How to Know if Your Floor Joist Needs Repaired

Look for Floor Joist Problems in Your Alabama Home

Do you have nightmares about your floor caving in and swallowing you and your family? Probably not. However, that does not mean that sinking, sloping floors are not a real possibility in your home. In many cases, a sinking or uneven floor in your home is the result of floor joist problems. The floor joist is the supportive structure that holds up your entire home. If this structure becomes unstable, it can lead to other major structural issues. Fortunately, our floor joist repair options can help.

floor joist problems AlabamaIf you have foundation problems or moisture in your crawlspace, your floor joist is at greater risk of failure. To determine whether or not your floor joists are damaged, look for the following symptoms in your home:

  • Sagging or heaving floor
  • Bouncy or creaking floors
  • Wood rot on floor joists
  • Rust on floor joists
  • Cracks in floor joists

If you have started to notice gaps between your floors and the baseboards, there may be a problem with your floor joists. Also, rust or wood rot in floor joists or the posts that hold the floor joists indicated a moisture issue in your crawlspace. This can lead to weakening of the floor joists and, eventually, a sagging floor.

You should also examine your crawlspace for signs of a moisture problem, as excess moisture is often the cause of floor joist failure. If there is too much moisture in the area, it will start eating away at the beams that support the floor. This will cause them to sag and settle.

If you see any of these issues in your floor joists, contact Affordable Foundation and Home Repair.

Floor Joist Repair Solutions for Alabama Homes

  • floor joist repair solutions AlabamaFloor Joist Repair: Homeowners with sagging floors due to moisture problems in the crawlspace can count on this solution. For this fix, we install a “sister board” to strengthen and stabilize the floor joists. Replacing floor joists will raise the above floor to its proper height and stabilize it to reduce bounciness and sagging.
  • Floor Supports: Floor joists that cannot handle the weight of the floor and home above might start to sag. If this is the case in your home, we can provide Samson floor supports to stabilize and lift the floor and home. These floor supports are made of steel and have a concrete base to ensure they provide a solid solution.
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation: The above solutions will ensure that your floor is properly supported. However, without protection against moisture, the same issues will likely happen again. That is why it is important to invest in crawlspace encapsulation to reduce crawlspace moisture. This method involves the installation of a plastic or foil barrier that seals out water and water vapor.

All of these solutions can help to protect your home from the trouble that failing floor joists result in. Our team is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe and providing complete solutions for any issues you might have. Call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today to fix crawlspace beams and posts.



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