Recognizing Common Causes For Uneven Flooring Issues

Construction & Contractors Blog

Whether your home is experiencing structural issues, settling, or foundation damage, you might find that your floors become uneven. Some homeowners ignore uneven floors until they become severe problems, but it's in your best interest to address them as soon as possible since the underlying cause could be a significant structural issue. Here are some of the most common causes of uneven flooring.

Poor Drainage and Excess Water

One of the most common causes of uneven floors is excess water and poor drainage in the soil under the foundation. That excess water causes weakening and erosion in the soil under the foundation and may even weaken the integrity of the foundation itself. This leads to structural shifting that can cause your floors to get uneven and may lead to separation in the walls as well.

Structural Aging

As your home gets older, the structural materials start to deteriorate. Your foundation might weaken, crumble, or crack. When that happens, it can cause the foundation to shift and the house to experience structural weakening issues. If you have uneven flooring and your home is several decades old, you'll want to talk with a foundation inspection and repair contractor about evaluation to identify the worn or damaged components and reinforce that structure.

Shifting Soil

There are a number of things that can cause the soil to shift under your foundation. Seismic activity, resonating effects from drilling and blasting in your proximity, and general erosion can all lead to soil shifting under the foundation. When that happens, your foundation repair technician will need to support the structure and reinforce the space beneath, and level out the floors.

Cracks in the Foundation

When your foundation suffers cracks due to poor concrete mixtures, environmental damage, or any other complications, those cracks weaken the integrity of the foundation itself and the home that rests on it. If your home is shifting and you see visible cracks in the foundation, that can contribute to uneven floors and long-term complications.

Understanding your home's most common causes of uneven flooring makes it easier to recognize and address those challenges when they do happen. You'll want to talk with your local foundation repair contractor as soon as possible if you've noticed uneven flooring issues. The sooner you address the problem, the less structural damage your home is likely to suffer. This reduces your repair costs and allows you to protect your home.

For more info about uneven floor repair, contact a local company. 


28 July 2023

Build It Better

Construction contractors have a very important job. They literally build the structures we live in, work in, and entertain ourselves in. They have control over how these spaces look, and also over how safe these spaces are. Some contractors lay flooring. Others install flooring. Some are generalists and do a bit of everything, from roofing to painting. When you start to understand the nature of a contractor's job, you start to really appreciate all of the buildings around you. It's that appreciation that we really hope shines through as we write this blog to share with you all, our loyal readers.