. It is a simple fix that can have a big effect.
Another major factor is the makeup of the particular soil your house was built on. Some types of soil swell more than others do when they get wet. Fortunately, here in Western Washington, our soil is only somewhat absorbent, it won’t swell as much as it can in some other areas of the country.
Another cause of property issues that many homeowners ignore is having a large tree too close to your house. This may cause a problem if the tree’s roots grow underneath the house and put pressure on your slab, water and sewer pipes.
In a few situations, the expansive roots of a major tree that is too close to a house can also draw moisture out from the soil underneath the building, making it too dry during our extended dry Summer seasons.
Natural environmental stress can help cause small cracks to start in your home’s structure. These small cracks allow in moisture and other things. And those small cracks can grow bigger as time goes on.
Can I Wait and Deal With It Later?
If you are pretty sure you have some type of issue with your home, you should get it inspected. An inspection is not something you should put off.
And if you find out you need to get some work done, you should not ignore that advice.
Remember, your foundation supports your entire structure. The floors, walls and roof depend on it. These issues should be taken care of when they are discovered.
If you have water getting in your basement, it can lead to problems such as mildew and mold. And it will just get worse over time.
If you are thinking about just selling your home and not dealing with it, there are really no prospective buyers who want to buy a property that has a structural issue or one that gets water in the basement.
And, when you are trying to sell a house, the seller is required to disclose any known significant problems with the property or they could be in trouble later.
Remember, many situations that a homeowner may think is too difficult to fix can usually be fixed. It might involve a complicated and sometimes difficult process, but it can be done.
You Could Choose Someone Today
Some companies have been working in this field for quite some time. Your Seattle contractor has the experience necessary to conduct a thorough foundation inspection of your home and come up with a plan of action to correct your issue.
Where in Seattle Do They Work?
The service area consists of the entire central metro area and most of King County, including the Atlantic, Leschi and Madrona areas. If you are reading this, you can feel confident they are able to service your home.
Here Is What Can Be Done For You:
A Contractor Near Me in Central District?
Work gets done all over the Atlantic, Leschi and Madrona areas, including homes in the 98122, 98144 and 98112 zip codes.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117