At Ohio Basement Systems, we’ve repaired thousands of homes with uneven floors caused by foundation settlement, crawl space issues, and other structural problems.
Our expert technicians accurately diagnose the causes of uneven floors and recommend effective foundation repair solutions to level and stabilize your home.
What Are Uneven Floors?
Uneven floors are floors that are not level, or flat. Some flooring areas will be higher than others, causing an uneven walking surface. Symptoms like sticking doors, cracking drywall, and gaps between the floor and baseboards often accompany this.
Uneven floors manifest when the foundation settles or shifts. They are also caused by foundation settlement, water damage in crawl spaces, and other issues. If left unaddressed, uneven floors worsen over time.
What Causes Uneven Floors?
There are a few main causes of uneven floors:
1. Foundation Settlement
Foundation settlement occurs when the soil underneath your home shifts and sinks, pulling your foundation down, usually by a few inches. Uneven sinking of a foundation can significantly damage your home. There are elemental reasons for settlement: the most common is the natural cycle of soil expanding and contracting as moisture saturates it and then evaporates.
2. Floor Joists Failing
If your house has a crawl space, the floor joists on which your floor and subfloor rest will deteriorate over time. One of the main reasons for uneven floors in homes with crawl spaces is moisture damage. If the crawl space is not encapsulated correctly, moisture can build up and cause wood rot. This can cause the floors to sag.
To prevent these problems, you should regularly check your crawl space for signs of moisture intrusion and mold. Encapsulating your crawl space can prevent moisture buildup and strengthen your floor joists. If you notice any issues with your floor joists or crawl space, it’s crucial to fix them as soon as possible to prevent further damage and keep your home and family safe.
3. Structural Issues in Your Basement
Homes with basements experiencing structural issues can lead to numerous instances of uneven floors. These problems include basement floor cracks, bowing walls, and shearing walls, which allow water to seep into the basement. Therefore, it is crucial to address basement issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the safety and stability of your home.
4. Poor Foundation Drainage
When the soil surrounding your foundation becomes saturated with water, such as during periods of rain or snowmelt, the drainage system around your home serves as the initial line of defense. But over time, the drainage gets clogged with soil. When this happens, and the soil expands with water, it puts hydrostatic pressure on your foundation. Over time, this pressure puts cracks in your foundation walls and floors, which means uneven floors are also a possibility.
Identifying the specific cause is key to fixing uneven floors permanently. Our technicians evaluate all foundation elements to pinpoint the issue.
Can Uneven Floors Be Repaired?
Yes, uneven floors can be repaired when the underlying cause is properly addressed. The method to fix uneven floors depends on the type of foundation on which your home is built.
How to Fix Uneven Floors
Ohio Basement Systems restores all foundation types and uses proven methods to lift, stabilize, and level your floors:
- Steel push piers or helical piers are installed to reinforce sinking foundations
- Crawl space support jacks to stabilize and raise sinkin floors over crawl spaces
- Crawl space encapsulation to keep moisture out of your crawl space
- Basement repair methods like wall anchors or carbon fiber straps to support your foundation walls.
Our network of foundation piers levels floors by transferring the home’s weight to stable soils. We also repair any cosmetic damage resulting from uneven floors.
Why Fix Uneven Floors Now?
There are important reasons to fix uneven floors right away:
- Prevent further structural damage as issues worsen
- Improve safety by eliminating tripping hazards
- Stop related problems like sticking doors and drywall cracks
- Increase home value by restoring level floors
- Enjoy peace of mind knowing your home’s foundation is secure
At Ohio Basement Systems, we have the knowledge and technology to permanently fix uneven floors. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate!
Contact Ohio Basement Systems for Uneven Floor Repair
If you notice uneven or sinking floors, don’t delay in seeking professional repairs and leveling services. Ohio Basement Systems has the expertise to accurately diagnose the cause and implement proven solutions. We offer free, no-obligation estimates on our floor leveling services. Our foundation repair experts are available now to inspect your floors and recommend customized repair solutions. Contact us online today to get started!
Uneven floors are caused by various factors, including foundation settlement, sinking crawl spaces, and other structural issues. Identifying the specific cause is vital to fixing uneven floors permanently.
The cost of leveling uneven floors depends on the underlying cause and the extent of the damage. At Ohio Basement Systems, we offer free, no-obligation estimates on our foundation repair services and flexible financing to help work with your budget.
Signs that your house may be settling include:
- Sagging floors
- Cracks in walls or ceilings
- Sticking doors or windows
- Floor gaps.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial to have your home evaluated by a professional.
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