Noticing cracks in your home? Your foundation may need repair.
The recent heavy rains have caused slides, storm drain stress and soil saturation in many spots around our area. As a result, you may be seeing evidence of impact to your home’s foundation. But what really are the trouble signs and what should you do to fix them? The answer – Matvey can help!
Advertiser Matvey Foundation Repair is proud to be a member of our South King County community, supporting local homeowners from their 4.5 acre facility in SeaTac. Although they service the greater Seattle area, they will admit that they LOVE working on homes and businesses right here in Burien and the South End. After 20 years building their reputation as foundation repair experts, they remain committed to fast, friendly, and reliable service. Their customers appreciate the punctual, organized, and professional work they continue to provide.
They will take the time to evaluate your foundation and any trouble spots you are noticing…and more importantly, those you may have overlooked.
If you think you may have a problem with your home’s foundation, read on for some of the tell-tale signs, then call or click here for your FREE estimate.
Over time, a home’s foundation may begin to crack, sink and settle.
Have you ever noticed a gap forming between a wall and the floor or ceiling? Do you see cracks in your drywall near windows or door frames? How about cracks in the brick or exterior? Do you notice some of your first level floors sloping or sagging? These are all signs that your homes foundation needs professional attention.
Foundation problems never get better, only worse. Therefore it’s important to address these issues sooner rather than later as they affect three important parts of your life:
- The safety of your home
- The value of your home
- Peace of mind
With our wet, northwest winters soil erosion is common. The layers of soil your home rests on are greatly affected by these changes in moisture. The soil under concrete slabs becomes saturated and soft or washes out completely.
There are many signs that indicate your home is experiencing a foundation settlement issue.
- Stair step cracking
- Separating chimneys
- Problem doors and windows
- Foundation wall cracks
- Drywall cracks
Stabilizing your home’s foundation is serious business and it’s important you work with a trustworthy and specialized company. Often times the fix is easier than you think and doesn’t involve a total foundation replacement. Below is a look at some of the best options:
- Steel Push Piers – These push piers can lift your home back to level, closing cracks and improving the operation of doors and windows. Other advantages include does not require use of heavy equipment, piers will not rust, and as a below grade solution, piers are concealed from sight.
- Helical Piers –Helical piers are suitable for both light and heavy loads and are able to reach greater depths than other options. Many homeowners choose helical piers to stabilize a lighter structure that has settled such as a deck or stoop.
- SmartJacks – SmartJacks are steel support systems used to permanently stabilize and level the girders and floor joists in a crawl space. They do not replace the existing columns and piers, but add strength and stability to what is there. Installation is quick and can be done year round.
- Carbon Fiber Straps – Carbon fiber is a material with very high tensile strength making it a great solution for reinforcing basement walls. This two part epoxy adhesive ensures an extremely strong bond to the wall. Stress testing has shown that before the strap would peel away from the wall, the shell of the concrete block would actually break apart.
- PowerBrace – This system is another wall option designed to support basement walls and allows for strengthening over time. This system utilizes a joist reinforcement method that distributes the load evenly and eliminates the worry of damage caused to wood floor joists commonly seen with other I-beam systems.
- Wall Anchors – Wall anchors are a versatile wall repair method because they can be used to stabilize a variety of problems such as bowing walls, walls tipping in at the top and walls pushing in at the bottom. They are installed independently of the floor system of your home and can be installed around obstacles such as pipes, vanities, sinks and toilets.
The damage caused by an unstable, shifting foundation is not something any homeowner enjoys but by identifying and addressing the problems earlier rather than later, you can save money and protect against further damage.
Matvey Foundation Repair can help, and the estimate is free. Why not stop worrying and get the facts about your foundation repair options?
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Seattle, WA 98168
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