Floor Joist Repair
Do you have sagging floors? Uneven floors? Or do the glasses in the cabinets rattle when you walk by? You could have over spanned floor joists. Over spanned floor joists are more than just an annoyance, they’re a sign that you’re sagging floor joists and support beams need additional support.
Floor Joist Repair in Virginia, Maryland, DC
Identifying Issues Related to Crawl Space Structural Integrity, Floor Joist Repair, and Sagging Floors
Floor Joist Repair – Anything Look Familiar?
Click on images through to view pictures of sagging joists and uneven floors.
Floor Joist Repair – The Causes:
Support beams and floor joists in your crawl space are designed to support the weight of your home. The floor joists have to be precisely spaced otherwise you’ll have a sagging floor or uneven floors. And if the floor joists aren’t supported properly then your floor will eventually cave in, creating even bigger problems – which can stem from:
MoistureIs your crawl space sealed or do you have open vents? An unsealed crawl space allows moisture – which produces mold. Mold thrives on organic (any living material – like trees – or wood) material, which causes wood rot, decay, and structural damage.
Weight of Your HomeBefore you start a home improvement project, it’s important to think about the floor support. When you add more weight to the floor, like new granite counter tops, the floor joists may require additional support to safely hold your floor up.
Poor Support DesignThe 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.
Floor Joist Repair – Is This A DIY Fix?
Fixing sagging floor joists is a job best left to the professionals. If an over spanned or sagging floor joist is supported incorrectly or your home is lifted up too quickly, additional problems can be created: uneven floors, drywall cracks, gaps between the floor and wall, and stuck windows.
Even DIY sites recommend having a structural engineer inspect your floor if it sags. Since JES is owned and operated by Professional Engineers, you can rest easy knowing each of our inspectors has been extensively trained and is certified by our product manufacturers.
The last thing you want to deal with is additional home repairs that could have been avoided. So save yourself time and money by getting a free inspection. You’ll also receive a Free Homeowner’s Guide to Crawl Space Repair which will teach you about problems signs, causes and what to look for when you hire a contractor.
Floor Joist Repair – What Do I Do Now?
Your over spanned floor joists are a safety problem. If left alone the floors will eventually collapse; you can just imagine the mess and stress that comes with a collapsed floor.
Give us a call at 866-370-4816 and request your free crawl space evaluation. We’ll find out if you have sagging floor joists and work with you to create the best solution for your home.
Uneven floors and sagging floors could be a sign that you have over spanned floor joists. And over spanned floor joists are a serious safety problem.
“Uneven floors and sagging floors could be a sign that you have over spanned floor joists. And over spanned floor joists are a serious safety problem.”
Floor Joist Repair Solutions
To correct your over spanned floor joist problem, additional support is needed.
This may included supplemental support beams in your crawlspace to carry the weight from your home, or we may recommend the foundation jacks, like our SmartJack crawl space stabilizer, to help distribute the weight properly and ensure no further damage occurs to your crawl space support beams.
Get Your Free Homeowner’s Guide to Crawl Space Repair
Sick and tired of your nasty crawl space? Or wondering if your uneven floors are a sign that you have a bigger problem?
Our Homeowner’s Guide to Crawl Space Repair is your resource for learning about why you have a cracked block in your foundation, what causes foundation settling and what to look for to see if you have a problem. Request your free crawl space repair inspection and receive your own copy of the e-book, as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.