Many homes have floors that are not perfectly level. Oftentimes, a slight slope is no big deal. On the other hand, a sloping floor that worsens over time can be an indicator of a much more significant issue. If your home has sloped floors, you need to know why. Call Magnolia Home Inspection Services in Tomball to schedule a house elevation plot inspection and learn if your home is in trouble.
As mentioned above, a slight slope is generally not a reason for concern. However, sloped floors, especially those that worsen over time, can serve as an indicator of a more serious problem. Sloping can result from aging, foundation or framing issues, moisture problems, or expansive soil conditions. As with all things, the sooner you determine the source of the problem, the more likely you are to find an affordable, simple solution that prevents further damage to your home.
Sloping or Sagging?
In addition to sloping, sagging floors can also be reason for concern. It is important to know the difference between the two, though, as they often indicate different kinds of problems. Sagging floors, for example, tend to slope inward from at least two directions. This typically results from framing issues, moisture damage, termite damage, or wear and tear in older homes. Comparatively, sloped floors are more likely to signify a foundation or soil issue in addition to potential framing issues.
Signs of a Significant Problem
The degree to which your floor slopes or sags indicates whether or not you have reason for concern. Typically, floors that slope 1-1/2 inches or less in 20 feet is not a problem. Floors that sag 2 inches or more in 20 feet, though, are a cause for concern. Additional indicators of a significant problem include:
- Foundation cracks
- Differential settlement of foundation or slab
- Wall and ceiling cracks
- Slanted walls (interior or exterior)
- Doors and/or windows that stick or do not open
- Cracked concrete slab
- Soil creep
Schedule an Inspection
If you own or are considering purchasing a home with sloped floors, contact Magnolia today. Our home inspectors will measure the slope of your floors to the tenth of an inch, giving you an exact measurement of how level your floors are. A simple house elevation plot inspection can save your home from significant future damage and provide you with peace of mind. For a free quote on an inspection in the greater Houston area or to learn more about our other home inspection services, call (832) 303-8048.