Squeaking floors above your crawlspace?
Do your floors squeak when you walk on them or items rattle as you walk by? Does the floor above your crawlspace have a sag to it? This is a sign that the interior support system of your of are not able to support the weight of the home above. This could mean the floors are more than just a sagging problem and this is a major safety concern.
The reason this happens can be a number of things, but all usually point to the support of the floor joists in your home. This is caused by a number of reasons…
Poor support, house settlement and waterproofing problems.
Poor Support – If the floor support columns are placed too far apart under the floor joists of your home they cannot hold up the weight of the floor above properly. Poor design causes poor support. Which causes the floor to sag. As well as support for your joists you must have proper pier support for your load bearing beam. These piers can be made up of different elements like wood, steel i-beams and concrete/blocks. These are the most common support systems used.
House Settlement –.Over time the piers will move with the soil due to moisture or soil compression from lack of a proper drainage. As the pier sinks into the soil, the beam will start to sag causing your uneven floors.
Waterproofing Problems – As stated above proper drainage can play a big roll in the support of your home. In addition to uneven floors, you might start seeing cracks on the outside of your brick walls or drywall. If your piers are made out of wood you could come into wood rot or sometimes even termite damage. Fixing your drainage issue and replacing those piers could be your solution.
As with any problem a professional would need to come by in order to inspect the problem and be able to find the solution that best suites your needs.
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