Archive for April, 2010

sinking-floors-walls

Author: The Editor

Sinking Floors and foundation ProblemsWhat is it that makes a floor slowly drop out from under the wall it’s supposed to be holding up?

A thorough inspection of the foundation of this home revealed this simple but harmful chain of events:

  1. Water was being collected from the roof by a set of rain gutters
  2. The gutters were directing all of that water into downspouts which were in turn dumping it next to the rear of this house
  3. The water was then flowing under the foundation and into the crawl space
  4. The lowest spot of this flat lot property was under the floor heater
  5. Once water began accumulating under the heater, the girder supports began to sink into the now muddy soil
  6. That left a key piece of framing hanging in the air above the sunken support
  7. The strain created by that missing support allowed the main girder to crack
  8. The floor above it sank in accordance with the lack of support now present at that spot
  9. The wall is actually now being held up by the ceiling framing above it

If your walls are cracking, doors are sticking, floors are shifting, house is creaking, or any similar event is unfolding at your home, have us come out and take the mystery out of it for you!