Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


07:17PM | 06/23/04
Member Since: 06/22/04
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Hi all,

My wife and I recently purchased our first house. Our first project is regarding some floor sinking in a room near the corner of the house. It is about an inch lower than it should be and you can tell that furniture is not straight.

Today I pried off the covering to the crawl space (no access from inside the house) and took a look under the area in question. This is crawl space one of three (two on one side of the house, one on the other). I noticed the larger beam is cracking near where it is attached to the side of the house and it doesn't look too pretty. You can also clearly tell it is the reason for the floor sagging.

To view a home video, please follow the below links. I'd recommend the higher quality version:

Alternatively, there is a low quality version as well:

The video starts with a view of all crawl spaces and then zeros in on the first one. While there is a screen in the way, you can clearly see the cracking going on. The video ends with a view from inside the house. The floor is about an inch lower than it should be. :-(

There is one other area near the middle of the house by the second crawl space where some sagging is happening, but it isn't nearly as bad.

Any advice would be very much appreciated. Would this be something I could try tackling myself? I'm assuming I'd need to slowly jack it up over a period of weeks and once it is level again (an inch higher), I would need to build "stilts" to keep it up there? If we need to go with a contractor, is there an estimate for how much this may cost? We wouldn't need the entire foundation raised or anything. I'm thinking it is just this one area.

Thanks for any help that can be offered.

- Matt.

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