Sinking, uneven floors inside your home don’t usually have to do with the floors. Most of the time, your sunken and uneven floors are due to a foundation issue, such as settlement or shifting of some kind. At Basement Authority of West Virginia, we can assess and repair the cause of uneven floors in your home.
What Causes Uneven Floors
Floors may be uneven in your home for many reasons. Below are some of the most common causes behind this structural issue.
Weakened Crawl Space Supports
Typically, the floor joists in a crawl space are supported by the perimeter walls of the crawl space foundation and by a post or column-and-beam framework that continues down the center of the crawl space. It is more frequent for the center support system to sink or sag because it was improperly constructed. In addition to weakening and settling, a central post-and-beam support system may experience rot and collapse due to the presence of moisture in an open crawl space. When crawl space components begin to sag, the floor above them will also begin to sag.
Sinking, Uneven Concrete Floors
Because concrete is more prone to break than to flex, uneven concrete floors are typically cracked and/or broken. As your foundation shifts, it may be elevating the concrete floor if it is settling. The slab floor might rise or sink independently from the walls. When the soils beneath them contract, shift, or wash away, concrete slab floors fracture and settle. Similarly, a concrete slab will “heave” when the soils beneath it expand. A concrete slab can move independently or in tandem with adjacent foundation walls. Due to uneven settlement, one piece of a slab may be raised while another section sinks.
If the Monongahela soil around your West Virginia home becomes unstable, then your foundation is at risk of settlement. When your foundation settles, the components of your foundation will also begin to shift. The wooden parts of your foundation are typically flexible enough to bend with the settlement; however, concrete components are not flexible and will likely break. As your crawl space slabs begin to settle, the crawl space supports will also sink, leading to the floor above the crawl space to become sunken and uneven in certain places.
If the floors feel actively insecure while walking around your home, as if the floor could collapse, it is in your best interest to seek the advice and aid of a foundation professional. A floor that is in good condition will be flush with the wall joints, leaving no gaps between the components. Similarly, a healthy floor should not bounce when walked on. Mold growth, inner wall cracks, and standing water in the basement or crawl space are other indications of an uneven floor. Uneven floors are also indicated by spaces between your walls, floors, and doors.
Uneven floors are an active hazard not only to you, but also to your family members and guests. If someone loses their balance on these surfaces, a variety of accidents may occur. This can even occur a considerable amount of time before they begin to sag. Uneven floors can cause damage to your home beyond the physical realm. If you keep your floors uneven and then decide to sell your property, you will find that a large portion of its value has been lost. It is therefore in your best interest to respond swiftly.
We do not recommend attempting to repair your uneven floors on your own. DIY solutions can go wrong or may only scratch the surface of the problem. If you try to fix your uneven floors quickly, they may go back to the way they were before you fixed them. In the same way, do-it-yourself projects around the house can cost a lot more than you might have thought. In short, there are some benefits to trying to fix an uneven floor by yourself, but it’s much more effective and safe to have a repair professional handle any installations.
We offer various solutions to repair and elevate your uneven floors, whether that means installing piers around your foundation or replacing damaged crawl space supports completely. You can support your crawl space joists by having our IntelliJack™ system installed. Waterproofing your home can also greatly combat uneven floors to prevent unnecessary moisture buildup.
Basement Authority of West Virginia
Your crawl space is susceptible to foundation damage as soil settles and moisture builds below your home. Our crawl space support posts provide your crawl space with strong support that won’t fail.
Basement Authority of West Virginia
Foundation damage often occurs due to weak soil being unable to support your foundation. Thankfully, our pier systems provide extra support without relying on soil.
Call Us For A Free Inspection
If you’ve noticed that your floors are bouncy and uneven, you should contact a company like Basement Authority of West Virginia. Our team of experts will carefully check your home’s foundation for any kind of damage, including uneven, sagging, bouncy floors. These inspections are free and don’t require you to do anything. We’re happy to serve the areas around Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, and nearby. We also are very familiar with how the state’s hot and humid summers, mild and rainy winters, and well-draining but problematic Monongahela soil all affect your foundation. Don’t deal with uneven floors that are dangerous eyesores. Contact us for a free inspection today, and protect your home for years to come!