Do you have an older home? Have you noticed that when you drop round objects like pens on your floor, they collect in a certain corner or in the middle of the floor? Or have you noticed that tables and chairs never seem to sit quite level on your floors? You might be dealing with a sloping floor. Sloping floors can be a scary problem for Bay Area homeowners. This is because sloping or uneven floors are often the sign of a problem such as foundation settlement.
Sometimes, slightly sloped or uneven floors are NOT the result of foundation failure. If the slope is not very significant, it may be the result of warping floorboards, sagging subfloor, or rotting floor joists. If your sloping floors ARE a sign of foundation failure, you might notice other problems as well – wall or ceiling cracks, gaps between the walls and the floor or ceiling, and sticking windows or doors.
It is important to have sloping floors examined by an expert as soon as possible. Whether or not your uneven floors indicate a deeper foundation problem, they can cause structural issues and can be a hassle for your everyday life. The team at Bay Area Underpinning can examine your sloping floors to find the cause and give you a free estimate on the best solution.
There are a lot of reasons that your floors might start to slope or become uneven. In many older homes, the foundation underneath is made of non-reinforced concrete, brick, or stone. All of these options are prone to settling over time, especially with changes in the moisture content of the soil or changes in temperature. Settling foundations need to be lifted and stabilized to correct sloped floors and prevent future settlement. Some older foundations may even be too far damaged to salvage and may require complete foundation replacement.
If your home has a crawl space, the crawl space beams and posts might be the cause of your sloping floors. If the beams and posts in the crawl space that hold up your home start to rot or rust, they will become unstable and might start to sag. This can cause the above floors to become uneven.
Finding the cause of your sloping floors is vital since the cause of the sloping floors will determine which solution is used to fix it.
In most cases, sloping floors are not a do-it-yourself job. If the sloping floors are due to a foundation problem, the repairs will likely be quite involved, requiring the right kinds of equipment and professional installation. Repair options like poly foam injection or pier installation are not jobs that can be completed by an inexperienced individual. These solutions might even result in smaller structural problems like cracks in the drywall and plumbing leaks, depending on the age and condition of the home. That is why it is important that only a professional handles such repairs.
If the issue is the joists and posts in your crawl space, there are a couple of possible DIY fixes. You can try sistering the affected joist with a new one to improve stability. However, if the old joist is rotted or damp at all, or if it is infected with termites, you run the risk of these problems occurring in the new joist as well. In some less severe cases, sistering the joist can work to stabilize the above floor. However, in many cases, it is a temporary solution that does not treat the underlying cause but only the symptoms. The better solution, if crawl space beams and posts are the cause of the problem, is to have screw jacks installed.
The best solution for your sloping floors is to contact the professional foundation repair team at Bay Area Underpinning. We will find the cause of your uneven floors and determine which of the following solutions is best:
- Poly Foam Injection: This involves pumping a polyurethane grout under a slab foundation through drilled holes. The grout expands as it fills in underground voids, stabilizing and lifting the foundation to correct sloping floors.
- Underpinning: Lifting the foundation with resistance piers or helical piers might also be possible. In this process, the piers are driven deep into the ground under the foundation to stabilize the home and then lifted hydraulically to level the foundation and even out any sloped floors.
- Foundation Replacement: If the damage to the foundation is very severe, or if the foundation itself is worn down with time, you may need to have the entire foundation replaced.
- Screw Jack Installation: If the sloped floors are the result of crawl space beam and post problems, we offer screw jack installation and replacement to help. Screw jacks can replace crawl space posts and can be adjusted to level sloping floors above. These are one of the most effective and affordable options for sagging floor repair.
No matter what kind of solution you need for the sloping floors in your old home, contact our expert repair team today. We specialize in foundation piers, screw jacks, and other methods to lift sagging and sloping floors.