Sloping Floors – What Are the Causes?
There are a few different factors that can contribute to or create sloping floors.
Typically, sloping floors are a major indicator of foundation damage or foundation problems. Most often, sloping floors are found in older homes that have been constructed with weak foundations or on homes that have been constructed upon poorly compacted soil.
Sloping floors tend to be more common in older homes because those foundations were built using outdated construction methods, making them more vulnerable to movement and settlement.
And when a foundation has settled disproportionately, this means the structure has shifted downward, past its original position on the ground, which can trigger the soil to shift or become compacted and cause the house to slope.
“An uneven floor is a big warning light. It’s not the floor that’s the problem, it’s the foundation problems unseen beneath it that cause the slope. If the foundation is damaged, and if it isn’t noticed early, then the repair is much more costly potentially. To prevent that and to ensure the safety of all a building’s occupants, we urge homeowners to get an inspection to see if floor leveling is needed,” says Julian Construction founder Julian De La Torre.
When foundation issues have been diagnosed as the root of a home’s sloping floors, a foundation repair company – like Julian Construction – will determine a plan of action for repairing any structural issues with the house, whether that involves lifting floor joists, installing additional supports, or replacing the entire foundation.
At Julian Construction, we’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that your home foundation is repaired, and that your sloping floors are fixed correctly.
If you’ve noticed any signs of foundation damage such as sloping or uneven floors, cracks in your walls or doors and windows that stick, contact Julian Construction to schedule your free inspection.
Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.