A sill plate (also called a sole plate, or simply a “sill”) is the bottom piece of wall structure where wall studs are attached. They are typically anchored to the foundation and serve as a very important component of all houses. If the sills become damaged or rotten, you can end up with problems like sagging floors. Sill plate failure can be caused by a number of factors, but a problem like this is typically more common in older homes.
After years of wear and tear through the seasons in Indiana, sill plates can succumb to wood rot usually caused by the following three factors:
- Humidity – Over time, moisture and heat contribute to the rotting of sill plates, often requiring them to be replaced by a foundation repair specialist.
- Termites – These insects cause problems throughout the United States, including Indiana and Illinois and have been known to wreak havoc if left unchecked.
- Other insects – If it’s not termites, it could be carpenter ants. While perhaps not as well known, carpenter ants can cause just as much damage to wood structures in a home as termites do.
If you notice issues with sagging floors, or discover you have an insect problem, it might be time to call in the experts. Have you just purchased a home in an older neighborhood or historic district? While the home inspection will alert you to major problems, it is helpful to get a free evaluation from trusted foundation repair specialists to fully understand anything that may arise. If it turns out that there is a sill plate failure, our professionals will walk you through the next steps required to remedy the problem. They will use special jacks to lift the house and make the replacements.
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