Over Spanned Floor Joists
Sagging floors can make simple tasks seem annoying, and you might even have to contend with tripping hazards.
Usually, this issue is caused by over spanned floor joists—support beams that no longer hold up your floor properly. Protecting your home from this issue is best fixed with help from seasoned professionals.
Alpha Foundations is a leader in crawl space repair across Florida, and we have the tools to remedy over spanned floor joists. We’ll walk you through the crucial information about over spanned floor joists such as why they happen and the best repair strategies.
What Are Over Spanned Floor Joists?
Over spanned floor joists are essentially when the joists—the beams that support the main floor—are spaced too widely or become too weak to hold the floor’s weight.
This leads to compromised stability throughout your home and may lead to a number of problem signs. Indications that your home might be affected by over spanned floor joists include:
- Bouncing or springy floors
- Uneven floors
- Musty smells
- Sagging floors
- Drywall cracks
- Floor gaps
- Sticking doors and windows
It’s essential for the joists to be correctly spaced and installed to maintain a stable floor. That way your household activities and routines can continue normally.
What Causes Over Spanned Floor Joists?
Since floor joists are located beneath your home, they often undergo damage that is easily unnoticed. But just because your crawl space is out of site doesn’t mean it can’t become damaged.
It’s beneficial to understand the potential triggers of crawl space damage. Here are contributing factors to be vigilant about:
- Excess Moisture: High amounts of water in the crawl space can cause joists to twist and floors to sink.
- Pest Infestation: Insects and wood-damaging pests can weaken joist integrity as they eat away at them.
- Foundation Issues: Foundation problems (like settlement) lead to structural stress being unevenly spread across joists.
- Inadequate Construction: Joists may have been spaced too far apart initially, offering poor support.
- Wear and Tear: Joists and floors can simply degrade over time as the home gets older.
Promptly identifying and addressing these causes is essential for maintaining your home’s structural health.
Can You Fix Over Spanned Floor Joists?
Fixing over spanned floor joists is imperative to prevent future damage and maintain your home’s safety.
Temporary measures like sistering joists or makeshift supports often fall short of providing permanent stability. In addition, DIY fixes or off-the-shelf supports tend to be inadequate and unreliable.
Alpha Foundations provides thorough solutions that reinforce the entire structure, protecting your floor joists from future issues and sustaining your home’s structural integrity.
How Alpha Foundations Fixes Over Spanned Floor Joists
Alpha Foundations effectively manages over spanned floor joist concerns by:
- Detailed inspections to pinpoint damage and plan repairs.
- Custom-fitting our steel IntelliJack™ supports for your crawl space specifics.
- Installing robust concrete footings as a firm base in the crawl space.
- Attachment of IntelliJack™ supports to the floor joists.
- Precision adjustments to the supports to solidify the floors.
- Implementing water management strategies like drainage and sump pumps.
- Sealing off vents and installing new crawl space doors if required.
- Installing thermal insulation on crawl space walls.
- Encapsulation with a tough 20-mil vapor barrier.
- Dehumidifier installation to provide ongoing humidity control.
- Optional maintenance to ensure the repairs stay in excellent condition.
Alpha Foundations’ specialized products are custom designed for your unique needs, outperforming other options and ensuring superior outcomes for your home. The IntelliJack™ system addresses both structural and moisture-related issues that could affect floor joists.
Why Address Over Spanned Floor Joists Now
Addressing over spanned floor joists promptly is crucial for:
- Averting Further Damage: Immediate repairs can stop the progression of deterioration, saving your home’s framework.
- Ensuring Safety: Securing your floors is fundamental for the safety of your household.
- Preserving Property Value: Making structural repairs can maintain or even increase your home’s market worth.
- Avoiding Hefty Costs: Acting swiftly can prevent larger, more expensive repairs down the road.
Rely on Alpha Foundations for comprehensive solutions to over spanned floor joists, ensuring your home gets the full support it needs.
Contact Alpha Foundations for Dependable Floor Joist Repair
Don’t overlook signs like sagging or uneven floors from over spanned floor joists, as they signal serious structural issues. Alpha Foundations is prepared to help.
Contact Alpha Foundations today for a no-cost inspection and to discuss your repair options. Our experts are ready to devise a solid floor support plan that secures your home’s stability for years to come. Take the step to safeguard your home today.
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