If you have a crawl space and the floors above it are uneven, you may have a structural problem. Or, you may be facing settlement or foundation heaving. If you're experiencing any of these signs, it's time to call a professional:
At LRE Foundation Repair, we offer a variety of solutions that don't only fix your uneven concrete floors, but address the real problems your house is facing. We're the go-to foundation repair experts in the state of Florida.
Uneven floors are rarely caused by problems with the floor system itself. Instead, it's often a settling or shifting foundation issue that has impacted the floor system.
Floor beams and joists are made from wood that will usually bend or flex rather than crack or break. The same can't be said for masonry foundations.
When soil issues cause a foundation to break, the floors above it usually bend.
The floor joists above a typical crawl space are supported by the perimeter walls of the crawl space foundation, and by a post or column-and-beam framework that extends down the center of the crawl space.
Although the perimeter walls of a crawl space can settle or shift to cause floor problems above, it's more common for the center support system to settle or sag.
A center post-and-beam support system can weaken and settle because moisture in a dirt-floored crawl space has caused wood supports to rot and collapse. As crawl space structures begin to sag, the floor above will sag in turn.
Slab floors that are sinking independently of the walls can be repaired with a slab pier system. These piers are placed in cored holes in the floor, extending down to competent soils to hold your floor in place.
They can even be used to lift a slab back to its original, level position.
If the floor is cracked and uneven because of foundation settlement, then we will recommend either foundation push piers or helical piers to stabilize the entire foundation.
Foundation piers can also be used to lift the foundation to its original position in some cases.
Since masonry is more likely to break than bend, concrete floors that are uneven are generally cracked and/or broken as well. If your foundation is settling, it may be lifting the concrete floor as the rest of the foundation experiences movement.
There are also times where the slab floor can lift or sink independently of the walls.
Concrete slab floors crack and settle when the soils underneath them shrink, settle or wash away.
Likewise, a concrete slab will lift, or heave, when the soils underneath expand.
To get your foundation fixed permanently, you will need to know exactly what is going on with your home and which solutions will best address the problem.
Our team of professional foundation contractors can help. During our foundation repair inspection, we'll personally inspect your property to identify all issues and explain what's happening with your home and make suggestions for repair. Each of our inspections comes at no obligation, and it includes a written foundation repair estimate.
We proudly serve Saint Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota, Spring Hill, Hudson, New Port Richey, Daytona Beach, and nearby in Florida.
Disclaimer: A fee will be assessed if the home is in the process of a sale and a non-owner or realtor is requesting the site visit or estimate.