Concrete or Foundation Problems in Irvine CA?
We complete repairs on all sorts of building situations, such as settling cement slabs, wet crawlspaces and cracking foundations.
If your house or property has an issue with one of these situations, perhaps you aren’t really confident how bad your problem is.
You might set aside a few minutes for a short phone call and we can talk about it.
We can speak about your situation on the phone and let you know what some of your options are.
If you wish, we could plan a time to get together at your house for a closer look.
Does My Home Have a Problem?
Many times homeowners don’t have any problem noticing they have a structure problem.
Frequently it is quite detectable. In other cases, the signals are hard to see.
And in most of the examples we come across, the circumstances fall somewhere in the center of the two.
A homeowner notices an uncommon crack, or a wall seems a bit bowed or a section of the floor seems to slope a little.
But there isn’t adequate visual evidence for the homeowner to make a conclusion.
That’s where the skills of an experienced foundation inspector comes in.
Incidentally, that’s us.
Foundation Issue Indicators To Watch Out For
• Spaces around any kind of door
• Exterior or interior brick walls or their mortar have cracks
• Considerable cracks in a concrete foundation or basement cement floor
• Cracking running up and down in drywall, even if they aren’t that long
• Uneven or spongy interior floors
• Gaps between exterior walls or a wall and chimney
• Windows or doors are closing and opening hard or sticking to their frames
• Cracking in exterior walls
• Water is getting into your basement once in a while
• A damp crawlspace or puddles of water close to your home after rains
• Separation or cracks in interior wood molding
• Gaps between walls and the ceiling or the walls and the floor
• Your basement feels damp and humid
Are These Problems Easy to Repair?
A property owner may imagine that some foundation problems will be impossible to remedy, but, in fact, nearly all can get solved by a professional contractor.
However, these house improvements require experienced and trained foundation repair contractors and teams, utilizing specialized equipment, to adjust and correct a settling house structure, complete a home stabilizing or other substantial structure issue.
Waterproofing Crawlspaces in Irvine
If your basement is getting wet, our technician can come out and discover where the issue is originating from and come up with a solution to it.
Our strategy to waterproof your slab or basement might not call for any real work to the structure or basement walls, but instead just modifications to the lot and landscape areas surrounding the building. We will come up with a strategy to make your crawlspace dry again.
Irvine Concrete Slab Lifting or Mudjacking
If a portion of your concrete pavement, courtyard or driveway has sunk below where it is supposed to be, we will have that changed.
The procedure we use is known as slabjacking.
(We sometimes call it mudjacking because we like to think of wet concrete as mud.)
Mud jacking is a procedure of powerfully pressing a caulk-like substance beneath the sunk slab. This mixture oozes into every empty space under the slab and then forces the cement slab to rise up.
When your cement slabs are all the same height, your sidewalk, porch or driveway will look much better and people won’t be stumbling and tripping on the uneven joints any more.
Why Do These Issues Happen in Orange County?
Well, all around and underneath your home, the soil can move a bit at times.
Moisture content, temperature and a few other minor factors can cause the soil to contract or expand.
This motion, although it might be minor, can affect whatever is on top of it, from a building to a patio or any other solid object.
So, you can’t control the elements or the physical makeup of the soil in Southern California, but leaving your home sit on a badly graded lot is asking for trouble.
If your lot does not cause rainwater to flow away from your home, you could have a nasty situation down the road.
Likewise, neglecting to install and maintain sound rain gutters is another mistake homeowners can make.
Gutters are a common fix which will help protect against water issues.
The properties of the soil your house was constructed on is a big element also.
Some soil types, such as some clay soils, swell more than other soils after they get wet.
Another factor, although it isn’t as prevalent, is having a big tree too close to your home.
A major tree could have lots of long roots that reach well beneath your property.
These extensive roots can suck all the available moisture out of your ground during hot and dry Summers and even place some physical strain on your home structure too.
These elements can add to the growth of modest concrete cracks over time.
Very small cracks let in humidity and might grow into larger cracks. And those bigger cracks can create difficulties.
Do I Really Need to Have My House Inspected?
When it seems as if you may be having an issue at your home, it is best to at least get a specialist to look at it and learn their view.
You might wish that your home problem just disappears on its own, but it won’t. It won’t go away or get better over time.
Little cracks might turn into bigger splits. Small faults only get worse.
Rain water which leaks under a home can create predicaments including mold and mildew.
A mold problem is not good. And it doesn’t get better.
It only becomes worse.
You may be thinking of not starting the repair work, because you are thinking about listing your house for sale.
But almost no house buyer wants to make a down payment on a home which has a hidden structural situation or illustrates telltale signs of water being down in the basement.
And, if you’re working to sell your place, a seller is supposed to share any known crucial problems with the property or the seller might be in trouble afterwards.
Try to not needlessly worry about it without knowing the details.
The majority of conditions that appear much too hard to fix in the property owner’s eyes can still be solved.
The fix might require a complex and often demanding number of steps, but they can get completed.
Have Your Home Examined
We have the knowledge required to get your home project done the right way.
Our supervisors and work teams have successfully completed property jobs like this before.
We can put your residence back in solid shape again too.
Do We Work in Your Area?
We are able to support nearly all homeowners in downtown Irvine, The Irvine Business Complex District, Main Street, John Wayne Airport Area and Alton Parkway.
Appointments are available in all the suburb areas as well – East Irvine, El Camino Real, Northwood, Orchard Hills, Turtle Rock, Westpark, Walnut Village, Woodbridge, Oak Creek, Orange County Great Park, Quail Hill, UC-Irvine and University Park Area.
Even if you reside a bit beyond the area, contact us anyway and we can let you know for certain.
Call Today: 323-641-4171
An Orange County Contractor
We work at homes and business properties including the neighborhoods of downtown Irvine, The Irvine Business Complex District, Main Street, John Wayne Airport Area and Alton Parkway.