When it comes to fixing uneven floors, you can discuss what solutions may suit your home best with a local professional. Before installing piers beneath your home or replacing damaged supports entirely, contractors in your area may suggest some of the following solutions.
Your Ideal Repairs
If the joists beneath your floor have started to fail, you’ll notice right away. Floors without appropriate support from their joists are often bouncy or sag when stepped on. In general, these floors make you feel unsafe in your home. The good news, however, is that there are methods you can use to stabilize your floors even without directly replacing your joists. The IntelliJack™ system enhances your joists, stabilizing your floor so that you can feel safe in your home again.
The IntelliJack™ system is made of galvanized steel. Coming in at about the same weight as the other joists in your home, this system resists the effects of moisture, even if you’re not able to remove it all from your home. In other words, this steel will not rust, meaning that it will continue providing your floor with the support it needs no matter what kind of moisture you may be dealing with throughout your home. This steel is also able to support more than 24,000 pounds per jack. This means that you can open your home to extensive renovation or company without having to worry about whether your floor can bear the pressure. With that in mind, the IntelliJack™ system vastly outstrips the support that wooden support posts, light-duty jack posts, or even bottle jacks can offer you.
Waterproofing Your Home
Note that the aforementioned solution will only stick if you take steps to attend to the water damage or other trouble that caused your floor to buckle in the first place. Again, you can work with a professional contractor to look over your home and inspect it for signs of structural damage or leaks.
Should you find one, you can discuss what repairs may help you restore your home to its previous condition. After you repair the damaged floor in your home, it is in your best interest to invest in home waterproofing measures. This way, you can prevent the kind of pressure or moisture build-up that causes floor damage. Some of the most effective home waterproofing measures include:
- Interior drainage systems
- Sump pumps
- Vapor barriers
- Waterproof insulation
You also have the option of investing in piers beneath your home. Piers work best as foundation repair measures when your foundation, crawl space, or basement has started to collapse. There are a few different kinds of piers available to you, including helical piers, push piers, and slab piers. These piers elevate your floor and take the weight of it off a damaged foundation or other series of supports. You can speak with area professionals to determine which of these piers might best suit your home’s needs.