House Leveling: Does My Home Need Leveling?
- Are your floors sinking or shifting?
- Do your floors squeak, buckle, or bump?
- Can you see cracks in your home walls, floors, and/or ceilings?
- Do you experience difficulty in using doors and windows?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, then yes, your home likely needs leveling.
WHAT IS LEVELING?
It is actually very common for homeowners to live in homes with unleveled floors. When a home’s floors are not level, house leveling is an easy fix!
Leveling is the act of “evening out” the floors inside and around a home, bringing them back to their initial, originally-leveled position and condition. Leveling not only fixes the aesthetic issues of having to look at unsightly, unleveled floors, but it also makes the home a much safer place to live in as well. Who wants to wake up in the middle of the night and fall down after stumbling on an un-leveled floor?
Some home owners choose to live with “problem floors” that are not leveled. However, while uneven floors may be fairly common, they can actually become significant problems over time, and they may even point to greater issues with a structure, all of which can cause significant damage.
Unleveled floors are primarily caused by either support issues, foundation settling issues, or moisture problems. Over time, such issues can cause your home’s foundation to settle, damaging the structure in the process. And so you want to have any problems inspect by a professional, as floor leveling is in fact a very delicate and complex process, and one that leaves absolutely no room for error.
The process of floor leveling is done by using a variety of advanced tools and methods, for example, jacking up a house to level floors and actually lifting the home away from its foundation. Once you undertake foundation jacking and the property has been lifted, the floor is adjusted so that it is level to the house foundation. In order for such repair work to have long-lasting effects, and for the newly-leveled floors to remain so, concrete piers and wood posts are added for support.
With respect to the type of foundation that homes can sit on, concrete is one of the most tough and sturdy materials known to man. However, as strong as concrete is, that does not mean that concrete eliminates foundation problems and that slabs do not require leveling. In fact, concrete leveling must to be taken care of just as frequently as other flooring. However, the methods and materials used in evenly leveling concrete slabs are much different than those used to level floors. In fact, leveling a concrete slab is typically a much quicker process than leveling floors, but is just as efficient. Sloping, cracking, and sinking concrete slabs can happen not only within the home, but can also occur throughout the entire property.
Regardless of whether you need simple house leveling and foundation repair, leveling a pier and beam house, manufactured home releveling, modular home leveling, simply fixing an unlevel floor in your house, or getting your patio level with your house floor, Weinstein Construction can help!
In leveling concrete slabs, Weinstein Construction professionals use a specialized process and an environmentally-friendly material called “Mapei Ultraplan 1 Plus,” which is a quick-setting, self-leveling, self-drying underlayment and repair mix for interior concrete and engineer-approved floors. The process of leveling concrete slabs does not require lifting anything on your property up, but rather just using what is already there to create a flat and even surface.
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