Uneven Floors: What Are the Risks?
If you’ve noticed uneven floors around your home, you may be wondering what are the risks associated with it?
There are several causes that lead to sloped or uneven floors, and these issues tend to get worse with time.
Poorly designed foundation work is one of the leading causes, and it’s especially common in older homes. Another common factor that can lead to uneven floors in a home is foundation settlement, which occurs and accumulates over a long period of time. Moisture and mold can create sloped flooring as well.
The main risk associated with sloped or uneven flooring is that it can lead to more serious problems down the road if it’s not addressed.
“An uneven floor is a big warning light,” says Julian Construction’s Julian De La Torre. “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 of a building’s occupants, we urge homeowners to get an inspection done of a foundation with sloping floors to see if floor leveling is needed.”
When a house becomes sloped or unleveled, a homeowner will typically see signs of foundation damage like uneven floors, cracked walls and ceilings, or doors and windows that do not open or close correctly.
Luckily, foundation specialists like Julian Construction can bring your home back to a level position, keeping your family and your property safe.
There are several ways a contractor may address your sloped floors to level your home. If your foundation issues are the result of foundation settlement, your foundation repair contractor may employ a jack to raise your home to a level position. While your home is raised, the contractor will examine the root of your home’s foundation settlement and implement a solution, so the problem does not persist.
A contractor may also suggest installing house leveling supporters. This is done by fitting metal or concrete supports into the foundation. Supports may be driven into the ground or installed under the home, in the crawl space, to support the structure’s weight.
Sometimes uneven floors are the result of rotten wood. If this is the case, a contractor will repair or replace the wooden joists that are used to support your home’s foundation. By replacing the damaged wood, the foundation will rest evenly.
Because of California’s expansive soil, it’s also up to the homeowner to make sure the house stays level after foundation repair. Extra care should be taken to ensure standing water and other aspects of the home’s irrigation system are kept away from its foundation. When the soil beneath the home becomes extremely wet, this can cause it to move, making the property structurally unbalanced.
If you think your home is in need of house leveling, foundation repair, foundation replacement and/or earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building and maintaining foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.
And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.