When a home has sagging floors, the signs many be obvious, or they may be quite subtle. Here are some questions a home owner can ask himself to glean whether or not sagging floors is a real problem for his home.crawl space repair
Does it seem that the home’s floors sag towards the middle of the room?
Does furniture slide away from walls and creep towards the middle of the room?
Are there gaps in between the home’s floor and baseboards?
Do the home’s cabinets rattle when someone walks through a room?
Many homeowners ask what causes sagging floors. Sagging floors can be caused by several factors:
A shifting foundation beneath the home
Floor joists in the home that have been weakened by excessive moisture
Excessively large of spans between floor joists without enough support
Excessive or heavy loads (furniture, gym equipment, granite) in the room(s) above a home’s crawl space
The use of temporary shims to fill flooring gaps; shims settle and shift out of place over time
The solution is more simple than it might seem! Adjustable steel crawl space supports are an economical and quick solution that can withstand the test of time. These adjustable posts are a permanent solution that work by transferring the weight of the home’s flooring structure to more competent soils beneath the home. Many homeowners will attempt a do-it-yourself solution for sagging floors by inserting wooden shims to prop the floor back up. This is only a temporary band-aid and does not address the fundamental issues with the flooring structure. Shims made from wood, which are often a homeowner’s first solution for the repair, can slip, shift and rot over time.
By contrast, the adjustable steel supports can be installed quickly (in less than one day), with little to no disturbance done to the property. Also, they are able to provide adequate support exactly where it is needed most. As the name implies, the supports can be adjusted in order to provide the exact amount of support needed, and they are fully compatible with a crawl space encapsulation system, should a home need that as well.
Crawl space repair is a common procedure done in many homes all over America. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unknowingly choosing temporary and insufficient means to support their homes, thinking that the professional and permanent solution will be too costly, disruptive, and time consuming. Adjustable steel crawl space supports can fix a home’s sagging floors permanently without disrupting the family, the yard, or the wallet too much!