A recent visit to a home in New Palestine, Indiana found an extreme case of mold growth and wood rot in their crawlspace. The homeowner was aware of "joist problems" when she bought the home 4 years ago, but was blindsided by the extent of repairs needed for the home. The access was too tight for her home inspector to evaluate the crawlspace so no inspection was done until she called us out to assist her in getting her home ready to sell. She was horrified over what she saw going on under her home. The home had been completely remodeled when she bought the home. Unfortunately, this is not the first home buyer that was unaware of the severity of problem in their crawlspace. It is very important to thoroughly inspect the crawlspace before purchasing the home. Give us a call at 317-893-7016 if you are looking for a professional crawlspace inspection. We service all of central Indiana.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A sill plate is typically 2x4 or 2x6 treated boards sitting horizontally on the top of the foundation wall. It is anchored to the foundation block, and the floor joists are fastened to it. A common mistake by builders in older homes was to use a non-treated board. The sill plate is the first board to touch the foundation and is very susceptible to moisture wicking into the board from the foundation. This excessive moisture in the sill plate will cause it to rot.
Once the seal plate starts to rot, the floor joists will sink into the rotted plate causing the floor to pull away from the wall. In some cases, the whole structure will start to drop with the plate. Homes with brick ties will have the walls stay in place just from being held up by the ties.
The sill plate rot is most commonly noticed in your home by a gap in between the floor and the baseboard trim. Experienced professionals should be used in this repair, as it requires the floor structure of the home to be lifted up off of the foundation to replace the sill plate board. It is not a simple tasks, and there are many repairs that are not sufficient to pass a home inspection. The entire plate must be replaced. It cannot be wedged or beamed.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Floor Joist is a vital supporting component as it supports the entire floor above. In most homes in Indiana, the joists are 2x8’s or 2x10’s running from the center beam to the sill plate. A damaged floor joist may require different methods of repair.
Floor joist repair is determined by the problem the floor is experiencing. If end of the joist has wood rot, it can be sistered with a new joist four feet past the rot. If the joist is sagging in the middle from being undersized, it may require a full replacement joist with additional support.
In either case, Indiana Crawl Space Repair has the professional experience in repairing hundreds of homes with floor joist problems across Indiana. Trust us with your next crawlspace floor joist repair.
Contact us today 317-893-7016 for your free, no obligation floor joist repair quote! We serve the Greater Indianapolis Area and many surrounding areas, including Avon, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Bloomington, Columbus, Greenfield, Plainfield, Mooresville, Martinsville, Greenwood, Franklin, Columbus and nearby.