Problem: Sloped Floors
Sloping floors can be a sign of serious problems for home or business owners. The reason a floor may slope can be caused by deterioration or movement of the supports below the floor. This includes the floor joists that provide structural support. Foundation and structural problems can affect floors throughout the structure or in a single room. A sloped floor is usually a sign of foundation settlement. A sloping floor needs to be looked at by a professional to see what is causing it. If it is foundation settlement, the professionals at Atlas Piers will be able to help get it back to its proper level.
Some of the common causes of foundation settlement are:
- Weak bearing soils – some soils are not capable of supporting the weight of a building’s foundation
- Poor compaction – before a foundation is constructed, is is common to bring in fill soils. If they are not adequately compacted, they can compress causing settlement
- Changes in moisture content – extreme changes in moisture content, whether having too much moisture or far too little moisture, can greatly affect soil compaction
- Mature trees and vegetation – trees or bushes can draw moisture from the soil beneath the foundation resulting in settlement
Don’t let your sloping floors be ignored. Contact the professionals at Atlas Piers and let us examine your foundation and see if that is what is causing your sloping floors in your Georgia home or business.
Other Signs of Foundation Settlement:
- Bowing or leaning walls
- Leaning chimneys
- Sinking stairs
- Slab cracks
- Gaps and spaces
- Sticking windows
- Sticking doors
- Sinking garage
If we find that your sloping floors are caused by foundation settlement, the experts at Atlas Piers has the solution to resolve your foundation settlement problem. Underpinning is the process of strengthening, stabilizing and lifting the foundation back to its original level. This process extends the current foundation into a soil layer that is deeper and more stable. We do this with products such as:
- Helical piers are one of the most common types of structural underpinning products used for foundation repair. They are used when there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. Instead of requiring a large excavation, they are thread into the ground, minimizing installation time and little soil disturbance. After installation, the weight of the structure is transferred to load bearing soil.
- Steel push piers are another one of the most common types of foundation repair products used today. These push piers are driven into the soil individually and the entire structure works as the reaction. During the load transfer, high pressure hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations, reducing the load on each pier.
For any of these signs of foundation settlement, Atlas Piers has the professionals and products to get the problem fixed. All our products are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products in the industry.
Homes or businesses that show signs of foundations settlement such as a sloping floor should have the professionals at Atlas Piers come and take a look and offer the best solution for your repair needs. All of our foundation repair employees are certified professionals with the training and expertise to get your foundation settlement problem fixed. Contact us today to schedule and appointment.