Gaps and spaces between your walls and floor or ceiling can be a very disconcerting issue. Although you may be tempted to use a temporary filling method to repair these gaps, the best way to repair them is to go directly to the source and find a solution for whatever foundation issue most likely caused them to form. Solving the problem at the root will also prevent it from happening again. If you notice gaps or spaces between the walls and floor or ceiling in your home, you should also watch for other signs of foundation failure, such as sloped or uneven floors, wall cracks, floor cracks, ceiling cracks, sticking doors or windows, and a wet basement or crawl space.
Just as is the case with many other structural issues throughout your home, the leaning beams and posts in your homes are probably a result of foundation movement. There are a few different ways that this foundation movement can cause the beams and posts that support your floor to bend or curve.
When your foundation settles, the basement floor will sink, providing little support for the posts that rest on them to support the floor above. This can cause the posts and the beams they support to become bent or curved as they struggle to support the weight of the structure above. If the floor beneath the posts is not solid or even, it is much harder for them to remain stable under the weight of the home. The main causes of foundation settlement are:
Water in the basement can cause many issues, one of these being the rotting or rusting of the support beams and posts in your home. If the basement develops moisture issues, the support system under your floor may start to weaken or deteriorate due to wood rot and rusting metal. This can cause the beams and posts to bend or lean as they become too weak to support the floor above. Causes of basement water issues include:
Once the cause of your leaning or bent support beams and posts has been determined, you can contact a foundation repair specialist to find a solution to fix the problem. Having this problem repaired as soon as possible can help save you money and keep your home safe. If the issue is ignored, it will only get worse, leading to complicated, expensive repairs and further structural damage to your home. To repair beam and post problems that are related to a settling foundation, foundation piers, such as helical piers or steel push piers should be installed to support the foundation. These piers are installed deep beneath the ground until they reach the stable soils beneath the top layers. Once they are driven or screwed into the ground, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers and they are used to lift the structure back to its original position. The piers keep the foundation supported and stabilized to avoid any future foundation problems from arising. Our engineers use foundation piering products from Earth Contact Products, the leading supplier of foundation repair products to ensure that every repair lasts for years to come.
Another solution for beam and post problems is to use wall anchors to close wall cracks that may have occurred due to bowing or leaning foundation walls. These cracks provide an entry point for water leakage – by closing them, the water will no longer be able to enter the basement area. Wall anchors are installed in the ground adjacent to the affected walls and connected to the wall using a rod and plate system. Over time, the rod is tightened to straighten the wall by applying opposite pressure. When the wall is straightened, any resulting cracks will close, preventing future basement water seepage.
Any beam and posts problems in your home should be taken care of by a professional foundation repair contractor as immediately as possible. Our website can help put you in touch with a foundation repair company in your area. Contact us today for more information or for a free estimate!