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causes of sloping floors in californiaDo you have sloping floors in your Bay Area home? Sloping floors are not uncommon, especially in older homes. Many homeowners ignore the problem until other foundation problems arise down the road. Sloping floors are a good indicator that your home may be experiencing foundation settlement. It is a good idea to call the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning, so we can inspect your home to find the source of your foundation issues. We offer quality foundation repair methods to fix and prevent sloping floors in the Bay Area of California.

Early detection is the key to preventing further damages and expensive repairs. There are many factors that cause foundation settlement. Some include:

  • Poor soil conditions
  • Excessive moisture
  • Poor soil compaction
  • Poor drainage
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Poor ground preparation

The foundation settles into voids, often causing cracks and uneven floors. It is important to look for other signs of foundation failure. Inspect the inside and outside of your home, as well as, the garage for the following signs:

  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Leaning chimneys
  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Misaligned windows and doors
  • Sticking windows and doors
  • Gaps around windows
  • Settled porches or stoops
  • Water seepage
  • Standing water
  • Wall rotating out
  • Cracks in the brickwork
  • Foundation cracks
  • Torn or wrinkled wallpaper

These warning signs, combined with sloping floors, may indicate foundation failure. Settling foundations should be fixed immediately to avoid overall structural damage. Contact Bay Area Underpinning, so we can install the latest foundation repair products to stabilize and level your sloping floors in the Bay Area.

Solutions for Sloping Floors in California

Bay Area Underpinning uses helical piers or steel push piers to level and stabilize sloping floors. Both products are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the most popular manufacturer in today's underpinning industry. Helical piers and push piers are the most common foundation repair products for residential and commercial projects. They both have similar jobs, but yet different installation methods.

Steel Push Piers
Steel push piers are heavy-duty steel piers that are driven deep into the ground until they reach stable soil. The foundation bracket is secured, then each pier is pushed through the bracket into the ground until it reaches stable soil. The structure's weight is evenly supported by multiple piers.

helical piers fix sloping floors in the bay areaHelical Piers
Steel tubes are fitted with helical plates, then these plates pull the piers into the ground. The piers are turned until they reach stable soil. Steel brackets, that are connected to the piers, are safely secured at the end of the installment.

These are differences between helical piers and steel push piers. There are similarities between the two as well. They include the following:

  • Designed to support your floors by raising the foundation back to its original level
  • Driven deep into the soil until they reach stable soil that is located under the layer of soil below the surface
  • The structure's weight is transferred onto the piers
  • The piers are used to raise the foundation, so the sloping floors become even
  • Both repair processes will last for many years to come
  • They will restore your home's resale value
  • Quick installation methods
  • Can be installed from interior or exterior of home
  • Little to no disturbance during installation process
  • Prevents foundation settlement or sinking issues
  • Permanent, effective foundation solutions
  • Manufacturer's warranty

The professionals at Bay Area Underpinning will inspect your foundation for settlement. We will select the best foundation repair method for your needs so you won't have sloping floors in your home or business. We also offer concrete repair services to level your uneven concrete surfaces. These services include: foundation lifting, foundation leveling, floor leveling, and foundation stabilization. For more information or a free estimate, contact Bay Area Underpinning in California. We will eliminate your sloping floors for good.