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.
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What Causes Sagging or Uneven Floors?
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 Sagging, Uneven 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.
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., Petersburg, VA
Sagging or Uneven 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.
Get Your Free Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair
Have you ever wondered about your soft, sinking ground and what caused it? Or if that drywall crack is a sign that you have a bigger problem? Our Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair is your resource for learning about foundation problems, causes and solutions. Request your free foundation repair inspection and receive your own copy of the e-book, as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.