If the floor or beam supports in your crawl space move up of down, the floor above will follow in the same direction. This movement often causes sloping floors as well as damage to drywall and finished flooring. In many cases these supports are made up of concrete, block, or wood. When these materials are used as supports, homeowners are very limited in the ability to adjust them.
In other cases, the supports in your home may be adequate but the wood used to frame your floor starts to soften or fail causing sagging and bouncing floors. Adding supplemental beams and support columns are a great way to address this issue.
At HomeStrong we install adjustable steel columns called mono posts to support beams and the floor above. These steel columns will rest on reinforced concrete pads. At other companies you will see crushed rock or engineered fill used as a base for these columns. Often times this is inadequate and would generally not be signed off on by a Colorado engineer if installed under main beams. If not properly compacted these crushed rock bases will shift causing columns to tip or completely fall over. If this happens under a main structural beam, the effects could be disastrous.
If you see your floor shifting or think you have old, inadequate supports holding up your floor or beam, schedule a free inspection with one of our knowledgeable representatives to come out and do a thorough inspection of your crawl space and recommend any needed repairs.