Floor sagging, Footer.

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Old 11-11-18, 09:14 PM
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Floor sagging, Footer.

Hey Guys: Should my exposed Footer in the Basement be level ? My walls in basement are plumb for the most part (when checked with my four foot level). Background information is that four or more years ago there was a really bad storm. I got water in the basement. I then jackhammerd a trench around the perimeter of the basement leading to a sump pump. Well, during the process of jackhammering the trench a plumber had stopped by and said since you have a dumpster outside for the cement from the trench, why donít you remove the rest of the cement floor in the basement and put in a basement bathroom ? So I removed basement floor and I presently do not have a floor in my basement. It has been that way for four or more years. Now back to my question - is my exposed footer supposed to be level ( when checked with a little torpedo level) ? I need to tell you the reason I am asking about the footer. The reason is my living room floor is sagging.
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Old 11-12-18, 03:29 AM
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While a footer should be level it doesn't have to be, what is important is whether or not what it supports is level. Where is your living rm floor sagging? Is it along the foundation wall? or is it sagging more to the middle of the room? A lot of old houses had dirt floor cellars so that alone shouldn't be an issue. Moisture along the foundation can be.
 
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Thank you for replying so quickly, I really appreciate it.
I believe(not really sure) the floor sags in the middle. The house is a one story ranch built in 1954. I actually feel the living room floor sagging one foot in from the side of the house or footer. I know one of our doors is not shutting properly.
 
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If your floor is sagging in the middle of the room it is likely not the result of a footer problem. When you removed the floor in the basement did you remove any walls or columns?
 
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No,

All columns and walls are intact. No columns or walls were removed.
 
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It's possible that your floor joists are over spanned or under sized. If the basement is unfinished adding a beam midway along the span with a couple columns might be the best solution. This will need to be done properly with footers for the columns since they will be load bearing.
 
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Thank you Pilot Dane.

Thank you everyone !
 
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