Got a Sagging Floor and Need Structural Repair? Things to Know

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Many times people ignore their sagging floor and consider it a characteristic of an older quaint home. Well, that’s the worse thing you can do. Read on to learn what can cause a sagging floor and why it is important to have it inspected by a Professional.

Sagging or sloping floors can be due to:

  • Inadequate deflecting or failing support beams being rotted sills
  • inadequate foundation
  • Termite damage
  • Dry rot destroying the wood framing
  • A water leak over a very long time that causes the building foundation to sink
  • Poor soil conditions.
  • incorrect landscape drainage involving water
  • Water. Do your best to keep water away from the house. Use roof gutters as well as landscape drains.
  • Foundation issues
  • Deteriorating wood supports
  • improperly installed joists or sub-floors
  • Sagging floors can cause wall cracks.
  • improper installation of the floor itself
  • support system under the floor might be deteriorating

It is quite difficult to estimate the actual cost for this type of service, but based on the average charges in the market it would probably cost in the vicinity of $8,000 or more.

Be careful before hiring a professional. Some carpenters who actually lack the experience in this area may be tempted to take on a job of this caliber because of the amount of money involved in such a big risky job. The house would have to be jacked up slowly over a weeks time or even longer. This is to avoid any cracking wallboard, plaster, windows, and even structural elements. Remember to learn the person’s qualifications and experience. This is somewhat of a risky task and you just don’t want anyone to try to remedy it on their own.

Repairing slopping and sagging floors is not an easy task. Hire a professional to do this particular job.

Keystone Basement Systems is located in Pittsburgh, PA, West Virginia and Ohio. They are the only waterproofing company in Western Pennsylvania that is owned by a (real) experienced basement professional. Should you have a question about a sagging floor, you may want to give them a call.

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