Do you ever feel like you’re bouncing around your home? If so, don’t write it off as a little quirk in your home—it’s a warning sign. Bouncy floors can be the first part of an unseen problem lurking beneath your feet: crawl space moisture. But don’t worry, Foundation Repair of Western Colorado (FRWC) has your back.
What are Bouncy Floors?
Bouncy floors refer to any unsettling give or ‘bounce’ you experience when walking across a floor. It’s as if the floor isn’t solidly supporting your weight. Instead, each step depresses the floor slightly, creating a sensation akin to walking on a firm trampoline.
Why Bouncy Floors are a Problem
While the sensation may be a bit amusing, the cause and implications of bouncy floors are far from it. This phenomenon is often a telltale sign of moisture in your crawl space.
From the image, you can see that crawl space moisture leads to the decay and weakening of the floor joists and support structures. This damage not only compromises your home’s structural integrity but also leads to more problems like mold and wood rot.
What Should I be Looking for in My Home?
The main indicator of bouncy floors is an unusual flex or movement when you walk across the surface. You may notice certain spots giving more than others, floorboards that creak as you walk over them, or a general lack of firmness across the entire floor.
Other signs include unevenness, visible sagging, or cracks appearing in the walls as the house settles unevenly due to weakened supports.
What Causes Bouncy Floors in My Home?
The culprit behind your bouncy floors is moisture seeping into your crawl space. This moisture can come from open crawl space vents, inadequate or bad vapor barriers, and even the natural stack effect of air movement in your home.
When the moisture accumulates, it causes the wooden structures in your crawl space to weaken, leading to those pesky bouncy floors.
How Can FRWC Fix Bouncy Floors in My Home?
Experiencing sagging, bouncy, or uneven floors? Don’t worry, the SettleStop IntelliJack Crawl Space Stabilizing System fixes the issue. Made from strong galvanized steel, these supports will reinforce your sagging beams and undersized joists, bringing stability and straightness back to your floor structure.
With an impressive load capacity of over 24,000 pounds per support jack, the IntelliJack system is built to last. Rest assured, it has been rigorously tested and certified to meet the highest industry standards, guaranteeing a reliable solution for your sagging floor issues.
One of the standout features of the IntelliJack system is its adjustability. Over time, floor joists can shift and settle, causing them to be at the wrong height.
Our team of crawl space repair experts will carefully measure and install the IntelliJack system, ensuring your floor joists return to their original position. And the best part? These supports can be easily adjusted to lift the floor joists, eliminating sagging and restoring the structural integrity of your home.
Don’t let sagging floors bring you down. Trust the IntelliJack system to provide a durable and adjustable solution that will keep your home safe and stable for years to come.
FAQ: Bouncy Floors
The duration of crawl space repair can vary based on the size of the crawl space and the extent of the moisture problem. It typically takes 1 or 2 days to install our crawl space supports.
It’s generally not recommended to do crawl space repair as a DIY project. Proper repair techniques require specific knowledge and tools to ensure they are done correctly and safely.
Yes, it does. A newly repaired crawl space is a sign of a well-maintained home. It can prevent future structural issues and potentially increase its market value.