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Why do my floors feel bouncy?

A firm and level floor is a sign of a well-maintained home, but sometimes you might feel a bounce or springiness when walking. This isn’t just a trivial matter or a common feature of old houses; it could be a sign of deeper structural problems. 

At JES Foundation Repair, we specialize in addressing these challenges. We offer extensive crawl space repair services that target the fundamental reasons for bouncy floors, preventing further damage. 

Homeowners throughout the region have trusted us to repair and protect their homes for 30 years, and we are eager to help you, too. 

In this guide, we explore the phenomenon of bouncy floors, uncovering their causes and how our proprietary solutions effectively address them. 

What Are Bouncy Floors? 

Bouncy floors are characterized by noticeable flexing, bouncing, or sagging when you walk on them. This is often a sign of inadequate support from the floor joists and underlying structures, leading to the floor shifting under weight. 

This problem is commonly observed in upper levels of homes with crawl spaces. 

Other signs of bouncy floors include: 

While they might seem like a minor inconvenience initially, bouncy floors can indicate serious structural issues that worsen over time. It’s important to consult crawl space repair experts like JES Foundation Repair at the first sign of these problems. 

Causes of Bouncy Floors in Your Home 

Understanding bouncy floors requires examining their underlying causes, such as: 

  • Over Spanned Joists: Joists supporting floors above crawl spaces may be spaced too far apart or be too long, causing excess flexing. 
  • Inadequate Support: Insufficient support structures like poorly installed or shifted posts and beams can lead to bouncy floors. 
  • Weakened Joists: Factors like moisture, wood rot, pest damage, or general wear can weaken wooden floor joists. 
  • Heavy Loads: Excessive weight from furniture or appliances can overload the joists. 
  • Foundation Damage: Shifting or settling foundations can strain supports. 

Our professionals at JES Foundation Repair thoroughly inspect crawl spaces to identify these issues and provide effective repairs. 

Is It Possible to Fix Bouncy Floors? 

Yes, bouncy floors can be fixed. However, it’s important to address this problem comprehensively. DIY solutions and store-bought products often fail to tackle the root cause and can be unsafe to install. 

Our approach at JES Foundation Repair involves a complete home assessment to ensure a long-lasting fix. We conduct in-depth inspections to understand why your floors are bouncy, then create customized solutions to stabilize and potentially lift them. 

How We Fix Bouncy Floors 

Our comprehensive process includes: 

Detailed Professional Crawl Space Evaluation 

Our experienced team starts with a thorough inspection of your crawl space to identify the underlying problems causing the bouncy floors. 

Diagnosing Causes and Crafting Solutions 

We analyze the evaluation results to pinpoint the exact causes of damage, leading us to determine the most effective solutions. 

Strengthening Floors with SettleStop™ IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks 

We use our unique IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks to reinforce bouncy floors and sagging floor joists, providing substantial support. 

Customization to Crawl Space Height 

We tailor the IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks to fit the specific height of your crawl space. 

Precise Height Adjustment 

Our experts adjust the IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks to the perfect height for supporting and possibly restoring your floors to their original level. 

Encapsulate the Crawl Space 

The IntelliJack™ system is just one piece of our comprehensive crawl space solutions. To fully address the cause of bouncy floors, we fully encapsulate, waterproof, insulate, and dehumidify the crawl space, sealing out moisture and humidity. 

Our IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks are designed to outperform standard solutions, with an impressive load capacity of more than 24,000 pounds per jack, exceeding industry standards. This ensures your home’s structural integrity for years to come. 

Unlike basic solutions, JES Foundation Repair focuses on addressing the fundamental causes of floor sagging, ensuring not just a temporary fix but a long-term reinforcement of your home’s foundation. 

Why You Should Address Bouncy Floors Now 

Addressing bouncy floors promptly is critical for: 

  • Safety: Avoid tripping and injury risks in a structurally sound home. 
  • Preventing Further Damage: Early intervention stops minor issues from becoming major repairs. 
  • Enhancing Livability: Improve comfort by eliminating disruptive noises and movement. 
  • Preserving Home Value: A stable foundation enhances property value. 

Our proprietary solutions at JES Foundation Repair are tailored to tackle bouncy floors effectively, providing you with the best outcome for your home. 

Contact JES Foundation Repair for Dependable Crawl Space Repair Solutions 

Don’t wait as bouncy floor problems will only worsen. Rely on JES Foundation Repair for the best solutions for your unique repair needs. We offer advanced diagnostics, custom-engineered solutions, and a team of experienced professionals to stabilize your floors.  

Contact us for a free inspection and a no-obligation repair estimate to regain peace of mind. We’re committed to supporting you every step of the way. 

FAQs

Structural problems require professional expertise for lasting results. Crawl spaces can be dangerous, but our professionals have the necessary experience and equipment to provide safe, effective repairs. Contact JES Foundation Repair for a free crawl space inspection and repair estimate.

Costs vary based on damage extent, installation area size, and chosen solutions. We prioritize transparent pricing, offering a free inspection and estimate, along with various financing options. Contact JES Foundation Repair today to learn more.

The duration of the repair project depends on the damage severity, the crawl space size, and specific repair solutions needed, including crawl space jacks. However, our team works efficiently to minimize disruption to your schedule. We’ll provide a detailed timeline during your free inspection. Contact us today for more information.

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JES Foundation Repair service area map of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Our Locations

Baltimore

8361 Town Center Ct
Nottingham, MD 21236

Fredericksburg

311 Central Rd.
Suite 2-02
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Hampton Roads & NE NC

2569 Quality Ct
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Northern VA & DC

7940 Gainsford Ct.
Bristow, VA 20136

Richmond

309 Quarles Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

Southwest Virginia / Roanoke

2033 Cook Dr.
Salem, VA 24153

Western Virginia

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

Winchester

45 W Boscawen St,
Winchester, VA 22601