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Floor Warning Signs
Crawl space problems can wreak havoc on your floors. A few things to watch for include:
- Gaps between floor trim and flooring
- Floors that buckle or slope
- Cracking in tile flooring
- Separation between wood or laminate planks
- Bouncing or soft spots in floors
Before You Replace Flooring
If your home experiences any of the symptoms above, it’s important to address the root cause before replacing flooring. Settlement usually gets worse over time. If you, for example, replace cracked tile or bowed wood planks, the new floor will go down atop an uneven substructure. It may mask the problem temporarily, but you’re creating a bigger headache because the same thing is likely to happen again. When it does, if you fix the underlying issue at that point, the flooring that was installed on an unlevel surface may suffer damage when the problem is corrected. It’s always best to start with the foundation and address cosmetic issues afterwards.
Stabilize Your Crawl Space
Stabilizing your crawl space will stabilize the floors they support. The method used to fix a crawl space must be customized based on the issue affecting your home. Sometimes, wood is damaged or rotting and needs to be replaced. In other situations, improper construction with joists or pillars too far apart could be the issue. In these cases, additional supports may be necessary to stabilize the substructure.
Whatever the cause, the good news is that Crossroads offers no-obligation, no-pressure evaluations. A crawl space expert can help determine what, if any, repair needs to be made and, if necessary, offer a written estimate for repairs.