Leveling Floors on an Old Home Can be a Tricky and Expensive Endeavor
By Mark J. Donovan
|One common problem with old homes is that their floors are often unlevel. Unlevel floors are typically the result of a home’s foundation settling and/or sill rot caused by water or insect damage. There are a number of ways to level the floor of an old house, depending upon how severe the floor settling is, and what the source of the problem is.
If the house floor is unlevel as a result of wood sill rot caused by water or insect damage, or the floor beams are damaged in anyway, then they need to be replaced.
To replace wood sill or beams the house needs to be temporarily jacked up off of its foundation. Once the house is jacked up the old sills and/or beams can be removed and replaced with new ones.
If the floor joists are sagging they too can cause floors to be unlevel. By sistering new floor joists to the existing ones the floor can be stiffened up to prevent any additional sagging, and in some cases eliminate minor floor deflections.
If the floor is only slightly unlevel, e.g. less than a 1/4 inch slope over a 10 to 20 feet span, than a self leveling compound can be used to level the floor of the house.
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