Concrete or Foundation Problems? Wet Crawl Space?
You can get practical and affordable solutions to several common building structure, concrete slab or damp crawl space problems here in the Southwest area near downtown Chula Vista.
If you think your home has a situation in one of these areas, call and talk it over it.
When you’re on the phone, you can discuss the conditions you’re experiencing, and, if you wish, set up a time to drive out to your house, take a look at your situation and offer some advice on just how they can get it taken care of.
When Do I Know if My Home Has a Problem?
Look, it can be hard to know if you have a big condition going on or not.
For example, many floor cracks don’t indicate much; in other cases, they can indicate something significant is happening.
In other scenarios, like when you get rain water under your house, it’s pretty obvious you have a problem that needs addressing.
Likely Problem Signals:
• Water in your crawl space or basement area
• Separating or cracked interior molding (usually crown or door molding)
• Gaps around exterior doors or the garage door and its frame
• Floors are uneven, bouncy or warped
• Windows or doors that stick to their frames
• Splits in any solid surface wall, brick wall or mortar
• Uneven or sloped floors
• Vertical cracks in the drywall between a door frame and ceiling
• Separation between two exterior walls or a wall and chimney
• Major cracks in a cement floor or concrete foundation
• New spaces between a wall and ceiling or wall and floor
• Your basement consistently smells musty or is damp
• Collections of water around your house after rains
These Problems Look Difficult and Expensive to Repair
Homeowners sometimes take a look at their house and think their issue is so bad, it is going to end up being a pricey and extremely difficult job to get accomplished.
But most of these types of troubles can get fixed.
These home improvements require experienced and trained foundation repair contractors and crews, using expert tools, to modify and fix a sinking home foundation, execute a house leveling or other crucial structural situation.
Crawl Space Waterproofing
If you’re frustrated with putting up with a wet crawl space, they have a technician that will figure out what is causing rain water to leak into it.
The strategy to waterproof your basement area may not require serious work on the structure itself, but instead just the soil and landscape around the house.
They will develop a way to remedy the problem.
Southwest Chula Vista Concrete Slab Jacking Service
If a section of your cement patio, walkway or driveway has sunken down over the years, they can quite often work on them too.
The process is referred to as mud jacking (some companies refer to it as slab jacking).
Slabjacking is a unique technique.
The process includes pushing a heavy mud material under that part of concrete which has sunken.
The mud compound expands and fills in all of the gaps under the concrete and slowly drives the slab up to the level it originally was at.
Concrete lifting enhances the appearance of walkways and sidewalks by making each segment level and also helps to prevent unexpected trips on uneven segments.
Why Do These Problems Happen?
Well, around and under your home, the dirt can move slightly from time to time.
Water, temperature and a few similar minor variables can cause the ground to shrink or spread out.
This movement, although it might be minor, might affect whatever is on top of it, from a building to a patio or any other solid object.
While you can’t influence the climate where you live, having your home sitting on a lot that has inadequate water drainage or poor grading or your home doesn’t have suitable rain gutters can be key elements in whether or not you develop a tough situation.
The particular physical makeup of the soil on your lot is a big contributing variable.
Some specific types of soil retain more moisture than other varieties do, so they can swell and expand more than others.
Good thing, in most coastal areas, the ground is classified as being only somewhat absorbent.
In other words, the ground won’t swell and contract as much as some of the other soil varieties found in other sections of California or around the USA.
The substantial roots of a big tree close to your residence may actually extract all the available moisture from underneath your house, making it too dry during a typical dry and hot Summer season.
This dryness may cause the ground to contract and shrink too much.
These elements cause the start of smallish cracks through the years in solid surfaces such as cement.
Tiny cracks bring in air and moisture and can grow into big cracks.
And merely one good crack can lead to problems.
I Would Like To Put It Off And Do It Later
If you or someone else has a sense that you might have a situation at your house, just call and have it looked at.
At least then you’ll know whether or not your property has a real problem and if it has to be addressed right away or not.
The check up itself is not something you should put off for long.
Cracking and issues with your basement won’t magically recover on their own.
It is best to have the matter corrected when you can.
Your whole home resides on its foundation, it should be watched out for and maintained.
When you’ve got moisture leaking under your house, it might result in trouble like mold and humidity.
And these situations only get worse every year.
If you are thinking of trying to sell your home, just remember, no buyer really wants to invest in a home with a suspected foundation issue or has indications of water getting into the basement in the past.
And, as a real estate seller, you have to divulge to the buyer the important issues with your property or you could wind up in civil trouble later.
Various issues which appear way too hard to repair in a homeowner’s eyes usually can be corrected.
They might involve a sophisticated process, but they can be done.
Get Your Place Inspected
It’s good to contact a local business who has been assisting Southern California homeowners in the home repair industry for many years.
They have the experience needed to start a foundation inspection, come up with just the right plan and then go ahead and solve your issue.
SoCal Suburbs Where They Work
The typical service area is the complete southwest Chula Vista metro area, with much of the work going on south and west of downtown, near Harbor Side and Castle Park High School.
Begin with an easy call and talk it over.
The call costs nothing and there’s no obligation associated with it.
A Contractor Near You
The typical service area is the entire metro area, with much of the work going on south and west of downtown, near Harbor Side and Castle Park High School.