To an untrained eye, sloping floors might be considered the result of warping floorboards or just something that happens as homes age. However, sloping and uneven floors are more likely caused by more serious foundation issues. It’s important to recognize the causes and signs so we can repair your uneven floor in your Northern VA home right away.
Sloping floors are usually caused by soil shrinking or eroding beneath your home. When the ground is no longer solid enough to support the weight of the home, the foundation will start to sink and settle unevenly. This can result in sloped and uneven floors in the interior of the home.
If the soil under your home falls away due to this shifting, voids and spaces will form under the foundation. When the foundation settles into these voids, it will cause various foundation issues in the home.
Floor sloping in your home may also have something to do with the support system in the basement. There are many different things that can cause the beams and posts that hold up the floor of your home to become unsteady. Moisture issues that lead to rotting wood or rusting metal and settling or cracking foundations are just a few of the most common problems that result in bent or curved beams and posts.
It is important to regularly check your home for any signs of damage so that the problem can be addressed quickly and cost you less money. If you suspect sloping floors in your home, look for the following:
If you see any of these problems, do not hesitate to contact our team immediately. The longer you let issues such as a sloped floor go un-repaired, the worse things will get. Only a proper foundation repair solution will take care of the problem and keep it from happening again.
The best way to fix a sloped or uneven floor is to support the foundation so that it is no longer compromised. We use push piers to lift the weight of the home off the unstable foundation and raise the home back to the proper level. These piering devices are driven deep into the ground beneath the settling part of the foundation. Once they are installed into the load-bearing soil, the piers are used to support the weight of the structure while lifting the foundation to the proper position. This levels out the foundation and leaves the entire home on a more secure base.
Another solution to repair the sloping floors in your home is to pull shifting foundations back into place with wall anchors. The first step in wall anchor installation is to sink an anchor into the ground adjacent to the affected wall. Then the anchor is connected to the wall using a rod that is driven laterally through the ground and a plate that is installed on the interior of the wall and anchors the rod to the wall. The rod is then tightened gradually to pull the wall back to the proper position.
Waterproofing solutions may also help prevent sloping floors by keeping excess water away from the foundation. Exterior drainage and basement drainage systems will reroute water before it reaches your home.
We have over 25 years of experience in foundation repair and basement waterproofing. We care about the safety and durability of your home, which is why we take the time to communicate with you about every aspect of the repair. If you are not happy with our services, we will listen to your concerns and try to come up with a better plan of action. You deserve to be involved in your home’s repair process. Are you ready to fix your uneven floors? Contact Basement Masters Waterproofing to receive your free quote today!