If you are experiencing sagging floorboards, you may take one of two types of approaches to the problem. One person may look at their sagging floor problem as a benefit, say, that the creaking sounds in their home could act as a sort of security system letting them know when and where someone might be moving in their home. The second approach might be to find the sagging undesirable, as it doesn’t look as clean and kempt as they would like their home to be. Either way, a sagging floor could be a sign of more than just an intruder making their way through your dining room, but of a problem lying in the foundational structure of your home.
Fixing a sagging floor problem could be as superficial as repairing or securing some floorboards in a living area of your home. It could also spell trouble from the floor joists themselves, underneath the home, that could have failed or are seriously damaged and have become compromised. If this is true of your home, you should contact a foundation repair specialist, like our team of experienced professionals here at BWS, and schedule an evaluation of your structure. Otherwise, the fix for your sagging floorboards might be as simple as a DIY fix you could complete in an afternoon.
Given that the problems exist in the superficial flooring itself, a reasonable approach to the problem may lie in pulling the floorboards up from the subfloor. Once the boards have been pulled up from the subfloor, you will want to locate where the inconsistencies are surrounding the sagging area. If a subfloor board has become damaged, a replacement may take care of the problem all at once. For example, if it has become compromised and cracked from the pressure of a heavy piece of furniture. If the integrity of the board has caused it to become uneven, you may find that utilizing wooden shims to help support and lift up the subfloor to the correct and level height. Secure the top and bottom of the shim to the materials above and below it with wood glue to be sure your fix will last.
We hope you have success with your sagging floorboards or subfloor project! If you are suspect that your sagging floor is due to a problem with the foundation structure of your home, such as a sagging floor joist, give Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call at (615) 257-1060 | (931) 536-1168 and schedule an evaluation to determine the severity of the issue and recruit a sound and professional repair.