Sagging or flexing floors over a crawlspace are unsightly, an irritation to live with, and can be hazardous. A sagging or flexing floor can be obvious both to the eye, and more than likely make noise. Cracks within the floor itself, gaps between the floor and the baseboard trim, and a visible slant or bow are common symptoms. Not in all cases, however frequently, the floor will make creaking and cracking sounds when walked over.
Sagging and flexing are indications of lost structural integrity of the floor joists, the house’s foundation, or possibly poor design. Compromised integrity of the floor joists can be the result of a wet and damp crawlspace. An unhealthy crawlspace may also contribute to structural loss in the foundation itself with settlement. An over-spanned design and construction may also be the cause to the sagging or flexing floors.
Do I Need to Fix This?
In order to properly assess the situation, at a minimum you should have a trained professional review the condition of the floors, floor joists, and foundation if any of these symptoms are present. Sagging or flexing floors is an indication of potentially serious issues with your foundation.
Our certified technician will assess the crawlspace and provide an expert analysis of the situation and overall condition. The Grip-Tite Stabilizer, an adjustable post jack system is capable of supporting your joists and leveling and stabilizing your home’s floor. Made with the same structural steel as our foundation piers, the Grip-Tite Stabilizer can be anchored at grade level or below grade for a finished look. It can also be installed over a concrete floor or pad. The adjustable cap provides for any adjustment that may be required over time due to changing conditions. The Grip-Tite Stabilizer is an affordable, versatile system that will keep a solid floor under your family. Water management solutions may also be necessary to prevent further issues; encapsulation, barrier, and even dehumidification are all potential solutions.