Cracking beam, floor sinking in house. Need advice please!


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Old 06-23-04, 07:53 PM
Mateo1041
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Question Cracking beam, floor sinking in house. Need advice please!

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:

http://www.mbdatadesign.com/house/housefoundation.wmv

Alternatively, there is a low quality version as well:

http://www.mbdatadesign.com/house/ho...ndationlow.wmv

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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Old 06-24-04, 11:26 AM
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Before jacking up the corner to manage a structural problem with the one thing that is possibly the most expensive thing you will ever buy, I would have an engineer look at it. I would rather pay $200 - 300 to learn the professional opinion than run the risk of creating damage and headache that may be beyond your ken.

It may be that jacking this to repair may cause undue stress on the rest of the foundation that has acclimated to this deficiency and create other damage. Moreover, learning why it failed might be quite enlightening.

Unfortunately, I cannot view media in the proprietary Windows format.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 06-24-04, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the input. I was going to see if I can find some free estimates and have a few contractors come out. This is something I plan to research quite a bit before moving on anything.

The beam itself looks like it is attached to the structure / side base ok. It just seems to be rotting or something in the middle, kind of like this:

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The diagram above can be considered the beam when looking at it from the side. The \/ would be the part that is breaking or rotting away.

Regarding the video, I can convert to an AVI or other format if it would help.

- Matt.
 
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Old 06-24-04, 10:10 PM
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I got the video anyway.

By all means get some contractors out to look at it. But be attentive to what they say and plan to do as well as reasons for it happening in the first place. Ask lots of questions.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 06-25-04, 10:43 AM
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Floor Sagging

Not sure if this is exactly the same thing but I will explain what happened to us. We bought our first home less than a year ago and in the master bedroom in the corner it was doing the same thing. The floor was actually coming apart in the corner and you could stick your hand under the house. We saw this before we bought the home and requested to have the seller give us money to fix. The realtor called someone who was supposed to know what they were doing to give us an estimate to fix. We also had no vents in the front of our home as this is a pier and beam house. He quoted $500 to fix it all. We were like great no too bad. So the seller went ahead and gave us $700 as the guy said only a small section needed to be fixed. Well he left town so we were stuck finding someone else and as it turned out the whole floor was rotted, beams and all. So they had to rip up the entire master bedroom floor and have a new one put in. Seems what had happened was water had rushed under there for some reason or another and with no vents it just sat there for a while. Anyway it costs us $1800 to have this fixed (We also had the master bath floor replaced and tiled) Someone who knows what they are doing should be able to come in and tell you exactly what is going on and give you a price to fix. Good Luck and hope you don't have to replace the whole floor.
 
 

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