Do you have sagging floors? If your house sits atop a vented, dirt crawl space, you may have a structural issue!
- It feels like you’re walking downhill on your main floor.
- Floors feel soft, or noticeably sag, buckle or are uneven.
- Interior walls crack from the corners of doors towards the ceiling (may be most noticeable on the second floor, if the home is two stories)
- If you venture through your crawl space, you notice wet, sagging, cracked or buckling floor joists (the wooden rafter “ceiling” of your crawl space).
How to Find Out if Your Floors are Uneven:
Unless your house is severely damaged, uneven floors can be hard to spot. However, there are some unscientific ways to determine if your floors are uneven or sloping. One way is to drop a large marble on your floor and see if it sits still or rolls downhill. While this isn’t the most methodical way to find out if you have uneven floors, it still gives you a general idea. The only way to know for sure if you have uneven or sloping floors is to have it evaluated by a professional. Contact the foundation repair experts at AquaGuard Foundation Solutions to get a free inspection!
How to Fix It:
Our patented IntelliJacks adjustable steel support system can permanently stabilize your damaged floor joists. IntelliJacks are engineer-designed and tested, can support 60,000 lbs per jack, and provide the best opportunity to level your floors back to position.
Causes And Solutions For Uneven Floors
Uneven floors are rarely caused by problems with the floor system itself. Rather, the culprit is typically either moisture penetration or the soil. Vented dirt crawl spaces are readily exposed to the natural elements outside. When it rains, groundwater seepage or wall moisture can enter the crawl space, linger, and create very humid climates (especially here in the South!). All that lingering moisture and humidity can damage the wooden floor joists that support your home above, much like firewood that is exposed to rain during a camping trip. Over time, these joists can start to sag, crack, and buckle, mitigating their structural integrity in the process.
The second catalyst for sagging floors is the soil itself. In Georgia, our homes are built on expansive Georgia red clay. This soil type is expansive, which means it will expand when wet and contract when dry. Thus, when it rains, that soil can wash out and erode. Similarly, during periods of prolonged drought, that soil can dry out, crumble, and erode, like a desert. Once that soil erodes, it will leave void pockets, and void-laden soil simply cannot support the heavy foundation walls or interior columns that are built on to of it. In time, gravity will take its toll, those walls or columns will sink, or settle, into the voids in the soil below, and as they sink, your floors can shift or sag as well, becoming unlevel.
Floors Above Crawl Spaces
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We’re Your Local Foundation Repair Experts in GA
To get your foundation fixed permanently, you will need to know exactly what is going on with your home and which solutions will best address the problem. It costs nothing to have a professional help you find out!
Our team of certified foundation repair experts can help. During our foundation repair quote, we’ll personally inspect your foundation issue, explaining what’s happening with your home and making suggestions for repair. Each of our visits comes with no obligation, and it includes a written foundation repair estimate.
To schedule your free quote, call or e-mail us today! We proudly serve Decatur, Marietta, Atlanta Metro, Athens, Gainesville, Cumming, Blue Ridge, Canton, Rome, Villa Rica, Peachtree City, Covington, and all surrounding areas in North Georgia.
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