A common fix for sagging floor joists involves sistering the joists, which describes the process of placing additional stabilization underneath them. This can be very helpful, and it’s a method JES experts can help you complete. However, just sistering them on your own won’t actually fix the problem.
Although you can do some of these repairs on your own, it’s a good idea to get a JES expert involved instead. Here’s why.
Not an Easy Fix
Sistering a joint can sound like an easy fix for a sagging floor crawl space. After all, you just have to place something underneath the sagging areas in the crawl space, right? Is it really that difficult to accomplish?
The thing is, it’s not as easy as it may look at first. In fact, you need to make sure you’re sistering the joint at the right place if you want to be effective in leveling sagging floor joists.
The only way you’re going to get a thorough and effective fix is to get an expert who actually knows how to fix the problem. Contact a JES expert for more about how to fix this issue.
Temporary Fixes Don’t Work
A main issue you may discover with trying to repair sagging floor joists on your own is that it simply doesn’t work for very long. If you put a minor amount of effort into a temporary fix, that temporary nature is going to shine through dramatically.
In many cases, simply sistering the sagging joints will only provide a bit of relief. It’ll likely only fix your problem for a short period of time, after which the problem can come back with a vengeance.
It’s worth investing time and money into the problem to make sure your sagging floor gets fixed by a professional. When you need to repair a sagging floor joist, you should consult a JES expert who can actually fix the problem for good.
You Need to Tackle the Underlying Problem
The most important reason you can’t just go in and sister the joint yourself is that it might not fix the problem. That might be an effective fix if the floor joist being unsupported is truly the only problem, but chances are, it’s not.
If you’re dealing with moisture in your crawl space, a structure that simply isn’t sound, or poor planning throughout the home, your sagging floor joists are just symptoms of a bigger problem. You need to handle those problems before you handle the sagging floors.
A JES professional will help you determine the problem. With your free inspection from JES, you’ll be able to understand more about your home problems and discover more about how to fix it.