Gaps and spaces between your walls and floor or ceiling can be a very disconcerting issue. Although you may be tempted to use a temporary filling method to repair these gaps, the best way to repair them is to go directly to the source and find a solution for whatever foundation issue most likely caused them to form. Solving the problem at the root will also prevent it from happening again. If you notice gaps or spaces between the walls and floor or ceiling in your home, you should also watch for other signs of foundation failure, such as sloped or uneven floors, wall cracks, floor cracks, ceiling cracks, sticking doors or windows, and a wet basement or crawlspace.
The most common cause of gaps or spaces opening between the walls and floor or ceiling of your home is a sinking or settling foundation. When the foundation beneath your home begins to settle, it can cause the walls in the home to pull away from the floors or ceiling due to the lack of support. This is a serious problem for many homeowners, and should be repaired as soon as possible. Foundation settlement or sinking often results from:
Sagging floor joists can also cause gaps to open up between the walls and floor of your home. When the floor joists beneath your home begin to sag due to basement moisture issues or uneven spacing, the floor above will sag and pull away from the walls as well. Signs that the space between your walls and floor are a result of sagging floor joists include:
It is important to have gaps and spaces in your homes fixed as soon as possible. If left alone, these gaps will become worse, providing an entry point for water leakage or pest infestation. To fix the gaps that have opened between your walls and the ceiling or floor, you must ensure that your foundation is well supported and raised back to its original level. This can be done by a few different underpinning methods made by Earth Contact Products. The first of these underpinning methods is the installation of steel push piers. Steel push piers are driven into the soil beneath your foundation until they reach the load bearing strata beneath the constantly shifting top layers. These piers are then used to support the weight of the structure, lifting the foundation back to its original level at the same time. This helps to close any gaps that may have opened as a result of the foundation settlement or sagging joists. Once installed, steel piers will stabilize the foundation for years to come, preventing problems in the future. Another effective underpinning method is the installation of helical piers. These foundation piers work the same way as steel push piers, except they are screwed into the ground, whereas push piers are merely driven into the ground. This rotation provides extra support for the foundation and allows the piers to be very versatile, as the installation process causes little vibration or disruption to the work site.
It is vital to the safety of your home to make sure that you contact a foundation repair specialist as soon as you notice gaps and spaces in your home. Our website can help put you in contact with a professional foundation repair contractor in your area. Contact us today for more information!