A basement floor that is not level can be a great inconvenience, as well as an indication of potentially severe and threatening issues with your overall foundation and structure. Usually an un-level floor is visible by multiple indicators: significant cracks in the slab floor, a pronounced crack creating an elevation difference on either side of the crack, noticeable settlement between the foundation wall and the floor, and a gradual or steady incline from one side of the basement to the other.
Basement floors can be out of level for a few reasons. One reason may be from the initial pour and construction of the foundation and structure. Although uncommon, poor workmanship and unfavorable environmental conditions may cause an unlevel basement floor. More common, a basement floor out of level has been caused by settlement of the soil near the foundation, and underneath the footer and slab itself.
Do I Need to Fix This?
The unlevel basement floor could be an indication of other, serious foundation and structure issues. The floor may, or may not need to be fixed for various reasons; at a minimum, it is wise to have the floor, as well as the foundation, assessed by a trained professional. The need for the floor to be fixed may be related to structural integrity, or visual aesthetics.
Our solution to the settled, and unleveled basement floor will be customized and fitted to your situation, and your needs. The solution ranges from repair, to replacement. Repairing the unlevel basement floor can be carried out by either a mechanical repair with the Grip-Tite Slab Pier System, or through a process of injecting material underneath the slab typically referred to as mudjacking or polyjacking. Replacement consists of removing the existing basement floor, addressing the soil and settlement beneath the slab and footer if necessary, and repouring the slab.