Uneven, bowing or sagging floors are caused by settling support columns or sagging floor joists.
When your home is built, the support structure is designed to hold whatever is on top of it. Over time unstable soil, poor support design or waterproofing issues will damage your home's foundation which could cause your uneven floors.
What Do I Need to Do First?
First you need to find the source of your uneven floors which can be caused by a foundation problem. Finding the cause or your sagging floors is time consuming and dirty, requiring that you crawl around in your wet basement or damp and moldy crawl space to search for problem signs.
You can learn more by browsing through the various problems signs and solutions on this page. Or if you're ready to have an expert take a look, give us a call at 866-370-4816 to make an appointment. One of our foundation repair experts will come to your home and take a look at the problem.
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What Causes Uneven or Sagging Floors?
Uneven floors are a sign that your home has a structural problem. They can be caused by poor support design, house settling and waterproofing problems.
Poor Support Design
The support columns and floor joists are designed to hold up the weight of your home. When the floor joists are over spanned –the support columns aren't spaced properly so there isn't enough of support under the floor joists – your home will have sagging floors, a gap between the wall and floor, and even squeaky floors.
Settling happens when the ground your home is built on is no longer able to support the weight of your home. House settling can cause major foundation problems. In addition to uneven floors, you may also have squeaky floors, cracked bricks on the outside of your home or drywall cracks.
Standing water, dampness and weather related water problems are more than just a headache; they can cause structural damage to your home. When there's moisture in your home's crawl space or basement, mold can grow – causing health problems – and the wood that supports your home will start to sag and rot, creating additional problems.
Can I Fix Uneven or Sagging Floors Myself?
Sagging floors and uneven floors are more than a cosmetic problem; they are also a safety problem. The uneven floors create a tripping hazard and are also a sign that you have house settlement and may need foundation repair.
Fixing uneven floors is not a do-it-yourself project. If a floor joist is supported incorrectly or your home is lifted up too quickly additional problems can be created. And the last thing you want to deal with is additional home repairs that could have been avoided.
What Do I Do Now?
Your sagging floors and uneven floors can be a sign that you have a major foundation problem, like house settling. Before you try fixing the problem yourself, request your free inspection today and find out the source of the problem.
Every one of our foundation repair consultants is thoroughly trained by our team of Professional Engineers to find foundation problem signs, the cause of the problems and recommend the best solution for your home. We're here to help you, and want to provide you with the best service and solution for your home's foundation repair needs.
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If you're not sure of the source of your stuck windows and doors, give us a call at 866-370-4816, and schedule a free inspection. We'll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.
Uneven or Sagging Floors Solutions
Every home's foundation repair needs are different based on soil type, type of foundation problem and climate. We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to your home's foundation repair – we want to provide you with the correct solution. And we will work with you to create the best foundation repair solution for your home.
When you request a free foundation inspection you'll also receive a free copy of the Homeowner's Guide to Foundation Repair.
I had them place pilings under a portion of the foundation of my home that was showing a very noticeable crack and replace a jack under the kitchen area to hold up a sag in the floor joists. Everyone was professional as could be. They all showed up on time and stayed until the work was complete. [When they installed] it was very rainy and the guys took the time to clean everything up like they were never there! I would recommend these guys for any structural/foundation work that you would need.
~ Jim F.