Problems With Your Foundation, Basement or Concrete?
We provide affordable and reliable solutions to most types of wet basement, house structure, or sinking concrete slab situations.
If you think your home is going through one of these issues, give us a quick call today to discuss it.
We’ll do our best to give you some information and advice over the phone.
And we can schedule a time to drive out and inspect your property and offer some guidance and suggestions on how to best get your problem fixed right.
What if I’m Not Sure I Really Have a Problem?
Sometimes a North Seattle homeowner just knows they have a structure problem. In some instances, the evidence is visible and really obvious.
In other situations, the tell-tale signs are too hard to notice. But these issues can show up in all kinds of different houses, from inexpensive to expensive houses and from old to new ones.
So Here Are Some Signs To Watch Out For:
1. Vertical cracks in sheet rock, usually from a door frame to the ceiling
2. Gaps around interior doors, exterior doors or garage doors
3. Large cracks in a concrete foundation or basement floor
4. Uneven or sloped interior floors
5. Gaps or any separation between exterior walls or a wall and chimney
6. Cracks in interior or exterior walls
7. Doors or windows that close hard or stick to their frames
8. Water gets into your basement once in a while
9. Gaps between a wall and the ceiling or a wall and the floor
10. A wet crawlspace or unusual pools of water near your house after rains
11. Separated or cracked interior molding, especially crown or door molding
12. Your basement is musty, damp or humid
13. Floors appear weak, sagging, or uneven
14. Cracks in exterior or interior brick walls or mortar
This Sounds Like a Really Big Job
Homeowners often think their house problem is going to be impossible to correct, but, in fact, most faults can be fixed.
But these types of house repairs do take experienced foundation repair contractors and trained crews, working with the right equipment, to perform a proper house leveling, turn around a sinking house foundation, or successfully complete any other serious structure project.
Basement Waterproofing in Greenwood Suburbs
If you have a wet basement once in a while, our waterproofing specialist will get the bottom of your problem and determine why water is getting into it.
Your Greenwood basement waterproofing fix may not require any work inside your basement at all. Sometimes all of the work may end up being done just on the grounds and landscaping surrounding your home.
Greenwood Concrete Lifting Service
If part of your concrete patio, front walk, garage floor or driveway has sunken a little over the years, we can generally fix that too.
The process we use to lift it back up is called either slab jacking or mud jacking.
Mudjacking describes a process where we force a mud-like substance underneath the sunken section of the slab. This mud builds up under the slab and forces the slab upwards back to its original height.
Once the mud hardens, your concrete is all level again. No more accidental trips.
Concrete slab lifting is the preferred way to correct your uneven patio or sidewalk.
What Causes These Problems Anyway?
Well, one of the biggest causes is due to the behavior of our soil. The soil that lies underneath our houses changes periodically. It shifts and moves.
The soil will expand and contract as it gets exposed to water and changes temperature. This continual expansion and contraction of the soil our homes rest on can put big stress on all types of houses.
While you cannot affect the weather or the physical makeup of the soil here in Seattle, building a home that sits on a lot with poor drainage or improper grading can be major factors in whether or not your property develops a bad situation.
Also, just having proper rain gutters can help keep excess water away from your home. It is a pretty simple fix that can have a long-lasting effect.
The particular kind of soil at your property is a major factor as well.
Some types of soil will swell more than others when it get wet. An absorbent soil will take in moisture and then expand. That isn’t ideal. Fortunately, most King County soil is described as only medium absorbent, it will not swell as much as some soils in some other areas of the country.
Another lesser cause of property issues is that big tree which is too close to your house. A major tree can cause problems if its roots spread under the house and put pressure on the slab, or on water and sewer pipes.
The roots of a big tree that is too close to your house can also suck moisture out from the soil underneath your house, making the soil there too dry during our typical Summer dry season.
These are examples of environmental stress which can contribute to starting small cracks in your home’s structure. Then these small cracks allow in moisture, and those small cracks get bigger each year.
I Would Like To Put It Off And Do It Later
If you have an issue with your Washington home, you should get it inspected. It is not something you should put off.
You cannot ignore it and hope that it goes away — it won’t. Foundation cracks are an issue you should correct sooner and not later.
Think about it. Your foundation literally supports your entire house. Everything from the floors, walls, and roof depend on it. If you don’t take care of it now, you may end up in a worse situation later.
Water that gets into a basement will cause problems over time including mold. Mold is not good. And it doesn’t get better. It only gets worse.
And if you’re considering selling your home without fixing the problem, there aren’t many home buyers that want to buy a property that has any kind of structural issue or signs of past water seepage down in the basement.
And, if you are currently trying to sell your house, you have to let a serious buyer know about any significant problems with your property or you could get in civil trouble later.
It can be kind of scary. But we can come up with a plan to correct the situation.
Try not to worry. Situations that appear to the homeowner to be too difficult to fix can almost always be corrected. Granted, it might take a pretty complicated and sometimes difficult process, but it can be done.
Why Choose Us?
We are one of those companies that has been working in this field a long time. We are a local contractor with the experience necessary to conduct dependable foundation inspections and then come up with a solid plan to correct your issue.
Suburbs Where We Work
Our service area is the entire north metro area, much of King County and the surrounding suburbs. This includes the areas of Bitter Lake, Broadview, North College Park and Phinney Ridge.
Just give us a quick phone call and talk about it. The call is free and there is no obligation tied to it.
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A Contractor Near Me in Greenwood?
We work all over Northwest Seattle including the Bitter Lake, Broadview, North College Park and Phinney Ridge areas.
This includes homes in the 98117, 98103, 98177 and 98133 zip codes.
Give us a call.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117
Call Us Today: 206-539-1117