Noticing gaps developing between your home’s floors and walls? This could signal potential trouble with your foundation. These openings aren’t just an eyesore; they can lead to serious structural complications if not addressed promptly.
With a legacy spanning 30 years, Indiana Foundation Service is your go-to expert for diagnosing and repairing foundation problems like floor gaps.
What Exactly Are Floor Gaps?
Floor gaps are the noticeable spaces or fissures that form between the floor and the walls in your living spaces. They start off small but can gradually enlarge as the underlying foundation issue becomes more severe.
Ignoring these gaps is risky; they point to a compromised foundation that may no longer be able to sustain your home’s structure. Additional signs of foundation issues that often accompany floor gaps include:
At Indiana Foundation Service, we offer state-of-the-art solutions to permanently mend your floor gaps and tackle any root foundation problems.
What Causes Floor Gaps?
Various factors can cause your home’s floors to pull away from the walls:
A common culprit behind foundation issues is foundation settling, which leads to uneven support and causes different sections to sink at varying speeds. This can result in floor gaps.
Weakening Floor Joists
If your residence is built over a crawl space and its floor joists are weakening—due to over-spanning or moisture-related damage like wood rot—you may see sagging floors and, consequently, gaps between floors and walls.
Certain soils, like clay, can expand or contract dramatically based on moisture levels. This leads to cyclical soil movement, which strains your home’s structure and results in floor gaps.
Can Floor Gaps Be Fixed?
Yes, floor gaps are repairable, but the remedy hinges on identifying the underlying issue first. Treating the gaps without addressing foundation issues only offers a short-term fix.
How to Fix Floor Gaps
At Indiana Foundation Service, our foundation repair specialists will conduct a thorough inspection to pinpoint the root cause of your floor gaps. We then develop a customized action plan using advanced methods like:
- Foundation Piers: Our SettleStop™ foundation piers are placed under sinking foundations to shift the weight to more stable ground. We offer both helical and push piers to permanently address foundation gaps.
- Crawl Space Support: We install adjustable IntelliJack™ crawl space supports under failing joists to provide permanent floor support.
With three decades of foundation repair expertise, Indiana Foundation Service can select the optimal solution for permanently resolving your home’s floor gaps.
Why Act on Floor Gaps Now?
Addressing floor gaps sooner rather than later is crucial because:
- Prevent Further Damage: Untreated gaps may lead to severe structural issues like collapsing walls.
- Avoid Costly Repairs: The more you delay, the costlier the solution becomes. Temporary fixes don’t offer long-term relief.
- Deter Other Problems: Open gaps welcome moisture and pests, causing mold, wood rot, and pest infestations.
- Enhance Comfort: Floor gaps make temperature regulation challenging, increasing energy costs.
- Maintain Property Value: Ignoring foundation issues can drastically reduce your home’s market value.
Gaps between floors and walls are indicative of underlying foundation problems that will worsen over time. Reach out to the foundation repair specialists at Indiana Foundation Service for a lasting resolution.
Choose Indiana Foundation Service for Floor Gap Solutions
Don’t overlook floor gaps—they’re signs of foundation instability. Fortunately, Indiana Foundation Service provides reliable, engineered solutions to rectify these gaps by stabilizing your foundation.
Contact us today for a complimentary inspection and to explore our flexible financing options. Our experts will meticulously evaluate your home, outline the most effective solutions, and guide you through budget-friendly payment plans.
Minor gaps typically take 1-2 days to repair once a plan is in place. However, severe foundation problems may require 1-2 weeks for complete stabilization and repair.
No, using caulk or foam to fill the gaps doesn’t address the root cause—your foundation. DIY solutions are ineffective. Only structural foundation repairs will provide a lasting fix.
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