Foundation or Concrete Problems in Lynnwood?
Find someone who provides solutions for all kinds of property issues, including sinking concrete slabs, wet basements or cracked foundations.
If you have one of these problems, a good contractor can work to get it taken care of.
Your contractor is happy to discuss your situation on the phone and set up a time to swing by your property and take a look at what is going on.
Think You Have a Problem?
Sometimes it is very obvious that you have a problem. Other times, the symptoms are not so easy to see. And these problems can occur at any type of house, from a new home to an older one.
Problem Signs to Look Out For:
1. Gaps around doors, especially exterior doors and garage doors
2. Your basement seems damp or humid and has a musty smell
3. Floors are sagging, uneven, weak or warped, or floor tiles have become loose or broke
4. Doors or windows stick to their frames when you try to open them, or close hard
5. Separated or cracked interior moldings, especially crown molding or door molding
6. Vertical cracks in sheet rock, often seen between a door frame and the ceiling
7. Large cracks in a concrete basement floor or foundation
8. Cracks in exterior or interior brick walls or mortar
9. Cracks in any solid surface interior or exterior walls
10. Water in your basement
11. Uneven or sloped interior floors
12. Gaps where a wall meets the ceiling or meets the floor
13. Gaps or any visual separation between exterior walls or a wall and chimney
14. A wet crawlspace or pooling of water near your house after a rain
Are These Problems Easy to Fix?
Almost every foundation problem can be fixed. Some of the jobs are easy, some of the jobs are very difficult.
That being said, repairing a house structure problem takes an experienced contractor and crew, along with the right equipment and tools to lift and fix a house that is no longer straight and level.
Lynnwood Basement Waterproofing
If your basement keeps getting wet, an expert can determine why it’s happening and how to stop it.
They might come up with a Lynnwood waterproofing solution that will fix your moisture problem without needing to work inside your basement at all. It’s possible they can correct the situation just by working outside your house on the gutters, landscaping and grounds surrounding your home.
Lynnwood Concrete Slab Lifting
Another service offered is mudjacking. Mudjacking is often called slab jacking or mud jacking. This is how you can raise up sections of your concrete walk, patio or driveway that may have sunk into the soil over the years.
During this mudjacking process, a good technician will force a thick, mud-like substance underneath the portion of your slab that needs raising. That substance expands, hardens and forces the concrete slab up. Pretty cool.
Your walkway, patio or driveway will look a lot better once all the sections are the same height, and nobody will be tripping on them any longer either.
Why Does This Problem Happen?
The earth underneath your house and driveway slowly moves. It contracts or expands slightly due to moisture content and temperature. This movement can put stress on whatever structure is above it. Most structures can handle a little of this movement, but too much movement, too often, can stress even a well-built structure.
Some homeowners have issues in these areas; others do not. One of the big factors in preventing house foundation problems is how much water is around and under the home.
A home that is built on a well-graded lot, where rain water is encouraged to move away from the house, and a house that has a good rain gutter system is in a better position to resist these problems than a house that does not have good lot grading or proper gutters.
Another big factor in determining potential foundation issues is the makeup of the soil the house sits on. Certain types of soil trap more moisture than other soils do. In Snohomish County, we are pretty fortunate, the typical soil consistency is considered only mildly absorbent.
Even having a large tree close to your house can create problems. A large tree’s roots can grow underneath a home, create pressure against the concrete and draw water out of the soil, drying it out during warm summer months.
Each of these types of environmental stress might contribute to the development of small cracks in the base of your home. Small cracks can let in moisture and have a way of developing into bigger cracks over the years.
Can I Wait On It?
If you think you may have a problem, you should really get it inspected by a professional. At least get someone to take a look at it.
Concrete problems don’t get better over time. They usually get worse. You might be able to put off getting the corrective work done, but it might be in your best interest to tackle it head-on right now.
When water gets into a basement, it can cause problems including mustiness and mold. And it will generally get worse each year.
It’s hard to sell a house with any signs that might indicate a structural problem. Buyers get scared that they may get stuck with a big repair once they move in.
Plus, it’s your duty to inform serious home buyers of any major defects with your house before they buy it. So it doesn’t make any sense to not fix the problem first.
In some situations, homeowners think their problem is so bad it will require a major project and a lot of money to fix, but they end up being surprised that it can be fixed quickly. But the homeowner won’t know until they get it inspected.
Finding the Right Choice?
They have the experience necessary to get your project done right. These contractors have done this before. They can get your property back in tip-top condition.
The Local Service Area
They work all over the local area. If you are in South Snohomish County, they can most likely help you out. Just call and set up a time to meet. If your home sits in a rural area too far out, they’ll let you know.
Projects They Do
A Contractor Near Me
They work all over the Lynnwood and north Seattle area.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117