Foundation, Concrete or Water Problems Here in Seattle?
Find budget-friendly solutions to many common property structure, wet basement or sinking concrete slab situations.
If you think your house has a problem in one of these areas, just make a quick call and talk about it.
They can probably give you some solid advice over the phone or set up a time to come over and inspect your property.
Once they inspect your situation, they will offer a plan on how to get it fixed.
What If I’m Not Sure If I Have a Problem or Not?
Sometimes homeowners can’t tell they have a structure problem; In other instances, the evidence is really obvious.
And a lot of cases fall somewhere in the middle. The homeowner notices a crack, a slightly bowed wall or a floor that is slightly sloped. But there isn’t enough evidence for the homeowner to make their own determination. That’s where the skills of a foundation inspector comes in.
Here Are a Few Signs To Be On the Lookout For:
1. Water pools near your home after a rain or you have a wet crawlspace
2. Doors or windows stick to their frames when you try to open or close them
3. There is water in your basement
4. Gaps around doors, especially exterior doors and garage doors
5. Uneven or sloped interior floors
6. Cracks in exterior or interior brick walls or mortar
7. Vertical cracks in sheet rock, especially between a door frame and the ceiling
8. Cracks in solid surface exterior or interior walls
9. Cracked or separated interior molding, often crown or door molding
10. Significant cracks in a concrete basement floor or foundation
11. Damp, humid or musty basement
12. Floors are sagging, weak or uneven, or tile floor sections have become loose
13. Gaps between a wall and ceiling or wall and floor
14. Separation between exterior walls or a wall and chimney
My Problem Looks Like It Would Be Hard to Fix
Sometimes homeowners worry that their house faults will be almost impossible to make right, but, in fact, most are not that unusual and they can be fixed.
But these types of house repairs take a trained and experienced foundation repair contractor and crew, working with the right equipment, to correct a sinking house foundation, perform a house leveling or other make good any serious structure issue.
Waterproofing Basements in Highland Park
If you’re tired of having a wet basement, there is a specialist that can figure out what is causing water to get into it.
Your Highland Park basement waterproofing solution may not require any work on the inside of the structure itself. Sometimes all the necessary work is spent just on the ground and landscaping surrounding your home.
Whatever your situation is, they will come up with the right plan to correct it.
Sunken Concrete Slab Lifting in Highland Park
If a section of your concrete walkway, patio or driveway has sunk below where it once was, they can fix that too. They use a process called mudjacking (also called slab jacking).
Mudjacking is where your contractor forcefully shootss a caulk-like substance underneath a sunken concrete slab. Once this substance collects under the slab, it forces the slab to rise up to the height you want it to be.
Once your concrete slabs are all the same height, your walkway, patio or driveway will look a lot better and people won’t be tripping on the uneven joints any longer.
Why Do These Problems Happen?
Well, it’s basically just the science of soil. The soil sitting under your home slowly changes, shifts and moves. It expands and contracts due to exposure to water and temperature. This slow, yet constant, expansion and contraction of the soil can place substantial stress on even a well-built home.
While you can’t control our Western Washington weather, having your home built on a lot that has poor drainage and improper grading or neglecting to install good rain gutters can be major factors in whether or not your property develops a foundation or water problem.
Some homeowners have issues in these areas; many others do not. One of the best ways to prevent house foundation problems is to keep water from being around and under the home.
The exact type of soil your house was built on is a major factor as well. Some kinds of soil will swell more than others when they get wet. Fortunately, in the Seattle area, our soil is only mildly absorbent, it doesn’t absorb as much water or swell as much as some soils do in some other areas of the country.
Another predictor of property issues is having a large tree that is way too close to your home. This can cause problems as the roots grow underneath the house and put pressure on water and sewer pipes and your concrete slab.
The expansive roots of a big tree close to your house can actually draw all the moisture from underneath your building out, making it too dry during our Summer dry season. This dryness causes the soil to contract too much.
These kinds of stress can contribute to the development of small cracks in your home’s structure. These small cracks will allow in moisture, air and even bugs, and those small cracks will get bigger as time goes on.
Can I Worry About This Later?
If you have an issue at your WA property, you should get it inspected soon and fixed if it is called for. The inspection, at least, is not something you should put off.
You shouldn’t simply ignore the issue and hope that it goes away. It won’t go away.
Foundation crack repair is an issue you should deal with sooner instead of later.
Remember, your foundation literally supports your entire house. The walls and floors depend on it. If you don’t take care of it you may end up in a serious situation later.
Anytime you have water in your basement, it indicates a problem. When water gets into your house it can cause problems including mold. And it will just get worse over time.
If you are thinking about selling your home, just remember, no home buyer wants to buy a house that has a structural issue or has signs of water being in the basement.
As a real estate seller, you have to disclose to the buyer any known significant problem with your property or you could end up in civil trouble later.
You shouldn’t worry about it without knowing the facts.
Many situations that seem way too difficult to fix in the homeowner’s eyes can actually be corrected. They might involve a complicated and sometimes difficult series of steps, but they can be done.
You Should Call
This is one of the few local companies that have been working in this field for a long time. These local contractors and teams have the experience to conduct detailed foundation inspections and effectively solve your situation.
What Suburbs Can Get Serviced?
The typical service area consists of the general metro area and most of King County, including High Point, Riverview, Roxhill, North Delridge, South Delridge and South Park.
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A Contractor Near Me in Highland Park?
They work all over central Seattle including the High Point, Roxhill, Riverview, North Delridge, South Park and South Delridge areas.
This includes homes in the 98108, 98126 and 98106 zip codes.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117