Is Your Magnolia Basement Wet? Cracks in Your Concrete? Foundation Problem?
Don’t worry. Contractors deliver help to local homeowners and property owners.
These companies take care of any foundation or concrete problem you might be experiencing.
From a wet basement to a sunken concrete slab to a crack in your basement floor or wall, they can help.
If you suspect you might have a problem in one of these areas, you should make a quick call and talk it over.
You can describe your situation on the phone, and maybe they could arrange a time to swing by your house and take a closer look.
Do You Have a House Problem?
It can be difficult for the average property owner to tell if you have a real problem with their Seattle home or not.
Some issues are hard to detect and need an experienced contractor to do an inspection and present their opinion. Other times, the problem is more obvious. And problems can turn up at both old and new houses.
15 Foundation Problem Signs To Look For
1. Significant crack in a concrete foundation or basement floor
2. Doors or windows stick to their frames when you close or open them
3. Water gets in your basement or crawlspace
4. Gaps around exterior doors or garage doors
5. Uneven or sloped interior floors
6. Vertical cracks in sheet rock between a door frame and the ceiling
7. Visible separation between exterior walls or the chimney and a wall
8. Pooling of water near your house after a rain
9. Gaps between a wall and the ceiling
10. Gaps between a wall and the floor
11. Basement is damp, humid or has a musty smell
12. Cracking exterior or interior brick walls or mortar
13. Separated interior molding, especially crown or door molding
14. Floors are weak, sagging, warped or uneven
15. Cracking solid surface interior or exterior walls
Aren’t These Problems Hard to Fix
Major house structural problems are hard to fix, but they can be done.
Homeowners sometimes assume their problem is either not fixable, or it will cost a small fortune to fix, but that isn’t necessarily true.
A complicated foundation repair job will need an experienced contractor, in charge of a solid crew and using the right equipment in order to get the job done.
Working under a house, raising it up and making it level without disturbing the structural integrity of a house is not for an inexperienced contractor.
Magnolia Basement Waterproofing Service
If you are seeing water in your basement after a hard rain, a specialist can come up with an affordable solution to stop it from happening. No one needs a wet basement.
In order to get your home watertight, they may do some work inside your basement, or they might focus our attention just on the soil and landscaping around your home, or it might be necessary to work on a combination of the two.
Sometimes, just a slight re-grading of the lot, putting on gutters or installing an outside drain can remedy the problem without needing to work on the actual basement walls at all.
Magnolia Slab Lifting Service
If you see that a section of your concrete sidewalk, driveway, or garage floor has sunk a bit, they can usually bring it back up to where it is supposed to be. This process is often called either slab jacking or mudjacking.
Slab jacking is a pretty interesting process.
The process involves shooting a thick mud-like substance under that section of concrete which has sunken. The mud fills in all the gaps underneath the concrete and then slowly forces the slab up to the height it originally was at.
Sometimes a homeowner wants mudjacking done mostly in order to improve the appearance of their property, but concrete slab lifting can reduce accidental trips that result from having uneven sections. Almost all jobs are completed in one morning or afternoon.
Why Do These Situations Happen?
All around and underneath your house, the soil moves a little bit from time to time. Moisture, temperature and a few other factors can cause the soil to contract or expand. These movements, even though they can be slight, can affect whatever lies on top of it, from a structure to a driveway or other man-made surface.
They may not be able to control the weather or the soil makeup here in King County, but there are some factors you can control.
First, your property should be graded so that it moves rain water away from your house. Second, you need a decent gutter system to prevent the rain that lands on your house from collecting around it.
One major factor that a property owner can not change is the physical makeup of the soil their house sits on.
The makeup of soil in different parts of the country can vary quite a bit.
Some soil is more absorbent than others. The more absorbent the soil, the more water it holds and the more it will expand when it gets wet. Big expansion isn’t good. Luckily, most Seattle area soil is not too absorbent.
Another factor, although it isn’t as common, is having a large tree that is too close to your house.
A large tree might have extensive roots that stretch well under your house. These roots can suck all the moisture out of your soil during extended dry Summers and even exert some physical pressure on your foundation as well.
Over time, a house may eventually develop a small crack or two. And a small crack can lead to a bigger crack. A big crack can let in moisture and it just gets worse from there.
Is It Okay To Not Schedule an Inspection?
If you think you may be having a problem, you should get it looked at. It could be the issue you’re worried about isn’t anything major. But once you get it inspected, at least you’ll know for sure.
You could hope your property issue just goes away on its own, but it won’t. It won’t get better over time.
Small cracks grow up to be bigger cracks. A small fault will only get worse.
If you regularly see water in your basement, the combination of water and time can lead to mold. And having a case of mold in your house can be real trouble.
And if you think you will just put your house up for sale without fixing the problem, that probably isn’t a good plan either. Signs of structural faults or wet basements scare away almost every buyer except for the professional house fixers.
Also, it is the seller’s obligation to inform a buyer of any serious home fault. You don’t want to be in a situation of saying that you knew there was a problem, but you didn’t get it fixed.
If you are seeing a few troubling signs at your home, don’t be worried that the situation is too difficult or expensive to be fixed. An experienced Seattle contractor can correct almost any problem.
Who Can Fix It?
When it comes to working with a contractor to get your home fixed, you have a couple of good choices. With an experienced staff and equipment, they can inspect, plan and complete your repair and get your house back to new shape.
Where Can They Work?
They work all over King County. They can do most kinds of these jobs around the Magnolia WA and Interbay neighborhoods. Just make a quick call and discuss the issue you are having.
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A Contractor Near Me in Magnolia?
Work goes on all over the northwest Seattle suburbs, including the Interbay and Discovery Park neighborhoods.
This includes properties in and around the 98199 zip code.
Foundation Solvers 1715 NW 58th St Seattle, WA 98107 206-539-1117