Do you ever notice a slight bounce in your floors when you walk across them? While it may seem harmless, bouncy floors actually pose significant safety concerns for you and your family.
Not only can they be a source of annoyance, but they may also indicate structural issues within the crawl space.
Fortunately, Foundation Recovery Systems specializes in providing permanent solutions to address these concerns. With their expertise and innovative techniques, FRS can help you regain stability and peace of mind by eliminating the bouncy floors and ensuring a safer living environment for years to come.
What are Bouncy Floors?
Bouncy floors are areas that move and are more flexible than the surrounding floor. You may notice a spring or bounce when walking on them. This problem is common if there’s a crawl space underneath.
While bouncy floors can add a touch of character, they often hint at underlying structural issues such as insufficient support beams, construction oversights, or age-related wear and tear. Rest assured, though, these concerns can be addressed with repairs or reinforcement, ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment for you and your loved ones.
Do Bouncy Floors Pose Any Safety Risks?
Bouncy floors can indeed pose safety risks. When floors are flexible, it can create an unstable walking surface, increasing the chances of trips, slips, or falls.
If left unaddressed, bouncy floors may worsen over time, potentially leading to more significant structural damage. Therefore, it is essential to address bouncy floors promptly to ensure a safe and secure living environment.
You and your family deserve a stable home. Our team of local experts at FRS has developed the tools and products to ensure your floors remain stable and secure for years to come.
What Causes Bouncy Floors?
Bouncy floors can stem from several factors but here are the primary culprits:
Pests: Unwanted guests like termites, carpenter ants, or other wood-destroying pests can wreak havoc on the wooden components of the floor system, including the joists. Their presence causes significant damage, weakening the structural support and contributing to the bounciness of the floors.
Moisture: Excessive moisture levels in the crawl space can have detrimental effects, promoting mold growth and wood rot. This weakens the floor joists, compromising their structural integrity and leading to bouncy floors. Regions such as Missouri and parts of Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, and Iowa face specific challenges due to local weather conditions, including high humidity, seasonal variations, and occasional floods, which can exacerbate the moisture problem.
Over-spanned Joists: In some instances, the floor joists may have been installed with spans larger than recommended. This over-spanning can lead to flexing and ultimately result in bouncy floors. Poor construction practices or inadequate support may be responsible for this oversight.
Addressing these factors is crucial to restore stability and eliminating bouncy floors, ensuring a comfortable and secure living environment.
Foundation Recovery Systems understands the unique reasons you’re experiencing problems and has worked for more than 30 years to develop solutions to best solve the problem.
How to Fix Bouncy Floors?
When it comes to addressing bouncy floors, SettleStop IntelliJack™ and encapsulation is an exceptional solution that combines reliable support and moisture control.
These adjustable crawl space support posts are engineered to provide unparalleled stability, capable of supporting an impressive 24,000 lbs. per jack.
By strategically installing these posts beneath the floors, homeowners can effectively reinforce the floor system and eliminate unwanted movement.
Pairing the IntelliJack™ system with crawl space encapsulation, further enhances the effectiveness of the solution.By sealing the crawl space, moisture infiltration is prevented, mitigating the risk of mold growth, wood rot, and subsequent floor damage.
With SettleStop IntelliJack™ and proper encapsulation, homeowners can regain a sturdy, bounce-free floor while ensuring long-term protection against moisture-related issues.
Bouncy Floor Repair from FRS
When it comes to resolving your troublesome bouncy floors, choose Foundation Recovery Systems. With their expertise and commitment to excellence, FRS offers innovative and permanent fixes to eliminate the bounce and restore stability to your floors.
What makes it even easier is that FRS provides a free inspection, allowing their skilled professionals to assess the extent of the issue and provide tailored recommendations for your specific situation. With FRS, you can have peace of mind knowing that your bouncy floors will be expertly addressed, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable living environment for you and your loved ones. Take the first step towards stable floors by scheduling your free inspection with FRS today.
FAQ: Bouncy Floors
Signs of a crawl space problem may include excessive moisture or standing water, musty odors or mold growth, and sagging or bouncy floors above the crawl space.
Also, look for visible signs of pest infestations, such as termite tunnels or rodent droppings, which can indicate a crawl space issue.
Because of their humid climate, most cities in the area get a lot of rain and flooding. Thunderstorms and sustained rains make it difficult for foundations to stay dry, which is why a good drainage system is crucial.
Perimeter Drainage System
A perimeter drain is a pipe is installed around the perimeter of your crawl space. It collects water and directs it to the sump pump where it can be removed.
Crawl Space Sump Pump
A sump pump takes any water that flows into the crawl space and pumps it out and away from your home. You may want to consider a battery backup pump, in the case of a power outage.
Wood rot in a crawl space is a result of moisture and humidity problems.
The best way to spot early problem signs is to head down into your crawl space and look for visual cues, if you are comfortable. Take a look at the floor joist and see if you spot any discoloration on the wood. White, green, black, and gray stains are all common signs of fungal infection. Some forms of wood rot, like dry rot, will leave a layer of spores along the surface, so any red or green dust particles you see could just be spores. Other forms of wood rot don’t discolor the wood at all and instead create a pattern along the wood that resembles termite damage.