10 Tips for Fixing Old Uneven Floorsby Sarah B. Marketing Writer | Thinker | Environmentalist
As the time passes, old floors tend to lose their evenness. And as we all know, uneven floors are an open invitation to damages and personal injuries. In addition to that, uneven tile flooring is difficult to clean and maintain.
So, in this article, we will learn some of the proven tips and tricks to level old floors. Check out the following pointers –
- Gather accessories and materials required for this job. The essential tools and things you will need are: self-leveling compound; sistering flooring joists; nuts and bolts; laser level, electric miter saw; rotary, bubble, and laser levels; hammer; tape measure; carpenter’s pencil; cordless drilling machine; and house or floor jack.
- Find the exact condition of leveling. Sometimes, it is not the floor, but the foundation floor that sinks. If there is an issue with foundation flooring, you might want to call up a foundation repair service.
- If there is a leveling issue with the floor, look closely to figure the reasons for unevenness. Debris, termite, rodents, ants, and moisture are a few reasons why some areas on your floor sink.
- You might want to address the root cause of the problem before leveling your floor again.
- Once done, pick up the affected areas of your flooring with the help of jack. Be careful here, because this must be done slowly to avoid damaging the entire house. You can consider taking help from someone experienced.
- Once you have picked the floor/house, place new footers for a solid floor foundation.
- Now, take out the jack and relevel the surface.
- Use self leveling compound for this.
- If it is possible to access the floor from beneath (such as from the basement or from the floor below), then you will need to use sistering joists and nuts and bolts to keep the floor straight and strong when the jack is removed.
- Once the leveling compound has set, place and fix plywood subfloor over the top of your flooring. This will help create a smooth prep for the new floor.
You might also want to use adjustable steel columns to add substance to the fix.
If this all looks confusing, you can always call up a professional floor repair service.
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