Sometimes a sloping or uneven floor is hard to even notice. Other times you can take a ball or marble, put it on the floor, and it will roll down the sloping surface, it is that severe. Sloping, uneven floors are a problem that occurs when your foundation has settled or sunk unevenly. It is often times one of a number of problems that will occur when your foundation has settled. If you notice your floors are sloping it would be recommended to inspect the rest of your home or business’ foundation, slab, basement, or crawlspace to see if the other foundation failure signs are present. Here is a list of some of the most common foundation problems in the United States:
Sometimes when settlement occurs it happens unevenly. These can cause floors to slope or become uneven. Foundation settlement is when there is downward movement of a building or structure so that is below it’s original position. Soil can shift, move, or become compacted due to a multitude of issues including:
Soils that are weak bearing – this means the soil around and beneath your home is not capable of bearing the weight of the structure.
Poorly compacted soils – When soil fill is not compacted when a home or business is built then it can become compressed under the load of the structure above this. When this happens only under part of the structure then uneven and sloping floors commonly occur.
Changes in the level of moisture of the soil beneath the foundation – Too much moisture underneath or around the foundation can put pressure on the foundation walls. Too little moisture causes shrinkage of the soil and a lack of support for foundation.
Soil consolidation – If the weight of the structure compresses newly placed soil fill to the weak clay soils beneath, it results in downward movement in the structure above.
When you floor is sloping or uneven, this is a sign that you have a serious foundation problem. You should definitely contact a foundation repair expert to inspect your foundation to find the right solution. There is no do-it-yourself solution for sloping floors. My Foundation Repairs can assist you in helping find a local foundation repair expert to inspect your foundation and provide an estimate for your custom foundation solution. Our foundation specialists rely on underpinning products from Earth Contact Products for their foundation repairs. For sloping floors it may be recommended that you have steel push piers installed. Push piers can be installed beneath the foundation to add support and strength while lifting the sloping uneven foundation and thus, the floors as well.
There are four basic steps to have steel push piers installed. First installers will excavate around the site where the piers will be installed. Then a foundation bracket will be mounted and push piers will be installed. Once installation of the push piers is complete then the weight of the structure can be transferred to the steel push piers.
Another option is hydraulic piers, these piers are installed and then lifted with hydraulic equipment. Either type of pier will add support, and strength, while restoring your home or business’ value. Talking with a professional foundation repair expert will guarantee that you find the right solution for your sloping floors. Call today for your free estimate!